Families and Consumers

Formosan Termite Awareness

We are getting homeowners ready to roll out the unwelcome mat to Formosan termites in the panhandle! Homeowner education on this serious, invasive pest will be a team effort between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and UF/IFAS Extension spanning across three counties during the month of April.  Formosan termites will begin swarming …

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Ag Saves Workshop Series – Securing Your Farm’s Financial Future

Santa Rosa County Extension and the University of Florida IFAS will host an Ag Saves Workshop Series beginning Tuesday, March 24. This four-session series of interactive workshops will focus on the basics of securing your farm’s financial future and will be offered locally at the Jay Community Center at 5259 Booker Lane in Jay. In …

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Steak? Marinate Safely

Picturing a hot, juicy steak for July 4? Marinating can add delicious flavor but it comes with some risk. Avoid food poisoning and safely marinate by following these tips: *Use plastic or glass containers – never metal. * Keep marinated steak covered and in a refrigerator set at 40 degrees F or below. * Reserve …

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Before You Tie the Knot

  Are you a newlywed or planning to get married soon? There’s a new online course offered by UF/IFAS Extension that might just be “right up your alley”! Successful completion of the $15 course will get you the following: * Waiver of the 3-day wait period to get a marriage license. * Discount of $32.50 off …

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There’s A New Sweetener In Town!

Move over, sugar – you’ve got even more competition! Many Americans choose to use sugar substitutes because they add few or no calories to food and most don’t raise blood sugar levels. Recently, the FDA extensively reviewed data from 37 animal and human studies before approving a new sugar substitute called advantame. Advantame – which …

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Farmers’ Markets: Keeping it Fresh and Safe

dreamstime.com stock photo Farmers’ Markets are a great choice for buying delicious and fresh local produce. If you use your own reusable bags, here are just a few safety tips to consider: * Wash your bags often. Cloth bags can be laundered in the washing machine while plastic-lined bags need to be hand-washed with soap …

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It’s Spring: Get Moving!

With the advent of spring and warmer weather on the way, it’s a great time to get more active. The more fun you make your activity, the more likely you will be to keep moving. Following are some warmer weather suggestions for active fun: * Jump in the pool and swim some laps * Visit …

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Move It or Lose It

dreamstime.com stock photo It’s true. The more you sit the less you move – and the more vulnerable you become to health problems. According to a new study from Northwestern University, sitting for an extended time causes your muscles to burn less fat and your blood to flow more sluggishly. When you slump in your …

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Nature’s Candy

Berries are like nature’s candy. A cup of strawberries has just 50 calories, while 2 cookies (of about the same weight as the strawberries) contain 160 calories and 8 grams of fat!  Freeze strawberries and eat them right out of the freezer for a delicious icy treat. Most berries contain potassium, which keeps your blood …

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Go Ahead – Have a Little Chocolate

Happy Valentines Day! The good news about chocolate keeps coming. Short-term studies from Harvard University suggest that chocolate might help lower blood pressure and increase insulin sensitivity. The antioxidants, especially in dark chocolate, may lower the risk of infection and cancer. Chocolate also exhibits some anti-inflammatory properties and might enhance the action of neurotransmitters (i.e. …

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