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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

July 17, 2017



“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”

~Walter Scott



Vegetables with small sign that says "mindful eating"Mindful eating

Damaris Karanja, MA, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, St. Louis County, University of Missouri Extension and Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., Health Psychologist

Do you have a habit of eating when you are bored, lonely, stressed out, depressed or even tired? Sometimes we find ourselves eating not because we are hungry but because we are going through different emotions and we reach out to food for comfort.

What is mindful eating?
Mindful eating is simply defined as being conscious of why you are eating. This simple concept has helped people struggling with weight issues, eating disorders, body image and even self esteem. It is not about following recipes or counting calories. It’s about learning HOW and WHY you eat, and less about WHAT you eat...

To learn how to eat, drink and be mindful, see the full article at

Handful of blueberriesEnjoy and preserve fresh blueberries

Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Extension Professor, University of Missouri Extension

Blueberries contain cancer-fighting antioxidants and may play a role in reducing your risk for heart disease. Here are some tips for making the most of your blueberries.

If you are picking or purchasing fresh blueberries, you should know:

  • Blueberries, even those on the same bush, do not all ripen at the same time. Under normal growing conditions, blueberries ripen over a period of three to four weeks...
  • Ripe blueberries should have a completely uniform blue color. Fruit with a red tinge is less mature and will not be as sweet as more mature berries...

For more tips on picking, handling and preserving fresh blueberries, see the full article at

Mom applying sunscreen to daughter while at the poolSummer sun safety

Marilyn Preston, MA, former Extension Associate, University of Missouri Extension

Whether you are going camping, going to the beach or simply heading out for little league games, it is more important than ever to remember sun safety. The American Cancer Society reports that skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer (American Cancer Society, 2016), and the sun’s rays can have a negative effect not only on skin but on the immune system and eyesight as well.

With all of this information, it is important to protect your family’s health. The American Academy of Pediatrics came out with several important guidelines for sun safety that are easy to follow. Protecting your family is as simple as remembering two steps: Plan and Protect...

For important tips to plan and protect, see the full article at

Fruit smoothiesFun snacks for kids of any age

Janet Hackert, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, and Connie Mowrer, FNP Program Manager, University of Missouri Extension

There are lots of easy and nutritious snacks that are also delicious and fun to make and eat, no matter what age we are. Kids that are involved in making or growing or selecting their foods are more likely to want to eat them. Here are some easy snack recipes for kids to help with that include veggies, fruits and milk.

Be sure to have everyone wash hands with soap and warm water, scrubbing for 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the ABC’s), before handling or eating food...

For fun and easy snack recipes, see the full article at

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