Families & Health News
It’s no secret that West Virginia has some of the highest rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease in the country. But to create a healthier landscape in some of our state’s unhealthiest counties, a few West Virginia University faculty believe you have to empower the entire community.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people become ill from contaminated food every year in the United States; nearly half of those illnesses are the result of contaminated produce. With proper training and food safety planning, many of these outbreaks can be prevented.
With new safety regulations and procedures in place for farmers and agribusiness owners, West Virginia University Extension Service is helping local growers navigate these changes while providing education and training to ensure consumer safety.
Morgantown, W.Va. – More than 610,000 die of heart disease in the United States every year. The number is shocking and includes many West Virginians—where heart disease is the number one cause of death.
Morgantown, W.Va. -- West Virginia University Extension Service’s Families and Health faculty were nationally recognized for their dedication and commitment to meeting the needs of West Virginia individuals, families and communities at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Session.
The organization educates and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life across their states by providing education on food preparation, food safety and nutrition, financial management, healthy lifestyles, relationship and parenting skills, and more.
It’s important to consider your child’s health when it comes to all the candy they will collect on Halloween. Not only do you need to inspect it for any tampering, but you need to consider what you will do with all of it. Experts suggest a good meal before trick-or-treating. Afterward, let your child pick a few favorite pieces, but then put away the rest. Allowing candy to sit out where children see it is often too tempting to pass up.
Morgantown, W.Va.— Summer is over and the kids are back in school. For many families, it’s an exciting time—but for some children, it’s filled with anxiety as the transition brings several new changes in routine, according to former Monongalia County West Virginia University Extension Service Agent Eric Murphy.
“A lot of things are changing—from mealtimes and sleep schedules to meeting new teachers and classmates,” said Murphy. “While hearing complaints or seeing resistance from your children can be frustrating, it’s important to acknowledge their anxiety and find the root of the issue in order to help them adjust.”
WVU Extension partners with Rainelle bakery, offers hope and opportunity to West Virginia residents overcoming addiction
West Virginians are no strangers to resiliency.
Through tragic flooding in southern counties and challenging economic times, the state’s people have a way of bouncing back.
Morgantown, W.Va.— Back-to-school time can be exciting for parents and students alike. With so many things to prepare for, shopping for school items might seem overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be, according to West Virginia University Extension Service experts.
David Roberts, WVU Extension agent for Lincoln and Boone counties, says it all starts with planning ahead.
Morgantown, W.Va.— West Virginia youths at select schools, day care centers and community events can shop for fresh produce through the West Virginia University Extension Service Kids Koupons program during National Farmers Market Week, celebrated Aug. 6 to 12.
Thanks to a grant from the Eye Foundation of America, the school-based farmers market voucher program offers kids buying power by providing them with “kids koupons” to spend on fruits and vegetables available at school farmers markets.
Experts from the West Virginia University Extension Service are offering a one-day, hands-on workshop for those interested in producing and marketing dried fruit and vegetable products.
The workshop takes place Thursday, May 11 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Marshall County WVU Extension Office, 126 Barn Drive, Moundsville, WV 26041.
Do you or someone you love have diabetes? It is a growing problem in the United States, but the good news is that complications can be avoided by careful management of the disease.
To help people with diabetes take charge of their health, WVU Continuing Professional Education and WVU Extension Service are once again offering the popular online course “Dining with Diabetes,” beginning March 6.
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