Nutrition and health


Nutrition and health
Storing canned foods

Many people have questions about the storage of canned goods. Start with a good quality product. If you are purchasing canned goods, choose those that are not rusted, dented, scratched or bulging. Read more

Contest challenges middle school kids to promote healthy living

A statewide contest challenges middle school children to create a poster, short video or catchy slogan promoting exercise and healthy eating. 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

Keeping your memory sharp

Research has been growing in the areas of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the last 10 to 15 years. Read more

Eat plenty of fiber for good health

We often hear that we should get plenty of fiber to help with digestion, but fiber provides many other benefits as well. Read more

10 steps to slow cooking success

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. Read more

Seven simple steps to heart health

Take these steps to improve heart health and live better. Read more

Promoting exercise for people with developmental disabilities

Adults with developmental disabilities exercise their bodies and social skills through weekly strength-training sessions at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Callaway County. Watch the video. Read more

Prevent falls and maintain independence

Each year more than one-third of adults 65 years and older fall. Of these falls, 20 to 30 percent result in injuries that reduce mobility. Read more

Chronic stress leads to health problems

Our lives can be very stressful and if we become accustomed to living with these feelings then we may not even realize how much it is affecting us. Read more

Ten ways to reduce health care costs

Good consumers take the time to understand the products and services they are buying. Read more

Women over 50 most at risk of heart disease

While we've all seen the image of a gray-haired, overweight man clenching his heart and gasping for breath, just as many women as men have heart attack. Read more

Ways to boost your brain power and prevent dementia

No one wants to lose their ability to reason, think and remember people and places. Read more

Are raw vegetables healthier than cooked?

There is some debate about whether cooked or raw vegetables are better to consume. The short answer is — don't choose, have both. Read more


  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– On a scale of one to 10, the patient rated her pain “beyond 10.”
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s not surprising that “carrot” describes a lure or incentive. Sweet, full of vitamins and antioxidants, carrots should entice you as a winner for your home garden.
    Media available: audio; photo
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Peas will never be considered an exotic food, but they’ve been cultivated for at least 5,000 years. This ancient plant is a cool-season vegetable that needs to be planted early.
    Media available: audio; photos
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Record cattle prices have caused a large uptick in beef prices at the grocery store.
  • Thursday, March 20, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A statewide contest challenges middle school children to create a poster, short video or catchy slogan promoting exercise and healthy eating.
  • 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, December 30, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Dust off your fishing tackle box in 2014.
  • Monday, December 16, 2013
    BUTLER, Mo. – The holidays – a time for parties, food and alcohol. It’s also a time for temptation when you’re trying to watch your weight. But denying yourself the foods you love usually doesn’t work.
    Media available: audio
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013
    BUTLER, Mo. – Leftover turkey can easily fit into lots of recipes. But if turkey isn’t handled properly, those leftover meals can quickly go from yummy to uneatable.
    Media available: audio
  • Monday, September 9, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – There’s a new University of Missouri Extension guide to discuss one of summer’s old pests.
    Media available: photo
  • Thursday, May 16, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Walk while you work. Work while you walk.
    Media available: photos; video
  • 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


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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