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Learning Theories Behind Today’s Mom Curriculum

The instructional design of Today’s Mom is based primarily on the principles of adult learning and the Social Cognitive Learning Theory. Effective EFNEP and SNAP-Ed educators must be knowledgeable regarding how adults learn best. Adult le…

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Beware of Building and Recovery Scams After Storms

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Minutes stretch to hours as storm victims and volunteers work through the rubble and the mess to recover family heirlooms, items of clothing and other belongings. In these same hours, scam artists are devising reco…

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College Savings: A Parent’s Guide to 529 Plans

Why should I save for my child’s college education? Many parents are wondering how to help their children offset the cost of college or trade school. By saving for your child’s education, you start to achieve the goal of reducin…

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For the Caregiver of a Breastfed Baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, continuing for at least one year with the addition of solid foods. Caregivers play a vital role in helping mothers …

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Helping Children Cope with Stress, Grief After a Disaster

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Disasters are stressful for every person affected. Feelings of anxiety and grief are especially prevalent in children following a natural disaster, like a tornado.

Dr. Katrina Akande, a Human Development and Fam…

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Buying Organic— What Does It Mean?

To be labeled organic, a food or other agricultural product must meet specific USDA standards. Learn the difference this makes in the products you buy and how it can influence the way you maintain your home garden.

Fact and…

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Managing Stress: Guide for Understanding Stressful Situations

The term stressful situations refers to events that families find problematic. These events may occur often, such as getting the kids off to school, dealing with work issues, arguing with friends or family, or experiencing social me…

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Checklist for Handling Stress or Traumatic Situations

Techniques and strategies can help reduce the stress in your life during difficult times or in traumatic situations.

Acknowledge your stress.

Be open to learning new ways of coping.

Stay connected.

Help others.

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Escape Vapes

Adolescent Health Issue
Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among high school students has increased at a staggering rate. According to the United States Surgeon General, e-cigarette use is higher among youth than adults and has…

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The Brown Recluse Spider

People are often afraid of spiders because of their ill-deserved reputation for envenomizing victims. In fact, most spiders do not have mouthparts strong enough to penetrate skin. Spiders are considered beneficial arthropods b…

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The Black Widow

People are often afraid of spiders because of their ill-deserved reputation for envenomizing victims. In fact, most spiders do not have mouth- parts strong enough to penetrate skin.

Spiders are considered beneficial arthropods be…

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An Emergency Handbook: Preparation and Recovery

BE PROACTIVE
The best way to protect your home and family is by preparing ahead of time.
MITIGATE
• Keep your home in good repair.
• Remove hazards from your yard.
• Buy appropriate insurance.
• Learn about Firewise Communitie…

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Maintaining Water Safety and Quality after a Flood

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Heavy rainfall in North Alabama has resulted in flooding and evacuations in the Tennessee Valley area. Flooded campgrounds along Weiss Lake displaced septic holding tanks and propane tanks.

Danny Miller, Extensi…

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Prepare Now for Potential Flooding

Heavy rains in north and central Alabama have caused flooding across parts of the state. While north Alabama is most acutely affected, rivers and creeks in central Alabama will continue to rise as well. Expect rivers farther south to rise a…

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Nutrition Guidelines for Livestock During Flooding

Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension animal science specialist, offers the following nutrition guidelines for livestock during flooding.

Energy requirements of animals during a flood event is increased due to an increase in their mai…

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