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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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Communication Skills: Do’s and Don’ts

Whether you’re voicing frustrations or laughing until you can’t breathe, communicating is a must in all relationships. However, sometimes a normal discussion can turn into a big ordeal when couples fail to communicate correctly. Before your next big “talk,” take a look at these dos and don’ts to ensure your conversation will go as smoothly as possible. Do Relax. If you can feel  More»

No-Cook Recipes

With these six different quick-fix and no-cook meals, you can be eating healthy in a snap at any time of the day or night. Pumpkin Breakfast Pudding Combine one box of vanilla instant pudding mix, one cup milk, one cup canned or fresh pumpkin, one teaspoon cinnamon, and one teaspoon vanilla. Stir in a cup of dry granola-type cereal. Refrigerate overnight. Be sure to buy pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie  More»

Valentine’s Day Expectations

UF/IFAS relationship expert Dr. Victor Harris discusses Valentine’s Day expectations and shares ways couples can enjoy the holiday.  More»

American Heart Month

Celebrate American Heart Month! UF/IFAS dietitian Dr. Anne Mathews explains different ways that will keep your heart healthy.  More»

Shopping for Health: Snack Foods

Buying healthy and convenient snacks can be easier with these eight tips. More...  More»

What Is Disordered Eating?

During the last 15 years, high schools students throughout the United States have steadily been gaining more weight. In fact, a 2013 survey revealed about 13% of students were obese and nearly 17% were overweight. With this growth in weight, more erratic and even dangerous weight-loss methods have risen, too. From using laxatives and/or diet pills to fasting, extreme weight control behaviors teens undergo can have many consequences,  More»