Tag: Health

Stop Trouble with Bubbles: Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.

Wash hands:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wetyour hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Latheryour hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrubyour hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinseyour hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dryyour hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center

By: Ashley Svaty

Outsmart Those Cravings

We all crave certain foods from time to time, especially around the holidays! The psychology behind cravings show that hormones, memories and other triggers create a sensory signal of craving a food. This intensifies with hunger or dieting.

So how can you outsmart these cravings? Here are some tips.

  • Take a walk! Some sort of physical activity can redirect your craving, thus putting mind over matter.
  • Your nose picks up on food odors, so try smelling a nonfood, such as a scented candle, to redirect your brain.
  • You’ve heard the saying, “my eyes were bigger than my stomach.” So keep healthful snacks in your vision.
  • Do you crave sweets? Grab naturally sweet fruit to curb that craving.
  • Many holiday celebrations are about comfort food. Enjoy in moderation, smaller portions, or do a healthier makeover to classic recipes.

Source: https://fruitsandveggies.org/stories/buzz-brain-wired-create-food-cravings/

By: Ashley Svaty

Move More, Feel Great

We were meant to move, and when we do we reap the benefits!  Capitalizing on opportunities throughout our day to maximize movement will help us move more without even realizing that we are doing just that. Take a minute to think about the modern day conveniences we use to reduce the amount of physical activity we do. Cars, dishwashers, automatic car washes, push button garage door openers, TV remotes, riding lawnmowers, the list goes on and on! The more we use these modern day conveniences the less we move, which is detrimental to our health in countless ways.  Let’s challenge ourselves to move more each day. Let’s walk to work or to run errands instead of driving, hand wash dishes, push mow our lawns, and play games with our friends and family that encourage movement. There’s no better time than now to get moving and feeling great!

Want more ideas to increase movement at home, work, and play? https://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity-tips

By: Ashley Svaty

Free Dining with Diabetes Workshop Coming to Lincoln

Do you have diabetes and 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
  • 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.

Location: Lincoln United Methodist Church, Lincoln KS

Time: 5:30-730pm

Cost: FREE

Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30th

Registration is required by September 3rd or until class is full. Register by calling (785) 524-4432 or at the following link: https://forms.gle/GTsnY8b7zQ4LHEKXA

The Post Rock Extension District Dining with Diabetes (DWD) program fee is $25.00. Due to funds provided by the Post Rock Community Foundation and Post Rock Extension District, the DWD program fee has temporarily been reduced to $0.

By: Ashley Svaty

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