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Category: Health & Nutrition

New institute to address food production and sustainability at global scale

The University of Florida has announced the creation of the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute, which will bring together the university’s top researchers to find solutions to feeding the world in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable…. Read More

UF/IFAS Spotlights: Elaine Turner, Innovative CALS Dean

Elaine Turner has only overseen the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences since 2014, but she’s already seen monumental strides. In that time CALS has achieved the highest enrollment the college has seen – more than 6,000 total… Read More

Farms deliver produce to local food banks through USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

When COVID-19 shut down the food service industry, which supplies entertainment venues like sports arenas, cruise ships and theme parks, many farmers had crops out in the field without their usual buyers open to purchase the goods. The… Read More

Families with limited resources may get UF/IFAS nutrition education virtually

Educators with the UF/IFAS Extension Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) teach classes in-person. They prefer face-to-face education, and so do their clients. But soon, they may bring lessons to stakeholders where they live or work. EFNEP… Read More

In COVID-19 era, UF/IFAS research adapts

As Florida moved to “safer at home” measures, not all work could be put on pause. When it came to University of Florida research, many UF/IFAS projects could not wait. There are living plants, animals and insects to… Read More

Is this poisonous? For UF mushroom expert, COVID-19 means more concerned calls, texts

Above: Lactarius paradoxus or ‘milky cap’ mushrooms gathered by Matt Smith in the Gainesville area. While this particular species is edible, there are mushrooms that look similar that are not edible, which is why Smith urges caution. “If… Read More

Can’t sew a face mask? A local 4-H member might have you covered

As part of the 4-H pledge, members commit their hands to larger service. In the time of COVID-19, that looks like hands busy sewing face masks and other supplies for communities across Florida. In at least 18 counties,… Read More

Let’s Walk Florida to address community wellness for all

Let’s Walk Florida will stretch statewide in May to address community wellness across diverse communities. The free, virtual UF/IFAS Extension program helps Floridians achieve their health and wellness goals through physical activity. Let’s Walk Florida was originally scheduled… Read More

UF/IFAS Spotlights: Marjorie Moore, An Agent of Change

1920-2020 Women Trailblazers

Marjorie Moore dedicated her Extension career of 40 years to empowering children and adults alike and establishing partnerships to advance the needs of the communities she served. Her early work fostered healthy nutrition habits and 4-H leadership skills… Read More