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August 2020

OSU Extension Reaches Out to Hispanic Audience

Oklahoma State University Extension continues its effort to provide family based programming for Oklahoma’s Hispanic youth and their families. The ¡Unidos Se Puede! (United We Can!) program focuses on Hispanic youth in sixth through eighth grade.


 

July 2020

Co-Parenting: A Shift in Thinking

Three major shifts in language are important for successful co-parenting. By sticking with the old language, conflict remains alive, parents continue to criticize their co-parent, and children are hurt by the words their parents are using. Changing our language will help change our thinking, and ultimately, our behavior.

 

Sunscreen is a Must Year-Round in Order to Protect Skin

Summer is officially here, and that means people will be spending more time in the great outdoors. To help ensure skin safety in the sun, it’s a good idea to be vigilant with sunscreen. With so many types available, choices are difficult.


 

June 2020

Tips to Help Cut Home Cooling Costs This Summer

When it comes to reducing home cooling costs during the summer, some people think adjusting the thermostat is all they can do. Fortunately, there are several things that can help put a dent in the cost of keeping a home cool, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Extension housing and consumer specialist.

 

Nutrition Education Programs Make Big Impacts on Oklahomans

When Erika Graham learned her husband had been diagnosed with diabetes, she was thankful for the information she learned through the Community Nutrition Education Programs that taught her about the impact healthy eating has on a person’s health.

 

Economic Stimulus May Arrive as Prepaid Card

A warning for those who have not yet received their $1,200 economic stimulus payments: Be careful to not throw it away with the junk mail.

 

Investing in Yourself

During times of stress, investing in yourself is especially important so that you can be the healthiest version of you.


 

May 2020

Prioritize Bills During Times of Financial Stress

Many families across Oklahoma have learned over the last several weeks how difficult it can be to pay all of their bills each month when income has been decreased or stopped completely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Old budgets no longer work. New plans are needed, and quickly, said Cindy Clampet, Oklahoma State University Extension assistant family resource management specialist.

 

Caregiving During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Within the last several weeks, Oklahoma, along with the rest of the United States and the world, entered an unprecedented time. As COVID-19 continues to spread, public officials have implemented new policies regarding social spaces, increasing to shelter-in-place orders across the state.

 

OESC  Warns Unemployment Scams are on the Rise

Oklahoma has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of unemployment claims, officials said. Unfortunately, some of the more than 51,000 claims filed since March have proven to be fraudulent.

 

Storm Safety While on the Road

When at home during stormy weather, Oklahomans understand all too well the importance of paying attention to news media updates and the family plan to head to a safe location when tornado sirens sound. Knowing what to do on the road is a different matter, however.

 

Oklahoma Home and Community Education Education Has Big Impact

Whether it is raising funds to provide scholarships for 4-H Youth, planting trees to beautify the community or sewing thousands of cloth face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group are ready to help. Established in  1935, the group is celebrating its service to Oklahoma families and communities May 3-9 during Oklahoma Home and Community Education Week.


 

April 2020

Grassroots Volunteers Sew Thousands of Masks

Although socially isolated due to coronavirus, a collection of volunteers connected to Oklahoma State University have united to sew more than 27,500 face masks for healthcare workers and others across the state of Oklahoma – and the work is ongoing.

 

Be Wary of Fraudulent COVID-19 Supplement Claims

While many people are doing their part by social distancing in an effort to remain healthy and protect the community, there are others looking to make a quick buck. Those fraudulent marketers are popping up and promoting various products that claim to help prevent or treat COVID-19, said Janice Hermann, Oklahoma State University Extension nutrition specialist.

 

National Volunteer Week - April 19-25, 2020

The ultimate mission for Oklahoma Home and Community Education Inc. is to help members be well-informed and able to handle changes in their homes and communities. OHCE members and master volunteers from the Family and Consumer Sciences unit of OSU Extension have shown the entire state just how well-equipped they are to handle change. In years to come, when the country looks back on this challenging period, OSU Extension will be a shining example of volunteerism.

 

Long-Term Care Residents: Rights & Resources

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the World is taking precautions to minimize health complications. This is especially important for the most vulnerable populations.

 

Co-Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the entire country practicing social distancing, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unusual, and often difficult, situations for parents who share joint custody of their children.

 

The Proper Way to Use Hand Sanitizer

When using hand sanitizer, it's important to do so the right way and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

 

Parenting Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

With all of the new information being shared about the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, it is easy for parents to become overwhelmed. More time at home with family members can be positive, but the expanding roles of parents as teachers, child care providers and more can cause stress for the whole family.

 

DIY  Face Coverings/Masks

Cloth face coverings (masks) provide a physical barrier that reduces the transfer of airborne droplets which cause respiratory infections. A face covering can be constructed with or without a sewing machine.

 

CARES Act Provides Some Financial Relief

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security Act signed into law in late March will provide some financial relief for many Americans, including those with student loans and those collecting unemployment benefits.

 

Read Fine Print of Loan Forbearance Agreements

As part of the COVID-19 financial relief efforts, some creditors are offering forbearance on some loan payments for a few months. That could be a good deal for some consumers, but they must read the fine print of the agreement, said Cindy Clampet, Oklahoma State University Extension assistant family resource management specialist.

 

Ingredient Substitutions

There are times when you will be out of a certain ingredient needed for the recipe you plan to make. Rather than change plans, you may be able to substitute a similar product and still end up with a satisfactory, if slightly different, product.

 

Parenting Teens During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting families and individuals across the world. With schools closed for children and teenagers, and parents working from home, it can be difficult for all members of the family to adjust.

 

How Parents Can Help School-Aged Children Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

With emergency measures in place to slow the spread of the infection caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it has become more likely that children will be homebound for the coming weeks or months. While time with family members and activities at home can be very positive, this change can contribute to changes in diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, and stress and anxiety.

 

Immune System Tips Offered

While medical researchers worldwide race to develop a cure for COVID-19, people can work to strengthen their immune systems and stay as healthy as possible, said Janice Hermann, Oklahoma State University Extension nutrition specialist.

 

Tips to Prepare for Spring Storm Season

If there is one thing Oklahomans know about, it is the importance of being prepared for storm season. While we can experience storms throughout the year, springtime is when things start to ramp up.


 

March 2020

COVID-19 Shows Importance of Emergency Financial Plans

The coronavirus pandemic has driven home the importance of financial management and emergency savings accounts, said Cindy Clampet, assistant family resource management specialist with the Oklahoma State University Extension.

 

OHCE Groups Put Sewing Skills to Good Use for Local Hospital

Members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group in Ada, Oklahoma, are putting their sewing skills to good use in an effort to help the healthcare practitioners at their local hospital.

 

Children need support facing tornadoes and virus

Parents struggling with the question of how to prepare children for the COVID-19 threat probably already have plenty of experience to tap into, Oklahoma State University professor Laura Hubbs-Tait said. Tornado season.

 

Q&A: Impacts of COVID-19 on the Food Industry

 

Shopping for Food Safely During Coronavirus Pandemic

Most everyone is familiar with stocking up on a few extra essentials during storm season. However, with cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise, people are finding themselves social distancing for longer periods of time.

 

Eat Right, Bite by Bite, is Theme of National Nutrition Month

Since 1973, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has encouraged people to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. What started as National Nutrition Week 47 years ago became a month-long celebration in March 1980. For National Nutrition Month® in March 2020, the theme is Eat Right, Bite by Bite, and promotes eating a variety of nutritious foods every day.


 

February 2020

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft During Tax Season

It is tax season again, that time of year that almost everyone divulges personal information about their financial life to outsiders. It is a perfect time for scammers and thieves to take your information and wreak havoc on your well-being.


 

January 2020

The Power of Dairy Foods

The beginning of a new year is a great time to set some personal goals. Your goals could be developing a financial plan, setting aside designated family time or taking steps toward better health. If you are going to focus on better health, take note of the power of dairy foods.

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