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Uncle Sam says: Love your children, eat right, use coupons and buckle up

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: A person shops in Whole Foods Market in the Brooklyn borough on May 7, 2014 in New York City. Whole Foods Market, an upscale grocery store that sells many organic and gourmet foods, has reported disappointing sales and profit outlooks. Shares for the company have dropped as much as 22% today, its biggest decline in years. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Obama administration this week offered a bushel of new advice that citizens across the country can use to better their lives.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has an entire website devoted to healthy eating called ChooseMyPlate.gov. That website's "tip of the day" encourages parents to love their children the right way.

USDA says food is for eating, not for rewarding children for good behavior. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

"Reward your child with attention and kind words, not food," it says. "Show your love with hugs and kisses. Console with hugs and talks."

In a new post on healthy eating on a budget, the site encourages people to prepare healthy meals, and offers ways to save money that mostly revolve around using coupons.

"Search for coupons," it advises. Other advice includes "buy when foods are on sale," "find out if the store will match competitors' coupons," and "find a coupon buddy."

On Thursday, the Department of Education released a cache of advice for high school students who are thinking about college. But before making that big leap, the department said students need to "learn how to do your own laundry."

"Those whites can turn into some interesting colors and transform into a smaller size if you don't know your way around a washer and dryer," the department said.

Other advice from the Education Department included "craft a good resume," "learn how to network," and "learn how to keep you and your things safe."

The department also stole a page from USDA, by advising students to "embrace coupons."

This week was national hurricane preparedness week, and that prompted the Department of Health and Human Services to offer its own advice to stay safe from storms, but also bounce back from them faster.

"The first thing to do is exactly what many of us already do; getting the health care we need to stay healthy every day," HHS said. "People who are healthy before disasters are less likely to become ill or injured during the disaster, and are able to bounce back faster."

Finally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offered some summer driving advice that it recommended for anyone driving a car. Among its recommendations were "buckle up," "don't drive after drinking," and "check your tire's air pressure."

"That's just a sampling of the potentially lifesaving guidance you'll find at NHTSA's interactive Summer Driving Tips web page," the agency said.

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