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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

Household well water testing should be an annual event

How safe is my water? Should I test my household water supply? Many people have concerns about the safety of the water used in their households.
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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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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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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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Holiday eating - enjoying the season while managing your waistline

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, people attend numerous parties and holiday dinners. Food is part of the holiday traditions. One big challenge for most of us is enjoying holiday foods without gaining too many pounds. With some planning, this challenge can be met with success!
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Thanksgiving dinner, planning a delicious and safe meal

Do you have visions of turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes dancing in your head? Don't let a tight budget stop you from planning a spectacular and safe Thanksgiving meal!
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Caring for the caregiver

To help support the caregivers in our community, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Adult Care Center of the Northern Shenandoah Valley are sponsoring a one-day workshop (8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.) on Nov. 9 to give caregivers tools to make their jobs easier.
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Healthy birthday celebrations at school

The school year is fully under way. Throughout the year, elementary children often bring treats to school to celebrate their birthdays with fellow classmates. Typical foods for celebrations include cupcakes, cookies and other foods high in fat and sugar. Given that the obesity rates among children are on the rise, birthday celebrations can become a teachable moment for children.
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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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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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