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Trust in a relationship is key to its success. Most people do not automatically trust someone they do not know. They often determine trust by giving a little at the beginning of the relationship, observing behavior, and then giving or rescinding it, based
Ask an Expert – How Do I Know My Partner Will be Faithful?

Ask an Expert – How Do I Know My Partner Will be Faithful?

Trust in a relationship is key to its success. Most people do not automatically trust someone they do not know. They often determine trust by giving a little at the beginning of the relationship, observing behavior, and then giving or rescinding it, based...

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We all know it is important to clean and disinfect to reduce the risk of getting sick, but with many illnesses circulating, including the common cold, flu, RSV, hand-foot-mouth disease, and the COVID virus, now is an important time to reevaluate hygiene h
Ask an Expert – Cleaning Tips to Keep You Healthy

Ask an Expert – Cleaning Tips to Keep You Healthy

We all know it is important to clean and disinfect to reduce the risk of getting sick, but with many illnesses circulating, including the common cold, flu, RSV, hand-foot-mouth disease, and the COVID virus, now is an important time to reevaluate hygiene h...

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The health benefits of cranberries, combined with their unique taste, versatility and ease of use, make them a wise fruit choice not only during the holidays but year round.
Ask an Expert – Cranberries: a Healthy Holiday Choice

Ask an Expert – Cranberries: a Healthy Holiday Choice

The health benefits of cranberries, combined with their unique taste, versatility and ease of use, make them a wise fruit choice not only during the holidays but year round.

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The holiday season brings mistletoe, caroling, eggnog, gift giving, family, and friends. However, for a variety of reasons, it can also bring loneliness. A recent survey from the American Association of Retired Persons found that 31% of respondents said t
Ask an Expert – Combating Loneliness During the Holidays

Ask an Expert – Combating Loneliness During the Holidays

The holiday season brings mistletoe, caroling, eggnog, gift giving, family, and friends. However, for a variety of reasons, it can also bring loneliness. A recent survey from the American Association of Retired Persons found that 31% of respondents said t...

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Each holiday season brings new fancy games and technology gadgets targeted to children. Whether it is the latest cell phone model, the newest gaming system, or educational games for your toddler, it can be hard to make an informed decision.
Ask an Expert – Tech Toys for Christmas?

Ask an Expert – Tech Toys for Christmas?

Each holiday season brings new fancy games and technology gadgets targeted to children. Whether it is the latest cell phone model, the newest gaming system, or educational games for your toddler, it can be hard to make an informed decision.

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Many Utahns will head to their local Christmas tree grower or tree lot to make this year’s selection. Proper selection and care for a live tree once it is home can provide for a happier and safer holiday season.
Ask an Expert - Tips for Christmas Tree Selection and Care

Ask an Expert - Tips for Christmas Tree Selection and Care

Many Utahns will head to their local Christmas tree grower or tree lot to make this year’s selection. Proper selection and care for a live tree once it is home can provide for a happier and safer holiday season.

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Paula Scott, Utah State University Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) state director, was recently promoted to full professor and celebrated with friends and family at the Kaysville Education Center last month.
EFNEP, a Great Place to Be a “Foodie” and a Full Professor

EFNEP, a Great Place to Be a “Foodie” and a Full Professor

Paula Scott, Utah State University Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) state director, was recently promoted to full professor and celebrated with friends and family at the Kaysville Education Center last month.

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The average American will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when taking into consideration pre-meal snacking, the actual dinner, dessert, then evening leftovers.
Healthy Eating for Happy Holidays

Healthy Eating for Happy Holidays

The average American will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when taking into consideration pre-meal snacking, the actual dinner, dessert, then evening leftovers.

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Turkeys may not be as easy to purchase this year as they have been in previous years. According to the USDA, frozen turkey inventories are 24 percent below their three-year average volumes, and production of turkeys is down compared to the average year.
Ask an Expert – Make a Marvelous Thanksgiving Meal – with or without the Turkey

Ask an Expert – Make a Marvelous Thanksgiving Meal – with or without the Turkey

Turkeys may not be as easy to purchase this year as they have been in previous years. According to the USDA, frozen turkey inventories are 24 percent below their three-year average volumes, and production of turkeys is down compared to the average year.

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This month, we celebrate the joy that comes from sharing gratitude. According to research from Harvard Health, gratitude can truly make a person happier. In recent years, psychologists have focused on the benefits that come to individuals when they create
Ask an Expert – Show Gratitude for Your Partner This Season (and Always!)

Ask an Expert – Show Gratitude for Your Partner This Season (and Always!)

This month, we celebrate the joy that comes from sharing gratitude. According to research from Harvard Health, gratitude can truly make a person happier. In recent years, psychologists have focused on the benefits that come to individuals when they create...

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In recent weeks, many homeowners have reported seeing mice droppings in cupboards, basements, food storage areas, bathrooms, bedrooms and garages. Mice can spread diseases through their urine, droppings, saliva and nesting materials.
Ask an Expert: The House Mouse – Not Your Storybook Christmas Mouse

Ask an Expert: The House Mouse – Not Your Storybook Christmas Mouse

In recent weeks, many homeowners have reported seeing mice droppings in cupboards, basements, food storage areas, bathrooms, bedrooms and garages. Mice can spread diseases through their urine, droppings, saliva and nesting materials.

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Being in love is exciting and wonderful, and for some people, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of romance. Many people spend more time planning for a wedding than they spend planning for a marriage. Before deciding to tie the knot, consider the
Ask an Expert – 10 Things You Should Do Before Saying “I Do”

Ask an Expert – 10 Things You Should Do Before Saying “I Do”

Being in love is exciting and wonderful, and for some people, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of romance. Many people spend more time planning for a wedding than they spend planning for a marriage. Before deciding to tie the knot, consider the...

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National Preparedness Month is held each September to raise awareness about preparing for disasters and emergencies. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
Ask an Expert – Prepare to Protect: September is National Preparedness Month

Ask an Expert – Prepare to Protect: September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is held each September to raise awareness about preparing for disasters and emergencies. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

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The first few weeks of school set the tone for the rest of the year, and there are things parents can do, starting from day one, to help their kids succeed. Consider these tips.
Ask an Expert – Back to School Tips for Parents

Ask an Expert – Back to School Tips for Parents

The first few weeks of school set the tone for the rest of the year, and there are things parents can do, starting from day one, to help their kids succeed. Consider these tips.

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What gives people a feeling of power? An anonymous author wrote, from least to most important: money, status and growing a tomato.
A Connection to Our Food – From Seeds to Canning

A Connection to Our Food – From Seeds to Canning

What gives people a feeling of power? An anonymous author wrote, from least to most important: money, status and growing a tomato.

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Many parts of the state have recently experienced flooding. It is important to properly clean and sanitize wet and muddy household furnishings, carpets, clothing and surfaces as quickly as possible to avoid damage and contamination.
Ask an Expert – Safely Cleaning Your Home After a Flood

Ask an Expert – Safely Cleaning Your Home After a Flood

Many parts of the state have recently experienced flooding. It is important to properly clean and sanitize wet and muddy household furnishings, carpets, clothing and surfaces as quickly as possible to avoid damage and contamination.

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While many people know and understand basic freezing and dehydrating methods for preserving foods, it becomes a different story when they contemplate bottling.
Ask an Expert – Twelve Tips to Help Make Sense of Home Canning

Ask an Expert – Twelve Tips to Help Make Sense of Home Canning

While many people know and understand basic freezing and dehydrating methods for preserving foods, it becomes a different story when they contemplate bottling.

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Research shows that spending time in nature promotes physical and emotional health. Since July is National Park and Recreation Month, consider celebrating it by spending more time outdoors.
Ask an Expert – Celebrate Park and Recreation Month by Spending Time Outdoors

Ask an Expert – Celebrate Park and Recreation Month by Spending Time Outdoors

Research shows that spending time in nature promotes physical and emotional health. Since July is National Park and Recreation Month, consider celebrating it by spending more time outdoors.

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The average human body is 65 percent water — an element essential for survival. Water helps blood flow and carries oxygen and nutrients to cells, flushes waste products from the body, cushions tissues and joints and is a critical component for digestion.
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USU Extension Offers Water Storage Tips

The average human body is 65 percent water — an element essential for survival. Water helps blood flow and carries oxygen and nutrients to cells, flushes waste products from the body, cushions tissues and joints and is a critical component for digestion....

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Many families are heading outdoors for recreation and activities. Whether in the pool or park, the ballfield or backyard, take precautionary measures so all family members are safe from sun, insects and injuries.
Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Summer Safety

Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Summer Safety

Many families are heading outdoors for recreation and activities. Whether in the pool or park, the ballfield or backyard, take precautionary measures so all family members are safe from sun, insects and injuries.

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In today’s fast-paced, free-speech online world, chances are high that your child will encounter some type of hate and/or discrimination. This can be against race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disabili
Ask an Expert – Stop the Hate: Seven Tips to Help Youth Respond When They Encounter Online Hatred

Ask an Expert – Stop the Hate: Seven Tips to Help Youth Respond When They Encounter Online Hatred

In today’s fast-paced, free-speech online world, chances are high that your child will encounter some type of hate and/or discrimination. This can be against race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disabili...

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Farmers markets are known for offering an ever-changing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Although variety is a benefit of shopping at local farmers markets, it can be difficult and overwhelming to come up with a menu for the week without knowing wh
Ask an Expert – Six Tips for Planning Menus around Farmers Market Selections

Ask an Expert – Six Tips for Planning Menus around Farmers Market Selections

Farmers markets are known for offering an ever-changing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Although variety is a benefit of shopping at local farmers markets, it can be difficult and overwhelming to come up with a menu for the week without knowing wh...

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Not only did 2020 have a negative impact on small businesses, employment and school schedules, it also had a negative effect on home food preservation supplies.
Ask an Expert – Will We Have Better Access to Home Canning Supplies This Year?

Ask an Expert – Will We Have Better Access to Home Canning Supplies This Year?

Not only did 2020 have a negative impact on small businesses, employment and school schedules, it also had a negative effect on home food preservation supplies.

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In response to the drought, many snakes are out in search of food and water, and some have recently been spotted slithering through moist areas such as city parks and yards.
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Ask an Expert – Slithering Snakes Spotted in Parks and Lawns

In response to the drought, many snakes are out in search of food and water, and some have recently been spotted slithering through moist areas such as city parks and yards.

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Just as humans must learn to adapt to changes in water availability during a drought, so must wildlife.
Ask an Expert – Coexisting with Wildlife During a Drought

Ask an Expert – Coexisting with Wildlife During a Drought

Just as humans must learn to adapt to changes in water availability during a drought, so must wildlife.

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Utah State University Extension recently launched the “Hidden Gems” Family Fun Out and About Adventure Guides, created to help strengthen family connections and support positive youth development while helping families have fun exploring the world around
“Hidden Gems” Out and About Family Adventure Guides Launched

“Hidden Gems” Out and About Family Adventure Guides Launched

Utah State University Extension recently launched the “Hidden Gems” Family Fun Out and About Adventure Guides, created to help strengthen family connections and support positive youth development while helping families have fun exploring the world around ...

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A close relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is mutually beneficial when it comes to the health and well-being of both. Grandparents provide acceptance, patience, love, stability, wisdom, fun and support to their grandchildren.
Ask an Expert – Six Tips to Help Children Cultivate a Close Relationship with Grandparents

Ask an Expert – Six Tips to Help Children Cultivate a Close Relationship with Grandparents

A close relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is mutually beneficial when it comes to the health and well-being of both. Grandparents provide acceptance, patience, love, stability, wisdom, fun and support to their grandchildren.

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It is easy to get caught up in the events of the past or the future. However, doing so only brings worry and causes you to miss out on the present.
Ask an Expert – Five Ways to Find Peace by Staying Present

Ask an Expert – Five Ways to Find Peace by Staying Present

It is easy to get caught up in the events of the past or the future. However, doing so only brings worry and causes you to miss out on the present.

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The term “self-care” is often misunderstood. This might be because it is often leveraged as a marketing gimmick. Advertisements promise us health, happiness and contentment if we just purchase the product they’re selling under the guise of self-care.
The Art of Self-Care

The Art of Self-Care

The term “self-care” is often misunderstood. This might be because it is often leveraged as a marketing gimmick. Advertisements promise us health, happiness and contentment if we just purchase the product they’re selling under the guise of self-care.

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The average American throws away nearly 275 pounds of food each year. The USDA estimates between 30 to 40 percent of America’s food supply is wasted.
Ask an Expert – Four Tips to Help You Avoid Food Waste and Save Money

Ask an Expert – Four Tips to Help You Avoid Food Waste and Save Money

The average American throws away nearly 275 pounds of food each year. The USDA estimates between 30 to 40 percent of America’s food supply is wasted.

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Paying rent each month isn’t just for college students or young families not yet settled in a career. Overall, home ownership in the U.S. has declined for the past 10 years since peaking in 2009. At the end of 2020, the rate hovered around 65%. 
Ask an Expert – Home Sweet Home: Is It Best to Rent or Buy?

Ask an Expert – Home Sweet Home: Is It Best to Rent or Buy?

Paying rent each month isn’t just for college students or young families not yet settled in a career. Overall, home ownership in the U.S. has declined for the past 10 years since peaking in 2009. At the end of 2020, the rate hovered around 65%. 

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Household transitions, when children leave the care and responsibility of one parent to be with the other parent, can be emotional for children and parents alike. Establishing a routine for these transitions is beneficial for residential parents, nonresid
Ask an Expert – Establishing Smooth Transitions after Divorce

Ask an Expert – Establishing Smooth Transitions after Divorce

Household transitions, when children leave the care and responsibility of one parent to be with the other parent, can be emotional for children and parents alike. Establishing a routine for these transitions is beneficial for residential parents, nonresid...

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A common response is that parents want to help their children grow into responsible adults. This may include smaller goals such as helping them have the skills necessary to be productive members of society and helping them be healthy, happy and able to ta
Ask an Expert – Seven Tips for Raising Responsible Children

Ask an Expert – Seven Tips for Raising Responsible Children

A common response is that parents want to help their children grow into responsible adults. This may include smaller goals such as helping them have the skills necessary to be productive members of society and helping them be healthy, happy and able to ta...

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Corned beef and cabbage, Ireland and leprechauns – all part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, right? Actually, these foods often associated with the holiday are not tied to Irish history at all.
Ask an Expert – Corned Beef and Cabbage Not Just for March Meals

Ask an Expert – Corned Beef and Cabbage Not Just for March Meals

Corned beef and cabbage, Ireland and leprechauns – all part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, right? Actually, these foods often associated with the holiday are not tied to Irish history at all.

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The Utah State University Extension Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) program recently announced the recipients of their 2020 Outstanding Partner Awards.
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USU Create Better Health Announces Partnership Awards

The Utah State University Extension Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) program recently announced the recipients of their 2020 Outstanding Partner Awards.

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How often do you wash your pajamas and pillowcases? Or how about your coats and comforters?
Ask an Expert – The Dirt on Laundry: How Often to Wash?

Ask an Expert – The Dirt on Laundry: How Often to Wash?

How often do you wash your pajamas and pillowcases? Or how about your coats and comforters?

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Though it’s February and relationships are on people’s minds, it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to consider ways to strengthen your relationship with your partner. Consider these six tips to help keep the spark going all year.
Ask an Expert – Tips to Keep the Spark in Your Relationship All Year

Ask an Expert – Tips to Keep the Spark in Your Relationship All Year

Though it’s February and relationships are on people’s minds, it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to consider ways to strengthen your relationship with your partner. Consider these six tips to help keep the spark going all year.

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It can be a challenge to make the time to rest our minds, relax and find peace. But it is definitely worth the effort. 
Ask an Expert – Relax and De-stress with Meditation

Ask an Expert – Relax and De-stress with Meditation

It can be a challenge to make the time to rest our minds, relax and find peace. But it is definitely worth the effort. 

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We know the holidays will be different this year because of COVID-19. But one thing that won’t change is the importance of getting along with the family, whether it’s in person or over video chat.
Ask an Expert – Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Family

Ask an Expert – Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Family

We know the holidays will be different this year because of COVID-19. But one thing that won’t change is the importance of getting along with the family, whether it’s in person or over video chat.

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In general, there is a trend toward excess in our lives. We live in a world where both kids and adults have come to regard overload as normal, and anything less is boring. This time of year, the concepts of excess, over indulgence and over scheduling seem
Ask an Expert – Avoid Excess this Holiday

Ask an Expert – Avoid Excess this Holiday

In general, there is a trend toward excess in our lives. We live in a world where both kids and adults have come to regard overload as normal, and anything less is boring. This time of year, the concepts of excess, over indulgence and over scheduling seem...

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Utah State University Extension recently launched the “Hidden Gems” Family Fun at-Home Adventure Guides. The guides were created to help strengthen family connections and support positive youth development while providing family fun.
"Hidden Gems” Family Adventure Guides Launched

"Hidden Gems” Family Adventure Guides Launched

Utah State University Extension recently launched the “Hidden Gems” Family Fun at-Home Adventure Guides. The guides were created to help strengthen family connections and support positive youth development while providing family fun.

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Thanksgiving is behind us, and hopefully it was celebrated without you or members of your household contracting COVID-19. We now have a few weeks to prepare for the next series of 2020 challenges – what will Christmas look like this year?
Ask an Expert – Meaningful Christmas Gifts for 2020

Ask an Expert – Meaningful Christmas Gifts for 2020

Thanksgiving is behind us, and hopefully it was celebrated without you or members of your household contracting COVID-19. We now have a few weeks to prepare for the next series of 2020 challenges – what will Christmas look like this year?

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The average American consumed about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when taking into consideration pre-meal snacking, the actual dinner, dessert, then evening leftovers. That is enough to gain a pound or two, which can be remedied, but how many more da
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Healthy Eating for a Happy Holiday

The average American consumed about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when taking into consideration pre-meal snacking, the actual dinner, dessert, then evening leftovers. That is enough to gain a pound or two, which can be remedied, but how many more da...

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The health benefits of cranberries, combined with their unique taste, versatility and ease of use, make them a wise fruit choice not only during the holidays, but year round.
Ask a Specialist – Cranberries: a Healthy Holiday Choice

Ask a Specialist – Cranberries: a Healthy Holiday Choice

The health benefits of cranberries, combined with their unique taste, versatility and ease of use, make them a wise fruit choice not only during the holidays, but year round.

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Recent recommendations from Governor Gary Herbert have stated that the Thanksgiving holiday must be different this year if we are to lower our record-high COVID-19 numbers. These recommendations can leave us wondering how to manage the changes while still
Ask an Expert – Thinking Outside the Box for 2020 Thanksgiving

Ask an Expert – Thinking Outside the Box for 2020 Thanksgiving

Recent recommendations from Governor Gary Herbert have stated that the Thanksgiving holiday must be different this year if we are to lower our record-high COVID-19 numbers. These recommendations can leave us wondering how to manage the changes while still...

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Many retailers are promoting month-long Black Friday deals and will continue to flood us with advertising until Christmas. But before jumping the gun and diving in blindly to holiday spending, consider these tips to help you be a savvy shopper this season
Ask an Expert – Four Tips to Help You Be a Savvy Holiday Shopper

Ask an Expert – Four Tips to Help You Be a Savvy Holiday Shopper

Many retailers are promoting month-long Black Friday deals and will continue to flood us with advertising until Christmas. But before jumping the gun and diving in blindly to holiday spending, consider these tips to help you be a savvy shopper this season...

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For many people, the pandemic has caused disarray and uncertainty, and it is easy to become anxious and skeptical. However, there are many things we still have control over, and one of those is our attitude.
Ask an Expert – Tips for Staying Positive and Healthy During the Pandemic

Ask an Expert – Tips for Staying Positive and Healthy During the Pandemic

For many people, the pandemic has caused disarray and uncertainty, and it is easy to become anxious and skeptical. However, there are many things we still have control over, and one of those is our attitude.

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As your family considers whether or not to participate in trick-or-treating this year, talk with neighbors and those you intend to visit and decide how to best keep everyone safe.
Ask an Expert – Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating in 2020

Ask an Expert – Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating in 2020

As your family considers whether or not to participate in trick-or-treating this year, talk with neighbors and those you intend to visit and decide how to best keep everyone safe.

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Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is an art form that comes in all shapes, sizes and levels of difficulty. The final product (usually) makes the pumpkin carvers proud and anxious to display their work.
Ask an Expert – Prevent Your Carved Creation from Becoming a Fungal Fiasco

Ask an Expert – Prevent Your Carved Creation from Becoming a Fungal Fiasco

Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is an art form that comes in all shapes, sizes and levels of difficulty. The final product (usually) makes the pumpkin carvers proud and anxious to display their work.

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It can be a challenge to juggle responsibilities, schedules, meetings and events so the family can eat together each day. But research shows it is definitely worth the effort.
September Is National Family Meals Month – It’s Worth the Effort

September Is National Family Meals Month – It’s Worth the Effort

It can be a challenge to juggle responsibilities, schedules, meetings and events so the family can eat together each day. But research shows it is definitely worth the effort.

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Due to COVID-19 and a higher demand for canning supplies this season, many people have found it difficult to find new boxed lids for canning. Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding the lid shortage.
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Ask an Expert – What Should I Do If I Can’t Find Canning Lids?

Due to COVID-19 and a higher demand for canning supplies this season, many people have found it difficult to find new boxed lids for canning. Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding the lid shortage.

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The recent wind storms have left many people without power. The potential loss of food in refrigerators and freezers is a cause for concern. Consider these tips.
Ask an Expert – What to Do When the Freezer Goes out

Ask an Expert – What to Do When the Freezer Goes out

The recent wind storms have left many people without power. The potential loss of food in refrigerators and freezers is a cause for concern. Consider these tips.

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What have the last several months looked like for your family? Remote work, remote learning, teaching and tutoring children at home during the pandemic have, at times, tested both students and parents to their limits.
Ask a Specialist - The Benefits of Family Routines in Uncertain Times

Ask a Specialist - The Benefits of Family Routines in Uncertain Times

What have the last several months looked like for your family? Remote work, remote learning, teaching and tutoring children at home during the pandemic have, at times, tested both students and parents to their limits.

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The term blended family highlights the unique challenge of finding acceptable ways to blend the lives, experiences, expectations and dreams of parents who remarry and the children involved. The ratio of people in the United States who live in blended fami
Ask an Expert – Tips for Creating a Successful Blended Family

Ask an Expert – Tips for Creating a Successful Blended Family

The term blended family highlights the unique challenge of finding acceptable ways to blend the lives, experiences, expectations and dreams of parents who remarry and the children involved. The ratio of people in the United States who live in blended fami...

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It’s food preservation season – that much-anticipated time when home gardeners and farmers market enthusiasts get to preserve the harvest. While many people know and understand basic freezing and dehydrating methods for preserving foods, it becomes a diff
Ask an Expert – Making Sense of Home Canning

Ask an Expert – Making Sense of Home Canning

It’s food preservation season – that much-anticipated time when home gardeners and farmers market enthusiasts get to preserve the harvest. While many people know and understand basic freezing and dehydrating methods for preserving foods, it becomes a diff...

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What gives people a feeling of power? An anonymous author wrote, from least to most important: money, status and growing a tomato.
A Connection to Our Food – From Seeds to Canning

A Connection to Our Food – From Seeds to Canning

What gives people a feeling of power? An anonymous author wrote, from least to most important: money, status and growing a tomato.

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Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors, but more people camping, hiking and biking on public lands means more people who have to “go” in places without bathroom facilities.
Know How to “Go” When Nature Calls in Utah’s Outdoors

Know How to “Go” When Nature Calls in Utah’s Outdoors

Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors, but more people camping, hiking and biking on public lands means more people who have to “go” in places without bathroom facilities.

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Family vacations are a great time to bond as a family and get away from work and other responsibilities. However, this year it may be wiser to use vacation funds to pay off debt or add to that “rainy day” fund (which may have already come in handy this ye
Ask an Expert – Staycations a Great Option This Summer

Ask an Expert – Staycations a Great Option This Summer

Family vacations are a great time to bond as a family and get away from work and other responsibilities. However, this year it may be wiser to use vacation funds to pay off debt or add to that “rainy day” fund (which may have already come in handy this ye...

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Summertime is here, and after a long spring, many people are eager to get outside and socialize. Although there is no current evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 through food or food packaging, there are definite precautions to take when planning
Ask an Expert – Nine Tips for Safe Summer Picnics

Ask an Expert – Nine Tips for Safe Summer Picnics

Summertime is here, and after a long spring, many people are eager to get outside and socialize. Although there is no current evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 through food or food packaging, there are definite precautions to take when planning...

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Father’s Day gifts don’t have to be complicated or expensive. Simple but meaningful gift ideas that are easy on the budget and fun for kids often mean the most to fathers and grandfathers. Here are five frugal gift ideas for the father figure(s) in your l
Ask an Expert – Five Frugal Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Ask an Expert – Five Frugal Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day gifts don’t have to be complicated or expensive. Simple but meaningful gift ideas that are easy on the budget and fun for kids often mean the most to fathers and grandfathers. Here are five frugal gift ideas for the father figure(s) in your l...

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Whether you plan to preserve your garden produce or hit the seasonal case lot sales, take stock of what is still in your freezer, pantry or food storage room.
Ask an Expert: Seven Tips to Help You Take Stock before Restocking Food Storage

Ask an Expert: Seven Tips to Help You Take Stock before Restocking Food Storage

Whether you plan to preserve your garden produce or hit the seasonal case lot sales, take stock of what is still in your freezer, pantry or food storage room.

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As we continue to find ourselves in new territory with COVID-19, we face major changes to our routines – including parents having children at home while they work. While many parents have worked from home when their child was sick or out of school, the cu
Ask an Expert: How to Juggle Parenting and Working from Home – Seven Tips

Ask an Expert: How to Juggle Parenting and Working from Home – Seven Tips

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The relationships we have with others greatly impact our personal health, professional effectiveness and quality of life. HealthyRelationshipsUtah.org, a Utah State University Extension initiative, provides free, research-based relationship education cour
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USU Extension Offers Courses for Fathers

The relationships we have with others greatly impact our personal health, professional effectiveness and quality of life. HealthyRelationshipsUtah.org, a Utah State University Extension initiative, provides free, research-based relationship education cour...

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We’re trying to stay out of the grocery stores, but that means making the food you already have work for longer. With minimal tools and effort, you can keep your perishables around for longer.
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Tips to Make Food Last Longer

We’re trying to stay out of the grocery stores, but that means making the food you already have work for longer. With minimal tools and effort, you can keep your perishables around for longer.

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David Schramm, family scholar at Utah State University, has never taken a business class, but he believes his findings from a recent study should be shared with business students and CEOs alike. Schramm, assistant professor and Extension family life spec
Treat Co-Workers Like Family for the Best Work Culture

Treat Co-Workers Like Family for the Best Work Culture

David Schramm, family scholar at Utah State University, has never taken a business class, but he believes his findings from a recent study should be shared with business students and CEOs alike. Schramm, assistant professor and Extension family life spec...

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We are constantly bombarded with information on how to make our lives better through the latest fad diet or exercise regime – but what about improving our lives by better connecting with those closest to us? Research suggests that love and intimacy impact
Stronger Relationships, Better Lives - USU Extension Professor Focuses on Relationship Education

Stronger Relationships, Better Lives - USU Extension Professor Focuses on Relationship Education

We are constantly bombarded with information on how to make our lives better through the latest fad diet or exercise regime – but what about improving our lives by better connecting with those closest to us? Research suggests that love and intimacy impact...

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Though it’s February and relationships are on people’s minds, it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to consider ways to strengthen your relationship with your partner. Consider these six tips that can keep the spark going all year.
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Ask an Expert - Six Tips to Keep the Spark in Your Relationship

Though it’s February and relationships are on people’s minds, it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to consider ways to strengthen your relationship with your partner. Consider these six tips that can keep the spark going all year.

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There seems to be a shift in recent decades regarding family culture and expectations.
Ask an Expert: Three Ways to Avoid Parenting Entitled Children

Ask an Expert: Three Ways to Avoid Parenting Entitled Children

There seems to be a shift in recent decades regarding family culture and expectations.

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Utah State University Extension celebrates the importance of healthy relationships during January and February.
USU Extension Relationship Month Includes Utah Marriage Celebrations

USU Extension Relationship Month Includes Utah Marriage Celebrations

Utah State University Extension celebrates the importance of healthy relationships during January and February.

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According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 2,000 adults surveyed said they believe having someone to account to who understands their financial goals would help them be more financially successful.
Ask an Expert - Monthly Money Map for 2020

Ask an Expert - Monthly Money Map for 2020

According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 2,000 adults surveyed said they believe having someone to account to who understands their financial goals would help them be more financially successful.

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In general, there is a trend toward excess in our lives. We live in a world where both kids and adults have come to regard overload as normal, and anything less is boring. This time of year more than ever, the concepts of excess, over indulgence and over
Ask an Expert – Don’t Let Over Indulgence Be the Norm This Holiday

Ask an Expert – Don’t Let Over Indulgence Be the Norm This Holiday

In general, there is a trend toward excess in our lives. We live in a world where both kids and adults have come to regard overload as normal, and anything less is boring. This time of year more than ever, the concepts of excess, over indulgence and over ...

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While holiday shoppers are searching for the best online deals, scammers and identity thieves are searching for their next victims, specifically online shoppers, who are in a hurry and fail to protect their personal information. You can prevent much heada
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Ask an Expert – Avoid Holiday Hoaxes by Being a Savvy Online Shopper

While holiday shoppers are searching for the best online deals, scammers and identity thieves are searching for their next victims, specifically online shoppers, who are in a hurry and fail to protect their personal information. You can prevent much heada...

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Although Thanksgiving is typically the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, more and more people are taking a different path. Rather than spending Black Friday in traffic, long lines or in a crowded store, many are choosing to forego the sales and head
Ask an Expert – Five Reasons to Opt Outside on Black Friday

Ask an Expert – Five Reasons to Opt Outside on Black Friday

Although Thanksgiving is typically the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, more and more people are taking a different path. Rather than spending Black Friday in traffic, long lines or in a crowded store, many are choosing to forego the sales and head...

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It’s no surprise that technology can have a negative impact on relationships. But David Schramm, Utah State University assistant professor and Extension family life specialist, is particularly interested in how technology interferes with two of the most i
New Study Shows Impact of Technology on Relationships

New Study Shows Impact of Technology on Relationships

It’s no surprise that technology can have a negative impact on relationships. But David Schramm, Utah State University assistant professor and Extension family life specialist, is particularly interested in how technology interferes with two of the most i...

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s time to talk turkey! Food-borne illnesses often rise during the holidays because of the increased number of turkeys prepared. If not handled, thawed and cooked properly, turkey and all poultry can carry Sal
Ask an Expert: Let’s Talk Turkey! Preparation Pointers for Safety

Ask an Expert: Let’s Talk Turkey! Preparation Pointers for Safety

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s time to talk turkey! Food-borne illnesses often rise during the holidays because of the increased number of turkeys prepared. If not handled, thawed and cooked properly, turkey and all poultry can carry Sal...

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Stress – we all have it, whether it’s at work, home or places in between. There are times when we feel especially stressed due to a bad interaction or everyday hassles like traffic. No one’s life is completely stress free, but regular negative stress can
Ask an Expert – Five Tips for Busting Stress

Ask an Expert – Five Tips for Busting Stress

Stress – we all have it, whether it’s at work, home or places in between. There are times when we feel especially stressed due to a bad interaction or everyday hassles like traffic. No one’s life is completely stress free, but regular negative stress can ...

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Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is an art form that comes in all shapes, sizes and levels of difficulty. The final product (usually) makes the pumpkin carver proud and anxious to display his or her work. However, often just a few days later, the ar
Jack-o’-lanterns: Prevent Your Carved Creation from Becoming a Fungal Fiasco

Jack-o’-lanterns: Prevent Your Carved Creation from Becoming a Fungal Fiasco

Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is an art form that comes in all shapes, sizes and levels of difficulty. The final product (usually) makes the pumpkin carver proud and anxious to display his or her work. However, often just a few days later, the ar...

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Millions of dollars have been stolen from consumers through an email scam related to real estate transactions. Consumers are being tricked into wiring their real estate funds, including down payments and/or closing costs, into scammer’s accounts.
Ask an Expert – Beware of Consumer Real Estate Scams

Ask an Expert – Beware of Consumer Real Estate Scams

Millions of dollars have been stolen from consumers through an email scam related to real estate transactions. Consumers are being tricked into wiring their real estate funds, including down payments and/or closing costs, into scammer’s accounts.

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Are you among the minority of American families who eat at least one meal together every day? In today’s fast-paced world, eating Sunday dinner as a family is a great tradition, but it is a giant step away from more regular or daily time spent eating and
Ask an Expert – Five Reasons to Make Time for Family Meal Time

Ask an Expert – Five Reasons to Make Time for Family Meal Time

Are you among the minority of American families who eat at least one meal together every day? In today’s fast-paced world, eating Sunday dinner as a family is a great tradition, but it is a giant step away from more regular or daily time spent eating and ...

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Wildfires, flashfloods and winds have been plentiful around Utah this year. Other parts of the nation and world face hurricanes, tropical storms and earthquakes. Watching the news and seeing others struggle, along with the unknown in our areas, can add to
Ask an Expert: Be Prepared and Informed – September is National Preparedness Month

Ask an Expert: Be Prepared and Informed – September is National Preparedness Month

Wildfires, flashfloods and winds have been plentiful around Utah this year. Other parts of the nation and world face hurricanes, tropical storms and earthquakes. Watching the news and seeing others struggle, along with the unknown in our areas, can add to...

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Summer is winding down, and many children are hitting the books instead of the snooze button. In addition to encouraging children to stay organized and responsible with their time and activities, it is important to have conversations about social tips tha
Ask an Expert – Four Back to School Tips for Parents

Ask an Expert – Four Back to School Tips for Parents

Summer is winding down, and many children are hitting the books instead of the snooze button. In addition to encouraging children to stay organized and responsible with their time and activities, it is important to have conversations about social tips tha...

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Research continues to show that kindness is one of the most important qualities in marriage and parent-child relationships.
Be Kind Utah Campaign Underway

Be Kind Utah Campaign Underway

Research continues to show that kindness is one of the most important qualities in marriage and parent-child relationships.

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, combined with a review of research and consultation with leading experts, found that financial well-being includes the following four elements:
Ask an Expert: Financial Health by Decades

Ask an Expert: Financial Health by Decades

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, combined with a review of research and consultation with leading experts, found that financial well-being includes the following four elements:

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Preliminary research conducted by Utah State University Extension professors shows that using electric pressure cookers for small batch, low acid canning may not destroy the bacteria that is responsible for botulism poisoning.
Study Finds Electric Pressure Cookers Not Consistently Safe For Canning

Study Finds Electric Pressure Cookers Not Consistently Safe For Canning

Preliminary research conducted by Utah State University Extension professors shows that using electric pressure cookers for small batch, low acid canning may not destroy the bacteria that is responsible for botulism poisoning.

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April is National Financial Literacy Month, established in 2003 to teach Americans the importance of creating and maintaining healthy financial habits.
Financial Literacy a Focus in April

Financial Literacy a Focus in April

April is National Financial Literacy Month, established in 2003 to teach Americans the importance of creating and maintaining healthy financial habits.

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designates March as National Nutrition Month. It is a great time to focus on the basics of a healthy diet and set goals to be healthier. It is important to keep in mind that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnig
March Is National Nutrition Month – Make Healthy Lifestyle Goals

March Is National Nutrition Month – Make Healthy Lifestyle Goals

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designates March as National Nutrition Month. It is a great time to focus on the basics of a healthy diet and set goals to be healthier. It is important to keep in mind that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnig...

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National Consumer Protection Week is March 3 - 9 and is a time to help people understand their consumer rights and make well-informed financial decisions. One important way to do this is to take steps to prevent identity theft.
Observe National Consumer Protection Week by Guarding Your Identity

Observe National Consumer Protection Week by Guarding Your Identity

National Consumer Protection Week is March 3 - 9 and is a time to help people understand their consumer rights and make well-informed financial decisions. One important way to do this is to take steps to prevent identity theft.

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Stress is a universally experienced phenomenon. Although there are many causes, the methods of managing it are generally the same. Research from varying professionals helps explain how coping strategies work, broken into three categories – physical, menta
Why Stress Management Strategies Work

Why Stress Management Strategies Work

Stress is a universally experienced phenomenon. Although there are many causes, the methods of managing it are generally the same. Research from varying professionals helps explain how coping strategies work, broken into three categories – physical, menta...

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It is easy to get caught up in the events of the past or the future. However, doing so only brings worry and causes you to miss out on the present. On the other hand, mindfulness – or focusing on the present moment – leads to better health, lower anxiety
Five ways to Find Peace by Staying Present

Five ways to Find Peace by Staying Present

It is easy to get caught up in the events of the past or the future. However, doing so only brings worry and causes you to miss out on the present. On the other hand, mindfulness – or focusing on the present moment – leads to better health, lower anxiety ...

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We all know it is easy to get carried away with “decking the halls” during the holidays, and the concepts of excess, over indulgence and over scheduling come to mind this time of year more than ever. In general, there is a trend toward excess in our lives
When is Enough, Enough? Consider Creative Deprivation This Holiday

When is Enough, Enough? Consider Creative Deprivation This Holiday

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Busy schedules and food-centered activities during the holidays can all add up to eating when you’re not hungry, making less nutritious food choices and overeating. It is important to pay attention to the process of eating. Be mindful of what and why you
Mindful Eating for the Holidays and Beyond

Mindful Eating for the Holidays and Beyond

Busy schedules and food-centered activities during the holidays can all add up to eating when you’re not hungry, making less nutritious food choices and overeating. It is important to pay attention to the process of eating. Be mindful of what and why you ...

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Fall is in full swing, and pumpkins are everywhere. Pumpkin can be used for so much more than just carving, crafts or cookies. There are many ways to prepare it, and many people aren’t aware of the health benefits, which are an added bonus!
Pumpkins: More Than Just Jack-O-Lanterns

Pumpkins: More Than Just Jack-O-Lanterns

Fall is in full swing, and pumpkins are everywhere. Pumpkin can be used for so much more than just carving, crafts or cookies. There are many ways to prepare it, and many people aren’t aware of the health benefits, which are an added bonus!

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Being in love is exciting and wonderful, and for some people it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of romance. Many people spend more time planning for a wedding than they spend planning for a marriage. Before deciding to tie the knot, consider thes
10 Things You Should Do Before Saying "I Do"

10 Things You Should Do Before Saying "I Do"

Being in love is exciting and wonderful, and for some people it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of romance. Many people spend more time planning for a wedding than they spend planning for a marriage. Before deciding to tie the knot, consider thes...

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David Schramm, Utah State University Extension family life specialist, said eating together can benefit all families, no matter how big or small. Newlywed couples, whose regular complaint is balancing jobs, school and togetherness time, can greatly benefi
Make Time for Family Mealtime - It's Worth the Effort

Make Time for Family Mealtime - It's Worth the Effort

David Schramm, Utah State University Extension family life specialist, said eating together can benefit all families, no matter how big or small. Newlywed couples, whose regular complaint is balancing jobs, school and togetherness time, can greatly benefi...

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The average American throws away nearly 275 pounds of food each year. The USDA estimates between 30 to 40 percent of America’s food supply is wasted. Not only is good food wasted, but good money, too, equating to about $390 per year per person. Consider t
Four Tips to Help You Eliminate Food Waste and Save Money

Four Tips to Help You Eliminate Food Waste and Save Money

The average American throws away nearly 275 pounds of food each year. The USDA estimates between 30 to 40 percent of America’s food supply is wasted. Not only is good food wasted, but good money, too, equating to about $390 per year per person. Consider t...

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Now that gardens are planted and fruit trees are showing signs of small fruit, many people begin planning how they will preserve the harvest. However, may ask if the efforts of growing produce and preserving are really worth it. Here are eight things to c
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Eight Reasons to Consider Canning

Now that gardens are planted and fruit trees are showing signs of small fruit, many people begin planning how they will preserve the harvest. However, may ask if the efforts of growing produce and preserving are really worth it. Here are eight things to c...

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A growing body of research suggests that if we want to be happy and flourish in life and relationships, there are simple things we can do every day – happy hacks – that provide a boost to our brains and bodies.
Ask an Expert - 5 Happy Hacks for a Flourishing Life

Ask an Expert - 5 Happy Hacks for a Flourishing Life

A growing body of research suggests that if we want to be happy and flourish in life and relationships, there are simple things we can do every day – happy hacks – that provide a boost to our brains and bodies.

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It's natural for us to form expectations, especially when we enter into a new relationship.
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Ask an Expert - Four Ways to Manage Expectations in Relationships

It's natural for us to form expectations, especially when we enter into a new relationship.

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Congratulations! You made it through the holiday season. As we are starting into the New Year, most of us have hit the reset button and have wellness on our minds. One of the things I hear most from people is how they need to cleanse from the holidays, so
Ask an Expert: Check Your Hunger/Fullness Scale and Become a Mindful Eater

Ask an Expert: Check Your Hunger/Fullness Scale and Become a Mindful Eater

Congratulations! You made it through the holiday season. As we are starting into the New Year, most of us have hit the reset button and have wellness on our minds. One of the things I hear most from people is how they need to cleanse from the holidays, so...

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The amount of sleep we need changes with age. Teens need 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Lack of proper sleep affects their growth, academic performance, mood and behavior. Adults 18-64 years of age require 7-9 hours of sleep. Sleep needs for older adults
Ask an Expert: Seven Ways to Improve Your Slumber

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The amount of sleep we need changes with age. Teens need 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Lack of proper sleep affects their growth, academic performance, mood and behavior. Adults 18-64 years of age require 7-9 hours of sleep. Sleep needs for older adults...

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Date night for those who want to prepare or strengthen their marriage, the celebration workshops presented by professionals from Northern Utah, include the topics of intimacy, communication and staying connected.
USU Extension Co-sponsors Utah Marriage Celebration

USU Extension Co-sponsors Utah Marriage Celebration

Date night for those who want to prepare or strengthen their marriage, the celebration workshops presented by professionals from Northern Utah, include the topics of intimacy, communication and staying connected.

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he common buzzword today seems to be “mindfulness” – mindful eating, mindful exercise, mindful relationships, etc. The idea behind mindfulness is to be more aware. Mindfulness helps us develop attentiveness.
Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Money Mindfulness in 2018

Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Money Mindfulness in 2018

he common buzzword today seems to be “mindfulness” – mindful eating, mindful exercise, mindful relationships, etc. The idea behind mindfulness is to be more aware. Mindfulness helps us develop attentiveness.

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The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s important to keep safety in mind so you can avoid accidents and injuries.
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Ask an Expert: Safety First During Holiday Season

The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s important to keep safety in mind so you can avoid accidents and injuries.

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As the holidays roll around, so does the challenge of juggling numerous things – from arranging airport schedules, to cooking the perfect meal and even planning for Black Friday shopping deals. But maybe it is time to take a step back.
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Four Reasons to Opt Outside on Black Friday

As the holidays roll around, so does the challenge of juggling numerous things – from arranging airport schedules, to cooking the perfect meal and even planning for Black Friday shopping deals. But maybe it is time to take a step back.

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The aromas of holiday foods often bring to mind the sweet memories of years past.
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Ask an Expert: Five Tips for Food Safety at Holiday Buffets

The aromas of holiday foods often bring to mind the sweet memories of years past.

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We all know it is easy to get a little carried away with “decking our halls,” and the concepts of excess, over indulgence and over scheduling come to mind during the holiday season more than ever. In general, however, there is a trend toward excess in our
Ask an Expert: When Is Enough, Enough? Planning for the Holidays

Ask an Expert: When Is Enough, Enough? Planning for the Holidays

We all know it is easy to get a little carried away with “decking our halls,” and the concepts of excess, over indulgence and over scheduling come to mind during the holiday season more than ever. In general, however, there is a trend toward excess in our...

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With the sobering news of recent natural disasters around the world, many people are wondering how they would respond during and after such traumatic events. What emergency preparations have you made? What would you do in a tornado? What would you do in a
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Ask an Expert: 12 Tips for Earthquake Readiness

With the sobering news of recent natural disasters around the world, many people are wondering how they would respond during and after such traumatic events. What emergency preparations have you made? What would you do in a tornado? What would you do in a...

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Utah State University Extension was recently chosen as one of five Extension programs to lead the rest of the country in a new community health initiative.
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USU Extension Partnership Builds Healthy Communities

Utah State University Extension was recently chosen as one of five Extension programs to lead the rest of the country in a new community health initiative.

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Utahns have had their share of fires and flooding in recent months.
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Ask an Expert: Reducing the Fear Factor of Natural Disasters

Utahns have had their share of fires and flooding in recent months.

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September has been branded as National Family Meals Month. In recognition of its importance, Utah State University Extension’s Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) program provides information to help families make mealtime a priority along with tools to help overcome th
USU Extension’s “Create Family Mealtime” Campaign Promotes Making Family Meals a Priority

USU Extension’s “Create Family Mealtime” Campaign Promotes Making Family Meals a Priority

September has been branded as National Family Meals Month. In recognition of its importance, Utah State University Extension’s Food $ense (SNAP-Ed) program provides information to help families make mealtime a priority along with tools to help overcome th...

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Fruits and vegetables are abundant this time of year, and now is a great time to preserve the harvest. One preservation method that is sometimes overlooked is freezing.
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Ask an Expert: Eight Tips for Freezing Produce

Fruits and vegetables are abundant this time of year, and now is a great time to preserve the harvest. One preservation method that is sometimes overlooked is freezing.

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Summer heat can dampen the desire for extensive meal preparation. Luckily there are simple ways to make a tasty, healthy meal without heating up the kitchen.
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Nine Ways to Create Easy Meals

Summer heat can dampen the desire for extensive meal preparation. Luckily there are simple ways to make a tasty, healthy meal without heating up the kitchen.

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Summer time is a great time for road trips. Become a road trip expert with the help of these 10 tips for healthy road trips.
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Ask an Expert: 10 Tips for Healthy Road Trips

Summer time is a great time for road trips. Become a road trip expert with the help of these 10 tips for healthy road trips.

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Farmers markets are known for offering an ever-changing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Although variety is a benefit of shopping at local farmers markets, it can be difficult and overwhelming to come up with a menu for the week without knowing wh
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Ask an Expert: Six Tips for Planning Menus around Farmers Market Selections

Farmers markets are known for offering an ever-changing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Although variety is a benefit of shopping at local farmers markets, it can be difficult and overwhelming to come up with a menu for the week without knowing wh...

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There are many financial professionals willing to answer money-related questions: Where should I invest?
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Ask an Expert: Seven Tips for Choosing a Financial Advisor

There are many financial professionals willing to answer money-related questions: Where should I invest?

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It’s graduation time, and announcements will soon be arriving in mailboxes. Graduation often brings the question of what you can do for or give to graduates to help them take steps toward their future.
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Ask an Expert: Graduation Gift Ideas and Ways to Say Thank You

It’s graduation time, and announcements will soon be arriving in mailboxes. Graduation often brings the question of what you can do for or give to graduates to help them take steps toward their future.

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The National Institutes of Health, sponsors a program called “It’s a Noisy Planet – Protect Their Hearing.” This campaign battles noise-induced hearing loss, which occurs when tiny sensory cells in the inner ear are damaged by sounds that are too loud and
Ask an Expert: Six Tips to Make Your World Less Noisy

Ask an Expert: Six Tips to Make Your World Less Noisy

The National Institutes of Health, sponsors a program called “It’s a Noisy Planet – Protect Their Hearing.” This campaign battles noise-induced hearing loss, which occurs when tiny sensory cells in the inner ear are damaged by sounds that are too loud and...

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Talking with a significant other about money-related decisions can be difficult. Financial experts suggest one reason we may struggle to communicate about money is that we are unaware ourselves of the underlying values and beliefs that inadvertently guide
Ask an Expert: How to Start the Money Conversation

Ask an Expert: How to Start the Money Conversation

Talking with a significant other about money-related decisions can be difficult. Financial experts suggest one reason we may struggle to communicate about money is that we are unaware ourselves of the underlying values and beliefs that inadvertently guide...

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With heavy snowfall and recent warm temperatures, many Utahns have experienced flooding in their homes. Flood or drain backup water may contain sewage and unknown chemicals that can contaminate carpet and present a health hazard.
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8 Tips for Salvaging Carpets and Clothes after a Flood

With heavy snowfall and recent warm temperatures, many Utahns have experienced flooding in their homes. Flood or drain backup water may contain sewage and unknown chemicals that can contaminate carpet and present a health hazard.

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Often a new year brings resolutions to get healthy, eat better and lose weight.
Ask an Expert: Eleven Ways to Stop Overeating Using Mindfulness

Ask an Expert: Eleven Ways to Stop Overeating Using Mindfulness

Often a new year brings resolutions to get healthy, eat better and lose weight.

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Designed as a date night for those who want to prepare for or strengthen their marriages, the celebration features workshops presented by professionals from Northern Utah.
USU Extension Co-sponsors Utah Marriage Celebration

USU Extension Co-sponsors Utah Marriage Celebration

Designed as a date night for those who want to prepare for or strengthen their marriages, the celebration features workshops presented by professionals from Northern Utah.

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What did you get for Christmas? This question is common for young and old alike. While it may be a way of showing genuine interest and sharing in the holiday excitement, it’s important to make sure gratitude for gifts and kindness is part of Christmas day
Ask an Expert: Nine Tips for Fostering Gratitude – During the Holidays and Beyond

Ask an Expert: Nine Tips for Fostering Gratitude – During the Holidays and Beyond

What did you get for Christmas? This question is common for young and old alike. While it may be a way of showing genuine interest and sharing in the holiday excitement, it’s important to make sure gratitude for gifts and kindness is part of Christmas day...

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Let’s take a closer look at buffets, whether at a restaurant or any type of gathering, and be aware of how to avoid becoming ill for the holidays. Following a few general tips should help keep you protected.
5 Tips For Food Safety at Holiday Buffets

5 Tips For Food Safety at Holiday Buffets

Let’s take a closer look at buffets, whether at a restaurant or any type of gathering, and be aware of how to avoid becoming ill for the holidays. Following a few general tips should help keep you protected.

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It can’t hurt to spend a little extra during the holidays because, “Tis the Season.” Right? Wrong…it can and does hurt. No matter how caught up in the spirit of Christmas you may get, being wise and careful is the name of the game to keep your finances in
Ask an Expert: 25 Holiday Money Wasters

Ask an Expert: 25 Holiday Money Wasters

It can’t hurt to spend a little extra during the holidays because, “Tis the Season.” Right? Wrong…it can and does hurt. No matter how caught up in the spirit of Christmas you may get, being wise and careful is the name of the game to keep your finances in...

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The average American will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when the pre-meal party, the actual dinner and dessert, then evening leftovers are all taken into account. That is enough to gain a pound or two, which can be remedied, but how ma
Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

The average American will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when the pre-meal party, the actual dinner and dessert, then evening leftovers are all taken into account. That is enough to gain a pound or two, which can be remedied, but how ma...

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In today's world, children are exposed to vast amounts of technology. An estimated 75 percent of teenagers own a cell phone, and, not surprisingly, social media sites are their favorite places to visit.
Ask an Expert: Four Ways to Help Your Kids Unplug

Ask an Expert: Four Ways to Help Your Kids Unplug

In today's world, children are exposed to vast amounts of technology. An estimated 75 percent of teenagers own a cell phone, and, not surprisingly, social media sites are their favorite places to visit.

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As you carve your Halloween jack-o’-lantern this year, throw out the pulp, but be sure to keep the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are an easy, inexpensive way to add a nutritious boost to your trail mix, baked goods and granola. One ounce of pumpkin seeds contains
Five Ways to Use Pumpkin Seeds

Five Ways to Use Pumpkin Seeds

As you carve your Halloween jack-o’-lantern this year, throw out the pulp, but be sure to keep the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are an easy, inexpensive way to add a nutritious boost to your trail mix, baked goods and granola. One ounce of pumpkin seeds contains ...

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When it comes to eating beets, it seems there are those who love them, those who strongly dislike them, and not many folks in between. If you are in the group of beet lovers, you probably already have a favorite way to prepare them and use them in side
Ask an Expert: Four Reasons to Give Beets a Chance

Ask an Expert: Four Reasons to Give Beets a Chance

When it comes to eating beets, it seems there are those who love them, those who strongly dislike them, and not many folks in between. If you are in the group of beet lovers, you probably already have a favorite way to prepare them and use them in side

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The fear of not knowing what to do in the event of a disaster, how to gather and care for loved ones and how to survive until help arrives can be more traumatizing than the actual disaster.
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September is National Preparedness Month; USU Extension Gives Tips

The fear of not knowing what to do in the event of a disaster, how to gather and care for loved ones and how to survive until help arrives can be more traumatizing than the actual disaster.

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Was it just a generation ago that the majority of American families ate at least one, if not two, meals together every day? In today’s fast-paced world, Sunday dinner as a family is a great tradition, but it is a giant step away from daily time spent eat
Ask an Expert: Five Reasons to Have Family Mealtime

Ask an Expert: Five Reasons to Have Family Mealtime

Was it just a generation ago that the majority of American families ate at least one, if not two, meals together every day? In today’s fast-paced world, Sunday dinner as a family is a great tradition, but it is a giant step away from daily time spent eat...

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As the summer temperatures begin to fade into cooler days and evenings, rodents will be looking for warm places to sleep and create nests for their young. It is important to be proactive in finding the locations where these unwanted critters may try to
Ask an Expert: Find a Mouse in Your House? Try These Cleaning Tips

Ask an Expert: Find a Mouse in Your House? Try These Cleaning Tips

As the summer temperatures begin to fade into cooler days and evenings, rodents will be looking for warm places to sleep and create nests for their young. It is important to be proactive in finding the locations where these unwanted critters may try to

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Teaching children how to handle money and make wise financial decisions takes preparation and planning, but it is well worth the investment in time and effort. Research from the National Endowment for Financial Education is showing a lack of financial sav
Ask an Expert: Tips for Teaching Children to Manage Money

Ask an Expert: Tips for Teaching Children to Manage Money

Teaching children how to handle money and make wise financial decisions takes preparation and planning, but it is well worth the investment in time and effort. Research from the National Endowment for Financial Education is showing a lack of financial sav...

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How can you be sure the food you preserve at home and place on food storage shelves is safe for your family to eat? Consider these five tips when preserving food.
Ask an Expert: Five Tips for Proper Food Preservation

Ask an Expert: Five Tips for Proper Food Preservation

How can you be sure the food you preserve at home and place on food storage shelves is safe for your family to eat? Consider these five tips when preserving food.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned about the amount of wasted food making its way from home garbage bins into landfills.
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Ask an Expert: Three Ways to Prevent Wasted Food

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned about the amount of wasted food making its way from home garbage bins into landfills.

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In a recent article, financial guru Dave Ramsey identified the Top 10 things Americans wasted money on. Learn how you can minimize your spending.
Ask an Expert: Seven ways to Identify Money Wasters

Ask an Expert: Seven ways to Identify Money Wasters

In a recent article, financial guru Dave Ramsey identified the Top 10 things Americans wasted money on. Learn how you can minimize your spending.

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Many foods freeze well and are great to have on hand for family meals. It may take a spring-cleaning event to get freezer compartments cleaned, organized and ready for more food, but it will be well worth the effort.
Six Tips for Spring Cleaning the Freezer

Six Tips for Spring Cleaning the Freezer

Many foods freeze well and are great to have on hand for family meals. It may take a spring-cleaning event to get freezer compartments cleaned, organized and ready for more food, but it will be well worth the effort.

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Green fruits and vegetables contain health-promoting phytochemicals such as lutein. There is also evidence that eating them on a regular basis can help protect against certain cancers, maintain healthy vision and promote strong bones and teeth.
Eat Green for a Healthy St. Patrick's Day and Beyond

Eat Green for a Healthy St. Patrick's Day and Beyond

Green fruits and vegetables contain health-promoting phytochemicals such as lutein. There is also evidence that eating them on a regular basis can help protect against certain cancers, maintain healthy vision and promote strong bones and teeth.

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As tax return season is fast approaching, you may have money coming your way. If you choose to spend it online, consider these tips to keep your personal information safe.
Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Safe Online Shopping

As tax return season is fast approaching, you may have money coming your way. If you choose to spend it online, consider these tips to keep your personal information safe.

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Research statistics on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) website show that eight in 10 individuals have been solicited about potentially fraudulent investment offers.
Ask an Expert: Eight Tips to Help You Avoid Investment Fraud

Ask an Expert: Eight Tips to Help You Avoid Investment Fraud

Research statistics on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) website show that eight in 10 individuals have been solicited about potentially fraudulent investment offers.

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Successful couples have learned to blend their money styles by being in harmony with the way they build a budget and spend money. So how do they do it?
Ask an Expert: Five Tips to Help Couples Build Money Management Skills

Ask an Expert: Five Tips to Help Couples Build Money Management Skills

Successful couples have learned to blend their money styles by being in harmony with the way they build a budget and spend money. So how do they do it?

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Designed as a date night for those who want to prepare for or strengthen their marriage, the marriage celebration features workshops presented by professionals from Northern Utah. Workshops include such topics as intimacy, communication and staying connec
USU Extension Co-Sponsors Utah Marriage Celebration

USU Extension Co-Sponsors Utah Marriage Celebration

Designed as a date night for those who want to prepare for or strengthen their marriage, the marriage celebration features workshops presented by professionals from Northern Utah. Workshops include such topics as intimacy, communication and staying connec...

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According to the National Headache Foundation, people complain of a greater incidence of tension-type headaches and migraines between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
Ask an Expert: How to Find Relief from Holiday Stress

Ask an Expert: How to Find Relief from Holiday Stress

According to the National Headache Foundation, people complain of a greater incidence of tension-type headaches and migraines between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

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Utah State University Extension nutrition specialist and assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food sciences, Carrie Durward, was recently awarded $1 million for research on improving nutrition education for low-income families.
USU Extension Professor Awarded $1 Million for Nutrition Education Research

USU Extension Professor Awarded $1 Million for Nutrition Education Research

Utah State University Extension nutrition specialist and assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food sciences, Carrie Durward, was recently awarded $1 million for research on improving nutrition education for low-income families.

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A team of Utah State University Extension professionals was recently honored with a national award for developing an outstanding financial management program that helps youth make decisions and plan for their present and future financial needs.
USU Extension Team Wins National Financial Management Award

USU Extension Team Wins National Financial Management Award

A team of Utah State University Extension professionals was recently honored with a national award for developing an outstanding financial management program that helps youth make decisions and plan for their present and future financial needs.

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Utah State University recently became the first college in Utah to join an initiative that unites universities to work toward increasing food security.
USU Becomes First Utah School to Join Campaign to Solve Hunger

USU Becomes First Utah School to Join Campaign to Solve Hunger

Utah State University recently became the first college in Utah to join an initiative that unites universities to work toward increasing food security.

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Utah State University Extension sponsors a workshop on the food hub business model December 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salt Lake County Extension Office building.
USU Extension Sponsors Food Hub Exploration Workshop

USU Extension Sponsors Food Hub Exploration Workshop

Utah State University Extension sponsors a workshop on the food hub business model December 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salt Lake County Extension Office building.

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Christmas is just around the corner, but there is still time to plan for gift exchanges that won’t cause credit card debt to skyrocket. Consider implementing one, two or several of the following tips.
Ask an Expert: 10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Debt

Ask an Expert: 10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Debt

Christmas is just around the corner, but there is still time to plan for gift exchanges that won’t cause credit card debt to skyrocket. Consider implementing one, two or several of the following tips.

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Utah State University was recently awarded a $7.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance. The grant will be distributed over a five-year period and will fund relationship and fatherhood education p
USU Awarded $7.6 Million Grant for Fatherhood Education

USU Awarded $7.6 Million Grant for Fatherhood Education

Utah State University was recently awarded a $7.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance. The grant will be distributed over a five-year period and will fund relationship and fatherhood education p...

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Thanksgiving Point, in partnership with Utah State University Extension, hosts the Make It SEW conference on November 13 and 14 at the Gardens Visitor Center in Lehi.
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Make It Sew Conference Promises Creative Sewing Fun

Thanksgiving Point, in partnership with Utah State University Extension, hosts the Make It SEW conference on November 13 and 14 at the Gardens Visitor Center in Lehi.

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Money spent on food is probably one of the biggest expenses in a household budget—perhaps even larger than a mortgage, depending on family size. Combine money spent on groceries with money spent eating out, and that number gets even larger.
Ask a Specialist: 15 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Ask a Specialist: 15 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Money spent on food is probably one of the biggest expenses in a household budget—perhaps even larger than a mortgage, depending on family size. Combine money spent on groceries with money spent eating out, and that number gets even larger.

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Being in love is exciting and wonderful, and for some people it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of romance.
Ask a Specialist: 10 Things You Should Do Before Saying "I Do"

Ask a Specialist: 10 Things You Should Do Before Saying "I Do"

Being in love is exciting and wonderful, and for some people it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of romance.

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Food preservation questions arise every year as gardeners harvest produce and preserve it for food storage. In response to the most frequently asked questions, the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) offers the following tips and advice.
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Ask a Specialist: Safety First When Canning Garden Produce

Food preservation questions arise every year as gardeners harvest produce and preserve it for food storage. In response to the most frequently asked questions, the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) offers the following tips and advice.

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September is National Preparedness Month, and for many people that means stocking up at the case lot sale, storing water and updating 72-hour kits.
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Food Storage Possible in a Small Space

September is National Preparedness Month, and for many people that means stocking up at the case lot sale, storing water and updating 72-hour kits.

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Since everyone has to eat, meals are a great time for family members to converse and connect. Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared September “Family Meal Month” in an effort to promote healthy family meals in Utah.
Ask a Specialist: Bring Back Family Mealtime

Ask a Specialist: Bring Back Family Mealtime

Since everyone has to eat, meals are a great time for family members to converse and connect. Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared September “Family Meal Month” in an effort to promote healthy family meals in Utah.

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The average human body is made up of 65 percent water — an element essential for survival. Water is fundamental for daily life, and providing for water needs in the event of a disaster should be a number one priority.
September is National Preparedness Month; USU Extension Offers Water Storage Tips

September is National Preparedness Month; USU Extension Offers Water Storage Tips

The average human body is made up of 65 percent water — an element essential for survival. Water is fundamental for daily life, and providing for water needs in the event of a disaster should be a number one priority.

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Children may not exactly beg parents to establish routines for school-day mornings, family meals or weekend chores, but every family needs a certain amount of structure to function well.
Ask a Specialist: Benefits of Family Routines

Ask a Specialist: Benefits of Family Routines

Children may not exactly beg parents to establish routines for school-day mornings, family meals or weekend chores, but every family needs a certain amount of structure to function well.

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Picnics and barbecues provide great outdoor opportunities for food, family, friends and fun. Consider these reminders to keep your guests safe.
Ask a Specialist: Food Safety for Picnics

Ask a Specialist: Food Safety for Picnics

Picnics and barbecues provide great outdoor opportunities for food, family, friends and fun. Consider these reminders to keep your guests safe.

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Extension expert, Teresa Hunsaker who was featured on KSL Studio 5., shares tips on how to clean your grill the right way.
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Studio 5: How To Clean Your Grill

Extension expert, Teresa Hunsaker who was featured on KSL Studio 5., shares tips on how to clean your grill the right way.

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Join Utah State University Extension EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) chefs and cook up some great summer meals, snacks and side dishes.
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Join Utah State University Extension EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) chefs and cook up some great summer meals, snacks and side dishes.

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Summer time is a great time for road trips. With the help of these 10 tips for healthy road trips, your summer road trips will be the best one yet.
Ask a Specialist: 10 Tips for Healthy Road Trips

Ask a Specialist: 10 Tips for Healthy Road Trips

Summer time is a great time for road trips. With the help of these 10 tips for healthy road trips, your summer road trips will be the best one yet.

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The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2004 allows you to get a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian) once a year.
Ask a Specialist: Have You Checked Your Credit Report Lately?

Ask a Specialist: Have You Checked Your Credit Report Lately?

The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2004 allows you to get a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian) once a year.

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Storing food is a traditional, domestic skill that has been used for thousands of years in times of plenty to prepare for times of famine or when food is in short supply.
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How Can I Get the Most Out of My Food Storage

Storing food is a traditional, domestic skill that has been used for thousands of years in times of plenty to prepare for times of famine or when food is in short supply.

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Boyd Kitchen, Utah State University Extension county agent for Uintah and Daggett counties, was recently named Utah’s Distinguished Service Award winner by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA). Kitchen will receive his award in J
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USU Extension Agent Receives Distinguished Service Award

Boyd Kitchen, Utah State University Extension county agent for Uintah and Daggett counties, was recently named Utah’s Distinguished Service Award winner by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA). Kitchen will receive his award in J...

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Getting in the habit of storing food has many benefits. These benefits range from financial savings to having a balanced diet throughout the year.
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7 Factors That Prolong Your Food Storage Supply

Getting in the habit of storing food has many benefits. These benefits range from financial savings to having a balanced diet throughout the year.

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In a growing number of families, all adults in the household are employed outside the home. Balancing demands of work, family and the rest of life can be a challenge and can create stress. This can be especially true when trying to take advantage of summe
Ask a Specialist: Tips for Finding Work/Life Balance

Ask a Specialist: Tips for Finding Work/Life Balance

In a growing number of families, all adults in the household are employed outside the home. Balancing demands of work, family and the rest of life can be a challenge and can create stress. This can be especially true when trying to take advantage of summe...

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The holidays can be a magical time of year with great food, movies, traditions and decorations. But they are also a busy time that can cause stress. And when the kids are out of school, they can become tired, argumentative and overexcited, which in turn c
Parenting Tips to Help Keep the Holidays Happy

Parenting Tips to Help Keep the Holidays Happy

The holidays can be a magical time of year with great food, movies, traditions and decorations. But they are also a busy time that can cause stress. And when the kids are out of school, they can become tired, argumentative and overexcited, which in turn c...

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Firefighters are tasked with protecting the growing number of structures between wildland and urban environments. Property owners can assist firefighters and improve their safety by preparing their structures and landscaping for the possibility of a wildf
Ask A Specialist: How Can I Prevent A Wildfire From Destroying My Home?

Ask A Specialist: How Can I Prevent A Wildfire From Destroying My Home?

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Basic Tips: Clean and wipe down shared surfaces such as countertops, keyboards and phones. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, and wash hands thoroughly and often. etc.
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Tips for Stopping the Spread During Cold and Flu Season

Basic Tips: Clean and wipe down shared surfaces such as countertops, keyboards and phones. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, and wash hands thoroughly and often. etc.

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It may surprise you to know that single-driver commuters were found to be the most unhappy in a recent study on commuter well-being performed by Portland State University. So check out these tips for transportation that will lead you to better health and
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Ask an Expert - Tips For Transportation, Health, and Happiness

It may surprise you to know that single-driver commuters were found to be the most unhappy in a recent study on commuter well-being performed by Portland State University. So check out these tips for transportation that will lead you to better health and ...

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It is estimated that each Thanksgiving, more than 46 million turkeys are prepared and eaten in the United States. Because of the number of turkeys prepared, the incidence of food-borne illness also increases during the holidays.
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Ask an Expert: Talking Turkey - How to Safely Prepare Your Thanksgiving Bird

It is estimated that each Thanksgiving, more than 46 million turkeys are prepared and eaten in the United States. Because of the number of turkeys prepared, the incidence of food-borne illness also increases during the holidays.

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It is estimated that each Thanksgiving, more than 46 million turkeys are prepared and eaten in the United States. Because of the number of turkeys prepared, food-borne illness also increases during the holidays.
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Ask an Expert: Talking Turkey – 6 Tips for Safe Preparation

It is estimated that each Thanksgiving, more than 46 million turkeys are prepared and eaten in the United States. Because of the number of turkeys prepared, food-borne illness also increases during the holidays.

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Since the early 1800s, eggnog has been considered a social Christmas drink that adds to the festivities of the season. To many, it brings back fond memories of Christmases by the firelight, real Christmas trees and the grandest of holiday meals.
Ask an Expert: Five Tips for Safe Holiday Eggnog

Ask an Expert: Five Tips for Safe Holiday Eggnog

Since the early 1800s, eggnog has been considered a social Christmas drink that adds to the festivities of the season. To many, it brings back fond memories of Christmases by the firelight, real Christmas trees and the grandest of holiday meals.

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Teens who have the opportunity to earn money and develop good work habits now will receive great payoffs when applying for educational or employment opportunities in the future.
Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Teens Looking to Land a Summer Job

Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Teens Looking to Land a Summer Job

Teens who have the opportunity to earn money and develop good work habits now will receive great payoffs when applying for educational or employment opportunities in the future.

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Utahns interested in learning about emergency preparedness can visit the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for workshops, speakers, emergency preparedness vendors, door prizes and giveaways.
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USU Extension Sponsors Utah Prepare Conference and Expo

Utahns interested in learning about emergency preparedness can visit the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for workshops, speakers, emergency preparedness vendors, door prizes and giveaways.

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Summer is a great time to be outside – but proper precautions must be taken. It is especially important to stay hydrated as temperatures rise. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious health conditions, but they can be avoided.
Ask an Expert: Six Tips for Staying Hydrated This Summer

Ask an Expert: Six Tips for Staying Hydrated This Summer

Summer is a great time to be outside – but proper precautions must be taken. It is especially important to stay hydrated as temperatures rise. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious health conditions, but they can be avoided.

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To make 2019 a great new year, challenge yourself to try these simple lifestyle changes each month.
Ask an Expert: Top 12 Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

Ask an Expert: Top 12 Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

To make 2019 a great new year, challenge yourself to try these simple lifestyle changes each month.

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Boring, drab, lifeless, stale, dull, tedious. Are these the words you use to describe your relationship? Learn how to combat 13 barriers to a fun relationship.
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Ask an Expert: How to Combat 13 Barriers to Relationship Fun

Boring, drab, lifeless, stale, dull, tedious. Are these the words you use to describe your relationship? Learn how to combat 13 barriers to a fun relationship.

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If you plan to preserve the harvest this year, it’s good to review the basics so your final products have maximum quality, shelf life and safety. The advantages of home canning are lost when jars fail to seal properly, when food spoils or when flavor, tex
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If you plan to preserve the harvest this year, it’s good to review the basics so your final products have maximum quality, shelf life and safety. The advantages of home canning are lost when jars fail to seal properly, when food spoils or when flavor, tex...

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The recent frigid Arctic air encompassing much of the mid-west caused mass transit, businesses and schools to shut down. It also was responsible for several deaths. If you were caught in such adverse conditions, unable to leave home because of a snow/ic
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Tips for Weathering Winter Storms

The recent frigid Arctic air encompassing much of the mid-west caused mass transit, businesses and schools to shut down. It also was responsible for several deaths. If you were caught in such adverse conditions, unable to leave home because of a snow/ic

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Picnics are the perfect way to get out and enjoy the outdoors without going too far or spending a lot of money. Picnicking can fit almost any budget and can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.
Ask an Expert: Five Tips for the Perfect Picnic

Ask an Expert: Five Tips for the Perfect Picnic

Picnics are the perfect way to get out and enjoy the outdoors without going too far or spending a lot of money. Picnicking can fit almost any budget and can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.

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It’s that time of year when family members travel from far and wide to gather, give thanks and eat a large meal together. Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time filled with traditions, famous family recipes and catching up with each other’s lives. However,
Thanksgiving with the Family - Tips for Survival

Thanksgiving with the Family - Tips for Survival

It’s that time of year when family members travel from far and wide to gather, give thanks and eat a large meal together. Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time filled with traditions, famous family recipes and catching up with each other’s lives. However, ...

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Though the kids will be back in school soon, there is still plenty of time to make summer memories. Family vacations are a great way to connect and make memories that can last a lifetime, but they can be pricey.
Ask an Expert: Ten Ideas for Creating Staycation Memories

Ask an Expert: Ten Ideas for Creating Staycation Memories

Though the kids will be back in school soon, there is still plenty of time to make summer memories. Family vacations are a great way to connect and make memories that can last a lifetime, but they can be pricey.

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Winter weather can regularly create emergency situations such as massive power outages, dangerous road conditions or flooding across the nation.
Ask an Expert – Six Tips for Portable Emergency Food Storage

Ask an Expert – Six Tips for Portable Emergency Food Storage

Winter weather can regularly create emergency situations such as massive power outages, dangerous road conditions or flooding across the nation.

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No Fourth of July would be complete without fireworks displays. But pets often don’t find the noise, blasts and flashing lights associated with fireworks fun or entertaining. Here are some tips to help owners keep their pets safe and make the summer more
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No Fourth of July would be complete without fireworks displays. But pets often don’t find the noise, blasts and flashing lights associated with fireworks fun or entertaining. Here are some tips to help owners keep their pets safe and make the summer more ...

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With the fast-paced lives of people today, completing simple tasks that used to be part of a family’s routine can now be considered a burden that drains valuable time.
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Pros & Cons of Online Grocery Shopping

With the fast-paced lives of people today, completing simple tasks that used to be part of a family’s routine can now be considered a burden that drains valuable time.

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Now that school is out, many families are heading outdoors for recreation and activities. Whether in the water or hills, the ballfield or backyard, precautionary measures should be taken so kids and all family members are safe from sun, insects and injuri
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Ask an Expert: Four Tips for Summer Safety

Now that school is out, many families are heading outdoors for recreation and activities. Whether in the water or hills, the ballfield or backyard, precautionary measures should be taken so kids and all family members are safe from sun, insects and injuri...

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As the holidays approach, fresh pomegranates become readily available. Pomegranates are found in most Utah grocery stores from October through December, and two varieties are grown in Washington County.
Ask a Expert: How to Use Pomegranates as a Healthy Choice

Ask a Expert: How to Use Pomegranates as a Healthy Choice

As the holidays approach, fresh pomegranates become readily available. Pomegranates are found in most Utah grocery stores from October through December, and two varieties are grown in Washington County.

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Want to save money? These 6 tips for saving money doesn’t require a major life change. These simple strategies successfully cut expenses and meet savings goals.
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Ask an Expert - 6 Tips for Saving Money

Want to save money? These 6 tips for saving money doesn’t require a major life change. These simple strategies successfully cut expenses and meet savings goals.

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According to Joe Robinson, author of “Work to Live; A Guide to Getting a Life,” taking a vacation is as important as watching your cholesterol or exercising. As we enter vacation season, here are some tips to help make vacationing a reality.
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Ask an Expert - Eleven Ways to Save on Your Next Vacation

According to Joe Robinson, author of “Work to Live; A Guide to Getting a Life,” taking a vacation is as important as watching your cholesterol or exercising. As we enter vacation season, here are some tips to help make vacationing a reality.

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The differences between service/assistance animals and therapy animals will be discussed in the seminars.
Therapy & Service Animal Seminars

Therapy & Service Animal Seminars

The differences between service/assistance animals and therapy animals will be discussed in the seminars.

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The holidays are over, and you have a tired-looking poinsettia you are not sure what to do with. Be aware that your poinsettia can actually brighten your home for months to come with proper care and attention.
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Ask an Expert: How Can I Keep My Poinsettia Alive Beyond the Holidays

The holidays are over, and you have a tired-looking poinsettia you are not sure what to do with. Be aware that your poinsettia can actually brighten your home for months to come with proper care and attention.

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According to The National Retail Federation, American consumers spent $655.8 billion on the holidays (excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants) in 2016. Consumer spending is expected to increase by up to 4 percent this holiday season.
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Ask an Expert: Six Tips for Holiday Spending

According to The National Retail Federation, American consumers spent $655.8 billion on the holidays (excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants) in 2016. Consumer spending is expected to increase by up to 4 percent this holiday season.

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Pumpkins are great to use in decorating, but are just as great to use in dining. Check out this article to see why!
Ask an Expert: Four Reasons Pumpkins are the Perfect Fall Food

Ask an Expert: Four Reasons Pumpkins are the Perfect Fall Food

Pumpkins are great to use in decorating, but are just as great to use in dining. Check out this article to see why!

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There has been extensive reporting in recent news about data breaches, cyber security, Social Security numbers stolen, identity theft, fraud, scams, credit monitoring services, credit reports, credit scores, etc.
Ask an Expert: Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud

Ask an Expert: Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud

There has been extensive reporting in recent news about data breaches, cyber security, Social Security numbers stolen, identity theft, fraud, scams, credit monitoring services, credit reports, credit scores, etc.

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It’s important for couples to be sure they know each other well. Here are some important questions to ask before tying the knot.
10 Questions To Ask Before You Say "I Do"

10 Questions To Ask Before You Say "I Do"

It’s important for couples to be sure they know each other well. Here are some important questions to ask before tying the knot.

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Talking with a significant other about money-related decisions can be difficult. Financial experts suggest one reason we may struggle to communicate about money is that we are unaware ourselves of the underlying values and beliefs that inadvertently guide
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Talking with a significant other about money-related decisions can be difficult. Financial experts suggest one reason we may struggle to communicate about money is that we are unaware ourselves of the underlying values and beliefs that inadvertently guide...

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If someone asks how you are doing, do you respond with the typical fine or pretty good? Or are you tempted to give a list of complaints?
Ask an Expert: Five Factors that Determine Your Sense of Well-being

Ask an Expert: Five Factors that Determine Your Sense of Well-being

If someone asks how you are doing, do you respond with the typical fine or pretty good? Or are you tempted to give a list of complaints?

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More young adults are working while they attend college. This means they may be required by the IRS to file a return. The task doesn’t need to be overwhelming, but parents may need to remind their students it needs to be done.
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Ask an Expert: Five Tips for College Students Filing a Tax Return

More young adults are working while they attend college. This means they may be required by the IRS to file a return. The task doesn’t need to be overwhelming, but parents may need to remind their students it needs to be done.

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Regardless of where you find yourself in preparing for your child’s college expenses, there are some basic questions you should ask yourself: What can I contribute? What resources are available? What can my child do to prepare for college expenses?
Ask a Specialist: Tips for Financing Your Child's Education

Ask a Specialist: Tips for Financing Your Child's Education

Regardless of where you find yourself in preparing for your child’s college expenses, there are some basic questions you should ask yourself: What can I contribute? What resources are available? What can my child do to prepare for college expenses?

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The Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative was launched by Utah State University Extension in 2018 in an effort to provide effective resources to address opioid use among rural Utahns.
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Rural Opioid Summit Held in Price

The Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative was launched by Utah State University Extension in 2018 in an effort to provide effective resources to address opioid use among rural Utahns.

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Spring is a time of re-birth, baby animals, green grass, flowers and budding trees. It is a season of renewal. Historically, spring was the time homemakers cleaned the winter coal soot off the wall coverings and fixtures of their homes.
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Ask an Expert: Spring Clean Your Life – Less Is More

Spring is a time of re-birth, baby animals, green grass, flowers and budding trees. It is a season of renewal. Historically, spring was the time homemakers cleaned the winter coal soot off the wall coverings and fixtures of their homes.

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Before getting out your gardening gear, take stock of what is still in the freezer, pantry or food storage room – whether you participate in preserving garden produce or seasonal case lot sales.
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Take Stock Before Restocking Food Storage

Before getting out your gardening gear, take stock of what is still in the freezer, pantry or food storage room – whether you participate in preserving garden produce or seasonal case lot sales.

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Because of the number of turkeys prepared this time of year, food-borne illness increases during the holidays. If not prepared properly, turkey and all poultry can carry Salmonella, a common type of bacteria that can cause food-borne illness. Consider the
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Six Tips for Safe Turkey Preparation

Because of the number of turkeys prepared this time of year, food-borne illness increases during the holidays. If not prepared properly, turkey and all poultry can carry Salmonella, a common type of bacteria that can cause food-borne illness. Consider the...

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April 17 is tax day for 2018, and even though it is almost 6 months away, you are nearly out of time to put important tax preparation measures into place.
Ask an Expert: Five Things That Can Change Your 2017 Taxes

Ask an Expert: Five Things That Can Change Your 2017 Taxes

April 17 is tax day for 2018, and even though it is almost 6 months away, you are nearly out of time to put important tax preparation measures into place.

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For those who may be in or facing bankruptcy, medical debt is the top reason for this financial distress. Medical debt has threatened the financial stability of many of America’s vulnerable: the sick, the elderly, the poor, veterans and the middle class.
Three Ways to Avoid the Impact of Medical Debt

Three Ways to Avoid the Impact of Medical Debt

For those who may be in or facing bankruptcy, medical debt is the top reason for this financial distress. Medical debt has threatened the financial stability of many of America’s vulnerable: the sick, the elderly, the poor, veterans and the middle class....

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Those who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, will benefit from a recent grant awarded to Utahns Against Hunger by USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program.
USU Extension Collaborates With Utahns Against Hunger To Receive Grant

USU Extension Collaborates With Utahns Against Hunger To Receive Grant

Those who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, will benefit from a recent grant awarded to Utahns Against Hunger by USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program.

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It's not easy to find a balance between work, family and the rest of your lifes' worries and cares. Here are six tips from our expert, Naomi Brower, on finding a good balance in your life.
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Six Tips For Work and Life Balance

It's not easy to find a balance between work, family and the rest of your lifes' worries and cares. Here are six tips from our expert, Naomi Brower, on finding a good balance in your life.

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In late November and early December, many Utahns head to their local Christmas tree grower or tree lot to make this year’s selection. Proper selection and care for a live tree once it is home can provide for a happier and safer holiday season.
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Ask an Expert - Tips for Christmas Tree Selection and Care

In late November and early December, many Utahns head to their local Christmas tree grower or tree lot to make this year’s selection. Proper selection and care for a live tree once it is home can provide for a happier and safer holiday season.

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What is a parent's top goal for their children? A common response is that parents want to help their children grow into responsible adults. This may include smaller goals such as helping them have the skills necessary to be productive members of society,
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Seven Tips for Raising Responsible Children

What is a parent's top goal for their children? A common response is that parents want to help their children grow into responsible adults. This may include smaller goals such as helping them have the skills necessary to be productive members of society, ...

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Many people have road trips on their agenda this summer. It’s not always easy to eat healthy foods while on the road, or on any vacation for that matter, but with a little planning and effort, it can be done.
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Ask an Expert: Planning a Road Trip? Try These Healthy Eating Tips

Many people have road trips on their agenda this summer. It’s not always easy to eat healthy foods while on the road, or on any vacation for that matter, but with a little planning and effort, it can be done.

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The holiday hustle and bustle will soon be upon us. It can be a stressful time, but it’s important to keep it in perspective and remember why we go to all the effort. Author Donald E. Westlake said, “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, com
Ten Tips for Intentional Holiday Spending

Ten Tips for Intentional Holiday Spending

The holiday hustle and bustle will soon be upon us. It can be a stressful time, but it’s important to keep it in perspective and remember why we go to all the effort. Author Donald E. Westlake said, “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, com...

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