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FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

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The mission of Family & Consumer Sciences agents is to promote economic, environmental, and social sustainability for families by providing education for living well in Florida, now and for the future.

Manatee County's Family and Consumer Sciences Program links research, knowledge, and technology to the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Dedicated to strengthening families through education, the belief is that the family:

  • Is the most effective and efficient unit for building a competent society;
  • Has a right to meet basic needs and to make choices about its future;
  • Is interdependent within communities and their environments.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: FINANCIALHOUSING RESOURCES

CONTACT

Nelly Nelson 
Family and Consumer Sciences Agent
(941)722-4524 ext. 1854

WORK&LIFE STORIES

Hurricane-Resistant Trees

Trees felled by hurricanes cause tremendous damage. They bring down power lines, destroy property, and injure humans. Because of this, some people choose not to replace their downed trees. But this thinking can be misguided: we need trees now more than ever. Trees have many proven benefits. They: produce oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide improve cooling provide wildlife habitat contribute to biodiversity add enduring

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Laundry packets are for cleaning clothes, not for playing

Laundry detergent packets are bright, colorful, and smell good. However, a child can easily mistake them for a toy or a treat. Each year, poison centers receive a number of calls about children getting into laundry detergent. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), in January 2018, there were 606 incidents of exposure to high-concentration detergent packets by children 5 and younger reported by poison

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Flu season is here, what precautions are you taking?

The CDC reported 37 pediatric related deaths associated with the flu this year. The Flu affects both children and adults. However, the populations most at risk for contracting the flu include but are not limited to: adults 65 years of age and older, children younger than 2 years old, pregnant women, and residents of nursing homes.  The number of deaths resulting from complications of the flu are

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