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Hicks: A Fresh Start to a Healthier You Coming Virtually and 4-H Project Tour Day Approaching
May24

Hicks: A Fresh Start to a Healthier You Coming Virtually and 4-H Project Tour Day Approaching

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You Coming Virtually Even though most activities are back to full swing, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a free on-line course called, “A Fresh Start to a Healthier You.”  This is a four-session series focusing on the importance of healthy nutrition with an emphasis on increasing fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, food safety, and food resource management. Session 1 covers creating...

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Healthier Attitude = Healthier Hearts

With February being National Heart Health month, and the week of February 7 thru February 14 being National Marriage Week, I thought it would be appropriate to share some interesting information about the heart from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health according to a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health...

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Outstanding 4-H, Miller Grove FFA Members, Extension Agent Recognized
Apr26

Outstanding 4-H, Miller Grove FFA Members, Extension Agent Recognized

Two outstanding 4- members, two Miller Grove FFA members and an Extension Agent received recognition during Monday’s Hopkins County Commissioners Court meeting. Janie Crump Scholarships Extension Agent Johanna Hicks presents a $500 Janie Crump Memorial Scholarship to Jorja Bessonett Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agents Johanna Hicks and Mario Villarino awarded Jorja Bessonett, a member of Miller Grove 4-H Club, and Savannah...

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A Year in Review – Family Nutrition
Dec23

A Year in Review – Family Nutrition

A Year in Review – Family Nutrition This is the 4th column pertaining to major educational programming provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hopkins County.  Because of the variety of programming, my day is never boring, as it is different every day!  Today, I’ll focus on family nutrition. According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau, 18% of all individuals residing in Hopkins County are living below the poverty level. ...

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A Year in Review – Walk Across Texas, 2015
Dec01

A Year in Review – Walk Across Texas, 2015

A Year in Review – Walk Across Texas, 2015 Each year, I publish a report on each of my major programming areas.  Today’s focus will be on Walk Across Texas.  WAT is an 8-week walking program for teams of eight people, school classes, or individuals.  Teams have a friendly competition to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging, or biking.  You can even dance, do aerobics or gardening, clean house or ride a stationary bike!  You...

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Hicks: Plenty in Store For the Rest of 2020
Sep29

Hicks: Plenty in Store For the Rest of 2020

By Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent, Hopkins County Folks who visit our office never ask if anything is going on – they ask what is going on! We always have something of interest planned for all ages. The 4-H program is off to a good start, and enrollment for the 2020/2021 year is now taking place. We have five clubs in the county. Enrollment is open to all youth grades 3...

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Love is in the Air By Johanna Hicks
Feb08

Love is in the Air By Johanna Hicks

               Ahhh, February – a month of love, Valentines, hearts, flowers, candy, candlelight, and romance.  The months of December and February are popular for marriage proposals, and many couples will be embarking on a journey to plan the perfect wedding.  However, the WEDDING is not the important part.  The MARRIAGE should be the focus of any...

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Scratched Record By Johanna Hicks
Mar23

Scratched Record By Johanna Hicks

Scratched Record                Sometimes I feel as if I’m repeating myself, but it usually pays off!  Similar to a scratched CD or record that repeats and repeats, after a while, the words stick in your head.  The “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” series has been implemented many times, but it has proven over and over to be beneficial to those who attend.                The spring “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” series is rapidly...

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Diabetes, Urban Myths, and More By Johanna Hicks
Feb23

Diabetes, Urban Myths, and More By Johanna Hicks

Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes             Time certainly flies!  The spring series of “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” is just a few short weeks away, and plans have already begun to provide a quality, informative, and impactful program.  If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with diabetes, this series is for you!  Here are the topics to be covered and a brief synopsis of each: Monday, April 9: “Getting Started: How Food Affects...

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Achoo!  Cover That Sneeze! By Johanna Hicks
Jan19

Achoo!  Cover That Sneeze! By Johanna Hicks

Achoo!  Cover That Sneeze!                 I hope you aren’t getting tired of hearing about the flu and cold season.  It is real, and it is upon us!   As my husband knows, every time I see people cough or sneeze into their hands, I cringe.  What makes it even worse is when they open a door or touch something with the same hand that others will be touching.  That’s one way germs are spread! Know the Numbers: 90 (ninety) miles per hour...

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