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Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agents, staff and volunteers address real-life issues faced by Floridians of all ages. They provide the latest information on obesity, chronic disease, food, finances, family stresses, housing, food safety and preservation, nutrition, and more.

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‘Tis the Season to Avoid Holiday Scams

  ‘Tis The Season to Avoid Holiday Scams Scammers use the Holidays to glean your personal and financial information and infect your computer with identity-stealing malware.  Here are the top 4 schemes, and how to avoid them. Bogus Email Notifications claiming to be from FedEx, UPS, DHL, or the US Postal Service has a delivery for you. Don’t click, because if you


Medicare Extends Enrollment Deadline to December 31, 2017 for Florida

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow individuals with Medicare to make changes to their Medicare health or prescription drug plan through the end of the calendar year (December 31, 2017). Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, all Medicare recipients living Florida qualify for this special enrollment extension.  Individuals should contact 1-800-633-4227 (Medicare) to request changes to their Medicare using this


Almond Butter

Homemade raw almond butter will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks, and store-bought may keep for months. Once opened, almond butter and peanut butter, especially the kind without added salt, sugar, or preservatives, is incredibly susceptible to rancidity and spoilage. The healthy unsaturated oils oxidize quickly on exposure to heat, light, and air, creating rancidity that makes them smell and taste