Each year at this time we like to reflect on the positive things that are happening at Barton County Extension. It is easy to get caught up in the media reports about the economic downturn, threats of terrorism, or chronic health issues that are plaguing our country. What can be done to change this negative news into positive thoughts? Read on for my advice.
The Barton County Extension Service is the local link to our land grant university in Kansas, (in this case, Kansas State University). It is exciting for me to use my education and the wonderful printed materials available through K-State Research and Extension to bring educational programs to you throughout the year. The theme of the past year has been health and wellness. Nearly 500 people participated in the 10th Walk KS campaign which emphasized exercise and healthy eating. Fifty-seven of the teams were part of a workplace wellness program. Visits to first graders in the county introduced them on how to be “Healthy from the Inside Out.” Add to this a few budgeting and parenting classes and you can see why my monthly calendar was full.
The 2012 programs kick off in January with two important health related topics. We will also be accepting registration for an eight week workshop titled, “Active Aging.” I am partnering with staff from Elder Care and the Great Bend Recreation Commission to teach this action packed class, focusing on healthy eating and exercise, beginning on Feb. 2.
Other topics which will be part of my 2012 schedule include a program titled, “Social Networking: Making the connection to Generation Y.” Something tells me I should be talking to my college aged son to learn the latest on using social media. Later in the year I have programs planned on “Couponing” “Growing Herbs” and “Understanding Dyslexia.” A fact sheet I wrote last year titled, “More Plants on the Plate” will be shared as well. For a complete list of 2012 programs give me a call at the Extension office and I will be happy to share it with you.
Our office is also headquarters for the Barton County 4-H program. Berny is always eager to welcome new kids into this youth development organization. From project work, to speaking at 4-H Day, to going to camp, 4-H offers countless worthwhile activities for families. Call our office to learn more.
Soon after the holidays, Jenni Carr will be joining our staff as the agriculture and natural resources agent in Barton County. After an orientation in Manhattan, Jenni’s first day in the office will be January 12th. Stop by and introduce yourself to Jenni. I know she is looking forward to working with you and meeting your needs related to agriculture and horticulture questions.
The entire staff of the Barton County Extension Office wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Donna Krug is the family and consumer science agent with K-State Research and Extension – Barton County. One may reach her at 620-793-1910 or email@example.com.