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Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events

K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
7/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

Supreme Court Health Care Subsidies Decision: What Kansans Should Know

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday on the case King v. Burwell in favor of Burwell, which confirmed the use of advance premium tax credits for health insurance consumers in all states, including Kansas. The premium tax credits provide financial assistance to consumers, based on their income, to make health insurance more affordable.
6/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Millions of people walk down the aisle every year to exchange wedding vows. June is the most popular month for weddings, followed by August, May, July and September. However, the “honeymoon” may end sooner for some couples than others. Charlotte Shoup Olsen, a family systems specialist with K-State Research and Extension, says finding ways to stay connected, discovering new things about each other and being a good listener will help keep your marriage fresh.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM

Health Insurance Options Outside Open Enrollment

According to the Kansas Health Institute, more than 96,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), before the 2015 deadline.
6/4/2015 8:00:00 AM

Family and Consumer Sciences Careers and 4-H Play Audio

K-State 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences liaison Andrea Feldkamp returns with more examples of how 4-H can help prepare young people in several FCS career areas.

5/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


A home emergency plan should include safety measures for the entire family – including family pets. In fact, preparing a storm shelter and an emergency kit for pets is very similar to preparing one for the rest of the family: at least three days of fresh water and food, blankets, medications, medical records and identification. You may also want a pet carrier, newspapers, rubber gloves and baggies. Susan Nelson, a doctor of veterinary medicine and an associate professor at the Kansas State University Pet Health Center, says they want to make pet owners more aware that they need to be included in the disaster plan.

5/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


Natural disasters, family changes such as divorce, death, serious injury, or community violence can be traumatic for both children and adults. Children often experience disasters differently than adults and they need to have developmentally appropriate explanations of them. A publication, co-authored by Bradford Wiles and Elizabeth Kiss, assistant professors and Extension specialists in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, details how disasters impact children and the role adults play in helping them recover. On today’s Sound Living: experiencing the effects of disaster.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


A national leader in school nutrition and dietetics says there have been a lot of changes in school lunch programs over the past 50 years and that many challenges – primarily financial – will be faced in the coming years. Penny McConnell, a recent guest speaker for Kansas State University’s College of Human Ecology, is director of Food and Nutrition Services for Fairfax County Public Schools – the 12th largest district in the nation. She talks about the many challenges she’s faced and the challenges that school lunch programs will face in the future.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Getting children to be more physically active could be as simple as sending them outdoors to play. According to 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, more than a third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Professor of physical activity and public health in the Kansas State University College of Human Ecology, David Dzewaltowski, says the more time children spend outdoors the more active they are. On today’s Sound Living: strategies to keep children on the move.

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping: Keep Fun and Budget in Mind

Holiday ShoppingA K-State expert provides insight into why people enjoy shopping over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and how they can make the most of their shopping experience.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM

Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift

Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM

Foster Grandparents Reach Out to Military Kids in Kansas

A partnership between Foster Grandparents and Kansas Operation Military Kids provides seniors with information to assist military children, who face many unique challenges and opportunities.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM

Farm Transition Workshops Planned in Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – When it comes to devising a plan to transition the family farm to the next generation, communicating may be the hardest part, according to Jeri Albright, who along with her husband, Corky, operates a crop and livestock operation in Jackson County, Kan.
11/15/2013 8:00:00 AM

Push Processed Trans Fats Aside

Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM