Living Well In The Panhandle

It’s Picnic Time

Picnics are a great opportunity for families to enjoy the great outdoors. It provides time to experience special bonding while enjoying the fresh air and delicious food. However, we should always be cautious of food borne illness. Let’s keep food and your family safe from the start! Whether the foods are from home, a store, …

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Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

On May 20, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the new Nutrition Facts label requirements for packaged foods. The new version represents the latest in food science research and is designed to make it easier for consumers to get the information they need to make healthy choices. These changes are the first updates …

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Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/17/changes-to-the-nutrition-facts-label/

Nutrition in a Desk Drawer

A busy schedule is the most used excuse for not eating nutritiously.  When pressed for time, it’s easy to fall into the habit of making unhealthy food choices. For those who have no time to prepare meals during the work day, yet want to eat nutritiously, one solution is to plan ahead and prepare mini …

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Every Food Group Every Day

What’s the best way to enjoy a variety of the nutrients and other substances needed for good health? Eat from every food group every day. Foods are put into food groups because they provide key nutrients, in about the same amounts. For example, the milk, yogurt, and cheese in the Dairy Group provide about the …

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Has Caffeine Become a Bad Habit?

It seems that most Americans start their mornings off with a mug of hot coffee, iced coffee, or any number of fancy variations. For many, it’s the key to starting your day off right. Ever notice what happens when you don’t get your coffee in the morning? Let’s just say, it can be enough to …

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Crops in Season – Blueberries

July is National Blueberry Month and what a great testament it is to be named fruit of the month during this patriotic season!  Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America and have been enjoyed for centuries, both wild and cultivated.  In fact, the United States is the world’s largest producer of …

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What’s in Season Now?

  What’s in season now?  Although summer doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks farmers have been busy producing seasonal, summer fruits and vegetables.  The seasonal vegetable guide for North Florida Produce has an abundance!  Not only are basil and beans plentiful, so are blackberries, blueberries and mulberries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, melons, okra, …

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Staying Safe in the Sun

In Florida, we are so lucky to have access to beautiful beaches and weather. There are an infinite number of outdoor activities to do.  This past week I tried a new one for me, SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding).  I fell a few times, but finally found my balance and had a blast all day …

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Grilling Foods: Keep Your Family Safe

Did you know that the majority of people grill on July 4th (82%), followed by Birthdays (72%), Labor Day (70%), Memorial Day (62%) and the Super Bowl (30%)? Grilling is an all-time favorite for many households and now that the weather is warming, more families are using their grills to prepare family meals. Enjoy grilling …

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Successful VITA Tax Preparation Season in Jefferson County

 Tax season is a very difficult time of year for many people. It is a time when good record keeping is vital. The preparation fee is expensive for many families. Some use computer software to avoid fees. However, in doing so they may overlook some tax deductions.   Free tax preparation has always been offered …

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