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Home and Family

K-State Research and Extension is a leader in providing research-based information and education for creating strong, healthy Kansas communities. We strive to improve family relationships, develop consumer and financial management skills and help Kansans balance the demands of work, family and community.

Use the links to your left for more information about family nutrition, parenting, food safety, Medicare and aging, and other important topics.

Practical L.I.F.E. Series

Check out the Lessons for Individual and Family Enrichment series offered every 2nd Friday at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library from 10:00-11:00 AM. Registration is required but the lessons are free. Pick one or more to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click HERE for a flyer on the LIFE series.  For more information on what each session will be about click HERE.

Sound Living Podcasts:

As we begin a new year, Kansas State University child development specialist Bradford Wiles suggests reflecting on the things we do well because we want to maintain those things while we try to improve in other areas. For parents, he recommends they pause and reflect on ways that will best help children develop as they work through adolescence. He says engaging in a daily dialogue with children from a young age demonstrates parents are really interested in their lives. It’s by being present and responsive to their needs that parents can model life skills to their children.

Sound Living is a weekly public affairs program addressing issues related to families and consumers. It is hosted by Jeff Wichman. Each episode shares the expertise of K-State specialists in fields such as child nutrition, food safety, adult development and aging, youth development, family resource management, physical fitness and more.

To listen to Sound Living podcasts, click HERE!

New Resources:

Food Mixes in a Jar

When the holiday season rolls around, many family budgets become strained.  With a long list of family and friends, finding enough money to go around may be challenging.  To help reduce the strss of your next holiday season, try making gifts instead of purchasing them.  For ideas on a cute holiday gift of Mixes in a Jar click HERE.

Case for a Cause event returns to the 2023 Geary County Free Fair

Are you looking for a quick and easy project to do with your children or grandchildren this summer? Check out the Case for a Cause project sponsored by the Geary County Free Fair Board! This community service project is a great way to use up left over fabric pieces and perhaps teach our youth to sew AND to give back to the community. You can find the details about the event HERE. If you need some guideance on making a simple pillowcase, check out this short instruction VIDEO created by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Our goal is to donate 50 pillowcases this fall. Join us in bringing smiles to those in need!

Live Well Geary County and K-State Research & Extension are working together to instill policies, systems, and environmental changes to improve the ability for Geary County residents to live with improved healthy habits! The non-profit organization is launching a new pilot program for Seniors. Healthy Together is a weekly FREE healthy meal offered to senior citizens to help them enjoy fellowship, fun, and food. Click HERE for more information about the program. Interested in learning more about Live Well Geary County's work in the area? Read the Pathways to Kansas Blue Cross/Blue Shield 2021 grant impact summary HERE!

Confronting Hypertension:  Looking for a healthful way to help reduce your blood pressure?  First, make sure you talk to your physician about your concerns and follow their medical guidance.  Next, take steps to make diatary changes that can get you the most for your efforts.  The Colorado State University Extension Service offers a great resource on diet and hypertension.  Click HERE to download the fact sheet. 

Handwashing for Health:  Something as simple as hand washing can help keep you and your family safe and healthy. You can download a hand washing poster HERE to remind children and adults how to wash their hands to stay healthy and safe from COVID19! For a quick video review, click HERE!

Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework: Protective factors are characteristics or strengths of individuals, families, communities or societies that act to mitigate risks and promote positive well-being and healthy development. Most often, we see them as attributes that help families to successfully navigate difficult situations. What a better time than now to learn more about these protective factors and discover ways you can develop them in your family relationships? A quick read fact sheet on the Framework can be downloaded HERE. Check out the fun family activities that promote the protective factors in families found on the Family Life tab.

Strengthening Families 7-17 is a program designed to equip children with pro-social skills while supporting parents as they navigate through the many challenges that come with their role. Call the Geary County K-State Research and Extension office, 785-238-4161, to find out when and where the next class is being offered.


Family board game