Melanie Taylor

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Name: Melanie Taylor
Date registered: October 13, 2011

Biography

Extension Agent III, 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension, Focus areas include youth and volunteer development, 4-H life skills, healthy living, nutrition and food safety. Bachelor's degree in Education from Radford University. Master of Science in Education degree in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech. http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu

Latest posts

  1. Summer Canning Methods with Your Children — July 8, 2018
  2. WATERMELON – Red, Juicy, Sweet and Healthy…It is Oh So Good! — July 8, 2018
  3. Water Safety is Key to a Fun-Filled Summer at the Pool — June 23, 2018
  4. Freezing: Nature’s Pause Button – March is National Frozen Food Month — February 26, 2018
  5. Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween — October 16, 2017

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Summer Canning Methods with Your Children

At this point in the summer, many parents are at a loss for what to do to keep their children engaged and “off the couch.” How about a focus on healthy eating and food preservation? If you have a backyard garden be sure to pick the fruits and vegetables at their peak readiness. If you …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/07/08/summer-canning-methods-with-your-children/

WATERMELON – Red, Juicy, Sweet and Healthy…It is Oh So Good!

We tend to think of watermelon as a summer fruit and that is because in Florida, you can find watermelons growing from late spring through mid-summer. “Fresh From Florida” watermelons are available in stores and roadside markets from April through July. Time is running out this summer to have a fresh Florida watermelon, so be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/07/08/watermelon-red-juicy-sweet-and-healthy-it-is-oh-so-good/

Water Safety is Key to a Fun-Filled Summer at the Pool

Summer is here!  As the long, hot days of summer move forward there are many things to consider when it comes to children and water safety. Each summer we hear of tragic incidents of children drowning in pools, spas, and other bodies of water.  These tragedies may be avoided by following a few simple tips …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/06/23/water-safety-is-key-to-a-fun-filled-summer-at-the-pool/

Freezing: Nature’s Pause Button – March is National Frozen Food Month

Based on information provided by the American Frozen Food Institute, on average, 40% of all food in the United States goes uneaten and wasted, which is an annual loss of $165 million. Fresh fruit and vegetable waste makes up nearly one-third of this number. With these discouraging numbers and financial losses, how can the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/02/26/freezing-natures-pause-button-march-is-national-frozen-food-month/

Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween

From candy to pumpkins to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and adults alike. However, it can pose dangers. To help make this year’s trick-or-treat a safe and fun time, follow these simple safety tips compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

CREATIVE COSTUMES:
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/10/16/ghoulishly-good-practices-for-halloween/

Keep an Eye on Your Eye Health – August is National Eye Exam Month

Most of us are willing to go to the doctor or the dentist, which are both part of taking care of our health. However, do you go to the eye doctor? If not, you definitely should add it to your healthy lifestyle regime. Eye exams at every age and stage of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/08/05/keep-an-eye-on-your-eye-health-august-is-national-eye-exam-month/

Remember the 3 R’s! – Earth Day April 22, 2017

 

Do you remember the 3 R’s?  If you are over the age of forty you are probably thinking of a classroom, a teacher, and learning about Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic.  These are the basic standards for learning, of course.  However, it is now 2017and the 3 R’s have a new meaning to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/04/03/remember-the-3-rs-earth-day-april-22-2017/

Oats…Grain of the Month – Let’s Eat More!

January’s grain of the month is OATS. Americans buy more oats at this time of year than in any other month – and January has long been celebrated as National Oatmeal Month.

Oats at a Glance

Samuel Johnson’s 1755 dictionary defined oats as “A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/01/06/oatsgrain-of-the-month-lets-eat-more/

Surviving the Holiday Stress without Breaking the Bank

As the holiday season quickly approaches many people become overwhelmed with all of the activities, decorating, and shopping that needs to be completed. Here are a few tips to save energy, time and your nerves.

Let’s begin with 5 Steps to Seasonal Savings:

  • Recognize Your Seasonal Stressors:  Know your personal stressors—such as family, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2016/12/05/surviving-the-holiday-stress-without-breaking-the-bank/

Packing a Healthy School Lunch

Packing the kids’ lunches for school means you know which nutritious foods they are eating. Here are some budget-friendly, creative ideas to keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime.

Make a “Smarter” Sandwich:

While some kids prefer the same thing every day, others may be okay with a slight switch to their sandwich.

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/08/29/packing-a-healthy-school-lunch/

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