Category: March 2018

Walk Kansas Registration Deadline March 12th

Walk Kansas is an 8-week health initiative that encourages individuals and teams to reach health goals. Participants receive a weekly newsletter which includes articles about health, exercises, tips, and nutritious recipes.

This year Walk Kansas is specifically focusing on the importance of stretching and will include an optional pre/post fitness assessment for participants to measure their improvement over the 8-weeks.

Participants log minutes of moderate or vigorous activity daily and report online or to a team captain. Activities besides walking such as strengthening exercises, yoga, bike riding, team sports and others count toward Walk Kansas minutes. Teammates do not have to walk or exercise together, but are encouraged to connect and support each other, which is made easy through the online Walk Kansas system.

The 2018 Challenges:

  • 8 Wonders Challenge: Each team member has a goal to log 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Collectively the team would walk 435 miles over the 8-week program. This trail is featured in Marci Penner’s 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook.
  • Cross Country Challenge: Each team member logs 4 hours of activity per week which would take the team on a 764 mile trail over the span of the program.
  • Little Balkans to Nicodemus Challenge: 1,200 mile Kansas trail, with each team member logging 6 hours of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week.

For Post Rock District Walk Kansas participants, the program cost begins at $8. T-Shirts can be purchased at an additional cost. This year will have many giveaways including a few 8 Wonders of Kansas books, Walk Kansas ¾ sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, and more! Poker walks will also be happening across the district so be sure to join in on the fun! Join our Post Rock District Walk Kansas group on Facebook to learn more about Walk Kansas. Participants will have the opportunity to earn 4 Health Quest credits upon completion of the program.

Register today at any Post Rock District office or at www.walkkansasonline.org!

By:  Ashley Svaty

Are you ready for severe weather and emergencies?

The lion of winter and the lamb of spring often play hide-and-go-seek throughout the month of March making diverse Kansas weather threats hard to predict. The area’s common weather threats include tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards, and floods along with extreme heat, cold, and wind. Other emergencies your family may confront could relate to vehicle trouble, medical concerns, fires, and accidents.

Severe weather and emergencies can strike at any moment and will likely affect every family at some point. The best way to work through difficult situations and circumstances is to be prepared before a concern presents itself. It is recommended that every household and family have an emergency plan that is reviewed and practiced at least 2 times each year. In regards to your plan, here are some things to consider:

  • What emergencies could affect my family where we live, work, learn, and play?
  • What special needs (infant, elderly, medical, disability) does my family have?
  • What are each individual’s responsibilities? How will we work together as a team?
  • How will we be alerted and warned (tv, wireless alerts, radio) about potential hazards?
  • Identify a place to meet if separated and the route to get there. How will you shelter-in-place? Where can you shelter away from home?
  • Identify local and out-of-area ‘In Case of Emergency’ contacts. It is a good idea to clearly identify these contacts in your phone and in a wallet or purse.
  • Assemble a basic emergency supply kit and place it somewhere that will be easy to access. Try to include enough supplies to last a minimum of 3 days.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Lawn Calendar for Warm-Season Grass

Warm seasons grasses include Bermudagrass, Buffalograss, and Zoysiagrass they require special care to survive our hot and dry summers. Year round attention is needed to keep the weeds down and help your grass look green and lush. Follow this DIY calendar to care for your lawn each month.

View the whole article for even more tips;

https://blogs.k-state.edu/turf/homeowner-do-it-yourself-lawn-calendar-for-warm-season-grass/

By: Cassie Homan

Learn Tools for Better Health

If you are living with an ongoing health condition (such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, or depression) or you are a caregiver of someone who does, this is for you! Living with Chronic Conditions workshops are interactive learning opportunities that teach techniques to manage common symptoms.

FREE workshop series led by trained leaders to help you:

  • Learn decision-making and problem solving skills
  • Communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Manage fatigue
  • Learn new ways to eat healthy
  • Control pain
  • Increase physical activity
  • Set and accomplish Goals
  • Deal with anger, depression, and difficult emotions
  • Better manage your health

This 6-week workshop will be offered in two locations on Tuesdays March 20th-April 24th:

9:30am Lincoln Senior Center
Contact Lincoln County Health Department at (784) 524-4406
Registration deadline is March 15th, 2018

2pm Smith Center Senior Center
Contact Smith County Health Department at 785-282-6656.
Registration deadline is March 9th, 2018

By:  Ashley Svaty

Pruning Fruit Trees

If you have fruit trees, now is the time to prune them before the trees break dormancy. Fruit trees can be pruned through March as long as the wood isn’t frozen.

Pruning is important to maintain a functional structure of the tree and to keep the tree healthy. Pruning helps develop strong tree structure, increase sunlight penetration through the canopy, and control the size of the tree.

Watch this video tutorial to prune your trees:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbKR4oE6Ylc&index=3&list=PL8AF47942719DD5BD

By: Cassie Homan

The Key to Farming SUCCESSion Conference

March 20, 2018 │ Newton, KS

Join us for The Key to Farming SUCCESSion Conference on March 20th from 10:00AM-4:00PM. The conference will feature keynote speaker, Roger McEowen! Featured breakout session topics include:  Advanced Health Care Planning; Where Do I Start?; Preparing for the What If; Estate Planning 101; New Tax Laws; and Navigating Family Differences. Attendees will leave with new knowledge and strategies to grow their business and secure farm assets for future generations to come.

Event information is available at http://www.harvey.k-state.edu/agriculture/

View the event flier at http://bit.ly/2FbVevO

By:  Nora Rhoades

Join the Post Rock District Walk Kansas Facebook Group!

If you’re looking to stay in the know and up to date on all of the upcoming Walk Kansas events, join the Post Rock District Walk Kansas Facebook Group! This group will share health tips to keep you motivated throughout the challenge and will also offer opportunities for you to win prizes! Click here to join the Post Rock District Walk Kansas Group!

By:  Ashley Svaty

Post Rock Extension District Advisory Conversations

Join the Post Rock District’s Extension Agents as we explore the strengths and weaknesses faced by our communities, families, businesses and youth.  The insight gained will play a valuable role in Extension’s ability to initiate and maintain research-based programs and services to support satisfying lifestyles and healthy communities.

Please RSVP one day prior to the conversation you plan to attend.

  • Beloit Office:  April 5th, 10:00‒11:00am
    115 S. Hersey Beloit, KS 67420 (785) 738-3597
  • Lincoln Office:  April 5th, 1:30‒2:30pm
    216 E. Lincoln Lincoln, KS 67455 (785) 524-4432
  • Mankato Office:  April 6th, 10:00‒11:00am
    307 N. Commercial Mankato, KS 66956 (785) 378-3174
  • Smith Center Office:  April 6th, 1:30‒2:30pm
    218 S. Grant Smith Center, KS 66967 (785) 282-6823
  • Osborne Office:  April 12th, 10:00‒11:00am
    113 N. 1st Street Osborne, KS 67473 (785) 346-2521
  • Virtual Meeting:  April 12th, 1:30‒2:30pm
    Meeting connection information will be shared with RSVPs

By:  Nora Rhoades

Annuals That Will Pop

If you have been disappointed by your annual flower beds or containers in past seasons, try our tested varieties. K-State has tested annual and perennial flowers for many years to find the best of the best. These colorful blooms are sure to stand up in our summer heat, and hot winds. Use the Prairie Star website as a shopping list when picking out your flowers this spring.

Prairie Star Annuals and Prairie Bloom Perennials Website:

http://www.prairiestarflowers.com/

By: Cassie Homan