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June 12, 2017



“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Fruits and vegetablesJune is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

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

The latest Dietary Guidelines recommend that all Americans increase their vegetable and fruit intake. Fruits and vegetables provide a variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals and fiber. They lower your risk of developing certain chronic diseases. They are also naturally low in calories, fat and sodium, which can help to maintain a healthy weight. Since June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, it serves as a great reminder to include more in our diets...

To learn how many servings of fruits and vegetables you should eat each day, plus tips to incorporate more in your diet, see the full article at

Woman and child playing outside with a wagonSummer fun

Jinny Hopp, former Human Development Specialist, and Angela Fletcher, Human Development Specialist, Douglas County, University of Missouri Extension

During the summer months, children tend to have more unstructured time and parents or grandparents may have the chance to spend more quality time with them. Adults can enhance children’s development while building great memories by planning fun and stimulating summer activities. Here are some ideas that don’t cost much money; the only requirement is an adult who is willing to spend time with children.

  • Turn off the TV, video games and computers! The average child spends more than 21 hours each week watching TV...
  • Teach children something you want to pass on such as recipes or a craft like knitting or woodworking...

For the complete list of fun summer activities, see the full article at

Hands exchanging vegetables at farmers marketShop safe at farmers markets

Curt Wohleber, Writer, University of Missouri Extension; Story source: Londa Nwadike, Food Safety Specialist, Kansas State University and University of Missouri Extension

Farmers markets are a great place to buy healthy local produce and other foods, meet and support local farmers, and enjoy shopping in a fun environment. But shoppers should also pay attention to food safety when buying and using foods from farmers markets, says a University of Missouri Extension food safety specialist.

“Because the experience level of the vendors with food safety practices may vary greatly, the consumer needs to take a bit more of an active role in deciding what products to buy and from which vendors,” says Londa Nwadike, extension consumer food safety specialist for MU and Kansas State University...

For food safety tips and a breakdown of different food marketing terms you might see at farmers markets, see the full article at

Young girl feeding cereal and orange juice to her dadFoods for Father’s Day

Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., former Nutritional Sciences Specialist, Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension

Neckties may be a popular Father’s Day gift, but wouldn’t it be nice to give Dad the gift of a long, healthy life? In honor of Father’s Day, here are some of the most important foods for protecting men’s health.

  • Tomatoes. Tomatoes contain a variety of compounds which offer protection against prostate cancer...
  • Nuts. Nuts are high in fat and calories, but they also deliver a powerful dose of prevention against heart disease — the number one killer of American men. The naturally occurring fat in nuts is mostly unsaturated...

For the complete list of foods and additional health recommendations to keep dads healthy, see the full article at

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