Nutrition and health


Nutrition and health
Youngsters learn to make healthy snacks

The statewide Kids in the Kitchen program teaches kids healthy, tasty food doesn’t have to be boring or hard to make. Little chefs make their own creations after participating in food and safety lessons. 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

Slow cooker heats up winter meals

Your slow cooker can be an economical, timesaving way to feed your family. Listen to the audio. Read more

Vitamin C and colds

Vitamin C is often touted for boosting the immune system. The jury is still out on this claim, but there may be an indirect connection. Listen to the audio. 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

Time for vitamin D

starting in November, the sun doesn't get high enough in the sky in Missouri to provide us with the rays we need to absorb vitamin D in our skin. 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

10 tips for cold, flu (and other illnesses) season

While there is scant likelihood of a catastrophic outbreak of Ebola in Missouri, the situation does underscore the need to ensure that employees are healthy, cared for and supported throughout the year. 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


  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    BETHANY, Mo. – The ground has thawed. You might want to thaw your freezer as well for a yearly spring cleaning.
  • 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
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    CAMDENTON, Mo. – You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save money on groceries.
  • Friday, March 13, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The University of Missouri has announced its participation in the recently launched National Land-grant Impacts website,, a centralized resource that highlights teaching, research and extension efforts by land-grant universities.
  • 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
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ina Linville, state program director for University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H Center for Youth Development, has been accepted into the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), a top-tier leadership development program for academia, industry and government.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, January 6, 2015
    BUTLER, Mo. – In 1970, the late Linus Pauling published “Vitamin C and the Common Cold,” promoting the idea that large doses of the vitamin could reduce the severity and duration of a cold.
    Media available: audio
  • Thursday, June 26, 2014
    BETHEL, Mo –Chris Allen wanted out of the bed. He argued with hospital staff that he needed to go home to harvest crops, feed cattle and cut firewood to heat his farmhouse. 
    Media available: photos


The following are general-interest nutrition and health Websites from the University of Missouri. Browse the menu on the left for sites on more specific nutrition and health topics.


The following are general-interest nutrition and health courses. Browse the menu on the left for courses in more specific nutrition and health areas.

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