Back-to-school food safety tips

Students will soon be heading back to school, and many of them will be carrying lunches packed at home. Barbara Ingham, food science specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and UW-Madison has some tips to help ensure that your child’s home-packed lunches are always safe to eat.

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Planning for back-to-school shopping

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.

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Seize the morning with breakfast!

Research shows that breakfast is an integral component of academic success. “There are consistent benefits of eating breakfast every day,” says Amy Korth, family living program specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. “The evidence indicates that children who eat breakfast succeed academically and have fewer behavior and discipline problems.”

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Study: Young people can benefit from more information about energy drinks

For most students, the school year includes some late nights writing papers, studying for exams or socializing with friends. But popular energy drinks used by many teens and young people to stay awake might be setting the stage for potential adverse health effects, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Involve kids in back-to-school shopping

Shopping for back-to-school is an annual ritual for many families. Bridget Mouchon, University of Wisconsin-Extension family living agent in Green County says it’s also a chance to show kids how to plan and make smart budget decisions.

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Parents can ease teens’ transition to new school year

Getting the school year off to a good start can make life less stressful for both parents and teens and can help set the stage for success, says Stephen Small, human development and family relations specialist with UW-Extension and professor in the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology.

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Back-to-school shopping can help kids hone decision-making skills

Contact Bridget Mouchon, 608-328-9440, bridget.mouchon@ces.uwex.edu Shopping for back-to-school is an annual ritual for many families. Bridget Mouchon, University of Wisconsin-Extension family living agent in Green County says it’s also a chance to show kids how to plan and make smart budget decisions. “Even if you need to reduce back-to-school spending this year, use the experience as an opportunity. Involving children and […]

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