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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Merry Christmas – It’s Here
Dec23

Merry Christmas – It’s Here

Merry Christmas – It’s Here! I recently attended a professional association meeting in Denton, and one of my colleagues presented an inspirational to our group.  I wanted to share it with you: “This Christmas, mend a quarrel. Write a love letter.  Share some treasure. Give a soft answer.  Encourage youth. Keep a promise.  Find the time to forgive an enemy. Listen.  Apologize if you were wrong. Think first of someone else.  Be kind and...

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Merry Christmas-Almost! By Johanna Hicks
Dec16

Merry Christmas-Almost! By Johanna Hicks

Merry Christmas – Almost! My how the time has flown!  It’s the time of year with multiple holidays, parties, traveling to spend time with family, or relatives coming to visit you.  With only one week until Christmas, turn up the calm.  Put your priorities at the top of the list: plenty of time to sleep, play and exercise. Unfortunately, for emergency room doctors it’s also one of the busiest seasons.  Learn how to protect your...

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Health And Wellness In Hopkins County By Johanna Hicks
Dec09

Health And Wellness In Hopkins County By Johanna Hicks

  Health & Wellness in Hopkins County This is the second in a series of summaries for Extension programming in the area of Family & Consumer Sciences.  2016 has brought many challenges, but many rewards  when it comes to the health of our Hopkins County citizens. According to The State of Obesity Better Policies for a Healthier America, released in September, 2016, Texas has the 10th highest adult obesity rate (32.4%) in...

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A Year In Review By Johanna Hicks
Dec02

A Year In Review By Johanna Hicks

A Year in Review Every year around this time, our staff begins a series of columns about major programming impacts in our respective areas of expertise.  Today, I want to focus on Diabetes Education in Hopkins County, which is a passion for me.  My son, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2-1/2, is my inspiration for helping others learn how to manage the disease.  He is now 24 years old, and he and his wife are...

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Extension Volunteers Recognized
Nov25

Extension Volunteers Recognized

Extension Recognizes Volunteers Every November, our Extension staff recognizes our valuable team of committee members, Leadership Advisory Board, Youth Board, Master Volunteers, and affiliated committees.  The Hopkins County Master Wellness Volunteers alone have contributed 353.85 hours of volunteer work during the first 10 months of 2016.  Our Leadership Advisory Board and Youth Board met three times during the year, and our program...

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National Diabetes Awareness Month By Johanna Hicks
Nov18

National Diabetes Awareness Month By Johanna Hicks

National Diabetes Awareness Month The timing of this column is either brilliant or discouraging.  November is known as National Diabetes Awareness Month, and as many families share the wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, those who have been diagnosed with diabetes face a real challenge.  The good news, diabetes can be managed with diligence and a little self-control. You’ve probably wondered how you or someone you love developed...

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AgriLife Update By Johanna Hicks
Nov11

AgriLife Update By Johanna Hicks

EarthKind Living Expo – Last Call! Recently, someone asked me if the EarthKind Living Expo was a “tree-hugger” conference.  I had to chuckle to myself, because he probably stated the same misconception that others might have.  The EarthKind Living Expo is a new educational program created by leading experts with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service using university-research-proven techniques for quality living, environmental...

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