Nutrition and health


Nutrition and health
Food safety tips for shoppers at farmers markets

Farmers markets are a great place to buy healthy local produce and other foods, meet and support local farmers, and enjoy shopping in a fun environment. But shoppers should also pay attention to food safety. Read more

High blood pressure: You could have it and not know

For some people, the first sign that they have high blood pressure is a heart attack or stroke. 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

Preserving herbs

Using herbs instead of salt can help us achieve the lower sodium recommendations. Read more

Food from farmers markets as safe as from a grocery store

Shopping at Farmers Markets is a great way to meet and support local farmers, buy healthy produce and other tasty foods. Read more

Tips for safe grilling

Barbequing outside can be a great way to prepare a healthy meal while keeping the heat out of the kitchen. Read more

Understanding probiotics

When it comes to probiotics what do consumers need to know about them in order to make an informed purchasing decision? Read more

Rural community emerges from food desert with new grocery store

When is a grocery store more than just a grocery store? When it's the first grocery store in town in more than five years. Watch the video. Read more

Peanuts offer health benefits

Despite the fact that peanuts are high in fat, they are still an excellent food choice because they provide a variety of important nutrients. Read more


  • Monday, July 28, 2014
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Farmers markets are a great place to buy healthy local produce and other foods, meet and support local farmers, and enjoy shopping in a fun environment. But shoppers should also pay attention to food safety when buying and using foods from farmers markets, says a University of Missouri Extension food safety specialist.
  • Friday, July 11, 2014
    BETHANY, Mo. – Think of a rainbow when planning your summer meals, says Janet Hackert, University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist.
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  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    If your electricity is out for more than two hours, it is important to know how to make sure the foods in your refrigerator and freezer are safe.
  • Thursday, July 3, 2014
    NEW FRANKLIN, Mo. – Zane Volkmann always wanted to be a horse trainer.
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  • 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. 
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  • Friday, May 23, 2014
    GRANITE CITY, Ill.– After Bobby Hutchinson lost his left leg in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, he thought he’d never play golf again.
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  • Thursday, May 22, 2014
    KAHOKA, Mo. – Lessons in farm and family tradition are on the menu for fifth-grade students at Black Hawk Elementary School in Clark County.
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  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Prevention is key to reducing cases of foodborne illness.
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– On a scale of one to 10, the patient rated her pain “beyond 10.”
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Record cattle prices have caused a large uptick in beef prices at the grocery store.
  • Thursday, February 20, 2014
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – It’s almost like coming home and thinking someone else cooked for you while you were away – that aroma from a meal that’s been cooking all day in the slow cooker.
  • Thursday, January 23, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If you’re losing your way instead of your weight, University of Missouri Extension specialists have evaluated and recommended several smartphone and tablet apps that might help you get your New Year’s resolution back on track.
  • Monday, September 9, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – There’s a new University of Missouri Extension guide to discuss one of summer’s old pests.
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  • Friday, December 17, 2010
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Holidays mean abundant sweets and treats, but for those with diabetes the temptation of cookies threatens more than their waistlines.
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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.

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