What Do 4-H, Diabetes, and Marriage Education Have in Common?
Jul19

What Do 4-H, Diabetes, and Marriage Education Have in Common?

What Do 4-H, Diabetes, and Marriage Education Have in Common? While in the check-out line at Wal-Mart with food items and plastic utensils in tow, the cashier commented that I must be getting ready for a party of some sort. When explaining that I worked for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and was preparing for another session of Kids’ Cam p: Fun, Food, Fitness, she responded that she had never heard of Extension. Wow! To me, it’s...

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Exercise Safety In Hot Weather
Jul13

Exercise Safety In Hot Weather

Exercise Safely in Hot Weather Many people flock outside in warm weather to travel, jog, play basketball or do yard work, but when the mercury rises, “easy” exercise becomes a huge physical undertaking, and intense exercise can be deadly. If your body’s temperature regulation system is overtaxed, you’re at risk of developing a heat-related illness. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us of what we...

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Agrilife: Dangers of Leaving Children Alone In or Around Cars
Jun30

Agrilife: Dangers of Leaving Children Alone In or Around Cars

The Dangers of Leaving Children Alone In or Around Cars As we get further into summer in Texas, children will be spending more time outdoors and the danger of children being left alone in and around cars increases.  When we think of children left alone in cars, our first thought is the danger of children dying in hot cars due to heatstroke.  Tragic stories about deaths of children left in unattended cars have been in the news lately....

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Spice of Life
Jun23

Spice of Life

Variety is the Spice of Life If the old saying  “Variety is the Spice of Life”  is true, then I’ve had lots of spice in my life lately!  So many great activities have taken place recently, and are still taking place.  My middle child married his college sweetheart in a beautiful wedding ceremony and as I write this column, they are honeymooning in the Bahamas!  It was wonderful to see out-of-state relatives from Alabama, Tennessee,...

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Agrilife: Child Safety Tips
Jun20

Agrilife: Child Safety Tips

by Johanna Hicks Ten Summer Child Safety Tips You probably knew it was coming – the release of summer safety tips for children!  June, July, and August are more dangerous for children than other months.  Nearly one-third of all fatal child injuries occur during these three months according to Trend Lines, Natalie Pane, Senior Vice president for Research and Operations. Deaths resulting from contact with bees, hornets, and wasps (1...

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Agrilife: The “Road” to Food Safety
Jun10

Agrilife: The “Road” to Food Safety

Handling Food Safely on the Road V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! Oh, how we long for that eight letter word every summer, when millions of us eagerly get away from school and work. We take to the road in cars or recreational vehicles; live on boats; relax in beach or mountain vacation homes; and camp…or simply stay at home and make daily excursions in or around our hometowns. No matter where we go or what we do, there is a common denominator that...

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Agrilife: Preserving the Harvest
Jun02

Agrilife: Preserving the Harvest

Preserving the Harvest With all the rain we have received lately, gardens are flourishing and produce is already being harvested!  Our office has received some phone calls about home food preservation, and I wanted to share some basic information to get you started in the right direction. Organisms that cause food spoilage – molds, yeasts, and bacteria – are present everywhere in the air, soil, and water.  Enzymes that may cause...

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AgriLife Extension Service Promotes Click It or Ticket Campaign
May26

AgriLife Extension Service Promotes Click It or Ticket Campaign

Click it or Ticket Campaign Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is helping promote the Click it or Ticket campaign which actually started May 23 and runs through June 5.  This includes the Memorial Day Weekend.  The campaign is working to get more pickup truck drivers to buckle up. Taking about three seconds to buckle your seat belt is the most important step you can take to protect yourself in a crash.  Bev Kellner, AgriLife...

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Heath Tips for 2016
May19

Heath Tips for 2016

16 Health Tips for 2016 The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages individuals to dedicates themselves to a healthy lifestyle in 2016, and provides these food, nutrition, and physical activity tips to help you: 1)      Eat Breakfast.  Start you morning with a healthy breakfast that includes at least three food groups.  Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a...

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Master Wellness Volunteer Program
May12

Master Wellness Volunteer Program

Master Wellness Volunteer Program Did you know that Hopkins County Master Wellness Volunteers contributed 55 hours of volunteer service in April?  From helping with Kids’ Safe Saturday to Kids’ Camp planning, from assisting with the Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes series to helping distribute educational information at the Region 8 Education Service Center Parent Fair, our certified volunteers have helped make an impact! Finding...

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