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  1. Helping Adolescents Cope with Grief

    Because they are often unexpected and traumatic, adolescent deaths profoundly impact communities. With the increase in school shootings and youth violence, there is a growing need for communities to develop and implement a response plan when traumatic deaths occur. Yet, often times school personnel, such as teachers, counselors, and nurses are rarely reported by survivors as being supportive. Below are ways in which schools, community professionals, and youth leaders can ease the trauma during future crises.
  2. Fathering Your Adolescent: Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship

    Adolescence can be a difficult time for both teens and their parents. In fact, research on parents of adolescents, especially fathers, report the lowest levels of well-being. Coupled with the adolescent's physical, social, and emotional growth are complementary changes for the parent. Parents must adapt to developmental concerns that overlap with those of their adolescents. For example, while teens are just entering a period of rapid physical growth, parents have increasing concerns about their own bodies.
  3. Gender Issues: Communication Differences in Interpersonal Relationships

    A lot of media attention has been devoted to the idea that women and men communicate very differently—in fact, it is sometimes stated that women and men communicate so differently from one another that they must come from different planets! Although at times differences in women's and men's communication styles seem to be constant and overwhelming, they are really quite minor. For example, both women and men can be nurturing, aggressive, task-focused, or sentimental.
  4. Gender Issues: Preparing Children for a Lifetime of Success

    For many years, people believed that girls and boys were born vastly different from one another—so different, in fact, that women had no business attempting to do "men's jobs" and men had no need to participate in "women's work." During the 1960s, however, this notion about women and men changed dramatically. In fact, during that era, many people began to argue that women and men are far more similar than they are different, and that no jobs or chores should be exclusively assigned to one sex or the other.
  5. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries

    One of the highlights of summer is enjoying the bounty of luscious Ohio berries. July is the peak month for blackberries and raspberries. Blueberries are in season from mid-July through mid-September.
  6. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Cherries

    The Ohio cherry season begins in June and runs into July. Cherries can be divided into two groups—sour/tart and sweet. Each can be prepared in a variety of delicious ways, not only as a dessert or snack, but as an ingredient in a main dish or main dish accompaniment.
  7. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Grapes

    Ohio grapes are grown for winemaking, juice (including juice made into jelly), and for fresh table eating. There are many grapes suitable for winemaking, including some varieties raised exclusively for that purpose. The Ohio grape variety most popular for juice is Concord, with Niagara grapes suitable for white grape juice. There are several different table grape varieties. Besides Niagara and Concord, there are two popular seedless varieties—Himrod (green) and Reliance (red). Whether for wine or some other use, all grapes are suitable for fresh consumption.
  8. Selecting, Storing, and Using Fresh Herbs

    Cooking with herbs can add interesting flavors to foods, especially when salt, sugar, and fat are reduced in a recipe. They are a quick way to add a new flair to your favorite meals. Many culinary herbs, both fresh and dried, have antioxidants that may help protect against diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
  9. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Maple Syrup

    One hundred percent maple syrup is made by boiling and concentrating the sap from maple trees. Maple sap, as it comes from the tree, is a clear liquid with a slightly sweet taste. The characteristic color and maple flavor is developed during processing. It takes approximately 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of finished maple syrup.
  10. Cultural Diversity: Eating in America—Appalachian

    The formal definition of an Appalachian is any one born in the federally designated Appalachian region or anyone whose ancestors were born there. Appalachia extends as far south as Georgia to as far north as New York. In Ohio, counties in the south and southeastern part of the state are included. Because of the migration of workers into larger industrial areas, some counties not officially in Appalachia may have a sizable number of residents whose roots are in Appalachia.

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