Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Hidalgo County

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Cleaning, Disinfecting, SanitizingSource: U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlusOkay, we know we need to be disi...
10/16/2020
Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing: MedlinePlus

Cleaning, Disinfecting, Sanitizing
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus

Okay, we know we need to be disinfecting to prevent the spread of infections, but what should be disinfected?

Answer: Surfaces/objects that are touched often
• Phones
• Doorknobs/handles
• Light switches
• Remotes
Learn more with our new topic page: https://bit.ly/2F5m2Qs & check out @FCC How to Sanitize Your Phone & Other Devices: https://bit.ly/3ibKVYg

To avoid becoming infected by germs from surfaces and objects, it is important to wash your hands often. It’s also important to regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects. Learn the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing.

Be Prepared for Flu SeasonSource: USA.govFall is here and so is the start of flu season. Influenza activity often begins...
10/15/2020
Prevent Seasonal Flu

Be Prepared for Flu Season
Source: USA.gov
Fall is here and so is the start of flu season. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Every flu season is different and can affect people differently, but don’t let it knock you down and out! One way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated. Get the facts on the flu vaccine and take steps to protect yourself and others from seasonal flu.
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Fall is here and so is the start of flu season. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Every flu season is different and can affect people differently, but don’t let it knock you down and out! One way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated. Get the facts on the flu vaccine a...

14 Inside Rainy-Day Activities for KidsSource: WebMDMove to Your Imagination...Offer up a few ideas for creative ways to...
10/14/2020
Slideshow: 14 Inside Rainy-Day Activities for Kids

14 Inside Rainy-Day Activities for Kids
Source: WebMD

Move to Your Imagination...

Offer up a few ideas for creative ways to move, and then let your kids' imaginations run free. Compete in family indoor Olympic events with items around your house; gather a hula hoop group; follow the bouncing ball...

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Keep kids moving with these kids games when they can’t play outside. WebMD shows you that kids don’t need to be outside to have family fun and get fit.

Eating and StressSource: Iowa State University Extension and OutreachI’m so stressed! I need chocolate!With many of us e...
10/13/2020
Eating and Stress

Eating and Stress
Source: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

I’m so stressed! I need chocolate!

With many of us experiencing higher levels of stress the past few months, you may have noticed that your eating habits have changed. I know at my house, we have had more chips and ice cream in the house than we normally do.

Stress can cause both a loss of appetite and also overeating....

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I’m so stressed! I need chocolate! Last week we started our series on stress and discussed in general how stress affects the body. Today, the focus is how stress affects eating habits. With ma…

Are you in a snack rut?Source: Mayo Clinic Health SystemBy mid-morning, are you looking for a doughnut to go with anothe...
10/12/2020
Consumer Health: Are you in a snack rut?

Are you in a snack rut?
Source: Mayo Clinic Health System

By mid-morning, are you looking for a doughnut to go with another cup of coffee? By 3 p.m., are you grabbing chips or a candy bar to tide you over until supper? You may be in a snack rut. And these may not be your healthiest choices.

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By midmorning, are you looking for a doughnut to go with another cup of coffee? By 3 p.m., are you [...]

Meet the Apple FamilySource: American Heart AssociationWe’ve all heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”...
09/25/2020
Meet the Apple Family

Meet the Apple Family
Source: American Heart Association

We’ve all heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” – and for good reason. With only about 80 calories in a small apple, they also contain healthy nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals. When it comes to cooking, apples have many uses – a delicious addition to both sweet and savory recipes. What's your favorite type of apple and/or apple recipe? #Apples #Fall #Autumn #healthyrecipes

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We’ve all heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” &ndash.

Resources to Support Health & Physical Activity at HomeSource: Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreat...
09/24/2020
COVID-19 HPE At Home Resources

Resources to Support Health & Physical Activity at Home
Source: Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
Just like you, we are trying to keep our kids healthy and active ... These activities require limited space and supervision, and are organized into three sections: Physical Activities, Activity Breaks, and Family Health and Nutrition.
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For those of you wondering how best to keep your schools, workplaces and homes safe, refer to this practical and informative guide from the CDC.

09/23/2020
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Creating A Healthy Eating Pattern
Source: American College of Sports Medicine

As a part of an active lifestyle, it is important to consider incorporating a healthy eating pattern. Adequate physical activity, proper nutrition, and mind-body awareness is the combination to a balanced wellness regimen. Read on to learn more about how you can incorporate a healthy eating pattern into your lifestyle.

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Family Dinners in a FlashSource: Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsIf you don't have time to whip up a homemade meal, yo...
09/22/2020
Family Dinners in a Flash

Family Dinners in a Flash
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

If you don't have time to whip up a homemade meal, you still can enjoy all the benefits of a nutritious family dinner. Here are four speedy meals you can prepare without breaking a sweat.

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Make time to eat with your family using the following tips from registered dietitian nutritionists — the food and nutrition experts.

Lose Weight, Feel GreatSource: SmokeFree.govA healthy weight can be a different number for different people. Your age, h...
09/21/2020
Lose Weight, Feel Great | Smokefree

Lose Weight, Feel Great
Source: SmokeFree.gov

A healthy weight can be a different number for different people. Your age, height, body frame, gender, and other factors are considered in deciding what your ideal weight is.

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A healthy weight can be a different number for different people. Set reachable goals and celebrate your successes.

TX A&M Agrilife in Cameron County
09/08/2020

TX A&M Agrilife in Cameron County

UPCOMING: Sept. 22 Beef Cattle Production Webinar via Zoom. A free program with 2 TDA CEU's to be offered!
To Register: bit.ly/BeefCattleWebinar
For any questions or concerns, please contact the Cameron County Extension Office at (956) 361-8236.

How to Eat Healthy When You Have No TimeSource: Johns Hopkins UniversityYou start with the best intentions: You bookmark...
09/04/2020
How to Eat Healthy When You Have No Time

How to Eat Healthy When You Have No Time
Source: Johns Hopkins University

You start with the best intentions: You bookmark healthy recipes, pick up kale and quinoa at the grocery store and buy a pressure cooker. But then something happens. You get slammed with a huge work project, you find yourself taking care of sick kids (or parents), or you spend all day running errands. Whatever the reason, life often leaves us no time (or energy!) to prepare meals.

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Eating out doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health. Learn how to make smart choices at restaurants, fast-food joints and at home.

How Sleep Habits Affect Healthy WeightSource: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics If you think your child gets enough sle...
09/03/2020
How Sleep Habits Affects Healthy Weight

How Sleep Habits Affect Healthy Weight
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

If you think your child gets enough sleep, you could be wrong. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most kids sleep less than their parents realize. Emerging research suggests that sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise are to your child's health...

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Scientists aren't sure why, but too little sleep is linked with both packing on extra pounds and developing type 2 diabetes.

Online Health Information: Is It Reliable?Source: U.S. Library of Medicine, MedlinePlusMany people seek health informati...
09/02/2020
Online Health Information: Is It Reliable?

Online Health Information: Is It Reliable?
Source: U.S. Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus

Many people seek health information from the internet, but not every online source is reliable. Learn how to identify accurate health information:

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How can I find reliable health information on the Internet? Use this checklist to test whether the health advice you find online is trustworthy.

Vary Your VeggiesSource: United States Department of Agriculture, MyPlateDecorate your plate. Slice up fresh vegetables....
09/01/2020
TIPS: Vary Your Veggies | ChooseMyPlate

Vary Your Veggies
Source: United States Department of Agriculture, MyPlate

Decorate your plate. Slice up fresh vegetables. They make a beautiful garnish and add flavor and color to any meal.

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The .gov means it’s official. Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar.

Need a healthy lunch idea for you & your kidsSource: Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsGrilled chicken salad on whole-gr...
08/31/2020
Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

Need a healthy lunch idea for you & your kids
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Grilled chicken salad on whole-grain bread makes a nutritious, filling lunch to pack or eat at home.
Or try a Sweet Potato Quesadilla.

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Your child may take a sandwich for lunch, but lunch meat can be loaded with sodium and nitrites — try this homemade grilled chicken salad instead.

Join us for a 12-week online program to learn about making adjustments to have a healthy lifestyle. Step Up Scale Down i...
08/26/2020

Join us for a 12-week online program to learn about making adjustments to have a healthy lifestyle. Step Up Scale Down is a great way to learn how to eat right, incorporate physical activity, and be a healthier you! Register now at AgriLifeLearn.tamu.edu

Join us for a 12-week online program to learn about making adjustments to have a healthy lifestyle. Step Up Scale Down is a great way to learn how to eat right, incorporate physical activity, and be a healthier you! Register now at AgriLifeLearn.tamu.edu

Register now for our Step Up Scale Down online course. Join us virtually to learn more information on changes to set up a healthy lifestyle related to nutrition and physical activity. You’ll receive recipes, tips on setting and meeting goals, continuing motivation, and healthy ways to change your lifestyle. Register now at AgriLifeLearn.tamu.edu

How to register:
1. Register for the Healthy South Texas here
2. Click on the Enroll Now button
3. Enter SUSD-HST in the voucher box (this will reduce the course cost to $0.00).
4. Click Proceed
5. If you’ve previously enrolled in a course on AgriLife Learn – login using your credentials. Otherwise, click Register under Are you A New Learner?
6. If you are a new learner, fill out the information needed to create an account. Once completed, click Register.
7. After you are logged in, click Proceed
8. Once you have completed checkout, a link will be provided for course access. The course will also be listed under My Account in the My Courses section for access at a later time.

08/14/2020
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Should I take a multivitamin?
Source: MedlinePlus; National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Medicines

Most people can get all the vitamins/minerals they need from a healthy diet. However, those who don’t get enough vitamins/minerals from food, or who have certain medical conditions, might benefit from taking a multivitamin:

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If you are wearing a cloth face covering and feel yourself overheating or having trouble breathing...Source: Centers for...
08/13/2020
Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness | Natural Disasters and Severe Weather | CDC

If you are wearing a cloth face covering and feel yourself overheating or having trouble breathing...
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you are wearing a cloth face covering and feel yourself overheating or having trouble breathing, put at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others and remove the face covering. More safety tips:

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Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

When is a temperature a fever?Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlusNormal body temperature is anywhere ...
08/12/2020
Body temperature norms: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

When is a temperature a fever?
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus

Normal body temperature is anywhere from 97°F to 99°F.

It's when a temperature reaches over 100.4°F, you have a fever. Fever most often is caused by an infection or illness:

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Normal body temperature varies by person, age, activity, and time of day. The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6°F (37°C). Some studies have shown that the "normal" body temperature

How to stretch your food dollarsSource: Morning Ag Clips, Jennifer Dorsett - Texas Farm BureauGroceries sure are adding ...
08/11/2020
How to stretch your food dollars

How to stretch your food dollars
Source: Morning Ag Clips, Jennifer Dorsett - Texas Farm Bureau

Groceries sure are adding up these days.What’s a hungry shopper to do? Be creative with our food dollars! Here are a few tips to help stretch your food dollar:

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WACO, Texas -- Groceries sure are adding up these days. In April, grocery prices rose 2.6 percent and increased another 1 percent in May. All...

No Time for Exercise? Here Are 7 Easy Ways to Move More!Source: American Heart AssociationToo busy to add more exercise ...
08/10/2020
No Time for Exercise? Here Are 7 Easy Ways to Move More!

No Time for Exercise? Here Are 7 Easy Ways to Move More!
Source: American Heart Association

Too busy to add more exercise to your schedule? When you can’t seem to make time for a full workout, try these no-sweat ways to simply move more.

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Too busy to add more exercise to your schedule? When you can&rsquo.

Don't forget to register by August 11, 2020 for our upcoming CEU training that will take place on August 13, 2020.  The ...
08/06/2020

Don't forget to register by August 11, 2020 for our upcoming CEU training that will take place on August 13, 2020. The training will begin at 9 a.m. You will have the opportunity to earn 2-hours of CEU's in Integrated Pest Management.

Don't forget to register by August 11, 2020 for our upcoming CEU training that will take place on August 13, 2020.  The ...
08/06/2020

Don't forget to register by August 11, 2020 for our upcoming CEU training that will take place on August 13, 2020. The training will begin at 9 a.m. You will have the opportunity to earn 2-hours of CEU's in Integrated Pest Management.

Dear Beef Producer,I wanted to make you aware of the 66th Annual Texas A&M Virtual Beef Cattle Short Course that will ta...
07/28/2020

Dear Beef Producer,
I wanted to make you aware of the 66th Annual Texas A&M Virtual Beef Cattle Short Course that will take place from August 3rd-5th, 2020. I have personally attended the BCSC in the past and can tell you that this event is the most educational meeting involving beef cattle that I have ever attended. I would highly recommend this event to you. The Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course has established itself as the focal point for the state’s annual beef cattle education and training. The 2019 Short Course attracted over 2,300 participants to College Station. This year the event has been transformed into a virtual conference due to the current Covid-19 situation and the response from ranchers has been great with over 1,100 already registered to attend. The Texas A&M Virtual Beef Cattle Short Course is the most diversified technical beef cattle training program provided at the state level and we hope you can attend the program. Registration, Short Course schedule, press releases and additional information can be accessed through the BCSC website: https://beefcattleshortcourse.com/
We hope to see you at the Texas A&M Virtual Beef Cattle Short Course!
Sincerely,
Vidal H. Saenz
County Extension Agent-Ag & Natural Resources
Hidalgo County
(956) 383-1026 (Office)
(956) 802-6589 (Cell)
(956) 383-1735 (Fax)
E-mail: [email protected]
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We have only one week until the first ever virtual Beef Cattle Short Course! Regular registration is still open at https://bit.ly/3ffNurk

5 Simple Heart-Healthy Energy BoostersSource: American Heart AssociationWant more energy? Who doesn’t? We’d all like to ...
07/17/2020
5 Simple Heart-Healthy Energy Boosters

5 Simple Heart-Healthy Energy Boosters
Source: American Heart Association

Want more energy? Who doesn’t? We’d all like to be able to do more and feel better doing it. Fast-fix energy drinks aren’t the answer, despite what TV ads tell you. The key to boosting energy is making healthy, lasting lifestyle changes. Here’s a quick rundown on ways to keep from feeling run down:

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Five simple ways to boost your energy levels. Want more energy? Who doesn’t? We&rsquo.

Nutrition for Older AdultsSource: MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of MedicineEating healthy is important at any age b...
07/16/2020
Nutrition for Older Adults: MedlinePlus

Nutrition for Older Adults
Source: MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine

Eating healthy is important at any age but, as you get older your nutritional needs may change. Nutrients are the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates you get from food. Eat foods that are high in nutrients and avoid empty calories. If you are having trouble eating healthy talk with your health care provider.

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Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers. Read more.

When to Seek Emergency CareSource: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Never avoid emergency rooms or wait to see...
07/15/2020
When to Seek Emergency Care

When to Seek Emergency Care
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Never avoid emergency rooms or wait to see a doctor if you feel your symptoms are truly serious.

Know the signs and symptoms of a medical emergency for which you should always seek treatment immediately.

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Everyone should know the signs and symptoms of a medical emergency and the importance of seeking treatment immediately.

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