Category Archives: Bosque CEA-FCS

High Blood Pressure: Do You Know Your Numbers?

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults are living with high blood pressure (also called hypertension), yet many are unaware that they have it. In kids and teens, elevated blood pressure is becoming increasingly common, which may lead to health problems later in life. During May’s National High Blood Pressure Education Month, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is working to raise awareness and share the most important tips to prevent or manage high blood pressure. Knowing your risk factors is the first key prevention strategy…. Read More →

Best-By, Sell-By, Use-By, but WHY?

We’ve all done it before. You open the pantry door, grab that can of green beans at the back, look at the date, say “ew”, and just chunk it. Sometimes this is the right move but sometimes we don’t consider the hyphenated words behind that date:  “Best-by”, “Sell-by”, and “Use-by”, and we toss a perfectly fine canned good. The United States has a food waste issue:  according to the United States Department of Agriculture Americans tossed 133 billion pounds of food and $161 billion worth of food in… Read More →

Texas Community Futures Forum

The Texas Community Futures Forum is being held in Bosque County to assist local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Agents and the Leadership Advisory Board identify the most critical issues affecting local citizens. Our local Extension program has a rich history of providing educational programs that address the most critical issues in the county, related to Agriculture and Natural Resources, Families and Health, Youth Development and Community Development. In order to make sure that the programs being planned for the future are on target, we invite your participation… Read More →

Spring Thinking

Spring has sprung, Bosque County!  Warmer, longer days and sunny skies are here and that means its time for more outdoor activities. The United States Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults reach at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, which is just over 20 minutes a day.  Physical activity isn’t limited to getting on the treadmill or lifting weights but also includes things like riding a bike through the neighborhood, swimming, dancing and even gardening!  Outdoor chores like gardening, mowing the lawn,… Read More →

National School Lunch Program – Don’t Yell at the Lunch Lady

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted, state administered meal program that provides nutritionally balanced low-cost or no-cost meals to children in schools every day. Signed into law under President Truman in 1946, it assisted roughly 7.1 million children in its first year. In fiscal year 2018 the NSLP reached just under 30 million children and provided 4.8 billion lunches. This program is in place to help keep our children hunger-free, healthy, and give them the energy to perform well in school and extra-curricular activities…. Read More →

Are You Prepared?

Natural disasters are something we never know exactly when to expect, but should all be prepared for.  There are a wide range of disasters that affect the country, locally we primarily need to be prepared for the possibilities of flooding and tornadoes.  We’ve seen recent natural disasters around the country that have affected thousands of people and many of them were not equipped to take care of themselves when outside help couldn’t reach them. Flooding can happen any season of the year.  The true-blue Texas tornado season spans… Read More →

Choose to Eat Variety in a Gray Season

The winter season not only brings gray skies but can also bring gray mealtimes. With a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables, and with colder weather, people tend to turn to those soul-warming dishes that have a distinct lack of vegetables and fruits with them. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends that half of your plate should consist of vegetables and fruits, or 2 ½ cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruits throughout the day. A barrier to reaching this daily goal for some people is… Read More →

Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Bosque County is now accepting applications for Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors.  These are local, high-school aged youth with a passion for health, wellness and service who are trained to serve as community health and wellness leaders.   Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors assist county extension agents in providing leadership to their peers during health programs and projects within Texas 4-H, Healthy Texas, and other Texas A&M AgriLife health programs. Youth interested in this program can expect to advocate for health and nutrition in schools, at… Read More →

Start the Year Safe

Many of us made resolutions to start the New Year. While eating more fruits and vegetables and parking as far away from the supermarket as possible will help improve your health in 2019, here’s a resolution that can impact the lives of others — as well as your own life. Make a resolution in 2019 to focus on your driving and drive like you would want the person in front of you, behind you, and beside you to drive. Driving is one area where your actions can not… Read More →

Moving Beyond the Salt Shaker

Do you ever find yourself asking whether you should focus on reducing sodium or salt?  We hear many different messages about reducing the amount of sodium, salt, and sodium containing ingredients in the foods we eat.  Surprisingly, 70 percent of the sodium Americans consume comes from packaged and restaurant foods, not the salt shaker. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015) recommends limiting daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams – or approximately 1 teaspoon.  Eating too much sodium may lead to high blood pressure, which may increase… Read More →