Upcoming Events

Genes and Cancer Seminar to be held

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Knowing your family’s health history can be important in making health decisions. Some cancers have been found to have a genetic link. Many people have heard of BRCA1 and BRCA2 – genes that are associated with breast cancer — but did you know there are other identified genes for other cancers?

Dr. Nancy Merner of Auburn University and her research team travel all over the state of Alabama to meet and educate individuals and families about cancer risk, specifically regarding breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Being a geneticist, she teaches about genetic risk factors and the importance of acknowledging your family history.

On September 21st Dr. Merner and her team will be coming to Etowah County. She will speak at the Etowah County Extension Office auditorium from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.  The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Donna Shanklin, Regional Extension Agent Human Nutrition, Diet & Health. She can be reached at 256-737-9386 or 256-200-2997

Right Bite Series Scheduled

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Eating for a Lifetime of Good Health – Right Bite


The Right Bite series is a 6-Session Class that incorporate ways to look at calories and portion sizes while learning about healthier recipe options. While the series has an emphasis on people learning to eat with a diabetes diagnosis – the class is educational for all. The sessions include the following:


  • Sweeteners: Desserts for Special Occasions
  • Portion Control
  • Reading the Nutrition Label
  • Choosing the Right Fat: Controlling Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Carbohydrate and Fiber: Friend or Foe?
  • Seven Ways to Control Your Blood Pressure


There is a specific recipe that will be prepared on-site by the participants. For example, the first session looks at a banana bread recipe and how to make it using an alternative sweetener.


The Series will be at the Etowah County Extension Office Etowah County Annex Building, 3200A West Meighan Boulevard, Gadsden, beginning September 5th from 1 PM until 2:30PM, it continues until October 10th. Call to register (256) 547-7936. Donna Shanklin, Regional Extension Agent – Human Nutrition, Diet & Health will be facilitating the series. She can be reached at 256-200-2997 or via email drs0009@auburn.edu