Families, food and fitness at your fingertips with eXtension

Don’t waste your time researching multiple websites for information about families food or fitness. Head to the MSU eXtension website for objective, research-based and credible information you can use every day.

You sometimes may feel like you’re on information overload with so many options – good old word-of-mouth from friends, family members and neighbors, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, television, radio, newspapers, the internet, healthcare providers, childcare providers, teachers – and the list goes on. You may find yourself overwhelmed and exhausted trying to find the time to sort through all of these sources, figuring out where to begin and what to believe.

A starting place for answers to many of your questions that is a trustworthy source of science-based, peer-reviewed information compiled and written by experts from the nation’s largest and oldest network of universities is the Michigan State University eXtension website. You will find objective, research-based, credible information you can use every day to improve your life on all sorts of topics at this site.

There are many source areas to choose from on the home page, and choosing just one to start with, such as “family,” will show you the wealth of information available on this site – food, fitness, food safety, family caregiving, childcare, parenting and personal finance just to get started. Digging a little deeper into just the “families, food and fitness” section reveals there are educational articles addressing eating more fruits and veggies, taming the tube, rethinking what you drink and many more. While you’re at the site, check out some of the fun interactive tools such as the “Beverage Guide to Sugars,” “Fast Food Menu with Fitness Calculator,” “Spice Guide,” and “Nutrition Facts Label.” You’ll also find Extension-tested healthy recipes, a cooking and nutrition glossary and short, entertaining and instructional videos.

It’s a website, so not only is the website available at all times, you can also ask your specific questions with eXtension’s “Ask an Expert” feature. “families, food and fitness” is also reachable through your favorite social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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