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Sweet Enough without all that Sugar

Host: Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky 

Guest: Dr. Heather Norman-Burgdolf, Extension Specialist for Nutrition and Health

Episode 40

Sugar is everywhere!  In this episode of Talking FACS, Dr. Jennifer Hunter and Dr. Heather Norman-Burgdolf delve into the low down on sugar.  They talk about sugar's role in our bodies, as well as how consuming too much can lead to serious health conditions.  They wrap up their discussion with realistic ways to reduce sugar in the diet.

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Probiotics and More

Host: Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky 

Guest: Dr. Heather Norman-Burgdolf, Extension Specialist for Nutrition and Health

Episode 39

Probiotics, prebiotics, symbiotics, oh my! In this episode of Talking FACS, Dr. Hunter and Dr. Norman-Burgdolf are talking about the bacteria in your gut! Listen for an informed discussion about the gut bacteria and its impact on your overall health.

All the terms mentioned in this discussion can be found in the full episode transcript.

The Gluten Free Diet

Host: Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky 

Guest: Dr. Heather Norman-Burgdolf, Extension Specialist for Nutrition and Health

Episode 38

Some people think that going "Gluten Free" may help them become healthier.  But do you really know what gluten is?  This week on Talking FACS, Dr. Heather Norman-Burgdolf shares with Dr. Jennifer Hunter some of the truths and misconceptions about gluten and the role that it plays in a healthy diet.

The Gluten Free Choice

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Making your Fitness App Work for you!

Host: Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky 

Guest: Natalie Jones, Extension Specialist for Family Health

Episode 37

With more than 320K fitness apps currently available for download, selecting the best app for you can be a bit daunting.  This week, Dr. Jennifer Hunter visits with Natalie Jones to discuss the key components of fitness apps that can make your fitness journey successful. 

Download the FitBlueKY app from the app store on your device.

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All About Essential Oils

Host: Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky 

Guest: Dr. Heather Norman-Burgdolf, Extension Specialist for Nutrition and Health and Natalie Jones, Extension Specialist for Family Health

Episode 36

This week, Dr. Jennifer Hunter sits down with our Extension Health Specialists, Dr. Heather Norman-Burgdolf and Natalie Jones to talk about essential oils.  Based on the research, they talk about safe application and use.  They also share information about individuals who SHOULD NOT use essential oils.  Throughout the discussion, they highlight the importance of talking with your healthcare provider about your use of these products.

Boredom Busters

Host:  Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky

Guest: Dr. David Weisenhorn, Extension Specialist for Parenting and Child Development

Episode 35

When weather and health issues cause schools to shut down, there is always the the threat of bored children.  While boredom may lead to inspiration, it never hurts for parents and caregivers to push the needle a little toward the inspire end of the spectrum.  This week, Dr. Jennifer Hunter sits down with Dr. David Weisenhorn to discuss ways to creatively inspire children right out of boredom and straight into learning.

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Family Resolutions

Host:  Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky

Guest: Dr. David Weisenhorn, Extension Specialist for Parenting and Child Development

Episode 34

This week, Dr. Jennifer Hunter and Dr. David Weisenhorn explore Familly Resolutions.  They discuss the motivating factors that help us stick to resolutions and methods for enhancing family relationships along the way!

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Self Care and Stress Management

Host: Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky 

Guest: Natalie Jones, Extension Specialist for Family Health

Episode 33

In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Hunter sits down with Extension Specialist for Family Health, Natalie Jones, to discuss methods for preventing stress from becoming distress.  Natalie outlines five tips for preventing overwhelming stress and four strategies for handling stress.

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When Opposites Attract; Managing Finances within a Marriage

Host: Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky

Co-host: Mindy McCulley, Extension Specialist for Instructional Support

Episode 32

In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Hunter explores how different "money personalities" and money handling styles can add additional elements of intrigue for couples.  Listen for tips on maintaining the love while sharing the checkbook.

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The Truth About Vaping

Host:  Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, University of Kentucky

Guest: Alex Elswick, Extension Specialist for Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

Episode 31

Extension specialist, Alex Elswick, returns this week to chat with Dr. Jennifer Hunter about vaping.  He discusses the impact this nicotine delivery system can have on those trying to quit smoking, as well as how this product is being used by young people.  This discussion is very important for parents of preteens and teenagers to hear, especially if you are unfamiliar with the products being discussed.

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If you are trying to quit smoking, the Centers for Disease Control has some excellent resources which can be found at:

For additional resources and information visit:

It's Never Too Early to Quit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tips from Former Smokers

or visit @CDCTobaccoFree on Facebook and Twitter.