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Resources abound for the holidays
Monique Koerner
Monique Koerner

Living Well Wednesday is a virtual learning series hosted by K-State Research and Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) professionals from across the state of Kansas. The 2022 Series focused on a variety of essential skills that empower you and your family to live, work and thrive.

Recently, three KSRE Specialists and Extension Agents presented “Healthy and Prepared for the Holidays.” They came together to share tips on how to keep your menu simple and fun during this busy holiday season. The presenters shared how to prepare meals ahead of time, how to make healthy modifications to recipes, and how to repurpose leftovers. The presenters included:  Christina Holmes, Extension Specialist; Ashley Svaty, Extension Specialist; and Melinda Daily, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Sunflower District.

In November, Living Well Wednesday focused on Coping with Loss and Loneliness During the Holidays. Melissa Atchison, Pastor, Manhattan Mennonite Church presented on how sometimes the holiday season is a joyous time, but not for everyone. The presenter shares “you have permission to feel how you feel” and more in this helpful webinar. There are many resources listed for further exploration.

Finally, Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, Professor and Extension Specialist and Joy Miller, Johnson County Extension Agent presented on “Simplify Your Holiday-Focusing on What Matters.” As the holiday season nears, are you looking forward to it or do you dread the time, money and energy involved? Understand what makes the holiday special for you, then plan to celebrate according to your holiday values. View the webinar for more ways to focus on what matters.  

All these webinars were also presented in Spanish, which are also available on the website. I know it’s a busy time of year but you can listen in during driving or exercising, or whenever it fits your schedule since they are saved on the KSRE website. They all offered great information to use throughout the next couple of weeks.  

Please call the office if you have any questions about food safety or preparation for the holidays. Our website and the KSRE Rapid Response Center are also great resources for holiday questions.

Cottonwood Extension District wishes you a joyous holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our office will be closed from Dec. 26-Jan.  2.  We will re-open on Jan. 3, 2023.

Monique Koerner is the Family and Community Wellness Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. You may reach her at: 785-628-9430 or