Preserving Wisconsin’s Harvest

A Lunchtime Learning Series regarding food safety and food preservation is being held at UW-Extension La Crosse County. It is a webinar-based session every Monday from Noon to 1 p.m. and registration is required. To learn about the topics and how to register, please click “Read More”.

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Safe & Healthy: The Great Cutting Board Debate

Which is better, wooden or plastic cutting boards? Consumers may choose either wood or a nonporous surface cutting board such as plastic, marble, glass, or pyroceramic. Nonporous surfaces are easier to clean than wood, but wood has been shown to have some antimicrobial properties that make it a good choice too. Most importantly, take care to avoid cross contamination. To read the entire article, please click “Read More”.

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Eat More Kale

Want to be trendy in 2014? Eat more kale. This dark leafy green vegetable is considered to be a “nutritional powerhouse” and is high on the list of nutrition trends for the new year, according to Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist. To read the entire article, please click “Read More”.

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Earned Income Tax Credit

For many families, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), together with the state Earned Income Credit, can bring in anywhere from a few dollars to more than $8,000, depending on household income and size. To help eligible households learn about the credits, UW-Extension has developed a website providing detailed information—including information on eligibility and benefits, links to tax forms, and more. The website, which can be found at http://fyi.uwex.edu/eitc/, also provides resources for groups interested in helping to get the word out about the tax credits. For more information, please click “Read More”.

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Exercise Prevents Falls and Serious Injuries

One in three Americans age 65 or older suffers a fall each year, and as many as 30 percent of those who fall sustain moderate-to-severe injuries. Fall injuries not only cost many older people their freedom and mobility; they strain the resources of family caregivers and add $30 billion in direct medical costs to the U.S. healthcare system, a number expected to grow as the population ages. To read the entire article, please click “Read More”.

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Preserving Pumpkin Safely

Pumpkins offer far more than a door-stop at Halloween. This season is also the prime time to find and use sugar or pie pumpkins the best for cooking and baking. Pumpkin seeds from any pumpkin can be dried and roasted, and pumpkin can be turned into a delicious ‘leather.’ For more information on this topic, please click “Read More”.

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