Living Well in the Panhandle Newsletter Editor
Washington and Holmes Counties
It’s hard to believe summer is knocking at our door – it seems like New Year’s Day was just last week! The warmth of summer ushers in an abundance of fresh produce. Farmers’ Markets are open, offering a colorful array of fruits and vegetables to enhance your meals – contact your county Extension Office for locations near you. Careful handling of fruits and vegetables is important in reducing foodborne illness risk. Check out “Keeping Your Melons Safe” for easy tips for enjoying their fresh taste safely.
Will you have children in your home this summer? “Encourage Kids to Be Healthy Eaters” offers fun, practical ways to help children develop healthy habits and promote family togetherness. Do you have a hobby or skill you can share with a 4-H Club? Research shows volunteering can boost your health and many opportunities exist in your community. Check “Research Shows: Volunteerism Promotes Better Health” for details. We also have information on planning for your retirement (it’s never too early to start!), the Master Money Mentor Program, using water wisely, and calibrating your oven.
Have a fun, safe summer (don’t forget your sunscreen and hat!) and contact your UF/IFAS Extension Office for the latest information on nutrition, food preservation, money management, lawn care and gardening, and many other topics to help you find solutions for your life!