Tag: Health

Protect Your Skin

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with one in five Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime. The AAD estimates that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Sun avoidance is the best defense against skin cancer; seek shade, wear protective clothing, and generously apply sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen that states the following on the label:

  • Broad Spectrum. Protects skin from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, both of which can cause cancer.
  • SPF 30 or higher. Indicates how well a sunscreen protects from sunburn.
  • Water Resistant. Sunscreens can be “water resistant” for 40 minutes or “very water resistant” for 80 minutes.

Sunscreens are not waterproof or sweat proof and need to be reapplied every two hours. Most adults need approximately one ounce of sunscreen to fully cover their body. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade and make sure you have plenty of sunscreen on.  Talk with your healthcare provider about your sun exposure and perform regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable, and see a board-certified dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Career Opportunity to Serve the Post Rock District as a Nutrition Educator

K-State Research and Extension is currently looking for a motivated individual to join our team! We are looking for someone to join our enthusiastic team as a Nutrition Educator. This individual will primarily serve Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne and Smith Counties in the Post Rock District as well as Phillips and Rooks Counties in the Phillips-Rooks District.

A Nutrition Educator serves to meet the Kansas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education mission. Commonly known as SNAP-Ed, this nutrition education program is provided at no cost to Kansas families with limited resources. Our goal is to provide nutrition education and promote, implement and support initiatives for policy system and environmental changes to improve dietary quality, enhance food resource management skills, prevent obesity and increase physical activity.

We’re looking for a team member with knowledge of and experience working with limited resource families, diverse audiences and subject matter background. Written and verbal communication skills, such as confidence speaking in front of groups and facilitating meetings is important. The ideal candidate will work alongside supportive and passionate community partners and our local K-State Research and Extension team to extend quality educational experiences through direct education and promote community health in the region through public health approaches.

Learn more or apply: http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/507049/nutrition-educator?fbclid=IwAR0rb62k_gBgkWkZR6qt6G41ITHISmxpH29HrcvQSptUgP2_5vy6Q7dQDZA

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Start Simple with My Plate

Healthy eating can happen with one step at a time. It can be simple!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new initiative to help consumers meet their health goals. It is called Start Simple with MyPlate.

Focus on whole fruits. Add fruit to a bowl of cereal for breakfast or grab one for an easy snack.  Don’t forget that canned and frozen fruits are great choices when your favorite fresh fruit is not available.

Vary your veggies and think colorfully! Dark green, red, orange, yellow and other colorful veggies add lots of good nutrients to any meal or snack. Prepare extra veggies for a side dish or to use in soup or pasta.

Make half your grains whole grains. This message still holds true! Choose 100% whole grain bread, pasta, crackers, or cereal.

Vary your protein routine. Meat, poultry, fish, seafood, legumes are beneficial. Don’t forget to serve veggies and whole grains with your protein choice!

Low-fat or fat-free dairy foods compliment any meal. Be a role model for kids to show dairy foods are healthy!

Learn more at www.choosemyplate.gov/start-simple-myplate.

By:  Ashley Svaty

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

This 6-week workshop will be offered on Tuesdays: February 19, 26 March 5, 19, 26 and April 2

2pm Smith County Courthouse Meeting Room
Contact Smith County Health Department at 785-282-6656.
Registration deadline is February 15th.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy coming to Lincoln!

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.

Two classes will be offered, one from 2-3pm and 3:30-4:30pm. We will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning February 20th and ending April 15th.

The sessions will be held at the Lincoln Senior Center. Cost for this program is $20, but there are financial scholarships available.  Registration is required, and you can do so by visiting our office in Lincoln or by calling (785) 524-4432.  Feel free to contact Ashley, the instructor at asvaty@ksu.edu  with any questions about the program.

By:  Ashley Svaty

A New Year – Focus on an Action Plan for Healthy Living

As 2018 comes to a close and you look toward 2019, we encourage you to focus on improving your health and wellness. K-State Research and Extension has a great resource, Action Plan for Health Living, which can help you set goals throughout the New Year that can truly enhance your quality of life. Remember to reach out to the Post Rock District Agent Team as you work toward your goals. We are happy to assist and support you!

By:  Nora Rhoades