Tag: Health

Community Leaders Engage in Critical Community Health Conversations

In a move to create a more prominent “culture of health” in our region, community leaders representing Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne and Smith Counties participated in a series of meetings Kansas State University organized across the state of Kansas.

They had one goal in mind: to make Kansans healthier.

Read more about these conversations, and discover why it is important for our communities to make health and wellness a priority at http://postrockextension.blogspot.com/2018/04/post-rock-district-community-leaders.html

By:  Nora Rhoades

Summer Sun Safety

The kids will be out of school before we know it, which means plenty of time outdoors! Before going outside, make sure you always lather up with sunscreen to protect your skin.  To avoid burns, make sure you wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat and seek shade especially between 10am-4pm when UV rays are strongest. Lather up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher 30 minutes before outdoor activities and reapply at least every 2 hours. For more information please check out our May Building Strong Families insert found here: https://bit.ly/1ThhOSk

By:  Ashley Svaty

Walk Kansas Poker Walks

Walk for health, fun, and prizes! Post Rock District is hosting 5 area poker walks to celebrate Walk Kansas.  Bring a friend, have fun, and walk as much as you would like.  The walkers with the best and worst poker hand at each event will win a prize.  There will also be a special prize for 2018 Walk Kansas participants. For more information about these poker walks, please contact Ashley Svaty, asvaty@ksu.edu. Walk Kansas Participants be sure to wear your Walk Kansas t-shirts!  We hope to see you there!

Poker Walk Locations:

Lincoln Courthouse
April 20th, 11:30-1pm

Emerson Lake in Jewell
(1 block West on Pearl Street off Hwy 14)
April 23rd, 4:30-6pm

Osborne Track
April 25th, 11:30-1pm

Smith Center Track
April 25th, 6:30-8pm

Mitchell County Courthouse
April 27th, 11:30-1pm

By:  Ashley Svaty

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

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

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is coming to Beloit and Jewell

This eight-week program can help you get started on the road to better health.  The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program is built on simple, strength-building Exercises that will improve balance, health and state of mind.  It’s not difficult or complicated, you will start at a level that’s right for you. No one is too inactive to participate. Building strength promotes quality of life and independence, especially for adults over 50.  All equipment is provided.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Sessions will be held at the following two locations beginning February 21st through April 23rd.

Jewell Christian Church
Mondays & Wednesdays
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

NCK Wellness Center
Monday & Wednesday
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost for 16 sessions is $20. No class will be held on March 26th or April 4.

Please call (785) 738-3597 for more information or to register before February 16th.

By:  Ashley Svaty

Walk Kansas is Almost Here!

Post Rock District is gearing up for Walk Kansas 2018, are you ready? We are excited to announce some changes and additions to this year’s program! This year Walk Kansas will provide a focus on stretching exercises and the many benefits a stretching program can provide including: a decrease in chronic pain, better circulation, improved joint mobility, efficient muscular function and enhanced posture.

Participants and teams will have the choice of registering for the challenge only for $8, registering for any challenge and a t-shirt for $17, or any challenge and a new baseball style t-shirt for $22.  These are new styles of t-shirts so samples will be available in each office once registration opens on February 22nd.  Your registration gets you access to the interactive Walk Kansas website, weekly newsletters to keep you motivated and on track with your goals, and chances to win Walk Kansas prizes!

This year we are adding Poker Walks in each Post Rock District county so be sure to watch for updates in our next newsletter!

Registration will begin Mid-February. Find the Walk Kansas Event on the Post Rock Extension Facebook Page to stay in the know!

For more information about this motivating health program visit http://www.walkkansas.org/ or email Ashley at asvaty@ksu.edu

By:  Ashley Svaty

The Powerful Potency of Plant Foods

For years, nutrition experts have touted the benefits of eating plant foods to combat inflammation and chronic diseases.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered the power of plant foods rich in anthocyanins may have in preventing or reducing colorectal cancer cell growth. Anthocyanins are color pigments that include purple, red, and blue hues.

The research included in vitro studies. They found that the anthocyanin extracts induced apoptosis in colorectal cancer cells. Apoptosis is essentially the destruction of cells so they die. Therefore, the growth of colon cancer is inhibited.

Foods rich in anthocyanins include blueberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, purple corn, red cabbage, red beets, and many more.

Source: www.ift.org/IFTNEXT/010918.aspx

By:  Ashley Svaty

THRIVE – Beloit & Osborne

Make your 2018 resolutions a reality!

Join us in Beloit and Osborne to participate in an interactive self-care program that will help you meet your personal goals! Throughout the 3-week “lunch and learn” series, participants will explore strategies to embrace each day and practice habits that will help you get the most out of each stage in life! Topics we will be focusing on include:

  • Action Plan for Healthy Living
  • Know Your Health Numbers
  • Stress Management

The program is free and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch while they learn! Complete details are posted at http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/.

BELOIT
Municipal Building, Trail Room
12:10-12:45PM
Fridays — January 12, 19, 26

OSBORNE
Public Library
12:10-12:45PM
Mondays — January 22, 29, February 5

By:  Nora Rhoades

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is coming to Beloit and Jewell

This eight-week program can help you get started on the road to better health.  The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program is built on simple, strength-building Exercises that will improve balance, health and state of mind.  It’s not difficult or complicated, you will start at a level that’s right for you. No one is too inactive to participate. Building strength promotes quality of life and independence, especially for adults over 50.  All equipment is provided.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Sessions will be held at the following two locations beginning February 21st through April 23rd.

Jewell Christian Church
Mondays & Wednesdays
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

NCK Wellness Center
Monday & Wednesday
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost for 16 sessions is $20. No class will be held on March 26th or April 4.

Please call (785) 738-3597 for more information or to register before February 16th.

By:  Ashley Svaty