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Another Reason to Get Up and Move!

Being sedentary has been associated with several negative healthy outcomes. Now there is a potential link to cancer mortality.

In a study of 8,002 adults, studied over five years, found 268 participants were independently associated with cancer mortality. Participants wore a hip-mounted accelerometer to measure activity for seven days. Replacing 30 minutes of sitting with 30-minutes of light activity resulted in 8% lower risk of cancer mortality. A 30–minute moderate amount of activity resulted in 31% lower risk of cancer mortality.

The message continues, get up and move for better health!

Source: JAMA Oncology, June 18, 2020


Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops

Looking for a curriculum to teach healthy lifestyles and physical activity? The U.S. Department of Healthy and Human Services has developed six 1-hour workshops to help. The materials are available in English and Spanish.

The workshops include learning about healthy food choices, eating healthy on a budget, tips to lose weight, physical activity and more. Each section has an instructor guide and teaching videos.

The materials can be downloaded from or you can order free copies at, click the catalog button, then click these filters: Nutrition > Health educators > Orderable Hardcopies > Apply, and scroll down to Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops.

The recording of the eXtension webinar describing this program is at

February is American Heart Month

The American Heart Association designates February as American Heart Month!

Protect your heart, you can protect your brain. Making lifestyle behavior changes can improve overall cardiovascular health, but it also benefits cognitive health. This is due to good blood flow from the heart to the brain. Failing brain function leads to problems with thinking, memory, concentration, energy level and overall body health.

Exercise is so important and a simple 30-minute walk can help. Just get up and move! Plan now to join Walk Kansas 2020 to help get you and your team motivated, and improve overall health.

Be proactive about your health. Know your numbers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol. Make simple lifestyle changes, they really don’t take a lot of effort. Know your risk, heart disease kills one in three women. Talk to your family and include them in making lifestyle changes.

Learn more at


Tea May Help Brain Health


There have been many reports on the benefits of drinking tea. It can be refreshing, soothing, calming and also provide health benefits.

In a recent study from the National University of Singapore, they looked at how tea effects brain function. Specifically, they targeted the connection between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This was designed to see if tea would reduce the aging affects on the brain and the connections regarding cognition and organization.

By using neuropsychological tests and magnetic resonance imaging, the study found that consumers who drank black, green, or oolong tea four times a week had better brain connectivity and better functionality.

While more research is needed, this is a positive step to better brain health. Read more at


Have a Fun, Active and Healthy Celebration!

Red Spherical Christmas Ornament ca. 2002

Celebrate the New Year with some simple steps for a fun, healthy, and active event!

  1. Add activities to get people moving and interacting.
  2. Festive foods are eye-catching. Fun shapes or a garnish make a dish pop!
  3. Make ice cubes with 100% juice or added fruit for flavor.
  4. Savor each bite. Add some flavor with a cultural favorite.
  5. Alongside party food favorites, have fruit kabobs, vegetable trays arranged for the party theme, and simple swaps like offering whole-grain crackers.
  6. Let’s dance! Get people up and moving with party games or dancing.
  7. Sneak in healthier options with simple ingredient swaps or try a new recipe.
  8. Keep it simple. That can save a lot of stress! Ask guests to bring a favorite food or have them plan party games. Don’t forget to get the kids involved!
  9. Shop smart to fit your budget. Make a list and shop grocery sale ads for savings. Don’t forget coupons for extra savings.
  10. Be an example for healthy habits. The kids are watching!



Taste and Smell Affects Eating Well

Photo: USDA Flickr

The ability to taste and smell food brings enjoyment to the eating experience. But as we age, those two senses can change for many reasons.

The human mouth has about 8,000 taste buds! But we lose taste buds over time. A decrease in saliva, medication side-effects, and poor chewing reduces how the flavor of food is sensed.

Your nose directly affects how food tastes. When you have a cold, your sense of smell is diminished and food tastes bland. When you breathe in odors, they dissolve in mucus and move to odor receptors. If odor receptors are damaged by air pollution, cigarette smoke, or viruses and bacteria, they may not be repaired.

If food tastes bland, avoid reaching for the salt shaker or add sugar to improve flavor. This can lead to other health issues such as high blood pressure, increased risks for heart attack and stroke, or even diabetes.

Always consult with a medical professional for any changes in taste or smell. This includes a dental checkup.

Source: Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, December 2019


Kansas Ag Stress Resources

Farming and ranching brings many stresses along with the rewards.

To help cope with those mental and emotional issues, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has a new website of resources to help with mental health, support, and services.

This resource is a collaboration to support emotional and financial challenges. There is information for teens to aging adults. Suicide is at alarming levels and this can help reduce this trend.

Learn more at

Kansas Suicide Prevention Line

Crisis Text Line 24/7 Support
Text “HOME” to 741741


Sodium and Your Health

Reading Nutrition Facts label information can help control sodium intake.

While sodium helps make food taste good, for some consumers, sodium imbalance can be a serious health issue. It helps regulate blood pressure, water content in the body, and many other factors.

If sodium levels in the blood are low, this can be the result of diarrhea, vomiting, kidney disease, heart failure, diuretic medications, liver cirrhosis, and other factors. The symptoms the body gives include confusion, fatigue, loss of appetite, irritability, muscle weakness, and other symptoms.

Consulting a medical professional is a priority. There are many issues that can lead to low sodium. Treatments can include medication, fluids through the vein, or limited liquid intake.

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Outsmart Your Cravings!

We all crave certain foods from time to time. 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.
  • Thanksgiving is about comfort food. Enjoy in moderation, smaller portions, or do a healthier makeover to classic recipes.


Health Promotion Materials

Looking for ways to promote health? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a variety of free resources to do just that.

From fact sheets, to videos, to social media messages, the CDC has many options to educate children and adults. Handwashing is one example. Order free posters to place in various locations.

Learn more about these materials at And learn all about handwashing at

Many of these materials are available in a variety of languages.