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”.

Read More...

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”.

Read More...

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”.

Read More...

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”.

Read More...

Consumers’ Food Safety Questions Focus of New UW-Extension Website

Ever have questions about the safety of food you preserve at home or items you purchase at the store? Now you can find answers—and the latest food preservation and safety tips—from a new UW-Extension online resource. “Safe and Healthy: Preserving Food at Home” (http://fyi.uwex.edu/safepreserving/) is a new website that covers topics ranging from safe canning of tomatoes and other garden produce to how to respond to a food recall. For more information about this resource, please click “Read More”.

Read More...

Small Changes in Diet Prompt Weight Loss

Making small, easy changes to our eating habits on a consistent basis — more than 25 days a month — can lead to sustainable weight loss, according to research by Professor Brian Wansink in Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab. The challenge is to figure out which changes work for specific individuals and how to stick with changes long enough to make them second nature. To learn more about weight loss, please click “read more”.

Read More...