Family Living

UW-Extension Family Living Programs enrich families and strengthen communities. Backed by university research, we work for Wisconsin families by:

  • Helping communities respond to issues such as childhood obesity, financial security, and aging.
  • Providing leadership for policies that help children, youth and families succeed.
  • Increasing knowledge about parenting, health and nutrition.
  • Offering consumers and families more strategies for managing their money.
  • Reaching out to diverse families with education and resources.
  • Using cost effective approaches to reduce negative family issues and build more resilient families.





Family Living Programs focus on parenting, financial education, eating well & being active, which helps families thrive in a rapidly changing world. Residents can participate in programs to help them increase their financial capability, become financially healthy and achieve their financial goals.  Seniors benefit from exercise programs including Strong Women. Families of all ages can benefit from Get Moving, Walworth County’s summer walking program.

UW-Extension and UW-Madison maintain a Food Safety and Health website with food safety and preservation information.

We invest in people to grow stronger communities. For more information on Family Living Programs, go to or visit us on Facebook at:

Please use this link to stay connected to Walworth County Family Living Programming!  By completing this form, you will be added to communication lists that you are interested in.  Communications will include notification of upcoming education opportunities, helpful information, community resources and other updates of note.

If you’d like to be removed, please contact Amanda at or 262-741-4961 or Gonzo at or 262-741-4951.


If you have any questions regarding Family Living in Walworth County, please contact:

Amanda Kostman
Walworth County – UW Extension
100 W. Walworth St.
PO Box 1001
Elkhorn, WI 53121-1001
Phone: 262-741-4961
Fax: 262-741-4955

Recent Family Living Posts

February Fit Families Newsletter

Spring is around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about the family vegetable garden! Will you grow the same vegetables and/or fruits as last year? Or will you try something different this year? Have a fussy kid at the table? Try offering them different things and have fun with them. Food should not be […]

Is it teenaged angst, moodiness, hormones, or something else?

Just about all American kids are immersed in media-related activities. Television, social media, video games, movies, radio, music, the Internet, books, magazines, and newspapers can all be accessed through their handheld devices. Excessive access to these resources or an inability to self-monitor can prove harmful to some teens. Take care to watch for warning signs […]


The Annual Kids College is just around the corner! Enroll and attend one of the coolest events of the year! We have all hands on deck for this one and the learning, fun and creating will be memorable. There will be so many sessions and amazing stuff like science, bees, plants, computers, Spanish, animals, building […]

Listeria recall expands to Buttermilk biscuits

Risk of illness is back in the news with an expanded, nationwide recall of ice cream bars and another recall of frozen buttermilk biscuits. The Mary. B’s products included in the latest recall are all frozen bagged biscuits with ‘Best if used by’ dates BEFORE September 23, 2018 and with the letter ‘M’ immediately after […]

Family Values

Talking about values is healthy for teens. It is important to encourage youth to identify and think more deeply about their values, interests and concerns. This can be a rewarding and challenging process since some of your teen’s top values might differ from your own values. Learn how to identify the traits that you respectively […]


Walworth County Family Referral Services

Building Strong Families

Child Development

Clothing and Textiles

Diet and Health

Health Insurance/Economic Support

Family Financial Management

Food Preservation

Foods & Nutrition

Homeowners and Consumers



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