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April 10, 2017



“If you're going through hell, keep going.”

~Winston Churchill



Tying athletic shoesTake little steps for big gains

Tracy Delaney, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Lafayette County, University of Missouri Extension

During the month of April, the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans to move more as part of the Healthy for Good campaign. According to the 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 801,000 (about 1 of every 3) deaths in the US. The 2017 statistics also suggest that the prevalence of obesity is increasing, and 30 percent of American adults report no leisure time physical activity. Overweight/obesity and physical inactivity are two health factors that increase risk for heart disease and stroke.

Making small changes can lead to lasting health benefits...

For tips to help you move more, see the full version of this article at

Woman relaxing on park benchApril is Stress Awareness Month

Stress reduction for a healthier you

Jinny Hopp, former Human Environmental Sciences Specialist, Jasper County, University of Missouri Extension

One of the best ways to protect your health is to reduce the unhealthy stress in your life. Research continues to show us that too much stress robs us of sleep, causes us to gain or lose too much weight, causes headaches, damages relationships, etc... Although you can’t completely eliminate stress from your life, here are some steps you can take to manage your stress in ways that lead to greater health and happiness.

Value your time
Practice saying “no” to added demands on your personal time... When faced with a demanding project, break it into manageable steps and avoid procrastination...

For tips to help balance responsibilities and reduce stress, see the full version of this article at

Two sisters huggingApril 10th is National Siblings Day

How to help your child become a big brother or sister

Amanda Kowal, Ph.D., former Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Missouri

Becoming a sibling
Imagine if your husband or wife brought another spouse home and said “Honey, I love you so much, you are so wonderful, that I want to have another spouse just like you to come live with us!” and then was surprised that you were upset. This is sort of how your firstborn child feels when you have a new child...

Things you can do
Although becoming a brother or sister can be a hard change for children, there are many things you can do to help them with this change before and after the birth of your new child...

To learn what you can do to prepare your child for a sibling, see the full version of this article at

April 16th is Easter

Dyed eggs in cartonFollow safety rules when preparing Easter eggs

Tammy Roberts, MS, RD, LD, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Bates County, University of Missouri Extension

If you will be dyeing and hunting Easter eggs, it’s important to follow these food safety rules to prevent illness.

  • Keep fresh eggs refrigerated in the original carton until it’s time to cook them. Eggs are a high-protein food and are prone to rapid growth of the disease-causing bacteria Salmonella.
  • Hard-cooked eggs can spoil faster than fresh ones... Therefore, it is important to refrigerate hard-cooked eggs within two hours of cooking...

For the complete list of food safety tips, as well as the best way to make a hard-boiled egg, see the full version of this article at

To dye eggs using natural materials like plants and fruit, see Coloring eggs: A spring tradition

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