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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Reflecting on movies – and our accomplishments

2 of a 2-part series

By Trish Olson, director of programs

I don’t know about you, but I am still seeing the “Best of 2017” Lists. I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame. They represent reflections of what has gone well – what should be repeated? Perhaps it is movies with another number behind their title, like “Pitch Perfect 3.” One and two worked, why not three? I have heard mixed reviews on the new “Star Wars” movie, which raises the question: When does something popular get “sunsetted?” When does something new replace the old and we are all better off for it? Olive oil replaces other fats. Taylor Swift leaves country behind for pop, etc. Perhaps the comparisons need to end.

Data visualization group requests feedback on infographic production


By Emily Becher, research associate, Center for Family Development

As part of a cross-center learning group on data visualization, I have been discussing ways to make infographic production easier and more approachable across Extension. We are gathering information to help us move this process forward, and we need your help.

Scholarships open for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference


By Stephanie Heim, associate program director

The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Network is now accepting scholarships to attend the conference, set for April 25-27 in Cincinnati, Ohio. So, I have a request for each of you: Please alert your partners and anyone else you work with who's involved with local food efforts to apply. Deadline for applications is 8 p.m. Eastern time (7 p.m. Central), Monday, February 12.

Your Money, Your Goals training promotes financial empowerment


By Becky Hagen Jokela, Extension educator in family resiliency 
 
Your Money, Your Goals (YMYG) is a financial empowerment toolkit created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The toolkit gives service agency staff information and ideas for use in assisting their clients. The goal is to help clients understand their own financial situations and connect to resources in their communities.

Stay warm, stay safe this winter


Winter in Minnesota brings special joys, such as skiing, skating, or just curling up by the fire reading a book or watching a movie. But winter in northern climates also brings special challenges.

Two females sitting in snow looking at camera.

Extension educators have compiled information to help individuals and families stay warm and safe in winter. Check out Family Development's Healthy Winters web page for links to information on:

FD in the news


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

How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly
HuffPost, Dec. 25, 2017

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?, University of Minnesota Extension’s resource to help families distribute personal belongings without conflict after the death of a loved one, was in the spotlight in December. Five newspapers around the country, including HuffPost, cited WGGYPP as a useful resource in a syndicated column written by Jim Miller, creator of SavvySenior.org.


Overindulgence and Good Hearts: Parenting During Holidays
Minnesota Ag Connection, Dec. 18, 2017

Ellie McCann, Extension educator in family resiliency, talks about how the holidays increase pressure on parents to overindulge their children with too many gifts and in other ways. She also promotes two Extension online courses designed to help parents deal with this pressure any time of the year: Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence and Parenting with a Good Heart.

Community Voices: Planning for Death Can Be a Gift for Loved Ones
Savage Pacer, Dec. 2, 2017

No one likes to contemplate their own mortality. But it’s important to put your financial affairs in order and take other steps so your family knows your wishes upon death or in case of serious illness or incapacitation. Columnist Rochelle Eastman says planning for death is the “final gift you can give your family.” She also cites Extension’s Minnesota Health Care Directive Planning Toolkit as a valuable resource to aid in this process.
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