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February 27, 2017



“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”

~Benjamin Franklin



George Washington Carver and the many uses for peanuts

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

As we celebrate Black History Month, one of Missouri’s most famous African-American scientists comes to mind: George Washington Carver. Carver studied several plants, but is perhaps best known for his work with peanuts.

Carver discovered over 300 uses for peanuts, ranging from shaving cream and shampoo to wood stains and plastics. He also came up with an amazing number of edible options for peanuts. Carver created recipes for five different peanut soups, six types of breads, five peanut salads, 21 desserts and 29 candies...

To learn more about Carver's important research and the benefits of eating peanuts, see the full version of this article at

America Saves Week is February 27–March 4

Jump-start your savings

Story source: Brenda Procter, M.S., Associate Extension Professor, Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri Extension; Written by: Debbie Johnson, Senior Writer, University of Missouri Cooperative Media Group

Money is so easy to spend; it slips through fingers like water. Even with the best intentions to put a little money aside every month, we often find there’s nothing left when the month comes to a close.

But saving doesn’t have to be hit-or-miss. There are simple tricks that can help you pay yourself first. A great place to start is with your annual income tax refund. You can use some or all of it to start on the road to a lifetime of saving...

For helpful tips to start saving, see the full version of this article at

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 26–March 4

Eating disorders

Greta Hopke, RD, and Candance Gabel, MS, RD, LD, Extension Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director, University of Missouri Extension

More than 50 percent of teenage girls are on a diet or think they should be on a diet. Approximately 3 percent of these teenagers will go too far and become anorexic or bulimic.

An eating disorder is more than not eating or overeating; it occurs when food and eating control a person’s daily routine and entire life. It is typically a sign of other problems. An eating disorder and disordered eating are not the same...

An eating disorder can develop for a variety of reasons, each unique to an individual...

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

Storing canned foods

Christeena Haynes, MS, RD, LD, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Dallas County, University of Missouri Extension

Many people have questions about the storage of canned goods and since February is Canned Food Month, now is a good time to address some of the most common questions.

You want to start with a good quality product. If you are purchasing canned goods, choose those that are not rusted, dented, scratched or bulging. Home-canned foods should only be made using research-tested procedures, equipment and recipes from sources such as USDA or University of Missouri Extension...

To learn more about safely storing canned foods, see the full version of this article at

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