Living Well In The Panhandle

Families Eat Too Many Sofas

Family Eats Sofa No, not the kind you sit on.  SoFAS stands for “Solid Fats and Added Sugars”.  Even though the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than about 15% of daily calories should come from SoFAS, Americans of both sexes and all ages get closer to 35% of their daily calories from SoFAS …

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Life Happens: Emergency Funds Allow You to Adapt

Are you “liquid asset poor?”  If a household experiences an unexpected financial strain, such as a job loss, illness, or other large expense, and does not have enough liquid assets to cover basic expenses for three months, they are considered liquid asset poor.  Liquid assets consist of money held in checking or savings accounts.  According to recent …

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Cool Off Your Heating Bill

  Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower in the winter to reduce heating costs. Winter definitely is here!  Thankfully, we are not shoveling snow here in the Panhandle like our neighbors to the north, but our electric bills most likely have risen as the mercury has dropped.  To save money on your winter …

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Soup’s On!

Soup is a great way to pack your diet with vegetables. Nothing tastes as good on a cold, winter day as a nice hot bowl of soup.  Soups are easy to make and economical.  Homemade soups are healthy.  They are a great way to pack more vegetables into your diet.  You can control the amount …

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Helps Everyone Win

The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation to qualifying taxpayers. Tax season starts officially on January 31, 2014.  Now is time to start gathering documents and deciding on a tax preparer. For low to moderate income individuals and families, the VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) program maybe an option.  Generally, VITA …

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What the Buzz About Bees? An Update from the Beekeeping Trade Show

On November 1-2, 2013, the Northwest District Agriculture and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents Program Implementation Teams collaborated to offer classes during the annual Beekeeping Field Day and Tradeshow held in Chipley, FL. Attendees learn about bee hive maintenance. This third-annual event was part of the Florida State Beekeepers Association yearly conference and had …

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Lighten Up Your Holiday Feast

Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis The countdown is upon us.  The last-minute food preparation is soon to begin.  Don’t regret the holidays by overdoing in the food consumption aspect of meals.  Avoid having to include a strict eating regimen as a new year’s resolution by making some changes in the way you prepare your food.  There …

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SPICE Up Your Holiday Meals

The holiday season is upon us and that means many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen. Add that extra-special touch…experiment with a variety of seasonal spices for your holiday meals. And, enjoy the flavors as the aromatic scents fill your home. If you would like to make an impression with a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/12/18/spice-up-your-holiday-meals/

Keep Colds Away This Season With One Vital Step

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to reduce the spread of germs. It seems like such a simple solution.  Wash your hands to keep yourself well during this cold and flu season.  Unfortunately, even though most people know how important hand washing is, many still don’t follow important hygiene …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/12/04/keep-colds-away-this-season-with-one-vital-step/

Tips for a Tasty (and Safe) Thanksgiving Dinner

The highlight of many Thanksgiving meals is the turkey –juicy, golden brown, and delicious!  Before and after it reaches the table, however, follow these steps to reduce your guests’ risk of foodborne illness. Thaw the turkey safely: In the refrigerator at 40oF or below– allow 24 hours for every 5 pounds.  Place the turkey in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/26/tips-for-a-tasty-and-safe-thanksgiving-dinner/

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