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  • Friday, October 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    The leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping and my favorite season is finally upon us. Fall is here and with fall comes Pumpkins. The on slot of pumpkins is not just a figment of your imagination, in fact, 80% of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October. And good news for those trying to eat local, 90 to 95% of our edible pumpkin is grown next door in Illinois. 
    There is more good news. Pumpkin is a nutrient dense fruit to add to your diet. By now we are all aware that orange colored foods are loaded with Vitamin A, one cup can provide you with almost 450% of your daily value. Research shows that Vitamin A may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, protects against heart disease, and is great for eye health. Pumpkin is also a great source of Potassium. Potassium is needed in our bodies to aid in muscle contraction. Not only making it important for avoiding cramps in athletes, but maintaining good heart health. Potassium can also be used to offset some of the harmful effects of sodium in our diets. All of these nutrients in just 45 calories per cup. 
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  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    October is here, which means it is time to enroll in 4-H and enjoy Spooky Science! We invite all families in the community to come out and enjoy our 4th annual Spooky Science event on Monday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds.
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  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    It is that time of year again when the garden is putting out plenty of produce. We want to make sure we can eat that produce year-round. So, we dust off the canners and pull them out for a late summer full of food preservation. But I have to stop and ask myself, “What methods are safe for which foods?” 
    If you’re looking to “can” produce from your garden, there are only two safe methods: boiling water bath canning and pressure canning. Boiling water bath canning is safe to use when canning high–acid foods, which are the majority of your fruits and pickled foods. Pressure canning is required when canning low-acid foods, which includes most vegetables and meats. 
    Low acid home canned foods are associated with Clostridium Botulinum. It has an 8% fatality rate and patients require hospitalization. Botulism toxin is a neurotoxin; it attacks nerve cells and paralyzes them. Symptoms appear 4 to 8 hours after eating contaminated food and begin at the head and work slowly downward. The danger of Clostridium Botulinum is the number one risk to our home canned foods, and why we must ensure proper canning techniques are being used. 
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  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 4:00 AM
    This weekend is the perfect weekend to bring your children out to the Farmers Market for Kids Day. Summer time is a great time to teach youth to learn to like fresh produce. Take them to one of the many fun places to find produce like the Farmers Market, U-Pick farms, or maybe even your back yard. Summer time in Indiana offers colorful, tasty and fresh produce that you can’t get any other time of year. When youth are involved in the growing and selecting process of their food they are more likely to eat it. 
    I hear from people all the time that kids don’t like vegetables. I cook with kids during after school programs and all summer long, and I rarely find a vegetable they won’t eat. So, what is my secret? I involve them in the process. We either grow the produce together or we prepare it. After they have worked so hard to see how it is prepared they can’t wait to try it and see their hard work pay off. 
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  • Youth have a “blast” at Robotics Blast Night
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Montgomery County 4-H program hosted their 2nd annual Robotics Blast Night for any youth in grades 3-5. This FREE program provides an opportunity for youth to get excited and engaged in the world of robotics. There were 19 youth and their parents/guardians that attended the Robotics Blast Night. Many youth were excited and engaged with the stations provided. They asked great questions and showed their creativity and problem-solving skills. 
    There were a variety of Robotic stations that the youth could rotate through and choose from. The Carnegie Museum provided Ozobots for youth to learn how color codes can tell a robot how to maneuver and follow a pattern. Some of the Montgomery County 4-H Junior Leaders gave youth the opportunity to create their own obstacle course for the HEXBUG nano-bot. Youth explored snap-together, color coded circuits using littleBits. littleBits incorporates art and design into technology. Representatives from North Montgomery High School’s robotics program were also present to teach and lead youth. There was a demonstration station of an EV3-Lego robot for youth to get a glimpse of what robot they will be working with in the Robotics club. Finally, utilizing Google Chromebooks, youth were introduced to computer coding using the Scratch progam.
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  • Monday, May 20, 2019 2:46 AM
    The Purdue Extension-Montgomery County office is excited to offer an opportunity for ANY 3rd-5th grade youth to enroll in the Montgomery County Robotics Club! This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience using the EV3 LEGO® Robots. Youth do not have to have any prior robotics experience to take part in the fun and learning. Using the EV3 LEGO® robots, youth will learn about what a robot is, how to build one, and how to program it. 
    The Robotics Club will meet on June 5th and June 24th from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds. The last meeting will be on July 17th at 3:00 pm for a special demonstration during the fair. This special demonstration will take place in the 4-H Building, located at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds. This special demonstration will be a great opportunity for youth to showcase what they have learned to family, friends, and other visitors to the fair!
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  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:53 AM
    Whether it is your first kid, second kids or however many, you will always have questions and wonder if they are reaching their appropriate milestones as they age. The early years of development are the most important. You may wonder if the things you are doing are helpful or not. Even if it is your second child, you may be doing some of the same things you did with the first but they aren’t working as well. That is because all kids are different and develop at different rates. You may need to try some new things to help your child develop as they should. 
    The first steps to making sure your child is developing correctly is to keep them healthy. Being healthy aids in the developmental process. You must make sure that your child is growing up in a safe and loving home. Spending time as a family by reading, playing, and talking are all important to their language development. And on top of all that your baby should be on a proper diet and sleep schedule. Everything your child does and is surrounded by affects how they develop, so always be aware. 
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  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:00 AM
    Have a current 3rd-5th grade youth that is interested in robotics?! Then join us for a Robotics Blast Night on May 22nd from 5:30-7:00 pm in the 4-H Building at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds for a fun-filled night of exploring the wonderful world of robotics! The 4-H fairgrounds is located at 400 Parke Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. This FREE event is open to any and all youth currently in grades 3-5. Youth that attend this event will have the opportunity to engage in and learn about various types of robots. There will be multiple stations that are teaching about different robots and will allow youth to gain hands-on experience in working with the robots.
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    There are four commonly known parenting styles, authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and neglectful. There have been numerous studies completed on how the different parenting styles effect children. Each style has their own set of pros and cons. However, a study from 2012 titled The Impact of Authoritative, Permissive, and Authoritarian Behavior of Parents on Self-concept, Psychological Health and Life Quality showed that the authoritative style has had more positive effects on children. 
    Parents who show a more authoritative parenting style are often high in responsiveness and demandingness. When they are setting rules for their children they listen and take into consideration their child’s thoughts and opinions. But the parents are still the ones making the final decision. When they set rules they are clear and consistent. They make sure that their child knows what the rules are and that they understands them. Studies have found that children who have this type of parent often perform better academically, engage in more extracurricular activities, are more confident and tend to have higher social skills. 
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  • Monday, April 15, 2019 10:00 PM
    Did you know that 1 in 3 youth say that they have the skills to handle what twists and turns that life throws at them? Therefore, it is important that we provide youth with the opportunity to succeed; otherwise we all fail. That’s where the 4-H program comes in. The 4-H program meets youth and families where they live, serve community needs, and build critical life skills youth need to thrive. We all want our youth to succeed. The Indiana 4-H program helps youth build their career readiness, autonomy, and independence. 
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  • Monday, April 1, 2019 4:00 AM
    The end of the month has arrived and it is time for my final segment of myth busting. We have determined that detoxing is taken care of by our vital organs like the liver and kidney and that we don’t gain weight because of the time on the clock. Where could I be going this week? How about popular buzzwords when it comes to food. This week we are debunking “superfood” and “clean” eating. 
    Superfood is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.” While salmon, broccoli and blueberries are all healthy, maybe even very healthy foods, none of them are a magic bullet that will fix all our problems. Eating 1 cup of broccoli among an otherwise unhealthy diet high in processed foods isn’t going to prevent you from becoming obese or developing a chronic disease like diabetes. While at the same token, eating a diet consisting of only salmon is unhealthy because you are missing other vital nutrients. If you eat a variety of these foods high in antioxidants, fiber and fatty acids, it not magic, it’s simply a balanced diet that is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 
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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s myth about detoxes. I am back for another rendition of myth busting. As I stated last week, science is hard. So it can be very difficult to understand how to follow a healthy eating plan. With science constantly evolving, it is easy to get caught up in the latest diet on the market. 
    Leading us to Myth #2: Diets and late night eating
    The number one rule to losing weight is also the first rule to why many diets are unsuccessful. The formula to losing weight is simple; eat fewer calories than you burn, causing a negative calorie balance. So why is this simple rule so difficult to achieve? Often times, dieters over compensate and restrict calories too much sending our bodies in to a panic and wondering when it will be appropriately fed again. The body responds by slowing down the metabolism to efficiently utilize the few calories it is receiving. We get frustrated because the weight loss is too slow and revert back to our previous eating style. With the slow metabolism and an increase in calories, our weight skyrockets to higher than we started. Let’s change our way of thinking. Instead of calories, food provides us with energy. Food is giving us the energy and power to do the things in life we love to do. 
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  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    March is National Nutrition Month and this year we are celebrating healthy eating styles. Each year there is a theme such as eating at home or reducing food waste. This year we are getting back to the basics and celebrating food and how it nourishes our bodies. Every year I write articles the entire month of March to help educate the public on common nutrition trends. When people learn that I am a dietitian, they ask me all kinds of questions and my response is often “quit making eating so difficult”. There is lots of information, often conflicting, out there but much of it isn’t scientifically supported. Speaking of science. Science is hard, and this is the reason that messages can often times be difficult to understand. The science of nutrition is evolving each day. This year I am going to break down the science and debunk some of the common nutrition myths. 
    Drum-roll please. Myth #1 Detoxes and cleanses. 
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  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:00 AM
    Author William Londen once said “to ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness and maintain an interest in life.” 4-H certainly strives to have youth embody this healthy way of living. Furthermore, Healthy Living is one of the three mission areas, alongside citizenship and science. 4-H Healthy Living programs help youth lead lives that balance physical, mental, and emotional health. The National 4-H organization states that, “having the confidence and skills to lead healthy lifestyles not only improves overall well-being; it enables youth to tackle life’s challenges today and become leaders in their lives, careers and communities as they grow into responsible adulthood.”
    With more than 2.5 million projects on nutrition, food science, fitness, and wellness, 4-H members are provided with a strong foundation and knowledge needed to make healthy choices as adults. According to a long-term study by Tufts University, 4-H members are nearly two times more likely to make healthier choices. Furthermore, 92% disapproved of risky behavior such as alcohol and tobacco use and 86 percent now eat a fruit for a snack over unhealthier options. 
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  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    Many adults begin to become less active as they age. But regular physical activity in older adults can be very beneficial. Physical activity can help delay, prevent or manage many costly chronic diseases. Although many know physical activity is helpful nearly 31 million adults over 50 are inactive. It is important that you assess your needs and abilities before starting any kind of exercise routine. If you have been inactive for a long period of time or are concerned about how increasing your physical activity may affect you, consult with your doctor. They can help you choose the right type, intensity and duration of the exercises that would work best for. 
    It is recommended that older adults participate in aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes each week. Over time, regular aerobic activity can make the heart and cardiovascular system stronger. Some examples of aerobic activity would be walking, swimming, dancing or riding a bike. If you are unable to reach the 150 minutes each week, you should be as physically active as your abilities will allow. 
    It is recommended that older adults also participate in muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week. When doing so you should include all of the major muscle groups: legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders and arms. Some examples activities would include using resistance bands, weight machines, hand held weights or even just carrying groceries. 
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