Living Well in the Panhandle

Organisms That Can Bug You

“It must be something I ate” often is the explanation people give for a bout of home-grown “Montezuma’s Revenge” or some other unwelcome gastrointestinal upset. Despite the fact that America’s food supply is the safest in the world, the unappetizing truth is that what we eat can very well be the vehicle for food-borne illnesses.  …

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Eat More … Veggies

Colorful vegetables contain phytochemicals to help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Eat more vegetables for your health Vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  When included as part of a well-balanced diet and a healthy active lifestyle, vegetables can help:  lower your cholesterol, reduce …

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Summertime Grilling – Keep it Safe!

Kids out of school, going to the beach, barbequing in our back yards, these are just a few signs that summer is really here! And with that comes some extremely hot days, especially here in Florida. As you welcome summer, we want to remind you that safe grilling practices are the key to making your …

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Be a Smart Picnicker This Summer

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold to reduce the risk of foodborne illness, especially in hot weather. It’s time for all the fun things that summer brings, like picnics, potlucks, and outdoor gatherings.  These are ways we all enjoy celebrating the summer sunshine with friends and family.  As things heat up outside, don’t …

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Riding Safely at Every Age

The proper seat correctly installed helps keep children safe. Dawson is a healthy, active 3-year-old whose mom makes sure he eats right, learns something new every day, and rides safely in the car.  Until a few months ago, Dawson, who weighs 42 pounds and is 42 inches tall, traveled in a booster seat.  When his …

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ALERT: Change in FHA Mortgage Insurance Program

Mortgage insurance is required if the down payment is less than 20 percent of the home’s sale price. If you are shopping for a mortgage, be aware of changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) mortgage insurance program.  Most lenders typically charge a mortgage insurance premium (MIP) if the borrower puts down less than 20 …

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Fruit Frenzy

Fruit – sweet, refreshing, and good for you! As the days get warmer, bring on the cool refreshment of fruit.  Now is the time to delight in fruit’s tasty, healthy goodness. Reduce Risk and Protect A healthy diet that is rich in fruits may reduce risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, and …

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Water, Water Everywhere: Children Discuss Water Quality

Salt water continues to make it into our fresh water supply. Will you conserve? I had the privilege of spending a day recently with children from Medart Elementary School for their annual Project Learning Tree (PLT).  During PLT, community representatives make presentations on nature, conservation and sustainability practices.  The 2013 theme was Wakulla Life is …

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Experiment When Cooking with Herbs

Be adventurous in cooking with herbs! Many novice cooks fret about what herbs to add to a recipe, when to add them and how much to add.  There are no rules when cooking with herbs! The fun of livening up recipes with herbs is in the experimenting. For those who want more guidance, a guide …

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Artisan Bread in Five Minutes

One of the most comforting memories of childhood has to be the smell of homemade yeast bread wafting throughout the house!  Baking yeast bread, like many other kitchen traditions is making a comeback.  Bread is a wonderful source of carbohydrades, especially if the flour is made from whole grains.  (These kernels consist of three parts: …

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