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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.
7/29/2015 8:00:00 AM


MONITORING YOUR SCREEN TIME Play Audio



Smartphones and tablets have become part of our culture, but that doesn’t mean we should spend all of our time on these devices. In fact, K-State Research and Development child specialist Bradford Wiles says children and adults can benefit from limiting their screen time, especially during family activities. He discusses how everyone can reduce screen time and spend more time interacting with others.
 

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


BACK-TO-SCHOOL BUDGETING Play Audio



While students are enjoying their summer vacation, parents are already thinking about the various school supplies, backpacks, clothing, shoes, instruments, sports gear, electronics, and other miscellaneous items that need to be purchased before summer ends. However, before rushing out to make those purchases, some careful planning will save time and money. K-State Research and Extension family resource specialist Elizabeth Kiss says to prepare a list of what is needed, but don’t be in a rush to buy everything on your list before classes start.
 

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


MINIMIZE SUMMER LEARNING LOSS Play Audio



Summer learning loss is the loss in academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation. A common finding across numerous studies is that on average, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than at the beginning of the summer – even when taking the same test. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says that keeping children engaged in education – in a variety of ways – can reduce summer learning loss.
 

7/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


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


KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE FRESH Play Audio



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


INCLUDE PETS IN SAFETY PLANS Play Audio



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


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