Families and relationships


Families and relationships
Helping children develop good health habits

Parents play an important role in helping their children develop good health habits. Healthy children eat well, live a physically active life and feel good about themselves and others. Read more

ACA open enrollment ends Dec. 15

Missourians planning to buy or change coverage on the state’s health insurance marketplace have until Dec. 15 to sign up for a 2018 plan. Read more

It's OK to go to bed angry

Going to sleep and readdressing the problem the next day when our minds are rested is better than staying up until the wee hours of the morning to fight. Read more

MU Extension program aims to strengthen Missouri families

Family specialist David Schramm hopes the Show Me Healthy Families and Relationships project will strengthen families of 2,000 low-income Missouri residents in 21 counties over the next five years. Read more

Friendship is important to older adults

Having a strong circle of friends can be a good boost for aging hearts and can help the body's autoimmune system resist disease. Read more

Everyone benefits from family meals

Family meals are not only a simple, effective tool to help prevent substance abuse in kids, but are also good for children's nutrition. Read more

Helping children get along with friends

Children who have friends are less lonely and depressed. They are also more likely to feel confident and good about themselves. Read more

Keeping fun in our relationships

Remember those first days of falling in love — the endless talks, the long walks and that feeling of happiness? Read more

Prioritizing your time

Time is a unique resource in that everyone is given an equal amount. How you invest that gift is a major factor in how you feel about life. Read more

Promoting young children's early literacy

Children who have reading difficulties in the primary grades often had limited early literacy learning experiences. Read more


  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    KIRKWOOD, Mo. – You probably go to great lengths during the school year to ensure your child has the right equipment — pens, notebooks, clothing — to make it through the day.
  • Monday, July 31, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A recently completed assessment of University of Missouri Extension found that with an annual investment of $86 million (2016), MU Extension generated dividends totaling nearly $950 million.


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