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November 28, 2016

One of the challenges of surviving an Iowa winter is keeping the water you use from freezing. A little bit of science and a healthy dose of trial and error have yielded ideas for avoiding the hassles of unwanted ice. Let's look at some advice regarding winter protection for water pipes.

November 28, 2016

The holiday season is almost here, and with it comes Christmas tree season. Having a fresh-cut Christmas tree is a popular tradition, but it can come with some issues regarding proper selection and care. Matching the right tree to the right home environment is crucial. 

November 23, 2016

Although the holidays can be a season of giving, sometimes the focus shifts to a season of getting, or so it may seem from a child’s perspective, says Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

November 10, 2016

A visit from family and friends during the holidays can make life better for older adults in care facilities. Plan ahead to make the most of these visits. Iowa State University Extension human sciences specialists offer some tips for safe and healthy visits with older friends and relatives.

October 19, 2016

We have something for everyone this fall...come see what we have to offer!

Families Newsletter

Science of Parenting Resources

IowaDepartment of Human Services

Television Digital Signal - click here for information on your television signal changes.

Iowa Utilities Board - click on consumer info

Septic System Design and Maintenance

 

 

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  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.
     

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

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  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

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  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

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  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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