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Hicks: Purpose in the Pedal
Mar22

Hicks: Purpose in the Pedal

Every 4-H’er has a story – an encouraging, empowering story, unique story. Here is a story of just one of our outstanding members, Penelope Deterding. Penelope has been buying chicken feed and chasing pigs around for ears, but running the pedal on a sewing machine isn’t as familiar. Penelope displays her basic 9-patch quilt. The Hopkins County 4-H Sewing Fun Day, held every year, provided an introduction to the 4-H Fashion &...

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Hicks: Digital Detox/ Mindful Living
Feb10

Hicks: Digital Detox/ Mindful Living

By Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent, Hopkins County Digital Detox/ Mindful Living                Today’s world is complicated, unpredictable, and stressful.  Use of technology changes the way we approach our work and daily activities. The average person checks their phone several times a day.  Time spent on digital devices has replaced our time spent on exercise,...

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Hicks: Make Every Bite Count
Jan31

Hicks: Make Every Bite Count

By Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent, Hopkins County Make Every Bite Count As an Extension educator, I try to take advantage of learning opportunities that come my way.  Health/wellness, nutrition, and diabetes education are my main areas of focus.  Recently, I sat in on a virtual seminar about the newly released Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  The theme...

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Johanna Hicks: Healthy Heart in Time of COVID
Jan25

Johanna Hicks: Healthy Heart in Time of COVID

By Johanna Hicks, B.S., M.Ed, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agent HEALTHY HEART IN TIME OF COVID Johanna Hicks, B.S., M.Ed. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Community Health Agent Hopkins County P.O. Box 518 1200-B W. Houston Sulphur Springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443 [email protected]  Keeping your heart healthy and protected is always important – even more so for those with heart...

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Hicks: A Year in Review – Diabetes Education
Dec09

Hicks: A Year in Review – Diabetes Education

By Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent, Hopkins County A Year in Review – Diabetes Education Each year, starting in December, our Extension staff provides impact summaries of our major programs.  My passion is helping others learn how to manage diabetes through a series called, “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes.”  According to the Center for Disease Prevention and...

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Hicks: Preparing for Holiday Gatherings and Upcoming Programs in January
Nov23

Hicks: Preparing for Holiday Gatherings and Upcoming Programs in January

By Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent, Hopkins County Five Ways to Prepare for Holiday Gatherings The holiday season is here, along with fun, family, and or course, delicious foods. Food play a big role during the holidays as it bring traditions, comfort, and a sense of togetherness. It’s okay to enjoy your holiday foods, but keep in mind moderations is key. Aside from a well-balanced...

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Hicks: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Reception
Nov10

Hicks: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Reception

By Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent, Hopkins County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Reception                Greetings again from your Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office!  Wow, November got off to a busy start!  We just completed the 47th annual “Christmas Joys” holiday program.  This popular event was started by my predecessor, Janie Crump, and I have kept it going.  Even...

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November – National Diabetes Month by Johanna Hicks

November – National Diabetes Month                For years, Texas A&M AgriLife and its partners have been offering diabetes education and solutions for preventing or managing this condition.  “National Diabetes Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of this disease and its risk factors, as well as promote healthful living behaviors that can reduce the...

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Hicks: Oct. 4-10 National 4-H Week
Oct07

Hicks: Oct. 4-10 National 4-H Week

By Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent, Hopkins County Pictured: Jorja Bessonett, Miller Grove 4-H Club, contributes items during the summer 2020 food drive sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.  4-H members learn to give back to the community through service projects For over 100 years, 4‑H has inspired families, shaped careers, and impacted communities. On October 4 through...

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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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