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FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES

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Sustainable home environments

Most people spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, either at home or in other buildings. Here are things you can do to make your home healthy and safe.

If you are planning to be away from your home for a month or more, there are steps you should take to protect your home while you are gone. The most common problems facing the returning homeowner are mold and mildew, rust and burglary. Find out what you can do to prevent these problems in Closing Up Your Home.

Nutrition, health, and food safety

Good nutrition isn’t about counting calories or eating only “healthy” foods or never again eating your favorite food. Good nutrition is about making food choices that allow you to stay healthy and well and have the energy you need to do the things you want to do. It’s about making informed choices based on your knowledge of food nutrients, food systems, food safety and food storage and finding your balance between food and physical activity. Good nutrition can contribute enormously to your quality of life and to extended good health even into very old age.

Most of us can benefit from learning more about nutrition and foods. Just a few minutes a day will help you learn which food practices will give you the health and energy you want. Then you can make the choices that work for you. Get started by clicking on the links below.

Family economic security

Money is not magic. Money is neither good nor evil. Money simply is a tool to help you live a better life, to get what you need and want in life.  But needs and wants are not the same thing. The smart consumer understands the difference and makes spending decisions that help achieve financial goals. Most millionaires do not inherit money; they earn it over many years and make the kind of spending decisions that allow them to keep more of what they earn. Their secret is learning and practicing certain money skills: planning, budgeting, using credit and debt wisely, saving, investing and making their money work for them. You, too, can learn these skills. Here’s help:

Parenting skills

The decision to become a parent and start a family is perhaps the most profound decision most of us will ever make. Yet few of us are prepared to understand that truth or undertake the level of change and commitment required for success. A little sound knowledge, put into practice daily, can help you make your family and parenting experiences successful. Start here by clicking the links below.

Caring for aging family members

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Cancer prevention

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RECENT FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES BLOG POSTS

After the storm: food safety

As we have seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, severe storms often result in extended power losses and flooding. Many of you did a tremendous job of preparing for these calamities, protecting your health and keeping your food supply safe by taking the necessary precautions. Now, though, as we look to an extended cleanup and recovery, it's important to know what foods that we stockpiled remain safe to eat. Here are some guidelines to

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Storm prep: Filling the food chest

Buy early and stock up. Sage advice, when it comes to disaster preparations... especially stocking up on food. Whether you heeded that advice or not, there's never a bad time to check your supplies. That's especially true as we near the "season within the season," that mid-August to mid-October stretch that historically has seen the most storms formed during our June-November hurricane season. Here's a list of food and food-related items

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Storm prep: Stock up on supplies

We're two months into our hurricane season. Whether you stockpiled early – which is the best approach – or just want to take a closer look, this makes for a good time to check your food supplies, food preparation items, medicines, and more. And don't forget the items you'll need to keep those supplies safe and sound through a storm. Here are some supplies to keep on hand: Store at least 1 gallon of drinking water per day per person

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