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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

May 22, 2017



“Problems are not the problem; coping is the problem.”

~Virginia Satir



X-ray indicating hip joint painMay is National Arthritis Awareness Month

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

Arthritis is an umbrella name for a group of diseases that affect the joints. There are more than 100 individual diseases that the term arthritis refers to, with three of the most common being osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia...

Nearly one in three adults or 66 million people are estimated to have arthritis, which is the second leading cause of disability. Any person at any age can be diagnosed with arthritis but more women than men are affected...

To learn more about the most common types of arthritis and recommendations for alleviating symptoms, see the full version of this article at

Older man deep in thoughtManaging stress in golden years

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

As you grow older or approach retirement, you may have plans for travel, hobbies, economic comfort and time with friends and family. However, things do not always go as planned and changes in the later years can be stressful. The losses and gains of new roles may not be what you expected either. For instance, retirement may mean more freedom but it also involves losses of challenging work, work relationships, daily routine or a sense of security and role identity...

You can’t eliminate stress, but you can make choices about how you will manage it...

For a helpful list of ways to manage stress and the transition into retirement, see the full version of this article at

Meat and vegetable shishkabobs on a grillGrilling adds flavor, but avoid charring to reduce carcinogens

Summer is a great time to gather family and friends and fire up the grill. The intense, direct heat of grilling gives food a wonderful crusty texture and flavor that we love...

Unfortunately, at high temperatures, proteins in meat, chicken and fish can naturally form carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

“This is especially likely if the meat is charred, which reduces the overall quality and taste of the food,” says Pam Duitsman, University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health specialist. “Luckily, charring can be easily avoided.”

For tips to avoid charring, plus a recipe with grilled shrimp and veggies, see the full version of this article at

Grilled beef tenderloinHealth benefits of beef

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

Despite red meat having a bad reputation in the world of nutrition and health, there are many great things about beef. In honor of May being National Beef Month, let’s give beef some of the praise it deserves.

A 3-ounce serving of beef is an excellent source of protein, zinc, vitamin B12, selenium and phosphorus. It is also a good source of niacin, vitamin B6, iron and riboflavin. All of these nutrients play a vital role in the body.

To learn more about the health benefits of beef and how to select and prepare it in a healthy way, see the full version of this article at

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