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Web site offers advice for coping with economic downturn

May 18, 2009

Media Contact: Dr. Carolyn Dunn, 919.515.9142 or

The country's economic downturn has left many families scrambling to deal with personal and financial crises. To help, North Carolina Cooperative Extension has developed a Web site, "Take Control," that provides peer-reviewed fact sheets offering a number of suggestions on how to cope with economic hardship.

The fact sheets, available on the Web site, were developed by N.C. Cooperative Extension family and consumer sciences specialists in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University. The fact sheets include tips on saving money, talking to children about the economy, shopping for healthy foods on a tight budget, avoiding home foreclosure and many other timely topics.

"The state and national economic situation affects all aspects of our lives. Stressed finances often create stress for families, and job loss or decreased wages cause families to shift priorities," said Dr. Carolyn Dunn, nutrition specialist with family and consumer sciences. "The economy affects more than bank accounts. It also affects our health and well-being as well as educational opportunities."

"We are certain that this series will have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of North Carolinians," said Dr. Marshall Stewart, head of the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences.

News media are invited to link to the Web site or refer audiences to these resources. For more information on these fact sheets, contact Dr. Carolyn Dunn, professor and nutrition specialist, family and consumer sciences, 919.515.9142 or

Written by: Natalie Hampton, or 919.513.3128

Posted by Dave at May 18, 2009 04:38 PM