In this Issue:
  • Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween
  • Ty’s Story: How a Lesson in ATV Safety Changed our Lives
  • Tips for Healthier Holiday Cooking
  • 4-H Grows Curiosity
  • Packing a Healthy School Lunch
  • How to Address Bullying at School
  • Beat the Heat this Summer – Stay Hydrated for Health
  • Ways to Water Safety
  • CERT helps 4-Hers Learn Citizenship and Workforce Skills
  • Summer Picnic Safety Tips
  • Health and Safety

    Ghoulishly Good Practices for Halloween

    From candy to pumpkins to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and adults alike. However, it can pose dangers.  To help make this year’s trick-or-treat a safe and fun time, follow these simple safety tips complied by the American Academy of Pediatrics. CREATIVE COSTUMES: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make …

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    Ty’s Story: How a Lesson in ATV Safety Changed our Lives

    Anyone who deals with youth knows that we must constantly assess risks and decide how to handle them. The risks we encounter can be assumed, reduced, transferred, or avoided. My husband and I decided early on that we would be altogether avoiding the risks associated with ATV’s when it came to our personal children. However, …

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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 Grows Curiosity

    Today is 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) – a day dedicated to engaging kids with science through a hands-on science experiment. This year’s experiment – Motion Commotion – will be conducted by thousands of kids across the nation as they will learn about physics, speed and safety. 4-H has been fostering curiosity about science …

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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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    How to Address Bullying at School

    Research shows that 20-40% of children are bullied in some way. Whether bullying is verbal, physical, or done online it is a very real problem that can happen in any school, even among young school-age children. A safe and secure environment is key for the Essential Element of Belonging, one of the foundations of 4-H …

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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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    Ways to Water Safety

    Like Dr. Seuss said, “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”  With over 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways, 4,136 miles of beaches, coastlines, and shorelines, and 4,308 square miles of total water area, Floridians can enjoy time on the water year-round.  Whether you’re out cruising the river, fishing for …

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    CERT helps 4-Hers Learn Citizenship and Workforce Skills

    It’s mid-summertime. Tourists are flocking to beaches like seagulls to bread. Summer camps and in full swing and so are daily afternoon thunderstorms. In Florida, torrential rain, lightening, and thunderstorms are so common place they often aren’t treated with due respect. However, one group of 4-H teens and adult volunteers in Leon County have been …

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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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