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A Christmas tree decorated with white lights.
December 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Family Dynamics, Health

If just the thought of the holidays sets off a sense of dread, consider approaching the season differently this year.
Dr. David Buys, Mississippi State University Extension Service health specialist, has some simple, practical tips to help you. 
Photo credit: Michael Voroshnin – Unsplash

Cooked, shredded pork roast in cranberry sauce.
December 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Our Facebook fans have asked for healthier holiday recipes and slow cooker recipes, so The Food Factor team has combined both requests into one new video: Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast!

December 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food Safety, SNAP-Ed

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has hired two new community wellness planners.

Homemade applesauce in a blue and white enamel bowl.
November 29, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Nothing says fall like the scent of homemade applesauce simmering on the stove. One of the best things about making your own food is the ability to control the spices, amount of sugar, and texture of whatever you’re making. We found small bags of apples on sale for 99 cents each in the produce department of our local grocery store. Imperfect or slightly bruised apples make great applesauce! (Photo by MSU Extension)

November 27, 2019 - Filed Under: Local Food System Economies, Small Business, Food, Food Safety

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer a workshop designed to help food-related business owners prepare for disasters.

“Food as a Business: Disaster Preparedness for Food Businesses” is for anyone who currently operates or is interested in operating an agriculture-based food business, including retail, cottage food or food processing operations.

Topics include financial preparedness, risk management, record keeping, crisis communication planning, emergency-action planning and food recall and traceability planning.

A roasted turkey and side dishes fill a table set for a meal.
November 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food Safety

A few, simple preparations can mean the difference between achieving a healthy success or suffering a major disaster during the traditional biggest meal of the year.

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Helpline, 1-877-210-8513
November 18, 2019 - Filed Under: The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is doing what it can to make sure everyone in the state’s agricultural community knows there is help available when the stress of life seems unrelenting.

Roasted Brussels sprouts on a serving dish.
November 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Eating seasonal vegetables helps you get the most nutritional bang for your buck. Brussels sprouts are wildly popular right now and are easy to prepare. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/MSU Extension)

Dottie Kenda and Madison Payne.
November 11, 2019 - Filed Under: EFNEP, SNAP-Ed

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service hired two regional registered dietitians to help in the fight against obesity and chronic disease in Mississippi.

Madison Payne and Dottie Kenda have joined the Extension Office of Nutrition Education. In their regions, they oversee curriculums and delivery for the Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, or SNAP-Ed, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, or EFNEP.

Rural adolescents are more likely to misuse prescription opioids than urban adolescents.
November 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Family Dynamics, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The teen years have challenged every generation, but resources and concerned adults are available to help today’s young people avoid dangers, including suicide.

A woman holds a smoothie while standing in a kitchen.
October 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

When you need a boost of protein before you dash out the door, try this quick smoothie. You can experiment with different fruits, add ice if you prefer a frozen drink, and swap out peanut butter for an alternative like sunflower seed butter if you have allergies.

October 24, 2019 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects-Pet Pests

Jerome Goddard received the Felix J. Underwood Award from the Mississippi Public Health Association at its 82nd annual conference.

A display of healthy treats for Halloween.
October 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Health

Trying to eat healthy during the Halloween season can be frightening and a little challenging. Here are a few tips to get your broomstick flying in the right direction.

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October 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health

Most Mississippians think of drug addiction as an issue other people face in faraway places, but the source of this problem could be as close as the family medicine cabinet.

 Green lettuce and cooked chicken wrapped in a wheat tortilla.
October 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Fans of The Food Factor know I love rotisserie chicken. I’ve added this quick recipe to my repertoire for using a store-bought rotisserie chicken. You could also use canned chicken breast or even sliced chicken or turkey from the deli.

Cooked noodles, vegetables, and beef.
October 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

I’m always looking for recipes that cook up fast and reheat well. This Asian Beef and Noodles recipe gives me a delicious dinner and fabulous leftovers for my lunch.

A pink blended raspberry dessert in a green cup.
September 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Eating healthy foods doesn’t mean saying no to all desserts. For me, it means finding recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth but also help me meet my goals for daily fruits and vegetables. This recipe for a frozen treat is low in fat and loaded with fruit and fiber.

Spinach dip in a ceramic bowl centered on a plate surrounded by cut celery, baby carrots, and sliced red bell pepper.
September 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

It’s tailgating season, and there’s nothing like a buffet of snacks to rack up the calories. The Food Factor to the rescue! Here is a healthier take on your favorite spinach dip. Instead of chips, serve with cut-up veggies.

 A mosquito sits on a person's arm.
September 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Health

September has arrived, and that has me thinking about all things fall. But the reality is it’s still sweltering outside, and we’ve got several more weeks of defending ourselves against mosquitoes.

Extension for Real Life banner.
September 6, 2019 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

September is National Rice Month! To celebrate, we made this fast and filling Caribbean Casserole. It’s perfect as a quick weeknight entrée served with a side salad and fruit, or as a potluck dish. 

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