Nutrition and health

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Nutrition and health
Cool-loving brassicas add colors, nutrition

Plant brassicas, members of the mustard family, now so they mature before summer’s heat arrives. They are “nutritional powerhouses” that thrive in cool weather. 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

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

Be safe when exercising outdoors in cold weather

For many people, the cold winter weather is a reason not to exercise outside or not to exercise at all. Read more

Protect against colds and flu

One defense is to get plenty of vitamin E. Read more

Time for vitamin D

Vitamin D needs can be sufficiently met during the summer months thanks to the sun. 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

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

Waist size can be indicator of pre-diabetes

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

News

  • 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.
  • Monday, March 20, 2017
    BETHANY, Mo. – Plan to eat a rainbow when you map out your vegetable garden this spring.
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  • Monday, March 20, 2017
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – 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.
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    MEXICO, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension Master Gardeners and Grow Well Missouri partner to plant seeds of hope in food pantry clients at Mexico’s Help Center.
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  • Monday, February 20, 2017
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – In 1970, the biochemist Linus Pauling published “Vitamin C and the Common Cold,” promoting the idea that large doses of the vitamin could reduce the severity and duration of a cold.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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