New “Florida Fresh” app makes gardening and choosing produce easier than ever

Click image to view Wendy Wilber’s talk on spring gardening.

Growing and eating your vegetables just got easier with the free UF/IFAS veggie app, “Florida Fresh.” Simply enter your ZIP code and the app will tell you what vegetables to plant at that particular time of year. Touch any of the photos and the app provides information about each fruit and vegetable — including planting tips — as well as the best varieties for Florida and nutritional value. You can also find out about the seasonal availability of Florida-grown produce.

The app can be downloaded from the UF/IFAS website or via Google or iTunes.

Planning a spring vegetable garden? Watch this week’s Wellness Wednesday with Wendy Wilber, statewide Florida Master Gardener coordinator, to learn how to make your spring garden a success. You can also download her Spring Vegetable Gardening slide presentation.

Future Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesdays are held the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 120 of the HR Building.  Check out the information below and register by clicking on the “Register Now” link.  If you’d like to stream the sessions live, email to be added to the UF-UF Health Wellness listerv and receive Mediasite streaming information.

w1Coming to Your Senses: Stress Relief in the Moment Register Now!
Wednesday, April 6
Gizem Toska, PhD, Assistant Director and Outreach Director
UF Counseling & Wellness Center
One effective and efficient way of managing our stress is to rely on our sensations unfolding in the moment. This simple yet powerful idea can be put into practice in many ways. Join this interactive and experiential workshop to learn about and practice stress management through utilizing your senses. We will also explore and clarify how your body responds to stress and what types of stress relief activities might be a good fit for you.

w2Inside Out: Understanding Depression Register Now!
Wednesday, May 4
Rosa West, PhD, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Outreach Coordinator
UF Counseling & Wellness Center
Depression is common worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected. Join us to develop an understanding of the concepts and dynamics of depression through discussion and interactive activities, including learning how to identify and recognize sources and manifestations of depression in daily life and coping and self-management strategies to care for yourself and support others.

w3Healthy Sleep: Guidelines for Improved Sleep Quality Register Now!
Wednesday, June 1
Jessica Payne-Murphy, PhD, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Clinical & Health Psychology
Good sleep can be difficult to attain, and with ever-evolving sleep products on the market, it can be challenging to know what devices or clinical strategies can truly improve our slumber. Join us to learn more about the current evidence-based findings for enhancing sleep quality.