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“Kids’ food” is a modern myth

If you look at children’s menus in restaurants or kid-friendly food packages in the grocery store, it may seem that children only eat a limited number of foods, such as deep-fried chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, and chewy fruit snacks. “Not true,” says Gayle Coleman, nutrition education program specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. “Throughout […]

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Planning for back-to-school shopping

UW-Extension offers tips to help stretch your budget   According to the National Retail Federation, the average family plans to spend around $630 this fall. School supplies account for about $100 of this budget, with additional purchases including clothing, shoes and small electronics. Shelley Tidemann, Fond du Lac County UW Extension Family Living Educator suggests: […]

Food Pres Canning

Preserving acid foods with a steam canner? Here’s what you need to know

This spring, the University of Wisconsin-Madison published research showing that atmospheric steam canners may be used to safely can naturally acidic foods such as peaches, pears, and apples, or acidified foods such as salsa or pickles. But certain criteria must be met for the food to be safe to eat when using these canners, says […]

Making Grocery List

Reading with children doesn’t always require a storybook

The skills children bring with them to kindergarten, such as vocabulary, knowledge of letter names and sounds, and the ability to rhyme words, are strong predictors of future school success. Parents–a child’s first and most valuable teachers–most often set these skills in motion long before a child enters preschool or other formal schooling situation. “What […]


When and how to teach kids about money

Taking small steps can help children become financially smarter adults Young children often have trouble understanding why they can’t have every toy or piece of candy they see at the store. But by around age 10, kids begin to comprehend that money is a limited resource. “The ages of 10 to 12 are an opportune […]

ACA Healthcare

Summer job changes may affect health insurance coverage

Family schedules often change over the summer with kids out of school and parents adjusting work hours for child care or seasonal work demands. Caroline Gomez-Tom, health outreach specialist with Covering Kids & Families, reminds people that changes in employment may affect their health insurance coverage. Many positions can be affected by the start of […]


Well Water User Survey Coming Soon

Do you have your own drinking water well? If so, you may receive a survey in the mail soon asking your thoughts on well water safety and the availability of information to help you manage it. UW-Extension wants to know what information is most useful and what additional resources or services would be beneficial. The […]


What’s all the fuss about Listeria?

Recent food recalls have forced consumers to throw away foods such as ice cream and hummus because of contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. What is Listeria and why is it considered an important foodborne pathogen? Barbara Ingham, University of Wisconsin-Extension food science specialist provides some background. Listeria is a hardy bacteria found in […]