Oct 092014
 

Food preparation in the MUNCH metabolic kitchen (Photo by Kent Faddis)

Food preparation in the MUNCH metabolic kitchen (Photo by Kent Faddis)

The MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) and the MU Physical Activity and Wellness Center (PAW) opened on the University of Missouri, Columbia campus, this year. These state-of-the-art labs are joint projects of Mizzou’s Collage of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) MU’s College of Human Environmental Science (HES) and the MU School of Medicine. Built and organized with collaboration in mind, this research hub can tackle complex health problems, like obesity, with a holistic approach.

Today’s guests are Christopher Hardin, director of the MUNCH and PAW labs, Ingolf Gruen, food scientist with CAFNR and Heather Leidy, a nutrition and exercise physiology research for the University of Missouri.

 

Preparation for an exercise stress test at the PAW center (Photo by Kent Faddis)

Preparation for an exercise stress test at the PAW center (Photo by Kent Faddis)

 

Cooking Up Solutions

MU Nutritional Center for Health

Cooking an Obesity Cure

 Posted by on October 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm
Sep 092014
 

"A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier's office" ~ author Francis O'Walsh

“A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office” ~ author Francis O’Walsh

Choosing the right health care plan can have a huge impact on our physical and financial health.  That’s why it’s important to understand terms, fees and out-of-pocket expenses when choosing group medical insurance.

Today’s guests are Brenda Procter, associate professor of personal finance for University of Missouri Extension and Graham McCaulley, an MU Extension personal financial planning specialist. The term for today is copayment.

 

 

 

More information can be found at University of Missouri Extension’s Health Insurance Initiative, Cover Missouri and Health Literacy Missouri

 

 

 Posted by on September 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm
Nov 012013
 

"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

 Posted by on November 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm
Oct 152013
 

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

 

 Posted by on October 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm
Oct 032013
 

Mel George (right) tells Sally Foster (left) that she has severe breast cancer as part of the interactive theater, done by the MU Breast Cancer Project. (Photo by Emily Kaiser)

Mel George (right) tells Sally Foster (left) that she has severe breast cancer as part of the interactive theater, done by the MU Breast Cancer Project. (Photo by Emily Kaiser)

Whether you’re giving or getting bad news, knowing how to communicate is vital. This is most important when a doctor must tell a woman that she has breast cancer. The shocked patient must ask questions about what’s ahead. The doctor has to provide important information while still addressing the patient’s fears and confusion. There is no more important communication, but learning how to have this kind of dialogue isn’t easy. That’s where the University of Missouri’s Breast Cancer Dialogues, an interactive theater program, steps up.

This collaboration between University of Missouri Extension’s Community Arts Program, MU’s Family and Community Medicine department and MU’s Theater department gives both health providers and patients the opportunity to discuss what works, what doesn’t work and how to improve this very important communication.

 

 

Breast Cancer Dialogues

 

 Posted by on October 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm
Sep 272013
 

"The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat can influence your life by 30 to 50 years" ~ Deepak Chopra (Photo in the Public Domain from the National Institutes of Health)

“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat can influence your life by 30 to 50 years” ~ Deepak Chopra (Photo in the Public Domain from the National Institutes of Health)

Just like bathing and teeth brushing, healthy eating habits are the foundation for a healthy life. When toddlers and preschoolers are served nourishing, wholesome foods, they are more likely to eat these foods as they get older. That’s the goal of the Missouri Eat Smart Child Care initiative. This partnership between University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services provides early childhood educators with the tools and information they need to introduce healthy habits to young children.

Today’s guests are Robin Gammon, University of Missouri Extension’s registered dietitian, Susan Mills-Gray…nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Shelley Gifford… director of the Little Einstein’s Learning Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.

 

Missouri Eat Smart Child Care Initiative

 Posted by on September 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm
Jul 052013
 

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

 Posted by on July 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm
Jan 302013
 

Episode 52 – Fats and Oils

“In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale.” ~ Stephen Phillips (Photo by Julia Freeman-Woolpert)

“In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale.” ~ Stephen Phillips (Photo by Julia Freeman-Woolpert)

Judging from all the fat-free and low-fat foods available, you might consider fat a dietary evil. However, the body requires a certain amount of fatty acids to function properly. Choosing the correct type of dietary fat can mean the difference between health and disease.

Today’s guest is Janet Hackert, regional nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

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For more information:

Do you know your cholesterol numbers?

Gateway to Health newsletter

 Posted by on January 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm
Jan 082013
 

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” ~ John F. Kennedy  (Photo by Sanja Gjenero)

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” ~ John F. Kennedy (Photo by Sanja Gjenero)

Are you trying to move from couch potato to a mover and shaker? That’s great news! You’ll feel better and be healthier.

There is no “magic bullet” for getting fit. The key is to start slow and gradually build up your strength, stamina and flexibility.

Today’s guest is Stephen Ball. He’s an exercise physiologist with some tips on making 2013 the year you get into shape.

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More information from University of Missouri Extension:

Walk Yourself to Good Health

Five More Reasons to Exercise

Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire

 

 Posted by on January 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm
Nov 152012
 

“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.

 Posted by on November 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm