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August 7, 2017



“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.”

~Marcus Aurelius



Ceramic piggy bank with one dollar sticking outBack-to-school shopping good time to teach children about money

Many families are busy preparing for the school year and buying new clothes, shoes, book bags and school supplies. And there will be many more expenses once school starts, such as school lunches, after-school snacks, fees for extracurricular activities — the list goes on and on. It’s obviously a very expensive time of year.

“Since these expenses are related to children, this is a great time to begin helping them learn to handle money,” said Janet LaFon, family financial education specialist with University of Missouri Extension...

To learn where to start and how to teach children money management skills, see the full article at

Senior couples taking dance lessonsHealthy habits help you live longer

Nina Chen, former Human Development Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Longevity appears to be more about healthy lifestyle than genes. It is 25 percent genes and 75 percent lifestyle, according to Steven Austad, author of the book Why We Age. A study from the University of Cambridge in England, which followed 20,000 middle-aged men and women for 11 years, found that nonsmokers with the healthiest eating and exercise habits lived longer than people with the worst habits...

To learn about additional research findings and the healthy lifestyle habits that were identified, see the full article at

August 6-12 is National Farmers Market Week

Farmers Market signLocally grown fruits and vegetables a great choice

Efforts to expand farmers markets are making locally grown fruits and vegetables more accessible for consumers. When you buy locally grown food, you not only contribute to your personal health, you also support Missouri farmers and enhance the economic wellbeing of communities. According to Lynda Johnson, University of Missouri Extension nutrition specialist, there is truth in the familiar national slogan, “Buy Fresh, Buy Local.”

When eating locally grown produce, you also get to experience the difference in freshness and quality...

To learn more about the benefits of including fresh, seasonal produce in your meals, along with tips for using a farmers market staple — greens, see the full article at

Different types of tomatoesTomatoes

Melissa Bess, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Tomatoes are among the most readily available and versatile vegetables. Or are they a fruit? Nutritionally and culinary-wise, tomatoes are considered a vegetable because of the way they are used and their nutrients. Botanically speaking, tomatoes are more of a fruit. Either way, this fruit/vegetable is high in nutrients and easy to use in many dishes...

Tomatoes are in season from July to October, so that’s when you will find the best quality and prices...

To learn about the many health benefits of eating tomatoes, and why it's good to include fresh as well as cooked and processed tomatoes in your diet, see the full article at

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