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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

July 10, 2017



“Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.”

~Don Kardong



Underwater picture of several people taking water aerobics classStay active without succumbing to heat

Linda Rellergert, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, St. Charles County, University of Missouri Extension

Missouri’s summertime combination of high heat and dripping humidity can deter even the most ardent devotees of fitness, prompting all of us to seek the coolness of indoor air conditioning. Total hibernation during hot weather, though, can set one on the path to an inactive lifestyle. A better way to stay active is to work around summer’s heat just as we do winter’s cold.

It is important, however, to pay attention to the weather and the effects of heat and humidity on the body. High heat and humidity can make exercising dangerous because many of the body’s cooling mechanisms can be overwhelmed under these conditions...

To learn how to calculate the heat stress index and to get some ideas for active summer fun, see the full article at

Several ears of corn with husksPreserving Sweet Corn

Adapted from the July/August 2017 Home Food Preservation newsletter; Written by State Food Safety and Nutrition Specialists, University of Missouri Extension

Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh sweet corn, but it can also be easily preserved to enjoy year-round. Sweet corn can be preserved by freezing, pressure canning or dehydration.

Freezing sweet corn
Sweet corn can be frozen on the cob, as whole kernel corn or as cream-style corn. For all methods, the corn must be husked and trimmed, and its silks removed and washed...

For detailed instructions on freezing, pressure canning or dehydrating sweet corn, see the full article at

Young girl taking a break from exercise to drink waterSummer heat increases your need for fluids

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

When the weather heats up, you start sweating as this is your body’s way of naturally cooling itself. Keep in mind that your body is actually losing fluids as you sweat so it is important to replace the fluid lost.

Water makes up about 60 percent of your body’s weight and is an important part of many body processes. Besides helping to regulate body temperature, water is present in every cell in the body and helps protect some body tissues. Water helps to transport nutrients and helps with elimination of waste...

To learn about the signs of dehydration and how to prevent it, see the full article at

July 16 is National Ice Cream Day & July is National Ice Cream Month

Strawberry ice creamMaking safe homemade ice cream

Written from materials by Karma Metzgar & Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition and Health Education Specialists; Reviewed by Londa Nwadike, State Food Safety Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

At one time uncooked eggs were used to make ice cream, but now we know in order to reduce the risk of Salmonella poisoning, a custard-based recipe, an eggless recipe or a recipe using an egg substitute should be used...

While commercially manufactured ice cream is typically made with pasteurized eggs or egg products, recipes for homemade ice cream often use raw eggs in the base mixture. Homemade ice cream can be made with eggs without the risk of Salmonella infection by preparing it safely...

For safe alternatives to using raw eggs in your homemade ice cream, plus recipes, see the full article at

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