Living Well In The Panhandle

Watermelon – A Taste of Summer

Rarely do I hear the phrase “school’s out” and not think of my own summers of fun and, of course, Alice Cooper’s 1972 major hit single “School’s Out for Summer” – does that age me? In fact, “word” has it that Alice Cooper said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, …

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Summer Break Spot

Summer Break Spot With school out for the summer, many children may miss out on a meal they normally would receive through USDA’s school meals programs. Florida’s at-risk children now can have meals all summer long. The Summer Break Spot Program, also known as the Summer Food Service Program, is federally funded under the U.S. …

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Water Smarts To Keep Kids Safe

Photo Credit: Vicki Vargason On June 20, 2015, a two-year-old boy in Bay County, Florida, drowned in his family’s above-ground pool after being able to get out of the house undetected. Drowning is a very real risk for young children, especially in Florida. Drowning is quick and silent. A child can drown in less than …

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The Idyllic Picnic – Make It a Safe One!

It’s that time of year…Summertime! What could be more enjoyable than a summer picnic? Along the Gulf Coast, all you need is a sunny day, white sand beach, and a menu to remember. However, poor planning can turn a picnic into a small disaster, so first, check the weather forecast because a rainstorm can put …

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Get a “Bang” Out of July 4 Safely

Photo Credit: Chris Luczkow, www.flickr.com The bright, beautiful colors of a fireworks displays are a sight to behold and the highlight of July 4 celebrations across the country. But, it’s important to be careful when selecting and using fireworks for your family’s celebration. The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these consumer safety tips: Check …

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Super Summer Snacking

  Super Summer Snacking Can you believe that the kids are almost out of school for the summer? With kids in the house all summer, get ready for those constant snack attacks, followed by “mom (or dad)…there’s nothing good to eat.” Just because its summer break doesn’t mean we should take a vacation from healthy …

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Youth Gain from Camping Experiences

With summer around the corner, it’s a great time to enroll your children in residential and/or day camps. For most communities there are a variety of camps offered. Camping experiences not only give children something to do, they are also great learning experiences. Just as a garden or flowerbed requires critical elements like water, sunshine, space, …

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Summertime Safety ~ A Hidden Danger

Beware of Hidden Dangers We all know that taking safety measures, such as using car seats correctly or basic childproofing, for our children is important. But what about “hidden dangers?” One major hidden danger can be the family vehicle. As summertime approaches and the heat is upon us, the dangers of leaving a child in …

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The Importance of Club Involvement

With summer approaching, you might be asking, “What am I going to do with my children while they are out of school?” One solution is to get them involved in a club. 4-H is the youth organization of the Land Grant University System, of which the UF/ IFAS Extension Service is a part. 4-H and …

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Be a Good Roll Model

MyPlate “Roll Model” Set a good example for your family and friends by eating whole grains in meals and snacks. Whole grain rolls, tortillas, hot and cold cereals, breads, pastas, crackers, and brown rice are excellent foods that boast health benefits and add a variety of tastes and textures into your diet. What is a …

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