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  • There's still time left to build a holiday budget

    The holidays are quickly approaching. While holidays give people time to spend with loved ones, all the extra purchases for gifts, food and decorations can quickly escalate. If you have not been saving all year, you might be starting to feel the financial pinch that can come with the season.

  • Teaching the importance of compassion

    The holiday season is a time for giving thanks and giving back. Now is the perfect time of year to teach children the importance of community service and to nurture the spirit of giving.

    Start by choosing a charity in your own community. Talk to youth about the kinds of charities they would like to support.

  • Making Halloween safe and sweet (without using too much sugar!)

    Halloween is just around the corner and children will be transformed into princesses, cowboys, superheroes and an assortment of other characters. Doorbells will ring and sweet voices will yell, “trick or treat,” as tossed candy echoes off plastic pumpkins. While Halloween is a joyous occasion for most children, it can be a point of stress for parents trying to control the amount of sugar and candy their child consumes.

  • Meeting equine winter nutrition needs

    Winter is on the way. Take time now to think about what your horses will need to thrive during the colder months. We’re lucky our horses don’t have to deal with temperatures that consistently dip into the negative digits. However, do you consider your horse’s nutritional needs and how they change even with mild Kentucky winters? Here are some ideas to consider when feeding your horses this winter.

  • Entertaining the healthy way

    We all enjoy getting together with friends and family for parties and potlucks. These gatherings sometimes offer few healthy choices and may tempt you to overeat. Set yourself up to make healthy choices with these tips:

    Plan for colorful plates. Create a sign-up sheet for your party with categories for dishes from each food group so you have a variety of healthy options.

    Sip up some flavor. Boost flavor in water or unsweetened iced tea with mint leaves, lemons or frozen fruit. Skip sugary drinks like soda, punch and lemonade.

  • Reducing risks of foodborne illness

    Foodborne illnesses and recalls are constantly in the news. Every year, 48 million Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. While you cannot completely prevent food-borne illnesses from happening, you can reduce your risks by practicing good food safety at home.

  • Teaching kids how to snack

    You may hear this phrase as soon as your kids walk in the door after school or right before bedtime: “I’m hungry.” Many times, this phrase means your kid wants a snack. Snacking is a good way to stave off cravings until the next meal. If done correctly, it can even help with weight management.

  • Asian long-horned ticks keep popping up across US

    Asian long-horned ticks are small, reddish brown ticks with no distinctive markings to aid in quick recognition. Unfed adults are smaller (3 to 4 mm long) than the other hard ticks we commonly encounter.

  • There's no time like now to embrace the present

    We are all overwhelmed these days. We are focused on what happened yesterday and what is going to happen tomorrow. We often forget to stop and focus on the present moment we are in. When we try to focus on the present we feel inspired and happy. It is not an easy journey. Here are some ideas to move forward along this path.

  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away

    Everyone has heard, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While there is no actual scientific evidence to support this saying, there is evidence that apples are a healthy snack.