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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

November is American Diabetes Month

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the US have diabetes and another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Read more

Substitute spaghetti squash for pasta

Spaghetti squash is a versatile, nutritious fall favorite that is often overlooked by shoppers who don't know how to cook it. Read more

Know the basics when choosing a health insurance plan

Whether you get insurance through your work or buy it on your own, most people have some level of choice in the type of plan they have. Read more

Prepare for illness

It's the time of year when we hear the familiar ring of "Get your flu shot!" throughout our communities. This year, the urgency seems to be magnified by the news regarding the deadly Ebola virus. Read more

Becoming more resilient

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

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

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

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

News

  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Smart eating habits at Thanksgiving mean you won’t wobble after you gobble this holiday season.
  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    BETHANY, Mo. –Keep the kitchen clean to make it a healthier place to gather during the holidays, says University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health specialist Janet Hackert.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Food is a great way to bring people together. But if you’re mainly used to cooking everyday family meals or for the occasional dinner party, you’ll want to be aware of extra safety precautions to take when cooking for large groups.
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the Missouri AgrAbility Project a grant to continue its services for another four years, according to University of Missouri Extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch, who serves as director of the program.
  • Monday, November 10, 2014
    KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Each year in the United States, there are about 42,000 reported cases of salmonella infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because many cases are not diagnosed or reported, CDC estimates the actual number may be close to 1 million.
  • 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
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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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