• Helping children with healthy sleep habits

    The National Sleep Foundation conducted a survey in 2014 among families in the United States.

    They wanted to get a better picture of sleep patterns in families with at least one school-aged child. Parents were asked to rate the importance of sleep for their family’s health. They were also asked about their children’s sleep habits. Habits included things like sleep total, quality, bedtime rules, routines and sleep issues.

  • Keeping exercise a daily habit, not an occasional one

    We all know we should exercise every day for better health. But fitting it in can be tricky with the demands of home, family and career. If you have fallen off the exercise wagon before you know how easy it is once you miss one day to skip the next one.

    That’s why it is so important for us to make exercise a daily habit. Research suggests it takes 21 days of doing an activity before it becomes a habit. Actually, if the habit is a new or a harder one (like exercise), it can take the average person up to 66 days to form a strong habit.

  • Tips for cooking, storing venison

    Depending on your weapon of choice and area of the state, deer season in Kentucky begins as early as September and runs through December.  Deer meat (venison) is as popular as ever. It is a lean meat and a great source of protein. It also adds variety to your table. Venison can be preserved and enjoyed all year long. It is an easy substitute for any meat in your favorite recipes. Follow the guidelines below for storing, cooking and preserving venison.

  • Managing bagworms

    Whenever pests of landscape plants in the eastern U.S. are rated, bagworms invariably land in the top 10. Bagworms are most commonly found on evergreens, but they will feed on deciduous hosts, too.

    Bagworm feeding should be about over for the season. The insects will spend the winter as eggs in bags containing flightless female moths. A bag may contain up to 1,000 eggs. The eggs will hatch in late May or early June of the following year.

  • Practices for safe canning

    Gardens are beginning to bear the fruits of your labor. Soon, it will be time to start thinking about preserving some of that excess produce for winter months. Safety is of utmost importance for those of us preserving food because improperly home canned food can lead to foodborne illness.

  • Poison hemlock poses danger to livestock

    In recent months, evidence of poison hemlock is widespread in Kentucky. Poison hemlock is toxic to a wide variety of animals including birds, wildlife, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and to humans.

  • Fitness beginnings: Making workout plans

    If you are just starting to work out or looking to shake up your routine, developing a workout plan can keep you from burning out too quickly as you begin your fitness journey and help you stay focused on your goals.

    To get the results you want, your workout plan should include cardio exercises as well as strength training. Take into consideration your current fitness level and goals and customize a plan for you.

  • High summertime temps can stress farm animals

    Mother Nature has already been bringing the heat and humidity. In fact, Kentucky experienced the warmest May on record, and livestock are feeling it. Producers have options to keep livestock thriving in the summer heat.

  • Keep cool in the summertime heat

    In the midst of summer, Kentucky’s extreme temperatures, high humidity and prolonged heat can make being outdoors uncomfortable and dangerous. During this time, it’s important for you to know the signs and symptoms and prevent heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and the most serious heat-related illness, heat stroke (also known as sun stroke).

  • Fighting the battle with chiggers

    It’s chigger time across Kentucky. Just talking about them may make you itch. Chiggers are actually the immature stage of certain mite species. You’ll find them most often in overgrown, bushy areas. They also congregate in shady, humid areas near stream banks, under or around shade trees or in berry thickets.

    After hatching, larvae crawl around until they find and attach to a suitable host. In addition to humans, chiggers feed on a variety of wild and domestic animals, including snakes, turtles, birds, rodents and domestic pets such as dogs and cats.