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Make Life Is Good Your Motto
Donna Krug clr

Each year at this time I like to reflect on the positive things that are happening at Barton County Extension. Everywhere we turn the media bombards us with negative news about the economic downturn, an increase in chronic health issues, or threats of terrorism. What can be done to change the negative news into positive thoughts? Take on a Life is Good attitude. To do what you like and like what you do really is the best way to have an attitude adjustment.
Educational programming is winding down for another year but we will hit the ground running when 2017 arrives. Jan. 17, marks the start of another “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” workshop that I will be leading. This is a research based program that emphasizes strength, flexibility and balance for our aging population. We target those who are over 60 but can definitely include younger folks who may be dealing with a chronic condition. The class meets two times per week for 8 weeks from 10-11 a.m. at the Great Bend Activity Center on 18th Street. The $20 registration fee may be paid at the Barton County Extension Office. Class size is limited so you may want to reserve your spot before the holidays.
If you want to learn more about the exercises that are part of the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy workshop join me for a demonstration at noon on Jan. 11, in the Activity Center gym. You will be able to see first hand if these exercises may be beneficial to you.
Programming related to saving money and budgeting will also be held early in 2017. I’ll be bringing the program, “Saving Money When you Don’t Have a Dime to Spare” to the Great Bend Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 12th. It is the perfect time to get a handle on your spending no matter what stage in life you are in. We have some great resources available to help any family learn about budgeting.
As another year winds down I find the variety of questions called in to me at the office are interesting and sometimes challenging. I do enjoy finding answers that may help improve a person’s quality of life. I appreciate having this column space as well as radio time to bring up to date research based information to Barton County families. It has been a great year and I am looking forward to visiting with you in 2017!
On a personal note I would say that Life is Good too. My broken arm that occurred in a bicycling accident in California Sept. 28, is healing and I am slowly gaining more range of motion. Healing really does go better with a positive attitude. The tree is decorated and family celebrations are planned for the week ahead.
My wish for your family is for a blessed Christmas and a happy year ahead!
Donna Krug is the Family & Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research & Extension – Barton County. You may reach her at: (620)793-1910 or