Nutrition and health


Nutrition and health
Farmers market vendor struggles with arthritis

Gene Langford is a farmers market pioneer. He began selling garden produce 25 years ago. That was around the same time he developed arthritis, but that didn’t stop him from expanding his operation. Read more

Staying hydrated in summer heat

Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is adequate for most people. Water isn't the only fluid that will meet the daily water requirements. Read more

Avoid heat-related illness

Forms of heat-related illness include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Read more

Batter up! Healthier foods on deck at parks this summer

It's summertime at the ballpark and swimming pool. For ballplayers and fans, that can mean a steady diet of hot dogs, popcorn, nachos and soda. Read more

Don't let unwanted guests spoil your summer fun

As summer temperatures rise, so does the risk for foodborne illness. Read more

Arthritis affects the joints

Two common recommendations for people with arthritis are to eat healthy and to get plenty of exercise. Read more

Seven simple steps to heart health

We can all make some changes in our health habits that will not only make us feel better, they will decrease our risk for heart attack. Read more

Insomnia remains the most common sleep disorder

Unlike some problems we grow out of, insomnia remains with many of us through life. Read more

Eating disorders a serious issue

We live in a culture saturated with unrealistic messages about body image. Americans are almost desensitized to the word "diet" because of the overwhelming amount of diet plans currently on the market. Read more

Mindful eating leads to better living

A new way of eating is making its way through the country. It's moving slowly, thoughtfully and mindfully. Read more

Beans are inexpensive, healthy and convenient

Beans are one of the best values around when it comes to the amount of nutrients for your dollar. Read more

Tips for staying healthy

There's always something that can make us sick or prevent us from feeling our best. Here are some important tips for staying healthy. Read more

Keeping food safe: Prevention better than response

Salmonella infection is a common foodborne illness that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and can last four to seven days. Read more

Becoming more resilient

What are the secrets for people who are able to navigate through tough times and bounce back? Read more

MUNCHing away at childhood obesity

The new, state-of-the-art MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) will merge expertise in agriculture, medicine, food science, journalism, exercise, dietetics and other disciplines to develop holistic and practical approaches to controlling obesity and diabetes. Watch the video. Read more

Do you know your cholesterol numbers?

When you get the results of your cholesterol blood test you should know your total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Read more

Well owners need to regularly test water

If you use well water for cooking and drinking, you should regularly test the water for contamination. Read more


  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    CAMDENTON, Mo. – Save money, time and stress by planning meals this school year, says University of Missouri Extension health and nutrition specialist Melissa Bess.
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    HURDLAND, Mo. – Poor eyesight and light sensitivity don’t dim Lee Howerton’s vision for a bright future as farmer and rancher.
    Media available: photos
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s important to understand what terms such as “natural,” “organic” and “local” on food labels really mean before purchasing any food product, says University of Missouri Extension food safety specialist Londa Nwadike.
  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Joplin-based registered nurse Kris Drake has been recognized by the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) for her outstanding efforts to improve health and well-being in her workplace and community.
  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Even if you think you’re getting used to the triple-digit temperatures, you need to watch out for signs of heat-related illness.
  • Thursday, July 9, 2015
    MOBERLY, Mo. – It’s summertime at the ballpark and swimming pool.
    Media available: photo
  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension agricultural systems management specialist Willard Downs and Missouri AgrAbility Project director Karen Funkenbusch offer the following tips for farmers and ranchers with arthritis:
  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    WELLSVILLE, Mo. – Arthritis is like Gene Langford’s garden. Hard work, time and the right weather make it grow.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    PALMYRA, Mo. – Kent Rupp climbed electric poles most of his working life. He played on his undefeated high school football team.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food.
  • Friday, April 10, 2015
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Students give fun, healthy snacks an A-plus in University of Missouri Extension’s Kids in the Kitchen program.
    Media available: photo; video
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    HOUSTON, Mo. – Laundry packets offer loads of temptation for curious children.
    Media available: photo
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015
    Asian carp is an invasive fish that is spreading through Midwestern rivers, displacing native species. In this video news story, learn how a commercial fishing industry based on Asian carp could create jobs and reduce the numbers of the fish.
    Media available: video


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