Living Well In The Panhandle

Simple Ideas for Fun in the Sun

“School’s out!” Time to head outdoors to play. In their Physical Activity Guidelines, the Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.health.gov, recommends at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day for overall better health. No worries, though. You don’t have to do it all at once and what you and your …

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Quench Your Thirst to Beat the Heat

“Whew, I’m thirsty!” As temperatures rise, you may be saying that more frequently and for good reason.  Better than one-half of our body weight is water and we lose water daily in sweat, urine, and feces.  Water converts food into energy, regulates our body temperature, protects and cushions vital organs, and promotes regular bowel movements.  …

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Be Prepared. Be Ready. Stay Safe: National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014

May 25 – 31, 2014 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This week is a good time to prepare your family, property, and pets for severe weather situations. The dangers of a hurricane are numerous:  heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and in our coastal areas, high tide and rip currents. UF/IFAS Extension has information to …

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Nutrition Program Encourages Healthy, Budget-Friendly Family Meals

Parents and guardians across America work hard everyday to put food in the mouths of their families.  We all have to make choices in the foods we eat and provide for our children.  This process of planning, shopping, and preparing healthy meals is challenging, but especially for those that have limited income and resources.  These …

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Preserving Food: It is Not Like In Grandma’s Day

Low-Acid Canning requires a Pressure Canner Submitted by Shelley Swenson/Les Harrison Home canning has changed greatly in the 170 years since it was introduced as a way to preserve food. Grandma may have cooked her green beans and poured them into hot jars but open kettle canning is not recommended today.   Scientists have found ways …

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It is amazing what happens when we all sit down at the table……….

The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has proclaimed obesity a national, serious public health issue. As such, he is encouraging all Americans to learn about and engage in activities that promote healthy eating. How can you get involved? Let’s start with the family meal.   There are many benefits to family meals. …

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The Importance of Play

 Not much has changed since the American Academy of Pediatrics released their clinical report in 2006 about the importance of play in promoting healthy child development.   In fact, play is so important to optimal child development that in 1989 the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights recognized play as a right of every child.   …

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Florida’s “Big Kids” Just Got A Safety Boost!

New bill would require booster seats for children four years old through age five. For several years, Florida has been the most dangerous state for children between the ages of 4 and 10 traveling in vehicles.  Florida is currently one of only two states in the nation that lacks a booster seat bill for older …

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Think About It!

Leon County Extension’s sustainable rainwater cisterns collect rainwater from the rooftop and use the water from the cisterns to irrigate the demonstration garden. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the term “sustainability” has emerged as a result of significant concerns about the unintended social, environmental, and economic consequences of rapid growth.  Sustainability is based …

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Spring Clean Your Finances

  As you are clearing out clutter, sprucing up, and getting ready for summer, you also should start your financial spring cleaning by figuring out where you stand financially. Here are a few tips to help you get started: 1.  Get organized. Build a personal financial filing system; get out your financial paperwork and file …

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