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Natasha Haynes, Mississippi State University Extension Service agent in Rankin County, hosts the weekly video news feature series, “The Food Factor.” (Photo Illustration by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
March 17, 2017 - Filed Under: Food, Health, Nutrition

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- National Ag Day celebrates Food for Life on March 21, but a video series by the Mississippi State University Extension Service promotes nutrition, food safety and healthy lifestyles every week of the year.

"The Food Factor" is a series of 90-second videos hosted by Natasha Haynes, a Rankin County Extension agent. These spots air weekly on a variety of television outlets, in addition to being available online.

Mississippi has many food deserts, or areas with limited availability of or access to quality, nutritious foods. Stores such as this one seen Jan. 16, 2017, in Clay County, Mississippi, are often the only places to buy groceries in the area. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
January 26, 2017 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Education is part of the solution to the unfortunate paradox facing many areas in Mississippi that struggle with high obesity rates but healthy food is not easily accessible.

December 19, 2016 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Nutrition

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Local gyms are popular places in January, but good nutrition is just as critical as exercise in achieving New Year's fitness resolutions.

Food consumed after workouts -- known in sport dietetics as recovery nutrition -- has as much of an impact on improving well-being as the workouts themselves.

Diabetics or those at risk for the disease must be more careful and health-conscious, and family chefs should keep their loved ones' needs in mind when thinking about what to cook. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/File)
November 10, 2016 - Filed Under: Food, Health, Nutrition

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The holiday season is a time to celebrate blessings and good health -- something many Americans do by eating more food than normal.

People who have or are at risk for diabetes must be more careful and health-conscious to maintain their health, and family chefs should keep their loved ones’ needs in mind when thinking about what dishes will be on the dinner table.

Angie Crawford, left, and Mari Alyce Earnest of the Mississippi State University Extension Service office in Quitman County deliver a nutrition education program Sept. 13, 2016, at the community center in Lambert, Mississippi. Extension works with several area organizations to provide food for about 800 underserved families every other month. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
September 26, 2016 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

LAMBERT, Miss. -- Ask anybody in Quitman County, and they will describe the food pantry that opened there in 2014 as one of the rural town’s most important resources.

“Sometimes after my husband and I pay our bills, we don’t have enough money to buy enough food for us,” said Archie Bell, a longtime resident of Lambert, one of several communities in the area served by the pantry. “The food we get here is a blessing because sometimes, it’s what gets us by.”

Young athletes need family support on and off the field, especially when it comes to staying hydrated and eating nutritious foods. (Photo by MSU Extension/Brian Utley)
July 27, 2016 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting, Nutrition

By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Student athletes will be returning not only to the classroom soon, but also to after-school practice and games.

Research shows that around 70 percent of children participate in organized sports. In addition to exercise, young athletes need nutritious, well-balanced diets to reflect their active lifestyles.

The updated U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts label highlights added sugars, as well as serving sizes and calories. The new label will be seen on packaged foods starting in 2018. (Illustration courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
June 21, 2016 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Nutrition

By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE. Miss. -- The iconic design of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts label will stay the same, but the content of the label will soon be updated to reflect new scientific information.

The FDA announced on May 20 the final changes to the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The label will keep many of the same nutritional facts it has displayed for more than 20 years, but several new features will give it more up-to-date, research-based data.

May 27, 2016 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, Nutrition

May is Older Americans Month…

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The phrase “you are what you eat” may be a cliche, but nothing is truer nutritionally for adults who have reached their 65th birthday.

Pamela Redwine, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agent in Yalobusha County, said a good diet provides the energy seniors need to be at their most productive.

A 12-ounce can of soda may contain as much as 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar. Added sugar in soda may increase the risks of insulin resistance, weight gain and dental health problems. (Photo by CanStock)
April 5, 2016 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Nutrition

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Added sugar found in soda is not as sweet as it sounds.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said a 12-ounce can of soda may contain as much as 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar.

March 11, 2016 - Filed Under: Health, Nutrition

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- With proper planning, it does not have to cost extra time and money to provide each family member with half a plate of fruits and vegetables at mealtime.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate recommendation is for half our plates be filled with fruits and vegetables at every meal. The remaining 50 percent of the plate should include protein and grains (often meat and bread). USDA also promotes a serving of dairy.

December 16, 2015 - Filed Under: Nutrition

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sylvia Byrd is committed to improving the nutrition and health of low-resource households through her efforts as the new project director for the Mississippi State University Extension Service Office of Nutrition Education.

Portion control and careful choices make it possible to enjoy holiday meals without gaining weight. (Photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto)
November 18, 2015 - Filed Under: Nutrition

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Many Mississippians find it difficult to keep off the pounds during food-oriented holiday celebrations, and hidden calories make this problem even worse.

Ann Twiner, Mississippi State University Extension Service agent in Sunflower County, said turkey, ham and vegetables can be healthy choices, but consider how they are prepared when choosing whether to eat them and deciding how large a portion to take.

October 1, 2015 - Filed Under: Food, Health, Nutrition

STARKVILLE, Miss. --The executive vice president and provost of the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, has been named head of the Mississippi State University Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion.

Marion Willard “Will” Evans begins his position December 1. A master certified health education specialist and certified wellness practitioner, Evans brings experience and leadership in health promotion and wellness.

February 19, 2015 - Filed Under: Family, Health, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The heart is the most vital organ in the body, and keeping it healthy can mean a better and longer life.

Mississippi State University Extension Service dietitians suggest eating more fruits and vegetables in recognition of Natural Fat-Free Living Month in January. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
January 14, 2015 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Health, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Losing weight and getting in shape are among the most common New Year’s resolutions, so it is no surprise that many health-oriented organizations recognize January as National Fat-Free Living Month.

Literally living fat-free, however, is impossible, said Brent Fountain, associate professor of human nutrition with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. A certain amount of fat is needed, as it is a primary source of energy and cushions organs and tissues in the body to protect them, he said.

July 1, 2014 - Filed Under: Nutrition

JACKSON -- Proposed changes to the nutrition facts label should make it easier for consumers to make decisions about the food they eat.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is updating the label for the first time since it appeared on packaged foods in 1993. The only major change made to the label in its 20-year history was the required addition of trans fats in 2006.

Holiday treats such as these cupcakes tempt partygoers, making wise choices difficult for those with dietary restrictions. (File Photo)
November 8, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Food, Food Safety, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Holiday snacks can tempt anyone to let good intentions go, but for those with food allergies or special dietary needs, these treats can cause serious problems.

Brent Fountain, a registered dietitian and nutrition specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said planning ahead is the best way to handle the challenge of holiday cooking and eating for those with dietary limits.

For diabetics, Fountain said the best course of action is to not stray far from the recommended eating pattern, even in holiday and party situations.

July 13, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE – College freshmen who have prepared themselves for new experiences are often not ready for the so-called freshman 15, the dreaded weight gain associated with starting college.

Brent Fountain, associate Extension professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion at Mississippi State University, said weight gain is likely during the first few months of college life.

July 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Increasing numbers of athletes report taking nutritional supplements to improve their performance in sports, and the ages of these athletes concern nutrition specialists.

Mississippi State University professor Ron Williams and several colleagues across the United States recently analyzed information in the National Health Interview Survey. More than 1.2 million children ages 10 to 18 reported taking supplements specifically for sports performance. The average age of reported users was 10.8.

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