Living Well In The Panhandle

Youth Gain from Camping Experiences

With summer around the corner, it’s a great time to enroll your children in residential and/or day camps. For most communities there are a variety of camps offered. Camping experiences not only give children something to do, they are also great learning experiences. Just as a garden or flowerbed requires critical elements like water, sunshine, space, …

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Super Summer Snacking

  Super Summer Snacking Can you believe that the kids are almost out of school for the summer? With kids in the house all summer, get ready for those constant snack attacks, followed by “mom (or dad)…there’s nothing good to eat.” Just because its summer break doesn’t mean we should take a vacation from healthy …

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Summertime Safety ~ A Hidden Danger

Beware of Hidden Dangers We all know that taking safety measures, such as using car seats correctly or basic childproofing, for our children is important. But what about “hidden dangers?” One major hidden danger can be the family vehicle. As summertime approaches and the heat is upon us, the dangers of leaving a child in …

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The Importance of Club Involvement

With summer approaching, you might be asking, “What am I going to do with my children while they are out of school?” One solution is to get them involved in a club. 4-H is the youth organization of the Land Grant University System, of which the UF/ IFAS Extension Service is a part. 4-H and …

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Be a Good Roll Model

MyPlate “Roll Model” Set a good example for your family and friends by eating whole grains in meals and snacks. Whole grain rolls, tortillas, hot and cold cereals, breads, pastas, crackers, and brown rice are excellent foods that boast health benefits and add a variety of tastes and textures into your diet. What is a …

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Spring into Action: Time to Get Moving

Spring has Sprung Still trying to get past those winter blues? Get outside, enjoy the Spring weather, and do something active! Regardless of age or fitness level it is important to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Some people might say they cannot be active due to lack of time however, fitting in physical …

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Same program, new label!

On March 4, 2015 the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) unveiled a new Safer Choice label/logo, which makes it easier to find household cleaners and other home products that are safer, more environmentally friendly—and still get the job done! Finding cleaning and other products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment should be …

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Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Home!

  Spring cleaning of one’s home is a tradition dating back centuries that is tied to the vernal equinox – the first day of spring.   At the spring equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. In many cultures this longer, lighter, warmer day is often a cause …

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Some Things are Too Important to Say Nothing: Talking with Your Children about Money

Bindaas Madhavi. (2011) Listen to Your Kids. Most parents would not allow their child to play in the street or to touch a hot stove because parents understand that these actions have consequences and the consequences are serious. If you don’t talk with your child about money and allow them to observe you exhibiting positive …

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Getting Prepared for the Canning Season

  Get your pressure canner ready for the season.Photo by Les Harrison, Wakulla County     In addition to planting your spring garden and reviewing the latest food safety materials, you should consider having your pressure canner gauge tested. Today’s pressure canner may have a dial gauge for indicating the pressure or a weighted gauge, …

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