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Words on Wellness (WOW) promotes a healthy lifestyle. Get reliable, research-based information about nutrition, exercise, and food safety. Check out WOW to explore the power of incorporating healthy practices into daily living for you and your family. 

2023 Newsletters
2022 Newsletters

Words on Wellness Blog Words on Wellness Blog

Tue, 02/27/2024 - 09:05
Using Food Thermometers
Did you know 66% of people do not use food thermometers correctly? If food temperatures are not checked regularly, people are…

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 12:18
Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups | Serves: 8 Ingredients: Directions: Nutrition information per serving:210 calories, 3g fat, 1g…

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 09:23
VITA—Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Need help preparing and filing your income tax return? The VITA program has been helping people for more than 50 years. VITA…


Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Blog

Mon, 02/26/2024 - 10:00
Cut your Fresh Produce Bill in Half
Raise your hand if you enjoy spending more money on food than you need to. Anyone? If I could see through your screen, my…

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 10:00
Stock Multi-Purpose Spices
Are you tired of the same old salt-and-pepper flavor combo for your meals? If you want to spice things up a notch, stocking…

Mon, 02/12/2024 - 10:00
Which Recipes are Diabetes-Friendly?
Our Spend Smart. Eat Smart. team often gets the request to mark which of our recipes are ‘diabetes-friendly’. We want to share…

AnswerLine Blog AnswerLine Blog

Tue, 02/27/2024 - 10:39
March is National Frozen Food Month!
Some of America’s favorite, most versatile foods are found in the frozen food aisle. There are some 3,700 frozen food options…

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 12:17
Getting to Know the National Center for Home Food Preservation
When AnswerLine clients have questions about food preservation, reference is often made to the National Center for Home Food…

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 11:08
Elevation? Does It Matter?
While residents of most midwestern states usually don’t think about their elevation, elevation affects all aspects of food…

MoneyTip$ Blog