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(Jefferson City) – Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that he has amended his supplemental budget request for the current fiscal year to include $3.5 million in general revenue for the Utilicare program, which provides fuel and utility assistance for low-income Missourians.
“The unusually harsh weather Missouri has experienced this winter, along with the rising cost of heating fuel, has put many households with limited means in a real bind,” Gov. Nixon said. “This additional funding for Utilicare will enable more families to pay those higher utility bills.”
The General Assembly will now consider the Governor’s request as part of the Fiscal 2014 Supplemental Budget. Utilicare is administered through the Department of Social Services. It provides assistance with energy bills for low-income Missourians, including seniors and people with disabilities.
Some Americans might think: “I know junk food is not cheaper in the long run because I will likely have more health issues if I continue to eat junk food.” That is certainly true.
“But, now we know that junk food is not cheaper in the short run either,” said Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Research by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and others have shown that whole foods such as grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy foods are actually less expensive than food products that are often high in fat, salt, and sugar according to Duitsman.
“When researchers substituted salty and sweet foods, baked foods and frozen treats with fruit and vegetable options, they found that equivalent portions of whole foods where cheaper. They also found that if these substitutions were made daily for one month, they amounted to 3,780 less calories consumed,” said Duitsman.
An added benefit to eating whole foods is that they tend to satisfy the appetite much better than junk foods. For example, eating a candy bar with 290 calories might not make a person feel full but a banana with 105 calories might.
“Whole foods are not only lower in calories, but they contain many health-promoting and disease fighting compounds to keep us healthy. There is an endless variety of fruits and vegetables that can also be quite convenient if we plan ahead,” said Duitsman.
Analysis of this research shows that Americans following the USDA Dietary Guidelines, based on 2,000 calories per day, can purchase the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by USDA for only $2.00 to $2.50 per day.
“Basically, smart shoppers can make their food budget go even further by buying whole foods in-season,” said Duitsman.
University of Missouri Extension has developed the Seasonal and Simple smart phone application, which is now available in both IOS and Android versions. Seasonal and Simple has a chart showing when each item is in season locally. It also provides recipes and nutritional information and explains how to select and prepare the fruit or vegetable, including what part(s) are edible and how to store each part.
“Whole foods are available fresh, frozen, canned and dried. If packaged, always read labels to ensure you are getting only the whole food, and not unhealthy additives,” said Duitsman. “Whether you’re looking for ways to protect your wallet or your waistline, whole foods may be the way to go.”
For more information on nutrition contact one of the following nutrition specialists: Dr. Lydia Kaume in Barton County, (417) 682-3579; Dr. Pam Duitsman, in Greene County, (417) 881-8909; or Cammie Younger in Texas County, (417) 967-4545. Information is also available online http://extension.missouri.edu.
For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research. The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.
University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything.
(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) recently held a ceremony honoring graduates of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.
Graduates completed 99 hours of course work and passed a skills and knowledge test to graduate. Students finished their course work in four weeks. ASUMH instructor Deanna Grace, RN presented the graduates with their certificates.
For information on upcoming classes or scholarships, contact ASUMH Health Science Coordinator Sarah Smith at 870-508-6266 or email email@example.com.
(Eminence) – Standing in the hot summer sun and cold winter winds for over a hundred and twenty years, historic Alley Mill can benefit from a checkup. Recently, the red mill received that much needed physical to determine its current health.
A group of experts visited the Alley Mill to access how well it has withstood the ravages of time. Architects, historians, and engineers joined local park staff in examining the Alley Mill from top to bottom. They crawled through the muddy basement and the dusty attic and investigated all the floors in between to uncover possible future rehabilitation needs. Among them were Don Stevens, the historian who wrote the classic book on the area, A Homeland and a Hinterland; Bruce Cardwell, civil engineer; Kim Shafer, landscape architect; Daniel Jackson, historical landscape architect; and Mark Chavez, historical architect.
The team discovered and was especially concerned about the mill’s foundation due to the encroachment of tree roots from a large sycamore growing next to the building. Further evaluation of the tree will determine the best course of action to address this issue. The concrete dam structure surrounding the turbine and extending across the spillway was also a worry.
Soon the team will send a full analysis of their inspection findings to the park. The report will be used to determine the course of action for Alley Mill repairs or stabilization that may be necessary.
(Jefferson City)- Missouri senators continue debate on Senate Bill 509, which would modify provisions relating to income taxes.
Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, speaks on the differences from last year’s version of this bill:
Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, is speaking against the bill:
The measure has been set aside for future debate.
Blood drives for this week include the following dates and locations:
- Monday, March 10 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Summersville High School
- Tuesday, March 11 from 12-6 PM – Cabool High School
- Thursday, March 13 from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Hartville High School
- Thursday, March 13 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM – First Christian Church of West Plains
- Friday, March 14 from 9 AM to 3 PM – Texas County Memorial Hosptial in Houston
- Friday, March 14 from 1-4 PM at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava
- Friday, March 14 from 1-6 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willow Springs
To be elligible to give blood, donors must have a valid photo ID and weigh at least 110 lbs. For more information, visit www.cbco.org.
(Jefferson City)- Senator Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, has been part of the discussion of several bills this month including Senate Bill 666, which would create an income tax credit equal to .75 percent of the value of a taxpayer’s residential real property.
In a recent interview, Sen. Cunningham shared that Senate Bill 509 would modify provisions relating to income taxes:
Sen. Cunningham added that there are differing thoughts on how any tax cuts should be handled:
Cunningham added that he believes the Senate will get to go over the House’s budget in the near future.
(Mountain Grove) – The Downtown Event Center in Mountain Grove is open for the season.
The center, which is the newest facility in the city to host events, has an event hall, a reception area, a conference room and a kitchen.
The Downtown Association, a volunteer group, says that rental rates for the facility vary, depending on the time needed. The rental is $40 per hour with a 5-hour minimum ($200). For an entire day, which is considered 7 AM to 5 PM, the cost is $250. For rentals that include day and evening, the rental is $325.
For more information, call 417-259-3000 or 417-349-2191.
John Avery, Fruit Grower Advisor with MSU Fruit Experiment Station, is the presenter for this free workshop. There will be hands on demonstrations on pruning technique for different species of fruit trees; the pruning system for each species; what to remove, what to keep, and what to look for when pruning. Discussion will also include the importance of pruning each year and the recommended tools to use for pruning.
A minimum of 10 participants will be required to hold the workshop, so pre-registration is requested. To register or for more information call the Howell County Extension Center at 417-256-2391.