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'Financial Health for Life' kicks off April 2 at USU

Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014

USU faculty member Lucy Delgadillo instigated 'Financial Health Month'

USU faculty member Lucy Delgadillo petitioned the governor's office to declare April as Utah’s first-ever "Financial Health Month."

That’s why Lucy Delgadillo petitioned the governor’s office to declare April as Utah’s first-ever “Financial Health Month.” The governor’s office approved the proclamation and Delgadillo, an associate professor from the Family, Consumer, and Human Development Department at Utah State University, organized the event.

“Financial Health for Life” is for USU students, by USU students. It kicks off on April 2 at 11:30 a.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center auditorium. University representatives and Utah’s state Treasurer Richard Ellis will address financial health for students.

Following the presentation, Family Finance student counselors will hand out free advice on student loans, credit card debt, credit scores, mortgages, money habitudes, investments for retirement, free financial evaluations and assessments. Signups for free financial counseling and free financial coaching through the Family Life Center will also be available.

“This is a great opportunity for USU students to learn about their own potential to better manage their financial lives and learn what resources the USU community offers to them,” Delgadillo said. “A good understanding of finances can help people achieve confidence, financial security, self-fulfillment and happiness, accumulation of assets and better overall wellbeing.”

“For example, debt — which usually has a negative connotation — can be used to accomplish the financial goal of homeownership.”

The event’s focus will look beyond the numbers and help people find the reasons behind their spending.

“When people have better understanding of their money habits, money biases and emotional triggers that foster overspending, they will be more in control of their own finances,” Delgadillo said. “They will be able to recognize their own money weaknesses, but they can turn those weaknesses into strengths.

“In doing this, individuals and families will become more resourceful in dealing with crisis, weathering persistent stress, and meeting future financial challenges.”

Students, faculty, staff and the public are welcome.

Related links:

USU Family, Consumer and Human Development Department

USU Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

Contact: Lucy Delgadillo, 435-797-7204

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