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Monday, December 5, 2016

Think Regionally, Act Locally

By Karen Shirer, Associate Dean

Many have heard the phrase “Think globally, act locally.” In today’s column, we will “think regionally” as I share the results of the November meeting of the North Central Regional Family and Consumer Sciences program faculty, educators, and administrators.

First a bit of background.

Pulling Together to Build a Park in Milan

By Bonnie Christiansen, Regional Coordinator — SNAP-Ed

In the tiny town of Milan, MN, University of Minnesota Extension staff, residents, and a number of partners are working together to improve the community park.

Despite being home to only 369 residents, Milan has been the focus of much attention for several years, for a special reason. That same reason is why Extension Health and Nutrition staff chose Milan as one of three sites for its pilot projects supporting healthy living.

So what’s the special reason for all the attention? Milan’s unique make up.


A Micronesian woman walks past a mural
depicting Scandinavian history in Milan, MN.
Photo by Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Racing for the Triple Crown of Financial Education

By Mary Jo Katras, Program Leader — Family Resiliency

University of Minnesota Extension was well represented at the 2016 AFCPE® Research and Training Symposium this November in Louisville, Kentucky by both current Extension educators in Family Development who work in the area of financial capability and also several retired Extension educators who are still active in the field.

The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) annual symposium theme was “Racing for the Triple Crown: Achieving Accreditation, Educating Clients, and Changing Behaviors.” This theme was fitting as the conference was held in the home of the Kentucky Derby, one of the three thoroughbred races that comprise the American Triple Crown award. Furthermore, the focus on educating clients and changing behavior was relevant to the work that we do in the area of financial capability.

Here is an overview of what we presented, who presented it, why it’s important, and where on the FD website you can learn more.

Registration Now Open for Community Discussions on Transgender Issues

By Judy Myers, Extension Educator — Children, Youth & Family Consortium

Beginning January 2017, University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) will host free regional events for parents, educators, and professionals who work with families and youth to discuss how to meet the needs of transgender youth.

Visit Lessons from the Field: Families and Youth to register.

Transgender youth live throughout Minnesota, in rural and urban communities alike. And in both settings, they encounter challenges of homelessness, poor health and nutrition, abuse, and lack of necessary resources. CYFC educators and staff believe that addressing these issues is critical to improving both the health of transgender youth and the health of communities in which they live.

FD in the News

Here’s your monthly roundup of regional media coverage on the work of Family Development staff and partners.

Apple Crunch Day at Laporte School

All the students and staff of the Laporte (MN) Elementary School — 345 in total — participated in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Day on Oct. 13 in honor of National Farm to School Month. Everybody took a crunch out of an apple at 12:30 p.m. in solidarity with schools and other organizations in states surrounding the Great Lakes. Special guests included SNAP-Ed Educator Kathryn Lien.


A lesson in healthy cooking

A multi-session course at Albert Lea High School is seeking to educate members of the community on how to eat healthy foods on a limited budget. SNAP-Ed Educator June Sorenson partnered with the Statewide Health Improvement Program; Women, Infants and Children; and Head Start to deliver the classes.


How one St. Paul elementary school is building a trauma-informed learning environment

Scott Masini, principal of Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, continually looks for resources to minimize the effects of trauma on students’ ability to learn. He’s made one connection with CYFC’s Judy Myers. She helped the school secure grant funding through Extension for projects to help students de-stress. Those projects include a calming room and a school garden.


Was your work highlighted in November by local media or were you quoted in story? Contact Michael Brott to share the news.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November Website Bytes

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate

Here’s news about what’s fresh on the Family Development website.

Party On


Our staff and educators have added so much great content to the Live Healthy, Live Well website that we in FD Communications spun off a section specifically for keeping an even keel and balanced budget during the holidays: Healthy Holidays.

New or revised articles include:


We extend much gratitude to Sharon Powell, Judy Myers, Heather Lee, Mary Vitcenda, and Ruth Ellis, as well as the Health and Nutrition review team for creating this content.

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