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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

August 22, 2017



“Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.”

~Elbert Hubbard



Mother and daughter preparing book bag for schoolOrganization is key to morning routine

Hectic schedules and hurried breakfasts don’t have to be part of the morning routine when students start back to school, according to Renette Wardlow, MU Extension human development specialist.

“Organization and good communication are a must in busy families with school-aged children. Getting organized is something everyone plans to do in the future but well-spent moments at the end of the day in preparation for the next day could be a valuable investment,” said Wardlow...

For helpful tips to make hectic mornings go more smoothly, see the full article at

Lunch tray with healthy wraps, orange slices and milkBack-to-school nutrition

Jim Meyer, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Ralls County, University of Missouri Extension

With the new school year upon us, parents should be reminded of the important role nutrition plays in assuring kids a successful school year. Nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

Kids who are nutritionally fit are more likely to have the energy, stamina and self-esteem that enhance their ability to learn. But, as they run out the door with thoughts of seeing old classmates, joining new clubs, participating in school sports and getting good grades, kids will not be paying much attention to the proper nutrition needed to accomplish all of this.

For tips on practical, easy ways to help ensure proper nutrition, see the full article at

Young girl boarding school busParents should teach kids safety for return to school

As kids head back to school, parents should do some homework of their own to make sure the new school year is safe on several fronts.

School buses and some school rooms are not air conditioned. Karen Funkenbusch, University of Missouri Extension safety specialist, offers the following tips to make sure your child stays cool...

In addition to safeguards from the heat, younger children should be taught the importance of safety rules concerning travel on school buses, she said...

For important safety tips pertaining to staying cool, traveling on buses and dealing with strangers, see the full article at

Make ahead breakfast burritos and strawberries on a plateMake Ahead Breakfast Burritos

Recipe featured on Fox 4 Kansas City Healthy Habits segment. Prepared on August 6, 2017 by Denise Sullivan, Nutrition Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Yield: 8 servings (1 burrito per serving)


  • 1 cup diced potatoes (1 medium potato)
  • 1/2 cup diced onions (1/2 medium onion)
  • 1 cup diced red bell peppers (1 medium pepper)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces 2%-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 (8-inch) whole wheat tortillas

For preparation, freezing and reheating instructions, as well as nutrition information, see the full recipe at

For more Healthy Habits recipes, see

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