E-Cigarettes and Teens

The 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey has revealed that there is an increase in the use of e-cigarettes by teens as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. This is of concern indicating the adoption of a new risk behavior.

“Current cigarette smoking is at an all-time low, which is great news. …

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Hurricane Preparedness

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With the passing of the 1st  of June, hurricane season has officially begun. With the 3rd named storm, Tropical Storm Colin, already having affected some Floridians, are you prepared if a storm is expected in your area?

Will you want to leave or stay in your home unless an evacuation is …

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The ‘Eat Less’ Message

With restaurants now posting portion sizes and nutritional data, large food manufacturers are also changing the presentation of their products. We now have a thin version of some cookies or the optional 100 calorie pack of some of our favorites. Even the soda giants have the released a smaller …

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Exercise Required on the food label?


Would you eat a certain food if the food label told you how many minutes of a certain exercise it would take to expend those calories consumed? This is quite an innovative concept. The United Kingdom is actually considering placing an ‘activity equivalent’ on the food label to …

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November is National Diabetes Month!

November is National Diabetes Month! Even if you are not a diabetic, it is important to stay informed regarding diabetes, as it is very likely you know one of the over 29 million people in the United States that has diabetes. This is reflected in the National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) …

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Cleaning your Laundry with Vinegar

How often do you reach for vinegar when you are cleaning your home? Most people only think of using this item when descaling their coffee pot. But, there are many other uses for vinegar in the home.

Are those whites looking a bit dingy? Boil a large pot of water and with one cup of …

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The Perils of Skipping Breakfast

For many, the morning rush promotes the ‘grab and go’ method of breakfast which tends to lean toward less nutritious choices. Even worse are those that completely skip breakfast. The benefits of eating breakfast have been proven in research studies and sung loudly. A nutritious breakfast provides essential energy for morning activities such as school …

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New Family & Consumer Science Agent Serving Jackson County

The University of Florida’s Jackson County Extension Service welcomes a new Family and Consumer Science Agent, Marie Arick. Previously an FCS Agent for the Texas Extension Service, Arick brings a variety of programming experience to Jackson County and will emphasize the areas of consumer science, health, wellness, and food and nutrition for both adult …

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