Category Archives: Bosque CEA-FCS

Cabin Fever

The cabin fever, associated with the being confined due to onset of COVID-19, can have a pronounced effect on our health and on our mood. On Tuesday I was at wit’s end; beyond stir crazy and tired of seeing the walls of my house. So, I laced up my shoes and went for a run at the Clifton High School track and what I saw was incredibly encouraging. People of all ages were out walking, running, kicking soccer balls and practicing their volleyball skills. While observing social distancing,… Read More →

Preserve Foods by Freezing

From a historical point of view, food preservation methods have been means of keeping mouths fed in times of hard ship for millennia. Canning, smoking, drying and salting, and more recently, freezing of foods are all great ways of keeping food safe to use much later down the road. Freezing is the most accessible method of food preservation today. Not everyone has access to equipment needed or the knowledge necessary to pressure can, smoke, or desiccate foods, but most people have access to a freezer. Here are some… Read More →

Food Handlers Course

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.  Lost wages due to illness coupled with the loss of business, reputation, employees and the potential for litigation against the business that originated the foodborne illness can become a problem for our local economy.  Fortunately, there are ways we can prevent foodborne illness that originate at the restaurant and at home…. Read More →

Your Community, Your Health, Your Voice

Change Club Study is coming to Clifton and Meridian, and we’re looking for local residents to help improve community health. A university-led, paid study called Change Club offers Clifton and Meridian residents an opportunity to engage their community by exploring ways to improve the health of its residents. As part of the study, Change Club, led by Texas A&M AgriLife and Cornell University, will implement a new community-change project that attempts to make healthy eating and physical activity easier for Meridian and Clifton residents. The Change Club study… Read More →

Lean, Mean Beans

The average American diet typically contains a high amount of protein, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Proteins play an important part in our daily life and in the function of our bodies. Proteins are responsible for muscle growth and maintenance, they act as enzymes in important chemical reactions, and they play the part of messenger when they’re turned into hormones. While the quantity of protein we consume is important, it is just as important to look at the quality of those proteins. The United States Department… Read More →

Step Up, Scale Down

Here at the end of January, it is not uncommon for those New Year’s Resolutions to start tapering off. Whether it is a lack of motivation, frustration with results, or just difficulty scheduling time for exercise and nutritious cooking, this is that time of year where some of us just fall off the horse. If you are having difficulty staying on your weight loss plan, or would like to start one, join Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s “Step Up, Scale Down” program starting on Friday, February 7th at… Read More →

Realistic New Year Weight Loss Plan

It is OK…. everyone breath; it is here again; the beginning of a New Year and countless resolutions to lose weight.  Remember that our weight loss journeys are noble pursuits…and a tremendous way to care for our health and ourselves. How much do I need to lose? We know that even as little as 5% of body weight loss is shown to reduce risks of chronic disease like Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease. For someone that is 200 pounds…that’s 10 pounds of weight loss. That amount is… Read More →

Safe Handling of Wild Game This Hunting Season

It is that time of year, hunting season! For many, it is considered the best time of year. The majority of individuals who hunt do so to provide food for their families. Many prefer the taste of venison over other choices of meat. Venison is high in many vitamins and minerals our bodies need, such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron, and calcium. Venison is traditionally lower in cholesterol than many other meats, thus making it a more desirable product. To have a quality, safe meal this hunting season,… Read More →

Water Conservation

The 40 Gallon Challenge is a nationwide call for residents and business to reduce water use by 40 gallons per person, per day. Drought conditions, increased water demands, and water wasting habits put strains on our region’s water supply and this can have negative impacts on our energy consumption, the local environment, and our wallets. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, water delivery and treatment consumes a considerable amount of energy, about 56 billion kilowatt-hours per year or roughly enough energy to power 5 million homes for… Read More →

Turkey Day Trouble

“Back in my day our milk was unpasteurized, we thawed our meat right there on the counter, and the Thanksgiving leftovers were left right there on the table until after the Cowboys beat the Redskins.” These are some common sentiments I hear when talking about food safety, and there is some validity to food safety being lax in the past. Grandma most likely knew exactly where and from whom the meat, dairy, and eggs were coming, the conditions they were processed in, and the conditions of how they… Read More →