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A New Year’s Day Meal

…is for those eating a traditional New Year’s Day meal of ham, greens and black-eyed peas.

Ham is supposed to bring good health, while black-eyed peas are to ensure good luck and greens to bring money. Whether these foods actually deliv…

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The Lowdown on Fad Diets


“Even though fad diets help individuals to lose weight quickly, the weight is just as quick to return once you go back to your old eating habits,” said Andrea Morris, an Alabama Extension nutrition and health specialist.

These t…

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From the Live Well Alabama Kitchen – Potluck Taco Soup

…ystem at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices,” said Sondra Parmer, Alabama Extension specialist with SNAP-E…

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New Water Monitoring Project in Alabama’s National Forests

… the launch of a new water quality monitoring project in the national forests of Alabama.
The Project
The project’s goal is to encourage citizens to discover the national forests in the state by testing their waters.

Mona Dominguez, …

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Returning Christmas Presents

…s policy. It could save a trip.

“Regardless of the store policy, you have the responsibility of returning gifts in good condition,” Briggs said.
Guide for Returning Christmas Presents
As a general guide, the following information c…

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Safety During the Holidays

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Warning! Proceed to the holiday season with caution. With so many things going on, many forget about safety during the holidays. People may encounter a number of hazards in the coming days.
Food and Kitchen Safe…

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Be Mindful of Winter Weather


Know where your flashlight and batteries are located.
If you have a gas heater, ensure that it is in good working condition.
Keep generators in order, and keep a supply of fuel for them.
Insulate exposed pipes to pr…

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Controlling Entomosporium Leaf Spot on Woody Ornamental

…or early winter. Continue once or twice monthly applications through mid-spring.

On partially defoliated plants, a rigorous curative fungicide spray program is often necessary to control Entomosporium leaf spot. Weekly fungicide applicat…

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Protect Yourself Against Fraud This Holiday Season

…a target.
More Information
Read more information on preventing or recovering from identity theft at For more information, visit or contact your county Extension office….

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ALProHealth Guidebook


In this book you will be guided through a straightforward three-step process of identifying community goals, picking activities that will help you accomplish these goals, and outlining a work plan with timelines and coalit…

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Battling Holiday Stress and Depression

… holiday season.
Make Time to Exercise
It is important during the colder months to get outside and soak up vitamin D. Going on a long walk or bike ride can help reduce stress and gives people time to clear their head.
Eat Healthy

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Peaches Benefiting from Seasonal Weather

…with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said peaches and other tree fruits need adequate chill hours to produce a good crop.

“As of mid-December, we have received at least half of the total chill hours needed for most peach varie…

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Annual Bedding Plants

…early summer but will not withstand the summer heat. These include sweet peas, English daisies, hybrid petunias, snapdragons, English wallflowers, nasturtium, and sweet alyssum.
The second planting using tender annuals can be made in the s…

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Agricultural Outlook Hopeful as New Year Approaches

…d. “We were thrilled to have 180 producers in attendance.”

Shep Morris, Jr., a row crop producer in Bullock, Montgomery and Macon counties, says the short course was beneficial.

“I appreciate the expertise from Extension and Aub…

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Food Safety: It’s in Your Hands!

Wash Your Hands.
Do you remember your mother telling you to wash your hands when you were young? It is still good advice. We know that our hands can carry harmful bacteria. Think about all the things you touch throughout the day:…

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