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August 27, 2007

U of M Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

America's health and diet issues, and bad eating habits, have focused the national spotlight on proper nutrition. To combat the problem, the University of Minnesota has created the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute. Director Mindy Kurzer, explains the institute's original approach.

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August 20, 2007

Using Back to School Shopping to Teach Kids Healthy Spending Habits

The average American family spends a whopping $563 every fall on back to school shopping. Lori Hendrickson, a University of Minnesota Extension educator, says this is a prime opportunity to teach children budget basics and encourage responsible spending.

For more information, click here to visit the U of M Extension Youth and Money page

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Posted by dswain at 7:53 AM

August 13, 2007

Talking to Children about the I-35W Bridge Collapse

All of Minnesota has seen the tragic images of twisted cars and concrete in the Mississippi River that were once the I-35W bridge. Children are especially susceptible to being affected by these repeated images, says Dr. Mac Baird, head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. Letting children discuss the collapse and ask questions at their own pace will help the understanding process.

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August 6, 2007

Organic Farming in Minnesota

Organic farming is on the rise nationwide as consumer demand for organic produce has seen major increases over the past decade. Jim Riddle, the U’s coordinator for organic agriculture outreach, says more and more Minnesota farmers are converting to organic farming.

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Posted by dswain at 3:57 PM