Samantha Kennedy

Author's details

Name: Samantha Kennedy
Date registered: May 17, 2017

Biography

Samantha is the Family & Consumer Sciences agent in Wakulla County. She has worked for UF/IFAS Extension since 2004. She has a B.S. in both Microbiology & Cell Science and Nutritional Sciences and an M.S. in Agricultural Education, both from UF. Her areas of expertise are nutrition, health & wellness, chronic disease prevention, food safety, disaster preparedness, and financial literacy. You can reach her via email at skennedy@ufl.edu or by calling (850) 926-3931.

Latest posts

  1. After the storm, recovery begins — October 16, 2018
  2. Making Veggies More Kid-Friendly — October 3, 2018
  3. Preparing Your Emergency Water Supply — July 25, 2018
  4. Dairy Does A Body Good — May 18, 2018
  5. Making Your Own Cleaners is Safe and Inexpensive — April 10, 2018

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After the storm, recovery begins

Downed trees after Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael was a storm of historic proportions, slamming into the Florida Panhandle and wreaking havoc on millions of people across the Big Bend region. Now that the storm has passed, the recovery phase has begun. Damage assessment, debris removal, structural repairs, and food safety concerns are just a few aspects of storm recovery, as …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/10/16/after-the-storm-recovery-begins/

Making Veggies More Kid-Friendly

Kids and vegetables have an historically love-hate relationship. It is not clear why this came to be, but it is clear that many kids claim to dislike vegetables even when they have not even tried them.

There are many reasons children may not have tasted vegetables. Perhaps they are not provided in the home, either …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/10/03/making-veggies-more-kid-friendly/

Preparing Your Emergency Water Supply

Gallon jug of water.

Hurricane season is in full swing and will last through November 30. If you have not prepared your emergency supply kit, now is the time, BEFORE a hurricane is imminent.

The most important item in your emergency supply kit is clean drinking water. Clean water is essential for drinking, cooking, and basic personal hygiene during …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/07/25/preparing-your-emergency-water-supply/

Dairy Does A Body Good

There are no bones about it:  osteoporosis is no joke. Over time, this condition can lead to brittle bones that break easily and cause debilitating pain. Taking steps early to support bone health can go a long way toward decreasing the risk of developing osteoporosis later.

One excellent way to promote bone strength is through …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/05/18/dairy-does-a-body-good/

Making Your Own Cleaners is Safe and Inexpensive

Many of today’s commercial cleaners are petroleum-based, which may have harmful effects on human and environmental health. But have no fear! On the market today are many wonderful “green” cleaning products that are planet- (and you-) friendly and can be found alongside their more conventional cousins in the cleaning aisle. These products are non-toxic, biodegradable, non-petroleum-based, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/04/10/making-your-own-cleaners-is-safe-and-inexpensive/

Get Your (Healthy) Snack On!

Snacks are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet.  But not all snacks are created equal.  All too often, we reach for the salty, sugary, prepackaged snacks like chips, cookies, and other sweets because they’re convenient and easy to grab and go.  But be careful!  Even if the portion size is small, these types …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2018/01/26/get-your-healthy-snack-on/

Spend Smarter This Holiday Season

It’s that time again – the most wonderful time of the year!  For many of us, though, it can be a time of stress, frustration, and financial uncertainty as we drive ourselves past our limits to try to make everyone happy and everything perfect.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

First of all, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/11/18/spend-smarter-this-holiday-season/

Selecting and Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Remove the lid or foil for the last 30 to 45 minutes of roasting time to get that gorgeous golden-brown color. Add thick veggies such as carrots, potatoes, and Brussels sprouts to the roasting pan for additional flavor.

According to the National Turkey Federation, 88% of American families eat turkey on Thanksgiving. That’s over 46 million turkeys! Served as the main dish, it is complemented by a variety of sweet and savory side dishes, many of which are family traditions made from recipes passed down through the generations.

Why do we eat turkey …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/10/26/selecting-and-cooking-the-perfect-thanksgiving-turkey/

Spice Things Up with Alternative Seasonings

With today’s continued focus on healthy eating and the dangers of high blood pressure, seasoning and cooking with salt has decreased.  Alternative seasonings such as herbs and spices are excellent additions to any dish without the dreaded sodium.  Herbs and spices are easy to use and can add a variety of delicious flavor combinations …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/08/24/spice-things-up-with-alternative-seasonings/

The Wonders of Watermelon

Oh, watermelon.  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

Watermelon is the perfect warm weather treat and a summer holiday essential.  It’s a sweet, light, and delicious snack and its versatility lends itself to a wide variety of beverages, salads, meals, and desserts.

Watermelon is more than just water and sugar.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/08/05/the-wonders-of-watermelon/

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