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Wellness Wednesday: A New Medicare Card is Coming. Be Ready. AAFCS thanks Community of Family Economics & Resource Management member Patti Wooten Swanson for this timely submission on Medicare. Patti is a Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Science Advisor with University of California Cooperative Extension, and a member of the California Affiliate of AAFCS .    Did you know?   You’ll be getting a new Medicare card with a new number for claiming benefits. Why?   Currently, your Medicare number is the same as your Social Security number and it is printed on your Medicare card. This has led to growing identity theft among those 65 years and older. It ...
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AAFCS is pleased to share that our inaugural round of FCS fit Project Grants have been awarded, and invites you to learn this week about the two projects that were funded. The next grant period opens in January, 2018, and we look forward to helping two more FCS fit Innovators see their projects to fruition!   Project leader:  Meeshay Williams-Wheeler Project Description:  FCSfit Kids: Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in a Family Mentor Experience  Assignment In brief:   The purpose of the FCSfit KIDS project is to provide leadership and guidance to college students on age and developmentally appropriate ways to teach ...
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By Tara Dairman, Children's Book Author This blog was originally published on November 17th, 2016. People who’ve read my novel   All Four Stars   and its   sequels   often ask me how I became a writer. Sometimes they also want to know where my book ideas come from. (Ha, if only I knew! I’d go back and grab a few more.) But recently, a friend asked a different question: How did I get interested in “the food side of things”? Cooking, and eating adventurously, play a huge role in my books—and I bet a lot of readers assume that (like my foodie heroine, Gladys), I’ve been passionate about food since childhood. But they’d be wrong about that. ...
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When people refer to resource management, it's commonly focused on money or natural resources. But is the other biggie - time - the most critical of all? This chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is an overview of how Americans spent their time in 2016. How does your schedule compare? A recent TED Talk by Laura Vanderkam inspired me to spend some time thinking about, well, time. More specifically, how to mange free time most effectively. Laura lays out the logistics, first -- there are 168 hours in a week. And, she asserts that for most, there really are enough hours in the day to get it all done. ". . . Time is highly elastic," she says. "We cannot ...
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This edition of  Wellness  Wednesday was inspired by the upcoming AAFCS webinar,  "Family Meals Made Easy: Implementing Freezer and Monthly Take-Home Meal Programs."   Just in time for  FCS Day , this complimentary webinar presented by Janet Holden, CFCS, an FCS teacher in Kansas, will share tips for success in  implementing classroom and community service programs to promote easy family meals . The webinar is on   November 15th at 5 PM ET   and registration is limited, so  reserve your seat today ! With the "Fall Back" time-change behind us, it may now feel like the holiday season is approaching too fast. In addition to the   webinar ...
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Alexandria, Va. – July 10, 2017 — Jennifer Zorotovich, Ph.D., and six co-authors have received the award for Outstanding Scholarship Article in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences (JFCS) . Sonja Koukel, Ph.D., received the AAFCS 2017 Outstanding Peer Reviewer award for the JFCS . The JFCS is a quarterly, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Both awards were announced last month at the AAFCS 108th Annual Conference & Expo in Dallas, Tex. The Outstanding Scholarship Article award recognizes one scholarly article from 2016 issues that meets the highest criteria for scholarship ...
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Are you a couponer? It's a hobby for some, a lifestyle for others, and even the basis for a reality TV show! Reason being, coupons work. Overlooked by many, wisely-used coupons can help families save hundreds, even thousands of dollars per year.   The AAFCS Student Unit has chosen to support   Coups for Troops   for its year-long service project. Coups for Troops is a charity that was founded to supply coupons to military families,   who can use manufacturer coupons up to six months past their expiration date   at military base commissaries.   Here's how to help: 1)   Clip manufacturer coupons   0-3 months expired. 2)   Mail your coupons*   ...
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Necessity is the mother of invention, they say.   Rutgers Cooperative Extension   Specialist   Barbara O'Neill, CFCS, CPFFE   - pictured at right - compiled this information on credit freezing as a result of her own frustrating experience requesting 8 credit freezes and having no central source of contact info for each credit reporting agency. Credit experts recommend that consumers freeze their credit to reduce their risk of becoming an identity theft victim . This has to be done individually with each of the “Big Three” credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion), plus some experts also recommend doing a freeze with a lesser-known ...
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AAFCS thanks AAFCS member  Axton Betz-Hamilton, Ph.D., AFC®, CPFFE , Assistant Professor of Consumer Affairs, South Dakota State University for submitting to this FCS fit Wellness Wednesday. In 2016 alone, there were 15.4 million reported incidents of identity theft in the U.S., a record high (Javelin Strategy and Research, 2017).  Just this past week, the credit reporting agency Equifax reported a data breach potentially affecting 143 million U.S. consumers (O’Brien, 2017).  Personal information including Social Security Numbers and birthdates were accessed in the breach, which can be used to commit identity theft.  In light of the increased incidence ...
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Alexandria, Va. – May 8, 2017 —On May 4, National Family & Consumer Sciences Educator Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) officially announced Brenda Osman, family and consumer sciences (FCS) educator, East Central High School, St. Leon, Indiana, as the AAFCS 2017 National Teacher of the Year. Sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publisher , the Teacher of the Year award recognizes exemplary teachers who utilize cutting-edge methods, techniques, and activities to provide stimulus and visibility to family and consumer sciences in elementary and secondary education. Osman will be honored at the AAFCS 108th Annual Conference & Expo ...
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