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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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Youth and Video Games

From instant messaging classmates to researching on the Internet, today’s youth are increasingly using electronic media for many different purposes. Youth also use electronics recreationally through activities such as downloading music and playing video games (the latter being popular among children of all ages—especially boys). Although children today are more media literate than their parents, this increased electronic-media consumption  More»

Food Safety: Grilling

Grilling adds a fun element to picnics and tailgating. Follow these steps to make sure the meats you serve are safe to eat. Preparing Shopping At the grocery store, pick up meat and poultry last. To prevent cross-contamination, separate these items from other food in your shopping cart and grocery bags. Refrigerate perishable food within two hours, or one hour if the temperature is above 90°F. Place meats in the refrigerator immediately.  More»

Helping Children with Homework

While many students may not enjoy homework, it teaches them organizational skills and lets them work independently. Completing homework each night also provides practice for what they learned in class. Homework can also be beneficial to parents and caregivers by giving them a chance to see what their children are learning in school. Parents and caregivers can show their children that homework is important by helping with  More»

Food Safety: Tips for College Students

From living on your own to studying for hours to cheering at football games with new friends, college is an experience unlike any other. Although this newfound independence is exciting, you may have to cook your own food—a task your mother won’t be there to help with. Whether it’s grilling food at a tailgate party or knowing how long the late-night pizza can stay out on the counter, use the following food safety tips to prevent foodborne  More»

Eating Whole Grains

Whole grain foods now fill the grocery store aisles—you can find them in chips, bread, rice, oatmeal, and cereals. While they are known for being healthier than refined grains, some people may feel hesitant to try them. Learn more about whole grains, including their benefits, so you can follow the USDA’s Choose MyPlate recommendation to make half of your grains whole grains. What Are Whole  More»

Lunch Box Safety

Send your kids off to school with a homemade lunch that is both delicious and safe. More...  More»