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Today’s families find themselves wanting to keep up with changes in their world; changes that happen at a faster and faster pace. Whatever your stage of life, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs bring you knowledge you can use to make better decisions and improve your life. We bring you proven, reliable, non-biased information to help you with raising kids, eating right, spending smart, and living well. Feel free to post your comments to our articles or e-mail us a question that you would like to see answered in this blog.

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Karen Ridings

Root for root vegetables!

Sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, beets, and parsnips are full of fiber and nutrients galore! MyPlate encourages people to fill half their dinner plates with fruit and vegetables. Root vegetables can round out a menu with warm colors and flavors.
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Karen Poff

Save money on insurance

One thing that no one can afford to be without is insurance. You might roll the dice and go without it. But the odds are that sooner or later you will encounter a serious life circumstance that you cannot afford.
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Brittany Michael

Food safety tips for picnics and potluck dinners

If you are planning to attend a picnic, event or potluck dinner it is important to remember some food safety tips so no guests get sick!
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Karen Poff

Don't get caught in a money trap

Last week we talked about traditional and non-traditional banking services. Sometimes people have problems with the traditional services provided by credit unions and banks. Then, they tend to seek out non-traditional services which can often be money traps. In some cases, such as with check cashing and money orders, the services are simply more expensive.
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Karen Ridings

Well water quality and earthquakes

On Aug. 23rd, Virginians experienced an earthquake measuring 5.8 for approximately 20-30 seconds. Buildings were immediately inspected for structural damage, but very few people gave thought to the impact of the quake on their wells and septic tanks!
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Karen Ridings

Hurricane season: Power outages and food safety

Hurricane Irene is developing and may threaten the East Coast. Advance preparation is important in case your power is disrupted. Here are some recommendations about preparation and ways to determine if your food is safe after a power outage.
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Karen Poff

Traditional and non-traditional banking

Sometimes I hear people say that they would rather not put their money in a bank or credit union. Some of the reasons they give include trouble managing a checking account in the past, low interest rates, fear that creditors will take the funds, and problems with identity theft.
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Karen Ridings

Donating foods to local food banks: Using MyPlate to guide your choice

According to the USDA, 14.7 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2009. Food insecurity means that the availability of and access to food is very limited. In these tough economic times, more families are having difficulty buying healthy foods to feed their families and are turning to local food pantries for help.
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Brittany Michael

Being healthy: Does that concern just what you eat?

Letter from a new college student: As a college student, and now an official member of the West Virginia University family, I often wonder what it is that I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. That seems to concern both my eating habits and what relationships I have going on around me.
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Brittany Michael

Slow cooker food safety tips

Preparing meals in a slow cooker is a great way to have a home-cooked meal when you cannot always take the time at home to prepare it.

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