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April 3, 2017



“The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Sad manWorld Health Day — Depression: Let’s talk

Megan Samson, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Boone County, University of Missouri Extension

The World Health Organization is focusing on depression for this year’s World Health Day on April 7, 2017. With a theme of “Depression: Let’s talk,” the health campaign brings awareness worldwide to the different faces of depression. It is likely that we all know someone with depression, whether or not we are aware of it...

While symptoms of depression include persistent sadness and a loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities for at least two weeks, it should not be seen as a sign of weakness. It is treatable...

To learn more about depression and what you can do if you or a loved one is depressed, see the full version of this article at

Stressed out womanApril is Stress Awareness Month

When stress is not normal

Mary Gosche, former Human Development Specialist, Cape Girardeau County and Southeast Region, University of Missouri Extension

Everyone has stress and a moderate amount of stress is normal. A stressor is any demand on your body or your mind. Stressors can be unpleasant or pleasant experiences like a family reunion, the holidays or exercise. Situations that are considered stressful for one person may have little effect on another person...

Stress affects us in much the same way as a rush of adrenaline. The right amount of stress will help you meet deadlines and be productive. Too much stress can burn you out or make you unable to perform normal activities. Too little stress doesn’t do your body any good and may even prevent you from getting out of bed in the morning...

To learn more about different levels of stress and why it's so important to determine if you are managing stress effectively, see the full version of this article at

Funny face made out of fruits and vegetables on breadGetting kids to eat fruits and vegetables

Gina Lile, former Dietetic Intern, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; Karen Sherbondy, RD, LD, Extension Associate, University of Missouri Extension

Establishing a love for fruits and vegetables while your children are young will benefit their health now and in the future. A diet high in colorful fruits and vegetables will provide a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber that children need to grow. Studies show that eating fruits and vegetables can help your child maintain a healthy weight, keep bowels regular and decrease the chance of diseases like heart disease and cancer.

However, getting kids excited about fruits and vegetables can be a challenge. You may offer fruits and vegetables at mealtimes but your child refuses. If you have a picky eater who won’t touch a plate with leafy greens or an unfamiliar vegetable, you may be wondering what to do...

For helpful tips to get your kids to eat fruits and veggies, see the full version of this article at

Morel mushroomsBe well-informed when hunting and preparing mushrooms

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

Mushrooms are in season. You do not need a license to hunt them but if you want to sell them, a licensed or certified inspector must attest to their safety first.

When hunting mushrooms, it is important to be 100% sure that the mushrooms you find are safe to eat. For example, morel mushrooms vary in size and color, but one identifying factor for them is their hollow, cone- or globe-shaped head connected at the base to a hollow neck. The convolutions on the head make them look very porous... If it is a morel, as described here, it is safe to eat. However, if it is shaped and sized similarly but is NOT hollow, it is poisonous so be very careful...

For resources (including pictures) and tips on hunting for, preparing and selling mushrooms, see the full version of this article at
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