I hope your Thanksgiving celebration was special and that you were able to spend some unhurried time with your family. Now that we are in to the holiday season, it makes squeezing in work and routine tasks an even greater challenge. Here are some strategies to help you manage your time and energy:
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The 76th annual 4-H Achievement Celebration was held on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2010. The theme was "4-H A Winning Hand". Julie Bitter, 4-H Council secretary, and Ashley Lockwood, 4-H Council Treasurer, served as the emcees. The Kansas 4-H Key Award is the most prestigious award that a 4-H member can earn. Candidates must have exhibited outstanding contributions in leadership, citizenship, community service. They also must participate in county, area and state events including demonstration contests, judging contest and must hold club and county offices. In simple terms, it recognizes 4-H members who have lived up to the high ideals expressed ...
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Nutrition facts labels are intended to guide consumers in choosing and using food products wisely. Many times, the label is overlooked until after unnecessary calories, cholesterol, fat, sodium or sugar has been consumed. It's a good idea to take the time to read labels first, checking serving size and calorie content.
For most of my teenager years, Mondays evenings were synonymous with one thing - Boy Scouts - which remains partial to that weekday.
This may shock you, but Halloween these days is completely out of control. It generates nine billion in retail sales and begins promotions at the first hint of fall – late August. Who doesn't love that? Well, me, apparently. Used to be, it was simple, modest and kid friendly. And in Barton County in the early 70's, there were a couple sure things about every Halloween. The first was that if you wanted to collect the biggest stash of Snickers, Butterfinger and Peanut M&M's, you went to the doctors – a sugar high golden rectangle – the Degner, Polson ...
Tomorrow we turn the calendar to November and that means the holidays are just around the corner. Every year I plan a program that celebrates the diverse cultures we have in our community. So a joint venture is planned for this year to learn how people from around the world celebrate the holidays. Mark Wednesday, November 10th on your calendar and come to the Burnside room at the Great Bend Recreation Center at noon. You will not be disappointed.
Halloween's excitement often causes children to forget to be careful. There is no single trick to making the fall holiday a treat, but paying attention to safety details can prevent harm. Trick-or-treaters who rush from house to house may increase their risk of slipping or falling or being involved in a motor vehicle pedestrian accident. Parents can overestimate children's street-crossing skills. Likewise, children sometimes fail to evaluate potential traffic threats, have slower sensory perception and are unable to predict driver behavior.
Are you or someone you are close to affected by arthritis, cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, obesity or the effects of a stroke? You do not have to look far to find someone affected by one or more of these conditions. Today in my column space I want to extend an invitation to participate in a chronic disease self-management program titled Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP). This program was developed at Stanford University. Research studies have shown that the program is effective in helping people manage their health and control chronic disease symptoms.
Every fall, our Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on our various program development committee. Mark Tuesday) October 12 on your calendar this week, and stop by the Great Bend Recreation Center Burnside Room, to cast your ballot. Election time is 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
"Mini Golf United" will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Walnut Bowling Center. In case of inclement weather, the teams will bowl. The team entry fee will be $30 for three-member teams with 100% of the proceeds going to United Way of Barton County. Cash prizes will be awarded to top golfers and an award will go to the business entering the most teams.
Everyone, no matter your age or lot in life, should be pampered on occasion. Current events justify it more than ever. And so last month, I took a plunge. I got a pedicure. For those thirty minutes, the angels sang in harmony, the noise of life stopped, and feelings and sensations never previously known in 51 years came alive. They say the feet have a billion nerve endings. I think that's on the low end.
What are you breathing? It is a good question to ask ourselves. All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. The good news is indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about. As we celebrate Indoor Air Quality Awareness month during October, see if any red flags go up in your house.
There were over 9,000 exhibits in 4-H Centennial Hall at the Kansas State Fair and many 4-H members were also involved in judging events.
As another month quickly comes to a close, I find myself looking ahead to the busy month of October. Fall programs are set and there may be a couple of interest to you. As we approach the open enrollment dates for Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in Part D, I have enlisted the help of Rick Schaffer, Assistant Director for the Southwest Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center, to present some updated information. Ricks' program will focus on signing up for Part D prescription benefits. We will host Rick at noon on Wednesday, October 8, at the Barton County Extension office ...
It's been a very good 4-H year! Barton County 4-H members did well in several areas at the Kansas State Fair.
A sewing class for adults will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 29, at the Extension office meeting room, 1800 12th Street. The project will be a simple table runner. Sewing machines and equipment will be provided. Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Agent, and volunteers from the Central Kansas Thread Benders quilt guild will be on hand to teach the class. There is a $10 fee for the class. For more information or to register contact Joyce Burnham at 620-793-7094.
This fall our college senior decided it was time to move off campus. As decidedly older parents, we knew this drill well. Robert's brothers had rental options subjected to a billion questions/inquiries/inspections from their CSO - chief safety officer - Lori.
This is the time of year when the Kansas State University entomology department receives a lot of calls. The question most asked: Why am I getting so many spiders in my house?
Visits to six classrooms during the past week to share the importance of proper hand washing were fun and educational. Kids as young as three were learning about the importance of washing their hands so that they can stay healthy. I have access to a Glo-Germ TM, complete with a black light. After tossing a balloon around that had the "magic potion" on it we could see exactly where the germs were hiding.
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