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    Read-a Recipe for Literacy

    Program designed for classrooms to help children enhance their communication and literacy skills while having fun. ...

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    UF/IFAS Now Offering Adult Canning Class

    The University of Florida/IFAS Palm Beach County Extension is offering an adult canning class ...

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    MoneySmart 365 finance classes

    Palm Beach County Library, in cooperation with PBC Cooperative Extension and Consolidated Credit are offering free virtual classes on topics like Debt Solutions, Credit Scores, Student Loans, Tax Tips, Money Saving, and Consumer Rights. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish. ...

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    Childcare Financial Assistance

    The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County provides financial assistance for child care and early learning through Florida's School Readiness Program. If you or someone you know needs help to pay for child care costs, please encourage them to submit an application by clicking this link. ...

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    UF/IFAS Extension First Time Home Buyer Workshop

    Is now the right time to purchase a home? Underestimating the hidden costs of homeownership and the responsibilities of home maintenance that comes with ownership, is the main frustration among homebuyers. ...

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    Fun ways to keep your child engaged in 2021

    Fun ways to keep your child engaged at home ...

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    Find Help with Rent and Utilitles

    State and local organizations are distributing federal rental assistance in their communities. ...

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    Holiday Cybersecurity Tips - Common Holiday Scams

    It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the bad guys have plenty of surprises in their stockings. Each week in December, we will cover a different cybersecurity topic to help keep you and your family safe online this holiday season. ...

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    Cross-Cultural Nutritious Holiday Treats

    This time of the year is full of many holidays and celebrations around the world. Every culture displays the joys and traditions of their holidays in part through their meals and sweet treats. ...

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    Holiday Food Safety Tips

    The time for holiday gatherings with family and friends is approaching. Holiday meals handled and prepared in an unsafe way can put a damper on the event. Here are some ideas on how to prevent contamination and food borne illness at this special time of the year. ...

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    Workforce Housing Workshop

    UF/IFAS Extension Palm Beach County is a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling agency. The homebuyer workshop meets the education requirements for the Palm Beach County Workforce Housing Program and down payment assistance programs. ...

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    Microbiota, Feed the Good Germs in Your Gut

    Microbiota is considered good bacteria that is beneficial to our bodies and primarily lives in our gastrointestinal tract. Most of it lives in the large intestine, also known as colon.1 It helps to strengthen our immune system and fight against disease, makes vitamins that are essential for our hea ...

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    Debt Collectors Harrassing You? Know Your Rights!

    Getting a call about a debt you don't owe or are unfamiliar with can be overwhelming, especially when the caller becomes verbally abusive and threatens legal action against you if you don't pay. Consumers who know their rights when a debt collector calls can better avoid being scammed out of their ...

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    Boost Your Immune System with Food!

    When flu season comes around, we hear of everyone stocking up on vitamin C and multivitamins to “boost” the immune system.In reality, our immune system is strongest when we eat a variety of foods throughout the year. The best way is to always remember to “eat the rainbow.” ...

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    Building Your Emergency Fund

    4 easy tips to help you start your emergency fund in as little as a couple months! ...

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    10 Ways to Save on your Groceries

    Are you spending more than 15% of your income on groceries and running out of money at the end of the month? It is easy to lose track when you are not prepared. Here are 10 tips that will help you save more, spend less, and adopt healthy spending habits. ...

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    West Palm Beach Eats

    Pantry bare? Many restaurants are open for take-out, delivery and curbside service, and are waiting for you to call! Find out what's open and how to order. ...

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    Can Eating Allergens Prevent the Rise of Food Allergies?

    Do you have a new baby/ child in your family that has been diagnosed with a food allergy? Lately, an infant or child being affected with a food allergy has become more common. In fact, the Center for Disease Control determined that food allergies in children have increased by 50% between years 1997 ...

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    Food Safety for Summer Gatherings

    During the summer, family gatherings are a precious time to share, play and enjoy outdoors. Barbecuing outside is a good time to enjoy fresh air and warm weather... ...

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    National Nutrition Month - ​Eat Right, Live Right, Feel Right

    Withtoday's hectic lifestyles we tend to hear the phrase "I don't have timeto": workout, eat healthy, cook or go grocery shopping, but it doesn't need to be as difficult or time consuming. ...

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    New Year's Resolution: Take Care of My Health!

    ​Most of us come up with this New Year resolution of losing weight or maintaining a healthier lifestyle that does not last long. Are you trying to lose weight year after year unsuccessfully? ...

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    Holiday Food Safety Tips

    ​During the holidays cooking becomes a family matters. Everyone wants to prepare his or her favorite dish. ...

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    Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner While Managing Diabetes

    ​Thanksgiving is often the kickoff to holiday gatherings with family and friends. For those living with diabetes it can be challenging to control blood sugars while enjoying the food and festivities ...

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    Quick Breakfasts for kids and adults

    ​A new school year is starting and busy parents want to send their family well fed to school and continue to be healthier themselves. ...

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    Cadet Mango

    The Mango is one of the most popular tropical fruits in the world. There are different varieties of mangoes... ...

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    Business Partner of the Year

    ​The School District of Palm Beach County awarded the 2017 Business Partner of the Year to the UF/IFAS Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Palm Beach County (PBC). The EFNEP in PBC works in partnership with the Palm Beach County Food Bank... ...

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    Digestive Health: Avoiding Chronic Constipation

    According to the National Institute of Health, in 2000, 63 million Americans were affected by chronic constipation. Chronic constipation can affect anywhere from 2% to 27% of the population. It is the most frequent of digestive illnesses seen by gastroenterologists. ...

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    Reduce your Risk for Cancer!

    ​Statistics show that one in two men and one in three women will get cancer over their lifetime if they do not die from another disease first (National Cancer Institute, 2016). Research has shown that two main factors, poor diet and lack of physical activity, can increase the risk. ...

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    Smart Couples program aims to strengthen relationships

    David and Caroline Garber had dated for three years and were set to be married in a matter of weeks. So, signing up for the University of Florida IFAS Smart Couples program would probably be just tweaking an already perfect union. "The class was called 'Before You Tie the Knot,' and we went i ...

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    Looking for a Long and Happy Marriage? Learn From the “Experts”

    Do you know any loving older couples who seem like they know the “secrets” to a long and happy partnership? If so, maybe you’ve already been lucky enough to hear their advice on a lasting marriage. These conversations can be really meaningful. But what if you don’t have any such role model coupl ...

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    Strengthening Families: Support in Times of Need

    Parenting is a tremendous responsibility full of many moments of joy. But sometimes the rapid rate of a young child’s growth and development can leave parents feeling a little overwhelmed. This Strengthening Families Series highlights six factors that promote positive parenting... ...

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    Keeping the Flame Alive

    Remember when you first fell in love with your partner, and things were so exciting and new? Oh, and how about that chemistry? It's a good bet that it was pretty great. If you’re now married or in a long-term relationship, some of those initial sparks probably have died down a bit. By the way, s ...

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    National Hand Washing Week

    ​December 4-10 is National Hand Washing Week. National Hand Washing Week falls right in the middle of the holiday season, a time when family and friends come together to share a meal. The last gift you want to offer is the "gift" of food poisoning... ...

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    Avoiding the Postwedding Blues

    If you’re planning a wedding, you may feel pretty overwhelmed by the details, logistics, and most of all, the expense. The average U.S. wedding now clocks in at $27,000, a huge cost for one day! When spending so much time and money on an event, it can be easy to get caught up in wanting everything ...

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    Benefits of Family Meals

    When was the last time you and your family sat down to a good dinner? Recently there has been a shift in society’s view of eating family meals together (Condrasky, 2006; Hamilton & Wilson, 2009). Families today have busy schedules. Kids are involved in extracurricular activities, and many mothers a ...

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    Am I Being Abusive?

    Domestic violence does not discriminate. No one group or individual is immune from the possibility of being or becoming an abuser. Abusers come from all walks of life. They can be plumbers, bankers, doctors, mechanics, store clerks, teachers, lawyers, law enforcement officers, etc. Although they ma ...

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    When It Hurts So Bad: Healing Your Marriage

    There’s no denying it…sometimes marriage can be really hard. At times, it can feel like we’ve lost our way. Anger and resentment bubble up, blame comes to the surface, and one or both partners may feel like a victim or stockpile negative feelings. ...

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    Managing Diabetes through the Holidays

    November is American Diabetes Month, a month committed to raising awareness for pre-diabetics and the disease itself. November also means the holidays are fast approaching. ...

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    The Key to Family Health

    October is National Family Health Month. The Key to family health is bringing families together and building connections and traditions that last a lifetime. ...

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