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  • A word about spring allergies

    Spring is a time for renewal, but if you suffer from seasonal allergies this renewal can make this time of year miserable.

  • Be ready for ticks

    The lone star tick and the American dog tick (Figure 1) are common problem species found in Kentucky and much of the eastern U.S. They are a significant threat to everyone who works, plays, hunts, hikes, or camps in or around overgrown or undisturbed areas. Reactions to bites vary from person to person based on the body’s response to the salivary mix injected by ticks as they feed. The special misery of the lone star tick bite can linger for 7 to 10 days, and there is the potential for secondary infection if the wound is contaminated during scratching.

  • Time to get out and play
  • In season: Fresh asparagus

    Asparagus is one of the early-season crops you will find available in the fresh produce section of local grocery stores.
    Harvested during April and May in Kentucky, asparagus is a nutrient-dense vegetable that you can eat raw, lightly boil, steam, stir-fry or grill. It can be seasoned with herbs, butter or Parmesan cheese to enhance its flavor. As you will see in the Plate It Up Kentucky Proud recipe below, it can also be an integral ingredient in many dishes.

  • Be aware of your stress levels

    April 18 is Stress Awareness Day.  Everybody experiences both good and bad stress. It comes from mental, emotional and physical activity. But the way we interpret and react to stress is unique and personal. What may be relaxing to one person may be stressful to another. Good stress can be healthy and useful. It helps us get to an appointment on time or meet a deadline.

  • Spring has sprung; time to mow your lawn

    The smell of fresh cut grass wafting through the neighborhood is one of the surest signs of spring. You should already be thinking about lawn care since it’s time to clip the grass for the first time. Your most important annual lawn duties begin with that first mowing.

  • Simple living and better health
  • Health conscious? Don’t let lack of sleep weigh you down

    A good night’s sleep is as important as physical activity or healthy eating to maintain a healthy weight and optimum wellbeing. Sleep allows us to relax, restore and revitalize our bodies and minds every night. Research over the last decade has advanced understanding about the importance of sleep to maintaining a healthy weight.

  • Prolonged freezing temps could damage Kentucky crops

    Kentucky has enjoyed a mild winter which has resulted in many trees, plants and crops beginning to sprout and bloom before their usual times. The recent forecast was not good news for those early bloomers.
     “We have to remember it’s still wintertime in Kentucky, even though recent temperatures have convinced us otherwise,” said Matt Dixon, meteorologist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
    Some Kentucky wheat has already reached the jointing stage.

  • Colorectal cancer rates rise in young adults

    March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Cancers of the colon and/or rectum have long been associated with individuals over 50. While that age group still accounts for the majority of cases, they are declining thanks to increased disease awareness and preventative screenings. But diagnoses among adults in their 20s and 30s are on the rise, according to a recent study conducted by researchers with the American Cancer Society.