Do you ever notice that some people have more time than others do? We all have 24 hours in a day but we differ in how we manage our time. Learning basic time management skills can become an invaluable asset and will allow you to accomplish your goals and perform daily tasks.
February is American Heart Month. It’s a time set aside to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in the United States.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a day designated for couples. Some couples may be just starting out while others have spent many years together. What is the key to keeping a relationship alive and well for many years?
Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common due to the rising rates of obesity. Making smart food choices can improve the management of diabetes and lead to a longer, healthier life.
Strong family relationships lead to a better quality of life for each family member. Having positive relationships enhances the family’s overall health, safety, and support; and provides a nurturing environment in which the family can grow.
The cold, snowy days of winter can make it a challenge to exercise and keep active. But it is possible if you make it a priority. Daily exercise has many physical and psychological benefits including lowering the risk of stroke and heart disease, lowering high blood pressure, keeping bones strong, reducing the risk for diabetes, helping control diabetes, improving symptoms of depression, reducing pain associated with arthritis, and reducing the risk of falls. So don’t wait until the spring thaw to get active and be healthier!
We’ve heard a lot about the many benefits of Vitamin D. It plays an important role in the absorption of calcium which builds strong bones. It also lowers the risk of certain types of cancers such as colorectal, prostate and breast; and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease; type 1 diabetes, and autoimmune diseases.
In today’s tough economy, it’s a good idea to set a savings goal. As Dr. Jeanette Tucker, Louisiana State University AgCenter family economist says, “Saving provides a financial ‘backstop’ for life’s uncertainties and increases feelings of security and peace of mind.”No one wants the stress of living from paycheck to paycheck and knowing that they have no savings to fall back on.
If you made New Year’s resolutions, set yourself up for success to achieve your goals. So many times, we fail to keep our resolutions. In fact, according to Lou Mueller, Utah State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, a research study in which 1000 people participated showed that 98 percent did not keep their resolutions.
The Pennsylvania Produce is a guide to quality produce grown in PA. This publication lists suggestions for shopping at a Farmers' Market, food safety, a harvest calendar. It also lists most vegetables and fruits, usage, selection, what to avoid, and storage. Available from your local Penn State Extension office.
Brown marmorated stinkbug (BMSB) adults are actively feeding in apple orchards. Even blocks with already harvested fruit seem to be serving as locations to harbor migrating BMSB adults. Just before the BMSB adults will start invading all kinds of dwellings in their search for overwintering shelters, they will try to feed on any food available. And with fruit still being around, our orchards may represent the best source of available nutrients. At this moment big numbers of older BMSB nymphs (4th and 5th instar) and adults are present on soybean and corn plants as well as wild ornamental trees in the vicinity of many orchards. As we go into fall, we expect that the movement of BMSB adults and pre-overwintering intensive feeding by BMSB adults from outside hosts into orchards will become the main source of injuries of fruit. While the nymphal feeding in most orchards was effectively reduced by well-timed insecticide treatments, the feeding by continuously wandering BMSB adults is more difficult to control. With about 4 to 5 more weeks of the current growing season to go, it is extremely important that growers continue to stay vigilant and respond immediately when the pressure from incoming BMSB adults starts to increase. Although it varies for each cultivar, right now is the time for the use of the most effective options, with the shortest pre-harvest interval (PHI). Not every orchard will need special BMSB treatments but very detailed visual observations are necessary to assess the real need for these treatments. The August issue of the Fruit Times Newsletter (http://extension.psu.edu/fruit-times/news/2011/pressure-from-stink-bugs-continues-in-apple-orchards) provides suggestions for a late season stink bug control.
This last in a two-part series explains what role compressor stations and underground storage play in gas development.
Care must be taken when handling fruits and vegetables after being submerged in flood waters. Read more
Significant wind damage to corn fields seen in central and southeastern Pennsylvania from recent hurricanes
You might be interested to know how the Wayne County tobacco treatment program can work for you. It’s easy! Once you decide it’s time to quit, call Penn State Extension at (570) 253-5970 Ext 411 in Wayne County or (570) 296-3400 in Pike County. Either number will put you in touch with the tobacco treatment counselor.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health agencies to investigate a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis. At least 15 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported in Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. State and local public health officials have interviewed most of the patients and discovered that the majority of them consumed whole cantaloupes, most likely marketed from the Rocky Ford growing region of Colorado.
Europe, a leading proponent of biomass through massive mandates has reported that they over estimated the greenhouse gas emission reductions from biofuels.
Recipes for Chocolate Angel Food Cake and Strawberry Whip
These are some examples of quantities of fruits and vegetables that count as one serving.
The Master Gardner program was established to assist Extension in reaching the consumer horticulture audience. The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening. In return, participants dedicate volunteer time to teaching horticultural information based on university research and recommendations.