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Basic Cleaning

Basic Cleaning


How often do you need to clean your home or living space? Where did you learn to clean? Tristin Bolton, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Crawford County, along with co-host Casey Ford,  will share the standards of cleanliness that we should all follow and suggest simple products to get you started. 
In today’s podcast, we will be discussing suicide. If you or someone you know is in need of help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 or go to death of a friend or loved one by suicide can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a person's life. Picking up the pieces as a suicide survivor can take a long time but it can be done. In this episode of Grown Up U, Alison Crane, Garland County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, and her guest, Julie Fant, counselor and owner of Divine Therapy, discuss coping skills for those experiencing that type of loss and what friends and family can do to help. 
We hear all the time don't drive distracted, but why is that so important? Join Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent and her guest, Dot Hart, as they share the costs of distracted driving. Staying focused on the road could save a life!
Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? According to Mental health America, 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14.  Join Rachel Chaney, Yell County FCS agent and special guest, Rebecca Simon, Family Life/Early Childhood Instructor and Mental Health First Aid Trainer, as they talk about getting back to basics with mental health. 
Staying Safe Online

Staying Safe Online


We all know the internet as a place of endless information, connections, resources, apps, and of course, games. It has become the “next best thing to sliced bread” as the old saying goes. For as much good that the internet can and does bring to our lives, it also brings about the bad and ugly.In today’s Grown Up You podcast FSC agents, Julie Going and Valerie Turner,  talk about why it is  important to stay on guard when you are on the internet and tips for staying safe.  
The stress of graduating from college is real. Meeting all the requirements, completing those last assignments, and taking make or break your grade finals can all build up to make you feel overwhelmed. You have worked so hard to receive a degree and instead of exhilaration all you feel is stress. Alison Crane, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for Garland County, Arkansas, and her son, Jonathan Crane, discuss the stressors of college graduations and some stress busting tips for not letting them get to you.
This may be the moment you have been waiting for but graduating from high school can still bring a lot of stress. Don't let the pressure make your memories of this important accomplishment unhappy. Taking steps to manage your stress by learning some coping skills can help you enjoy this special time in your life. Listen as Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Pamela Luker, and high school senior, Destini Nguyen, discuss ways to make your last weeks of high school less stressful. 
In the digital age, navigating online dating websites and apps can feel like a minefield, especially as romance scams have become more prevalent. Over the last five years, over one billion dollars has been reported lost to romance scams.  In this week’s podcast, Valerie Turner, Staff Chair in Monroe County and her guest, Rebekah Hall from the office of communications for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will highlight tips for dating safely in our digital age.
Oh No! Either you have lost your copy of one of your vital documents or maybe you never had a copy, and you need one for school or work. Before the thought of going to the Vital Records office makes you anxious, listen as Alison Crane, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, shares what you need to know to get a copy of your important records. You’ll learn how to get a copy of your birth certificate, marriage license, a replacement Social Security card and death certificates for a loved one.
Getting Enough Sleep

Getting Enough Sleep


Is your alarm clock your friend or foe?  For most of us that depends on how much sleep we got the night before. Over 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders that affect one’s overall sleep patterns. In today's podcast, Mary Ann Kizer, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, and Dot Hart, Extension Wellness Ambassador and EHC Delta District Director, share why adults should get a good night's sleep and some easy to follow, inexpensive tips for helping you get good sleep. 
With rising food costs, many Americans, especially young adults in college or just starting their careers are looking for ways to stretch their food dollars.  In this episode Family and Consumer Sciences Agents, Casey Ford and Tristin Bolton, brainstorm ways that young adults can save money on food.
 In today’s busy world, take-out and delivered foods are increasing in popularity. Some foods are served hot, and some are served cold when purchased. In this episode, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Jessica Angel, dives into safe steps in food handling, proper safety cooking techniques, and storage that are essential in preventing foodborne illness and keeping food safe. 
Losing weight is hard and maintaining a healthy weight requires self-discipline, but that does not mean the journey is not worth the effort. Alison Crane, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Garland County, will share the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight and how establishing some simple good habits can make it achievable not miserable.
We hear about fad diets everywhere!!! Before you decide to try the latest craze, listen in on some fast facts about fad diets to learn about why they may not be all that they are cracked up to be. Join Pamela Luker, the Family Consumer Sciences Agent for Pope County, as she interviews Dr. Jamie Baum, the Associate Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Center for Human Nutrition Department of Food Science with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Dr. Baum shares information to help you know recognize fad diets and learn about diets that are proven to be effective and safe.
Do you get confused by all the nutrition information out there?  You are not the only one!!! Tune in to hear FCS agent, Alison Crane, and her daughter-in-law, Amanda Crane, share how you can use MyPlate as a tool to simplify healthy eating! March is National Nutrition Month, and we have some great information for how you can take some simple steps to improve your diet.
Ever get to the DMV to renew your car tags only to find out your need proof of tax assessment? Did you know what to do? If you are clueless about what I am talking about then you need to listen to this episode of Grown Up U. Phillips County FCS Agent, Julie Goings, and Agriculture Agent, Shawn Payne, share all you need to know about tax assessment. Listening should save you time when heading to renew those tags and maybe keep your name out of the paper, too. 
It is time to get those important tax papers ready! Tax season is upon us! Rachel Chaney, Yell County FCS Agent talks with special guest Dr. Laura Hendrix, Associate Professor for Personal Finance and Consumer Economics, as she shares tips for preparing your taxes once you have collected your important tax papers. 
Whether it's your first time to file taxes or your twentieth time, filing taxes can be a little stressful. Never fear! There is hope! Follow our advice on collecting those important tax papers and you'll be cool as a cucumber and ready for next week's episode on your filing options. Listen as Rachel Chaney, the Yell County Family Consumer Science Extension Agent visits with Dr. Laura Hendrix, Associate Professor for Personal Finance and Consumer Economics with the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. Dr. Hendrix has some great "adulting" information for you. 
Have you ever wondered where you spent your money? Or maybe you are working to be independent, and you need to figure out if you can even afford to do that. In today's podcast, Garland County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Alison Crane, will share the basics of budgeting to help you set up your own spending plan. 
In today's episode, Jefferson County Extension agents, Mary Ann Kizer and Kurt Beaty, share the steps you need to take when shopping for a credit card. Be a smart consumer and learn the facts about credit cards before you accept all those card offers coming each month in the mail. Once you have listened to our podcast, visit to learn more about building your credit and wise money management. 
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