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Agrilife Update By Johanna Hicks

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Parenting Connections Offered Through Extension

I recently received a call from a young man asking about parenting classes.  I have the perfect solution!  “Parenting Connections” is a series developed by Dr. Stephen Green, Child Development Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

I am offering the series on two consecutive Thursday evenings this month, and the workshop is open to parents, caregivers, and grandparents.  Both sessions will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Hopkins County, 1200-B W. Houston Street, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23 topics will be “Child Growth and Development” and “Parent-Child Communication.”  We’ll discuss ages and stages of development and have a hands-on activity to reinforce the topics.

Thursday, March 30 topics will be “Positive Discipline” and “Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem.”  We’ll explore parenting styles and discuss the most effective type.

At the conclusion of each session, I will provide certificates to all attendees.  This is a fun, stress-free program, and I encourage you to call and reserve a seat!


Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes

If you or someone you know has diabetes, this is the course for you!  We are making it easy for you to attend by providing two time options – 1:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.  Pharmacists, fitness experts, and others will be on hand to assist in teaching the sessions.  Below is a list of dates and topics:

–          Tuesday, April 4:  “Getting Started: How Food Affects Your Blood Glucose”

–          Thursday, April 6:  “Are You Eating the Right Number of Carbs?  Let’s Find Out!”

–          Tuesday, April 11:  “Beyond Diet: Improving your Blood Glucose with Physical Activity”

–          Thursday, April 13:  “Improving Your Blood Glucose Control with Medication”

–          Tuesday, April 18:  “Celebration!  Having Your Snack and Eating it, too, While Avoiding Complications”

All sessions will take place at the Extension Office.  A small one-time fee of $25, payable at the first session, covers all materials, refreshments, door prizes, and supplementary materials.  Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions, if possible.  Please call 903-885-3443 to sign up.  Leave your name, address, and phone number so we can mail a registration form to bring to the first session.


4-H Members Excel in Presentations

Hopkins County 4-H’ers recently participated in County 4-H Contests.  Food Show participants were: Ethan George, Jorja Bessonett, Jacob George, and Aleigh Bessonett and qualified for District Contests to be held later this month.  Fashion Show participants were: Ethan George, Zia Miller, Elida Miller, Jorja Bessonett, Jacob George, and Aleigh Bessonett.

Public speaking participants were:  Diego Childs and Elida Miller.  Educational Presentation participants were: Christian Ebel, Zia Miller, Valerie Flecker, Judah VanRijn, Blaine Allen, Kennadi Erwin, Ethan George, Honesty Bridges, Savannah Allen, Eric Bridges, Braden Lennon, Maddie Holt, Trinity Sickles, and Cade Goldsmith.  Share-the-Fun participants were: Christian Ebel and Kiara Stowater.

Congratulations to each of you!


Closing Thought

When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look.  You mean the world to someone!

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

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