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Families & Consumers

We know your life is complicated. That's why we have information about health and nutrition, money management, food, home concerns, relationships, and many other topics. Our resources can help you whether you are retired, a first-time parent, a teen, or someone in between.

To find out what Extension services are available in your area or to get personal assistance, please contact your county Extension office.


Staying Cool in Summer

Summer in Florida can be overwhelmingly hot, even for long-time residents. Heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are illnesses that can overcome you when your body is unable to cool itself. Staying cool in summer doesn't have to be difficult with the following tips. Tips for Staying Cool Slow down. Do strenuous activities at the coolest time of the day. At-risk individuals should stay in the coolest available place,  More»


Lightning Safety

Florida residents are familiar with why our state is considered the lightning capital of the nation: the afternoon thunderstorm. While it may not seem much of a concern, lightning is a real risk—in fact, you're more likely to get struck by lightning than attacked by a shark. With Florida having the nation's most lightning fatalities in 2014, it's important to know lightning safety tips to avoid being struck during storms. Avoid Getting  More»


Fathering When Apart

Children can face many changes when their parents separate or divorce. One of the most difficult changes can happen when a child stops living with both parents. In the United States, about half of children will live apart from their fathers because of separation. Additionally, mothers are more likely to be awarded physical custody of children than fathers. Involvement After Separation Although fathers may not spend as much time with their  More»


Vacation on a Budget

UF/IFAS financial expert Dr. Michael Gutter explains how to have fun in the sun without going in the red.  More»


Health Benefits of Honey

Learn about the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of honey. More...  More»


Washing Fruits and Vegetables

While fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, they can become contaminated from manure, water, and animals or insects. If the leafy greens and juicy fruits are not cleaned properly, then foodborne illnesses can spread. Use the following tips as a guide to washing fruits and vegetables. Rinse and Rub While their cleaning methods differ, be sure to rinse and rub the following fruits/vegetables for five seconds,  More»