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  • Diabetes and the need for healthy physical activity

    November is American Diabetes Month! Physical activity is an important part of managing type 2 diabetes. If you or someone you know is pre-diabetic or has diabetes, it is important to stay active. 

    If you have not been active, here are some important tips to get you on your way:

  • Beginning Farmer Rancher Program coming in 2012

    The Louisville area extension services will be offering the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Program starting in January of 2012.

    This program will be open to individuals who currently farm 20 acres or more, and who have been farming on their own for less than 10 years. The program is meant to be a very in depth farm management program, so some basic farming knowledge is required.

    The schedule of classes has been planned to hopefully minimize classes during busy times of the year.  

  • Time to rethink your wardrobe in a down economy

    As families face a new economic “normal,” they are shifting toward a cultural zeitgeist, perhaps permanent, that embraces financial conservatism.

    At home, this conservative behavior is illustrated by the rise in families who clip coupons, buy store brands, frequent discount stores, and delay purchases. Many family budgets now emphasize essential purchases, reducing debt and increasing savings, and limit treats and luxuries.

  • Making the most of Halloween

    As holidays go, Halloween ranks as one of the big events of the year. Over time, Halloween celebrations have changed, with a definite shift away from costumed kids walking through neighbors after dark with little to no supervision to the current emphasis on organized fall festivals and trick-or-treating during designated hours in business, community or downtown centers. This change also lessens the emphasis on overeating, since organized activities and sports, such as archery, are now part of some community festivities.

  • New Internet resource links Kentuckians to local foods

    In an effort to provide more opportunities for consumers to access local foods, Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear and University of Kentucky College of Agricul-ture Dean Scott Smith unveiled the Kentucky and Local Food Resources Web page recently at the American School Health Association meeting in Louisville.

  • Health and safety issues for Kentucky’s aging farmers

    Because farmers are exposed to multiple hazards throughout extended careers, physical problems can start early. To maintain health, Kentucky farm workers, whose average age is 57, higher than the average worker, must pay attention, particularly as they age, to issues caused by their way of life. Fifty-seven is also the average age of Trimble County’s 489 farmers, 46 of which are female.

  • Doing Halloween on a budget

    The fall can be a very expensive time of year for families with back-to-school clothing and supplies, as well as fall sports registrations and supplies. With all of the early fall activities, many families may not have planned ahead for Halloween expenses.  Halloween ranks as the third most expensive holiday, following Christmas and Valentine’s Day. This might surprise some people, since typically the holiday does not involve large gift giving or family events. Nonetheless, the price of costumes, candy, and decorations can add up.

  • Using antimicrobials safely

  • Medicare open enrollment period is Oct. 17-Dec. 7

    Health insurance coverage is a top priority for many people.  Medicare is health insurance available for people over the age of 65 as well as those under the age of 65 with certain disabilities. 

  • Take precautions to prevent farm equipment thefts

    Harvest time is at hand for corn and soybeans. Equipment and tools are valuable to any farming operation. They allow farmers to do jobs easier and quicker and many times, are costly investments. Recently, they’ve became attractive targets to thieves across the state including Trimble County. The high price of scrap metal and copper along with a down economy may be contributing factors.