Nutrition and health


Nutrition and health
Pumpkin: jack-o'-lantern of all trades

While many people throughout the world use pumpkin as a staple in their diet, in the United States this colorful member of the gourd plant family is used primarily for decoration. Read more

Reduce risks to prevent falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury and death in adults age 65 and older. Read more

Health benefits of tai chi exercise

Tai chi improves balance, strength and flexibility and lowers fall risk. Read more

Walking your way to fitness

For most people, walking is a safe, easy and no-cost way to be fit. 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

Chronic stress leads to health problems

Our bodies are designed to respond to stressful situations in order to protect us from danger. However, when this response is constantly turned on from continued stress, it can lead to health problems. Read more

Sleep — Are you getting enough?

Research in the area of sleep has determined that as many as two-thirds of Americans lack enough sleep. Read more

Heart disease refers to many conditions

The term heart disease actually refers to many conditions that relate to the heart and blood vessels. Three common conditions are arteriosclerosis, heart attack and coronary artery disease. Read more

Waist size can be indicator of pre-diabetes

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

Dealing with a side effect of winter: The common cold

Colds are so common this time of year that they seem to be a side effect of winter. Read more

Happy relationships good for health

Research has shown that there are physical health benefits of healthy relationships and marriages. Read more

Helping picky eaters 'grow' into healthy eaters

If it's too green, too crunchy, too soft, too orange or just any vegetable, they will not eat it. Read more

Fitting activity into a busy day

Use a cordless, wireless or hands-free phone and walk while you talk. Do laps around the house or around your workplace, pace back and forth in your office, or step out from the tractor and cross the field. Read more

Arthritis affects the joints

Two common recommendations for people with arthritis are to eat healthy and to get plenty of exercise. 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

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

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

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


  • 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.
  • Friday, September 2, 2016
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – There is evidence that nutrients can play an important role in treating and preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60 in the United States.
  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    MONROE CITY, Mo. – The right tools and techniques can make gardening after 50 golden, says University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist Todd Lorenz.
  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    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, May 13, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nothing says spring like fresh asparagus.
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. –Even in the 21st century, a tape measure may be quite telling. The past few years have seen the emergence of electronic devices that measure our heart rate, blood pressure, steps, etc. The tape measure is less used but can reveal a lot.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    BETHANY, Mo. – Don’t drop your exercise routine when the temperatures drop, says University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist Janet Hackert.
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2016
    NAPOLEON, Mo. – Farmers like 93-year-old Harry Keutzer don’t quit just because their body parts slow down.
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  • 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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