Category: October 2016

Halloween Treats

Ashley Svaty
Nutrition, Food Safety
and Health Agent

There are many ways to keep your child happy this Halloween without allowing them to eat loads of candy. Use this time to talk with your child about making nutritional decisions. Establishing how many treats your child is able to eat and sticking with it will pay off. After trick or treating put the candy out of sight or get rid of it to reduce temptation.

Other tips include:

  • Be a role model by eating candy in moderation
  • Offer non-candy alternatives like whistles, jump ropes, stickers, crayons, pocket sized games, spider rings, or bubbles
  • Buy trick or treating goodies at the last minute to resist temptation
  • Feed your child before going out, they will be less likely to snack on candy on a full stomach
  • Check your child’s bag of goodies to make sure all food items are in original packaging.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Strength Training Program for Older Adults


Ashley Svaty Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent
Ashley Svaty
Nutrition, Food Safety
and Health Agent

Stay Strong Stay Healthy is an evidence-based program for older adults who want to improve quality of life and stay active.  Over eight weeks, participants will increase their strength and improve their balance and flexibility.  Strength training has many benefits and Post Rock District is very excited to bring Stay Strong Stay Healthy to Lincoln County. The exercises are easy to learn, safe, and effective.  Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays at the Lincoln Senior Center from 2:00-3:00 pm October 31st-December 21st.  Registration due by October 14th with $20 registration fee. Space is limited, register early. All equipment will be provided. Contact the Lincoln Extension office at (785) 524-4432 to register.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Medicare Information Meetings

Medicare Information Meetings

October 11, 2016

Noon – 1:00 p.m. @ Osborne Public Library (bring your lunch)

5:00 – 6:00 pm @ Smith County Courthouse in Smith Center

Information will be shared about:

  • Senior Medical Patrol (SMP)medicare
  • Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK)
  • Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15-Dec. 7)
  • Question and Answer Session

The featured presenters will be Janet Boskill, SMP/SHICK/MIPPA Regional Manager with Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and Nora Rhoades, SHICK Counselor and Post Rock District Extension Agent. The meetings are free to attend, but please RSVP by October 10. Call the Osborne Office at 346-2521 or the Smith Center Office at 282-6823. You can also email Nora Rhoades at

By:  Nora Rhoades

Preserving Venison Safely

Fall hunting season is quickly approaching! Venison offers variety and an unusual flavor to the fall and winter table. When handled properly it can make an excellent meat. It can be refrigerated or frozen as meat cuts or sausage. It can also be preserved by canning, curing, or drying.

The following resources can help you get your supplies ready and help you decide which method is best for your family.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Eat Better, Eat Together

Some of the best times your family will spend together will happen at the dinner table.  When families eat together, meals tend to be more neat-together-eat-betterutritious and kids who eat regularly with their parents are more likely to snack on fruits, vegetables, and hearty whole grains than snacking on less nutritious options. Check out our the October Building Strong Families for mealtime tips.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Health Insurance Smarts

When choosing a health insurance plan for you and your family there is much to consider. What benefits do you need? Which health care providers do you prefer to use, and which can you use? What costs are you comfortable paying? Do you have an emergency or “rainy day” fund to cover expenses

Nora Rhoades Family and Youth Development Agent
Nora Rhoades
Family and Youth
Development Agent

in case of sickness, job loss, or economic downturn? The right plan for you and your family will depend on your health and your financial situation. Check out the K-State Research and Extension Health Insurance Smarts resources as you make insurance decisions.

Contact a Post Rock District Office to access non-biased decision-making resources or to schedule an appointment to discuss health insurance decision-making.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Enroll Youth in 4-H

enroll-youth-in-4-h4-H is a community of young people across Kansas engaged in learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Caring adults who support our programs are essential for youth to achieve their potential. Adults can share guidance, knowledge and wisdom, as well as model respect and provide skills training.

Want to join or volunteer? Contact your local extension office to learn how. Find out more details at

By:  Nora Rhoades