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Wilburn: Getting your daily amount of fruits and veggies on the go

You know that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for you, but you're constantly on the go. See how you can fit fruits and veggies into your everyday world. Fruits and vegetables can be a part of a balanced diet anytime, anywhere.

November 10, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Family Ties: Teaching children coping skills for tough financial times

Children are capable of learning and utilizing coping skills that will help them through difficult situations. Adults frequently become so preoccupied, they forget that tough times have an emotional as well as a financial impact on their children. Children depend on their parents for emotional security. When parents are tense, upset and inattentive, it disrupts the flow of normal activities.

November 07, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Be a healthy role model

You are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life.

October 27, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Select the right pumpkin for cooking

The most popular use of pumpkins is for decoration as jack-o'-lanterns. When selecting a pumpkin for cooking, the best selection is a "pie pumpkin" or "sweet pumpkin." These are smaller than the large jack-o'-lantern pumpkins and the flesh is sweeter and less watery. However, you can substitute the jack-o'-lantern variety with fairly good results.

October 19, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


It’s easy to make healthier muffins

Muffins are a quick and easy breakfast food that can be adapted to be more healthy. Research has shown that most people either don't notice much difference or they accept the difference when the following recipe changes are made.

October 12, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Family ties: Coping with children’s temper tantrums

Your 3-year-old has a meltdown in the grocery store. You feel like everyone is watching and waiting to see your next move. Some folks are just dying to tell you what you ought to do. You feel like every eye is on you (you're probably right). So, what do you do about your wailing and thrashing child as the entire world looks on?

October 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: A nutrious meal grown locally

I can't wait until we eat tonight. Are we heading to a fancy restaurant? No, we are dining at home (one of my favorite places to eat) on a meal courtesy of Mother Nature and our local farmers market.

September 28, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Unwashed reusable grocery bags can breed bad bacteria

Cloth shopping bags may be good for the environment, but are they good for your health? I have more than a dozen of these bags, some for groceries, some for shopping and some just to keep my stuff together in the car. I feel good saving trees and not adding plastic bags to the landfill. Yet, these bags could possibly be unsafe for use with food if they are not cared for properly.

September 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the home: Local farmers markets offer unique produce

One of the joys of shopping at our local farmers markets are the variety of fresh produce and friendly smiles. I find something new every week. This week I saw pink oyster mushrooms, the first mushrooms I have ever seen at our market.

September 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Do you really know how much you’re eating?

We make more than 200 food-related decisions daily, and aren't aware of 90 percent of them, according to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. Wansink's award-winning academic research on food psychology and behavior change has been published in the world's top marketing, medical and nutrition journals.

September 08, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Internet can be abused by cyberbullies

Many parents may remember being a victim of physical and emotional suffering at the hands of a childhood bully. Others may regret being a bully when they were young.

September 05, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the home: Take recalls seriously

A food recall is a voluntary action taken by a company to remove its product from market shelves if the product has a problem. There are three types of product recalls:

August 31, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the home: Best cooking method to preserve the nutrients in fruits and veggies

How foods are cooked can have a big impact on their nutrient content. That's because many vitamins are sensitive to heat and air exposure (vitamin C, the B vitamins, and folate in particular). Loss of nutrients increases as cooking time increases and with higher temperatures.

August 24, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Choose smart salads to cut fat, calories

Why do Americans chose salads as one of their favorite foods? Because they are refreshing, convenient, flavorful and they can be nutritious, if you make healthy choices in selecting ingredients.

August 17, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the home: Breakfast is still the most important meal

Your mother always told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Believe it or not, research shows that she was right! Breakfast means "breaking the fast," or refueling your body after going without food all night. Food is the fuel that keeps your body going, and refueling at breakfast helps you perform and feel better.

August 10, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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