Three Things to Do With Your Frustration
Jan28

Three Things to Do With Your Frustration

Three Things to Do With Your Frustration When was the last time you felt frustrated?  How did you handle it?  We all feel frustration at some point in our lives for various reasons.  Frustration is like a coin; a big, chunky silver dollar!  You can tighten your grip around it so tightly that it makes your knuckles white.  You can shove it in your pocket and feel the weight it creates as you try to walk about.   It’s like a clunky...

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Heart Smart Nutrition
Jan22

Heart Smart Nutrition

With February, National Heart Health Month quickly approaching, I wanted to get a jump start on some timely information.  Engage in daily physical activity to improve your health.  Physical activity increases your metabolic rate, which helps to burn more calories. Plus it helps the heart and lungs function to full capacity.  Exercise also helps raise the body’s blood level of HDL “good” cholesterol.  Burn extra calories, and balance...

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Second-Hand Smoke and E-Cigarettes – Bad News
Jan15

Second-Hand Smoke and E-Cigarettes – Bad News

I recently had the opportunity to exhibit some visuals and distribute fliers on the topic of smoking and second-hand smoke at a health fair.  This is a touchy subject for many who have smoked for years and have no intention of quitting, while others know the dangers but simply choose not to quit or have tried to quit but were unsuccessful in their attempts. Whichever the case may be,  there are some health problems associated with...

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Extension Service is the “Go-to” Place for Opportunities
Jan07

Extension Service is the “Go-to” Place for Opportunities

Are you or someone you know getting married in 2015?  Do you want to learn to sew?  Do you want to make an impact in the lives of others by being a volunteer?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have the solution!  Recently, a visitor came into my office to discuss a particular topic and stated, “I had no idea that this office offered so much!”  While that was a compliment, it was also a wake-up call.  Texas A&M...

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Texas A&M Agrilife Sets a Marriage Education Workshop
Jan06
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Master Wellness Volunteers Program Offered
Dec30

Master Wellness Volunteers Program Offered

Perhaps you’ve heard of Master Gardeners but have you heard about Master Wellness Volunteers? Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent Johanna Hicks is offering a five-session course for those wanting to be Master Wellness Volunteers. Cost is $40. The course will take place over five consecutive Tuesdays from February 3 through March 3 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each session. Ms. Hicks says a background in health or wellness is not...

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Pre Marriage Workshop in january on Saturday the 24th
Dec29

Pre Marriage Workshop in january on Saturday the 24th

One of Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent Johanna Hicks’ favorite workshops to put on is the Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Workshop. The next one is being offered on Saturday, January 24 at the Extension Service Office on Houston Street. The workshop is free and potential married couples that complete the session will receive a certificate to save $60 off the cost of a marriage license. Ms. Hicks says topics covered...

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Sewing Workshop Open to the Public Saturday Jan 31st.
Dec29

Sewing Workshop Open to the Public Saturday Jan 31st.

Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent Johanna Hicks is offering a sewing workshop at the Extension Office on Houston Street on Saturday, January 31. It was originally just for 4H students and Ms. Hicks has now opened it up to anyone because of requests for such a class. Ms. Hicks says you can bring your favorite sewing machine. Some machines are available at the workshop site. Ms. Hicks says work will center on cutting and sewing a...

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A Year in Review – Family Nutrition
Dec29

A Year in Review – Family Nutrition

Happy New Year!  Each year, I provide a highlight of Extension programming in the areas of diabetes, health, wellness, and community.  Last week, I highlighted the diabetes education efforts in Hopkins County.  The next “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” series is scheduled for March 24, 26, 31, April 2, and April 7.  More information will be available as those dates draw closer, but if you or someone you know would be interested in...

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A Year in Review – Diabetes Education
Dec23

A Year in Review – Diabetes Education

Anyone who has followed my newspaper columns and program announcements knows that I have a passion for diabetes education.  Having a son with Type 1 diabetes has taught me so much about the disease, and I am happy to share Extension’s “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” series each year.  2015 will bring some updated information to the series, and I look forward to providing the series!  Below is a brief synopsis of diabetes education...

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