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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

July 31, 2017



“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

~Mark Twain



Backpack with appleReusing school supplies

Lucy Schrader, former Associate State Specialist, former Building Strong Families Program Coordinator, Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri Extension

School starts soon for many communities and with the new school year there is the need for new school supplies. But do all of the supplies have to be new? For some families, the cost of buying new supplies can be difficult with an already tight budget. Putting together a mix of new and used supplies can help ease the cost...

Getting kids involved can help them understand how reusing supplies is resourceful and how it can be good for the family financially. You can also talk about trade-offs and how decisions impact the family in different ways...

For some great ideas on swapping or reusing school supplies, see the full article at

Three senior men eating togetherSunday, August 6 is Friendship Day

Friendship is important to older adults

Nina Chen, Ph.D., former Human Development Specialist, Jackson County, University of Missouri Extension

Many studies have shown the positive benefits of friendship on social, emotional and physical well-being. Having a strong circle of friends can be a good boost for aging hearts and can help the body’s autoimmune system resist disease...

Because of physical changes, loss and retirement, friendship is very important for older people. In many cases, friends are as important as families. Many people turn to their friends first when they encounter crisis because of the distance of their family.

Casual friendships can help, but one very close friend can do so much to help relieve stress and depression...

To learn more about the importance of friendship to older adults, and for helpful tips on meeting people and making friends, see the full article at

Four kids hugging and smilingSunday, August 6 is Friendship Day

Helping children get along with friends

Robert Hughes, Jr., Ph.D., former Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Science, University of Missouri

Friends are important to children. They make life more interesting and fun. They are playmates, and they help children feel that they belong. Children who have friends are less lonely and depressed. They are also more likely to feel confident and good about themselves. In long-range terms, we know that when kids have good friendships, they will probably do well in school and grow up to be well-adjusted adults. For these reasons, it is important for adults to help children learn to be good friends and to have good friends.

To learn more about how friendships between children develop, and to learn which skills will help them make and be a good friend, see the full article at

Whole watermelon and watermelon wedgesThurs., Aug. 3 is National Watermelon Day

Watermelon is a tasty, healthy summer treat

Christeena Haynes, MS, RD, LD, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Dallas County, University of Missouri Extension

There is nothing better than eating a juicy slice of watermelon on a hot summer day — not only is watermelon a delicious treat, but it is also nutritious.

Watermelon is 92 percent water so it will keep you hydrated. A 2-cup serving of watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin A, which keeps the eyes healthy, and vitamin C, which aids with faster healing...

In addition to these health benefits, watermelon is one of the fruits with the least amount of pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group...

To learn more about the additional nutrients watermelon has to offer, and for tips on selecting and storing it, see the full article at

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