Living Well In The Panhandle

Have a Wonderful Summer in the Water

Have a Wonderful Summer in the Water With the recent official start of Summer water related activities are in full swing. When you and your loved ones are around the water it is important to know the basic safety and survival skills. Water-safety survival skills: floating or treading water for one minute without a flotation …

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Picnics: A Great Change of Pace Outdoors and Indoors

A picnic is a pleasure excursion for all ages, a delightful expedition away from the normal day. Whether at a park, at the beach, right outside under a tree, on the porch, or on the living room floor, picnics are a great way to slow down and enjoy. Try some of these ideas for a …

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Helping Young Children Understand the Meaning of Math

Simple sorting games teach pre-math skills to young children. Children are born curious and are constantly learning about the world around them.  Children learn basic math skills through daily activities and interaction.  They practice basic math skills as they notice differences between things, how events happen the same way every time, and how they can make …

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Summer Camp is Almost Here: Preparation Tips for Campers (and Parents!)

Summer camp teaches children independence and leadership skills. Summer is here and summer camp is on the horizon. Maybe this is your child’s first time to an overnight camp or they are “old pros” at this thing called camp. Many parents and children will have camp anxieties, but here are some things you can do …

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KIDS DON’T FLOAT: Swimming Pool Safety

Going to the beach or pool is a popular summer activity but did you know a child can drown in as little as one inch of water?  Drowning is usually quick and silent.  A child will lose consciousness two minutes after submersion, with irreversible brain damage occurring should the child survive.  According to the Consumer …

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Simple Ideas for Fun in the Sun

“School’s out!” Time to head outdoors to play. In their Physical Activity Guidelines, the Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.health.gov, recommends at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day for overall better health. No worries, though. You don’t have to do it all at once and what you and your …

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Quench Your Thirst to Beat the Heat

“Whew, I’m thirsty!” As temperatures rise, you may be saying that more frequently and for good reason.  Better than one-half of our body weight is water and we lose water daily in sweat, urine, and feces.  Water converts food into energy, regulates our body temperature, protects and cushions vital organs, and promotes regular bowel movements.  …

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Be Prepared. Be Ready. Stay Safe: National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014

May 25 – 31, 2014 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This week is a good time to prepare your family, property, and pets for severe weather situations. The dangers of a hurricane are numerous:  heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and in our coastal areas, high tide and rip currents. UF/IFAS Extension has information to …

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Nutrition Program Encourages Healthy, Budget-Friendly Family Meals

Parents and guardians across America work hard everyday to put food in the mouths of their families.  We all have to make choices in the foods we eat and provide for our children.  This process of planning, shopping, and preparing healthy meals is challenging, but especially for those that have limited income and resources.  These …

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Preserving Food: It is Not Like In Grandma’s Day

Low-Acid Canning requires a Pressure Canner Submitted by Shelley Swenson/Les Harrison Home canning has changed greatly in the 170 years since it was introduced as a way to preserve food. Grandma may have cooked her green beans and poured them into hot jars but open kettle canning is not recommended today.   Scientists have found ways …

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