Home and Family

Local Highlights

March 22, 2017

If you’re looking forward to retiring sometime in the next 5-10 years, now is the time to start preparing –financially and in other ways as well.  “Ready, Set, Retire,”  a free half-day workshop on Saturday morning April 22 in Fort Dodge, is designed to help make sure you have the information you need as you prepare for retirement.

March 21, 2017

“Spring Gardening Tips” is the topic of a “FREE” workshop to be held at the Webster County ISU Extension and Outreach Office on Monday, April 3 at 6:30 pm.  ISU Extension Horticulturist Yvonne McCormick will present tips and techniques for growing vegetables and outdoor flowers and shrubs. Pruning and pinching plants, how to prepare the soil, cultivar selection and planting, along with other spring garden chores for Iowa gardeners will also be covered.

February 28, 2017

Do you help take care of an adult with chronic conditions? If so, you are not alone. Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or an intermittent basis.  Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself.  If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one. As a participant, you will learn how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

November 29, 2016

You and your parents are invited to attend the Strengthening Families Program.  It's fun & free!  Evening meals are provided and free child care is provided for younger siblings.  Students receive $3 each week they attend.  This program has been successful over the past 14 years with more than 1000 families participating from the Fort Dodge area.

April 27, 2015

Words on Wellness (WOW) promotes a healthy lifestyle. Get reliable, research-based information about nutrition, exercise, and food safety.  Check out WOW to explore the power of incorporating healthy practices into daily living for you and your family.

 

Local Help for Tough Times (PDF file)

 

 


 

Dare to Excel

Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Dare to Excel newsletters focus on different themes that promote student learning such as developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition.  Click here for more information and to register for monthly newsletters.

 


 

Parents: Provide Positive Sports Experiences for Your Kids!

 

 


Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • 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.

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

  • 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 national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • 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.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • 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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