Shelley Swenson

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Name: Shelley Swenson
Date registered: October 13, 2011

Biography

Shelley is the FCS/EFNEP Agent in Wakulla County. She joined the UF/IFAS Wakulla County staff in 2008 after re-locating in Florida. She previously worked for the Kansas State University's Extension Service for 13 years in a county position. She also spent 15 years in various administrative roles in the Kansas community college system. She owned and operated an interior business for five years.

Latest posts

  1. Putting the WOW in Halloween — September 25, 2016
  2. Families Should Play Together for Exercise — May 19, 2016
  3. Sweets for Your Sweetie — January 15, 2016
  4. A “Green” Holiday — November 25, 2015
  5. Seasonal Savings — October 30, 2015

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Putting the WOW in Halloween

Would you agree that kids get plenty of candy while trick or treating? Wouldn’t it be fun this year to focus on Halloween fun instead? Here are some ideas for parents, grandparents, adopted grandparents, teachers and neighbors to enjoy a Halloween celebration that does not focus on candy!

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2016/09/25/putting-the-wow-in-halloween/

Families Should Play Together for Exercise

You may not need coats and your yard may not have these leaves but finding fun and creative ways to engage children in exercise is important.  You can consider yourself successful if they have fun doing so without knowing they are meeting physical activity recommendations by participating in at least 60 minutes of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2016/05/19/families-should-play-together-for-exercise/

Sweets for Your Sweetie

Valentine’s Day and chocolate just go together! Can you really have one without the other? I crave chocolate all year round and with some of the recent research I have read, I can feel all right about giving in.

A recent study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tested the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2016/01/15/sweets-for-your-sweetie/

A “Green” Holiday

The holiday season will soon be upon us. A “Green“ Holiday focuses on finding ways to reduce consumption by using renewable resources and reusing or repurposing objects. Practicing these principles can fit in line with holiday celebrations, making it a time of sustaining traditions as well as helping the environment. Here are some fun ideas …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/11/25/a-green-holiday/

Seasonal Savings

The holiday season will soon be upon us. It seems to begin earlier each year placing more stress on both retailers and consumers. Retailers struggle to sell more products while consumers are subjected to a bombardment of messages via ads and media to encourage us to buy more!  Through careful planning, the journey can be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/10/30/seasonal-savings/

Let’s Donate and Recycle Our Electronics

Did you know that Floridians throw away 8 pounds of garbage per day? That is double the national average. This is not something to be proud of but it leaves a lot of room for improvement!

Many times when I frequent my housing facility’s dumpster, a computer will be sitting by the side. Does …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/10/02/lets-donate-and-recycle-our-electronics/

Getting Prepared for the Canning Season

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In addition to planting your spring garden and reviewing the latest food safety materials, you should consider having your pressure canner gauge tested. Today’s pressure canner may have a dial gauge for indicating the pressure or a weighted gauge, for indicating and regulating the pressure.

Weighted gauges will either keep rocking gently …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/03/29/getting-prepared-for-the-canning-season/

Tips to Reduce Spending

Do you need help managing your finances so that your family can realize more of their needs and wants?  Family members of all ages must learn to communicate and understand what their financial situation is.  Open discussions among family members often results in greater cooperation when deciding what the best things upon which to spend. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/01/30/tips-to-reduce-spending/

Cutting Down Waste in the School Cafeteria

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Do you have a child or grandchild who eats meals at school? Do they come home hungry and complain about the meals they are served? Have you taken any time to explain how the lunchroom food choices are made? If not, it may be time to have that conversation.

The 2012 school year brought …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/01/30/cutting-down-waste-in-the-school-cafeteria-2/

Five Steps to Seasonal Savings

 

Recently, UF/IFAS published Five Steps to Seasonal Savings, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FY/FY140500.pdf, an EDIS brochure which reminds us of the stress that can result from holiday spending. I would encourage each of you to print or review the brochure and ponder its message TODAY.  We are nearing the hustle and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2014/12/09/five-steps-to-seasonal-savings/

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