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The news reports indicate this is a particularly bad flu season. Given that, the CDC offers some timely reminders about steps we can take at home to prevent the spread of the flu virus.

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This video shows actions that you can take at home to help protect yourself and others from getting sick. Nonpharmaceutical Interventions or NPIs are actions...
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Staying with the heart theme, is your #HeartAge greater than your actual age? To find out use the CDC's calculator to see where you stand. #HeartMonth

https://www.cdc.gov/vit…/cardiovasculardisease/heartage.html

CDC Vital Signs links science, policy, and communications with the intent of communicating a call-to-action for the public. CDC Vital Signs provides the most recent, comprehensive data on key indicators of important health topics.
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February appropriately, is National Heart Month! If you think you are too young for heart disease think again.It is important for young and old to take steps NOW to lower your risk for heart disease. Learn how with CDC tips on preventing heart disease. #HeartMonth

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/healthy_living.htm

These heart disease prevention tips from the CDC include web resources and links to body mass index calculators.
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While Valentine's Day is not till next week, feel free to suggest that dark chocolate candy would be a nice treat!

https://food.unl.edu/piece-dark-chocolate-candy-dessert

What could be quicker and tastier than a luscious piece of chocolate candy for dessert. Eaten in moderation, chocolate may be good for our health, especially dark chocolate!
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Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles, #SuperBowlChampions! One last food safety reminder to all those celebrating the victory, be sure to take care of those leftovers to avoid a post game disaster.

https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/2017/02/post-game-plays.html

How long are your Super Bowl leftovers safe to eat? Follow this post-game guide.
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Penn State Extension Educator, Tom Ford will be Doug Herendeen's guest on Monday February 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. on WRTA 1240 AM in Altoona, PA. Tom will be fielding questions on backyard tomato growing and other assorted gardening topics. If you would like to call into WRTA, their phone number is 814-946-0435. (T. Ford)

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Did you know about 1.3 billion chicken wings will be eaten on February 4th? That's a lot of chicken! Be sure to keep it safe by cooking to 165 degrees F and check the final temperature with a food thermometer. You might even want to try a "healthier" wing recipe, without giving up that delicious taste. #SuperBowl

https://foodandnutrition.org/…/stone…/buffalo-chicken-wraps/

It’s game time and you need something to serve at your next tailgate or game-viewing event. Your homemade buffalo wings are a huge hit with everyone, but they’re messy and hard to eat. It
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Time to get your game plan ready for Sunday's Eagles vs Patriots #SuperBowl Game!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTIppyrmoH8

TV chef, Martie Duncan, demonstrates Super Bowl food tips. Remember food safety when entertaining. For additional information visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov...
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For the most part the first solid foods a baby consumes tend to be rather bland. There is nothing wrong with, this but perhaps introducing flavors from various herbs and spices early in life will help create children that are more likely to try new foods and include a wider variety of foods in their diet as they get older.

https://foodandnutrition.org/…/s…/add-herbs-spice-baby-food/

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Greenhouse growers wishing to earn pesticide credits towards pesticide re-certification in Pennsylvania should consider attending this industry sponsored program.

Commercial vegetable growers wishing to earn pesticide credits towards pesticide re-certification in Pennsylvania should consider attending this industry sponsored program.

Commercial small fruit growers wishing to earn pesticide credits towards pesticide re-certification in Pennsylvania should consider attending this industry sponsored program.

Have you heard about the latest trend of drinking "raw" water? Penn State Extension's Martin Bucknavage provides some insight into this potentially deadly practice.

https://pennstatefoodsafety.blogspot.com/…/new-trend-drinki…

News and commentary on food safety issues impacting the food supply chain.
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Orchardists looking to learn about new pests, diseases, and cultural practices relating to the production of tree fruits should consider attending this program. Pesticide credits for licensed Pennsylvania applicators will be awarded at the conclusion of the meeting.

I have a former Maryland client that is looking to hire a Field Manager for their commercial orchard in Maryland. This is a year-round position and will involve field work and the handling of one farmers' market a week. If you are interested or know of someone who is interested please send me an email at: tgf2@psu.edu and I'll forward their contact information to you so you can follow-up. The position would start in late May.

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