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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.

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All about Cranberries

Cranberries are well known for being the sweet, delicious accompaniment to a Thanksgiving turkey, but not much else is commonly known about this berry. They have a unique planting process, are versatile in recipes, and provide ample nutritional benefits. Cranberry Growth Cycle Cranberry is native to the U.S. and is mainly grown in the northeastern and north central region of the U.S. and some parts of Canada. This woody  More»

Keep It Clean: Kitchen Appliances

Although your kitchen may look clean, it can harbor harmful bacteria that can cause colds, foodborne illnesses, and more. If you clean your kitchen appliances routinely, however, you can rid your kitchen of bacteria and keep you and your food safe. Here are tips on how to clean common kitchen appliances in your home: Microwave Remove spatters and spills when they happen so foods won’t become stuck in the  More»

Keep It Clean: Washing Raw Foods

You may wonder whether you need to wash raw foods before you prepare them. While it’s true that certain foods should be washed before they’re eaten, washing other types of foods isn’t recommended. Learn the do’s and don’ts of washing raw food. Do Wash your hands with soapy hot water before and after handling food. After removing damaged and bruised areas, thoroughly wash produce with cool, clean  More»

Hand Washing

Hand washing is an important way to prevent the spread of disease. However, hand hygiene recommendations for different situations can confuse some people about which method is the best in everyday life. Microbes: The Good and the Bad The idea that your environment needs to be germ free is a misconception. The world we live in is full of microbes. Some cause disease and illness, but others are necessary for our health and well-being. Our  More»

Food Expiration Dates

Here's a rundown of what "Sell-by," "Best if Used By (or Before)," and "Use-By" dates mean, so you can enjoy your favorite foods longer and reduce food waste. More...  More»

Halloween Safety Tips

From costumes to candy, keep this holiday safe and fun with our Halloween safety tips. Costumes Choose Safer Materials Fabric can easily catch fire if it brushes too close to a candle-lit jack-o'-lantern or luminary, so choose flame-resistant costume materials. Add pieces of reflective tape to make a costume more visible at night, especially if it is dark colored. Wear Clothing That Fits Make sure that long, flowing costumes, such as robes,  More»