Handwashing: More than just clean hands

Those of us interested in simple ways to keep our families healthy already know the role proper hand washing plays in preventing the spread of germs. But hand washing plays another role that’s not often considered when fighting the battle to keep families healthy. In that role, hand washing is instrumental in fighting the rise of antibiotic resistance. What’s … Read More

Keep Your Food Safe This Grilling Season

It’s that time of year! The sounds of laughter and smells of grilling fill the air, as we spend more time outdoors with family and friends. As we gear up for our Memorial Day weekend plans, be aware that bacteria enjoy grilling too! The warm weather is the perfect environment for bacteria to rapidly multiple. … Read More

Celebrate the Earth and Stretch Your Food Dollar!

Today is Earth Day and what better way to celebrate than by saving some green by going green with your grocery shopping. These tips adapted from Alice Henneman, Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska will take you beyond recycling the various packages that your food comes in and will help you save money, adding … Read More

Healthy Times Newsletter, December 2015

Our Healthy Times Newsletter this month focuses on  keeping your food safe in the refrigerator. You’ll also find a fun snack recipe that is easy enough for your children to make! And finally, learn tips to be active indoors. Sources: Refrigerator Thermometers: Cold Facts about Food Safety – http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm253954.htm http://www.fightbac.org/ … Read More

Pregnancy and Food Safety

As parents we all want the very best for our children. I remember when I learned that I was pregnant. I listened to all the advice from my doctor, my mother, my friends, and people who just randomly offered it. And, sometimes there would even be a segment on the news or a talk show … Read More

Hit the beach, keep it safe

My favorite beach is Emerald Isle. I love having a picnic lunch while I am there. Here are some of the ways I keep my family safe: 1. My lunch usually isn’t anything fancy. It usually consists of finger foods such as cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon or carrots. I always include wraps such as tuna salad … Read More

Don't Dread the Road Trip

A long time ago, I used to dread long road trips especially when my children were much younger. However, after years of experience and many miles later, I now love road trips and look forward to our next one. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that I need to plan ahead especially when it … Read More

Handle Leftovers Safely

After your Thanksgiving meal is over, the countdown to repurpose leftovers into soups, hash, sandwiches, and other uses begins. But how long can you safely keep leftovers to enjoy after Thanksgiving day? First, within two hours after dinner has been served, make sure to pack up leftovers right away and store them in the refrigerator. … Read More

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