Each year, the month of April is designated as Financial Literacy Month to encourage educational programs designed to build the general public’s knowledge and understanding of financial matters. Personal finance information is delivered in a variety of ways including face to face classes, webinars, print media, mass media, and social media.
To celebrate Financial Literacy Month, the Cooperative Extension System of National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (NIFA-USDA) and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are co-sponsoring a Twitter chat on Small Steps to Health and Wealth(tm) (SSHW) on Tuesday, April 29 from 1 to 2 pm EDT. SSHW is a signature program of NIFA-USDA and is delivered by Extension educators nationwide.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Financial Resource Management Specialist, Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFP(r), will serve as moderator. The chat will feature a series of six questions related to financial literacy and relationships between health and personal finances. A drawing for gift cards will be held from among those who actively participate in the Twitter chat by posting valuable content.
The designated Twitter handle for the chat is #SSHWchat.
All participants need is a Twitter account user name (handle) and password. The hash tag #SSHWchat will serve as a “magnet” to link everyone’s tweets together. The moderator will guide the discussion around a series of questions labeled Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. Participants will respond with A1, A2, A3, etc. to match their tweets to the questions.
Any of these three platforms can be used to monitor the flow of tweets: Twubs (www.twubs.com), Tweetchat (www.tweetchat.com), or Tchat.io (http://www.tchat.io/). Participants can simply choose one of these Web sites and insert #SSHWchat into the textbox that pops up to post tweets and view the Twitter stream.
Following are the six SSHW Twitter chat questions that will be posed to participants:
Q1: In what ways are health and personal finances related?
Q2: What is something that people can do every day to improve their health?
Q3: What is something that people can do every day to improve their personal finances?
Q4: What is your favorite personal finance book, Web site, phone app, or curriculum?
Q5: Since it is Financial Literacy Month, how do you personally define financial literacy?
Q6: What are your best tips to put people on the path to better health & greater wealth?
For further information about Cooperative Extension financial education programs and resources, visit http://www.moneysmartweekpartners.org/usda, http://www.extension.org/personal_finance and http://njaes.rutgers.edu/money/. For information about the SSHW Twitter chat, visit http://www.slideshare.net/BarbaraONeill/sshw-twitter-chat-pr-flyer0414.
Susan S. Shockey Ph.D., CFCS, CPFFE
USDA/NIFA Family & Consumer Economics National Program Leader Division of Family and Consumer Sciences