Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Yield: 12, 1/2 cup servings

Casserole Ingredients: 6 medium sweet potatoes • 1/4 cup maple syrup • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 2 eggs • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 3/4 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Topping Ingredients: 1/2 cup brown sugar • 1/2 cup ground rolled oats • 1 tablespoon maple syrup • 3 tablespoons melted butter • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place sweet potato cubes in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Cook over medium-high heat until tender. Drain and mash. In a large bowl, mix together mashed potatoes, maple syrup, brown sugar, eggs, salt, yogurt, vanilla and cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Pour into a 13-by-9 inch baking dish. Topping: In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and oats. Add in syrup, melted butter, salt and cinnamon; blend until mixture is coarse. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake 30 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned.

Nutritional Analysis: 190 calories, 7 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 20 g sugars, 4 g protein

Recipe from Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud. The Kentucky Proud Project is a cooperation between County Extension Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences and Dietetics and Human Nutrition Students at the University of Kentucky.

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Grandparent and Adult Grandchildren Relationships

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Grandparent and Adult Grandchildren Relationships Mutually Beneficial

One of the many benefits of living longer is grandparents get to see their grandchildren become adults. While scientists have conducted much research about the benefits and effects of positive relationships between grandparents and their young grandchildren, until recently little research had been conducted about the relationships between grandparents and adult grandchildren. Recent studies show that positive relationships between these two groups are mutually beneficial.

A study conducted by Boston College researchers showed that close emotional bonds between grandparents and their adult grandchildren is associated with fewer symptoms of depression in both generations. Researchers also found that grandparents who helped out their grandchildren and received assistance from their grandchildren had the fewest symptoms of depression. Grandparents who received support but could not reciprocate, had the most depressive symptoms.

Another study, led by a University of Texas researcher, looked at the frequency of grandparents offering support to their adult grandchildren. Researchers found that listening, emotional support, and companionship were the most common things grandparents gave to their adult grandchildren. The study also found that grandparents were a greater means of support to their grandchildren when the child’s parent was experiencing life problems or was unemployed. Grandparents listening, advice, and companionship with their adult grandchildren ran hand-in-hand with parents providing these same types of support to the child.

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As we age, it’s important not to forget the strong bonds that formed years ago as grandparents and young grandchildren. Everyone gets busy, but it’s important for us to take time to enjoy these relationships as much as possible. Whether over the phone or in person, continuing these relationships can be helpful to both generations in ways neither can imagine.

For more information on raising strong families, contact Chris Duncan, Family & Consumer Science Agent at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service, via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by David Weisenhorn, Senior Extension Specialist, and Amy Kostelic, Associate Extension Professor. Edited by Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension State Assistant.

Loneliness Affects Your Health

The Following Family & Consumer Sciences article printed in the October 26, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

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Socialization Affects Your Health

Just as we need food and water to survive, we also need meaningful social relationships and connections. We are wired for social contact, so going without it increases the risks to jeopardize our overall health, well-being, and quality of life. While it is okay to feel lonely and to be alone on occasion, chronic loneliness can cause serious health concerns. Researchers continue to demonstrate how important meaningful relationships with others are to our mental, emotional, and physical health.

If not addressed, loneliness can lead to social isolation, physical and mental decline, and depression. Recent studies have shown that social isolation can also lead to a number of negative health impacts including poor sleeping patterns, a disrupted immune system, poor nutrition, destruction of arteries, and high blood pressure. When the need for socialization is not met, it can also negatively affect learning, memory, and motivation.

Loneliness can occur at any age and can be a normal feeling — especially after a break-up, a move to a new location, loss of a loved one, or exclusion from a group. On the other hand, chronic loneliness (feeling lonely, isolated, or lacking in close connections for an extended period of time) can bring about discomfort and distress, including feeling sad, empty, isolated, distanced from others, deprived, and filled with longing. These feelings lead to many problems. Children and teens, for example, are more likely to adopt an outcast status, have problems in or drop out of school, or even become delinquent. Lonely adults are at greater risk of alcoholism and depression. Those living alone are at greater risk of suicide.

Loneliness is particularly prevalent among older adults. As we age, our social circle shrinks, which makes it more difficult to have meaningful interactions with others. According to a 2013 AARP study, the percentage of adults who say they are lonely has doubled from 20 percent in the 1980s to 40 percent today. About 30 percent of adults older than 65 live alone. That number jumps to 50 percent in adults over 85.

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If you are experiencing loneliness, you are not alone, and you don’t have to be as there are many ways to increase your social interactions. Consider the following tips:

  • Find a cause to be passionate about and donate your time. There are many community organizations in Oldham County in need of volunteers: Humane Society of Oldham County, Oldham County Red Cross, Crossroads Pregnancy Center, Dare to Care Food Bank, and many more. Not only will you get to interact with others, but you will also get satisfaction from giving back.
  • Don’t miss opportunities to interact with your family. Attend family events like reunions and weddings. If you have grandkids who live close, consider attending one of their extracurricular activities, such as a ballgame or a dance recital. The socialization will positively impact your health and also encourage the child to practice and try harder.
  • Take up a hobby. Find something you are passionate about or learn more about something you already enjoy. Consider joining a group that shares your interests, such as a writing group at the Oldham County Public Library or the knitters at Friends and Fiber in La Grange.

The Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service offers many opportunities for social interaction including Extension Homemaker clubs, Master Gardener programs, Master Clothing Volunteers, Master Cattleman, 4-H volunteer opportunities, and all kinds of classes on various subjects. Find out more about local extension events by contacting us via (502) 222-9453 or lauren.state@uky.edu. You can visit oldham.ca.uky.edu or facebook.com/OldhamCo to learn more about upcoming events.

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Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Amy Hosier, Associate Extension Professor for Family Life Education, and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Celebrate KY Homemakers Week

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article printed in the October 12, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

2017 KEHA Week

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Celebrate Extension Homemakers during KEHA Week

Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association Week is October 8 through 14, and the state’s more than 850 clubs are celebrating their accomplishments from the past year.

Extension Homemakers are firmly rooted in community service with more than 14,000 members contributing more than 300,000 volunteer hours for Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service-sponsored activities.

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KEHA members are huge supporters of higher education and youth. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the organization awarded more than $58,000 in college scholarships to deserving students and gave more than $14,000 in 4-H Camp scholarships. Extension Homemakers also volunteered more than 90,000 hours to support youth development activities across the state.

The organization supports several international causes including the Kentucky Academy in Ghana. During the past nine years, Extension Homemakers have helped the academy, which is a kindergarten based in Adjeikrom, Ghana, with various projects. These efforts include building upgrades, new furniture, and a new water well. Most recently, the group has raised money to fund the construction of a library in the village of Adjeikrom.

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Outreach efforts extend to local communities too. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Oldham County Extension Homemakers volunteered 20,866 hours to our community. Charitable projects included making lap blankets for the VA Hospital, sewing hats for cancer patients and premature babies, donating time and money to local food banks, and making and delivering holiday cards to nursing home residents. Oldham County Extension Homemakers also raise money for ovarian cancer research, Oldham County Community Scholarships, Oldham County 4-H Camp, Coins for Change, and WaterStep.

Joining Extension Homemakers is a great way to get involved with and give back to your community. If you are interested in learning more, contact the Oldham County Extension office via (502) 222-9453.

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Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Kim Henken, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships for the School of Human Environmental Sciences, and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Kentucky Burgoo Recipe

Jonathan’s Kentucky Burgoo

Servings: 8-12

This modern burgoo recipe comes from Lexington chef Jonathan Lundy and is very much in the spirit of the original dish, while taking into account modern tastes.

1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 cups diced onion • 1 cup diced celery • 1 cup peeled, diced carrots • 1/2 cup diced green peppers • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic • 1/4 cup teaspoon dried sage • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme • 12-ounce bottle of Kentucky ale or dark ale • 1/2 gallon brown beef stock • 2 cups braised bison brisket, diced • 2 cups roasted pork loin, diced • 2 cups roasted beef tenderloin, diced • 1/2 cup fresh roasted corn, cut off the cob • 1/2 cup frozen soybeans or lima beans • 1/4 cup chopped canned tomatoes • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, preheat the oil on high heat and sauté the onions, celery, carrots, and peppers for 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic and dried herbs. Sauté for 3-4 minutes more. Add Kentucky ale. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes to allow alcohol to cook off. Add remainder of ingredients and simmer for about 20 minutes before serving.

Can be made 2–3 days ahead of time and reheated.

Recipe from “Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon.”

Heart Disease in Men

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Heart Disease in Men

Adult Health Bulletin

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is a term used to describe a wide variety of heart conditions, the most common being coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease can cause a heart attack. Other heart diseases affect the valves in the heart or the ability of the heart to pump blood effectively. Men and women alike are at risk for heart disease, and in fact, it is the leading cause of death for both Kentucky men and women.

Heart Disease Facts About Men

  • The leading cause of death for men in the United States is heart disease. It is the cause for almost one out of four male deaths.
  • Half of men who die from heart disease did not have any previous symptoms.
  • Of all sudden cardiac events, 70 to 89 percent occur in men.

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Key Risk Factors for Heart Disease

  • High blood pressure (also known as hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Smoking

Other risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol

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According to the American Heart Association:

  • Among men age 20 and older, 33.4 percent of white males and 42.6 perfect of African American males have high blood pressure.
  • 41.3 percent of U.S. males over the age of 20 have a total cholesterol level over 200mg/dL.
  • 21.3 percent of males smoke cigarettes.
  • Approximately 72.9 percent of men age 20 and older are overweight or obese.
  • Of approximately 19.7 million Americans with diabetes, about 9.6 million are men (almost 49 percent).

Having a healthy heart is very important. How well are you taking care of yours?

Written by Nicole Peritore, Kentucky Extension Specialist for Family Health. Edited by Connee Wheeler, Senior Extension Specialist, and Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reference material from the American Heart Association.

OC 4-H Excels at 2017 KY State Shoot

Oldham County 4-H’ers Excel at State Shoot

The Kentucky 4-H State Shooting Sports Competition was held in Wilmore, KY on September 9 and 10. Fifty-three Oldham County 4-H’ers between the ages of nine and eighteen competed in .22 Pistol, .22 Rifle, Air Pistol, Archery, and Trap/Shotgun. Oldham County 4-H members won a total of forty-four trophies, four jackets, and three top scores.

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.22 PISTOL

3rd Place Individual (Age 12-14)
Kaitlyn Snyder

1st Place Team (Age 12-14)
Noah Anderson
Kaitlyn Snyder
Audra Spellman
Sydney Wells

1st Place Individual (Age 15-18)
John Clore

3rd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Shane Bickett

1st Place Team (Age 15-18)
Shane Bickett
John Clore
Dain MacDonald
John Wells

AIR PISTOL

1st Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Cameron Rice

3rd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
John Clore

1st Place Team (Age 15-18)
Shane Bickett
John Clore
Dain MacDonald
Cameron Rice

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ARCHERY

1st Place Barebow Individual (Age 9-11)
Izzy Perez

2nd Place Barebow Individual (Age 9-11)
Tyler Zahradnicek

3rd Place Barebow Team (Age 9-11)
Sawyer McLean
John Morales
Izzy Perez
Tyler Zahradnicek

3rd Place Barebow Team (Age 15-18)
Sarah Griffin
Brandon Howard
Max Renner
Spencer Wieland

RIFLE .22 Sport

3rd Place Team (Age 9-11)
Sam Magsig
John Morales
Neil Simonson
Laura Worth

3rd Place Individual (Age 12-14)
Cole Powell

1st Place Team (Age 12-14)
Sarah Grace Jackson
Cole Powell
Audra Spellman
Sophia Worth

1st Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Cameron Rice

2nd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
John Clore

3rd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Dalton Harjes

1st Place Team (Age 15-18)
John Clore
Dalton Harjes
Dain MacDonald
Cameron Rice

Congratulations to all State Shoot participants!

Educational programs of KY Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reviewed by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent.

Staying Positive Provides Health Benefits

Importance of Staying Positive

Adult Health Bulletin

Did you know there are actually health benefits to positive thinking? According to research, people have fewer physical complaints if they think positively and reflect on things they are grateful for at least once a week. Staying positive is an important part of mental health.

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Staying Positive

When you are positive, it does not mean that you should ignore challenges or tough times, rather positive thinking is trying to see the bright side as much as possible. It may take some time and practice to start thinking more positively. Try these tips for living a more positive life:

  • Write down dreams and goals. One way to stay positive is to write down your goals and dreams for the future. By writing them down, you are actually setting the groundwork for reaching your goal. Be detailed about what you want and how you think you can reach that dream or goal.
  • Say thank you. Being thankful and expressing gratitude is an important part of staying positive. You can do this in many ways, such as keeping a journal of things you are grateful for, writing a letter to someone who made a difference in your life, and making an effort to say “thank you” to all people who helped you throughout the week.
  • Avoid worrying. For some people, worrying is part of everyday life. Instead of worrying, try to find a way to solve the problem you are facing. You may also try to distract yourself from worrying if it is something beyond your control.

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  • Watch out for all-or-nothing thinking. Remember that if something does not go the way you think it should go, it does not mean that it will always be that way. That one time was that one time. Take steps to have a different outcome if it is something that you can control.
  • Slow down. Sometimes, when things are moving too fast, we get stressed. Lots of stress can lead to negative thinking. If you are feeling stressed — whether that is happening while talking, eating, or even rushing around to get something done — take the time slow down. Slowing down will allow you to think clearly about what you need to do.
  • Eat well and stay active. Did you know that eating unhealthy food and not being active can actually make you feel worse? On the other hand, eating healthy foods and staying active on a regular basis helps improve your mood and general health.

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It can be hard to develop healthy habits like staying positive. Try some of these different ways to stay positive and see how much better you will feel!

Written by Nicole Peritore, Kentucky Extension Specialist for Family Health. Edited by Connee Wheeler, Senior Extension Specialist, and Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Source material from Mental Health America.

Adult Health Screenings

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Health Screenings

Adult Health Bulletin

Every adult should get screened for illnesses when they visit their healthcare provider. Some screenings can be done right in the provider’s office. There are some screenings that need special equipment and may need to be done at a separate appointment.

General Screenings

  • Diabetes: This illness can cause many problems with your body including, but not limited to: heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. You should get screened if you have high blood pressure or take medicine for high blood pressure.
  • Hepatitis C Virus (Hep C): Hep C is an infection of the liver. You should get screened one time for Hep C if you were born between 1945 and 1965 or if you received a blood transfusion before 1992.

High Blood Cholesterol Screening

High blood cholesterol can lead to dangerous disease like heart disease or stroke. Have your blood cholesterol checked regularly with a blood if:

  • You use tobacco.
  • You are overweight or obese.
  • You have a history of heart disease or blocked arteries.
  • Your family has a history of heart disease.

High Blood Pressure Screening

High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure. Your blood pressure should be checked at least every two years.

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Lung Cancer Screening

You should talk to your healthcare provider about a lung cancer screening if you are between the ages of 55 and 80, smoke now, or have quit within the past 15 years.

Colon Cancer Screening

A person between the ages of 50 and 75 should get a colon cancer screening. This screening can be done in several ways, so talk to your healthcare provider about your options. If your family has a history, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider about getting screened before the age of 50.

Women Specific Screenings

  • Osteoporosis: This test is used to make sure you have strong bones. This screening can also be done in several different ways. Talk to your healthcare provider about getting this screening done.
  • Breast Cancer: A mammogram is the screening test used to detect breast cancer. Talk to your healthcare provider about scheduling a mammogram and how often it is needed.
  • Cervical Cancer: This screening is one that typically starts around the age of 21 and is continued until around the age of 65. Talk to your healthcare provider about the screening called a Pap smear. Your provider may also encourage you to be tested for human papillomavirus, also known as HPV.

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Screenings are important ways to make sure that you do not have an illness or disease without symptoms. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider to determine which screenings are needed for you.

Written by Nicole Peritore, Kentucky Extension Specialist for Family Health. Edited by Connee Wheeler, Senior Extension Specialist, and Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reference material from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Fall 2017 4-H Events

The following 4-H Youth Development calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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All activities are held at Oldham County Extension unless otherwise noted.

September 4-H Calendar

4 Office closed for Labor Day
5 4-H Club Leader Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
11 Teen Club, 6:00 p.m.
14 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.
16 Challenge Walk, Wendell Moore Park, 9:30 a.m.
16 District 3 Teen Council, Carroll County Extension, 10:00 a.m.
18 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
19 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.

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October 4-H Calendar

5 Leaders of the Pack, 6:30 p.m.
7 Oldham County Dog Show
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
12 District Board, 10:00 a.m.
12 4-H Council, 7:00 p.m.
13 4-H Reality Store, North Oldham High School
14 Teen Club, haunted house outing
16 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
30 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.

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November 4-H Calendar

9 Leaders of the Pack, 6:30 p.m.
14 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.
20 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
20 Teen Club, volunteering opportunity
21 4-H Awards Banquet, John Black Center
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving