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February 4, 2015 - Filed Under: Community, Family Financial Management

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Small-business owners and entrepreneurs can participate in an upcoming workshop to help them establish, develop and grow their businesses.

The Mississippi Small Business Forum will be March 17 at the Mississippi State University Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond.

The MSU Extension Service, Alcorn State University Extension Program and Hinds Community College Entrepreneurship Business Development Program will deliver 12 educational sessions and help business owners understand the resources available from these colleges.

February 2, 2015 - Filed Under: Family Financial Management

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi Saves will launch its second America Saves Week campaign on Feb. 23 to promote financial responsibility throughout the state.

Nutrition experts recommend that brides who want to shed pounds plan ahead by setting realistic, measurable goals and staying focused with an accountability system. (Photo by i2i Studios/iStock)
January 16, 2015 - Filed Under: Family

RAYMOND -- For brides who want to shed a few pounds before their big day, nutrition experts recommend proper planning, not fad diets.

“Trendy diets, such as low-carbohydrate diets, are popular and can produce quick results but aren’t the healthiest way to lose weight,” said Brent Fountain, associate professor of food science and nutrition with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “We recommend people lose one to two pounds per week. Any additional weight loss will likely be water loss and not fat loss.”

Newlywed couples who want to buy their first home should educate themselves on the process and have a written financial plan to follow. (Photo by iStock)
January 16, 2015 - Filed Under: Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Newlywed couples face numerous questions when considering the purchase of their first home.

Finances, mobility, career stability, credit and the state of the housing market are all important factors to think about before making that investment.

Rita Green, Mississippi State University Extension Service assistant professor and family financial management specialist, said couples that opt to buy homes should do so based on what they can afford and not how much they are qualified to borrow.

January 15, 2015 - Filed Under: Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Stress can rob a bride of joy at her own wedding, but good preparation can help her prioritize and focus on what’s important on her big day.

Planning a wedding is a big production, said Carla Stanford, Mississippi State University Extension Service regional health specialist based in Verona. What should be a happy day has the potential to cause mental and emotional anguish if not handled correctly.

Keeping hot and cold foods at the proper temperatures during a wedding reception is essential for maintaining food safety and quality. (Photo by iStock)
January 15, 2015 - Filed Under: Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Food-borne illnesses are not popular wedding favors, and brides can keep their guests smiling by practicing a few simple food safety tips.

Natasha Haynes, host of “The Food Factor” and an agent in Rankin County for the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said many families organize do-it-yourself wedding receptions to reduce food costs.

“After investing in the ingredients for a wedding reception, you don’t want to let them go to waste because of poor storage or serving options,” Haynes said.

Mississippi State University Extension Service dietitians suggest eating more fruits and vegetables in recognition of Natural Fat-Free Living Month in January. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
January 14, 2015 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Health, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Losing weight and getting in shape are among the most common New Year’s resolutions, so it is no surprise that many health-oriented organizations recognize January as National Fat-Free Living Month.

Literally living fat-free, however, is impossible, said Brent Fountain, associate professor of human nutrition with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. A certain amount of fat is needed, as it is a primary source of energy and cushions organs and tissues in the body to protect them, he said.

January 8, 2015 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Early Years Network: Special Needs program is hosting free Developmental Screening Day events in three locations around the state in January.

Children 6 months to 5 years of age will be checked for age-specific physical and educational milestones by a team of early childhood specialists with the network’s Special Needs program. If a parent, physician, child-care provider or pre-K teacher has concerns about a child’s development, this event will help.

Screenings will take place from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at each site.

Adopting new devices, such as smartphones, can be a New Year's resolution unto itself, but doing so can also help people meet other common resolutions, including exercising and dieting. (Photo by iStock)
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Technology, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- After some people open Christmas presents, they might find themselves the recipients of new devices they would have avoided but now feel compelled to use.

Learning how to navigate such a device -- whether it is a smartphone, tablet, digital media player or e-reader -- can seem a daunting task to those who are not technologically savvy. Resolving to implement a new gift into routine activities in 2015 can be an easy first step toward getting the most out of that new gadget.

Breaking the smoking habit is hard, but it can lower risks of cancer, heart disease and lung problems. (Photo by iStock)
December 18, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Smoking can be a hard habit to kick, but it can be done with the right amount of determination.

Quitting smoking is at the top of many smokers’ New Year’s resolutions list. Smoking is a dangerous health risk, and quitting would contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said two main factors trigger smoking.

December 18, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Studies show many Mississippians are not good at managing their money, so some may use the new year as an opportunity to turn over a new leaf financially.

A 2013 Gallup poll found that just 32 percent of Americans put together a monthly budget to track income and expenses. Even fewer actually stick with it. The results add up to significant debt. Federal Reserve statistics indicate the average household owes $7,281 on credit cards. When looking only at households carrying credit card debt, that average debt rises to $15,608.

Adrienne Mercer (center) of Louisville, Mississippi, assists her daughter, Millie Kate, in a salt-dough ornament project on Dec. 13, 2014. Family friend Anna Claire Quinn also enjoyed doing fun projects that can build important learning skills and relationships. (Submitted Photo)
December 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The countdown to the holiday break has begun, and parents and caregivers looking to keep kids occupied and happy should focus on the basics.

Instead of turning to technology as a primary source of entertainment, parents can take the opportunity to strengthen family relationships and stimulate learning in simple, free and fun ways.

Louise Davis, director of the Early Years Network at Mississippi State University, emphasized the importance of interaction to child development.

Stress and a lack of sleep can cause fatigue, interfere with productivity, and increase health problems. (Photo by iStock)
December 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- New Year’s Resolutions can be difficult to maintain, but one that is worth keeping is getting more sleep at night.

David Buys, state health specialist for the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said a lack of sleep can lead to serious problems at home, on the job and on the road.

December 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Though electronic toys continually top children’s Christmas wish lists, a child and family development professor at Mississippi State University suggests non-toy gifts could be the best presents under the tree.

Louise Davis, MSU Extension Service professor and executive director of the Early Years Network, said non-toy gifts such as activities, memberships and classes can offer enriching, fun experiences that encourage intellectual, social and physical development.

Holiday stress can trigger excessive drinking for alcoholics. Individuals in recovery from alcohol addiction should avoid gatherings with alcohol or make special arrangements if they must attend. (Photo from istockphoto/Chagin)
December 5, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Health

RAYMOND -- Holiday celebrations that include alcohol can put extra stress on those battling or recovering from alcohol addiction and their families.

“Around the holidays, alcohol abounds at parties and family gatherings,” said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Being around alcohol and others who might be ‘old drinking buddies’ could drive temptation higher.”

Feelings of social isolation, whether perceived or actual, and anxiety can increase during the holiday season and trigger excessive drinking, Buys said.

Experts say patience, care and communication are vital as families navigate grief during the holidays. (Photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto)
November 24, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Compounding the chaos of the holidays with the recent loss of a loved one can make the entire season downright overwhelming.

Experts from Mississippi State University recommend that those coping with the loss of a loved one slow down amid the hustle and bustle of the season.

Regina Hinton (center), owner of Little Pebbles Child Care, celebrates her success with her students. Clockwise from top left are Holli Young, Gabriel Hugger, Hayden Young, Raelynn Harris and Haleigh Young. (Photo by MSU School of Human Sciences/Amy Barefield)
November 20, 2014 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Early Years Network at Mississippi State University is celebrating Regina Hinton, owner of Little Pebbles Child Care in Hattiesburg, as the network’s first provider to earn an important professional credential.

Hinton is the first in-home provider enrolled in the Early Years Network scholarship program to complete the In-Home Child Development Associate credential.

November 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Young children can receive free developmental screenings at a one-day event in Petal on Dec. 2.

The Early Years Network’s Special Needs program is hosting a Developmental Screening Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Petal School District Center for Families and Children located at 201 West Central Avenue.

A team of early childhood specialists will check children 6 months to 5 years for age-specific physical and educational milestones.

To register, call Leslie LaVergne at 601-266-6225.

Matt Wells, a senior football player at Mississippi State University, interacts with preschool children during his internship at the MSU Child Development and Family Studies Center. (Photo by MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/David Ammon)
November 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- In the midst of a historical football season at Mississippi State University, the spotlight shines brightly on the Bulldogs, many of whom serve as role models both on and off the field.

Senior football players Robert Johnson and Matt Wells connect with local youth while completing their internships in the MSU School of Human Sciences.

Mississippi State University Extension Service Child and Family Development agent Terri Thompson, left, gives Isabella Cornish a sample of an easy-to-make snack mix. The MSU Extension Service was one of several organizations participating in the Super Saturday healthy cooking event in Pascagoula, Mississippi on Nov. 15, 2014. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
November 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Food and Health

PASCAGOULA -- Finicky eaters and hectic schedules make it hard for some parents to ensure their children have a well-balanced diet.

Children and parents who attended the healthy cooking fair at Pascagoula School District’s Super Saturday event sampled nutritious entrees and snacks and got recipes to try at home.

The Nov. 15 event was one of six Saturdays per year that the district partners with other organizations, businesses and industries to open its Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center to the public for a variety of learning opportunities.

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