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March 6, 2017



“A woman is like a tea bag — you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt



March 5-11 is Severe Weather Awareness Week for Missouri

Items for disaster supply kitPrepare emergency supplies for spring storm season

Natural disasters, like tornadoes and severe storms, are things we don’t like to think about until necessary. But in Missouri, being prepared for spring storm and tornado season is a necessity...

“Missourians need to understand emergency preparedness is their responsibility. The Red Cross, the state and FEMA are not going to take care of you. They will come to your aid when they’re needed at some point,” said Eric Evans, community emergency management specialist. “But it’s your responsibility to take care of your family, yourself and your pets and be ready for the next impending emergency.”

For important information about the three things families need to be prepared for weather emergencies, see the full version of this article at

Woman in grocery story reading food label10 tips for reading food labels

Melissa Bess, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Camden County, University of Missouri Extension

March is National Nutrition Month, so this is a good time to start making small changes to eat healthier. One of the easiest changes you can make is reading the nutrition labels on foods and beverages.

  1. Pay attention to the serving size. Is the serving size enough for your meal or snack, or will you have to eat multiple servings? To help estimate, one cup is about the size of a baseball and 3-4 ounces is about the size of a deck of cards. You may need to use a measuring cup until you can eyeball the serving size. If you eat more than the serving size listed, you will have to multiply the information on the food label by how many servings you eat.
  2. Look at the servings per container. Some things we think are a single serving are actually two or more...

For the complete list of tips, see the full version of this article at

Mother teaching young daughter how to load dishwasherHelp children develop a sense of responsibility

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

Children need to develop a sense of responsibility to be prepared for adult living. Teaching responsibility can begin when they are young and is one of the best values for children to possess.

Cooperating with and helping others can be an important way for children to learn responsibility. Parents can help children develop and improve their cooperative attitudes by giving them tasks that are challenging, satisfying and appropriate for their level of development...

Regular family meetings are also valuable learning experiences, teaching children about decision making and cooperation...

For tips to help children learn to assume responsibility, see the full version of this article at

Washing machineWhen purchasing a new washer, consider high efficiency

Marsha Alexander, former Housing and Environmental Design Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Are you planning to buy a new washing machine soon? If you are, there are many things to consider before the purchase. There are three different types of machines currently in the market: regular top-loaders with center-post agitators, top-loaders without center post agitators and front-loaders.

High efficiency (HE) washers have been available for over 10 years and have become increasingly popular in the consumer market in the last several years... HE washers use significantly less water and energy than traditional units...

To learn more about HE washing machines, see the full version of this article at

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