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Families & Consumers

We know your life is complicated. That's why we have information about health and nutrition, money management, food, home concerns, relationships, and many other topics. Our resources can help you whether you are retired, a first-time parent, a teen, or someone in between.

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Cleaning Your Toothbrush

While toothbrushes are supposed to clean your teeth, they also need some cleaning themselves. In fact, your toothbrush could be covered in millions of bacteria—some harmless but some not, including the flu, E. coli, and fecal matter. Keep your teeth and your toothbrush clean to avoid getting sick or spreading an illness to someone else. Tips for Toothbrush Care Wash your hands before and after brushing. Prevent the spread of  More»

Emotional and Physical Nursing Preparation

Although a women’s body is equipped to breastfeed after giving birth, it’s not as simple as a baby latching on to a mother’s breast. Many women experience difficulties and even awkwardness when they first start to nurse their infant. Fortunately, there is plenty of information to help prepare new moms—physically and emotionally. Physical Preparation You don’t have to wait until your baby is born to start physically  More»

Returning to School: Should You Go Back?

As a woman, you may consider continuing your education, whether you want to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree, full-time or part-time. Although there are many benefits to women obtaining a degree, including the opportunity to earn a higher income, women should also consider some drawbacks. Advantages and Disadvantages of Going Back to School Not only can returning to school increase income, but it can also help some  More»

Breastfeeding Awareness Month: Benefits of Breastfeeding

Learn why breastfeeding is a healthy choice that offers many benefits for both you and your baby. More...  More»

Purchasing Different Types of Eggs

Did you know people have been eating eggs for centuries? Although the first domesticated birds arrived in the Americas in 1493 with Christopher Columbus, records show the Chinese and Egyptians raised birds for eggs as early as 1400 BC. Today, most stores in the United States sell brown or white chicken eggs, but consumers still have many choices. The following are some of the options you may encounter on a trip to the grocery store or  More»

How to Motivate Your Child to Be Active

With so many games and movies available on TVs and iPads, your child may feel less motivated to ride a bike, swim in the pool, or play in the backyard this summer. However, children need at least one hour of physical activity each day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When children play outside regularly, they create healthy habits, become more creative, develop motor skills, and build stronger bones. Not only that, but active children feel  More»