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May 8, 2017



“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

~William Butler Yeats



Man using home blood pressure testMay is High Blood Pressure Education Month

Contributors: Christeena Haynes & Melissa Bess, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialists, University of Missouri Extension

In the U.S., approximately one in three adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. It is known as the “silent killer” because many people do not even know they have it. For this reason, it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly...

The good news about hypertension is that it can be preventable. There are also ways you can control it if you have already been diagnosed with high blood pressure...

To learn more, including important tips for maintaining a normal blood pressure, see the full version of this article at

Dollar sign and dollar bill made out of puzzle piecesImportance of personal financial planning for college graduates (and others)

Adapted from MU Office for Financial Success Finance Tip of the Week blog post by Ryan H. Law, M.S., AFC, former Director of Office for Financial Success, Department of Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri

Here are some specific steps that all graduating seniors should take. Actually, this is good advice for everyone, no matter when or if you’ve graduated from college.

Become financially literate

Unfortunately, financial literacy in the United States is not widespread. Most high school students fail a personal finance exam (less than 50% of questions answered correctly) and college students score just 62%. One of the best things you can do for your future is to become financially literate...

For anyone interested in learning more and creating or refining your financial plan, see the full version of this article for a wealth of information, tips and resources:

Small toy house sitting on dollar billsProtect yourself from contractor fraud

Writer: Curt Wohleber, University of Missouri Extension; Story source: Brenda Procter, Associate Extension Professor, Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri Extension

When storms, floods and other disasters leave damaged homes in their path, local contractors often get more business than they can handle. In many cases, out-of-town contractors will arrive in force to pick up the slack.

Think twice and exercise caution before accepting the services of an out-of-town contractor, advises a University of Missouri Extension family financial education specialist.

“Depending on the damage, you may want to make temporary repairs and wait for local contractors who will be there to guarantee their work,” said Brenda Procter...

For warning signs, precautions you should take, and information that should be included on a good contract, see the full version of this article at

Salad of baby spinach, berries and goat cheeseAdd variety to make salads more healthy and enjoyable

Bethany Bachmann, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Perry County, University of Missouri Extension

When you hear the word salad, what comes to mind? More than likely it is something plain and boring that you have to force yourself to eat. But it’s time to move beyond the plain iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing salads or the salads overloaded with unhealthy toppings that we commonly think of. These days everyone is putting a twist on salads, and what better way to get our children to eat more fruits and vegetables than by creating a colorful and flavorful salad for lunch or dinner.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommend 4½ cups (9 servings) of fruits and vegetables each day for a 2,000-calorie diet. So why not make a salad to help meet this recommendation? Here are a few tips to make a salad that will appeal to even the pickiest eater...

For a variety of ways you can make delicious, nutritious salads, see the full version of this article at

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