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March 27, 2017



“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”

~Herman Melville



March 28, 2017 is Diabetes Alert Day

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day graphicDiabetes Alert Day

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

The American Diabetes Association wants people to find out if they are at risk for diabetes. An annual date has been set so people will set aside time in their schedule to find out. On the fourth Tuesday in March, take the Diabetes Risk Test to see if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. You can take the risk test online or download a paper version of the test from the American Diabetes Association website.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin or the body becomes unable to utilize the insulin it makes...

To learn more about the risk factors, symptoms and treatment for type 2 diabetes, see the full version of this article at

Tax form and refund checkTax refund advice: Save some, spend some

Linda Geist, Writer, University of Missouri Extension

Income tax refunds are ready to roll out. Uncle Sam sends Missourians an average income tax refund of $2,612, according to IRS data. You might want to hold on to some of that cash.

Refunds are wages you earn throughout the year and should be thought of as hard-earned money rather than found money, says Andrew Zumwalt, personal finance specialist with University of Missouri Extension...

For tips on how to put your refund to good use, and for information on free tax preparation services, see the full version of this article at

Colorful array of fruits and vegetablesPlant and eat a rainbow of vegetables and fruits

Planting season is right around the corner, and it’s a great time to plan for eating a rainbow.

“Vegetables and fruits in a rainbow of colors give the nutrients needed for good health,” says Janet Hackert, regional nutrition and health education specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

“Red strawberries will all too soon be blooming and growing,” Hackert says. Before we know it, raspberries, tomatoes and watermelons will sprout. All of these provide vitamin C. Tomatoes have the added boost of lycopene, which may reduce the risk of prostate cancer, she says...

Orange, yellow and dark green vegetables and fruits are likely to be rich in vitamin A...

For more, colorful ideas on what to plant and eat, and the health benefits each color has to offer, see the full version of this article at

PeanutsMarch is National Peanut Month

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

According to the Peanut Institute, peanuts are the most popular nut choice in the U.S. Not only are peanuts well liked, but they offer many health benefits as well. Despite the fact that peanuts are high in fat, they are still an excellent food choice because they provide a variety of important nutrients.

Peanuts contain protein, fiber and healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, all of which improve health and lower the risk of chronic disease...

This month may be coming to an end, but it's never too late to enjoy peanuts — learn more about how peanuts are a great addition to a healthy diet at

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