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Extension News
Mold Removal link As flood waters recede, cleanup begins. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 1/9/2019
Radon Posters link Radon poster contest taps kids' creativity to teach about the dangers of radon. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon | Published: 1/10/2019
Radon Educator link Environmental health expert helps Georgians protect their homes against radon. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard | Published: 1/8/2019
Radon Education link UGA Extension can help Georgians protect their homes from radon. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Merritt Melancon | Published: 1/3/2019
2018 Weather link Last year's weather reduced fruit yields, delayed planting and blew down pecans, cotton and timber By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Merritt Melancon, Pam Knox | Published: 1/3/2019
Asthma Triggers link More time inside means more time exposed to indoor asthma triggers. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Merritt Melancon, Pam Knox, Ines Beltran | Published: 12/17/2018
Rural Stress link Opioid addiction and suicides among topics at rural stress conference. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Merritt Melancon, Pam Knox, Ines Beltran, Sharon Dowdy | Published: 12/13/2018
Holiday Safety link Make safety a family affair this holiday season. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Merritt Melancon, Pam Knox, Ines Beltran, Sharon Dowdy, Pamela Turner | Published: 12/10/2018
Holiday Exercise link Lower temperatures and decreased daylight hours make skipping out on exercise an option for some. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Merritt Melancon, Pam Knox, Ines Beltran, Sharon Dowdy, Pamela Turner, Ellen Hallman | Published: 11/16/2018
Energy Efficiency link UGA's Craig Kvien says half of typical power bill can be attributed to either heating or cooling your home. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Merritt Melancon, Pam Knox, Ines Beltran, Sharon Dowdy, Pamela Turner, Ellen Hallman, Clint Thompson | Published: 11/16/2018
Cooking A Turkey link Once the turkey is removed from the refrigerator, it should be trimmed, seasoned and cooked without delay. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Merritt Melancon, Pam Knox, Ines Beltran, Sharon Dowdy, Pamela Turner, Ellen Hallman, Clint Thompson, Elizabeth L. Andress | Published: 11/16/2018
Frying Turkeys link A common cause of turkey fryer accidents is caused by filling the pot with too much oil. By Sharon Dowdy, Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Merritt Melancon, Pam Knox, Ines Beltran, Sharon Dowdy, Pamela Turner, Ellen Hallman, Clint Thompson, Elizabeth L. Andress, Sharon Dowdy | Published: 11/16/2018
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Staff Listing
Carin Booth Family and Consumer Sciences County Extension Agent boothc@uga.edu 770-535-8293
Sandra Stringer Family and Consumer Sciences EFNEP Program Assistant stringer@uga.edu 770-535-8290
Extension Publications
  • A School's Guide to the 'Nitty-Gritty' about Head Lice (C 850) This guide discusses how to prevent and treat head lice outbreaks in schools.
  • Time Management: 10 Strategies for Better Time Management (C 1042) Learn 10 strategies for better time management, including knowing how to spend your time, setting priorities, using planning tools, getting organized, scheduling, delegating, and avoiding procrastinating, wasting time, and multitasking.
  • Poison Look-Alikes: Tips to Prevent Accidental Poisoning at All Ages (EBR-17) We often think of poisoning as something that happens to small children, but it's also easy for adults to mix up medications or mistake one product for another. Poison look-alikes are potentially harmful substances that can easily be mistaken for safe ones, usually because they look the same or have very similar packaging. Often, they are things that we use every day for cleaning, self-care, or first aid, but if they are used incorrectly or mistaken for something else, they can harm us. This publication provides information on what to look out for and how to prevent poisoning. This publication is part of a series of publications of the University of Maryland Extension and Family and Consumer Sciences/Healthy Homes, and was developed in partnership with The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension.
  • Taking Care of You and Your Family (C 1041-7) Dealing with the financial aspects of your situation is important. But it is equally important to deal with the psychological and emotional aspects that you and your family are experiencing. Gain insight on how to take care of yourself, how to meet the needs of your family and how to deal with stress.
  • The Basics (C 1053-01) From the moment a baby is born, every experience taken in by the five senses helps strengthen the connections that guide development. No two brains are alike! Each child's brain creates individual pathways of connections based on specific experiences. Here are some general tips you can use to help wire the brain for success.
  • Prime Times for Learning (C 1053-02) Research in brain development shows there are certain windows of opportunity, known as sensitive periods, when certain parts of the brain develop most quickly. These windows are prime times for learning certain skills because the brain is ready to build networks of connections in response to what the five senses absorb. Here are some of those prime times, what to expect, and what you can do to improve brain development.
  • What Parents Can Do (C 1053-03) All parents want their children to be smart and successful. Researchers have found that a child's brain continues to develop long after birth. Parents can do many things to support their child's healthy brain development, beginning before birth and continuing until their child is an adult. This publication explains some of the things you can do to ensure healthy brain development for your child.
  • What Child Care Can Do (C 1053-04) Child care providers play an important role in nurturing children's healthy brain development. When it comes to supporting healthy brain development, the type of child care is less important than the quality of care a child receives. This publication will help you understand the components of quality child care and the effects of low-quality child care on brain development.
  • Learning Language (C 1053-05) If you're like most adults, learning a new language can be challenging. But the average baby learns a new language relatively easily. Babies learn language by hearing other people speak around them and by practicing making those sounds. Here is some information on how babies learn language and ways you can help your baby.
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