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HES Response to COVID 19

Boost Relationship Skills at Home: ShowMe Healthy Relationships Moves Online

Posted: May 13, 2020

Show Me Healthy Relationships logoSince 2016, ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) has offered adults in 21-counties around Missouri free classes to help strengthen couple relationships and improve family stability. In today’s era of stress and social distancing due to COVID-19, SMHR has updated their approach to offer classes online, to any adult in the state of Missouri, starting May 1.

  • Stresses of work, finances, childcare, and health can spillover into a couple’s relationship and create strain between them. The course for couples teaches participants to strengthen their appreciation of each other and to improve communication so couples can tackle challenges together.
  • With social distancing as the norm, singles may not be able to date in the same way as before. The course for singles helps participants take a closer look at their own needs and wants and to develop strategies to pace relationships. Singles can take a new approach to really get to know potential partners, which will lay a foundation for stronger future relationships.

All classes are free of charge, but enrollment is required. Go to the ShowMe Healthy Relationships website to find one of four offices nearest you.

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SMHR is funded by a grant from the Administration of Children and Families, which allows the classes to be delivered at no cost to participants. Chelsea Garneau-Rosner, assistant professor in Human Development and Family Science is SMHR’s principal investigator. Melissa Herzog, assistant research professor in Human Development and Family Sciences oversees SMHR’s program evaluation and Miriam Cullimore serves as the programming coordinator for SMHR’s MU site and three other partner locations. Numerous other HDFS staff and graduate students, along with staff at three partner agencies across the state, work tirelessly with participants and have helped to make the transition to online possible.

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Personal Financial Planning’s Andrew Zumwalt Speaks to KOMU About Our Current Economy

Posted: May 8, 2020

Andrew ZumwaltKOMU 8’s Emily Spain talked with PFP Assistant Extension Professor, Andrew Zumwalt on Thursday about how the economy is doing now that states are beginning to reopen.

Zumwalt works as an MU assistant extension professor in the department of personal finance.

He talks about the current state of our economy and addresses how some of the first major companies have filed for bankruptcy.

He also discusses what the stock market looks like today after hitting records lows when the pandemic first began in March.

MU Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Staff Prepares Meals for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19

Posted: May 7, 2020

Contact: Pate McCuien, 573-882-4870, mccuienp@missouri.eduAs hospitals have become increasingly full, The University of Missouri’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology has stepped up to help MU Health Care workers. In just two weeks, members from the department have cooked and prepared 500 frozen meals to help MU Health Care provide food to nurses, physicians and staff who may be fatigued and hungry.

Department chair Chris Hardin originally thought of the idea and asked MU Health Care officials if they could use the extra meals. He thinks it is imperative that the lab does what it can to assist the health care system in any way possible.

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Faculty Offer Webinar on Financial Health in the COVID-19 Era

Posted: May 1, 2020

Source: Jennifer Erickson, 573-882-8189

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Registration is now open for a free three-part series, “Your Financial Health in the COVID-19 Era.” The webinars, starting Friday, May 1, are available online to all Missourians through a collaboration between the University of Missouri’s Department of Personal Financial Planning and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at MU.

The COVID-19 pandemic and response have affected people in unprecedented ways, including job loss, investment losses and business closures. The pandemic has also placed a heavy strain on health care systems, personal relationships and social safety nets.

Using plain language and easy-to-use tools, this series is designed to help participants manage some of the social and financial impacts and make sense of the overwhelming amount of information available now.

From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 1, May 15 and May 29, each session includes a one-hour presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A. The series is free and open to the public.

Registered participant will receive email with information on joining the sessions using the Zoom application.

May 1: Financially Coping With COVID-19 – This webinar discusses how to better cope with some of the personal finance impacts connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. Content covers resources and steps to use in the near future, as well as an explanation of new or enhanced social services. There will also be information about the stimulus payments as well as COVID-19-related scams and how to protect yourself. The webinar concludes with recent changes to IRS tax and retirement account rules, as well as a brief overview of managing investments in a turbulent stock market.

May 15: Behavioral Finance Basics You Can Use Now – In the current climate of economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever to act with intention toward our finances. However, we also know that intentions only account for about 20-30% of variance in behaviors. Why are good intentions sometimes not enough sometimes? Behavioral finance offers some explanations as to why we may do certain things. Instead of always acting in rational ways, we have a tendency to be influenced by emotions, environments, early socializations and marketing. This interactive session delves into research on behavioral finance that you can apply immediately or share with younger family members.

May 29: Investing in a COVID-19 World – When 2020 started, the economy was growing and employers were adding jobs. Since March, the stock market has taken investors on a roller coaster ride, and the normally safe bond market has nearly seized up. This session will recap the last three months in investing, and then look toward the next six to 12 months with a discussion of what the future might hold. Presenters will explore investment and tax strategies that might be attractive due to the decline in asset values and recent law changes.


  • Andrew ZumwaltAndrew Zumwalt, an assistant extension professor and Certified Financial Planner, runs the statewide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
  • Marco PantojaMarco Pantoja, an Accredited Financial Counselor and extension financial instructor, teaches personal finance to diverse groups across the state and provides one-on-one financial coaching for various programs.
  • Graham McCaulleyGraham McCaulley is an assistant extension professor focusing on the intersections of personal finance, early socialization and family dynamics and how they affect decision-making in a variety of contexts.

This free series is possible throughOsher@Mizzou, an MU Extension continuing education program for Missourians age 50-plus. The program offers more than 75 noncredit courses over four semesters each academic year. Osher@Mizzou started online learning on March 30, 2020. Learn more at

How Do Single Missourians Date in a COVID-19 World? Get Creative

Posted: Apr. 28, 2020

Kale MonkSingle Missourians looking to date in a coronavirus world still can, but you might have to shake-up your style. It’s not like you can go to a movie, dine out at a restaurant or go to a bar or club together in person. Kale Monk, University of Missouri assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, says most of what happens on an in-person date can be done virtually.

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TAM Cuts Over 35,000 Mask Fabric Pieces for MU Health

Posted: Apr. 15, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread, face masks are becoming more difficult to find, and health systems are turning to community members for help to make sure they have masks for as long as the outbreak lasts. That includes MU Health Care. The University is joining the effort and making mask kits that will be made into masks for the health system to use.

MU Health Care workers gathered supplies to assemble kits so community members could help make masks. The team at MU Health Care soon discovered the needed more helpers to cut the fabric for the kits. So, they turned to Professor Pamela Norum, chair of MU’s Department of Textiles and Apparel Management, for help.

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HES to Promote New Research Projects to Tackle COVID-19 Challenges and Societal Impacts

Posted: Apr. 15, 2020

The goals of the HES RAPID Grant Related to COVID 19 is to promote new research projects to tackle medical, personal, social, economic, community or any other issues stemming from COVID-19 challenges and societal impacts and responses. All HES disciplines are welcome and collaboration is encouraged. All faculty are encouraged to take advantage of new federal funding opportunities related to COVID-19 (One example is NSF RAPID with newly approved funding from the CARES Act).

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Personal Finance Resources for Coping with COVID-19

Posted: Apr. 7, 2020

Check out the personal finance resources regarding coping with COVID-19 developed by Graham McCaulley, Andrew Zumwalt, CFP®, and Marco Pantoja.

COVID 19 Resource List

Dr. Tashel Bordere Participates in ADEC Panel Discussion

Posted: Apr. 6, 2020

Tashel BordereDr. Tashel Bordere, Assistant Professor at HDFS, was part of an interdisciplinary panel (clinician, hospice, academia, mortician, chaplain) discussion and interview sponsored by the Association for Death Education and Counseling on “Grief, Bereavement and Death at a Distance.” The panel was a timely discussion that provided an inside look around coping with death losses but largely focuses on the profound impact of non-death losses (coping and supporting families, students, communities from a distance, separation from family members hospitalized with COVID and other serious conditions – Cancer, new learning and work environments). It has relevance both from a professional standpoint and a personal standpoint as many of our students, faculty and administrators will be personally impacted by COVID-19 in some form. It also took a look at “last” responders (funeral directors) who are especially important in this pandemic but are not being recognized like “first” responders in the media.

Healthy Eating Tips from Professor Bean

Posted: Apr. 6, 2020

Jennifer BeanNEP Assistant Professor, Jennifer Bean, spoke with Vox Magazine about 5 tips to keep you sane while cooking in quarantine. How to eat right so you can feel good.

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Jennifer Bean Speaks to ABC17 About Stress Eating

Posted: Apr. 2, 2020

Jennifer BeanJennifer Bean, Assistant Teaching Professor at NEP, was interviewed by ABC17 about stress eating. Many people turn to food during stressful times, such as the COVID-19 outbreak.

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NEP to Prepare Meals for MU Healthcare Workers

Posted: Apr. 2, 2020

Realizing that the surge in Mid-Missouri is 2-3 weeks away, the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology has decided to utilize their research kitchen and chef to help MU Health Care. With approval of the provost and Gary Ward, and working with MU Healthcare dining, NEP chef Kenny Williams will begin making 500 packaged and frozen meals to be able to feed patients, front line health care workers, etc during the surge. As the surge goes on, chef Williams will be making fresh grab and go meals. As of now NEP is donating the chef Williams’ time and food costs to help with MU Health Care’s response to the pandemic.

Chef Williams preparing meals

TAM Making Masks for MU Health

Posted: Apr. 3, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the Department of Textile and Apparel Management is working with MU Health Care to help cut materials for 100,000 masks. Yesterday, 10,000 cut masks were picked up.

Graham McCaulley Discusses Financial Matters During COVID 19 Outbreak

Posted Apr. 1, 2020

Graham McCaulleyGraham McCaulley, Assistant Extension Professor for the Department of Personal Financial Planning and Associate State Specialist for HES Extension speaks with KOMU Emily Spain for three informative interviews on financial matters during the COVID 19 outbreak. Graham discusses protecting your family’s finances during COVID 19.

Andrew Zumwalt Discusses the Stock Market on KOMU

Posted: Apr. 1, 2020

Andrew ZumwaltAndrew Zumwalt, CFP®, MU Department of Personal Financial Planning’s Assistant Extension Professor, speaks with KOMU Emily Span about the stock market’s roller coaster ride and what it means to the public.

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Marco Pantoja Discusses Stimulation Package on KOMU

Posted: Mar. 30, 2020

Marco PantojaMarco Pantoja talks with KOMU Emily Spain about the federal stimulus package signed by President Trump. Pantoja is an Accredited Financial Counselor®, works for MU Extension as a financial planning instructor, and is receiving his Master’s degree from the MU Department of Financial Planning.

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NEP Provides Helpful Tips for Quarantine Exercise

Posted: Mar. 30, 2020

The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology has created helpful and minimum cost tips on how to exercise while quarantined at home.