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Activities proof that spring is finally here

April 8, 2008
By Holle Smith - Emmet County Extension director
pril is here and there is no doubt, we are all ready for spring to spring!

I wanted to highlight a few things happening within our office this month.

Local and county zoning officials had a regional instructional meeting led by Gary Taylor, ISU professor in Community Development. Food Safety and Quality Assurance program will be held on Saturday, April 12 at the Armstrong Community Center from 9-11 a.m. This program is required for youth exhibiting market animals at the Emmet County Fair.

Another training session will be held on June 19 in the evening. For more information on the informational programs or the FSQA tests, call our office.

Remember to circle Tuesday, April 15, on your calendars for the 4th annual Family Fair. The theme this year is “Raising Kids in a Digital World.” Doors will open at Regional Wellness Center at 4 p.m. Families are invited to take part in the booths, games, swimming, crafts plus more.

From 5:30-6:30, adults will have the chance to hear Robin Raskin, nationally recognized technology spokesperson talk about raising kids in a digital world. Youth and children will have the chance to attend a session on staying safe on the internet.

Both of these topics are very timely so I hope you will attend the Family Fair. There will lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event is sponsored by a cooperative effort of many agencies, service clubs and businesses as well as grants from the Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and the Emmet County Community Foundation.

Our office will be offering continuing education courses on Wednesday, April 16 for both commercial and confinement manure applicators. Call our office for more details. Current Issues in Nutrition, an interactive video webcast, provides continuing education for dieticians, dietary managers, Health Educations Specialists and Family and Consumer Science Educators will be held Thursday, April 17.

4-H and FFA members are reminded of the sheep weigh-in on Saturday, April 26. Tuesday, April 29 marks the start of horse practice and dog obedience weekly practices have started as well.

The events just mentioned do tell us spring is here with longer and warmer days which are a great time to get out and enjoy the weather. How about a walk? The benefits might surprise you. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking a day can burn calories, lower blood pressure and strengthen muscles. This can lead to weight loss, lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer and decreased risk of osteoporosis. Develop a plan, or simply a schedule, to help keep you committed to your new routine.

Consider your lifestyle. Do what works for you—a 15 minute walk at lunch time and again after work, or a 30 minute walk in the evening. Until next week, enjoy spring!
 
 

 

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