Author Archives: katherine.whitney

Dinner Tonight – Essentials

Dinner Tonight, a signature healthy cooking and nutrition program of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has just released its first cookbook.  Essentials features more than 100 recipes in categories such as Starters, Five Ingredients or Less, Salads, One Pot/One Pan, simple Side Vegetables, Slow Cooker, Grilling, and Desserts. The Essentials Cookbook encompasses everything that the Dinner Tonight program is about; healthy meals that are quick and easy to create, and that your family is sure to love. All starters, main courses, and desserts include nutrition information along with… Read More →

Nominate a Volunteer

Each year, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bosque County and the Commissioner’s Court host a Volunteer Recognition Banquet to recognize outstanding volunteers who serve the residents of Bosque County.  These volunteers give their time and energy to serve in civic and community organizations and to improve our communities.  The Volunteer Recognition Banquet is a special time to honor these extraordinary volunteers. We invite organizations or individuals in Bosque County to nominate outstanding volunteers in the following categories: Agriculture & Natural Resources Civic Organizations & Community Service… Read More →

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You!

Are you interested in improving your health, but not sure where to start?  Do you struggle to afford healthy food for your family each month?  Come learn how to eat healthy on a budget! The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Bosque County and the Valley Mills Public Library are excited to host a healthy living series in October called, “A Fresh Start to a Healthier You!”  The four-part series will be held at the Valley Mills Public Library on October 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 12:00… Read More →

Extension Celebrates Family Mealtime in September

Every September, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension celebrates a Family Mealtime by connecting for better health.  In our busy lives, it can be hard to sit down with your family to share a meal and reconnect with each other.  Family mealtimes are great for kids and adults! Did you know children who eat with their families are better nourished, have lower rates of obesity, and better vocabularies?  These factors can have a positive impact on classroom behavior and academic performance. Family meals don’t have to be reserved for holidays… Read More →

Child Care Conference 2017

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Tarleton State University are proud to host the 2017 Child Care Conference on September 9.  The theme “Up, Up & Away: Soaring Beyond the Minimum Standards” will focus on fun activities and resources to help child care staff go beyond the minimum standards of child care. This year, the conference will offer different tracks for child care staff to attend: Infants/Toddlers, Preschool, School Age, and Director/Owner.  Each track will focus on fun activities, guidance and discipline, learning, and developmental needs for the… Read More →

Step Up & Scale Down

This fall, the FCS Committee of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering Step Up & Scale Down, a ten-week program to motivate you to a healthier lifestyle.  The series will begin on Tuesday, September 19, at the Extension Office in Meridian.  Classes will be held at 12pm on Tuesdays for 10 weeks. Step Up & Scale Down consists of weekly lessons to help participants move toward a healthier weight.  The program includes a healthy lunch every Tuesday, a weekly weigh-in, a weekly challenge to help you stay motivated,… Read More →

Rethink Your Drink

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Goodall-Witcher Hospital Wellness Wednesday lunch program about “Rethink Your Drink.”  I always enjoy getting to visit with the folks who attend Wellness Wednesday, and it doesn’t hurt that Goodall-Witcher provides a free, healthy lunch for all attendees!  I also enjoy talking about healthy eating and drinking.  You might be surprised to learn how much sugar is in your favorite beverage! Did you know that a typical adult is eating and drinking about 320 calories or more each day… Read More →

Mosquito Control

Mosquito season is in full swing!  I seem to attract mosquitoes every evening when I am outside, and I sure don’t like those pesky insects or their bites.  Aside from the nuisance, mosquitoes can also carry diseases such as West Nile virus, Chikungunya, Dengue fever, and Zika.  We heard a lot about Zika in the news last year, and Zika is still an issue in Texas. Zika is a mild virus compared to other mosquito-carried illnesses.  Only one in five people infected with Zika will feel ill with… Read More →

Simply Eating Right

Does eating right seem like an impossible task?  I don’t know about you, but it’s no fun to focus on counting calories during summer when homemade ice cream is on my mind.  Eating right doesn’t have to be hard or complicated.  Here are a few tips from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help you shift to healthier food and beverage choices. Make your calories count. The majority of your food choices should be full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients, and lower in calories.  Eat “nutrient-dense”… Read More →

Help Keep Your Child Safe – Give Your Child A Boost!

Did you know that seat belts are designed to be worn by adults who are at least 4 feet and 9 inches tall?  Seat belts are made to fit with the lap belt going over the lower hips and the shoulder belt going across the shoulder.  Seat belts aren’t designed fit children.  Instead of fitting properly over the lower hips, the lap belt rides over the soft tissues of the abdomen and can cause severe injury or death. The shoulder portion of the belt hits the child’s neck… Read More →