Have you been wanting to make your health a priority? Now is a great time to do just that! Registration is now open for the upcoming older adult strength training program Stay Strong, Stay Healthy. Strength training is especially important in older adults and can improve balance, strength, flexibility, and quality of life. We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 21st – April 18th. The Mankato session will begin at 10:30 at the Mankato Community Center. The Beloit session will be held at the NCK Wellness Center and will begin at 2:30. Each session will be 1 hour and we will meet for 16 sessions. Registration is required along with a $20 registration fee. You can register here or by visiting our office in Mankato or Beloit. Feel free to contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the program.
K-State Research and Extension is conducting a series of Board Leadership Workshops in communities across Kansas — February 21, 23, 28 and March 2. Designed to provide basic training for members of community-based boards of directors, the series will be hosted by local extension professionals at locations across the state.
“Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effective boards and committees in our Kansas communities. K-State Research and Extension’s Board Leadership Series will provide an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member,” said Trudy Rice, extension community development specialist.
Take the America Saves Pledge: Savers with a plan are 2x more likely to save for retirement, have emergency savings, and stick to a budget. When you take the America Saves pledge, you can choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save towards your goals.
Follow America Saves on Facebook and Twitter to connect with the challenge and identify saving strategies that can work for you. You can also connect with savings resources by following the Post Rock Extension District on Facebook and Twitter.
Keep your blood sugar healthy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Over time, high levels of blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.
This spring, the Post Rock District will be hosting two babysitting clinics to help youth (10 years and older) prepare for experiences in which they’ll provide short-term care for siblings and/or other children. For registration and details about the 2017 Super Sitter Babysitting Clinics visit http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/.
Winter is an ideal time for Kansas residents to test their homes for indoor radon gas concentrations, either for the first time or to make sure an installed radon mitigation system is adequately controlling indoor radon levels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends actively reducing radon levels in homes when they are confirmed at or above 4 picocuries of radon per liter of air (pCi/L).
Radon is a natural, tasteless, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas produced from the decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. Radon gas moves from the ground under and around your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Current data indicates that one in four houses in Kansas may have elevated levels. In some counties this rate may be higher.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Given the increased potential for lung cancer the radon hazard brings, Kansans should be asking themselves, “Have we tested our home for radon yet?”
Walk Kansas will be here before we know it! Make sure you are following us on Twitter @KSRE_PostRock and on Facebook to stay updated when registration opens! Gather up a team of 6-or go solo and we will find a team for you! This year we will have weekly drawings and other surprises in store! Encourage your friends to join this great program that makes our health a #1 priority. Feel free to visit the Walk Kansas homepage for more information www.walkkansas.org.
There are 168 hours in a week. How many do you devote to your relationship?
How much time do you devote to your partner in a single day? Life is hectic. Sometimes it can feel like we do not have any time for ourselves, let alone our partners and families. Yet, couples who have the strongest relationships find time to work on their relationship every day through shared interactions.
Couple rituals are shared interactions that are repeated and significant to both partners. The special things you look forward to as a couple and the everyday routines you follow are like threads that bind your relationship together. They do not have to be time consuming. In fact, you might be surprised how quickly just a few simple daily rituals can add up.
What are 3 things you and your partner do together almost every day? (Examples: kiss, hug, talk about our day, eat a meal, share morning coffee)
What are 3 things you do with your partner as traditions, things you look forward to and plan? (Examples: holiday or birthday celebrations, vacation)
What are some things you wish you and your partner did together every day? Be specific. How could you and your partner begin these new rituals?
What are a few new traditions that you would like to start? Be specific. How could you and your partner begin these new traditions?
Selection of child care is an important task for Kansas parents. K-State Research and Extension has quick to reference resources outlining things to consider as parents and caring adults work through the decision-making process of selecting child care.
Peanut allergy is the most common food allergy and the highest amongst children. There is no cure or treatment except to avoid the consumption of peanuts.
New research now shows that introducing high risk infants to peanut foods could reduce the chance of developing a peanut allergy. There are three guidelines to consider:
Infants at high risk because they already have severe eczema, egg allergy or both. Experts recommend introducing peanut-containing foods as early as 4-6 months of age.
Infants with mild to moderate eczema. Experts recommend introducing peanut-containing foods around 6 months of age.
Infants without eczema or any other food allergy consume peanut-containing foods freely.
With these guidelines, the results suggest that peanut allergy can be prevented when peanut-containing foods are introduced in infancy through age 5. Infants in category one above had an 81 percent reduction in developing peanut allergy.