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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

June 5, 2017



“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”




Dairy food group optionsJune is Dairy Month

Contributors: Tammy Roberts, MS, RD, LD, Nutrition & Health Education Specialist, Bates County; Christeena Haynes, former Nutrition & Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

The dairy food group (milk, yogurt, cheese) is an important part of following a healthy diet. Consumption of milk and milk products has been linked to improved bone health, particularly in children and adolescents, as well as decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Milk and other dairy products provide many nutrients that are beneficial to the body. According to the National Dairy Council, milk is the main food source in the U.S. diet for calcium, potassium and vitamin D. It also contains phosphorus, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B12, riboflavin and magnesium...

To learn more about health benefits, recommended serving sizes and how to incorporate more dairy in your diet, see the full article at

Shopping list with moneySummer can create challenges for food budget

It is important to provide balanced, nutritious meals for your children throughout the summer. Unfortunately, summertime can pose challenges to the family food budget because children are eating more meals at home.

There are summer meal programs available for families that need assistance. Food banks or food pantries, local Boys and Girls Clubs, daycares and summer schools are just a few places that may provide meals for children...

For tips to help keep food costs down this summer, see the full article at

Kids hiking in woodsTips for preparing children for summer camp

The arrival of summer means time for vacations and camp for some children and families. There is a lot of preparation required for parents to get their kids ready for summer camp.

According to Velynda Cameron, 4-H youth development specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, homesickness remains a major cause of unhappy children at summer camps. The good news is that it can be prevented by preparing the child ahead of time...

To learn more about preparing children and packing for summer camp, see the full article at

Dad and daughter walking along beachSummer visitation: Make the transition smooth

School is out and many divorced/separated parents are making plans and preparing for their children’s summer visitation.

While some of this is determined by the parenting plan, every decree is different, according to Kris Jenkins, former University of Missouri Extension health specialist. Most will outline the visitation length, child support details and transportation responsibilities. Some parenting plans are not this specific and most can be adjusted by mutual agreement if it benefits your children.

Flexibility is important...

For key points that both parents and children should discuss and arrange ahead of time for a successful visit, see the full article at

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