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Local Highlights

November 6, 2018

Open enrollment season is here for health insurance, and many consumers will be making important choices in the next few weeks. Barb Wollan, a Human Sciences specialist in family finance with ISU Extension and Outreach, encourages people to take some time to explore options before making a choice. This is especially important for those who purchase insurance individually, rather than obtaining coverage through their employer.

June 14, 2018

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Suicide has been prominently in the news with the recent deaths of well-known celebrities.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States. The effects of suicide are often felt beyond the person who acted to take his or her life.  It can have a lasting impact on family, friends, schools, churches, work sites, and communities, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 4, 2018

Do you remember what it was like to be in middle school?  It has always been hard, but these days it seems like there is even more going on.  Regardless of whether you are smoothly sailing or having a rough ride, it seems like all parents can use some practical strategies for navigating succesfully into the teen years & beyond.  Empowering Families to Grow Together in an online educational series for families with current 6th & 7th graders in the Fort Dodge community. 

March 22, 2018

Is there something special you want to do this summer?  A trip?  A landscaping project?  The annual state fair week?  Whatever your summer goals, they'll probably require some money.  The same goes for longer-term goals too, of course.

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February 18, 2018

It might be easy to assume that young ones are not impacted by tragic events in other parts of the country, but children have a keen sense of radar and pick up on our body language, adult conversations, and news media stories.Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist in the area of family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests parents be reassuring, monitor their TV viewing when children are present and watch for signs of stress in their child.


Local Help for Tough Times Updated 11/06/18 (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

  • Answer Line

    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!

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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.
     

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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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    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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