Merry Christmas from Your Extension Staff

With Christmas being only days away, many families are scurrying around trying to make last minute preparations.  This year, I decided I would NOT attempt to have a spotless house, perfectly wrapped packages, and my meal planned out to the last condiment.  Instead, I want to enjoy my family, even if the kitchen might have a little clutter, or my floors might have a little tracked-in dirt. Another hurdle that many of you might be...

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Giving a Bicycle for Christmas? Don’t Forget the Helmet!
Dec08

Giving a Bicycle for Christmas? Don’t Forget the Helmet!

Bicycles are always a popular gift at Christmas time, and many parents are shopping now for that perfect new bicycle for their child – maybe even their first bicycle.  This is an excellent opportunity to teach children about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect their head.  According to National Safe Kids, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injury by up to 88%, but only 45% of children wear bike helmets.  Safe Kids...

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Marriage Education and Master Wellness Volunteer Training Offer Winter Opportunities

With the approaching Christmas season, I’m also getting geared up for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s winter workshops.  Two fabulous opportunities are available for anyone wanting to participate, and I wanted to get the word out in plenty of time for you to write it on your calendar!  Here is a summary of the upcoming events:      Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Workshop – As one of the certified providers in the area, this...

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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas
Nov25

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

What glorious weather we have had this week!  Many families gathered around the Thanksgiving table to celebrate this special time of year.  With that celebration comes wonderful foods, such as turkey or ham, dressing, and an assortment of tasty vegetables, such as green beans, sweet potatoes, and salads.  Most families will have leftover turkey, which can become dry when reheated.  However, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has come to...

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Traveling with Children for the Holidays? Remember to Use Car Seats Properly
Nov18

Traveling with Children for the Holidays? Remember to Use Car Seats Properly

With Thanksgiving and Christmas soon approaching, families will be traveling by car and airplane to visit with friends and relatives.  This is a good time to stop and think about having your child in the proper car seat before you begin to plan your trip.  Although parents always want to protect their children, studies show that nationally, 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly.  For a car seat to best protect your child, it...

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“Christmas Joys” Program to be Repeated on December 3rd, 2014
Nov17

“Christmas Joys” Program to be Repeated on December 3rd, 2014

Many individuals missed the “Christmas Joys” program held on November 10, or were on the waiting list and were not able to get in. So, I am offering a condensed version of the program on Wednesday, November 10, 1:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. Attendees will receive the full booklet, along with a goody bag, refreshments, and a chance to win a door prize. The demonstrations will be “Everything Old is New Again”.  Seating is limited...

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Infant Botulism and the Honey Connection
Nov13

Infant Botulism and the Honey Connection

Ahh, Thanksgiving and Christmas are rapidly approaching, and gifts of honey seem to be popular.  Honey is a staple food around our house.  My husband enjoys it at breakfast on rolls…and at lunch and dinner, as well!  Honey is a great ingredient in many desserts, and even as a beverage sweetener.  However, there are some cautions for parents of small children when it comes to serving them honey. Tragic stories around infant botulism...

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National Diabetes Awareness Month
Nov05

National Diabetes Awareness Month

The Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013, indicates that the prevalence of diagnosed type 2 diabetes in persons aged 18 years and older is estimated at 1.8 million in Texas.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 11.3 percent of the population in Hopkins County has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Diabetic medical expenses in Texas totaled $18.24 billion, and indirect expenses, such as lost...

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What’s for Dinner Tonight?
Oct30

What’s for Dinner Tonight?

Are you wondering what you’ll serve for dinner tonight?  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is here to help!  Many people were introduced to “Dinner Tonight” during the 2014 Hopkins County Fall Festival.  Through live cooking demonstrations, Extension Family & Consumer Sciences agents from five counties showed how easy it is to prepare nutritious and tasty meals. Texans turn to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for...

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Halloween Safety for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists
Oct21

Halloween Safety for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists

Halloween Safety for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists Each year, I like to remind families about Halloween safety.  Those of you who know me are aware that I’m not fond of Halloween, but many people spend the time to be outdoors with their children to enjoy treats, fun, and games.  The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer.  With shorter days comes more night driving.  Because nighttime driving is more...

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