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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Creative Art Contest Results And More By Johanna Hicks
Oct28

Creative Art Contest Results And More By Johanna Hicks

Creative Arts Contest Results The 2016 Hopkins County Fall Festival has come and gone until next year, and we could not have asked for better weather!  Sun shine and a gentle breeze greeted fair-goers.  Two of the highlights each year are the Arts & Crafts Show (by the way, I purchased some absolutely fabulous items handcrafted items!), and the Creative Arts Contest.  Hopkins County residents showcased their talents in the...

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An AgriLife Update By Johanna Hicks
Oct21

An AgriLife Update By Johanna Hicks

Christmas Joys Update Wow, we have had a tremendous response to the 43rd annual Extension “Christmas Joys” holiday program!  Both sessions, scheduled for Monday, November 7, are full (and have been for quite a while).  We will try to call everyone to confirm, but if you reserved a seat, and know you cannot come, please contact my office so we can call those on the waiting list.  If you are on the waiting list, don’t be discouraged.  I...

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An AgriLife Update By Johanna Hicks
Oct14

An AgriLife Update By Johanna Hicks

EarthKind Living Expo Many of you are familiar with the EarthKind roses which were developed by Texas A&M University specialists.  They are beautiful, disease resistant, drought resistant plants which do very well in our hot, dry climates.  I am pleased to announce that the concept has been expanded beyond horticulture to include EarthKind Living – a balanced system using university research proven techniques for quality living,...

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An Agrilife Update By Johanna Hicks
Oct07

An Agrilife Update By Johanna Hicks

This and That with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Today’s column is different than most, because I have lots of announcements and topics to cover!  So, sit back and enjoy!   4-H Project Show We are excited to announce the 2016 4-H Project Show.  Our Hopkins County 4-H’ers have entered some amazing items – from wood work to metal work, from photography to food!  The items will be on display at the Extension Office October 10...

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Happy October By Johanna Hicks
Sep30

Happy October By Johanna Hicks

Happy October! As I sit here typing my weekly column, I’m refreshed by the cooler temperatures and the sounds of the Sulphur Springs High School band as they practice for Friday night football.  Hopkins County 4-H enrollment has gotten off to a great start, and many opportunities are available during the month of October.  As promised last week, below is a list of 4-H events: October 2-8: National 4-H Week – our Hopkins County 4-H’ers...

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