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September 25, 2017



“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt



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Fall fruits and vegetables at market10 healthy fall fruits and vegetables

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

Some fruits and vegetables are easier to come by in the summer months, but a good variety is available in the fall and winter as well. It’s important to include fruits and vegetables in your diet year-round to stay healthy and ward off diseases. Here are some of the superstar fruits and vegetables of the fall and winter months...

To learn more about the nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your diet in the fall and winter months, see the full article at

Hamburgers cooking on grillKeep food safety in mind when tailgating

Story by: Katie Allen, Communications Specialist, News Media and Marketing Services, K-State; Source: Londa Nwadike, State Extension Food Safety Specialist, Kansas State University and University of Missouri Extension

Tailgating season is underway, and as football fans flock to games with their grills and favorite tailgating foods, they must keep in mind several food safety measures to keep from getting sick.

“For some people, tailgating may be more important than the game itself,” said Londa Nwadike, state extension food safety specialist for Kansas State University and University of Missouri Extension. “However, food safety can be more challenging when preparing and eating foods outdoors where refrigeration and running water are likely not available.”

For important tips to keep food safe before, during and after the game, see the full article at

Man applying caulkSealing gaps and cracks to save money, prevent problems

The fair weather of autumn offers the best time to get outside and inspect our homes and businesses for gaps and cracks that can allow unwelcome outdoor air, dust, moisture and insects to enter.

“Air leaks in our homes can lead to higher utility bills, mold, rot, bug and dust problems. The answer can be a low cost solution that includes caulking or possibly foam sealants and the investment of a little time,” said Jeff Barber, a housing and urban design specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Barber says care should be used to select the right product for a specific situation...

For helpful tips to seal your home or business properly, see the full article at

Cup of black coffeeEnjoy the benefits of coffee

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

Many people like to start the day with a fresh cup (or cups) of coffee. In the past, it was believed that coffee could be harmful. But research has shown that there is little evidence of health risk and there is actually evidence of health benefits for adults consuming moderate amounts of coffee (3-4 cups per day, which provides 300-400 mg of caffeine).

September 29 is National Coffee Day and there are many reasons to celebrate this beloved beverage. Preliminary studies have indicated these possible valuable health benefits from coffee...

To learn about the health benefits of drinking coffee, and which additions should be avoided to keep it healthy, see the full article at

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