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Karen Poff

2011 tax tips

Some people have already filed their 2011 taxes, while others are still in the middle of preparing their returns. No matter which category fits your situation, these tax tips from the IRS are worth reading.
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Brittany Michael

Ideas for active, healthy and educational childcare

Over the past few months the Virginia Cooperative Extension's Family and Consumer Science agents have been working to help educate childcare centers on the benefits to having a healthy and active center for all involved.
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Karen Ridings

Hey moms, have your heard of 9-5-2-1-0?

9-5-2-1-0 for Health Initiative is a product of the Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition. Valley Health has recently established a childhood obesity task force that Virginia Cooperative Extension will participate in and has adopted the "9-5-2-1-0" campaign to promote children's health in our community.
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Karen Poff

Don't pay to borrow your own money at tax time!

The advertisements for tax services around this time of year often come with an offer of a refund anticipation loan. They might have a different name such as "Rapid Refund" or "Fast Cash," but the fine print will show that the "refund" is really a loan.
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Brittany Michael

Super bowl snack ideas

Whether you watch the super bowl for the game or the commercials, don't let this day of football and friends get in the way of your New Year's resolutions to live healthier and take better care of yourself.
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Karen Ridings

Fight the winter office blues with exercise!

Winter and exercise do not seem compatible. Often it is difficult to get outside to walk when the weather is bad. In addition, most of us have sedentary desk jobs. It is time to think out of the box to...
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Karen Poff

Home insurance...renters need it too!

Everyone has heard of homeowner's insurance. Mortgage companies require it when you purchase a home to ensure that the house will be covered. Fortunately, homeowner's insurance also protects the personal property in the home, which benefits the homeowner, too.
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Karen Poff

Clearing clutter with freecycle

A reader sent a comment after my last blog about clearing clutter with Freecycle (thanks Kristin!). We weren't able to post the comment because of a policy of not allowing websites to be listed in comments. So, I'm writing this follow-up blog to tell you more about Freecycle.
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Karen Ridings

Worksite food safety tips

Do you eat at your desk? Do you grab a snack from a community platter? Do you have office potlucks? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, it is important to consider these food safety facts and tips!
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Karen Poff

Clearing the holiday clutter

During the time from Thanksgiving to New Year's, we create an extra 5 million tons of garbage. The extra waste is generated because the average American household increases its trash output by 25 percent during the holidays. To keep all of that extra trash from filling up our landfills, we need to think twice before tossing it into the garbage can.

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