Food Safety During Power Outages
Sep27

Food Safety During Power Outages

Our friends in south Texas have been through a lot of turmoil with hurricanes and flooding over the past couple of years. Although Hopkins County and northeast Texas have not seen storms to that extent, we do have power outages from time to time. When that happens, knowing what to do with the contents of the refrigerator and freezer could prevent the consumption of unsafe food. Keeping the refrigerator or freezer closed as much as...

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October – Good Things Coming! by Johanna Hicks
Sep19

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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Job Burnout: What is Going on?
Sep10

Job Burnout: What is Going on?

Johanna Hicks, By Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent We have probably all experienced job burnout at one time or another. Sometimes all it takes is time away from the workplace to refresh and rejuvenate. Job burnout is a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment, according to the Mayo Clinic....

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Johanna Hicks: Three Upcoming Events Offered By Local Extension Office
Sep05

Johanna Hicks: Three Upcoming Events Offered By Local Extension Office

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has several upcoming events. They include Cooking Well for Healthy Blood Pressure series will be held Monday, Sept. 9, and continue Thursday, Sept. 12, and conclude on Monday, September 16.  All sessions will begin at 1:30 p.m.  at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office. A $20 fee, payable at the first session, will cover materials, recipes, and recipe sampling.  Topics will include DASHing your...

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Football Season Tailgating and Picnicking Safety
Sep02

Football Season Tailgating and Picnicking Safety

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] By Johanna Hicks School is back in session for students in college and below. That means sports are in full swing. In the fall, thoughts go to football, cross country, and volleyball. With fall weather and football season,...

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DASH Your Way to Improved Health
Aug26

DASH Your Way to Improved Health

Did you know that approximately 29% (7.54 million) of Texans report being diagnosed with hypertension? Individuals who have hypertension are at greater risk of developing conditions associated with the heart, including heart failure and heart attack, as well as other conditions such as stroke, chronic kidney disease, and type 2 diabetes. Primary management of individuals with hypertension begins with lifestyle modifications prior to...

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Cooks Up Classes
Aug16

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Cooks Up Classes

Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health, 1200-B West Houston Street, P.O.Box 518, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443; phone 903-439-4909; Fax [email protected] By Johanna Hicks, B.S., M.Ed., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Community Health Agent Hopkins County residents enjoy good food. However, many recipes we see on Facebook and other internet sites are not necessarily the...

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Upcoming Opportunities You Don’t want to Miss
Aug06

Upcoming Opportunities You Don’t want to Miss

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] By Johanna Hicks, B.S., M.Ed., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Family & Community Health Agent Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides numerous workshops, educational series, camps, one-shot programs, multi-county programs,...

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Johanna Hicks: Keep Your Baby Rear-Facing As Long As Possible
Jul09

Johanna Hicks: Keep Your Baby Rear-Facing As Long As Possible

Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences, 1200-B West Houston Street, P.O.Box 518 Sulphur Springs, TX 75483; 903-885-3443 – phone; 903-439-4909 – Fax; [email protected], email. By Johanna Hicks Although it is not yet the law in Texas to keep children rear-facing until at least age two, it is best practice to follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to keep children...

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