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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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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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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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Get out your water-bath canners for peaches and tomatoes!

Tis the season for peaches and tomatoes! Pies, jams, sauces and soups...are you ready to can these wonderful fruits?
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Karen Ridings

Dietary Guidelines 2010: Balancing calories

The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines encourages people to "balance calories." What does this mean?
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2010 dietary guidelines: Reducing your sodium intake

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) are designed to improve the health of Americans by promoting healthy eating choices and physical activity, ultimately reducing risk for chronic diseases.
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New 2010 dietary guidelines for Americans

There is an old saying..."Health is wealth." Achieving and maintaining a healthy body requires some effort. To help us reach this goal, the United States Department of Agriculture has recently released a new set of dietary guidelines for Americans.
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Karen Ridings

Bloom'in fun with healthy foods

The Apple Blossom parade is this weekend! Many people are preparing snacks and meals for the event. Party foods and snacks can be healthy as well as tasty. Here are some ideas that might catch your guests' attention:
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Canning anyone?

As you plan for your garden, start thinking about how you would like to process your vegetables.
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Theme gardens and container gardening

The first day of spring is almost here and signs of spring are everywhere. Now is the time to start planning a garden even if you do not have the space!
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Is your well water safe?

Did you know that the majority of the households in 60 of Virginia's 95 counties rely on well water and that homeowners are responsible for all aspects of their water system management?

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