Eight Tips for a Healthy Heart By Johanna Hicks
Feb17

Eight Tips for a Healthy Heart By Johanna Hicks

Eight Tips for a Health Heart To continue with the topic on heart health that I started last week, think of your heart as a metronome.  It keeps the beat to your body’s daily functions, pushing blood near and far to nourish every cell and fiber. As a powerhouse organ, you’ll want to keep your heart in tip-top shape, especially those who have diabetes, which can up your risk for heart disease.  Laurence Sperling, professor of medicine...

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February: Time to Think About Your Heart By Johanna Hicks
Feb10

February: Time to Think About Your Heart By Johanna Hicks

February: Time to Think about Your Heart Throughout the month of February, we are swarmed with decorations and candy that remind us of Cupid, love, and February 14th.  While the hearts that cover Valentine’s Day merchandise are meant to represent love, they should also serve as a simple reminder for us to take care of our hearts.  The next time you see one of these hearts, think about your own heart, and ask yourself if you are living...

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Hand Hygiene is Key! By Johanna Hicks
Feb03

Hand Hygiene is Key! By Johanna Hicks

Hand Hygiene is Key! Tis the season for flu, allergies, and upper respiratory problems!  Unfortunately, sometimes these are unavoidable.  However, there are some precautions you can take to lessen your chances of infection.  These are been well documented, but a reminder never hurts! Proper hand washing is a good health habit that is extremely important in preventing the spread of contagious illnesses, like the flu.  Wash your hands...

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4-H Food Challenge Practice Run
Jan28

4-H Food Challenge Practice Run

The 4-H Food Challenge competition is coming up this spring, and Johanna Hicks want’s 4-H’ers to be ready. In order to prepare, participants were given a few hints, a bunch of ingredients, and instructed to make something delicious.  There was plenty of guidance, and the crowd also go involved.  Food safety was also discussed and practiced.  A brief presentation about the creations ingredients, and nutritional values was...

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Hopkins County 4-H Prepare for Contest Season By Johanna Hicks
Jan27

Hopkins County 4-H Prepare for Contest Season By Johanna Hicks

Hopkins County 4-H Prepare for Contest Season The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is abuzz with activity this time of year!  Not only are some of our 4-H members preparing for the Junior Market Show, but many others are beginning preparations for the 4-H Fashion Show, Food Show, Educational Presentations, Public Speaking, Share-the-Fun, Food Challenge, Consumer Decision Making Contest, and 4-H Photography Contest. This week’s...

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Hopkins County Master Gardeners Club Ready to Plant
Jan26

Hopkins County Master Gardeners Club Ready to Plant

It is a little early in the gardening season, but the Master Gardeners are ready for spring planting. However, at the monthly meeting held at the AgriLife Extension Building on Houston St, business items took precedence over more agrarian pursuits. An executive session before the regular meeting revealed that a Board of directors must be elected and sent to meetings across Texas.  Upcoming events include a Plant Swap, and a Pesticide...

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How to Choose Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables By Johanna Hicks
Jan20

How to Choose Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables By Johanna Hicks

How to Choose Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables We all know that consuming more fruits and vegetables will have great benefits on our health.  Those that are in season or at their peak harvest have the best flavor and are usually the least expensive.  By choosing fruits and vegetables that are in season, you will teach your family to enjoy these good-for-you foods and save some money in the process.  Include seasonal when planning your...

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Busy Time of Year for Hopkins County 4-H! By Johanna Hicks
Jan13

Busy Time of Year for Hopkins County 4-H! By Johanna Hicks

Busy Time of Year for Hopkins County 4-H! Our staff recently had the privilege of meeting with a business owner to tell her about the 4-H program in Hopkins County.  We always enjoy bragging on our 4-H kids!  Four of our members made front page headlines in 2016 because of their accomplishments!  Hopkins County has five 4-H clubs: Arbala Harvest, Dike, Infinity, Miller Grove, and Paws (a school-based club).  We also have a Vet Science...

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Master Wellness Volunteer Program By Johanna Hicks
Jan06

Master Wellness Volunteer Program By Johanna Hicks

Master Wellness Volunteer Program Today’s column will focus on another Extension banner program which makes an impact in Hopkins County – Master Wellness Volunteer Program.  Finding reliable resources of health and wellness information can be a challenge.  Since 1906, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has provided Texans with guidance in various health areas and is now training volunteers to provide more communities with the...

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Marriage and Parenting Education Wrap-Up By Johanna Hicks
Dec30

Marriage and Parenting Education Wrap-Up By Johanna Hicks

Marriage & Parenting Education Wrap-up This is the 3rd in a series of program summaries in the area of Family & Consumer Sciences for 2016.  (If you missed the first two, they covered Diabetes Education and Health & Wellness in Hopkins County.) One of my favorite workshops to teach is Twogether in Texas Marriage Education.  This is a program recognized by the state of Texas and is deemed as being so important that the...

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