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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

April 17, 2017



“What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.”

~Pearl Bailey



Person collecting ripe tomatoes from gardenGarden, grow, preserve with MU Extension

Janet Hackert, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Harrison County, University of Missouri Extension

Spring is here and now is the time to take advantage of the wealth of resources University of Missouri Extension has to offer to help with gardening and preserving your garden’s harvest.

MU Extension provides services and information on getting the garden started (i.e., soil testing, vegetable planting calendar), growing fruits and vegetables, managing common problems (i.e., disease and insect infestations), maintenance, and then harvesting, using and preserving your bounty.

For helpful information and resources, see the full version of this article at

Young couple walking to market with reusable shopping bagsGo green in the kitchen on Earth Day

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

April 22 is Earth Day — a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment so that we can protect the natural gifts of the planet. One of the goals of Earth Day is to measurably reduce carbon emissions. There are small things that anyone can do in our kitchens and with our food to make a difference.

  • Buy locally grown produce. Locally grown produce spends less time on a truck, which reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The health benefit of locally grown produce is that it retains more nutrients. The longer the fruit or vegetable is away from the plant, the more nutrients it loses. Most food at a farmers market is picked on the morning it is sold.
  • Walk to the farmers market. You can burn 100 calories for every mile walked and for every mile you don’t drive you can prevent a pound of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere...

For more tips on going green in the kitchen, see the full version of this article at

Efficient showerheadWaterSense: Making every drop count

Rebecca Blocker, MS, HHS, Housing and Environmental Design Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

You can save water and energy, help the environment and keep money in your pocket with a few simple changes to use water more efficiently. WaterSense — an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply — estimates the average family spends more than $1,00 per year on water costs. A few easy changes could save you about $300 per year...

WaterSense offers the following facts and simple steps to help you start saving water. It’s as easy as check, twist and replace...

For tips and resources on saving water, see the full version of this article at

Nurse doing yoga/meditationApril is Stress Awareness Month

Ways to help eliminate unnecessary stress at work

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

Stress can be a positive factor in our lives — some stress even energizes us. When we have more demands than we can meet, however, we may feel out of control. High levels of stress may have a negative impact on physical health, mental wellbeing and relationships. It’s important to know how much stress is appropriate.

Research by the Families and Work Institute reports that we are energized by our work when these factors are present...

To learn more about what energizes us and what stresses us out at work, and how to reduce that stress, see the full version of this article at

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