Think for a moment about what it might be like to have age-related sensory and functional challenges. Many adults in our community face these challenges in their daily routines as they complete simple tasks or participate in leisure or social activities. The program "Gray for a Day" aims to educate participants on what to expect as a person's senses become less sensitive. Participants may experience an "Aha" moment as they think about family members experiencing losses or they may better understand their own changes as they age.
March is one of my favorite months for a couple of reasons. I love springs' warmer temperatures and the chance to get out and enjoy a walk or bike ride. I also look forward to sharing my passion about healthy eating during March because it is noted as National Nutrition Month. This year's campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, puts valuable and credible nutrition information at our fingertips.
I like to read books. There is an order to books that excludes the repulsive advertisements that have made television so distasteful recently. I wonder if they will ever produce a television that will block advertisements. I think it would sell, but I've never seen an advertisement for such a device.....
Feasting and drinking, mobs of robins and cedar waxwings have found our backyard watering station and cedar trees. Watching them interact right outside the window is much more entertaining than television.
February 18, 2017|
Pam Martin, KDWPT Education Specialist
I hope you have made time in your schedule to get out and exercise during the milder days we have had this week. I know I am thrilled to be back riding on the back of our tandem bike as much as the schedule will allow. It was a long four months since our bicycling accident but my arm has healed enough to enjoy short rides and work to get back in shape.
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 my 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.
At the Tallgrass Writing Workshop last year in Emporia, author Max McCoy said, "Write from the inside out," during his presentation about mystery writing. When I reread my notes later, the first thing that came to me was that we should live from the inside out.
The connection between the mind and body is strong, so an overall positive attitude – including an upbeat outlook on life – can affect overall happiness, health, and well-being. Similar to good health practices such as eating well and getting plenty of exercise, a positive attitude should be a habit that starts early in life.
Sweet news for strawberry lovers: Research from Kansas State University Olathe may help Kansas growers increase strawberry production in the state, extend the growing season and grow berries that are more nutritional and flavorful.
One of the annual traditions at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. It may seem odd to count birds in the middle of winter, but it's actually a great way to keep track of species and population trends. A week before Christmas, this year's count was bitterly cold. The high that day barely squeaked above freezing and most of the day hovered in the teens. Much of the water around Cheyenne Bottoms was frozen over, and everything was covered in an inch or so of snow. You'd think that every bird in ...
January 14, 2017|
Jean Aycock, KWEC Educator
One of the things that make my career choice as exciting today as it was 27 plus years ago is the fact that I can help others learn ways to improve their quality of life. Whether it is answering a question related to health and wellness or explaining results from a higher than normal radon test I enjoy helping find answers to their questions. I consider myself and the people I serve to be lifelong learners and I find that exciting.