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4-H Afterschool Program

The 4-H Afterschool Club teaches children basic life skills including math, reading, science, positive communication, goal setting, self-responsibility, decision-making and good nutrition. Youth who have these life skills are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.

Building rockets from straws in a great lesson in propulsion.

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

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All 4 Kids

All 4 Kids and its Healthy Kids Festival use activities, music, dance and food to teach kids and their families in Clark and Lincoln Counties nutrition, physical activity and self-acceptance.

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Calming the Waters: Learning to Manage Western Water Conflict

Conflict has surrounded the Truckee, Carson and Walker River Basins for decades. Key issues include historical use on tribal lands, historical and current water rights, threats to water quality, and wildlife habitat protection. This program teaches youth about Nevada’s water issues and helps them develop the skills needed to address future water conflicts.

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Career Edge: Teens Taking Charge of Their Future! A Workforce Readiness Program

A workforce readiness program for high school students focused on skill development for workplace and job success. Career Edge provides information and training on interview skills, résumé development, filling out applications, finding job leads and selecting appropriate clothing for the workplace. In addition, many "soft skills" needed in the workplace such as decision-making, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership are integrated throughout the program.

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Carson City Community Garden

The Community Garden began in 2001 and allows community members who don’t have room for a vegetable garden to rent a 4-by-16-foot garden bed for $20 a season at a 25-bed garden complex on Beverly Drive east of the cemetery. The price includes water, soil preparation, some seeds and fertilizer. 

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Child Care Provider Training

The quality of care is greatly impacted by the education and work experience of caregivers. Cooperative Extension's Child Care Provider training improves a caregiver’s skills and knowledge.

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Churchill County Community Readiness Network

Nevada communities need rapid access to information during an emergency. In an effort to enhance community preparedness, safety and available resources and by using GPS and GIS mapping. Extension’s 4-H youth and adult leaders in Churchill County are working with community emergency managers to address evacuation and shelter mapping.

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Early Childhood Professional Development

Ongoing early childhood professional development that improves the knowledge, skills and abilities of child care providers working with young children. Trainings are approved by Nevada Registry and meet Nevada State Licensing requirements.

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Many Nevadans suffer from heart problems, are obese or have diabetes. In Nevada, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is administered by University of Nevada, Reno to engage adults and youth to boost nutrition through building basic skills. Participants learn how to read food labels, save money on groceries, plan meals, safely handle food, make healthy food choices, and be more active.

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Exploring Safety: A program for families with young children

This four-week program is designed to improve awareness of important child safety issues and to increase parenting knowledge

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Family Storyteller Literacy Program

National award-winning Family Storyteller is a literacy program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. The statewide program creates an opportunity for parents and young children to interact around literacy and language activities.

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Food Safety Project

Extension has been instrumental in bringing about the "Nevada Food Safety Task Force," which strives to provide a working forum for food safety experts and to improve communication between all entities that are held accountable for food safety and security within our state.Improving Food Safety Education for Child and Adult Care Providers in Nevada.

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Fun to Play

The program targets families where, due to the young age, inexperience or limited resources of the parents, young children are placed at-risk for developmental delays and later school difficulties.

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Fun to Play for Preschoolers

This 8-week program encourages positive-parent child interaction and learning through creative play. It also promotes children’s school readiness skills. Each week emphasizes a Nevada Pre-K standard.

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Grow Yourself Healthy

Grow Yourself Healthy works with students at Libby Booth Elementary School and Mariposa Academy in Washoe County to increase their willingness to taste new fruits and vegetables, overall consumption of vegetables, and physical activity. The program also aims to decrease their screen time and consumption of sugary drinks.

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Healing gardens in Las Vegas

Extension healing gardens essentially become outdoor sanctuaries for people who are hospitalized as well as their families and the staff that works with them.

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Healthy Aging

Extension has been providing nutrition and exercise programs for older adults in Nevada for over 10 years. Healthy habits and behaviors as you get older can contribute to a productive and meaningful life. The importance of maintaining healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle can be beneficial to overall independence and longevity.

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

The Healthy Eating on a Budget program has been integrated into the TANF Work Readiness workshop as a SNAP-Ed program. The purpose of the 8-lesson series is to provide SNAP recipients with education on healthy nutrition and physical activity practices, food resource management, food safety and food security. 

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Healthy Kids - Nutrition Toolbox

This toolbox covers tips to increase childrens' overall levels of health and gives information pertaining to changing health habits.

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Healthy Kids - Physical Activity Toolbox

The toolkit will assist parents, child care providers and teachers with integrating physical activity throughout each day and providing programming that helps children meet age-level physical activity recommendations.

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Healthy Kids Festival

The goal of the Healthy Kids Festival is to provide sustainable tools and opportunities for low-income families with children ages 3-8 to make healthy choices as they approach the adolescent years. The event, hosted by Extension’s All 4 Kids Program in collaboration with local community partners provides long-term solutions to childhood obesity through physical activity, healthy eating and other behaviors related to childhood obesity prevention. 

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Healthy Kids Resource Center

A one-stop shop for evidence-based research, resources, curricula, activities and materials that focus on obesity prevention for teachers and parents of young children. It is designed to educate parents and teachers as well as provide the tools needed to teach young children how to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Healthy Kids, Early Start (for pre-K children and their parents)

Policy, systems and environmental approach to early childhood health, nutrition, physical activity and healthy weights through assessment and interventions in early childhood sites and teacher professional development.

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Healthy Steps to Freedom

Program teaches nutrition and healthy lifestyles that address weight and energy concerns in women with substance abuse issues

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Heart & Shield: Rural Domestic Violence Prevention Program

Program works to promote resiliency, strengthen positive future relationships and stop the domestic violence cycle

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Just in Time Parenting

Just in Time Parenting is an electronically delivered age-paced parenting newsletter originally developed by a national network of Extension Family Life Specialists in 2008. The program was designed to reach parents at teachable, transitional moments.

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Let's Discover STEM

Let’s Discover STEM (Descubramos STEM) is a 7-week program that focuses on STEM enhancement and parent engagement for families with preschoolers and kindergarteners.

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Little Books & Little Cooks

Healthy eating, family literacy and positive parent-child interaction is promoted in this 7-week program for families with preschool aged children. It also promotes children's school readiness skills. An important component of the program is the involvement of both parents and children, especially during the hands-on cooking activities.

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Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

Improve the nutritional well-being of people who receive SNAP benefits and other Nevadans with a low income through community based education, programs and needs assessments.

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Nevada Youth Range Camp

A needs assessment performed by Extension in 2001 indicated that the public places very high importance on natural resources education for youth. However, most of Nevada’s youth live in large urban environments, with little exposure to rangelands, forests or agricultural environments, and the products and services rangelands provide. This program teaches over 1,500 students ages 14-18. In June 2018, 25 campers from eight Nevada counties experienced life in Nevada’s rangeland for a we

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Partners in Parenting

The first five years of life have a significant effect on children’s development and learning and parents play the most important role during this time. Partners in Parenting offers many educational programs, workshops and resources primarily for parents with young children (0-5 years of age) to support healthy child development, school readiness skills, and positive parent-child interaction.

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Pick a better snack™

This evidence-based campaign focuses on building fruit and vegetable consumption in children through healthy snacking. Pick a better snack™ is a monthly, in-school nutrition education program for primary grade children in at-risk elementary schools in Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada. In addition to direct instruction, staff works with school wellness coordinators to build meaningful and sustainable programming to create a well environment in every school.

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Positive Connections for Parents & Teenagers

Understanding teenage behavior and increasing parenting knowledge and skills is explored in this 4-week program for parents with adolescents.

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Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to Find Help

As part of the family support program Kinship Families, Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to Find Help is a resource guide for kinship caregivers caring for children in out-of-home placement. We offer an informational website using the 100+ page resource guide, which is also available in print and on CD, including a Spanish version.

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Seniors Eating Well

Healthy eating and nutrition education for older adults.

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Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Exercise and fall prevention for older adults

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Team Nutrition “Smart Choices”

This program strives to address the public health issue of childhood obesity through building basic skills related to food selection and promoting an increased variety of nutritious foods consumed especially vegetables and fruits.

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The Greenhouse Project

The Greenhouse Project serves as a teaching facility for hands on programs at the Carson City High School. Students help to cultivate and distribute vegetables and herbs for culinary classes and community food ban.

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Veggies for Kids

Veggies for Kids teaches children about healthy eating habits and improves accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

The curriculum teaches youth to raise quality swine, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, dairy goats, rabbits, and poultry.

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Youth Horticulture Education Program

Youth Horticulture Education Program is the premier program of horticulture projects that involve youth, families and educators.

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A comparison of beliefs and attitudes about body image, eating and weight between incarcerated and non-incarcerated females.
This study looks at behavioral health associated with weight concerns, body image, obesity and eating pathologies. Left untreated these may serve as triggers for relapse. The study observed differences in beliefs and attitudes about body image, eating and weight between incarcerated females and non-incarcerated sample.
Lindsay, A. 2015, UNLV Dissertation
A Gender-specific approach to improving substance abuse treatment for women: The Healthy Steps to Freedom (HSF) Program
This study tested the efficacy of a supplemental health and body image curriculum designed for women in substance abuse treatment who report weight concerns called Healthy Steps to Freedom (HSF).
Lindsay, A., Warren, C., Velasquez S., & Lu, M. 2012, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43(1), 61-69.
A media effort addressing preschool inactivity through family, community, and Extension collaboration
To improve healthy eating and movement in children, a media project was developed with the help of community partners that promoted dance and play through music. Results indicated that children who participated in the program demonstrated improvement in healthy behaviors (significant at p < .05).
Lindsay, A. 2010, Journal of National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 5 (11).
A Qualitative Study of the Emotional and Spiritual Needs of Hispanic Families in Hospice
To address the underlying disparities in the cultural, emotional, and spiritual aspects of hospice care, the objective of the present qualitative study was to examine the emotional and spiritual needs of Hispanic patients' families while in hospice.
Nuñez, A., Holland, J. M., Beckman, L., Kirkendall, A., & Luna, N. 2017, Palliative and Supportive Care
A Qualitative Study Using Community Cultural Wealth to Understand the Educational Experiences of Latino College Students
The Latino population is the largest minority group in the United States and has the highest high school dropout rate of any ethnic group. If the U.S. is to compete in the global economy, it is important to understand factors that facilitate Latino education success.
Luna, N. and Martinez, M. 2013, Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education. 7:1
A summative evaluation of the Nevada Youth Range Camp educational program. Foster, S.S., Schultz, B.W., McAdoo, J.K., and Swanson, S. 2014, Journal National Association of County Agricultural Agents. 7:1.
Advocating for Children's Educational Rights
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 6: Advocating for your Children’s Educational Rights.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-47
All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit CD© Lindsay, A. 2009, UNCE Audio Visual AV-09-01, Copyright American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
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All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit Classroom Education for Young Children. Lindsay, A., Byington, T., & Sigman-Grant, M. 2010, UNCE Curriculum Material CM-10-06
All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit DVD© Lindsay, A. 2009, UNCE Audio Visual AV-09-02
Anahuac school and community engagement program facilitator’s manual
This curriculum is based on the cultural values, traditions and heritage of Mexican origin or descent youth; however, participants of all ethnic groups may participate. The curriculum is designed to increase positive ethnic identity and thus increasing protective factors for high school success.
Luna, N., Rodriguez, A., & Hawk, S. 2009, Reno: University of Nevada, Reno
Anahuac school and community engagement program, Participant Manual
This participant manual is a companion to the facilitator manual. The curriculum is designed to increase positive ethnic identity and thus increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors primarily for school dropout.
Luna, N., Rodriguez, A., & Hawk, S. 2012, Reno: University of Nevada, Reno.
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Attend Nevada Field Day to learn about Cooperative Extension and other University programs
Attend Nevada Field Day to learn about Cooperative Extension programs
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
Building Vocabulary
A variety of techniques can be used to promote the development of language and literacy skills in young children. Building a child’s vocabulary is a great way for parents and teachers to nurture children’s oral language skills and influences a child’s ability to comprehend written words in the future.
Teresa Byington & YaeBin Kim 2014, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-14-07
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Cardio Endurance | Heart Smart
Cardio- Respiratory, or “Cardio” Endurance is an important element to children’s physical fitness.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Children Are What They Eat. Sigman-Grant, M. J., Lindsay, A. R., Byington, T. A. 2014, UNCE Publication AV-14-02
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Children's Books About Energy Balance & Physical Activity
All books listed have been peer-reviewed by academic institutions.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Cocinando Con Niños Pequeños (Cooking with Young Children) Kim, Y. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet, FS-17-01
Lizeth Ramirez-Barroeta with her colleagues at her naturalization ceremony
Community instructor earns University award, citizenship
Extension's Lizeth Ramirez-Barroeta, a University classified employee of the month, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen
Andrews, A. 2019, Nevada Today
Community readiness to address Latino school dropout in Clark County
This article documents the assets, needs and community readiness related to addressing the school dropout rate in Clark County. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) faculty conducted interviews with nineteen key stakeholders and informants in Clark County who were connected to the issue of school dropout.
Luna, N. 2009, Border-Lines Journal of the Latino Research Center. 3, 64-109
Como Apoyar a Los Aprendices de Dos Idiomas en Los Primeros Años de Vida (How to Support Dual Language Learners in the Early Years) Kim, Y. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS 12-18
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Cooking With Young Children
Cooking with children can be considered a fun learning activity for both young children and their parents. Cooking is one of a few activities that can improve many abilities at once. Children can enhance math, science, language, motor development, art and social skills through cooking.
Kim, Y. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-15-03
Creating an Autobiography: Starting the Process Collins, Petermeier 2009, FS-09-02
Creating an Autobiography: A Family Keepsake Collins, Petermeier 2009, FS-09-03
Domestic Violence: An Overview
The purpose of this publication is to help readers understand the dynamics of IPV, by providing an overview of various forms of control exhibited toward victims. As Nevada nortoriously ranks high in reports of IPV, understanding how IPV impacts our communities is crucial in developing strategies to address it.
Powell, P. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-76
Domestic Violence’s Effect on Children
Children don’t have to be victims of domestic violence to suffer from it. Simply witnessing violence (seeing or hearing it) can damage a child’s ability to connect with and trust others, preventing them from building the crucial relationships they need to succeed to their fullest potential.
Baker-Tingey, J., Powell, C., and Powell, P. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet 17-06
Dying to Be Thin, How Far Will You Go? Body Image and Cultural Standards of Beauty. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2007, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-07-47.
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E-Books for Young Children Kim, Y. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
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Early childhood education professor receives Distinguished Service Award
Teresa Byington, early childhood education professor and Extension specialist with University of Nevada, Reno Extension, received the Distinguished Service Award for her research, activities and engagement in Nevada communities.
Kozsan, T. 2019, Nevada Today
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Eating Healthy at Restaurants - Choosing Healthy Items No Matter Where You Are
Making healthier choices at restaurants can make all the difference to maintain a healthy energy balance .
Lindesy, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Emergent Writing
Children need to be encouraged to experiment with writing by having access to a variety of writing materials and tools. With experience, children become fluent and proficient at writing words and sentences using correct punctuation.
Byington, T., & Kim, Y. 2014, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-14-08
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Engagement Strategies That Promote Physical Activity
Using positive engagement strategies in fun, playful social settings are key to promoting physical activity.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Engineering in the Preschool Classroom
Children are natural engineers. Adults can help develop children’s beginning engineering skills by giving them things to build with and to take apart, asking questions, and providing them with safe opportunities and places to test out their ideas. In this fact sheet we focus on the engineering-related skills of building and construction, and movement and force.
Weigel, D., Byington, T. and Kim, Y. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-19-04
Evaluation of Hospice Care by Family Members of Hispanic and non-Hispanic Patients
This study relied upon information from the family evaluation of hospice care survey provided by 2980 caregivers, 152 of whom cared for a Hispanic patient and 2828 who cared for a non-Hispanic patient.
Kirkendall, A., Holland, J., Keene, J., Luna, N. 2016, American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 32:3, 313-321
Family Evaluation of Hospice Care: Examining Direct and Indirect Associations with Overall Satisfaction and Caregiver Confidence
The Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) survey is widely employed by hospices, and several studies have examined this information to help inform and enhance end-of-life services. The present study aimed to examine the mediating effects of demographic factors, length of stay, timing of referral, and others.
Holland, J., Kirkendall, A., Keene, J., Luna, N. 2016, Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care. 13, 901-908.
Family Storytelling and the Benefits for Children
Parents are encouraged time and time again to read stories from books with their young children, as the benefits are many – improved literacy skills, increased school success, parent-child bonding, developing a lifetime interest in reading and more.
Kim, Y. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-16-07
Field assessment for obesity prevention in children and parents: Physical activity, fitness and body composition.
This report will assist educators in identifying and selecting appropriate field-based assessments for measurement of PA, physical fitness, and body composition for children and adults. Specific guidelines, references, and resources are given for selecting assessment methods and test within these 3 areas.
Lindsay, A., Hongu, K., Spears, K., Dyrek, A. & Manore, M. 2014, Journal of Nutrition Education Behavior 46 (1):43-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.03.013
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Flexibility | Reach for the Stars!
Flexibility is an important part of a child’s fitness and includes movements like bending, twisting and stretching.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Food Safety Tips For Preschoolers
10 Tips to Keep Food Safe and Clean
CDC 2020, Center for Disease Control and Protection, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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Fundamental Movement Skills | Active Kids Are Active Adolescents
For many children sports and physical activity aren’t natural, aren’t easy and it may not be fun!
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Get Active! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-81
Get Fit! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-73
Get Moving! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-76
Get Ready, Get Set, Let’s Go! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2008, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-08-35
Get Regular! Lindsay, A. & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-79.
Get Up, Get Out! Lindsay, A., & Constantino, N. 2010, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-10-80
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Go, Slow, and Whoa: Healthy vs. Unhealthy
We can help our children recognize which foods are better choices with GO, SLOW and WHOA.
Lindsey, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, IP
Growth, Obesity and Energy Balance. Lindsay, A. R., Sigman-Grant, M. J., Byington, T. A. 2014, UNCE Publication AV-14-01
Have it Your Weigh! Portion Sizes & Dining Out. Lindsay, A., Wilson, M., & Velasquez, S. 2007, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-07-46.
Head Start families thoughts and beliefs about health, nutrition, and physical activity. Byington, T. A., Lindsay, A. R., Loesch-Griffin, D., Brumett, S., & Sigman-Grant, M. 2013, National Head Start Association, NHSA Dialog, 16(3), 64-76.
Healthy choices start early Byington, T. A., Lindsay, A., Sigman-Grant, M. J. 2014, Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 69(5), 14-21
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Healthy Eating for Pre-Schooler
Following MyPlate allows your family to eat foods you love but reminds you to balance your proteins, grains, dairy, fruits, and vegetables at each meal.
Lindsay, A. 2020, USDA Choose MyPlate
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Healthy Kids Resource Center - Policies, Procedures & Partners
Find links to Federal and State policies and regulations
Lindsay, A. and Taylor, S. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Healthy Steps to Freedom: A Health and Body Image Curriculum. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2009, UNCE Curriculum Material CM-09-02
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Healthy Tips For Picky Eaters
Exploring Food: How to Explore New Food with Preschoolers
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
How to help a victim of domestic violence
The purpose of this publication is to provide an overview of the difficulties victims face when leaving an abusive situation, and what we can do to help them be successful in leaving.
Powell, P. and Smith, M. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-08
How to leverage your state's land grant Extension system: Partnering to promote physical activity.
The purpose of this manuscript is to describe Extension and provide case studies on physical activity promotion within this setting.
Harden, S., Gunter, K., Lindsay, A. R. 2018, Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine 3(15):113-118
How to Support Dual Language Learners (DLL) in the Early Years
It is important for young Dual Language Learners (DLL) s to be exposed to diverse early literacy experiences (e.g., reading books, sharing nursery rhymes, taking children to the library, helping children learn about letters) either at home or in child care programs,
Kim, Y. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet, FS-11-68
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Hunger & Fullness - Building Tummy Awareness
It's wise for parents and teachers to talk to children about what it means to be hungry and what it means to be full.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Indigenous Mexican culture, identity and academic aspirations: Results from a community-based curriculum project for Latina/Latino students
This study examines a community-based cultural program about indigenous Mesoamerican traditions and heritage. Results of the mixed-method evaluation study include quantitative and qualitative data for 225 high school students who were primarily Latina/Latino.
Luna, N., Evans W. & Davis, B. 2015, Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Education. 8:3, 341-362
Infant Language Development
From the moment babies are born, they are learning how to communicate. Babies first communicate by crying and then begin to coo and babble. Infants’ speech develops as they are exposed to sounds and language, spoken and unspoken. Gestures, facial expressions and sounds are all part of language development.
Byington, T. and Kim, Y. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-15-06
Influencing Head Start families thoughts and beliefs about health, nutrition, and physical activity. Byington, T. A., Lindsay, A. R., Loesch-Griffin, D., Brumett, S., & Sigman-Grant, M. 2013, National Head Start Association, NHSA Dialog, 16(3), 160-164
Interactive and Dialogic Reading
A variety of techniques can be used to promote the development of language and literacy skills in young children. Reading books together is a great way to nurture children’s early reading skills. Select books that have content that is interesting to young children and is age-appropriate.
Byington, T. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-41
Interrater Reliability of a Field-Based Preschool Movement Skills Assessment
To determine the interrater reliability of the Preschool Movement Assessment (PMA), a unique field-based movement assessment tool for use by early childhood professionals in preschool settings.
Lindsay, A., Dyrek, A., Blitstein, J., Byington, T. & Sigman-Grant, M. 2018, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 50(10):1040-1045. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2018.07.007
Jugar es el Aprendisaje de los Niños (Play is Children's Learning) Kim, Y. 2015, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-15-07
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Kids Win When Family Meals Are A Priority
Make Mealtime Quality Time
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Kitchen Activities
Kitchen Activities
As preschoolers grow, they are able to help out with different tasks in the kitchen. While the following suggestions are typical, children may develop these skills at different ages.
USDA 2020, United States Department of Agriculture
Knowing the School System: Standards and Testing
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 3: Knowing the School System: Standards and Testing.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-44
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Learning to Like New Foods - Cucumbers are Cool
Does it seem like your preschooler only wants to eat the same foods every day?
Lindsay, A 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Little Free Libraries: Strategic Future Locations in the Reno Sparks Area
Little Free Libraries (LFLs) provide opportunities for increased access to books and reading material for children. LFLs are small custom-built freestanding boxes that house 20 to 100 books. Over 32,000 officially registered LFLs exist; they are in all 50 U.S.
Burge, P. and Rebori, M. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-16-08
Los Niños Pequeños en la Edad Digital (Young Children in the Digital Age) Kim, Y. 2014, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet, FS-14-10
Los Niños Pequeños Que Aprenden Control De Si Mismo Tienen Más Posibilidades Para El Éxito (Young Children Who Learn Self Control Have More Chances for Success)
Los padres y cuidadores de los niños juegan ún rol muy vital ayudando a los niños pequeños a desarrollar sus habilidades de control de si mismo.
Kim, Y. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-12-17
Making Education a Family Goal
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 1: Making Education a Family Goal.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-42
Marketing Farmers’ Markets: Ideas for Market Vendors & Managers in Nevada
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) began tracking the number of farmers’ markets nationwide. At the start there were 1,755 farmers’ markets across the country; in 2008 there were 4,685, an increase of nearly 168 percent (USDA-AMS, 2008).
Cowee, M., Curtis, K., Gatzke, H. 2009, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Math in the Preschool Classroom Classification, Matching, Seriation and Patterning
In this fact sheet we focus on the math skills of classification, matching, seriation and patterning.
Byington, T., Kim, Y., Nazarechuk, C., Weigel, D. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Math in the Preschool Classroom Number Identification, Counting and One-to-one Correspondence, and Addition and Subtraction
In this fact sheet, we focus on the following number sense skills: number identification, counting and one-to-one correspondence, and addition and subtraction.
Byington, T., Kim, Y., and Weigel, D. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, FS-16-14
Math in the Preschool Classroom Spatial relations, Geometry and Measurement
In this fact sheet we focus on three fundamental math skills — spatial relations, geometry (shapes) and measurement.
Byington, T., Kim, Y., and Weigel, D. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, FS-16-13
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Muscle and Bone Strength | Muscles in Motion
Did you know that people who are more physically active generally use more energy even at rest than those who are not as physically active?
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Music & Dance | Healthy Kids Physical Toolkit
Music and dance is fun, it doesn’t exclude children who are less skilled, it can be done at school or home, with friends or family and it promotes brain development and social interaction.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Nevada Radon Poster Contest Flyer - 2020
The 2020 Nevada Radon Education Program Poster Contest is underway!
Howe, S. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada substance abuse treatment providers – Assessing the needs & characteristics of female clients in recovery. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2012, UNCE Special Publication SP-12-09
Nevada Youth Range Camp plant identification guide. Foster, S., Schultz, B., and Swanson, S. 2018, UNCE Special Publication. SP-18-04.
Nevada’s health and nutrition needs – Preferred methods of health information delivery. Seymour, K., Spears, K., Lindsay, A., Collins, C., Leontos, C., Sigman-Grant, M., Wilson, M. & Woodson, J. 2009, UNCE Special Publication SP-09-18
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Nutrition Activities to do with Your Children
Nutrition activities that can help teach children healthy choices regarding food, while having fun.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Nutrition Books to Read to Your Children
A variety of books that teach about nutrition, how to make healthy choices, and trying new foods.
Lindsay A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Options After High School
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 4: Options After High School.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-045
Oral Language Development
The development of infants’ oral language begins as caregivers socially interact with them. Oral language includes speaking and listening. Young children learn about their world as they communicate with others.
Byington, T. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-42
Orders of Protection: Domestic Violence
The purpose of this fact sheet is to describe what an Order of Protection is, the process followed to obtain one, and the need to report order violations.
Powell, P. and Smith, M. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-07
Parenting Needs for Parents of Young Children in Southern Nevada
In order to develop new parenting programs or maintain existing programs, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) conducted this comprehensive needs assessment study to identify parenting education needs in southern Nevada.
Kim, Y. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Special Publication, SP 12-10
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Perceptual Motor Development | Connecting the Brain & the Body
Perceptual motor development connects a child’s perceptual or sensory skills (his brain) to his motor skills (his body) so they can perform a variety of movements and confidently interact with their environment.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Phonological Awareness
Phonological Awareness refers to the sound structure of spoken language. It is a broad skill that includes being able to hear and play with smaller sounds in words. Phonological awareness includes identifying and manipulating sounds.
Byington, T. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-14-07
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Physical Activities To Do With Your Children
Children have different needs at each age and stage of their development. Each child is also unique. If it's been a while since you've had children in the house, check out this list for activities that can help children learn, have fun, experience success, and feel good about themselves.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Physical Activity Promotes Brain Development
Children who are more physically active perform better academically and have better memory and attention.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Physical Activity, How Much Is Enough? | Active Kids Are Healthy Kids
Just for Preschoolers and Their Families
Lindsay. A 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Play is Children's Learning
Children these days spend a lot of time watching television, using smartphones or playing with other tech toys, but children need to spend more time dressing up, making dens, singing, dancing and playing outside. Children learn through play and play contributes to children's brain development and school readiness.
Kim, Y. 2014, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-14-09
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Portion Sizes / Tamaño de Porciones
Children need smaller quantities of food than adults do for their small bodies. USDA’s MyPlate “rule of thumb” says the serving size for a child should be ½ of an adult’s serving. Many Nutrition Facts labels do not express this. It is up to the adults in their lives to ensure the proper portion sizes.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Preschoolers can distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods: The All 4 Kids Study
This study determined changes in preschoolers' ability to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods and stated food preferences after participation in a nutrition education program.
Sigman-Grant, M., Byington, T., Lindsay, A., Lu, M., Mobley, A., Fitzgerald, N. & Hildebrand, D. 2013, Journal of nutrition education and behavior, 03/2014, Volume 46, Issue 2
Radon Information for the Real Estate Professional
By learning about radon, real estate professionals can properly answer questions during real estate transactions, and avoid potential liability.
Howe, S. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
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Recipes - Healthy Kids Resource Center
Packing a healthy lunchbox and other healty ideas.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Request a Free Radon Test Kit to be Mailed During National Radon Action Month
For Nevada residents. If you're not able to pick up your free radon test kit in person, follow these instructions to have one mailed to you.
Howe, S. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Roads to Higher Education
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 5: Roads to Higher Education.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-46
Sadness, Anxiety, and Experiences with Emotional Support among Veteran and Non-Veteran Patients and their Families at the End of Life
Although many veterans are progressing into older adulthood and a substantive subset of people who die each year in the United States served in the military, there is limited evidence on the role of military service at the end of life.
Holland, J., Currier, J., Kirkendall, A., Keene, J., Luna, N. 2014, Journal of Palliative Medicine. 17:6, 708-711
School Communication
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 2: School Communication.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-43
School-based prevention programs. In G.L. Fisher & N.A. Roget (eds.). Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (pp. 803-806)
The scope includes behavioral addictions such as eating disorders, gambling and compulsive shopping. Preparation of the profession is heavily featured in numerous articles on standards, training, ethics and professional organizations.
Luna, N. (2009). In G.L. Fisher & N.A. Roget (eds.) 2009, Thousand Oak, CA: Sage.
Science in the Preschool Classroom: Earth Science Kim, Y., Weigel, D., and Byington, T. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Science in the Preschool Classroom: The Living World - Animals and Plants Weigel, D., Byington, T., Kim, Y. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-17-09
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Screen Time | Make Time to Unplug
Increased time in front of a screen means less time being physically active, contributing to higher weight and BMI, increased caloric intake & unhealthy food choices.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Sedentary Behavior | Don't Just Sit, and Sit, and Sit!
Being sedentary can result in more sitting and less time spent being physically active which can lead to obesity and greater risk for having diabetes and other chronic health problems as an adult.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Shopping with Kids
Your Game Plan to Grocery Shopping With Kids
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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Snack & Meal Time Routines
A regular routine of meals and snacks helps discourage eating all day, and preschoolers like it because they know what to expect.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Substance abuse prevention specialist training (SAPST) manual
Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, this foundational training helps practitioners develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate effective, data-driven programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.
Luna, N., Hogan, J.A., Gabrielsen, K., Fisher, G., & Grothaus, D. 2000, University of Nevada, Reno
Substance abuse prevention: The intersection of science and practice
This cutting-edge book responds to the growing need for a textbook that addresses the rapid development of the substance abuse prevention profession.
Hogan, J. A., Gabrielsen, K., Luna, N., & Grothaus, D. 2003, Pearson
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Talking Positively At Mealtimes - Your Words Matter
As your child's caregiver, you play the biggest role in their eating behavior.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Teacher and family connections curriculum: A supplement to the All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit obesity prevention program. Sigman-Grant, M, Van Brackel, A., Byington, T. and Lindsay, A. 2013, UNCE Publication CM-13-01
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Teaching Children To Make Healthy Choices - Empowering Children Through Language
If young children are taught early and practice healthy choices, they will make better food choices as they grow up.
Lindsay, A 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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The Elements of Fitness | Fit Kids Are Healthy Kids
Children should engage in indoor and outdoor active play in their pre-school and at home.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
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The hard truth about domestic violence
Intimate partner violence doesn't discriminate. It can happen to anyone. Learn more about its impacts on victims, survivors and the economy, and find local and national resources.
Andrews, A. 2019, Nevada Today
The Medical Cost of Domestic Violence
What is typically igonored is the financial cost domestic violence places on society, in terms of housing, child care, employment and criminal justice services
C. Powell, P. Powell, J. Baker-Tingey 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-18-02
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Toddler Language Development
During the toddler years (12 to 35 months), children’s language development grows rapidly. Toddlers gain the ability to say words clearly, combine words into phrases, and express their needs and wants.
Byington, T. and Kim, Y. 2015, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Fact Sheet-15-05
Training youth to prepare communities for disasters
This fact sheet will report on a final evaluation of a two-state educational program to train older youth to educate communities about disasters and to train fellow youth in appropriate response efforts once a disaster occurs.
Powell, P. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-09
Understanding graduation and dropout rate calculations
This publication describes the various ways of calculating high school graduation rates and drop out rates.
Luna, N. 2009, University of Nevada Special Publication. SP-09-03 (11 pages)
Washoe County Radon Potential Map - 2018
Use this map to find out the potential of radon exposure in Washoe County homes.
Howe, S. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Weighing in on Fat: Using a Pedometer, A Guide to Help Step it Up Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2008, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-08-49.
Weight-related concerns related to drug use for women in substance abuse treatment: Prevalence and relationships with eating pathology.
This study examined two intertwined issues: (1) the prevalence and nature of weight-related concerns related to drug use and (2) whether women who endorse weight-related concerns related to drug use differ from those without weight-related concerns on body dissatisfaction, eating pathology and thin internalization.
Warren, C., Lindsay, A., White, E., Claudat, K., & Velasquez, S. 2012, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 44(5), 494. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2012.08.222
Welcoming Latino youth to California 4-H! Fabregas Janeiro, M.G., Horrillo, S. 2017, Annual Conference Cambio de Colores Proceedings. Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunities, 15, 61-68.
What a Girl Wants! What a Girl Needs! Living Healthy without Methamphetamine. Lindsay, A. & Velasquez, S. 2007, UNCE Fact Sheet FS-07-45
What is Obesogenic Environment?
The obesogenic environment comprises factors in our environment that support being obese. This fact sheet will define obesogenic environment.
Powell, P., Spears, K., and Rebori, M. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-11
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What Is Physical Literacy? | Early Start, Active for Life
A young child who is physically literate is one who has the motivation confidence, knowledge, skills, and fitness necessary to enjoy a physically active lifestyle
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Young Children in the Digital Age
In the 21st century, babies to school-age children are digital consumers, often using TV, computers, gaming systems, even smartphones and tablets. This fact sheet explains possible concerns and benefit associated with children's media use and suggest what parents/caregivers can do.
Kim, Y. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Young Children Who Learn Self Control Have More Chances for Success
Preschoolers who are better at self control become more self-confident, more independent, better at handling stress and frustration, and better in academic performance during adolescence. Parents and child care providers play a vital role in helping young children develop self control skills.
Kim, Y. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-11-57