(Distributed November 2005) A new bankruptcy law went into effect on October 17, making it more difficult for consumers to prove they should be allowed to clear their debts through Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
(Distributed November 2005) Hurricane victims will be faced with the question this Thanksgiving, "What are you thankful for?" and some will find this question difficult to answer. The holiday will be a reminder of what’s been lost in floods and devastating winds.
(Distributed November 2005) Do you know how much money you need to save for retirement? According to the 2005 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS), only about four in 10 workers surveyed have tried to determine how much they will need to save for a comfortable retirement.
(Distributed November 2005) Rising energy prices, low personal savings and the higher cost of borrowing are prompting unwanted mail for many consumers: Your bill is overdue!
(Distributed November 2005) Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have shown how strong Louisiana families can be. Parents and children faced with strains on time, money and emotions found ways to remain strong, healthy and happy.
(Distributed November 2005) Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were not kind to Louisiana’s pecan crop. The projected harvest before the hurricanes was already 40 percent below average, and it’s estimated the hurricanes destroyed half of that amount.
(Distributed November 2005) Many family memories revolve around rituals. Rituals help us identify who we are as a family and individuals.
(Distributed November 2005) Trying times, like these after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, can test family and community resiliency. Having our families and communities around us for support can go a long way in helping recover from disaster, emotionally as well as physically.
(Distributed November 2005) Keeping the family operating smoothly, particularly during these trying times following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, requires a lot of effort. Each of us, though, can contribute to keep the family strong.
(Distributed November 2005) Even though Louisiana falls are usually dry, rain eventually comes. After long, extended wet periods, a sinister looking fungus or slime may appear, attacking lawns in the cooler season ahead.
(Distributed November 2005) Not much new happens in vegetable gardens during November in Louisiana. Mostly it’s a time for harvesting and cleaning up. A few crops still can be planted, however, particularly in south Louisiana, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
(Distributed November 2005) November is American Diabetes Month. This year the American Diabetes Association together with the American College of Cardiology are working to increase awareness of the link between diabetes and heart disease.
(Distributed November 2005) Middle-age adults who are now at a healthy weight need to be careful about maintaining energy balance to avoid gaining weight. This is the cautionary note of LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
(Distributed November 2005) When Louisiana temperatures take a dip, many people start thinking about building a roaring fire in their fireplaces. What they don’t dream of, however, are the insects that too often come inside with the firewood, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet.
(Distributed November 2005) Obese and inactive men in their 40s and 50s often have a condition called metabolic syndrome, which is a set of six symptoms that occur together. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy lists the symptoms.
(Distributed November 2005) Under healthy conditions, skeletal muscles oxidize fat. In type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as after significant weight loss, however, that ability drops. A high-fat diet exacerbates the condition and results in a positive fat balance.
(Distributed November 2005) Grass clippings are a constant in yard maintenance, but fall introduces leaves into the mix. This year the nuisance is worse because hurricanes and storms have defoliated more trees.
(Distributed November 2005) Family involvement has been a strong tradition in 4-H, and it appears the family volunteer spirit has gained popularity among the public as well. National Family Volunteer Day, November 19, is designed to showcase the benefits of families working together, to introduce community service and encourage those who haven't yet made the commitment to volunteer as a family.
(Distributed November 2005) Fried turkey is a tradition for many people at Thanksgiving. Although this cooking method may produce a great tasting bird, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says to be cautious.
(Distributed November 2005) LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames offers detailed advice to make sure your Thanksgiving feast is delicious and safe. "Follow these food safety guidelines for a worry-free and tasty Thanksgiving meal," the nutritionist says.
(Distributed November 2005) A national survey of high school students reveals high levels of cheating, theft and cynicism, but those same students considered themselves ethical. "The lying, cheating and stealing are troubling, but the fact youth believe in good moral character offers a foundation to build on," said LSU AgCenter 4-H and character education expert John Arceneaux.
(Distributed November 2005) It’s hunting season, and with Louisiana being a "Sportsman’s Paradise," many people will take to the woods. LSU AgCenter hunter safety expert Dr. Don Reed cautions everyone to keep safety in mind when hunting or even when preparing to hunt.