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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

June 26, 2017



“Money often costs too much.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Happy man with different life plans sketched out in backgroundWellbeing

Adapted from MU Office for Financial Success Finance Tip of the Week blog post by Ryan H. Law, M.S., AFC, former Director, Office for Financial Success, University of Missouri

In the book Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, authors Tom Rath and Jim Harter look at the five essential elements that shape our lives: Career Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing and Community Wellbeing.

Wellbeing is defined as a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness and prosperity. The concept of “being in a state of health, happiness and prosperity” can seem somewhat ambiguous, but this book uses research and common sense to give the reader a great starting point to define and find their own wellbeing...

For synopses about the different elements of wellbeing, with an in-depth examination of financial wellbeing, see the full article at

Various home-canned foodsPreserving saves garden bounty for a cold winter night

There’s nothing like a summer meal with vegetables fresh from the garden.

“But when the vegetables are getting ripe faster than you can eat them, save them for a cold winter night when you can’t go harvest them from the garden,” said Tammy Roberts, nutrition and health education specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

To assure the foods are at optimal quality, they should be canned, frozen or dried, according to Roberts...

To learn more about each of these preservation methods, see the full article at

Bike mounted on car roof in front of vacation lodgeHealthful travel advice

Jim Meyer, Nutrition Specialist, Ralls County, University of Missouri Extension

Spring and summer months are the perfect time to squeeze in a family vacation. Too often, however, we return from our travels feeling exhausted and weary from an “unfit” vacation. The reasons are many: overeating, trying to log too many miles, sporadic sleep schedules and too little exercise.

Here are a few tips on how to combine fun activities and healthy eating habits to help you and your family feel great during the trip and after the return home...

For a great list of healthy travel tips, see the full article at

Baby in rear-facing car seatTraveling with children

Angie Fletcher, Human Development Specialist, Texas County, University of Missouri Extension

All of us have heard the familiar phrase “Are we there yet?” from children who are bored from sitting for what they perceive as an endless amount of time in a vehicle, or are so excited about their destination they just can’t wait any longer.

Parents often overlook travel time as an opportunity to interact with their child(ren). What better opportunity to spend some quality time? For most, it is a question of ideas for what to do with their children during drive time. Here are some activities that can be fun for everyone when traveling with children...

For a list of fun, creative travel activities, see the full article at

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