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During childhood, parents usually oversee a child’s medical needs – calling for appointments, filling out forms and keeping track of medications. However, as children become teenagers, parents are encouraged to relinquish some of that responsibility and help them transition to adult health care. K-State Research and Extension youth development specialist Elaine Johannes says parents can make this transition easier by starting the process early, discussing health care issues with them – especially when it’s in the news – and sitting in the waiting room while they meet privately with the doctor.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


Americans, in general, display low levels of financial knowledge and capability, but a new study out of Kansas State University indicates women are even less financially capable. The gender gap of capability extends across all ages, but is most prevalent among women younger than 35 and older than 55 – and the gap increases with age. This is especially troubling because many women will be the head of a household at some point in their life. Cliff Robb, an associate professor in the Kansas State College of Human Ecology and the author of a study titled, Financial Knowledge and the Gender Gap, says there are many reasons why this gap exists and explains why it’s critical that it is addressed.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


The theme for America Saves Week – the last week in February – is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. The theme is also the essence of a sound approach to savings. Knowing what you want to save for, how to achieve it, and making the savings process automatic will help you reach your savings goal. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says Kansas Saves, which mirrors the America Saves initiative, encourages people to commit to saving, reduce debt, invest and build wealth.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM

Ever Strong: Program Encourages Strength Training as Part of Overall Health

Does the expression “strength training” conjure visions of hulky guys lifting weights or women with no body fat whatsoever working out on complex equipment? The idea of strength training can be intimidating, but it shouldn’t be, according to a Kansas State University family and consumer science specialist.
2/12/2015 8:00:00 AM


Emergent literacy is a term used to explain a young child’s knowledge of reading and writing skills before they learn how to read and write words. When parents, caregivers and educators play an active role in exposing pre-school age children to books, they open up a world of possibilities. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says emergent literacy is critically important for lifetime learning.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM

Parenting Against Video Game Addiction

Recent studies have shown that video gaming has surpassed watching television as teens’ favorite activity to defeat boredom, but this trade-off could have harmful consequences.

2/4/2015 8:00:00 AM

Where Tax Returns Intersect with Health Insurance

With January coming to a close, taxpayers have likely received all documents to file their income tax returns for 2014. Those without health insurance in 2014 will face a penalty of $95 per individual or 1 percent of their annual household income above the tax-filing threshold—whichever is the greater amount—when filing tax returns this year.
2/2/2015 8:00:00 AM


Holiday gatherings can bring people of all ages together for several hours or several days. As children go through different developmental and life stages, holiday gatherings can become a challenge for the entire family. Children typically want to spend time with friends and social media, while parents and other relatives often want their undivided attention. K-State Research and Extension youth development specialist Elaine Johannes says the job of children is to grow up, and they do that somewhat by pushing against the tradition of what the family has laid out.

12/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


One of the more widely discussed agricultural topics in Kansas these days concerns how to properly create a farm or ranch succession from one generation to another.  This is a very important venture not only for the agricultural families involved, but also for the communities around those farms and ranches.  After the first of the year, Kansas State will host five workshops around the state on succession planning…they will take place at Allen Community College in Iola, Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza in Manhattan, Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, and the Kansas State Agricultural Research Center in Hayes.

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


The holiday break provides students an opportunity to catch their breath and spend time with family and friends. However, boredom is bound to set in. Typically that leads to watching television and playing a lot of video games. K-State Research and Extension youth development specialist Elaine Johannes project director of the recently-completed Kansas Adolescent Health Community Input Survey, says the interviews they conducted with nearly 400 Kansas teenagers revealed that boys and girls are not only playing video games at home, they’re also playing them away from home on their cell phones and tablets. Johannes says too much video gaming every day can have negative consequences.

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


According to the Step and Blended Family Institute, the holidays can be stressful and challenging under the best of circumstances, but when you add in the complexity of blended families or an extended blended family network, you’re introducing more people, differing ideas and conflicting schedules into an already hectic holiday season. However, there are steps that can be taken to minimize potential problems. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says that while blended families do face some unique challenges, especially during the holidays, they also have an opportunity to create new memories and traditions. 

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM

Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping: Keep Fun and Budget in Mind

Holiday ShoppingA K-State expert provides insight into why people enjoy shopping over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and how they can make the most of their shopping experience.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM

Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift

Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM

Foster Grandparents Reach Out to Military Kids in Kansas

A partnership between Foster Grandparents and Kansas Operation Military Kids provides seniors with information to assist military children, who face many unique challenges and opportunities.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM

Farm Transition Workshops Planned in Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – When it comes to devising a plan to transition the family farm to the next generation, communicating may be the hardest part, according to Jeri Albright, who along with her husband, Corky, operates a crop and livestock operation in Jackson County, Kan.
11/15/2013 8:00:00 AM

Push Processed Trans Fats Aside

Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM