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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

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 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 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

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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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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Karen Ridings

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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Brittany Michael

So easy to preserve

Like my coworker Karen said last week, VCE FCS will be holding a program teaching you how to preserve your foods. It is so important to know the proper techniques when canning food to prevent botulism, bacteria growth and food spoilage!
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Karen Ridings

Canning anyone?

As you plan for your garden, start thinking about how you would like to process your vegetables.

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