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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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Brittany Michael

Get that canning equipment checked out for FREE

There are opportunities through the Virginia Cooperative Extension to get your canning equipment looked over before you start your season of canning. It is FREE and you know if your gauges are still accurate year to year!
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Eating fruits and vegetables for beauty?

You may have recently heard on the news about a study showing the correlation between eating fruits and vegetables and a more radiantly toned complexion. So is this true or false?
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Feeling green?

Here are some great green fruits and vegetables to get you ready for St. Patty's Day!
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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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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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Eggnog and egg nutrition

The holidays ... such a great time of the year for get-togethers, good food and over indulging. A particular drink I always seem to find at parties is eggnog; so good, but can be so bad, too! Before you grab a glass of this holiday drink, take a look at a lower-calorie option and some nutrition facts on eggs.
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What do I do with all these uncarved pumpkins?

The fall holidays bring more gourds in our homes than any other time of the year. They are part of our centerpieces, fall decorations, carved for Halloween and given as gifts. Instead of throwing pumpkins away, try one of these recipe ideas!
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Trick or treat tips

We are starting to purchase trick-or-treat goodies, buying or making costumes and decorating houses for this spooky event. It is very easy to go overboard at Halloween with all those yummy treats out there! Keep these tips in mind to ensure your family's safety and to not get too off track this Halloween.
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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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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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