In this Issue:
  • Celebrate National Blueberry Month!
  • Announcing the 4-H Tailgating Cookery Contest
  • Strengthen Families- Make Meal Time a Priority!
  • Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking
  • 4-H Breads Project Leads to Life-Long Career
  • Packing a Healthy School Lunch
  • Beat the Heat this Summer – Stay Hydrated for Health
  • Summer Picnic Safety Tips
  • Growing Entrepreneurs through 4-H Gardens
  • “From Seed to Plate” – Youth Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor
  • Food and Nutrition

    Celebrate National Blueberry Month!

    Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? Blueberries are in season now, and reasonably priced at grocery stores, fruit stands, and farmers’ markets.  Many growers also offer a “pick your own” service which can be a fun family outing.  The good news is that this delicious treat has many health benefits.  Blueberries are low …

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    Announcing the 4-H Tailgating Cookery Contest

    The “unofficial start of summer” was Memorial Day and nothing makes me think of summer more than the sounds and yummy smells of grilling out with family and friends.  Not only do I get to spend time with the people I love, but I also have the added benefit adding protein to our diets using …

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    Strengthen Families- Make Meal Time a Priority!

    In a recent book entitled The Surprising Power of Family Meals, author Miriam Weinstein asks this question: “What if I told you that there was a magic bullet-something that would improve the quality of your daily life, your children’s chances of success in the world, (and) your family’s health…? Something that is inexpensive, simple to …

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    Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking

    The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days. An added bonus, these small changes may help you to avoid those extra holiday pounds we all fear …

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    4-H Breads Project Leads to Life-Long Career

    Many years ago, a young girl attended a 4-H livestock club meeting along with her brothers and her father, who was serving as the volunteer club leader.   During the meeting the local county 4-H Agent paid the club a visit to talk to the members about participating in the upcoming 4-H County Events Contest. The …

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    Packing a Healthy School Lunch

    Packing the kids’ lunches for school means you know which nutritious foods they are eating. Here are some budget-friendly, creative ideas to keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime. Make a “Smarter” Sandwich: While some kids prefer the same thing every day, others may be okay with a slight switch to their sandwich. Use different …

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    Beat the Heat this Summer – Stay Hydrated for Health

    Summer is in full swing and our part of the country is very hot.  When the temperature rises, proper hydration is extra important. You need to provide your body with the fluid that it needs to stay healthy. Water regulates many different body processes, including body temperature, digestion, and heart rate. It also cushions and …

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    Summer Picnic Safety Tips

    Summer months are a great time for picnicking with family and friends. Flies and other insects can be rather annoying, but the “bugs” you can’t see can be extremely harmful. Bacteria love the warm humid weather and grow more quickly in the summer than any other time of the year. The number of people who …

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    Growing Entrepreneurs through 4-H Gardens

    Garden-based education is taking America by storm. While this is concept dates as far back as the seventeenth century, it certainly feels like the popular movement of the day. 4-H has been using garden based education since 1902 with tomato and corn clubs to teach life skills such as resiliency, planning and organizing, and communication. …

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    “From Seed to Plate” – Youth Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor

    Did you know that something as simple as a garden can help youth not only learn to love vegetables, but also improve their science scores?  Fifth-graders at Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka Elementary Schools experienced the benefits of gardening this year through the 4-H Seed to Plate Program.  This program teaches youth how to plant, maintain, and harvest a …

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