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July 30, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- Sometimes too much of a good thing can be stressful. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, couples and families may be facing a surplus of quality time. Adults may be forced to work from home or be on leave and children may not be able to attend school or go to childcare. So, what can couples do to manage all of this togetherness?

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be providing a series of short virtual meetings over eight weeks with information and suggestions to help couples thrive in this new reality. The information presented will be based on ELEVATE, a relationship education curriculum developed by the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network.

Anthony Santiago, David Brown, Rosa Gonzalez, Brenda Schmitt, Joy Rouse, Barb Dunn-Swanson, Malisa Rader, Danielle Day, Dawn Dunnegan, Lori Hayungs, and Mary Tuttle – all human sciences specialists and staff with ISU Extension and Outreach –will be leading a series of short virtual meetings every Wednesday, beginning Aug. 19 through Oct. 7, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT. During each of the eight Wednesdays, the specialists will review a different tool that couples can immediately use to improve their relationship during this challenging time. Each 30-minute training will be offered through Zoom.

July 21, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- Thirty-nine percent of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick or has a disability. Caregiving can be a stressful responsibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver. It can be challenging for caregivers to find the support that they need, says Cheryl Clark, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 23, 2020

The Greene County Extension & Outreach is offering Mask Kits for community members to either keep for personal use or to donate. Greene County Extension’s Office Assistant, Cindy Adamson donated fabric and is preparing kits for anyone who would like them. We have two different patterns available and a list of where that specific pattern can be donated locally. “This is a way for Greene County Extension to show our support to our community during this difficult time,” said Kayla Willms, Greene County’s 4-H & Youth Coordinator.

April 22, 2020

AMES, Iowa – 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.

April 20, 2020

On Thursday, April 9th and Friday, April 10th, Greene County Extension delivered 670 4-H To Go STEM kits to Greene County and Paton-Churdan schools to be handed out with school lunches. “Each kit has directions and supplies for youth to complete an unplugged STEM activity,” said Kayla Willms, Greene County Youth & 4-H Coordinator.

HEALTHY HOME and FAMILY LINKS

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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