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Belle Glade, hurricane of 1928. Photos from the Smather's Archives.

Hark! Hurricane Season Approaches


May 17, 2022

Ah, warm weather. Stunning biodiversity. Idyllic spots for basking. These are a few iconic aspects of life in Florida. Unfortunately, so are hurricanes. These large storms and their effects are sometimes taken for granted. Weather-related ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Disaster Preparation, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering Department, Disaster Preparedness, Evacuation, Family Youth And Community Sciences Department, Hurricane Impacts, Hurricane Preparation, Tropical REC
A pine forest is a good place to take dogs to run. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright

Staying Kinetic and Connected


April 26, 2022

Your friend meets you for dinner after a long day. After one look at his fitness wearable, his face falls. "I skipped my run today," he mutters. "My workouts just feel like another chore." As he picks at his entree, you propose an after-dinner ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition, Relationships & Family, Work & Life
Tags: Andrea Nikolai, Annie Sheldon Wallau, Department Of Family Youth And Community Sciences, Family, Jamie C. Stolarz, Karla P. Shelnutt, Physical Activity
A controlled burn at Austin Cary Memorial Forest. Photo taken 01-26-19.

Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke: Air Quality and Prescribed Burning in Florida


April 24, 2022

The hazy skies, the smell of smoke in the air, and, for some, irritated eyes or a scratchy throat. Living in Florida, most of us are familiar with the downsides of a wildfire nearby. If the fire is large enough, it might not even need to be ... READ MORE

Category: Forests
Tags: Adam C. Watts, Austin K. Dixon, David R. Godwin, Leda N. Kobziar, Martha C. Monroe, Prescribed Burning, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences
Urban forestry in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Urban Trees, Pollen, and Allergenicity


April 4, 2022

Today is the day. A friend who moved away years ago is returning for a visit, and you can hardly wait to get outside with your picnic basket. Until you see it: the coat of pollen all over your car. You and your friend both have allergies. Still, ... READ MORE

Category: Forests, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: Landscape Trees, Lawn And Garden, Pollen, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Urban Forestry
Fruits and vegetables at a food pantry. Photo taken 06-26-18.

National Nutrition Month Spotlight: COVID-19 and Nutrition


March 6, 2022

As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the prospect of catching the virus has become less of a barrier to many of us conducting daily life. Even for those of us who are vaccinated and boosted, it is important to be aware of how ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition
Tags: Covid-19, Farah Tadros, Food Science And Human Nutrition Department, Hydration, Jeanette Andrade, National Nutrition Month, Susannah Folsom
Sunset and clouds in the Florida Keys.

Learning about Foster Care Youth and the Risk of Homelessness


February 21, 2022

Moving through different stages of life is hard. Young people aging out of the foster care system often face additional obstacles and lack community support systems. During this transitional period, they are at a high risk of experiencing homelessness. ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, Relationships & Family, Work & Life
Tags: Family Youth And Community Sciences Department, Foster Care, Francesca Michelini, Homelessness, Kate Fogarty, Randall Cantrell

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