Author Archives: katherine.whitney

Healthy Eating for an Active Life

It’s spring time!  The days are getting longer and we are starting to see beautiful, sunny days.  It’s a great time of year to get outside and get moving with activities you enjoy, especially with your family! For youth and adults participating in physical activity like hiking, swimming, or various sports, healthy eating is essential for optimizing performance.  Combining good nutrition and physical activity can lead to a healthier lifestyle.   Use these tips from the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate website ( to combine good nutrition and… Read More →

Making Fruits and Vegetables the Easy Choice!

In Texas, three out of four deaths are attributed to a chronic disease.  However, studies show an intake of at least two and half cups of vegetables and fruits per day as part of a healthy eating pattern can reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases.  March is National Nutrition Month, and an opportunity to discuss the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables.  We know a healthy eating pattern including fruits and vegetables can help to lower risks of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease,… Read More →

Upcoming Food Manager and Food Handlers Certification Courses

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to Offer Professional Food Manager Certification & Food Handlers Certification Courses Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States.  Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to a foodborne illness. Under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bosque & Hill Counties, is offering… Read More →

WARNING: Dangerous Sugar Overload

I need to start with an apology.  Reading this article may cause distress.  I’m going to recommend that you slow down your sugar intake, and that might mean giving up any Valentine’s candy you just received from your sweetheart. Sugar is already known as a culprit for the increased risk of diabetes and obesity.  Research continues to link sugar to heart disease, hypertension, strokes, gout, periodontal disease, fatty liver disease, and many other health problems.  Laura Schmidt, Ph.D., professor of Health Policy at UC San Francisco, indicates that… Read More →

Heart Health

Did you know the heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime?  This amazing organ pumps millions of gallons of blood carrying oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and other essential cells to all parts of our body.  We can’t live without a heart, so we need to do all we can to keep it healthy. Many factors play a role in heart health, such as diet, exercise, smoking, infection, and genetics.  You cannot control all of those, but you can control your diet and physical activity levels.  Part… Read More →

Eat Smart, Live Strong

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year?  If you resolved to be healthier in 2018, the “Eat Smart, Live Strong” program is for you!  The Valley Mills Public Library and the Bosque County AgriLife Extension Service are offering a four-week “Eat Smart, Live Strong” program on Thursdays from 12-1pm beginning on January 18. The Eat Smart, Live Strong program is designed to teach adults how to make healthy food choices and add more physical activity to daily life.  During the interactive sessions, participants will learn about… Read More →

Plan a Sober Ride this Holiday Season

This holiday season, Bosque County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Watch UR BAC program to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it’s essential to plan a sober ride home before ever leaving for the event. This holiday, as you head out for a night of merrymaking, remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. According to NHTSA, Texas lost 1,438… Read More →

A New Holiday Health Goal: Maintain – No Gain!

This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey!  Did you know that many Americans gain between one and five pounds each holiday season? While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. Take up the Maintain – No Gain Challenge and enjoy the holidays without gaining weight!  The Maintain – No Gain Challenge is a six-week challenge to maintain your pre-holiday weight or gain no more than two pounds during the holiday season. Rather than focusing… Read More →

Halloween Road Safety

Halloween Makes It More Than Spooky on the Road Halloween Safety for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists Halloween means children getting outdoors to enjoy treats, fun, and games. Although Halloween comes before the change back to standard time this year, the days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. With shorter days comes more night driving. Because nighttime driving is more dangerous, it requires extra attention from motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly two-thirds of all fatal… Read More →

Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School

Grab your friends and join us for food and fun at the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School, which will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Saturday, November 4, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Clifton Civic Center. “While there are many groups who conduct cooking schools, we believe the Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School has a unique niche,” said Dr. Susan Ballabina, Associate Director for Program Development for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. During the cooking school, everyone will see demonstrations of healthy holiday… Read More →