Even though most activities are back to full swing, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering a free on-line course called, “A Fresh Start to a Healthier You.” This is a four-session series focusing on the importance of healthy nutrition with an emphasis on increasing fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, food safety, and food resource management.
- Session 1 covers creating safe and healthier meals. Food safety is the focus. Foodborne illness; fight BAC (bacteria) principles – clean, separate, cook, chill; temperature danger zone; and making your own sanitizing solution will be highlighted. Recipes for three breakfast items will be provided.
- Session 2 discusses meal planning, My Plate, and physical activity. A 3-day and 7-day meal planner will be provided, along with tips to include more fruits and vegetables into every meal. Three lunch recipes will be provided.
- Session 3 covers a topic that is extremely practical – saving more at the grocery store. Sale ads, coupons, using a grocery list (and sticking to it), rewards point/grocery store apps, shopping with children, and more will be discussed. Three delicious dinner recipes will be provided.
- Session 4 discuss celebrating small bites – practical ways to use fruits and vegetables. Making celebrations special by making foods look festive and incorporating physical activity. Three recipes for snack foods will be provided.
This year, thirteen individuals have completed the on-line series with very positive comments. The next on-line course begins on June 7. Enrollment opens on that day. Participants can enroll in the course at any point during the first week. One week after the start date, you will no longer be able to enroll in the course. A new session is released each Monday throughout the four weeks. Once a new session is released, it stays open to participants for the remainder of the series. Participants can access available session on any day of the week and at any time that works for them. The fifth week serves as a time to catch up on sessions before the course closes. The sessions are very well done and include interactive components.
Participants can access this course on any device with internet connection (phone, computer, etc.) Anyone interested in participating in the on-line series may contact me at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office, 903-885-3443, and I’ll walk you through the process and provide the link. Everyone who completes the course will receive a thermal tote bag and other items, along with a completion certificate.
4-H Project Tour Day
This is the last call for Hopkins County 4-H members to sign up for the 2021 4-H Project Tour Day, Friday June 4. Participants are asked to meet at the Extension Office no later than 9:15 a.m. We will incorporate the following stops in our tour: Texas A&M – Commerce planetarium (STEM); Texas A&M-Commerce farm (Agriculture); Student Center for lunch and council meeting (leadership); and Fox Country Quilts (Fashion & Interior Design). We have limited spaces available, so please contact our office at 903-885-3443 by June 1.
Strength grows in the moment when you think you can’t go on, but you keep going anyway – Kathy Wagner