February may be the shortest month of the year but it is an especially good time to recognize the importance of making lifestyle changes related to heart health. Is it true that you are what you eat? When it comes to heart health, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Eating the right way is not about dieting, which is really a temporary change in your eating habits to lose a few pounds; it is about making better choices every day so that they become second nature.
I remember as a kid growing up in a conservative Kansas farm family we always paid for our purchases with cash or a check. My first experience with establishing credit was to make three equal payments to the company I bought my new Singer sewing machine from. No interest was added; it was just a way to show responsibility to pay a bill in full. I still like to wait until I have the money in hand before making a sizable purchase. It just feels right.
Air Force Airman Daniel Banda graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
Bryce Divis, Great Bend, recently received his Eagle Scout award, the highest youth award in Boy Scouts. He joined Pack 157 in 2001 and crossed over to Troop 157 in 2007. He participated under Cub Masters Steve Pringle, Rick Popp and Steve Divis and Troop Masters Jim Hiss, Albert Strobel and Steve Divis.
No doubt you have felt a little cabin fever during the past few days. Even though the moisture is needed by the farmers, the cold and icy conditions make me anxious for spring. Two weeks ago I met with the Walk KS committee for Barton County to review changes in this signature program sponsored by K-State Research and Extension the past 12 years. We came away from the meeting excited about the possibilities that lie ahead!
Air Force Airman Cassie L. Schultz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
With the educational programs for 2014 in full swing it is easy to see that the common theme is definitely health and wellness. Today I want to highlight a workshop that targets people who are living with a chronic condition. Read on to see how you can register.
Acclaimed concert pianist Avguste Antonov will perform at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Sterling United Presbyterian Church. Antonov is artist in residence at The Master's Touch School of Music & Performing Arts, LLC., and has an active concert schedule throughout the U.S. The concert, sponsored by Sterling College, is free and open to the public.
While many around Barton County will gather with friends and family to enjoy Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday, United Methodist Women members at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend hope fans will keep in mind the plight of some who will endure ongoing slavery in the form of human trafficking, either as service workers or sex workers.
As we near the end of the first month of 2014 I hope your year is off to a good start. Early in the year I hear people comment about money management strategies they want to try. Perhaps it involves saving a bit more from each paycheck to pay for new tires for the car. Or maybe one of the kids needs braces. Whatever your motivation is for saving money you will want to mark your calendar for an upcoming program sponsored by Barton County Extension.
As a recent transplant to Great Bend, getting to know the area and the people has been a constant activity for the past year and a half. So, when a copy of Dog of the Afterworld by Leon Unruh made it to my desk, I was intrigued.
Heating your home during the winter months can create a financial burden. In an effort to help keep Kansans warm this winter, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) will soon begin accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).
Living with food allergies is challenging, requiring adults to manage their health and avoid trigger foods, and parents to recognize symptoms and find helpful resources and professionals. It also means finding ways to manage you or your child's health and well-being without hardship, stress or illness. Learning to recognize a food allergy or food sensitivity is as important as learning how to live with it.
Over the weekend, my seven year old granddaughter, Calyn, excitedly told me, "Grandma, I'm going to join the Walking School Bus when it starts April 1st." "That's wonderful," I replied. It truly is wonderful to see two communities in Barton County, (both Great Bend and Hoisington) adopting this successful program and modeling it to other communities.
Any divorced guy will tell you -- never ever insult the tulips.
4-H Day is an annual event in each county in Kansas. It gives 4-H members an opportunity to share their talents in public speaking, music and talent. Barton County 4-H Day is an event equally as important as the county fair!
In a few short months our youngest grandson will be mobile and that means we will need to child proof certain areas of our home. Children should be curious, but curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and adult medicines are kept. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, I want to use my column space today to remind you about storing hazardous materials out of a child's reach.
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