Building Relationships with Children’s Families Can Make a Big Difference

by Jessica Hardy, Ph.D. and Alana Schnitz, Ph.D. Do you want to build stronger relationships with families?  Do you struggle to have conversations with families around sensitive or difficult topics?  Do you need ideas for how to meaningfully involve families in early childhood? If so, plan to join the MFLN Family Development Early intervention webinar… Continue Reading Building Relationships with Children’s Families Can Make a Big Difference

Nutrition Literacy in America

  Author: Christian Maino Vieytes, Doctoral Student, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Nutrition Literacy The rise in overweight and obese adults has led to devastating increases in rates of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. These worrying statistics are the source of much anguish for public health professionals who worry about nutrition… Continue Reading Nutrition Literacy in America

Navigating the Ever-Changing Reality of Youth Tech Use

The importance of setting boundaries and finding balance with youth and technology pxhere (smartphone-mobile-hand-person-people-technology, CC0) With the world shifting so quickly around us, we are all turning to our phones in new, adaptive ways. Even as adults, we can struggle with finding balance from the bombardment of the information available at our fingertips. We are… Continue Reading Navigating the Ever-Changing Reality of Youth Tech Use

Back to School: Special Needs & Social Distancing

Written by: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Most of us have been living a “social distancing,” “quarantining,” “working from home,” “physically distant” type of existence since perhaps March 2020. While the circumstances that led us to these types of existences are devastating, the shock… Continue Reading Back to School: Special Needs & Social Distancing

Financial Preparedness and Natural Disasters

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC® boneill@njaes.rutgers.edu The official dates for hurricane season are the six months from June 1 through November 30 of each year. At this same time, other natural disasters, such as tornadoes, floods, and wildfires, also occur frequently. After a natural disaster, someone’s life is turned upside down. There are forms… Continue Reading Financial Preparedness and Natural Disasters

Communication Methods for Low Health Literacy Patients

By: Madison Boissiere, Undergraduate Student in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Health Literacy According to the CDC, health literacy is defined as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions”. It is… Continue Reading Communication Methods for Low Health Literacy Patients

Military Families and Reestablishing Normalcy: Returning to Routines amidst COVID-19 for Families with Teens

By: Jason M. Jowers   Life brings change and challenges under normal circumstances, and even more so during the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Routines are very important to maintain normalcy and groundedness for families and are very important especially for military families. Military families already go through events like deployment, multiple moves, and transitions. And… Continue Reading Military Families and Reestablishing Normalcy: Returning to Routines amidst COVID-19 for Families with Teens

In-Person Learning for Young Children During a Pandemic

by Crystal Williams, Ed.M. Across the country, many schools are beginning a new year that will look different than previous ones.  Due to COVID-19, there are new rules and expectations in place for children and adults. These changes may lead to behavioral challenges for young children in childcare, preschool, and early intervention settings. In this… Continue Reading In-Person Learning for Young Children During a Pandemic

Applying Positive Psychology to Financial Practice

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC® boneill@njaes.rutgers.edu. A major focus of Personal Finance Managers (PFMs) is helping military families thrive financially and reach financial goals. The field of positive psychology, with its emphasis on utilizing personal strengths and attaining greater happiness in life (a.k.a., flourishing), is strongly aligned with the work of financial educators and… Continue Reading Applying Positive Psychology to Financial Practice