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Tips for safely enjoying a fresh-cut tree this holiday season

‘Tis the season for many families across West Virginia to begin decking their halls for the holidays with garland, lights and most commonly, the Christmas tree. While the ease and convenience of a pre-lit, artificial tree appeals to some, others prefer the authentic look and smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree. According to West Virginia University Extension Service Forest Resources Specialist Dave McGill, a fresh-cut tree does require a bit more attention and care, but if you take a few simple precautions, you and your family can safely enjoy your tree all season long.

Gift giving doesn’t have to be expensive: WVU experts say low-cost alternatives can be easy and fun

For some, the holiday season can lead to overspending or other financial struggles. This year, supply chain issues also are posing a threat to typical gift-giving practices. However, there are alternatives to traditional gifts. Jennifer Friend, West Virginia University Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, offers creative solutions to finding gifts at a low cost.

Thanksgiving feasts may feel more frightening, less festive for people with eating disorders, WVU expert says

The pumpkin pies, buttery rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy that make Thanksgiving a treat for many Americans may actually make the holiday feel more like a threat to those with eating disorders. According to Elizabeth Claydon, an assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences at West Virginia University, the feasting associated with Thanksgiving can exacerbate the unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviors that characterize eating disorders.

WVU Extension expert offers tips to help dash away those extra holiday calories

With the holiday season quickly approaching, some people are filled with the anticipation of spending time with loved ones, goodies galore and feasting on favorite dishes. Less welcome are the calories that those carb-laden meals and delicious candies carry. West Virginia University Extension Service Family and Community Development Agent Dana Wright offers some tips to help people be proactive with holiday weight management skills.

WVU Veterans Legal Services Day is Nov. 12 in Charleston

The WVU College of Law Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic will see veterans Friday, Nov. 12, at Equities House in Charleston to offer free legal services for Veterans Affairs claims, wills and other issues.