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Nutrition and health
Sweet potatoes are healthy and tasty

It’s that time of year when many people are harvesting their sweet potatoes. As you dig those tasty roots from the ground, it’s hard not to think of that special sweet potato casserole that is a fall favorite. 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

10 healthy fall fruits and vegetables

Here are some of the superstar fruits and vegetables of the fall and winter months. 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

Can your "Choice Salsa" safely

Now there is a tested, generic recipe that allows for creativity without giving up safety. Read more

Making your own baby food

Many people are taking a closer look at what they eat these days. Parents are also concerned about what their babies eat. Read more

Breakfast is essential for school success

In recent years even more evidence supports the fact that starting your day with breakfast benefits people of all ages, especially children. Read more

Making safe homemade ice cream

At one time uncooked eggs were used to make ice cream, but now we know in order to reduce the risk of Salmonella poisoning, a custard-based recipe, an eggless recipe or a recipe using an egg substitute should be used. Read more

Keeping hands clean for summer eating

If hand washing is not possible (no running water, soap, etc.), what is the next best option for cleaning hands before eating or handling food? 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

News

  • 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.
  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Seven years ago, Sarah Gordon noticed a problem with the children visiting her practice. Increasingly, her young patients were overweight. Gordon knew that she had to do something to change the trend.
    Media available: photo
  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    BUTLER, Mo. – Dentist bills scare us more than goblins lining the sidewalks on Halloween.
  • Friday, October 3, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Not to upset the apple cart, but not all apples are created equal for pie-making. It’s as American as apple pie to ponder which of the 7,500 varieties is the right pick for your fall dessert.
    Media available: photo
  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– In this video news story, learn about the new, state-of-the-art MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) at the University of Missouri. 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.
    Media available: video
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – People are getting savvy about checking food labels for fat, calories and fiber, but labels such as “sell by” and “use by” can leave us guessing about whether to keep or toss food.
  • 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.
    Media available: photo
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Media available: video

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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