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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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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County 4-H program will be offering a great opportunity for YOU to come and learn about the 4-H program and get all of your questions answered. The New 4-H Member Orientation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds. RSVP’s are due by Monday, Feb. 11 and there is no cost to attend. To RSVP, please contact the Extension office at (765) 364-6363. Refreshments will be provided, as well as some 4-H resources, so please be sure to RSVP so that we can ensure we have adequate supplies for participants. 
    This FREE orientation is for youth currently in grades 3-12, particularly those in their 1st or 2nd year of 4-H. However, you do not have to be a current 4-H member to attend. If you are interested in learning more or have questions about 4-H, then this is a great opportunity for you come and learn. Parents/guardians of youth are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
    The New 4-H Member Orientation is for youth and their parents/guardians to come and learn about 4-H trips and opportunities, projects, Green Records books, and get all of your questions answered. The goal of this orientation is to get your 4-H experience started off on the right foot! You will even have a chance to talk with some of Montgomery County 4-H’s tenured 4-H members. They will be there to share their experiences in the 4-H program and give you tips and tricks for how you can get involved. 
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    After experiencing a temperature swing from -15 to 60°F in the last week and a half, it’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. But with spring on the way (just 40 days away!), so is the 2019 growing season. Before field operations get underway, we invite you to attend the annual Montgomery County Ag Outlook program to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
    This event, sponsored by Hoosier Heartland State Bank, is your opportunity to review last year’s volatile commodity market activity and hear predictions for 2019 with Michael Langemeier, Ag Economist from Purdue University. Dr. Langemeier will discuss the impacts of input costs on the upcoming growing season and explore issues in international trade that could affect grain prices through the end of 2019. He will be available to answer any questions you might have during the last 30 minutes or so of the program.
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  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    Indiana 4-H enrollment is now open in Montgomery County through January 15, 2019. 4-H is a premier source of enjoyable, educational programs to help young people reach their full potential. 
    Indiana 4-H is the state’s largest youth development program for grades 3-12, reaching over 200,000 youth in all 92 counties. 4-H is open to all youth in grades 3-12 and Mini 4-H is offered to grades K-2. So don’t wait and miss the opportunity to join the Club. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults.
    In Montgomery County, approved adult volunteers teach young people specific skills related to a wide variety of subjects through hands-on, experiential learning. Youth also develop leadership and citizenship skills by participating in one of our organized 4-H Clubs. Subjects include: science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); agriculture; citizenship; healthy living; art; consumer and family sciences; and more. In 2013, a Tufts University study showed that 4-H members also excel in positive youth development areas compared to peers, including: 
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  • Saturday, December 29, 2018 4:00 AM
    Many of you are probably already thinking about how you are going to be a better you in 2019. The three most common New Year’s Resolutions are Spend Less, Eat Healthier and Exercise More. If you are like me you need to do all three. Which is why I have planned to teach three programs beginning in January to address these three goals. 
    Cooking Under Pressure
    On January 11th I will be hosting a lunch and learn titled Cooking Under Pressure. Participants will learn how to use an electric pressure cooker, how to make healthy fast meals, and plan meals to save money on groceries. Join me on January 11th at noon in the Crawfordsville Library, Room B, for a tasty healthy learning lunch. Please RSVP by January 9th. 
    Dining with Diabetes
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  • 4-H and the spirit of giving back
    Wednesday, December 26, 2018 4:00 AM
    Within the 4-H program, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. The 4-H program is America’s largest youth development organization, empowering nearly six million young people across the United States with the skills to lead for a lifetime. 
    The 4-H program teaches youth the importance of giving back to not only their community but the world around them. According to a Tufts University study, 4-H’ers are more active citizens. They are 4 times more likely to actively contribute to their communities and 2 times more likely to be civically active.
    4-H members contribute to their communities in a variety of ways. Recently, the Montgomery County 4-H Junior Leaders held an overnight lock-in and collected items to donate to the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County. Junior Leaders is a program for youth in grades 7-12 and focuses on the development of leadership skills, as well as service learning and fellowship. They also provide guidance and mentorship to younger 4-H members, assist with local and county 4-H activities, and have FUN! This group of great leaders collected 132 items to donate to the Animal Welfare League. Items ranged from office supplies, animal beds, food, toys, and more! More importantly, these youth saw a need in their community and worked to meet that need through giving back. 
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  • Winter Weather Phenomena
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    We’ve had some interesting weather phenomena the last couple of weeks in Montgomery County. You might have noticed freezing fog, “fancy” frost, or fuzzy snow. Each of these phenomena are caused by a specific set of conditions that we tend to see throughout winter in the Midwest. Here are the details on a few that I have seen recently and another that I look forward to seeing (hopefully) later this year!
    Freezing fog is not all that different from fog during the warmer months. It forms when the air near the ground is very humid and calm and is often seen in the early morning (maybe during your commute to work). The water vapor in this humid air begins to condense and form the ground-level cloud we call fog. The major difference, however, between freezing fog and “warm” fog is that the water within freezing fog becomes supercooled, and will instantly freeze to any cold surface that it touches, which produces the next phenomenon…
    Rime is what we see when water vapor (usually found within freezing fog) condenses to liquid and then freezes to a surface. It’s the frozen cousin of dew, along with hoarfrost. Rime typically appears as shaggy white spikes clinging to tree branches, and is often found on clear mornings after freezing fog has disappeared. Sometimes, light winds can sculpt rime into interesting shapes before it freezes completely solid.
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  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    Americans tend to gain about one to two pounds during the holidays. While this doesn’t sound like much, research tells us that this adds up over the years. If you gain 1 to 2 pounds each year and never lose from the year before, this can result in a 10 pound weight gain. And it is so much harder, and less fun, to take off than it was to put on. 
    Don’t skip meals.
    We often take the mentality of skipping meals so that we can save the calories for a later meal, that we know is going to be high in calories. This is a bad idea. This can actually cause you to eat more. Just like you have heard since childhood, never skip breakfast. People who consume breakfast tend to eat fewer calories throughout the day. Make sure you are including high fiber foods. Fruits and Vegetables can be eaten in larger quantities to satisfy hunger, while being low in calories. 
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  • Students at Hoover Elementary join 4-H and Google in Computer Science Challenge
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:00 AM
    The 2018 4-H National Youth Science Day inspires kids to “Code Your World” in a four-part experience. Offered through the Montgomery County 4-H program, students in Coding Club at Hoover Elementary, joined more than 150,000 children across the country in leading the 11th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge throughout the last several weeks. This year’s challenge, Code Your World, teaches young people computer science skills through four engaging hands-on activities.
    Youth in Hoover’s Coding Club, learned various computational thinking concepts, as well as the language used by computers and coders. Computational thinking concepts that youth explored include decomposition, algorithm design, pattern recognition, and abstraction. They were able to bring their name to life by building a customized animation code, including music and sound. Youth also explored computer language and the specifics of writing detailed code. 
    Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, this hands-on experience includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform, as well as three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Code Your World is perfect for first-time and beginner coders, ages 8 to 14.
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