Samantha Kennedy, M.S.

Author's details

Name: Samantha Kennedy, M.S.
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. Dairy Does A Body Good — May 18, 2018
  2. Making Your Own Cleaners is Safe and Inexpensive — April 10, 2018
  3. Get Your (Healthy) Snack On! — January 26, 2018
  4. Spend Smarter This Holiday Season — November 18, 2017
  5. Selecting and Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey — October 26, 2017

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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/

Food Safety Tips for the Perfect Summer Picnic

There are few things more iconic during summer than a picnic.  There’s just something fresh and fun about sharing a meal in the park or at the beach with family and friends.  But just because you’re enjoying the warm, gentle breeze doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind.  By following a few …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/06/27/food-safety-tips-for-the-perfect-summer-picnic/

Summer’s Harvest Brings Healthy Benefits

North Florida’s beautiful spring weather means we get to enjoy a variety of delicious, locally-grown fruits and veggies during the summer months.  Produce such as bell peppers, squash, tomatoes, greens, corn, cucumbers, okra, peas, eggplant, and a variety of melons are plentiful and fresh from late spring through early fall.

The benefits of eating …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2017/05/27/summers-harvest-brings-healthy-benefits/