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Nutrition and health
A healthy diet can help fight winter sniffles

People try many different methods to avoid catching a cold or flu during the winter months. One thing to remember is that simple diet choices can boost our immune system. Read more

Slow cooker heats up winter meals

Your slow cooker can be an economical, timesaving way to feed your family. Listen to the audio. Read more

Vitamin C and colds

Vitamin C is often touted for boosting the immune system. The jury is still out on this claim, but there may be an indirect connection. Listen to the audio. Read more

The gift of health

Although we can't actually give or guarantee good health, we can at least encourage one another toward healthier choices. Read more

Tips for staying healthy

It seems like there's always something that can make us sick or prevent us from feeling our best. Here are some important tips for staying healthy. Read more

Time for vitamin D

starting in November, the sun doesn't get high enough in the sky in Missouri to provide us with the rays we need to absorb vitamin D in our skin. Read more

Keeping food safe: Prevention better than response

Salmonella infection is a common foodborne illness that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and can last four to seven days. Read more

10 tips for cold, flu (and other illnesses) season

While there is scant likelihood of a catastrophic outbreak of Ebola in Missouri or the U.S., the situation does underscore the need to ensure that employees are healthy, cared for and supported throughout the year. Read more

Know the basics when choosing a health insurance plan

Whether you get insurance through your work or buy it on your own, most people have some level of choice in the type of plan they have. Read more

Becoming more resilient

What are the secrets for people who are able to navigate through tough times and bounce back? Read more

MUNCHing away at childhood obesity

The new, state-of-the-art MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) will merge expertise in agriculture, medicine, food science, journalism, exercise, dietetics and other disciplines to develop holistic and practical approaches to controlling obesity and diabetes. Watch the video. Read more

Do you know your cholesterol numbers?

When you get the results of your cholesterol blood test you should know your total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Read more

Well owners need to regularly test water

If you use well water for cooking and drinking, you should regularly test the water for contamination. Read more

News

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Time is running out if you want to get insurance through the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace.
  • Friday, January 16, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new way of eating is making its way through the country. It’s moving slowly, thoughtfully and mindfully.
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015
    CLINTON, Mo.– Baby, it’s cold outside. And there’s no better way to warm up after the workday than to come home to a hot meal.
    Media available: audio
  • Tuesday, January 6, 2015
    BUTLER, Mo. – In 1970, the late Linus Pauling published “Vitamin C and the Common Cold,” promoting the idea that large doses of the vitamin could reduce the severity and duration of a cold.
    Media available: audio
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the Missouri AgrAbility Project a grant to continue its services for another four years, according to University of Missouri Extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch, who serves as director of the program.
  • Monday, November 10, 2014
    KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Each year in the United States, there are about 42,000 reported cases of salmonella infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because many cases are not diagnosed or reported, CDC estimates the actual number may be close to 1 million.
  • Friday, October 31, 2014
    BETHANY, Mo. – It’s spaghetti disguised as a vegetable. Spaghetti squash is a versatile, nutritious fall favorite that is often overlooked by shoppers who don’t know how to cook it, says University of Missouri Extension nutrition specialist Janet Hackert.
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Affordable Care Act has made health insurance available to many Missourians for the first time. If you’re new to health insurance, the unfamiliar terminology may seem daunting.
  • Thursday, June 26, 2014
    BETHEL, Mo –Chris Allen wanted out of the bed. He argued with hospital staff that he needed to go home to harvest crops, feed cattle and cut firewood to heat his farmhouse. 
    Media available: photos
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Record cattle prices have caused a large uptick in beef prices at the grocery store.

Websites

The following are general-interest nutrition and health Websites from the University of Missouri. Browse the menu on the left for sites on more specific nutrition and health topics.

Courses

The following are general-interest nutrition and health courses. Browse the menu on the left for courses in more specific nutrition and health areas.

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