Nutrition and health

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Nutrition and health
Berries pack a healthful punch

It’s no secret that berries are a healthy choice. They may become even more appealing as new research indicates that eating berries may help stave off the cognitive decline and memory loss that comes with aging. Read more

Preserving herbs

The dietary guidelines recommend that Americans use less sodium — 1,500 mg a day for children and the majority of adults. Using herbs instead of salt can help us achieve the lower sodium recommendations. Read more

Choose a pressure canner to safely preserve

For low acid foods, like vegetables and meats, the USDA's recommendations for pressure canning must be followed. Read more

Preserving saves garden bounty for a cold winter night

To assure the foods are at optimal quality, they should be canned, frozen or dried. Read more

Keeping hands clean for summer eating

Its summer and you're busy with picnics, camping and outside fun. 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

Insomnia remains the most common sleep disorder

Nearly all of us experience sleeplessness at one time or another. Unlike some problems we grow out of, insomnia remains with many of us through life, changing only in its intensity and its particular form. Read more

Meat cooking methods may increase cancer risks

Charbroiling, grilling over open flame, broiling and pan frying meats can produce tasty meals. Unfortunately, these methods, especially if the temperature is above 300 degrees Fahrenheit, also result in the formation of certain undesirable chemicals. Read more

Eating disorders

More than 50 percent of teenage girls are on a diet or think they should be on a diet. Read more

George Washington Carver and the many uses for peanuts

For parents of children who are not fond of meat and for those whose work has them on the go at mealtimes, peanuts can be a convenient way to fit in a healthy snack. Read more

Follow heart-healthy tips to help prevent a heart attack

Your total cholesterol is made up of three parts: low-density lipoproteins (LDL), high density lipoproteins (HDL) and triglycerides. Read more

Strength training beneficial for older adults

Studies show that strength exercises are effective for women and men of all ages whether you are 30 or 85. It is never too late for older adults to start strength training. Read more

Waist size can be indicator of pre-diabetes

The tape measure is less used but can reveal a lot. Read more

Beans are inexpensive, healthy and convenient

Beans are one of the best values around when it comes to the amount of nutrients for your dollar. Read more

Becoming more resilient

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

News

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    KIRKWOOD, Mo. – You probably go to great lengths during the school year to ensure your child has the right equipment — pens, notebooks, clothing — to make it through the day.
  • Monday, July 31, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A recently completed assessment of University of Missouri Extension found that with an annual investment of $86 million (2016), MU Extension generated dividends totaling nearly $950 million.
  • Thursday, July 27, 2017
    MORRISON, Mo. – Jim Brinkmann’s blindness does not keep him from helping others with vision problems reach their potential.
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  • Friday, May 12, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – All medicine has side effects.
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017
    For more flood-related resources from MU Extension, visit extension.missouri.edu/n/3059.
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Although there are reminders all around us of the national obesity crisis, lifestyle changes are difficult for most people.
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017
    BETHANY, Mo. – Although many in Missouri think about mushrooms when the morels are at their peak in April, people who grow mushrooms at home or commercially need to be thinking about them much of the year, says a University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist.
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    BETHANY, Mo. – People looking to lose weight or eat healthier have sought to reduce calories, carbs and fats in their diets. In recent years, health-conscious consumers have been seeking out foods with a low glycemic index. But how effective is this for managing health?
  • Monday, October 31, 2016
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – As the weather gets colder, there’s nothing like coming home to a hot meal. A slow cooker, also known as a crockpot, can be an economical, timesaving way to feed your family, says Susan Mills-Gray, University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist.
  • Monday, October 3, 2016
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – It’s the time of year when walnuts will start dropping off their trees.
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  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    BETHANY, Mo. – The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost 50 million people get sick from foodborne diseases in the U.S. each year.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    HOUSTON, Mo. – Laundry packets offer loads of temptation for curious children.
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Websites

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