Oklahoma children are back in school focusing on reading, writing and arithmetic. For the last decade, children also have been learning about where their food comes from and how eating healthy foods is important for their bodies, thanks to a fun, hands-on display called Farm to You.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During times of stress, investing in yourself is especially important so that you can be the healthiest version of you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the World is taking precautions to minimize health complications. This is especially important for the most vulnerable populations.
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.
When using hand sanitizer, it's important to do so the right way and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.