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April 8, 2020

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: the changes from COVID-19 can be hard to handle. However, Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. Iowa Concern provides access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.

February 9, 2021

Learn how to manage the day-to-day stresses of rural life

Rural residents and those who associate with them are encouraged to partake in a webinar series called “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” from 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2021.

January 6, 2021

How can I be sure my retirement funds will last my lifetime?  This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop offered online four times this winter, including three evening options and one daytime option: Thursdays, Jan 21 and 28, 6:30-8:30 pm; Tuesdays, February 9 and 16, 12-2:00 pm; Mondays, March 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30 pm; Thursdays, April 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30 pm.


Writing Your Retirement Paycheck is designed to provide information and resources needed by those approaching retirement within the next ten years. The workshop outlines key factors to
consider prior to retirement and describes strategies for planning one’s income in retirement.

October 9, 2020

Fayette County 4-H'ers and community members "Walked for Wellness" on October 7 as part of the state’s healthiest walk initiative. Michele Kelly, Fayette County Youth Coordinator states, “Although we were a rather small group, believe me we were nothing but mighty as the 6 individuals trekked over 2 miles, within an hour.” Registration began at the Extension Office in Fayette.  The group decided that the route we would be walking would be Fayette’s west trail. The group left from behind the Fayette County Extension Office, headed towards the trail passing by the newly painted Freedom Rock and out to Klocks Island park located on the west edge of Fayette along Hwy 93. We swooped the park loop, got back on the trail and headed back to the office. Andy, a member of the Harlan Fremont 4-H club and his parents joined the group and as we returned Andy replied, “This was the best day ever. You picked a great day to conduct this walk.” Others chimed in and agreed with him.

Pedometers were made available by Iowa 4-H and given to the participants. Michele Kelly encourages others to stop in at the Extension Office, 218 South Main, Fayette to pick up one of the leftover pedometers. 

Pictured: Katrina Lane, Andy Nelson, Michael Mahoney, LeAnn Popenhagen, Patricia Baumler and Michele Kelly

September 23, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, everyday life often involves masking up, keeping our distance and sending children to school online. Many Iowans also have experienced one or more natural disasters including flooding, drought and a derecho.  “If you are feeling worn down or discouraged, you are not alone. It takes a lot of energy to support and grow your family, even more so with the stressors 2020 has brought us,” said Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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Statewide Resources

  • Answer Line

    Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, or Facebook for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home, equipment, nutrition, 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.

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    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.

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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!

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    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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