Pumpkins, corn stalks, and mums will likely be decorating our porches. Some people purchase mums every year and some have their mums come back every season. People often wonder if chrysanthemums are an annual or a perennial plant. Watch this video to learn more:
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 Mondays and Wednesdays beginning October 22nd-December 19th from 9:30-10:30am. The session will be held at the Srader Center in Smith Center. Cost for this program is $20, but there are financial scholarships available. Registration is required by October 19th, and you can do so by visiting our office in Smith Center or by calling (785) 282-6823. A minimum of six participants is required. Feel free to contact Ashley, the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the program.
When choosing a health insurance plan 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 in case of sickness, job loss, or economic downturn?
Many factors should be considered when deciding which policy best suits your needs. The right plan for you will depend on your health and your financial situation.
Determine which benefits beyond the essential health benefits covered by all policies are most important to you and your family.
Check the drug formulary for your prescription drugs and the list of network pharmacies when looking at your options.
Check to make sure the providers you want to use are in the plan’s provider network.
Weigh the costs of not only the premium, but also the deductible, coinsurance, and copayments for the plans you are considering.
The University of Maryland Extension has some great tools to help consumers be smart about buying and using health insurance. Contact Nora Rhoades at email@example.com or 785-346-2521 to access the resources available from K-State and other extension networks.
With cooler temperatures coming, leaves will soon be falling from deciduous trees. It’s a good time to stop and think about options for handling the litter. Although a scattering of leaves won’t harm the lawn, excessive cover prevents sunlight from reaching turfgrass plants. Turf left in this state for an extended period will be unable to make the carbohydrates needed to carry it through the winter.
There are options for dealing with the fallen leaves other than bagging them up and putting them out for the trash collector. Composting is a great way to handle the excess. Compost can then be used in the vegetable garden and flowerbeds. If you do not compost, you can mow leaves with a mulching mower and let shredded leaves filter into the turf canopy. (A side-discharge mower also will work, but it won’t shred the leaves as thoroughly.) This method will be most effective if you do it often enough that leaf litter doesn’t become too thick. Mow while you can still see grass peeking through the leaves.
You may wonder whether this practice will be detrimental to the lawn in the long run. Research at Michigan State University in which they used a mulching mower to shred up to about one pound of leaves per square yard of lawn (one pound is equal to approximately 6 inches of leaves piled on the grass) for five consecutive years, found no long-term effects of the shredded leaves on turf quality, thatch thickness, organic content of the thatch, or soil test results (pH, nutrients, etc.). If you mow leaves and have a cool-season lawn, it makes sense to be on a fall nitrogen fertilization program and core-aerate in the fall (things you should be doing anyway). If you have a warm-season lawn, you can still use this technique but wait to fertilize and core-aerate until next May or early June.
Do you have Diabetes? Do you want to make the best choices for your health? We can help.
Nutrition and physical activity are keys to managing type 2 diabetes, but where do you start? Designed especially for people with type 2 diabetes, the Dining with Diabetes program will help you learn the skills needed to promote good health.
This program includes:
Planning meals and snacks with delicious and healthy recipes
Cooking demonstrations and meals at eat session
Motivation and support-connect with others who are living with diabetes
Ideas for being more active
An understanding of how diabetes affects overall health.
Dining with Diabetes consists of four 2 hour long sessions. Adults with type 2 diabetes and their family members, caregivers, and support persons are invited to participate. Individualized meal plans or guidance will not be provided.
This FREE 4 session workshop will be held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mankato KS from 5-7pm. Event Dates will be October 23rd & 30th, November 6th & 13th. Registration is required by October 19th or until class is full. Register by calling (785) 378-3174 or at www.postrock.ksu.edu. Please contact Ashley Svaty at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the Dining with Diabetes program.
The Post Rock Extension District Dining with Diabetes (DWD) program fee is $25.00. Due to funds provided by the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund for Jewell County and Post Rock Extension District, the DWD program fee has temporarily been reduced to $0.
Providing education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. Our supplemental youth enrichment activities will provide hands-on learning for your students and help you meet academic standards. All of our classes will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. To schedule a program contact the agent listed in the brochure. You can also contact your local Post Rock District Office.
Late September through October is an excellent time to plant spring-flowering bulbs such as crocus, tulips, and daffodils. These plants need to develop roots in the fall and must meet a chilling requirement over the winter in order to bloom in the spring.
A “love map” is information you know about someone’s likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams, joys and fears. Much like being sure you have an up-to-date road map, you need to be sure your love map also stays current.
“Know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything’s different.” – Bill Watterson
This is a great activity for couples who are beginning their journey together or for those who have experienced a lot throughout their partnership. The activity also opens the door to great conversations with children and grandchildren of all ages. Discuss a question over family dinnertime. You can also have a “love map” conversation throughout a walk.
Answer the questions below about yourself. Then answer the same questions about your partner. Compare your answers. How well do you know each other? Did you learn anything new?
Life Experiences and Memories:
Who is your best friend?
What do you like most about yourself?
What relative did you feel closest to as a child?
What person has had the greatest impact on your life?
If you had a nickname as a child, what was it?
What is your favorite childhood memory?
What song reminds you of your relationship?
What is your favorite memory of an activity, event, or vacation you and your partner share?
Interests and Favorites:
What is your favorite hobby?
What is your favorite sport? Favorite team?
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
What is your favorite television show? Favorite movie?
Where do you like to go when you need to relax?
Are you a morning person or an evening person?
Do you prefer dinner out or dinner at home?
Do you prefer hugs, gifts, or when your partner says “I love you”?
How do you prefer to spend your free time?
Source: Elevate: Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level developed in collaboration between Auburn University and the University of Georgia.