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10,000 Pounds of Peanut Butter (10/20/2018) by Angela Hinkle - What would you do with 10,000 pounds of Peanut Butter? How about change the lives of hungry families. What’s It All About? The annual Peanut Butter Challenge has begun for 2018. Unopened jars of peanut butter are collected... Read More
Hitting the Mark – 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers (9/24/2018) by schmarje - Hitting the Mark – 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers Ready to Lead! Facebook0Twitter0Google plus0
Eat to Thrive (9/1/2018) by Angela Hinkle - We eat to survive, right? Yes, but when you really think about it, we eat to thrive. Food is more than calories for energy. Food brings family and friends together. It provides comfort. It makes our bodies healthy... Read More
Cleaning Your Home After an Illness Like the Flu (2/28/2018) by osgoodlb - Cleaning Your Home After an Illness Like the Flu Seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are most common during the fall and winter, with peak activity occurring between December and February.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More
Florida Saves Week: Build Your Savings a Little at a Time (2/27/2018) by Judy Corbus - It’s tax time, and many of us will be seeing refund checks soon—time to celebrate! Now, what are you going to do with all that extra cash? Maybe you have some bills to take care of, and it’s... Read More
Freezing: Nature’s Pause Button – March is National Frozen Food Month (2/26/2018) by Melanie - Based on information provided by the American Frozen Food Institute, on average, 40% of all food in the United States goes uneaten and wasted, which is an annual loss of $165 million. Fresh fruit and vegetable waste makes... Read More
“The Scoop” for Coffee and Tea Lovers (2/20/2018) by ghinton - When there’s a chill in the air, nothing sounds better than a hot cup of coffee or tea. But what are the health benefits and risks of these popular beverages? The answer may be much easier to swallow... Read More
Cold, Allergy, or the Flu? (2/7/2018) by osgoodlb - What Are the Differences of the Symptoms of a Cold, The Flu And Allergies? Laurie Osgood, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Gadsden County, FL You’re coming down with something…you have a stuffy nose, you’re coughing and... Read More
Winterize Your Home and Electric Bill (2/3/2018) by Judy Corbus - We have recently gotten a taste of what our neighbors to the north typically experience this time of year – frigid temperatures!  As the mercury plummets, utility bills move in the opposite direction.  Winter is not over yet so... Read More
What Will Happen to the Family Farm? (1/26/2018) by Kendra Zamojski - The question of what happens to the family farm is often riddled with many emotional opinions.  So much so that families may not communicate effectively about their wishes or plans.  Many life events can change the dynamics of... Read More
2018 Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 29 -Tax Returns due April 17, 2018 (1/26/2018) by hbcopeland - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced recently the nation’s tax season begins Monday, January 29, 2018.  The IRS also reminds taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect a longer wait for refunds. Nevertheless, many software companies and tax... Read More
A New Way to Buy Groceries? (1/19/2018) by Kendra Zamojski - Grocery shopping is probably one of my least favorite weekly chores. I have a family of picky eaters and it’s difficult to find healthy meals that please everyone. I can think of a million ways I’d rather spend... Read More
Holiday Giving (12/2/2017) by hbcopeland - Recently, in what I thought would be a quick Saturday errand, I got stuck in traffic. It took me a moment to realize that the holidays are upon us. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF®), from Thanksgiving... Read More
What is in Your Pantry? (11/18/2017) by phallen - With fall around the corner and school starting back, it is time to take inventory of your pantry. You should really dig in and see what is lurking in the dark reaches of your back shelves. This task... Read More
Spend Smarter This Holiday Season (11/18/2017) by Samantha Kennedy - It’s that time again – the most wonderful time of the year!  For many of us, though, it can be a time of stress, frustration, and financial uncertainty as we drive ourselves past our limits to try to... Read More
Slow Cooking Ideas for the Busy Family (11/18/2017) by phallen - With the weather changing and cooler temperatures on the way, get out the slow cooker for simmering soups and stews that will be waiting for you when you get home. Slow cookers are popular and allow us the... Read More
A Few of My Favorite Fall Things (10/27/2017) by Angela Hinkle - Fall is my favorite time of year. Let me share with you a few of my favorite Fall things to help explain why. Walking my dog in the heat of a summer morning is like trudging through a... Read More
An Apple a Day May Keep the Doctor Away (10/26/2017) by osgoodlb - Apples are an ancient fruit, grown for thousands of years, and belong to the Rose family of plants. The Rose family also includes plums, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, and almonds. According to Professor Peter C. Andersen, UF/IFAS Horticultural... Read More
Healthy Holidays: A New Tradition (10/26/2017) by Amy Mullins - We all have family traditions that make our holiday celebrations special. From your great-great-grandma’s sweet potato casserole or pecan pie, to your mother-in-law’s sausage stuffing or decadent plum pudding, there’s one thing that always seems to be a... Read More
Selecting and Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey (10/26/2017) by Samantha Kennedy - According to the National Turkey Federation, 88% of American families eat turkey on Thanksgiving. That’s over 46 million turkeys! Served as the main dish, it is complemented by a variety of sweet and savory side dishes, many of... Read More
Spice Things Up With Alternative Seasonings (10/24/2017) by Samantha Kennedy - With today’s continued focus on healthy eating and the dangers of high blood pressure, seasoning and cooking with salt has decreased.  Alternative seasonings such as herbs and spices are excellent additions to any dish without the dreaded sodium. ... Read More
Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween (10/16/2017) by Melanie - From candy to pumpkins to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and adults alike. However, it can pose dangers. To help make this year’s trick-or-treat a safe and fun time, follow these simple safety tips... Read More
The Equifax Data Breach: How to Protect Yourself (10/10/2017) by Judy Corbus - The recent security breach at Equifax from mid-May through July 2017 exposed the personal information of 143 million people; this included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver license numbers.  You may be wondering, “Am I affected?”... Read More
Fraud Alert vs. Credit Freeze (10/10/2017) by Judy Corbus - If you have been affected by the recent Equifax data breach, you may be exploring your options as to what to do next.  All three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian, give you the option of... Read More
National Grandparents Day 2017: September 10 (9/12/2017) by hbcopeland - For nearly 40 years, National Grandparents Day has been celebrated as an opportunity to express gratitude for all that grandparents do for families and communities.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau Profile, America Facts for Features, in 1970,... Read More
Are YOUR Hands Clean? (8/24/2017) by Amy Mullins - It’s something we all hopefully learned as children and carry with us now into adulthood: washing our hands often and properly. But I’m sorry to say that we’ve probably all witnessed numerous instances of people leaving the restroom,... Read More
Spice Things Up with Alternative Seasonings (8/24/2017) by Samantha Kennedy - With today’s continued focus on healthy eating and the dangers of high blood pressure, seasoning and cooking with salt has decreased.  Alternative seasonings such as herbs and spices are excellent additions to any dish without the dreaded sodium. ... Read More
The After-school Snack Attack: Strategies for Busy Moms (8/18/2017) by ghinton - With kids back in school, moms face a set of challenges that somehow seem new every year. One of those challenges is what to feed kiddos who race in the door hungry after a long day in the... Read More
Seven Tips for a Healthy School Lunch (8/16/2017) by Kendra Zamojski - Now that school is back in session, are your struggling to find healthy and safe lunches to pack?  Do you cringe with every peanut butter and jelly sandwich you make?  If you are like me, finding healthy lunch... Read More
Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can. (8/9/2017) by hbcopeland - Will you be ready if disaster strikes?  Disasters, or devastating events-natural or human-generated, certainly can disrupt daily life. National Preparedness Month, held annually in September and sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is a good reminder that... Read More
August 8 : Sneak some zucchini on your neighbor’s porch day! (8/7/2017) by hbcopeland - Can you believe it is that time of year already to sneak some zucchini on your neighbor’s porch! Honestly, it is a day to celebrate. And celebrate we should! It is the lucky neighbor who profits from the... Read More
Let’s Talk Tomatoes (8/5/2017) by phallen - Tomatoes are abundant this time of year and you have many options to buy local and fresh. Tomatoes are one of the most popular home garden vegetable to grow and should now be providing the home gardener with... Read More
Keep an Eye on Your Eye Health – August is National Eye Exam Month (8/5/2017) by Melanie - Most of us are willing to go to the doctor or the dentist, which are both part of taking care of our health. However, do you go to the eye doctor? If not, you definitely should add it... Read More
The Wonders of Watermelon (8/5/2017) by Samantha Kennedy - Oh, watermelon.  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways. Watermelon is the perfect warm weather treat and a summer holiday essential.  It’s a sweet, light, and delicious snack and its versatility lends itself to a... Read More
Famous Last Words: Cell Phones and Driving (6/30/2017) by ghinton - Driving to work this morning, I had to swerve to miss a driver who had crossed the center line. Thankfully, I was paying attention and he got back in his lane fairly quickly, so no one was hurt.... Read More
Food Safety Tips for the Perfect Summer Picnic (6/27/2017) by Samantha Kennedy - There are few things more iconic during summer than a picnic.  There’s just something fresh and fun about sharing a meal in the park or at the beach with family and friends.  But just because you’re enjoying the... Read More
Essentials of Water Safety (6/27/2017) by jmarick - Summer is upon us and that means many of us will be enjoying pools, lakes, rivers, and the ocean. Florida provides many opportunities for outdoor water recreation that we should enjoy responsibly and safely. Are you prepared to... Read More
Water: Myth or Fact? (6/27/2017) by Dorothy Lee - Summer has arrived!  During the summer months, especially along the Gulf Coast, it is hot and humid.  Keeping the body hydrated is important to maintaining good health. As the temperature rises in the summer and the body loses... Read More
Staying Healthy At Summer Camp (6/11/2017) by osgoodlb - Staying Healthy At Summer Camp – 7 Keys to a Healthy Camp Counselor Experience It’s getting hot outside and that means summer camps are heating up! Being a camp counselor is a fun summer job and it’s a... Read More
Milk…..What’s in it for you? (6/11/2017) by Dorothy Lee - June is National Dairy Month. National Dairy month was first celebrated in 1937 to encourage Americans to drink more milk. Milk and dairy products comprise a diverse group of foods from fluid milks, fermented milk products, and over... Read More
Summer’s Harvest Brings Healthy Benefits (5/27/2017) by Samantha Kennedy - North Florida’s beautiful spring weather means we get to enjoy a variety of delicious, locally-grown fruits and veggies during the summer months.  Produce such as bell peppers, squash, tomatoes, greens, corn, cucumbers, okra, peas, eggplant, and a variety... Read More
Have you picked out the tie for your father yet? (5/27/2017) by jmarick - Though the celebration has been connected to many different religions and dates, Father’s Day has been celebrated since the Middle Ages. The Father’s Day holiday became a national holiday in 1972 thanks to President Nixon and is officially... Read More
Harvesting Your Garden: What To Do With All Those Radishes! (5/23/2017) by osgoodlb - Radishes are an easy vegetable to grow in North Florida, and in the Spring, there is an abundance of radishes in our gardens. So, what do you do with all those radishes? Radishes are a fast growing vegetable... Read More
What in the World is a Watermelon Radish? (5/10/2017) by osgoodlb - The watermelon radish is a member of the mustard family, which includes arugula, broccoli, and turnips. It has an edible round white root with a green stem and leaves.  The inside flesh is rimmed in white with a... Read More
Mother’s Day: Time to Reflect and Celebrate (5/5/2017) by Kendra Zamojski - This will be my sixth Mother’s Day, so I am not an experienced mother by any stretch of the imagination. As a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, I am fortunate to have plenty of coursework and some... Read More
8 Important Questions To Ask Your Mother on Mother’s Day (5/3/2017) by osgoodlb - Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017, and it is a great time for us to celebrate our hard-working mothers. It is also a good time to talk to your mother about her health history. Knowing your mother’s... Read More
Simplify Your Life (4/3/2017) by ghinton - Simplify your life. What an easy thing to say! Unfortunately, sometimes putting those words into action can be anything but easy. For so many of us, things just seem to accumulate until clutter becomes a way of life.... Read More
Physical Activity is for YOU, at Any Age! (4/3/2017) by Amy Mullins - It’s no secret that exercise is good for you and can improve your life in so many ways.  The idea of exercise can be daunting for some people, especially if you’ve never done it on a regular basis. ... Read More
Earth Day; an issue of sustainability! (4/3/2017) by hbcopeland -   Earth Day: an issue of sustainability! Have you ever thought about Earth Day, you know, that one day a year that falls on April 22nd? Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator... Read More
Remember the 3 R’s! – Earth Day April 22, 2017 (4/3/2017) by Melanie -   Do you remember the 3 R’s?  If you are over the age of forty you are probably thinking of a classroom, a teacher, and learning about Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic.  These are the basic standards for learning,... Read More
What’s Shaking…Too Much Salt (3/13/2017) by Dorothy Lee - March 10 – 16, 2017 is National Salt Awareness Week. Salt is the main source of sodium in the American diet.  Sodium is a mineral only needed by the body in small amounts.  It is found in foods,... Read More
Roasting Seasonal Vegetables (3/13/2017) by osgoodlb - Looking for a colorful and fresh side dish? Then you should try roasting your vegetables! Roasted vegetables are quick, easy, and flavorful. When roasted, vegetables become brown and crisp on the outside, making their natural sugars caramelize. This... Read More
Frozen Foods in the 21st Century (3/1/2017) by jmarick - With the mention of a frozen dinner, do you feel nostalgic and think of the options from when you were a child? When was the last time you perused the frozen food section of the grocery store? The... Read More
Beyond Valentine’s Day: Healthy Communication (3/1/2017) by Julianne Shoup - We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day last month and you had the opportunity to show a loved one that you care. But what about after Valentine’s Day? Healthy communication is one way you can show loved... Read More
Florida Saves Week 2017, February 27 – March 4, 2017 (2/24/2017) by Jill Breslawski - Nationally, America Saves Week is an annual opportunity to promote good personal savings behavior! More locally, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is collaborating with America Saves in a campaign to help Floridians... Read More
Put Your Best Fork Forward (2/21/2017) by Amy Mullins - National Nutrition Month®  is a month-long nutrition education and information campaign that is put on by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” The idea behind the theme is that... Read More
Don’t ‘Waist’ Your Heart Away (2/14/2017) by jmarick - Knowing your waist circumference is a simple way to determine if you are at risk for heart disease. A waist circumference larger than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women deems a person overweight per National... Read More
February is National Snack Food Month (2/14/2017) by osgoodlb - February has been designated National Snack Month by the Snack Food Association of America, and the National Potato Promotion Board. As Americans, the one thing that we can all agree on is our love of snacks. Snack sales... Read More
Healthy Resolutions: The 5 Things You Should Avoid Eating in 2017 (1/27/2017) by osgoodlb - It’s that time of year again – time to make resolutions designed to improve your life to become a happier, healthier, and wealthier person. Unfortunately, some resolutions are not realistic and set us up for failure from the... Read More
VITA 2017 (1/23/2017) by hbcopeland - In the early 70’s Gary Iskowitz, was doing graduate work as well as teaching tax law while working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agency. Mr. Iskowitz saw a growing problem with questionable tax preparers who were scamming... Read More
Oats…Grain of the Month – Let’s Eat More! (1/6/2017) by Melanie - January’s grain of the month is OATS. Americans buy more oats at this time of year than in any other month – and January has long been celebrated as National Oatmeal Month. Oats at a Glance Samuel Johnson’s... Read More
Surviving the Holiday Stress without Breaking the Bank (12/5/2016) by Melanie - As the holiday season quickly approaches many people become overwhelmed with all of the activities, decorating, and shopping that needs to be completed. Here are a few tips to save energy, time and your nerves. Let’s begin with... Read More
Satsuma Oranges, North Florida’s Cold Weather Fruit (12/3/2016) by osgoodlb - It’s the fall season, and Satsumas are hitting the shelves at your local grocery store. Satsumas are a seedless variety of the mandarin orange, and are harvested during the fall and early winter. Satsumas are grown in the... Read More
2016 Dine In Day (11/30/2016) by hbcopeland - Many of us can agree, being around family can make simple things in life more special! Whether it’s time spent together during holidays, celebrating birthdays, or simply enjoying togetherness, family events can make life memorable. Why wait until special... Read More
Tips for Holiday Shopping (11/25/2016) by Marjorie Moore, Ph.D. - I don’t know about you but to me it seems we just finished shopping for the holidays and they are here once again. Holiday shopping can be a whirlwind and we forget to take time to stop and... Read More
Gifts from the Kitchen Make the Holidays Special (11/25/2016) by phallen - It is that time of year when we think about giving special gifts to the people in our lives that mean the most to us. Your list might include teachers, neighbors, friends and co-workers. Gifts don’t have to... Read More
Smart Holiday Packaging (11/25/2016) by Dorothy Lee - During the holiday season nothing carries good cheer and holiday spirit across the miles like receiving a package full of homemade treats. If you go to the effort of preparing food gifts, you want to be sure the... Read More
Healthful Treats? You Betcha! Surprising health benefits of favorite seasonal treats (11/25/2016) by ghinton - As we head into the season of overindulgence, it’s good to know that some holiday “treats” can actually be nutritiously guilt-free if we eat them in moderation. Read on to find the hidden health benefits of some classic... Read More
To Salt or Not to Salt? Reasonable Tips for Sodium Control (11/25/2016) by ghinton - It’s a fact. We need salt in our diets. Our bodies need sodium, which we usually get through salt, to maintain fluid balance and blood volume. Unfortunately, most of us consume at least twice as much sodium as... Read More
The Art of Gifting (11/17/2016) by jmarick - The holidays are fast approaching! Pause long enough to avoid the pitfalls of overspending. Budgets are always tight during holidays. Gifts are not about the cost, rather they are a display of the true relationship of the people... Read More
Eating Right on the Run (11/16/2016) by Amy Mullins - Ever feel like you’re moving through your work day at the speed of light with barely enough time to eat, much less eat healthy?  The combination of stress, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise can lead to... Read More
Diabetes (11/16/2016) by sbouie - Maybe you know someone in your family, a friend, or a co-worker that has diabetes. Diabetes affects not only the person but the entire family. This article will discuss the types of diabetes and symptoms. Education concerning diabetes... Read More
Thanksgiving is Around the Corner! (11/16/2016) by hbcopeland - With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is only fitting to display a cornucopia.  Not only is this horn of plenty a universal symbol of abundance, it is truly timely!  Florida is plentiful with fresh produce this time of year. ... Read More
For the Health of It: Cooking Solo (10/15/2016) by Dorothy Lee - A large and ever-growing number live the single life these days. You have a lot of company and something in common:  freedom of choice. Cooking for one or two can be creative and nutritious. Whether you’re a novice... Read More
Pumpkins Have Arrived (10/15/2016) by phallen - Even though the weather is still warm, fall is right around the corner. Walk into any local grocery store and pumpkins are starting to show up. Pumpkins are a staple for the beginning of the fall season. Locally,... Read More
Crops in Season: October 2016 (9/27/2016) by hbcopeland - Autumn, which technically started on the 22nd day of September is a good time to FALL back into good nutrition! Many Florida crops are in season now. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS);... Read More
Tips for Building a Strong and Healthy Marriage (9/25/2016) by ghinton - With an alarming divorce rate that has rapidly escalated during the last half of the 20th century, many couples are part of a growing group focusing on developing a healthy marriage. Research shows that there is a clear... Read More
Hold the Sugar (9/25/2016) by Amy Mullins - A “sweet tooth” is something we are probably all guilty of having, to some degree.  Eating the occasional cookie or slice of pie isn’t a crime and can have a place in the American diet, if consumed in... Read More
Healthy Concession Stands (9/25/2016) by osgoodlb -   FALL IS IN THE AIR, AND THAT MEANS FOOTBALL…AND CONCESSION STAND FOOD Whether it is football, baseball or basketball season, they all have one thing in common, concession stands with their unhealthy food options. During a regular... Read More
Putting the WOW in Halloween (9/25/2016) by sswenson - Would you agree that kids get plenty of candy while trick or treating? Wouldn’t it be fun this year to focus on Halloween fun instead? Here are some ideas for parents, grandparents, adopted grandparents, teachers and neighbors to... Read More
September is Food Safety Month (8/28/2016) by sbouie - September is National Food Safety Month. However, food safety should be practiced every day of the year and for every meal and/or snack. We live in a busy society. We are always in a rush to do and... Read More
Store it Right (8/28/2016) by Dorothy Lee -   Does lettuce turn brown and slimy in your refrigerator? Is that two-year-old frozen turkey still safe to eat?  Should you dispose of that slightly moldy cheese?  “When in doubt throw it out” is definitely a safe practice... Read More
September: Crops in Season (8/28/2016) by hbcopeland - The University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) provides a monthly Calendar of Food Days, Weeks, and Months plus provides resources for selected national food-themes. http://food.unl.edu/september-food-calendar   The month of September boasts a variety of activities using produce that can... Read More
Supermarket Smarts (7/30/2016) by Dorothy Lee - Do you consider buying groceries a real grind? A necessary evil? Well, it may never turn into a fun adventure for you, but there are some things you can do to make it easier on you and your... Read More
Sleep Deprivation and Kids (7/29/2016) by jmarick - Are your school kids getting enough sleep? With the new school year starting and routines being established, are things going smoothly? If you are sleep deprived, then the chances are your children may be sleep deprived as well.... Read More
What’s Your Child’s Learning Style? (7/29/2016) by jmarick - As a parent or caregiver, understanding your child’s learning style can greatly aid when assisting with studies or homework. Very simply, people process information differently and the learning process is different for each person. There are three main... Read More
Out with the Old and In with the New: Understanding the New and Improved Nutrition Facts Label (7/29/2016) by Amy Mullins - The Nutrition Facts label, seen on packaged bags, boxes, cans, etc., is the consumer information gateway to making healthy choices for ourselves and our families.  But let’s face it, for many Americans, interpreting the Nutrition Facts label can... Read More
Crops in Season: August (7/29/2016) by hbcopeland - As much as I wanted to write about Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Day, celebrated on August 8, it was difficult because zucchini, a summer squash, takes a two-month hiatus during July and August, the warmest... Read More
Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label (7/17/2016) by osgoodlb - On May 20, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the new Nutrition Facts label requirements for packaged foods. The new version represents the latest in food science research and is designed to make it easier for... Read More
It’s Picnic Time (7/17/2016) by sbouie - Picnics are a great opportunity for families to enjoy the great outdoors. It provides time to experience special bonding while enjoying the fresh air and delicious food. However, we should always be cautious of food borne illness. Let’s... Read More
Crops in Season – Blueberries (6/29/2016) by hbcopeland - July is National Blueberry Month and what a great testament it is to be named fruit of the month during this patriotic season!  Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America and have been enjoyed... Read More
Has Caffeine Become a Bad Habit? (6/29/2016) by Amy Mullins - It seems that most Americans start their mornings off with a mug of hot coffee, iced coffee, or any number of fancy variations. For many, it’s the key to starting your day off right. Ever notice what happens... Read More
Every Food Group Every Day (6/29/2016) by Angela Hinkle - What’s the best way to enjoy a variety of the nutrients and other substances needed for good health? Eat from every food group every day. Foods are put into food groups because they provide key nutrients, in about... Read More
Nutrition in a Desk Drawer (6/29/2016) by Dorothy Lee - A busy schedule is the most used excuse for not eating nutritiously.  When pressed for time, it’s easy to fall into the habit of making unhealthy food choices. For those who have no time to prepare meals during... Read More
What’s in Season Now? (6/12/2016) by hbcopeland -   What’s in season now?  Although summer doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks farmers have been busy producing seasonal, summer fruits and vegetables.  The seasonal vegetable guide for North Florida Produce has an abundance!  Not only... Read More
Staying Safe in the Sun (6/11/2016) by Jill Breslawski - In Florida, we are so lucky to have access to beautiful beaches and weather. There are an infinite number of outdoor activities to do.  This past week I tried a new one for me, SUP (Stand Up Paddle... Read More
Grilling Foods: Keep Your Family Safe (6/1/2016) by Marjorie Moore, Ph.D. - Did you know that the majority of people grill on July 4th (82%), followed by Birthdays (72%), Labor Day (70%), Memorial Day (62%) and the Super Bowl (30%)? Grilling is an all-time favorite for many households and now... Read More
Super Summer Snacks (5/30/2016) by Amy Mullins -   It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here and the kids are out of school! Often times, when kids (and parents too) get away from their normal routine, poor eating and snacking habits creep in. It’s... Read More
Successful VITA Tax Preparation Season in Jefferson County (5/30/2016) by sbouie -  Tax season is a very difficult time of year for many people. It is a time when good record keeping is vital. The preparation fee is expensive for many families. Some use computer software to avoid fees. However,... Read More
Family Bonding (5/19/2016) by sbouie - Warmer weather is here and it is time to plan some fun activities with the family.  This is also the time of year when many city organizations have prepared outstanding festivals.  Most festivals have something for everyone in... Read More
Families Should Play Together for Exercise (5/19/2016) by sswenson - You may not need coats and your yard may not have these leaves but finding fun and creative ways to engage children in exercise is important.  You can consider yourself successful if they have fun doing so without... Read More
Mind Your Milk (5/19/2016) by Angela Hinkle - “Milk and milk products provide a wealth of nutrition benefits.  But raw milk can harbor dangerous microorganisms that can pose serious health risks to you and your family.  According to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control... Read More
When is Heartburn Something to Worry About? (5/19/2016) by Amy Mullins - Do you ever feel that burning, uncomfortable, and often painful feeling in your lower chest, sometimes spreading to the throat after eating?  Most of us have experienced heartburn (acid reflux) at some point in our lives, dismissing it... Read More
Don’t Fry Day (5/19/2016) by jmarick - May 27, 2016, the Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day.” The “Don’t Fry Day” campaign is meant to spread awareness of the relationship between sun exposure and skin cancer.  According to the National Council on Skin... Read More
Clean It Up with Homemade Cleaners (4/5/2016) by Judy Corbus - Spring has sprung and this is the perfect time to clean and freshen your house.  But you don’t have to spend a lot of money on cleaning products when you can whip up your own with a few... Read More
Breaking Bread: Feeding Family and Friends (4/1/2016) by Angela Hinkle - “Breaking bread”, or eating a meal with others, is a deeply personal way to foster a sense of belonging. Food is a social glue; it brings us together for conversation, a time to catch up, a chance to... Read More
April: What’s in Season Now? (4/1/2016) by hbcopeland - Can you believe Florida fresh fruits and veggies are supplied to 160 countries around the globe!  Particularly abundant right now are the vegetables commonly referred to as cruciferous vegetables.   (However, many scientists are starting to favor the term... Read More
Renting Or Owning (3/30/2016) by sbouie - Home ownership means different things to different individuals. “We feel that owning our own house is a sign of wealth.” “We would purchase a house so our kids would be in the right school zone.” “It was property we could... Read More
Small Steps Are the Key to Healthy Change (3/24/2016) by ghinton - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said, “The greatest thing in the world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we are moving.” That saying holds true when it comes to our health and our... Read More
De-Clutter Your Financial Life (3/15/2016) by Judy Corbus - In spring cleaning mode? If so, now is the perfect time to de-clutter your financial life. Organizing important papers as well as purging unnecessary ones will reduce paper clutter and stress and help you to locate what you... Read More
Celebrate Earth Day, Then Make Earth Day Every Day! (3/15/2016) by jmarick - Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22, with many festivals, activities and events being held in in the weeks prior. April 22 marks Earth Day. Help build a better future and preserve Mother Earth by... Read More
Why Eggs? (3/14/2016) by sbouie - This is the time of year when people hear “Easter,” they think of Easter egg hunt. Eggs can be used for more than just an Easter Egg Hunt, although Easter is when you can purchase eggs at their... Read More
“Egg”cellent Food Safety Tips for Your Holiday (3/11/2016) by Jill Breslawski - It seems that everywhere you look, an egg hunt is being advertised, egg dye kits are on every corner in the store, and the Internet is a-buzz with cool decorating ideas. Keep in mind this season that this... Read More
Celebrate National Nutrition Month (3/11/2016) by Amy Mullins - Celebrating the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Nutrition Month each March is the perfect time to focus on your health needs and set new nutritional goals. A couple of key messages for this year’s theme include discovering... Read More
Starch Madness (3/11/2016) by Angela Hinkle - Starchy foods are healthy – eat them! Starchy foods make you fat – don’t eat them! How do you score a healthy starch bracket with all this contradictory madness? For each round of your daily eating game, choose... Read More
Crops in Season (2/23/2016) by hbcopeland - What’s in season now is certainly variable, location being a major influence in this area.  Chances are, if you’re from a cold weather state and enjoying the Florida sunshine, expectations are a bit different than if you are... Read More
Crops in Season: February (2/20/2016) by hbcopeland - Although cool weather certainly makes Floridians feel like they’re experiencing winter, Florida farms are working in overdrive this February producing agricultural products for a whole lot of people who, because of COLD weather, are not able to grow... Read More
Surprise… Good Nutrition is “In the Can”! (2/10/2016) by ghinton - Sometimes canned foods get a bad rap. Often, concerns are valid because canned foods tend to be high in unwanted salt and/or sugar. The good news is that you can buy fruits canned in their own juice and... Read More
Even Hippocrates Endorsed Walking (2/10/2016) by jmarick - “Walking is man’s best medicine.” The ground breaking physician Hippocrates, said this around 300 BC.  It’s amazing that this still applies today. Walking is one of the easiest exercises that the majority of Americans can perform.  So what does... Read More
Saving Just $50 of Your Tax Refund Could Mean Winning Big (2/10/2016) by Judy Corbus - As W-2 forms and other receipts start rolling in, we’re reminded that tax season is upon us once again. It’s exciting to get back some of your own hard-earned money in the form of a tax refund! Saving... Read More
Take Care of Your Heart (2/3/2016) by Amy Mullins - Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths? It has been called the “silent killer” because often there are no symptoms. Your risk for heart disease can... Read More
Sweets for Your Sweetie (1/15/2016) by sswenson - Valentine’s Day and chocolate just go together! Can you really have one without the other? I crave chocolate all year round and with some of the recent research I have read, I can feel all right about giving... Read More
What’s in Season Now? January (1/11/2016) by hbcopeland - Goodness, it is freezing cold in most parts of the country and Florida is gearing up for a record breaking harvest season! According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Florida commercial farms rank second... Read More
No Fear in the New Year (1/8/2016) by Angela Hinkle - Most people don’t really have Lachanophobia – the fear of vegetables. Many folks just have an aversion to eating veggies. Since vegetables are such a major source of nutrition, the MyPlate suggests we make half our plate fruits... Read More
A Win-Win Super Bowl Party (1/4/2016) by Dorothy Lee - Get defensive about your health. These easy-to-tackle recipes are just as tasty, but lower in fat and calories than typical game-day fare. It’s a Win-Win situation. Skip the six-foot-long sub sandwich usually drenched in mayonnaise. Instead, serve a... Read More
Do You Spell Your Holidays “S-T-R-E-S-S?” (11/27/2015) by ghinton - When holiday jingle turns into holiday clamor, it’s time to step back and evaluate. Are you falling victim to the dreaded beast called “stress?” It’s easy to do. With all of the hustle, bustle, and great expectations, we... Read More
Holiday Food Prep FAQs (11/27/2015) by Judy Corbus - Have questions about safely preparing your holiday meal? Refer to this quick reference for answers to common questions this time of year: Q. Approximately how long should you allow for thawing a frozen turkey in the refrigerator? A.... Read More
A “Green” Holiday (11/25/2015) by sswenson - The holiday season will soon be upon us. A “Green“ Holiday focuses on finding ways to reduce consumption by using renewable resources and reusing or repurposing objects. Practicing these principles can fit in line with holiday celebrations, making... Read More
Will You Be Dining In? (10/30/2015) by Angela Hinkle - When I was a kid a million years ago, my family had dinners together. Most meal times were good.  I was where I was supposed to be and felt safe, important, and loved.  Other meals were not so... Read More
Seasonal Savings (10/30/2015) by sswenson - The holiday season will soon be upon us. It seems to begin earlier each year placing more stress on both retailers and consumers. Retailers struggle to sell more products while consumers are subjected to a bombardment of messages... Read More
Thankful for Jane (10/28/2015) by Angela Hinkle - November in the Panhandle of Florida. Time for pumpkins, cooler weather, hay rides, football games, harvesting cotton and peanuts, and of course, Thanksgiving.  It’s also time for the annual Peanut Butter Challenge!  We gather peanut butter to give... Read More
Leftover Alert (10/28/2015) by Dorothy Lee - It’s that time of the year! The holidays are upon us. A time when our thoughts turn to family, friends, celebrations, holiday feasts, and, yes, leftovers. Holiday meal leftovers can be just as delectable as the original feast.... Read More
Put Down The Fork and Get On Your Feet! (10/2/2015) by jmarick - The numbers are in and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% or more of the United States adult population is obese in each state. This data was collected during the Behavioral Risk Factor... Read More
Let’s Donate and Recycle Our Electronics (10/2/2015) by sswenson - Did you know that Floridians throw away 8 pounds of garbage per day? That is double the national average. This is not something to be proud of but it leaves a lot of room for improvement! Many times... Read More
Crops in Season (10/2/2015) by hbcopeland - Geographic conditions have a major impact on the growing season of any given area. Florida is indeed blessed to have such diverse and healthy growing times. In fact, Florida is one of the few states divided into three... Read More
Safetacular Fall Celebrations (10/2/2015) by Dorothy Lee - Fall is in the air. Cooler weather brings thoughts and plans for hayrides, carnivals, festivals, trick-or-treat, and more fun. Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little tricky. Concerns... Read More
5 Easy Steps to Save for Big Ticket Items (8/29/2015) by gorimani - Very few of us have money ready to cover an emergency, never mind the money for the larger purchases we’d like to make. This is why it’s so important to prioritize savings to cover both the items you... Read More
Packing a Healthy School Lunch (8/29/2015) by Melanie - Packing the kids’ lunches for school means you know which nutritious foods they are eating. Here are some budget-friendly, creative ideas to keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime. Make a “Smarter” Sandwich: While some kids prefer the... Read More
What Happens When You Eat? (8/24/2015) by Angela Hinkle - If you think about it, your digestive system is pretty weird.  Amazing, but weird.  Digestion is the rather complicated process of breaking down the food we eat into energy and nutrients, which then get absorbed into our bloodstream... Read More
Local and Seasonal Foods: August (8/24/2015) by hbcopeland - Local, seasonal food has been the subject of federal, state, and local government policy in recent years as consumer interest in and demand for this kind of food has grown.  In fact, research from the UF/IFAS Center for... Read More
Child Safety and Convenience: The Laundry Pod Dilemma (8/24/2015) by jmarick - Consumer Reports recently pulled their previous endorsement for laundry detergent pods in light of the potential poisoning hazard for young children. Just to be clear, this is only the laundry pods that contain the highly concentrated liquid detergent,... Read More
Kids: After-School Snacking and Food Safety Tips (8/24/2015) by Amy Mullins - Are your kids famished when they get home from school? Kids often hit the kitchen right when they get home and begin the search for something to eat. After being at school all day, it’s inevitable they will... Read More
Preparing for the After-School Snack Stampede! (7/25/2015) by ghinton - It may be hard to believe, but summer vacation is drawing to a close and school is right around the corner. It’s time to plan for lots of things like new classrooms and teachers, unexpected supply needs, extracurricular... Read More
Let’s Keep Grilling, but Safely! (7/25/2015) by Marjorie Moore, Ph.D. - Summer brings on the craving to grill and that craving continues through the year! Millions of Americans will enjoy grilling as they gather with family and friends. Whether grilling outdoors or indoors, safe food handling is always important.... Read More
Food Trends (7/22/2015) by hbcopeland - Upon hearing the word “trend”, you may think fashion. Fact is, foods trend too! Last October, nearly 1,300 members of the American Culinary Federation were given a list of 231 items and asked to rate each item as... Read More
July: National Ice Cream Month (7/15/2015) by hbcopeland - July: National Ice Cream Month Why not start this month off with a treat! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July (July 19th) as National Ice Cream... Read More
Student Loans: Do Your Homework Before You Borrow! (7/15/2015) by gorimani - The decision to go to college may seem to be a no brainer, however, paying for the constantly increasing costs of college can be quite challenging. Given the increase of costs to attend a university, most prospective students... Read More
Get a “Bang” Out of July 4 Safely (6/26/2015) by Judy Corbus - The bright, beautiful colors of a fireworks displays are a sight to behold and the highlight of July 4 celebrations across the country. But, it’s important to be careful when selecting and using fireworks for your family’s celebration.... Read More
Water Smarts To Keep Kids Safe (6/26/2015) by ghinton - On June 20, 2015, a two-year-old boy in Bay County, Florida, drowned in his family’s above-ground pool after being able to get out of the house undetected. Drowning is a very real risk for young children, especially in... Read More
Summer Break Spot (6/26/2015) by hbcopeland - With school out for the summer, many children may miss out on a meal they normally would receive through USDA’s school meals programs. Florida’s at-risk children now can have meals all summer long. The Summer Break Spot Program,... Read More
Watermelon – A Taste of Summer (6/5/2015) by hbcopeland - Rarely do I hear the phrase “school’s out” and not think of my own summers of fun and, of course, Alice Cooper’s 1972 major hit single “School’s Out for Summer” – does that age me? In fact, “word”... Read More
Super Summer Snacking (5/28/2015) by Amy Mullins -   Can you believe that the kids are almost out of school for the summer? With kids in the house all summer, get ready for those constant snack attacks, followed by “mom (or dad)…there’s nothing good to eat.”... Read More
Youth Gain from Camping Experiences (5/13/2015) by brinkley - With summer around the corner, it’s a great time to enroll your children in residential and/or day camps. For most communities there are a variety of camps offered. Camping experiences not only give children something to do, they are... Read More
Be a Good Roll Model (5/1/2015) by Angela Hinkle - Set a good example for your family and friends by eating whole grains in meals and snacks. Whole grain rolls, tortillas, hot and cold cereals, breads, pastas, crackers, and brown rice are excellent foods that boast health benefits... Read More
The Importance of Club Involvement (5/1/2015) by brinkley - With summer approaching, you might be asking, “What am I going to do with my children while they are out of school?” One solution is to get them involved in a club. 4-H is the youth organization of... Read More
Getting Prepared for the Canning Season (3/29/2015) by sswenson -       In addition to planting your spring garden and reviewing the latest food safety materials, you should consider having your pressure canner gauge tested. Today’s pressure canner may have a dial gauge for indicating the pressure... Read More
Same program, new label! (3/24/2015) by hbcopeland - On March 4, 2015 the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) unveiled a new Safer Choice label/logo, which makes it easier to find household cleaners and other home products that are safer, more environmentally friendly—and still get the job done!... Read More
Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Home! (3/24/2015) by hbcopeland -   Spring cleaning of one’s home is a tradition dating back centuries that is tied to the vernal equinox – the first day of spring.   At the spring equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length... Read More
Busy People Need to Eat Healthy, Too! (3/23/2015) by Amy Mullins - It seems that we are rushing here and there, doing things at the speed of light. We may find ourselves consumed by work, meetings, school, sports practice for the kids… an endless list of things to keep us... Read More
Some Things are Too Important to Say Nothing: Talking with Your Children about Money (3/17/2015) by kris88 - Most parents would not allow their child to play in the street or to touch a hot stove because parents understand that these actions have consequences and the consequences are serious. If you don’t talk with your child... Read More
You Can’t Be the Real Thing: Eat Whole Fruits (3/13/2015) by kris88 - Don’t fool yourself into thinking that drinking 100% fruit juice is the same as eating the whole fruit. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found two key things that may have you re-thinking your breakfast drink:... Read More
Frustrated by UFOs in Your Kitchen? (3/13/2015) by Angela Hinkle - Does your kitchen freezer resemble an archaeological dig in an iceberg? Do you ever see what you think is what you’re looking for in the very back? As you reach for it, half of everything else falls out... Read More
Plan Ahead for “Pomp and Circumstance” (2/14/2015) by Judy Corbus - Do you have a high school senior in your life in the near or not-so-near future? If so, it’s never too early to begin planning and preparing for the expenses associated with senior year. For starters, here are... Read More
Flavonoids: Good for the Heart! (2/11/2015) by Marjorie Moore, Ph.D. - February is heart month, a time to consider including foods in your diet that will benefit your heart. Much has been in the media during the last few years about the positive heart health benefits of blueberries, red... Read More
Identity Theft Is No Laughing Matter (2/9/2015) by kris88 - While the commercials about identity theft maybe funny, identity theft is no laughing matter. Identity theft occurs when someone’s personal information is used to access money. According to the national crime and victimization survey it is estimated that... Read More
Tips to Reduce Spending (1/30/2015) by sswenson - Do you need help managing your finances so that your family can realize more of their needs and wants?  Family members of all ages must learn to communicate and understand what their financial situation is.  Open discussions among... Read More
Florida’s “Enhanced Child Passenger Safety Law” – What Do You Need to Know? (1/30/2015) by ghinton - There’s a new law in Florida – and although it’s far from comprehensive, it’s designed to better protect our kids. As of January 1, 2015, Florida law requires that all children riding in vehicles must use a safety... Read More
Cutting Down Waste in the School Cafeteria (1/30/2015) by sswenson -   Do you have a child or grandchild who eats meals at school? Do they come home hungry and complain about the meals they are served? Have you taken any time to explain how the lunchroom food choices... Read More
Get Free Tax Prep Help (1/30/2015) by hbcopeland - In the early ’70s, Gary Iskowitz was doing graduate work as well as teaching tax law while working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Mr. Iskowitz saw a growing problem with questionable tax preparers who were scamming low-income... Read More
Resolutions for Living Well (1/17/2015) by gorimani - The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “resolution” as “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.; the act of resolving something.” Now that 2015 is here, what are you seeking to resolve this year? If... Read More
Five Steps to Seasonal Savings (12/9/2014) by sswenson -   Recently, UF/IFAS published Five Steps to Seasonal Savings, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FY/FY140500.pdf, an EDIS brochure which reminds us of the stress that can result from holiday spending. I would encourage each of you to print or review the brochure and... Read More
Do You Know Your Numbers? (11/22/2014) by kris88 - When you go to the doctor for a physical your health care provider probably routinely records four important numbers as a base line indicator of your health. Your vital signs consist of your blood pressure, breaths per minute,... Read More
Healthy Holiday Eating for Diabetics (11/22/2014) by Marjorie Moore, Ph.D. - Eat, drink, be happy and be healthy this holiday season. My favorite holidays are just around the corner. It is an exciting time to be with family and friends. There is usually lots of food that may come... Read More
Halloween is Over, But Retailers Still Have Some Tricks Up Their Sleeves (11/21/2014) by kris88 - It won’t be long before you start to smell “holiday scents” and hear “holiday music” almost everywhere you go. These holiday smells and sounds are a marketing tactic. According to research conducted by Spangenberg, Gorhmann, and Sprott, when... Read More
Thank You Is Good For Me (11/21/2014) by Angela Hinkle - Gratitude doesn’t have to happen only on World Gratitude Day or around the Thanksgiving table. Happiness researchers have found that expressing gratitude has wide-ranging benefits. Counting your blessings on a frequent basis is associated with increased happiness. Grateful... Read More
Clean Out Your Fridge for the Holidays (11/21/2014) by Judy Corbus - Do you have food containers growing green fuzzies in the back of your refrigerator? It’s easy for leftovers and other food items to overstay their welcome in the fridge, creating a food safety hazard as well as unnecessary... Read More
Personal Comment: A land-grant president for UF (10/31/2014) by Kendra Zamojski - By Jack Payne The selection of Dr. W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”) as the next president of the University of Florida should be cause for celebration for anyone who cares about Florida agriculture and natural resources. I’ll confess,... Read More
Are You Packing? (9/6/2014) by Angela Hinkle - Lunch, that is. Yes, it’s back to school time. Whether the words “back to school” make you happy or sad, it is that time of year. One thing we can agree on, though, is that a healthy, safe,... Read More
Is Your Family Immunized? (8/6/2014) by gorimani - Make sure that your family and friends are up-to-date on their immunizations. With children enrolling in or returning to school, older students entering college, and adults and the health care community preparing for the upcoming flu season, this... Read More
Picnics: A Great Change of Pace Outdoors and Indoors (7/1/2014) by Angela Hinkle - A picnic is a pleasure excursion for all ages, a delightful expedition away from the normal day. Whether at a park, at the beach, right outside under a tree, on the porch, or on the living room floor,... Read More
Quench Your Thirst to Beat the Heat (6/27/2014) by Judy Corbus - “Whew, I’m thirsty!” As temperatures rise, you may be saying that more frequently and for good reason.  Better than one-half of our body weight is water and we lose water daily in sweat, urine, and feces.  Water converts... Read More
Simple Ideas for Fun in the Sun (6/27/2014) by Angela Hinkle - “School’s out!” Time to head outdoors to play. In their Physical Activity Guidelines, the Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.health.gov, recommends at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day for overall better health.... Read More
KIDS DON’T FLOAT: Swimming Pool Safety (6/27/2014) by gorimani - Going to the beach or pool is a popular summer activity but did you know a child can drown in as little as one inch of water?  Drowning is usually quick and silent.  A child will lose consciousness... Read More
Summer Camp is Almost Here: Preparation Tips for Campers (and Parents!) (6/2/2014) by Melanie - Summer is here and summer camp is on the horizon. Maybe this is your child’s first time to an overnight camp or they are “old pros” at this thing called camp. Many parents and children will have camp... Read More
Helping Young Children Understand the Meaning of Math (6/2/2014) by brinkley - Children are born curious and are constantly learning about the world around them.  Children learn basic math skills through daily activities and interaction.  They practice basic math skills as they notice differences between things, how events happen the same... Read More
Be Prepared. Be Ready. Stay Safe: National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014 (5/28/2014) by gorimani - May 25 – 31, 2014 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This week is a good time to prepare your family, property, and pets for severe weather situations. The dangers of a hurricane are numerous:  heavy rainfall, flooding, high... Read More
Nutrition Program Encourages Healthy, Budget-Friendly Family Meals (5/13/2014) by Amy Mullins - Parents and guardians across America work hard everyday to put food in the mouths of their families.  We all have to make choices in the foods we eat and provide for our children.  This process of planning, shopping,... Read More
Florida’s “Big Kids” Just Got A Safety Boost! (5/12/2014) by ghinton - For several years, Florida has been the most dangerous state for children between the ages of 4 and 10 traveling in vehicles.  Florida is currently one of only two states in the nation that lacks a booster seat... Read More
The Importance of Play (5/12/2014) by hbcopeland -  Not much has changed since the American Academy of Pediatrics released their clinical report in 2006 about the importance of play in promoting healthy child development.   In fact, play is so important to optimal child development that in... Read More
It is amazing what happens when we all sit down at the table………. (5/12/2014) by hbcopeland - The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has proclaimed obesity a national, serious public health issue. As such, he is encouraging all Americans to learn about and engage in activities that promote healthy eating. How... Read More
Preserving Food: It is Not Like In Grandma’s Day (5/1/2014) by sswenson - Home canning has changed greatly in the 170 years since it was introduced as a way to preserve food. Grandma may have cooked her green beans and poured them into hot jars but open kettle canning is not... Read More
Think About It! (4/25/2014) by hbcopeland - According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the term “sustainability” has emerged as a result of significant concerns about the unintended social, environmental, and economic consequences of rapid growth.  Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything we... Read More
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2014 Green Living Expo to be held in Crawfordville (4/7/2014) by sswenson -     Come one, come all to the Green Living Expo offered to all citizens of the Big Bend area.  I love the adopted tagline… Experience a simpler, more sustainable life.  Learn ways to save money and reduce... Read More
Spring Clean Your Finances (3/31/2014) by gorimani -   As you are clearing out clutter, sprucing up, and getting ready for summer, you also should start your financial spring cleaning by figuring out where you stand financially. Here are a few tips to help you get... Read More
Are You Being Profiled? (3/17/2014) by kris88 - Your credit score is the most frequently and widely used method for determining your credit worthiness, but what if a 700 credit score was not just a 700 credit anymore? What if there was a way to try... Read More
The Cost of Not Having HealthCare (3/17/2014) by kris88 - UF IFAS Extension Northwest District cares about you having all the facts necessary to use research based information to make informed choices for you and/or your family. One important choice coming up for almost 70,000 uninsured adults in... Read More
Sugar vs. Other Sweeteners: Get the Scoop (3/17/2014) by ghinton - Do you use sugar, honey, artificial sweetener, or some combination of them all?  Which are better to use?  The internet is flooded with myths about sweeteners – both nutritive and low- or no-calorie.  Because it’s often difficult to... Read More
Food Recalls Help Keep Consumers Safe (3/3/2014) by hbcopeland - Have you paid attention to any of the recent food recalls?  In February 2014, both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued consumer food recalls and alerts for a... Read More
Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right (3/2/2014) by Angela Hinkle - Taste tops nutrition as the main reason why we buy one food over another, as consumer research has clearly shown.  Even though social, emotional, and health factors do have important roles to play, the foods people enjoy are... Read More
Life Happens: Emergency Funds Allow You to Adapt (2/28/2014) by kris88 - Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Are you... Read More
Families Eat Too Many Sofas (2/28/2014) by Angela Hinkle - No, not the kind you sit on.  SoFAS stands for “Solid Fats and Added Sugars”.  Even though the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than about 15% of daily calories should come from SoFAS, Americans of both... Read More
Cool Off Your Heating Bill (1/27/2014) by Judy Corbus -   Winter definitely is here!  Thankfully, we are not shoveling snow here in the Panhandle like our neighbors to the north, but our electric bills most likely have risen as the mercury has dropped.  To save money on... Read More
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Helps Everyone Win (1/22/2014) by kris88 - Tax season starts officially on January 31, 2014.  Now is time to start gathering documents and deciding on a tax preparer. For low to moderate income individuals and families, the VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) program maybe an... Read More
Soup’s On! (1/8/2014) by Kendra Zamojski - Nothing tastes as good on a cold, winter day as a nice hot bowl of soup.  Soups are easy to make and economical.  Homemade soups are healthy.  They are a great way to pack more vegetables into your... Read More
SPICE Up Your Holiday Meals (12/18/2013) by Melanie - Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Normal 0... Read More
Lighten Up Your Holiday Feast (12/18/2013) by sswenson - The countdown is upon us.  The last-minute food preparation is soon to begin.  Don’t regret the holidays by overdoing in the food consumption aspect of meals.  Avoid having to include a strict eating regimen as a new year’s... Read More
Keep Colds Away This Season With One Vital Step (12/4/2013) by ghinton - Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} It seems like such a... Read More
What the Buzz About Bees? An Update from the Beekeeping Trade Show (12/2/2013) by Marjorie Moore, Ph.D. - On November 1-2, 2013, the Northwest District Agriculture and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents Program Implementation Teams collaborated to offer classes during the annual Beekeeping Field Day and Tradeshow held in Chipley, FL. This third-annual event was... Read More
Tips for a Tasty (and Safe) Thanksgiving Dinner (11/26/2013) by Judy Corbus - Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} The highlight... Read More
Keep Pumpkin Pies Safe This Holiday Season! (11/5/2013) by Marjorie Moore, Ph.D. - To refrigerate pumpkin pies or not to refrigerate? That is the question. You have seen pumpkin pies in the bakery section of supermarkets not refrigerated and you wonder if you can do the same at home. Unfortunately, homemade... Read More
Healthy Halloween Treats (10/25/2013) by Judy Corbus - Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Normal 0... Read More
Nutty for Peanut Butter (9/30/2013) by Angela Hinkle - Peanut butter is a versatile food which has soared beyond being jelly’s side kick on bread.  Peanut butter can be used as a snack, as part of a full meal, in baking, and yes, even in cooking.  It’s... Read More
Sprucing Up Your Home This Fall? Know Thy Paint! (9/30/2013) by gorimani - So now the weather is cooling off and you’ve been thinking about doing something to give your home a much-needed facelift. Perhaps now you’re thinking you want to add some seasonal touches. The easiest way to spruce up... Read More
How to Avoid Homework Hassles (9/24/2013) by brinkley - Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Some children dread the thought... Read More
Type-2 Diabetes: Are YOU at Risk? (9/11/2013) by Amy Mullins - Chances are, most of us have a friend or family member who is diabetic.  Type-2 diabetes develops when the body is unable to use the hormone insulin properly, causing blood glucose to stay high after eating (hyperglycemia).  If... Read More
Chill Out in the Summer Heat (8/14/2013) by Angela Hinkle - Brutal … Sizzling … Searing.  These words are often used to describe the summer heat in our Southern region of the U.S.  While staying cool in the summer heat is a matter of comfort for most of us,... Read More
No Time to Cook! (8/9/2013) by Kendra Zamojski - Arriving home after work, the race against the clock begins.  I have only two hours to get dinner on the table and to get my family fed, bathed, and in bed.  But, what do I make for dinner? ... Read More
Evaluate Your Need for Life Insurance (7/30/2013) by kris88 - Life insurance is protection against the loss of income that would result if the insured passed away. According to Life Insurance and Market Research Association International (LIMRA), approximately 35 million households are uninsured and 50 million American have... Read More
Organisms That Can Bug You (7/17/2013) by Dorothy Lee - “It must be something I ate” often is the explanation people give for a bout of home-grown “Montezuma’s Revenge” or some other unwelcome gastrointestinal upset. Despite the fact that America’s food supply is the safest in the world,... Read More
Eat More … Veggies (7/2/2013) by Angela Hinkle - Eat more vegetables for your health Vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  When included as part of a well-balanced diet and a healthy active lifestyle, vegetables can help:  lower your cholesterol, reduce obesity and... Read More
Be a Smart Picnicker This Summer (6/25/2013) by Amy Mullins - It’s time for all the fun things that summer brings, like picnics, potlucks, and outdoor gatherings.  These are ways we all enjoy celebrating the summer sunshine with friends and family.  As things heat up outside, don’t forget the... Read More
ALERT: Change in FHA Mortgage Insurance Program (6/7/2013) by Judy Corbus - Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} If you... Read More
Riding Safely at Every Age (6/5/2013) by ghinton - Dawson is a healthy, active 3-year-old whose mom makes sure he eats right, learns something new every day, and rides safely in the car.  Until a few months ago, Dawson, who weighs 42 pounds and is 42 inches... Read More
Fruit Frenzy (5/28/2013) by Angela Hinkle - As the days get warmer, bring on the cool refreshment of fruit.  Now is the time to delight in fruit’s tasty, healthy goodness. Reduce Risk and Protect A healthy diet that is rich in fruits may reduce risk... Read More
Water, Water Everywhere: Children Discuss Water Quality (5/20/2013) by sswenson - I had the privilege of spending a day recently with children from Medart Elementary School for their annual Project Learning Tree (PLT).  During PLT, community representatives make presentations on nature, conservation and sustainability practices.  The 2013 theme was... Read More
Experiment When Cooking with Herbs (5/16/2013) by Kendra Zamojski - Many novice cooks fret about what herbs to add to a recipe, when to add them and how much to add.  There are no rules when cooking with herbs! The fun of livening up recipes with herbs is... Read More
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes (5/15/2013) by hbcopeland - One of the most comforting memories of childhood has to be the smell of homemade yeast bread wafting throughout the house!  Baking yeast bread, like many other kitchen traditions is making a comeback.  Bread is a wonderful source... Read More
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (5/9/2013) by hbcopeland - One of the most comforting memories of childhood has to be the smell of homemade yeast bread wafting throughout the house!  Baking yeast bread, like many other kitchen traditions is making a comeback.  Bread is a wonderful source... Read More
Helping Children Learn Self-Control (4/23/2013) by brinkley - Self-control is an important skill for all children to learn.  In other words, individuals know right from wrong or have power to control their own actions.  Self-control is the ability to think before you act, rather than being... Read More
How Much Food Are You Throwing Away? (4/17/2013) by hbcopeland - Sustainability – 1.   The ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed.  2. Environmental Science: The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting it. This Earth Day, think about the dictionary definitions of sustainability, especially... Read More
Hypertension and Your Health (4/10/2013) by Amy Mullins - Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} For World... Read More
Perk Up, Coffee Drinkers (4/3/2013) by kris88 - In 2011, NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, conducted a study with 22 families and analyzed 30 items in their homes.  One item that disappointingly made NSF International’s list of the “Top Ten Germiest Places in the Home”... Read More
Easter Egg Safety (3/25/2013) by Judy Corbus - If an Easter egg hunt is on your calendar for the holiday weekend, follow these tips for safe, quality hard cooked eggs.  Dr. Amy Simonne, University of Florida/IFAS Food Safety Specialist, recommends choosing Grade A or AA eggs... Read More
Fat 101 (3/21/2013) by ghinton - “Fat” is probably one of the most dreaded words in our culture.  While our eyes may light up when we smell a juicy steak or see an apple pie, we’re warned to steer clear of those tempting foods... Read More
Prepaid or Reloadable Credit Cards (Part 2) (3/7/2013) by gorimani - SHOPPING FOR A CARD Here are some tips on choosing the best card for you: Will the card be accepted in places where you want to use it? Is there a minimum requirement for the card to remain... Read More
Prepaid or Reloadable Cards (3/4/2013) by gorimani - What are prepaid cards? Pre-paid cards or network branded prepaid cards are not credit cards, although they are sometimes marketed as “prepaid credit cards”. No credit is offered by the card issuer and the cardholder spends money which... Read More
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C. (2/13/2013) by hbcopeland - http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/healthyeating/pdfs/KTB Family Cookbook 2010.pdf What timeless words of wisdom! More recently, researchers at Rutgers University conducted a Meta study looking at 68 studies that examined the relationship between family meals, eating habits, and children’s health. Specifically, they wanted... Read More
Cat News You Can Use (2/4/2013) by bmahan - Years ago when I adopted my first cats, my veterinarian told me that unlike dogs, cats do not get heartworms, so I didn’t need to give my cats any preventive medicine for them. However, fast forward about 20... Read More
Traditions Help Bind Us Together as a Family (1/29/2013) by hbcopeland - According to the Free Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary, there are countless definitions of family. Perhaps, one definition that  most could agree on is that a family is a group of people united by certain convictions or a common connection. Don’t... Read More
Dog News You Can Use (12/4/2012) by bmahan - As a dog owner, I’ve always been told to not let your dog have chocolate because it is poisonous for them to eat. Well, a question that I’ve had for years is “How much chocolate can a dog... Read More
Make this Holiday Season a Healthy One! (11/21/2012) by Kendra Zamojski - From Halloween to the New Year, most people struggle to control their eating.  The average American gains about one pound during the holiday season.  Some gain even more.  While this is less than the holiday weight gain amounts... Read More
I’m Home and I’m Starving! (10/23/2012) by Angela Hinkle - Those are familiar words for most of us with kids.  Though they are not really starving, most children do need a little afternoon boost when they come home from school.  It may have been hours since lunch and... Read More
Energy Efficient Homes: Air Conditioning (7/23/2012) by sswenson - Welcome to the Florida summer!!! Feeling the heat?  No pool to cool off in?  Running your air conditioner and then feeling blue when the bill arrives?  Let’s review some basics in energy-efficient use of your air conditioner.  Perhaps... Read More
Totally Tasty Tomatoes (7/23/2012) by Kendra Zamojski - Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in backyard gardens.  With each plant capable of producing 8-10 pounds of fruit or more, good gardeners may have more tomatoes than they can eat.  If you lack a green thumb, tomatoes... Read More
Cool Off with a Cold Glass of Milk (7/6/2012) by Judy Corbus - A cold glass of milk on a hot summer day offers more than just cool refreshment. Who knew one eight-ounce glass of milk provides: Calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth. Riboflavin and vitamin B-12... Read More
Boosters Are For Big Kids (7/6/2012) by ghinton - Piper is 7 years old.  She goes to school, plays with dolls, and loves to visit friends.  Piper’s career goal is to take over the world through “flower power”.  When Piper travels, she sits in a booster seat... Read More
Artistic Summer Snack Attack (6/1/2012) by Angela Hinkle - School’s out!  One way to get creative with all this extra time and to eat nutritiously is to make and eat healthy snacks.  Like an arts and crafts project, making a snack can be a great summertime activity. ... Read More
Watch for the Nutrition Facts Label to Appear on Meat and Poultry Products (5/9/2012) by Kendra Zamojski - Facebook0Twitter0Google plus0
Tips for Talking to Older Adults (4/26/2012) by brinkley - As I begin to age, I am finding that many of my co-workers, friends and I are dealing with aging parents.  Often times, it is trying and difficult to communicate with aging family and friends.  Hopefully, this article... Read More
Celebrate Earth Day: Take Action Towards Sustainability (4/23/2012) by Kendra Zamojski - In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore of Long Beach, California, a furniture refinisher and seafarer was returning from a sailing trip through the seldom traveled Subtropical North Pacific only to realize his sailboat was encircled by  a... Read More
Easter Egg Safety (4/6/2012) by Judy Corbus - Easter Egg coloring can be a lot of fun for the whole family, but it is important to remember to practice food safety. “Based on USDA’s statistics, the average consumer would encounter a contaminated egg only once in... Read More