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Extension offers a wealth of educational programs that help people make healthier, better-informed decisions and grow our economy. Programs cover a variety of areas from local foods and food safety to gardening and environmental efforts.

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Family Fitness

Do you have trouble getting your kids up and moving? Parents play a vital role in helping children stay …

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Rice Is Nice

What do oatmeal, popcorn and brown rice have in common? They are all grains and whole grains can be …

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Snack Attack

Snacks are a great way to boost kids’ energy levels and keep them feeling great. Active kids really need …

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Pets or No Pets

Do you have a dog, cat or other pet? If so, you are not alone, millions of Americans have …

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Popcorn Anyone?

What do oatmeal, popcorn, and brown rice have in common? They are all whole grains and whole grains can …

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September - Fruit and Vegetable Month

As summer turns into autumn, September marks the beginning of heartier seasonal fruits and vegetables. September is well-known for …

Increase Your HDL

Most of us know that we do not want to have high cholesterol levels (total greater than 200). However, …

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What's in My Drink?

What would happen to us if we didn’t drink enough liquids? Our bodies would become dehydrated. Liquids keep us …

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Dangers of Sitting Too Long

How many hours a day are you spending sitting down? Does your job require you to be behind a desk …

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What's for Lunch?

It’s that time of the year again! Kids will soon be off to school and they are faced with …

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Facts About Cooking Eggs

Omelets, hard boiled, scrambled, and poached are some of the many ways we cook our eggs. Eggs are naturally …

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Watermelon or Pizza?

Today, August 3rd, is National Watermelon Day! Most of us enjoy biting into a juicy, cool piece of watermelon. …

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Family Meals - Fast and Healthful

Here are some tips for making fast and healthy meals: Cook once for everyone. Does your child like plain vegetables, …

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Easy Healthy Snacks

During the day, whether we are at work or home, we often stop to snack on something before our …

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Tips for Cooking Vegetables

There is nothing more enjoyable than having vegetables from your own garden. Nothing compares to the fresh, juicy flavors …

Strong, Healthy Nails and Hair

Many women spend hundreds of dollars on different products trying to achieve strong, healthy nails and hair. Although some …

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How to Measure Ingredients

The three basic tools used to measure ingredients are: Measuring spoons Dry measuring cups Liquid measuring cups The key to successful cooking and …

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Tasty Tomatoes

The fresh taste of tomatoes, just off the vine and still warm from the sun…what a delicious summer flavor. …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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Growing Strawberries in Childcare Center Gardens

Strawberries are the perfect fruit for early childcare centers. Their life cycle is short (planted …

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Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

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Snacking and Cooking With Cool-Season Produce From Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

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Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

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Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

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Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

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Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …

COVID-19 General Guidance for Retail Food Environments

This factsheet offers guidance for retail establishments during a viral respiratory outbreak, like the coronavirus …

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