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  • Smart shopping for the whole family

    Building a healthy diet starts at the grocery store. Knowing your store is helpful when shopping with a list to avoid making unnecessary purchases. Keep MyPlate in mind when creating your grocery list and shopping. Use these tips below to see how:

    Fruits and vegetables: Choose a variety. See what is on sale and what makes the most sense for your family. Try fresh, frozen, canned and even dried fruits and vegetables.

  • Kentucky Beef Expo this weekend in Louisville

    Kentucky, with its ever-increasing interest in purebred livestock, offers purebred cattle breeders one of the most unique and effective state-supported promotional events ever developed – the Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo. This year marks the 23rd Annual Expo, which is held the first weekend in March, at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This may only be the 23rd year of the expo, but looking back at previous years, the Kentucky Beef Expo actually has more history before its state supported start in 1987.

  • Key to preventing colon cancer may be in your gut

    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a good time to raise awareness about the third-most common cancer in the United States and talk about possible ways to prevent it. Recently, scientists have begun to show that a healthy gut may play an important role in colorectal cancer prevention.

  • Family mealtime is a tasty base for healthy development

    Between work, community activities and running errands, meals on the go have become a staple for many American families. You may not realize it, but taking those few extra moments to sit down for a meal with your family fills more than just your stomachs.

  • How to talk about tragic events with children

    Recent news events in Las Vegas, California, Puerto Rico, Texas and now Florida, discuss acts of violence and natural disasters leaving many of us in a state of shock and awe. As hard as it is for adults to make sense of these unfathomable acts, it is even harder for children. Talking to your children about natural disasters, violence and death is not easy, but can go a long way in making them feel safe, secure and loved.

    Ways you can help your child will be different based on your child’s age, knowledge of the situation and their unique personality.

  • Preparing the garden for April showers

    There is no surer sign of spring than blooming gardens and flowerbeds, but what happens behind-the-scenes to get them to that point?

    Much of the work goes in before you even break the soil. Before digging in, it’s important to choose the proper site, plan what you’ll grow and prepare the soil to yield the best possible results. A garden is nothing without a good foundation, making it extra important to choose the correct site.

  • The multicooker craze

    The “Instant Pot,” a small kitchen appliance, is the latest craze to hit the culinary world with consumers touting health benefits and ease of use in the trendy appliance.

    The Instant Pot is just one brand of multi-cooker. Several companies manufacture multicookers like the Instant Pot.

    Multicookers have several different functions all contained in one unit. A single appliance can be used to steam, sauté, brown, slow cook, pressure cook, make yogurt or stir food while it is cooking. It depends on the unit design and brand. 

  • Caffeine and kids: what you should know

    Caffeine is the most commonly ingested drug found naturally in teas and coffees, the most popular beverages consumed around the world. It can also be found in many beverages commonly consumed by children and youth, such as soft drinks, energy drinks and even chocolate milk. Caffeine is popular because of its energy-boosting, mind-jolting effects, but research is starting to surface that explains the effects this drug may have on children and youth during development.

  • Lice infecting cattle most active during winter

    Lice could be to blame for cattle scratching to the point of rubbing off large patches of hair or creating raw sores. The biting and sucking lice that infest cattle are most numerous and active during winter and can spread easily from animal by direct contact. Confirm that lice are the reason for the scratching by examining some animals in the herd. Part the animal’s hair in spots where lice are likely to occur and look for lice eggs (nits) attached to hairs (Figure 1).

    Biting Lice

  • Safety first while removing mold, mildew from the home

    Mold and mildew are two fungi that may appear from time to time in your home. They can trigger allergic reactions or asthmatic complications for certain people, so prompt removal is critical to protect your family’s health.

    Mold and mildew grow in moist environments, spread easily and live on various surfaces. Mildew is a type of mold that usually has flat growth and remains on the surface. Mold contains multiple identical nuclei and grows in patches of various colors and can penetrate beneath the surface of an infected material.