How Much Do You Know About Diabetes?
May14

How Much Do You Know About Diabetes?

Diabetes is a tricky disease.  It often goes undiagnosed until complications have already arisen.  In researching the prevalence of diabetes in Hopkins County and surrounding counties, statistics show that 10.1% of Hopkins County residents have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Surrounding counties  had a slightly higher percentage with the exception of Hunt County (9.9%).  Here are the results: Franklin County (11%), Delta County...

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2015 Dairy Foods Contest – Get Ready!
May06
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Getting Hitched? Twogether in Texas Event This Saturday
May05
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Expecting Garden Produce?  Preserve Foods Safely!
May05

Expecting Garden Produce? Preserve Foods Safely!

Gardens have begun producing delectable vegetables and fruits!  If you have an abundance, home food preservation just might be the solution to have these delicious foods year-round!  However, special efforts must be made to keep them safe for you and your family. Organisms that cause food spoilage – molds, yeasts, and bacteria – are present everywhere in the air, soil and water.  Enzymes that may cause undesirable changes in flavor,...

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AgriLife Extension: Botulism and Canned Goods
May04

AgriLife Extension: Botulism and Canned Goods

On April 21, 2015, a church potluck dinner in Ohio resulted in the death of one elderly female and 23 others hospitalized due to a case of Botulism. The food borne disease is believed to have originated from home-canned potatoes used in potato salad. Botulism is deadly food poisoning caused by bacterium (botulinum) growing on improperly canned meats and other preserved foods. It greatly affects infants and small children, elderly...

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A Child’s  Garden – Plant it, Grow it, Eat it! by Johanna Hicks
Apr29

A Child’s Garden – Plant it, Grow it, Eat it! by Johanna Hicks

  A Child’s  Garden – Plant it, Grow it, Eat it! The 2015 Dietary Guidelines are promoting consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.  If you think about it, without fruits and vegetables, all other foods would be very bland in color.  Adding vegetables and fruits not only add color, but important vitamins, minerals, and fiber as well.  When you prepare a meal, think COLOR! Children can be picky eaters (and many adults, too). ...

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Love is in the Air by Johanna Hicks
Apr23

Love is in the Air by Johanna Hicks

Love is in the Air June, the most popular month for weddings is rapidly approaching, and I wanted to announce a great opportunity for engaged couples, married couples, or seriously dating couples.  The “Twogether in Texas” marriage education workshop is approved by the state of Texas, and engaged couples will be given a certificate to take to the County Clerk’s office when applying for a marriage license.  The certificate will give...

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Calling All Cooks! by Johanna Hicks

Calling All Cooks!   Each year, Hopkins County pays tribute to the dairy industry through the Hopkins County Dairy Festival.  The board has been busily preparing for the 2015 event, and it is shaping up to be a great festival! The Dairy Recipe Contest, held during the Hopkins County Dairy Festival, is a great way to showcase those dairy-rich recipes.  From chocolate cheesecake to cheesy corn bake, we’ve had some absolutely...

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Kid’s Safe Saturday by Johanna Hicks
Apr08

Kid’s Safe Saturday by Johanna Hicks

Kids’ Safe Saturday Just Days Away! Kids’ Safe Saturday, a popular event for families, is rapidly approaching, and I wanted to remind everyone of the date, time, and place.  The event has been scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Buford Park in Sulphur Springs.  Games, prizes, hot dogs, and lots of give-away items will be provided free of charge. When you arrive, check in at the pavilion to receive a game...

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National Nutrition Month
Mar27

National Nutrition Month

Making Fruits & Vegetables the Easy Choice March is National Nutrition Month, and as it draws to a close, we still need to keep in mind healthy eating concepts.  In Texas, three out of four deaths are attributed to a chronic disease.  However, studies show an intake of at least two and a half cups of vegetables and fruits per day as part of a healthy eating plan can reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Lifestyle is hectic...

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