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Volunteer on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service invites the world to share in Dr. King’s vision of a “beloved community.” Many Americans observe the holiday by volunteering their time and talents in their co…

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Make Recycling a New Year’s Resolution

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—  Recycling 10 plastic bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for more than 25 hours. In fact, there are many benefits of recycling that help communities, the economy and the environment. In the ne…

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Alabama Extension Addresses Student Needs

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Ten Alabama universities received a grant to address food insecurity among college students in the state. Auburn University’s Hunger Solutions Institute will administer the grant over a two-year period. …

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The Lowdown on Fad Diets

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.— Don’t fall victim to fad diets in the new year. These diets often promise individuals quick weight loss and other health benefits if they follow a specific set of guidelines. However, these claims are oft…

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Caring for Poinsettias All Year

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Poinsettias are an iconic indoor winter plant. The vibrant red, white and green colors, make this plant a popular choice around the holidays. However, with proper care, poinsettias can add beauty and color…

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Think Safety First When Traveling

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—It’s that time of the year when millions of Americans travel by road, railways, or air to designated locations. Although every travel mishap cannot be prevented, there are some preventive measures you ca…

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Family Reading Activities for the Holidays

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – With a little bit of imagination, parents can develop creative ways to get their children reading this holiday.

This time of the year, children are excited about winter break, while parents are stressed…

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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—  It’s not every day that grandma’s red velvet cake is served for dessert. So go ahead and enjoy it, but remember these healthy holiday eating tips throughout the holiday season.
Leave Some Room
Servi…

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Reimagining Thanksgiving Leftovers

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you have a refrigerator full of leftovers. Don’t worry—reimagine Thanksgiving leftovers with a little creativity and by using practical food safety tips.
Practici…

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Extension Specialist Receives National Honor for Excellence

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), the Cooperative Extension System and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) annou…

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Diabetes in the Family

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.–Diabetes is a growing health concern across the nation and in the state of Alabama. The American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 30.3 million people or about 9.4% of the United States populati…

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Quick Tips for Buying and Planting Summer Annual Plants

Figure 1: A sunny annual border planted with New Guinea impatiens and ornamental peppers
When to Plant Annuals
Planting early in the spring season will ensure root systems develop properly before high temperatures arrive.  Below are the …

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Prepare Your Lawn for the Fall and Winter Months

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Cold weather and frosts mark the end of the growing season and the start of fall and winter. Now is a great time to prepare your lawn for the fall and winter months. It is time to get back outside and star…

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Walking Like a CHAMPION

Alabama Extension’s CHAMPION program launched a statewide campaign to get Alabama residents walking. County Extension offices in Calhoun, Houston, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Marshall, Mobile, and Tuscaloosa have established walking teams to sup…

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Weight Bias Among Youth and Adults

What is Weight Bias?
Weight bias is defined as negative attitudes, beliefs, judgments, stereotypes, and discriminatory acts aimed at individuals because of weight. Weight bias can be overt or subtle. It exists in mainstream media, in homes…

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