March is the Month to Make Changes and Keep Meals Healthy

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Ma​rch 3-9 is National Consumer Protection Week, and UT Extension is offering programs and resources for consumers to educate and protect themselves. Image courtesy Federal Trade Commission. 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft and scams? Maybe you’re wondering about the best way to use credit, how to shop for a used car, or how to maximize your security online. March 4-10 is National Consumer Protection Week, and University of Tennessee Extension has information and programs for now and all through the year.

“Today’s consumer encounters an incredible amount of risk on a daily basis, just by going about regular tasks,” says Ann Berry, professor with UT Extension. “We are proud to offer programs on consumer protection throughout the year and across the state. From classes and resources on credit, debt management, fraud and scams, and identity theft, local county Extension agents are there to help navigate these areas,” continues the consumer economics specialist.

“Since March is also Extension Month in Tennessee, it’s a great time to remind consumers of the help that is available to them, right in their backyard,” says Berry. Extension is a national educational program supported by USDA through the nation’s land-grant universities and administered with funding from state and local governments. In Tennessee there are Extension offices in each of the 95 counties.

To learn about consumer protection programs in your area, contact the family and consumer sciences agent at your local county Extension office. You can also visit the UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences website at Consumers can also visit to learn how to get free consumer education materials and read the latest from national consumer protection experts.

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Ann A. Berry, professor, UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, 865-974-8198,