Savor the Flavor by Johanna Hicks
Feb11

Savor the Flavor by Johanna Hicks

“Savor the Flavor” is the theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month. “According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans we should enjoy a healthy eating pattern and choose foods and beverages with limited amounts of added sugars, sodium and saturated fats,” said Dr. Sharon Robinson a Registered Dietitian with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Healthy...

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4-H Offers Summer Exchange Trip by Johanna Hicks
Feb03

4-H Offers Summer Exchange Trip by Johanna Hicks

4-H Offers Summer Exchange Trip   Hopkins County young people are in the news a lot lately with wonderful opportunities to travel.  Congratulations to the Sulphur Springs Wildcats on their upcoming trip to Florida in September!  The Hopkins County 4-H program also has plans which have been in the works since June, 2015. The County 4-H Exchange program began during the summer of 2012 when a group of six students and two chaperones...

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Best Intentions by Johanna Hicks
Jan26

Best Intentions by Johanna Hicks

Best Intentions In preparation for an upcoming conference, I was researching some websites, looking over Extension resources, and making note of items that could be included.  I ran across an interesting article which is totally unrelated to the conference  topic, but I really enjoyed reading it.  Many of you will enjoy it, as well.  The article reminded me of my good intentions to de-clutter my office closets where all my teaching...

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Snacking Your Way to Good Health by Johanna Hicks
Jan20

Snacking Your Way to Good Health by Johanna Hicks

Snacking Your Way to Good Health It’s a new year, and many people have goals to make this one healthy!  Snacks are a big part of a healthy eating plan, and if you choose wisely, snacks can help you reach your health goals.  Too often, people grab calorie-dense snacks, such as chips or a cookie, because they are hungry between meals.  However, if you plan ahead, you can have a variety of healthy and nutritious snacks ready to grab and...

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Texas Marriage Education by Johanna Hicks
Jan15

Texas Marriage Education by Johanna Hicks

Saying “I Do” in 2016?  Don’t Miss this Opportunity! One of my absolute favorite classes to teach is the Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop.  The information is so practical, and opportunities for group and couple interaction add to the fun and comradery. The state of Texas recognizes marriage education as a crucial element in the success of the marriage relationship and waives the state portion of the marriage license fee...

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2016 Getting off to a Busy Start
Jan07

2016 Getting off to a Busy Start

2016 Getting off to a Busy Start Greetings to all!  As I was reviewing my calendar for the next couple of months, I decided it would be a good time to announce all the upcoming events that might be of interest to you.  Lots of dates, times, and places will be listed, so if you want to clip this column and post it on your refrigerator for reference, feel free to do so! Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agents from all across the...

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Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Workshop
Jan05

Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Workshop

Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop will be held on Saturday, January 23, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs.  The free workshop will start at 8:30 a.m. and end around 3:30 p.m.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Topics include marriage expectations, communication, conflict resolution, money management, and goals & dreams.  Engaged couples will receive a certificate...

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A Year in Review – Family Nutrition
Dec23

A Year in Review – Family Nutrition

A Year in Review – Family Nutrition This is the 4th column pertaining to major educational programming provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hopkins County.  Because of the variety of programming, my day is never boring, as it is different every day!  Today, I’ll focus on family nutrition. According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau, 18% of all individuals residing in Hopkins County are living below the poverty level. ...

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A Year in Review – Marriage and Childcare Education
Dec16

A Year in Review – Marriage and Childcare Education

A Year in Review – Marriage and Childcare Education Before I write another word, let me wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  This is a joyous time of year when we gather to remember the true meaning of Christmas and enjoy time with family and friends.  In my family, we are celebrating our daughter’s birthday and our sons’ Master’s degree graduation which recently took place on the same day! However, there are many who are struggling...

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A Year in Review – Diabetes Education, 2015
Dec09

A Year in Review – Diabetes Education, 2015

A Year in Review – Diabetes Education, 2015   The Family & Consumer Sciences Committee recognized Diabetes Education in Hopkins County as a needed component for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to continuing addressing.  The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes is approximately 29.1 million according to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2015.  An estimated 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes. ...

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