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  • Media consumption guidelines for children

    Children 0-5 years old

    Technology has become an important part of our society. This is not just true for adults, but also young children. It can be difficult for parents to decide what and how much media to allow around your children every day. The American Academy of Pediatrics has come up with guidelines to help families make positive media choices for children 0-5 years of age.

  • Ways to save on winter heating costs

    With the winter we have had so far, chances are you’ve seen at least one or two high heating bills. While home heating costs can put a strain on your wallet during the winter, you can do certain things to help save money while still keeping your home warm.

    Sunlight, even in the winter, is a great way to add natural, free warmth to your home. Open your blinds and curtains during the day, particularly on south-facing walls as they get the most exposure to the sun. As the sun sets, close them to help trap in the warmth.

  • Safety with standby generators

    Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, you need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

    Purchase a generator that will supply more than what you need, so you don’t blow a fuse or damage the equipment you plan on attaching to the generator. You’ll find power information on the labels of appliances, lighting and other equipment. For example, the wattage on a light bulb indicates the amount of power it needs.

  • Preventing slipping, falling on ice during winter months

    During the snowy and icy months, a person’s risk of falling increases. Typical injuries include broken ankle, hip, arms and shoulders as well as head and back injuries. LIM College recommends the following safety steps to help you be careful in the winter:

    Walk like a penguin—flat footed and take short steps.

    Wear footwear that provides traction, such as flat and waffled rubber soles versus heals or leather.

    Step down, not out from curbs so that your foot does not slide.

  • Be mindful of your eating habits into the new year

    By JANE PROCTOR

    One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we make is to lose weight. Eating the correct portions of nutritious foods and engaging in physical activity are two keys to successful weight loss. One way that may help you keep your portions under control is to be mindful of what you eat.

    Mindful eating means you eat slowly and enjoy your food with all your senses. When you are more mindful of what you eat, you may become more aware of when you become full, which prevents overeating.

  • Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association convention starts next week

    By KEVIN PERKINS

    The 2018 KCA Convention is Jan. 11-12 in Lexington. The program will provide cattle producers the opportunity to learn and meet other farmers from across the state. In addition to cattle farmers, the meeting will be held with the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Annual Convention and a joint Ag Industry Trade Show.

  • Annual Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference is Jan. 8-9

    The 2018 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. The event runs from 8 a.m. EST Jan. 8 until 5 p.m. Jan. 9 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

    Preconference evening activities Jan. 7 will include vegetable, tree fruit and small fruit roundtable discussions.

  • Keeping warm during winter

    As the mercury drops on the thermometer, remember to stay warm both indoors and outdoors for your health. This is particularly true for older adults as they tend to lose body heat faster than younger adults.

  • Family and consumer sciences extension builds strong, healthy Kentuckians through services

    In family and consumer sciences extension, we work to give individuals the skills they need to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. Throughout the year, we offer educational programs centered in areas that range from making healthy lifestyle choices to securing financial stability. In the past programming year, we have reached more than 1.6 million Kentuckians.

  • Answers about Prediabetes