July 29, 2014

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“Harvest in a Jar” Program Covers Canning, Seed-Saving, and More

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Have excess produce from your garden?  Want to extend all the fresh, local fruits and vegetables through the dreary winter?  Join the OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers to learn how to preserve your harvest for next season. The program, entitled “Harvest in a Jar,” is scheduled Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Read More…

Kids can play safe when participating in sports

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The spring sports season is a popular time for school-aged children. After a few months of being cooped up indoors, many kids are ready to spend time in the fresh air. Organized team sports are one way they can burn energy and learn lessons in camaraderie and problem-solving. Spring sports season presents a host of Read More…

Encouraging Kids to Live a More Active Lifestyle

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Unlike their parents, today’s kids often forgo sandlot baseball or games of tag for much more sedentary fare like video games or surfing the Internet. While video games and Internet access aren’t lacking in value, many parents would prefer their kids be more active. Though it can be difficult to get kids off the couch, Read More…

Keep kids active and thinking during summer

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I’ve never wanted to “over-involve” my children in too many organized activities, but this summer they don’t seem to be interested in doing much of anything except playing video games and watching television. I don’t want them to waste the entire summer, but I’m out of ideas. Any suggestions? It’s ironic: These days, it’s very Read More…

Soccer Has Its Injuries

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Soccer is a great way to build endurance, improve speed and promote fitness all while building the friendships associated with a team sport.  Soccer is considered a safe sport, but you can still get hurt. Soccer involves quick start and stop motions, and physical contact which can lead to injuries.  Common soccer injuries include:   Read More…

Fun Activities Keep Kids Moving and Healthy

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Keeping kids at a healthy weight involves a little creativity. After all, parents can’t simply drop their sons and daughters off at the local gym. Masking fitness as fun activities can help make children more enthusiastic about fitness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the Read More…

Keep Pets Comfortable in Warm Weather

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While many individuals have been counting down the days until 85-degree weather, pets may not have been sharing the same enthusiasm. The hot weather can bring discomfort to our four-legged friends. It’s widely known that keeping a dog chained up outdoors in the sun and heat is cruel, as is keeping him locked in a Read More…

Skin Cancer a Concern No Matter the Season

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Skin cancer can affect anyone, and overexposure to the sun, a key risk factor for skin cancer, can occur at any time of year. Whether it is a hot, sultry day spent by the pool or a chilly day skiing the slopes, any exposure to the sun can result in skin damage that can increase Read More…

Protect pets through the dog days of summer

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When the warm weather arrives, conscientious pet owners typically reevaluate how to care for their pets. As the seasons change, so may a pet’s needs, and different safety precautions might be necessary. Warm weather seasons are many people’s favorite time of year. Pets, too, enjoy the benefits of the warm weather, including more opportunities to Read More…

UV Index

The UV Index indicates the strength of solar ultraviolet radiation on a scale of 1 to 11+. A UV index of 1 is low while 11+ is considered extremely high. The ozone layer plays an important role in determining the UV index. Responsible for shielding the planet from harmful UV radiation, the ozone layer has Read More…