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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

January 30, 2017



“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

~Lucius Annaeus Seneca



Woman holding magnifying glassBe more self-aware: What is your body telling you?

Lydia Kaume, Ph.D., RDN, LD, Assistant Extension Professional, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Jackson County, University of Missouri Extension

If your daily mantra is “Go-go-go,” you are not alone! Our schedules are so filled with events and to-do lists that we often suppress the signals to slow down that our bodies send. Signals such as fatigue, headache, cracked lips, irritability or brittle nails could mean we need to slow down and take care of ourselves.

Ignoring these body signals demonstrates a lack of self-awareness. These signals may be gentle taps on our shoulders alerting us to deeper imbalances or problems. We need to stop, pay attention and decode the messages. For instance, our first reaction to a slight headache shouldn’t be to take a painkiller, but rather to take a moment to figure out why we have a headache. It could be a sign of dehydration, stress or something deeper...

For some examples of health issues and the important signals we may be receiving, see the full version of this article at

Woman dressed appropriately while running outside in winterBe safe when exercising outdoors in cold weather

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

For many people, the cold winter weather is a reason not to exercise outside or not to exercise at all. However, it is possible to get a great workout outdoors as long as you use caution and dress properly.

Exercising in cold weather can put extra stress on the body. It is important to consult your physician if you have a medical condition that puts you at risk before implementing a new outdoor regimen.

The right clothes are your first line of defense...

For precautions to take when exercising outdoors in the winter, see the full version of this article at

Adolescent boy standing tall in superhero shirt and capeBecoming more resilient

Nina Chen, Ph.D., CFLE, former Human Development Specialist, Jackson County, University of Missouri Extension

Life is challenging, we all know that. But many of us wonder why some people seem to have better coping skills. What are the secrets for people who are able to navigate through tough times and bounce back? Dr. Robert Brooks at Harvard Medical School indicated “some people are naturally more resilient.” But resilience can also be learned. Here are some suggestions to build resilience:

  • Make connections with others. Stay connected with family members, friends, people who can help you celebrate good times, listen to you and provide support through tough times. Social support and friendships are very important for building resilience and improving self-worth. Resilient people have good friendships, supportive relationships and strong social connections...

For the complete list of tips for building resilience, see the full version of this article at

Shelves filled with home canned foodsWhat if my canned foods freeze?

Adapted from the January/February 2017 Home Food Preservation newsletter

In the winter months, basements and other food storage areas may get much colder than expected when a heat source fails, a door or window is accidentally left open or for some other reason. For best quality, canned foods should be stored at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees F in a dark, dry place. However, if the canned foods do freeze accidentally, they can still be safe to use as long as the jars do not become unsealed...

To prevent canned foods from freezing, see the full version of this article at

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