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  • Fitness Beginnings: Exploring lesser-known benefits to exercise

    At one time or another, we have all heard that exercise has benefits. Some of the most common benefits we tend to hear about are how exercise can help lower your risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, but the benefits only start there.

  • Physical activity important for all ages

    Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, so it is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of becoming active.

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  • Tips for trying a small-scale garden this year

    With more people living in urban areas, many think they do not have the space to garden. A new publication from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, ID-248: “Gardening in Small Spaces,” describes how you can garden in a limited area.

  • Tetanus prevention is important when banding bulls

    In the United States, more than 17 million bulls from 1-day-old to 1-year-old are castrated yearly. Tetanus is a potentially life-threatening neurologic disease affecting all species of domestic livestock, including cattle, so it’s important for producers to take steps to prevent it.

  • Navigating the supermarket bread aisle

    Sandwich bread is usually one of the first items to go on the grocery list. But with all the options in the bread aisle, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to choose the healthiest option for you and your family. Words commonly seen on bread labels include natural, multi-grain, whole grain, whole wheat, enriched and no added sugar. The list doesn’t stop there. What does it all mean?

  • Don't forget sprayer maintenance during spring cleaning

    Remember to include sprayer maintenance in your spring-cleaning tasks. Maintenance now will ensure that your spray equipment is ready for the planting season, and save you time and money down the road.

    Taking care of sprayer maintenance prior to the hectic growing season can prevent time-consuming equipment breakdowns, higher chemical costs, reduced pesticide effectiveness and potential crop damage.

  • Is the music too loud? Headphones and hearing loss

    BY JANE PROCTOR

    The latest research reveals that personal listening devices that utilize earbuds or headphones are hazardous to our hearing. These days, 1 in 5 teens has some form of hearing loss due in part to an increased use of earbuds and headphones.

    In order to reduce the risk of hearing loss experts suggest you follow the 60/60 rule:

    People should not exceed 60 percent of maximum volume when listening through headphones.

    People should listen with headphones for a total of 60 minutes a day.

  • Eastern Tent Caterpillars nearing seasonal debut

    It is likely Eastern Tent Caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, said Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist.

    After spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first few tiny Eastern Tent Caterpillars of the season soon should be leaving their eggs, Townsend said.

  • Now's the time to check tax withholdings

    You may have noticed an increase in your take-home pay recently due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress in December. Now, you need to determine how that will affect you when it comes time to file taxes next year. The IRS has released a new withholding calculator to help you determine whether to change your withholding status on your W-4 to reflect these changes to the tax law.

    Everyone is encouraged to check their withholding status, but it is particularly important for the following individuals:

    Two-income families.