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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

September 11, 2017



“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

~William Shakespeare



Upset teenage girl talking on the phoneSept. 10-16 is National Suicide Prevention Week

Suicide is the most preventable cause of death

Janet Hackert, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Sadly, suicide has become a common cause of death. In Missouri, there are 16.3 attempted suicides each day and many of those attempts are made by young people ages 15 to 24. For over a decade, the suicide rate in Missouri has been higher than the national rate.

Gary Hillebrand from Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH) Prevention Services, a mental health facility offering treatment services throughout Missouri, Arkansas and some surrounding states, said that suicide is the most preventable kind of death...

To learn about some of the common myths about suicide and suicide prevention, see the full article at

Energy efficiency rating chartLook for performance labeling on homes and dwellings

When buying a car, the window sticker displays useful information that can help the consumer. As the cost of fuel continues toward new heights, the miles-per-gallon or MPG ratings have become even more crucial to buyers.

In a similar way, available ratings and certifications can help buyers achieve a more efficient option when selecting a residence...

For more information about energy efficiency certifications for new or renovated homes, see the full article at

Young girl drinking waterDrink for optimal athletic performance

Tammy Roberts, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Whether it’s soccer, football, basketball or baseball, what young athletes drink will impact their athletic performance.

According to the American Dietetic Association’s Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, getting enough to drink is one of the most important things to do. Lots of body fluid is lost during physical activity and those fluids need to be replaced. If your young athlete thinks it doesn’t matter that they don’t drink, let them know that even slight dehydration can impact their performance...

To learn more about why and how to stay hydrated for optimal athletic performance, see the full article at

Bowl of guacamole surrounded by ingredientsEnjoy health benefits of avocados on National Guacamole Day

Melissa Bess, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

September 16 is known as National Guacamole Day. Guacamole can be healthy, depending on how you make it. Avocados are the main ingredient in this tasty side dish or appetizer.

California avocados are in season from spring to fall, which means they will be easier to find, better quality and more affordable during that time. Avocados are one of the produce items with the least amount of pesticides, so there is no reason or benefit to buying organic avocados...

To learn more about the health benefits of eating avocados, and how to use them to make healthy, delicious guacamole, see the full article at

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