Category: Family

Handle With Care – The Key to Safe Easter Eggs
“Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket!” ~ Andrew Carnegie

“Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket!” ~ Andrew Carnegie

You might not see a brightly colored Easter egg as a dangerous object, but real eggs used on Easter egg hunts could harbor salmonella – a bacteria that can make you, and your family, sick if you eat it.

Today’s guest is MU Extension nutrition specialist Tammy Roberts. She has tips for a safe Easter egg hunt and how to choose fresh eggs.

 

 

Follow Rules When Preparing Easter Eggs

Helping Picky Eaters ‘Grow’ into Healthy Eaters
Garden 'n Grow Kids in Kirksville, MO (Left to righ: Emmit Cody, Elizabeth Cody, Morgan Mullock, Bailey Malen, and in the back: Melanie Cody and Joseph Berg) Photo by Debbie Johnson

Garden ‘n Grow Kids in Kirksville, MO (Left to right: Emmit Cody, Elizabeth Cody, Morgan Mullock, Bailey Malen, and in the back: Melanie Cody and Joseph Berg) Photo by Debbie Johnson

A parent stares across the table at their child’s untouched dinner plate. The body language says, in no uncertain terms, will the food in in front of them end up in their mouth. They fidget and push the food around the plate, as they whine the all-too-familiar battle cry, “But I don’t like it.”

This battle of wills is a constant for families with a picky eater. It turns out that helping young children understand how to grow food will completely change the way they look at the food they eat.

Today’s guests are Jennifer Schutter, horticulture specialist and Margo Myers, nutrition specialist. Both are with the University of Missouri Extension office in Kirksville. You’ll also hear from 11-year-old Joseph Berg and 10-year-old Morgan Mullock. Both attended this year’s Garden ‘n Grow program in Kirksville.

 

 

University of Missouri Extension Garden ‘n Grow program

MU Extension Garden ‘n Grow program in Adair County

Poison Proof Your Home
What dangers are hidden under your kitchen sink? (Photo by Jon Lamb)

What dangers are hidden under your kitchen sink? (Photo by Jon Lamb)

If you do a quick inventory of the chemicals in your home, I bet the list is long. Toilet bowl cleaners, medicine, cosmetics, tile cleaners, bathroom deodorizers, mouthwash, mothballs, nail polish remover, bleach and ammonia are found in the kitchen and bathroom of most homes. More than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home and most are preventable if you can keep poison away from tiny fingers.

 

 

Today’s guest is Kandace Fisher-McLean, housing and environmental design specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

 

Poison Safety

Hazardous Look-A-Likes in a Child’s World

Poison Control Hotline: 1-800-222-1222

Living Apart, Together – A choice that’s working for older couples
“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” ~ writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Photo by Mike DelGaudio)

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” ~ writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Photo by Mike DelGaudio)

Some older adults are finding traditional marriage a less desirable choice for later-in-life relationships. Jacquelyn Benson, a University of Missouri Extension gerontology specialist, has been studying older adults in Living Apart, Together, or LAT relationships. For LAT couples, each partner maintains their own home, but they are in a committed, intimate relationship.

Today’s guests are researcher Jacquelyn Benson and Robert Dolliver and Joyce Huber who are in a LAT relationship with each other.

 

 

Living Apart, Together

Hand Washing – The Best Defense Against Colds and Flu
"Handwashing is one of the most important means of preventing the spread of infection" according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  (Photo by Dani Toth)

“Hand washing is one of the most important means of preventing the spread of infection” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Photo by Dani Toth)

You touch a doorknob then touch your nose. A few days later you have chills, a bad cough and sneezing. Frequent hand washing can help you stop infecting yourself with your hands.

This is most important for children. By teaching them to do a good job of washing their hands you can help them avoid colds and flu.

 

 

Hand washing poster

Using Gardening to Help Drug Users Escape Addiction
Marcy Weber, left,  bought a home, has a full-time job and is alcohol and drug free after participating in the Cass County Drug Court program that uses a community demonstration garden coordinated by the University of Missouri Extension. Master Gardener Darra Simpson is one of the volunteers who has helped participants learn teamwork and responsibility through the ‘magic of gardening.’ Photo by Linda Geist

Marcy Weber, left, bought a home, has a full-time job and is alcohol and drug free after participating in the Cass County Drug Court program that uses a community demonstration garden coordinated by the University of Missouri Extension. Master Gardener Darra Simpson is one of the volunteers who has helped participants learn teamwork and responsibility through the ‘magic of gardening.’ Photo by Linda Geist

There are so many difficulties to overcome when trying to escape drug abuse. You tend to keep company with other users, making it difficult to escape the vicious circle of substance abuse. Drugs become so all-consuming that you stop caring for yourself.

One community in Missouri is trying to give people who are lost in drugs a way back. Cass County Missouri’s Drug Court and University of Missouri Extension teamed up to teach gardening and along the way they teach confidence, independence and a way home.

 

 

News audio available at MU Extension Radio News Service

 

StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative Comes to the University of Missouri’s Columbia Campus
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” ~ Author, G.K. Chesterton (Photo by Marc Wathieu)

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” ~ Author, G.K. Chesterton (Photo by Marc Wathieu)

StoryCorp, a national oral history project, will celebrate their ten year anniversary in October. SC’s Military Voices Initiative is working to share the stories of post 9/11 veterans, active-duty personnel and their families to increase the understanding of what it means to be in military. On September 11-13, StoryCorps will be in Columbia, Missouri recording the voices of men and women who have served our country.

 

 

MU Extension Community Arts

StoryCorps

StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative

Helping Missourians Make Healthier Choices – There’s an App for That
Seasonal and Simple now available as a free app

Seasonal and Simple now available as a free app

Seasonal and Simple began as a very popular publication. Now it’s a new app that’s available on your smartphone or mobile device. The new app give you tons of useful information about fruits and vegetables. It also provides information about farmer’s markets throughout the state, and even has recipes for tasty suggestions for serving produce in season. Today’s guest is Cindy DeBlauw, a human environmental sciences specialist for University of Missouri Extension. She has lots of information about the new app.

 

 

Seasonal and Simple

Seasonal and Simple website

Seasonal and Simple iTunes

Bringing Home the Turkey

“Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey – until Thanksgiving” ` Mike Connolly (Photo by Rachel Spauldling)

According to the National Turkey Federation, 95 percent of Americans eat turkey at their Thanksgiving meal. Since it’s likely that a turkey will be the centerpiece of your holiday meal, do you know how big a bird to buy? If the turkey is frozen, do you know how to thaw it safely? University of Missouri Extension is here to help you with these questions. Listen to the podcast or download it and listen to it later. But, don’t wait too long, turkey day is almost here.

 

Today’s guest is Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

Check out Turkey Tips from the Missouri Families website.

Pumpkin Pie or Jack-O-Lantern – Why Not Both?

The littlest pumpkins have the biggest grins. (Photo by Katrina DeLourve)

Today we pay homage to the versatile pumpkin. It’s a mainstay for Halloween decorations, but shouldn’t be overlooked as a nutritious fruit that’s low in fat and calories.

Our guest today is Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension. She has tips for recycling your Jack-O-Lanterns into yummy pies, breads, soups and stews.

 

 

Find more information and some delicious recipes at Pumpkins – From Harvest to Health