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MCHD and Public Health had six teams participate in the 2016 Walk Across Texas challenge! Thank you to Healthy Living in Montgomery County for hosting such a fun challenge!
Linda, really liked your photos from the food preservation classes. Strawberry jam and pickled items look yummy!

Family & Community Health Program, Montgomery County Extension Office.

Family and Community Health (FCH) is part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University System. AgriLife Extension offers practical information for families: raising children, housing and environment, eating well, managing money, and staying healthy.

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Do Your Children Get Enough Sleep? | CDC 09/08/2023

Do Your Children Get Enough Sleep?
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Sleep is important for children’s overall health and academic performance.

Here are some tips to help your kids get good sleep:

Do Your Children Get Enough Sleep? | CDC Do Your Children Get Enough Sleep? Sleep is critical to prevent diabetes, obesity, poor mental health, injuries, attention or behavior problems. Tips for Good Sleep

Power Up with Breakfast 09/07/2023

Power Up with Breakfast
Source: Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

A high-octane carbohydrate source energizes the body and brain for a busy day with fiber and nutrients.

Learn more:

Power Up with Breakfast A healthy breakfast is important for everyone. Get the morning nutrition you need with these quick breakfast ideas.

Have A Plant® At Snack Time 09/06/2023

Have A Plant® At Snack Time
Source: Produce for Better Health Foundation

At about 3 o’clock on any given afternoon, what’s going on in your body? If you’re like many, there may be a little rumble in the tummy, a bit of faded mental focus.

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Have A Plant® At Snack Time At about 3 o’clock on any given afternoon, what’s going on in your body? If you’re like many, there may be a little rumble in the tummy, a bit of fad…

Hurricane Season: Be Prepared 09/05/2023

Hurricane Season: Be Prepared
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

It's important to safeguard your food, water, medicine and pets before, during, and after any severe weather event.

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Hurricane Season: Be Prepared It's important to safeguard your food, water, medicine and pets before, during and after any severe weather event.

Back to School: Youth and technology 09/05/2023

Back to School - Selfies, Social, & Screens: Navigating Virtual Spaces For Youth
Source: Mental Health America

Virtual spaces are everywhere and have become a constant presence, offering social connectedness and the ease of instant communication. But the online world of selfies and social media also brings with it challenging situations that can have a negative impact on youth mental health.

Learn more:

Back to School: Youth and technology Our 2023 toolkit provides info, tips, and resources for young people, caregivers, and school personnel on protecting youth mental health in a digital world.

09/04/2023

Fun Fact: Apple production is most successful in the High Plains region close to Lubbock.

Tips to Manage Stress Eating 09/01/2023

Tips to Manage Stress Eating
Source: Johns Hopkins University

Have you ever felt like eating a piece of chocolate cake or a bag of chips after a stressful day at work? If so, you’re not alone. Studies show that stressful events activate systems associated with metabolism, cognition, and reward.

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Tips to Manage Stress Eating Studies show that stressful events activate systems associated with metabolism, cognition and reward.

08/31/2023

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Each week focuses on a different topic related to nutrition, healthy eating, exercise, and more to support you in your weight loss journey.

Topics covered in this program include:
-Setting realistic and healthy goals
-How to calculate calorie needs for weight loss to reach a healthy weight
-Why fad diets are not recommended
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-Motivation to workout and exercise
-Signs and symptoms of dehydration
-Healthy snacks for weight loss
-Fruits and vegetables to consume for a healthy diet
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-What are normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels
-Rewards for weight loss milestones and success

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The Truth about “Brain-Boosting” Supplements - Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter 08/31/2023

The Truth about “Brain-Boosting” Supplements
Source: Tufts University

More than 25 percent of Americans ages 50 to 73 and 36 percent of those age 74 and over take supplements for brain health. Let’s take a look at what the science says about some popular options.

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The Truth about “Brain-Boosting” Supplements - Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter More than 25 percent of Americans ages 50 to 73 and 36 percent of those age 74 and over take supplements for brain health. Let’s take a look at what the science says about some popular options. Ginkgo. A few small, early studies suggested the extract from leaves of the. Ginkgo biloba tree may slig...

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy School Year 08/30/2023

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy School Year
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

With kids heading back to school, here are some ways you can help stay healthy, happy, and thrive.

Learn more:

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy School Year Children are more likely to learn, thrive and develop appropriately when attending school in-person, alongside their peers. As classrooms reopen this fall, families can take steps to help keep students healthy and in school. Find tips here.

How to Find the Added Sugars 08/29/2023

How to Find the Added Sugars + Sugar Calculator
Source: Alaska Department of Health - Play Every Day

A 20-ounce bottle of soda could have the same amount of sugar as 16 chocolate mini doughnuts. A large amount of added sugar can be hiding in drinks. That’s why it's important to always check the back of the bottle. Read the list of ingredients and the Nutrition Facts label to see how much sugar is in your drink.

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How to Find the Added Sugars A 20-ounce bottle of soda could have the same amount of sugar as 16 chocolate mini doughnuts. You wouldn’t want your children to eat that much sugar. So why let them drink it? A large amount of added sugar can be hiding in drinks. That’s why it's important to always check the back of the bottle....

Be Sugar Smart 08/28/2023

Be Sugar Smart: Limiting Added Sugars Can Improve Health
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Added sugars are sugars and syrups put in food or drinks when they are processed or prepared. Soda and packaged cookies are processed examples. Putting sugar in tea is an example of a prepared drink. Added sugars contribute calories but no other nutritional value.

Learn more:

Be Sugar Smart Limiting Added Sugars Can Improve Health

Mind-Blowing Hacks 08/25/2023

Mind-Blowing Hacks
Source: Produce for Better Health

There are ways to get the most out of your fruit and vegetable purchases. Help make your produce more inviting to work with and last longer while cutting prep time with these tips.

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Mind-Blowing Hacks How to get the most out of your produce simply by shopping, storing and prepping.

Benefits of Healthy Eating 08/24/2023

Benefits of Healthy Eating
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

DYK the benefits of healthy eating for you & your children?

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Benefits of Healthy Eating Download infographics showing benefits for adults and children.

How Much Physical Activity Do You Need? 08/23/2023

Physical Activity for Different Groups
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Moving more and sitting less have tremendous benefits for everyone, regardless of age, s*x, race, ethnicity, or current fitness level.

Learn more:

How Much Physical Activity Do You Need? Recommended amounts for everyone from age 3 through 65 and older.

Eat a rainbow of food for good health 08/22/2023

Eat the rainbow for good health
Source: Mayo Clinic

How about eating a rainbow of colors? Red, orange, yellow, green, white, blue and purple.

Each of these colors has health benefits, including:
• Improved vision
• Decreased inflammation
• Reduced risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes
• Strengthened immune system
These benefits are due to the phytochemicals that occur naturally within these foods. Phytochemicals also give foods their distinct aroma and taste.

While each color provides certain benefits, when paired with other colors, the effects on your health are astonishing. That's why it's important to eat a wide variety of colors.

Learn more:

Eat a rainbow of food for good health Colorful fruits and veggies offer a stronger immune system and less risk of chronic disease. Here's how to paint your plate.

Avoiding Food Hassles With Kids - Picky Eaters | familydoctor.org 08/21/2023

Avoiding Food Hassles With Kids
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

We all know one—the picky eater. They eat the same few foods every day. They usually only like unhealthy choices, such as chips, sweets, and soda. They refuse to try anything new. It becomes a battle for parents at home and school.

Learn more:

Avoiding Food Hassles With Kids - Picky Eaters | familydoctor.org Tips, tricks and advice on how to deal with a picky eater at home and at school.

Children’s Mental Health 08/18/2023

What Is Children’s Mental Health?
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Being mentally healthy during childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities.

Learn more:

Children’s Mental Health CDC’s mental health website provides basic public health information about mental health including surveillance, disorders, myths and facts, and prevention.

Helping students adjust to school 08/17/2023

Back to school: Tips to help students adjust
Source: Mayo Clinic

With fall just around the corner, back-to-school season is quickly approaching. This can be an exciting time as it's one step closer to graduation, college, or joining the workforce. It's also a time for new beginnings: new friends, reconnecting with previous friends, meeting different teachers and picking up new school supplies.

Learn more:

Helping students adjust to school Get tips for helping students adjust to new routines, friends and expectations as they return to school.

10 Reasons to Get Moving! 08/16/2023

10 Reasons to Get Moving Today!
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Physical activity is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. Here are 10 benefits of physical activity to get you moving today!

Learn more:

10 Reasons to Get Moving! Physical activity is one of the best things you can for good health.

Kid's Corner: Back to School Lunch Ideas - Obesity Action Coalition 08/15/2023

Kid’s Corner: Back to School Lunch Ideas
Source: Obesity Action Coalition

With the thought of back-to-school, many parents struggle with packing lunches every day for their kids. With a little creativity, planning and commitment, you can knock school lunch out of the park!

Learn more:

Kid's Corner: Back to School Lunch Ideas - Obesity Action Coalition by Sarah Muntel, RD Fall 2017 Summer has come to an end… bring on school, Fall and fun! It takes a while to get into the fall mindset of homework, schedules and school activities, but once you do, it’s a snap! With the thought of back-to-school, many parents struggle with packing lunches every d...

Mayo Clinic Minute: How heat affects medication - Mayo Clinic News Network 08/14/2023

How heat affects medication
Source: Mayo Clinic

Finding ways to keep your body cool during extremely high temperatures is important, and so is ensuring your medications aren't exposed to extreme heat.

Learn more:

Mayo Clinic Minute: How heat affects medication - Mayo Clinic News Network Finding ways to keep your body cool during extremely high temperatures is important, and so is ensuring your medications aren't exposed to [...]

Lower Your Dementia Risk 08/11/2023

Simple behaviors of a healthier lifestyle can lower your risk of developing dementia
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Lifestyle choices such as managing high blood pressure, not smoking, being physically active and preventing or controlling diabetes and heart disease can significantly reduce your chances of developing dementia.

Learn more:

Lower Your Dementia Risk Learn how healthy lifestyle behaviors can lower your chances of developing dementia.

Need to get moving? Start slowly 08/10/2023

Need to get moving? Start slowly
Source: Mayo Clinic

If you haven't been active or are recovering from an illness or injury, the temptation is to do nothing. But that's probably just what you need to increase your energy, and overall physical and mental health.

Learn more:

Need to get moving? Start slowly If you aren’t active, or are rehabbing after injury, you’ll want to start moving again slowly. Get started with these tips.

Banishing Brown Bag Boredom 08/09/2023

Banishing Brown Bag Boredom
Source: Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

While it's important to send your children to school with a healthy lunch packed with the nutrition they need to learn, grow and play, it's also important to make sure they eat it. To ensure your child's nutritious meal doesn't go to waste, you can encourage interest and appetites with a few of these simple strategies.

Learn more:

Banishing Brown Bag Boredom It's important to send your children to school with a healthy lunch, but it's also important to ensure they eat it.

08/08/2023

Nutrition for kids: Guidelines for a healthy diet
Source: Mayo Clinic

You want your child to eat healthy foods, but do you know which nutrients are needed and in what amounts? Here's a quick overview.

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08/07/2023

It's National Farmers Market Week
Source: Farmers Market Coalition

Now in its 24th year, National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12, 2023. Shoppers receive the freshest and most flavorful food in their area.

Learn more about farmers markets:
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BAC to School: Pack a Safe Lunch 101 | Partnership for Food Safety Education 08/04/2023

BAC to School: Pack a Safe Lunch 101
Source: Partnership for Food Safety Education

When it’s back-to-school time, Fight BAC!® wants to remind parents and families across the country that the first important lesson of the school year is packing a safe lunch. All it takes is a quick refresher.

Learn more:

BAC to School: Pack a Safe Lunch 101 | Partnership for Food Safety Education NEW! Download a School Lunch Food Safety Tips Flyer

The Role Of Enjoyment In Developing Cravings & Habits - Have A Plant 08/03/2023

The Role of Enjoyment in Developing Cravings & Habits
Source: Produce for Better Health

People tend to do things that they enjoy. That’s obvious. What’s less obvious is that the causality works in the other direction too. People will come to enjoy things that they do, even if they don’t enjoy them at first.

Learn more:

The Role Of Enjoyment In Developing Cravings & Habits - Have A Plant There are certain foods that emanate from experiences, like family traditions of grilling veggie kabobs, burgers with grilled onions at annual summer barbeques…

Family Media Plan 08/02/2023

Family Media Plan
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

Media is everywhere, and managing it all can be tough. Creating a Family Media Plan can help you and your children set media priorities that matter most to your family. Come back to revise your plan as often as you need to, such as at the beginning of each school year or during summer and holiday breaks.

Learn more:
http://tx.ag/2CcLEUs (English)
http://tx.ag/Dg4gKOI (Spanish)

Family Media Plan ​Use this Family Media Plan to create a personalized plan for how all kinds of media are used in your family. ​​

Tips for eating healthy on a budget 08/01/2023

Eating healthy on a budget
Source: Mayo Clinic

With food prices rising, your grocery bill may be giving you sticker shock. But you shouldn't toss your healthy eating goals because your food budget's getting squeezed. Now is a great time to pick up — or brush off — some smart-shopping and meal-planning skills. These skills can save money while buying and preparing healthy food for your family.

Learn more:

Tips for eating healthy on a budget If your food budget is getting squeezed, these tips can help you save money without pinching your healthy eating goals.

07/31/2023

A sleep expert explains why you need treatment for insomnia
Source: Mayo Clinic

Tossing and turning. Trouble falling asleep. Trouble staying asleep. Insomnia isn't only frustrating; it can also affect your health.

Learn why Mayo Clinic sleep expert Timothy I. Morgenthaler, M.D., says it's important to tell your doctor if you have sleepless nights. Plus: He offers "good news" about getting back on track.

Learn more:
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07/28/2023

Why playing every day is good for stress
Source: Mayo Clinic

It's common for people to get busy and put aside activities they like to do in favor of things they need to do. But leisure activities are an important part of living a balanced life, says Rachel Fuhrmeister, C.T.R.S., a recreation therapist at Mayo Clinic.

Learn more:
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All Smiles For A Happy Gut Microbiome - Have A Plant 07/27/2023

All Smiles For A Happy Gut Microbiome
Source: Produce for Better Health

Wondering how to alter your gut microbiome to a more healthful state?

Learn more:

All Smiles For A Happy Gut Microbiome - Have A Plant A healthy gut microbiome can help you live a peachy life. I have always been attracted to those that constantly exert a positive energy. Life is too short and…

07/27/2023

Did you know?
According to The Guinness World Records, in 2013, the world's heaviest watermelon was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee, weighing in at 350.5 lbs.

Tips for healthy eating in a hurry 07/26/2023

Tips for healthy eating in a hurry
Source: Mayo Clinic

With many of us in a hurry these days, finding the motivation to cook a healthy meal at home can be difficult. However, learning some shortcuts in the kitchen can make keeping your health on track quicker and easier, and prevent you from grabbing the first thing you see or going out for fast food.

Learn more:

Tips for healthy eating in a hurry With many of us in a hurry these days, finding the motivation to cook a healthy meal at home can be difficult.

07/25/2023

Kids Food Critic Activity
Source: USDA, MyPlate

Kids are more likely to try new foods when they take the lead. In this activity, kids pick a new food at the store, taste it, and rate it like a food critic.

Find the activity sheet here:
http://tx.ag/bX3hI55
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Encourage healthy eating in school and at home | Healthy Schools | CDC 07/24/2023

Encourage healthy eating in school & at home
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Many students have access to nutritious food through school meals programs. Encourage your child to try these healthy meals and eat healthy at home.

Learn more:

Encourage healthy eating in school and at home | Healthy Schools | CDC School meals provide whole grains, milk, fruits, and vegetables children need for healthy growth and development.

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