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The Ask an Expert informational series features quick tips and advice from USU Extension on everything from raising your own backyard chickens to stress-relieving activities.

 

Tune in Mondays during All Things Considered and Tuesdays during Morning Edition for Ask an Expert.

 

Ask An Expert: Three Steps For A Happier Life In 2021

Jan 15, 2021
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Despite the dark, hanging cloud of the coronavirus, there is still much happiness to be had. Though 2021 still holds uncertainty, it can be as good as we make it.

Ask An Expert: Healthy Eating For A Happy Holiday

Jan 13, 2021

  The average American consumed about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day when taking into consideration pre-meal snacking, the actual dinner, dessert, then evening leftovers. That is enough to gain a pound or two, which can be remedied, but how many more days like this will there be?

Ask an Expert: December Gardener’s Almanac Tips

Jan 13, 2021

  Though yards and gardens were put to bed some time ago, there are still outdoor tasks to consider and holiday gardening gifts to give. Here are some tips.

Ask an Expert : Four Tips To Help You Be A Savvy Holiday Shopper

Jan 13, 2021

Many retailers are promoting month-long Black Friday deals and will continue to flood us with advertising until Christmas. But before jumping the gun and diving in blindly to holiday spending, consider these tips to help you be a savvy shopper this season. 

Ask An Expert; Final Fall Pruning And Projects

Jan 13, 2021

Before giving up on gardening for the season, it’s important to finish strong by properly preparing your yard and garden for a long winter’s nap. Consider these tips.

Ask an Expert; Thinking Outside The Box For 2020 Thanksgiving

Jan 13, 2021

Recent recommendations from Governor Gary Herbert have stated that the Thanksgiving holiday must be different this year if we are to lower our record-high COVID-19 numbers. These recommendations can leave us wondering how to manage the changes while still keeping our family traditions alive and staying close to loved ones. Consider these tips.

Ask An Expert; Cranberries: A Healthy Holiday Choice

Jan 13, 2021

The health benefits of cranberries, combined with their unique taste, versatility and ease of use, make them a wise fruit choice not only during the holidays, but year round.

Ask An Expert: Tips For Staying Positive And Healthy During the Pandemic

Dec 30, 2020

For many people, the pandemic has caused disarray and uncertainty, and it is easy to become anxious and skeptical. However, there are many things we still have control over, and one of those is our attitude. A positive attitude can go a long way in times of stress. Author Charles Swindoll said, “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” Consider these tips to stay positive and healthy. 

Ask An Expert: Back-To-School Self-Care For Educators

Dec 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress and challenges for people across the world. As the new school year begins, emotions can run from excitement to fear and from relief to stress. Perhaps no one feels the pressure of new challenges and routines during the pandemic quite as much as educators. 

Ask An Expert: Prevent Your Carved Creation From Becoming A Fungal Fiasco

Dec 30, 2020

Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is an art form that comes in all shapes, sizes and levels of difficulty. The final product (usually) makes the pumpkin carvers proud and anxious to display their work. However, often just a few days later, the pumpkin creation may start to wither and rot, and eventually, mold will take over. Why does this happen?

September Is National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared and Informed

Sep 11, 2020
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  Winds, wildfires and flooding have been plentiful in Utah this month. Add in the pandemic, and feelings of anxiety and unrest can spike. However, it is well known that preparation can help overcome fear, and since September is National Preparedness Month, now is a great time to evaluate your preparedness supplies and plans.

August Yard and Garden Checklist

Aug 27, 2020

  The heat is on, and yards and gardens are trying to keep up with the temperatures. Consider these tips from the USU Extension Gardeners Almanac to keep your garden thriving this month. Also included are links for further information.

Tips for Creating a Successful Blended Family

Aug 27, 2020
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  The term blended family highlights the unique challenge of finding acceptable ways to blend the lives, experiences, expectations and dreams of parents who remarry and the children involved. The ratio of people in the United States who live in blended families is one in three.

Know How to “Go” When Nature Calls in Utah’s Outdoors

Aug 27, 2020
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Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors, but more people camping, hiking and biking on public lands means more people who have to “go” in places without bathroom facilities.

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Irresponsible recreation, particularly when camping, can endanger you and your family as well as other campers. If a wild animal receives a food reward, it will likely seek out other areas frequented by humans for food. This behavior can result in human injury as well as the removal or death of wildlife.

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It can be a challenge to keep gardens growing well as summer heats up, so Utah State University Extension’s Gardener’s Almanac provides a checklist of tasks to help your garden, grass and plants grow well in July. Also included are links for tips and further information.

Ask An Expert – Nine Tips For Safe Summer Picnics

Jul 13, 2020
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Summertime is here, and after a long spring, many people are eager to get outside and socialize. Although there is no current evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 through food or food packaging, there are definite precautions to take when planning potlucks and picnics this summer.

Timing Can Be Tricky For Spring Planting

Jun 26, 2020
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Determining when to plant a garden can be especially confusing and Utah's unpredictable varied climate, or last frost days can vary by many days within just a few miles. Many experienced gardeners have planted and later lost their plants to frost.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas That Don't Break The Bank

Jun 22, 2020
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  Father's Day gift ideas don't have to be complicated or expensive. Simple but meaningful gift ideas that are easy on the budget and fun for kids often mean the most fathers and grandfathers. Here are five frugal gift ideas for the father figures in your life.

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As we continue to find ourselves in new territory with COVID-19, we face major changes to our routines – including parents having children at home while they work. While many parents have worked from home when their child was sick or out of school, the current situation may require us to accept this arrangement for weeks (or months) to come. If you are still trying to figure out how to make this work in your home, consider the following tips to help you get your work done and also meet your children’s needs.

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Mental wellness at work is an essential part of overall well-being that is often overlooked. Any job can be stressful, even if you love what you do.

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As individuals and families come to Utah State University’s Student Nutrition Access Center (SNAC) to meet their food needs in the coming weeks, they will get to enjoy the fruits of the labors of other USU students and community volunteers.

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Utah State University Extension 4-H youth have answered the call to help protect health care workers in rural Utah areas. 

 

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Stress can be brought on by everyday hassles, but especially when there are larger issues like the ongoing public health concern of a pandemic. While no one’s life is completely stress free, regular negative stress can keep us from feeling and performing our best; therefore, it is important that we learn how to manage it. 

Ask An Expert: Five Tips To Avoid Coronavirus Scams

May 20, 2020
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Not surprisingly, scammers are taking advantage of the fears that surround the Coronavirus. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission has already communicated with several scammers who are selling phony Coronavirus “treatments.” Scammers have set up websites to sell bogus products using fake emails, texts and social media posts as a method to get victims’ money and personal information.

Ask An Expert: Should You Raise Chickens?

May 20, 2020
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In difficult economic times, many people consider purchasing chickens as part of their domestic safety net. Raising chickens, however, is distinctly different than stocking up on food storage or bottled water.

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