March – Schools Have Canceled Classes… What’s a Parent (Caregiver) to Do? by Johanna Hicks

What’s a Parent (Caregiver) to Do?                It’s official.  Schools have canceled classes due to safety concerns for students and staff over COVID 19.  So now what?  Kids are glad to be able to sleep in while parents and caregivers wonder how to keep them occupied.  I have seen posts by educators who have lots of really good ideas,...

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October – Good Things Coming! by Johanna Hicks

September seemed to have flown by! With October quickly approaching, thoughts turn to cooler weather, trees changing colors, pumpkins, and roasted marshmallows. At our Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, things are buzzing as we prepared for numerous events and programs. Below is a sampling: National 4-H Week Kick-off: October 6-12, 4-H members and leaders all across the nation will be recognizing the impact of the 4-H program....

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Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest By Johanna Hicks
Sep17

Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest By Johanna Hicks

Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Consumer Sciences, 1200-B West Houston St., P.O.Box 518, Sulphur springs, TX 75483; 903-885-3443 – phone 903-439-4909 – Fax, [email protected] Interest is building for the Creative Arts Contest! Last month, I gave information about the Arts and Crafts Show, in which vendors sell their hand-crafted items. This week, I’m focusing on the Creative Arts Contest, which is...

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15 Tips for a Picky Eater By Johanna Hicks
Apr23

15 Tips for a Picky Eater By Johanna Hicks

Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, 1200-B W. Houston, P.O.Box 518, Sulphur springs, TX 75483; phone: 903-885-3443;fax: 903-439-4909; [email protected] Picky eaters can be challenging, but there are many tips to help children consume the nutrients they need. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides the following suggestions: Offer a nibble tray: Use an ice cube tray or muffin tin...

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Living With Asthma By Johanna Hicks
Mar14

Living With Asthma By Johanna Hicks

Living with Asthma                More than 1.5 million people in Texas are affected by asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, this number does not include those who have the disease and have not yet been diagnosed. So, what exactly is asthma and what can you do about it?...

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You CAN Manage Your Diabetes By Johanna Hicks
Feb28

You CAN Manage Your Diabetes By Johanna Hicks

You CAN Manage Your Diabetes!             As many of you know, our youngest son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2 ½ and our world was turned topsy turvy!  When I re-entered the career as Extension Agent several years ago, my passion was diabetes education.  Our son was my inspiration for helping others manage diabetes....

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Secure Your Child’s Future – Free Car Seat Inspection: By Johanna Hicks
Feb22

Secure Your Child’s Future – Free Car Seat Inspection: By Johanna Hicks

               Every parent wants the best for their child’s future, and one of the best ways to make sure your child will have a bright future is to be sure that you are correctly using the correct car seat for your child…and that the seat is correctly installed in your vehicle.  The problem is that keeping them safe in vehicles isn’t as easy as it might...

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Going Green By Johanna Hicks
Feb15

Going Green By Johanna Hicks

               When you hear the words “going green,” your thoughts probably turn to water conservation, energy conservation, using environmentally-safe cleaning products, and so on.  However, the focus of this column is totally different.  I’m talking about salad greens – spinach, in particular....

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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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Two Diabetes Series Available By Johanna Hicks
Feb01

Two Diabetes Series Available By Johanna Hicks

               Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides numerous educational opportunities at low- or no-cost to individuals.  One of those banner programs is diabetes education.  Approximately 12% of Hopkins County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes (higher than the state of Texas and the U.S.) according to the Centers for Disease Control. ...

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