Oldham County 4-H Dates to Remember

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

Fall Oldham County 4-H Dates

District 3 Teen Council Meeting

The District 3 Teen Council Meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 16, at the Carroll County Extension Office. Oldham County 4-H’ers age 14 to 19 are welcome to attend. 4-H members will have fun meeting other teens from the district and participate in a service opportunity.

4-H Awards Night

The 2017 4-H Awards Night is the evening of Tuesday, November 21, hosted by the Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club, at the John Black Community Center. Save the date!

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Nominations for 4-H Awards are due by October 16. Club leaders will receive more information about the awards in their club packets. 4-H Awards to be granted during the Awards Banquet will include the Ten Year, 100 Ribbon Club, 250 Ribbon Club, Achievement, Horse Level Books, Club Secretary Book, and the Community Service awards.

The applications for the Oldham County Outstanding 4-H Member Award for junior and senior members are available online.

Shooting Sports Coaches Certification

Are you interested in becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports coach? Plan on attending the certification workshop at the Kentucky Leadership Center in Jabez, Kentucky! Designed to familiarize coaches with National Shooting Sports materials, covered topics include the role of shooting sports in 4-H, productive club meetings, teaching resources, how to teach safety, and information on state competition. A workshop will be held for 4-H coaches seeking their first 4-H Certification on October 6 through 8 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Education Center. For more information about the workshop, please contact the extension office before September 8.

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Be The Next Emerald Award Winner

The Achievement Program provides the opportunity to receive scholarships to Teen Conference, 4-H Congress, and even college. You can get started in the Achievement Program in sixth grade and continue throughout the rest of your 4-H career. Call today to schedule an individual or club work session to start your Achievement Application. Now is the time get started, Oldham County 4-H!

Learn more about the Achievement Program on our website. All Achievement applications are due to the extension office by October 16.

4-H Club Leader Meeting

Club enrollment packets will be provided to all Oldham County 4-H club leaders at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, at the extension office. If you are a club leader, please plan on attending this extremely important meeting to receive your club enrollment materials. Every club needs to have a representative. If you cannot attend, please send a volunteer from your club. Please do not use enrollments forms used in the past. All enrollment forms for new and returning members are due to the extension office by November 1.

Kentucky Volunteer Forum

The 2018 Kentucky Volunteer Forum will be held February 9 through 11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington. The theme of the event will be “Rolling Out the Green Carpet for Volunteers.” Contact Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu for information on workshops and registration.

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Registration is due to the extension office by December 1. Nominations for awards to be presented at the forum are due by October 1. Further information will be included in the leader packets at the club leader meeting on September 5.

Written by Amy Logsdon, Oldham County 4-H Assistant; and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

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How to Join an Oldham County 4-H Club

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

Oldham County 4-H Clubs

Oldham County 4-H offers a variety of clubs that explore different project areas. Joining a club is a great way to learn new skills and make friends with others who share your interests. If you are interested in joining one of our current clubs, please contact the leader about joining. Most of our clubs meet once a month.

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Ballardsville High Riders 4-H Horse Club
Leader: Jean Jenkins
Contact: Jean via (502) 241-4134

Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
Leader: Kim Minor
Contact: Kim via minor_ks@bellsouth.net
First Meeting: September 14 at the Oldham County Extension Office, 6:30 p.m.

Cloverbud 4-H Club
Leaders: Sherry DeCuir and Karen Horton
Contact: Sherry via pharmgirlshe@aol.com

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Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
Leaders: Kim Carter and Annette Kennedy
Contact: Annette via annettekennedy@bellsouth.net
First Meeting: September 18 at the Oldham County Extension Office, 6:30 p.m.

Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
Leaders: Michael Boice and Kelly Woods
Contact: Michael via (502) 222-9453 or michael.boice@uky.edu

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Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
Leaders: Cindy Guenther and Jackie Olds
Contact: Cindy via woodedfarm@aol.com, or Jackie via knobvalley@yahoo.com
First Meeting: October 5 at the Oldham County Extension Office, 6:30 p.m.

Teen Club of Oldham County
Contact: Kelly Woods via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu
First Meeting: September 11 at the Oldham County Extension Office, 6:00 p.m.

Written by Amy Logsdon, Oldham County 4-H Assistant; and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Tips for Healthier Tailgating

The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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Healthier Tailgating

Football season is here! Across the state, many Kentuckians will mark the season by getting out their tastiest tailgating recipes and firing up the grill. Unfortunately, some tailgating favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, and potato chips can cause you to pack on the pounds while cheering for your team. Consider the tips below to help you make healthier choices this season.

  • Include vegetables in the game plan. Cut them up and serve them with a low-fat dip or hummus. You can also grill them and serve as a side to your main course.
  • Grill leaner meats like ground turkey, pork or chicken breasts for main courses.
  • Choose water whenever possible. Alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages contain a lot of calories and won’t quench your thirst on those hot weekends that are typical of late summer and early fall.
  • Substitute fresh salsa and either pita bread or baked chips for nachos and cheese. Below is a Plate It Up recipe for a healthier salsa option.
  • Use lean beef or ground turkey to make chili.
  • Serve a fruit-based dessert like fruit kabobs or fruit salad.

More healthy recipes and ideas that use local ingredients are available through Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud, a partnership of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky Department of Agriculture. They are available online or by contacting the Oldham County Extension office.

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Cucumber, Corn and Bean Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 large cucumbers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh whole kernel corn, cooked
  • 1 ounce package dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/8 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, optional

Yield: Makes 20, ½-cup servings

Directions: Wash all vegetables. Finely chop cucumbers, tomatoes, pepper, and onion. Combine in a large mixing bowl with chopped cilantro. Drain and rinse beans and add to chopped vegetables. Add corn. If using canned corn instead of fresh, drain off liquid prior to adding to vegetables. In a small bowl, mix together ranch dressing packet, vinegar, and sugar. Pour dressing over vegetables and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until chilled.

Nutritional Analysis: 50 calories, 0 g fat, 130 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 70% Daily Value of Vitamin C, 6% Daily Value of Vitamin A

Written by Janet Mullins, University of Kentucky Extension Professor. Edited by Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Invitation from the OC Homemakers

The following Family & Consumer Science articles printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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Autumn Colors Craft Show

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, stop by the Autumn Colors Craft Show at the LaGrange Community Center. Visit artisans, shop for holiday gifts, enjoy local culinary arts, and support homemaker activities in Oldham County.

Come Sew With Us

Master Clothing Volunteer Angela Morris has prepared a new and exciting schedule for this year’s sewing classes. Come Sew With Us between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. on the following Mondays:

  • “Pillow Cases & More” on September 25
  • “Just Stuff It” on October 23
  • “Holiday Ideas” on November 13

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Keep watch for supply lists on our website: oldham.ca.uky.edu/sewing. To sign up for the fall series of sewing classes, contact the extension office via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu.

2017 Holiday Showcase

Join us on memory lane for An Old Fashioned Holiday, when life was simpler, and toys and decorations were handmade. Reminisce with us your childhood memories and the stories our grandparents told. Enjoy the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen: cinnamon, cookies, pies, and cakes baking, cider simmering on the stove, and the scent of cedar and pine cone decorations. We will also make a toy to take home.

An Old Fashioned Holiday takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, at the Oldham County Extension Office.

Homemaker Lessons

Shelby County FCS Agent Shelia Fawbush presents Dealing Creatively With Conflict at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28. Not always negative, conflict can help keep organizations growing and also provide personal growth opportunities. Successful conflict resolution relies on understanding how to utilize the correct conflict response in each situation as well as removing barriers.

At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, Valerie Holland, Jefferson County FCS Agent, introduces Today’s Toaster Oven, a popular household appliance since the 50’s. Gain insights on purchase, use, and care. Review the advantages and challenges, and take home recipes.

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Written by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Science Agent; and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

2017 Fair Results

The following 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources, and Family & Consumer Science articles printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

4-H Fair Results

Congratulations 4-H Fair Winners

4-H members entered 290 projects in the 2017 Oldham County Fair, demonstrating many talents and lots of hard work. We would like to congratulate the following participants whose 58 projects advanced to the State Fair:

Maggie Anderson Kora Birchmier Katherine Carter
+* Sarah Griffin Emily Harris Rachel Harris
* Ryan Hawkins * Beth Huffman +* Ethan Jasinski
Katelynn Jasinski * Lindsay Jasinski Zach Jasinski
* Bailey Johnson +* Riely Johnson Keirstin Kennedy
* Kendall Kennedy * Molly Logsdon * Carrie Olds
* Ella Olds Hannah Santos

Congratulations to the 4-H members who received one or more blue ribbons (denoted by asterisk *) for their awesome work at the Kentucky State Fair. Special congratulations to the Oldham County 4-H’ers whose projects were selected State Fair Class Champion (marked with plus +) in their categories.

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Ag Fair Results

Thank You, County Fair Exhibitors

Thank you to everyone who brought entries to the 2017 Oldham County Fair! The Agriculture Department had a record-setting 157 vegetable and crop entries this year.

The following individuals received blue ribbons in the Youth Division:

Thomas Blackburn Melody Hardin Sarah Hardin
Emma Lane Lauren Potts Porter Salisbury
Casey Smith

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The following Oldham Countians earned one or more blue ribbons in the Adult Division:

Alice Ashlock Buck Ashlock Bob Fishback
Ashley Haselton Christy Husband LeAnne Smith

Sarah Hardin was this year’s Youth Division Champion. Bob Fishback was the Adult Division Champion for the second year in a row. Bob Fishback’s herbs won Best in Show in the Adult Division. Lauren Potts’s pumpkin won Best of Show in the Youth Division.

Congratulations to all Agriculture Department exhibitors!

FCS Fair Results

Successful Oldham County Fair Home & Family Arts Exhibit

With great weather, excellent volunteers, and increased entries and participation, the 2017 Oldham County Fair was a grand success. Plan now to enter your culinary, artistic, and/or handwork creations next year!

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Written by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Science Agent; Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent; Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant; and Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent.

Oldham County Sunflowers

The following Horticulture article printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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Sunflowers

This year a large field of sunflowers located next to a busy road attracted a lot of attention. Large plantings of sunflowers are not new to Oldham County but most are not as visible. Often considered one of the prettiest crops, sunflowers provide a colorful display, especially when the plants cover several acres. The show lasts roughly 21 to 25 days, so you will have a limited time to get that perfect picture. Note that the flowers face east towards the sunrise, making mornings a good time for taking photos.

In some areas, large sunflower crops are harvested like corn with a specially designed harvester. The seeds’ many uses include oil, food and snack products, animal feed, and of course bird seed. If you grow your own sunflowers, the seed can be harvested by hand. Remove the seed from the flower head by pushing the seed to the side. It should fall right out.

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Written by Michael Boice, Oldham County Horticulture Assistant. Edited by Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Fall Oldham County Agriculture News

The following Agriculture articles printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Weed Identification Contest

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Congratulations to Barbara Rosenman, winner of last issue’s weed identification contest. Barbara correctly identified Horseweed, also known as Marestail (Conyza canadensis).

Youth Ag Incentives Program

The Youth Ag Incentives Program is a new cost-share opportunity, offered through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund in partnership with the Oldham County Agriculture Development Council. This cost-share program was designed to benefit Oldham County youth actively engaged in agriculture.

Applicants are required to be enrolled in elementary, middle, or high school, and may also include home school students. Applicants must be at least age nine as of January 1, 2017.

We anticipate that applications for this cost-share program will be available by mid-September. Contact our office via (502) 222-9453 or traci.missun@uky.edu for more information and program guidelines.

Hail Damage to Grain Crops

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An August 1st hail storm caused varying degrees of damage to corn, soybeans, and hemp on a farm near Goshen. Some fields sustained heavier damage, with nearly all leaves stripped from plants. Hail also damaged stems, stalks, pods, and ears. Bruising and kernel rupture on corn ears also produced rot inside the shucks, observed above.

We are monitoring these fields through the rest of the growing season to see the full extent of the damage.

Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. Edited by Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

2017 Oldham County Fair Winners

The following article printed in the August 17, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

4-H Fair Winners

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the 4-H department:

Maggie Anderson Tyler Bickert Kora Birchmeier
Addison Blake Katherine Carter Riley Dant
Blake Fogle AJ Furnish Sarah Griffin
Emily Harris Rachel Harris Ryan Hawkins
Benny Hernandez Beth Huffman Ethan Jasinski
Katelynn Jasinski Lindsay Jasinski Zachary Jasinski
Bailey Johnson Riely Johnson Sean Johnson
Keirsten Kennedy Kendall Kennedy Molly Logsdon
Jasmine McCaslin Maria Murphy Carrie Olds
Ella Olds Jaylynn Oldson Hannah Santos
Manuel Solis Trent Schmitt Ayden Speth
Sarah Spradlin Ty Westerman April York

The following Oldham County 4-H’ers were division champions and will proceed to the Kentucky State Fair:

Maggie Anderson Kora Birchmeier Katherine Carter
Sarah Griffin Rachel Harris Ryan Hawkins
Beth Huffman Ethan Jasinski Katelynn Jasinski
Lindsay Jasinski Zachary Jasinski Riely Johnson
Keirsten Kennedy Kendall Kennedy Molly Logsdon
Carrie Olds Hannah Santos

Agriculture Fair Winners

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Youth Division of the Agriculture Department:

Thomas Blackburn Melody Hardin Sarah Hardin
Emma Lane Lauren Potts Porter Salisbury
Casey Smith

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Adult Division of the Agriculture Department:

Alice Ashlock Buck Ashlock Bob Fishback
Ashley Haselton Christy Husband LeAnne Smith

In the Agriculture Department, Sarah Hardin was the Youth Division Champion, and Bob Fishback was the Adult Division Champion for the second year in a row. Bob Fishback’s herbs won Best in Show in the Adult Division. Lauren Potts’s pumpkin won Best of Show: Youth.

Floral Fair Winners

The following individuals received one or more blue ribbons in the Youth Division of the Floral Department:

Kaylee Blackburn Sarah Griffin Sarah Hardin
Ashley Potts Lauren Potts Paisley Salisbury

The following individuals received one or more blue ribbons in the Adult Division of the Floral Department:

Susan Lancaster LeAnne Smith

HOME & FAMILY ARTS Fair Winners

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Junior Division of the Home & Family Arts Department:

Mary Elizabeth Broecker Weslee Bodenheimer Wyatt Bodenheimer
Ethan Jasinski Katelynn Jasinski Lindsay Jasinski
Zachary Jasinski Lucy Pike Lucy Ray

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Open Division of the Home & Family Arts Department:

Sarah Bulgrin Lucille Cash Kathy Cursh-Gray
Todd Driskell Patti Hardesty Becky Mings
Tara Paine LeAnne Smith Lauren State
Russell Thomas, Sr. Candy Thompson Diane Weis

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Senior Division of the Home & Family Arts Department:

Mary Bramblett Jo Anne Crouch Joanne Ferguson
Kathy Cursh-Gray Harvey Gilley Linda Jensen
Susan Lancaster Barb Lynch Ronnie Meier
Michael Slaughter Sharon Stotler Candy Thompson
Diane Weis

In the Home & Family Arts Department, Ronnie Meier won Best of Show Quilt, an award sponsored by the Oldham County Log Cabin Quilters, for the third year in a row. Mary Elizabeth Broecker is the Junior Division Champion with eight ribbons and $28 in premiums. With seven blue ribbons, Becky Mings is the Open Division Champion. Susan Lancaster is the Senior Division Champion with 26 entries and $140 premium money.

PHOTOGRAPHY Fair Winners

The following individuals received one or more blue ribbons in the Junior Division of the Photography Department:

Grace Baker Mary Elizabeth Broecker Ethan Jasinski
Katelynn Jasinski Lindsay Jasinski Zachary Jasinski
Lauren Potts

The following individuals received one or more blue ribbons in the Adult Division of the Photography Department:

Toni Hoehle Susan Lancaster Hannah Ray
Cheryl Satterly Angela Thomas

Written by Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

2017 Kentucky Wood Expo

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The Kentucky Wood Expo will take place on September 15 and 16 in Lexington at Masterson Station Park. Open to the public, attendees will enjoy a wide variety of activities, demonstrations, and educational events. University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Extension is partnering with the Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) to put on several educational programs including: Small Scale Logging Demonstration, Your Backyard Woods, and the ever-popular Critter Tent including a new mammal display with skulls and skins of native Kentucky animals. In addition, Wood Expo attendees will once again have a chance to make and take home their own cutting boards. Other planned activities include live Country and Bluegrass Music, Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations, and a competition between local police and fire departments in forestry related events.

There are also several other contests that the public can participate in and a wide variety of crafts, food, and fun for the entire family. Make sure to come out to the Kentucky Wood Expo to cheer on the UK Forestry student team as they compete in the Collegiate Lumberjack Competition against seven other universities! Mark your calendars now and plan to join us at the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo! Learn more by visiting here.

Events include:

  • Forestry Equipment Sales & Demonstrations
  • Lumberjack Competitions & Entertainment
  • Chainsaw Carving Demonstration & Auction
  • Crafts
  • Wood Expo Tickets

    General admission to the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo will be $7.00 at the gate. Advance tickets are available for $5.00. Tickets are $5.00 for kids ages six to twelve. Kids under age six can enter free of charge. Parking is free.

    For further information, contact the KFIA Office via (502) 695-3979 or michele@kfia.org.

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    Wood Expo Competitors

    KFIA is looking for chainsaw carvers to participate in the Chainsaw Carving Competition in exchange for submitting a large carving completed during KY Wood Expo hours. Carvers will be provided wood and an outside space for carving during the show. One- to eight-foot white pine log will be supplied for the auction piece. First and second place prize money is available. The winner will be determined by the carving with the highest bid.

    Wood Expo Exhibitors

    Exhibit at the 2017 KY Wood Expo! KFIA is currently taking reservations to exhibit at the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo, held September 15 and 16 at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The Kentucky Forest Industries Association, Inc. will accommodate each exhibitor to the best of their ability while ensuring a successful show for all involved.

    For further information, contact the KFIA Office via (502) 695-3979 or michele@kfia.org.

    Tips for Getting (and Staying) Healthy

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    Create & Keep a New Healthy Habit

    Adult Health Bulletin

    Habits can be good or they can be not-so-good. Have you ever tried to change one of your not-so-good habits, only to go back to your usual routine? It can be hard to keep up the motivation for a change in behavior.

    Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are trying to create and keep a new, healthy habit.

    Building Healthy Habits Tips #1

    It does not have to be “all or nothing.” Many times when we start to change a behavior, we tend to think that we need to be perfect 100 percent, with no slip-ups. Staying motivated at that pace is hard, especially if you are trying to change too many things at once. Instead, start small. If you want to start walking, find a time for just 10 minutes and build up to 30 minutes. If you want to start eating healthier, choose one meal a day to start. Pack a healthy lunch from home instead of getting lunch from a fast food place.

    Just remember that you do not have to do everything all at once.

    Building Healthy Habits Tips #2

    Be creative. It can be hard to find the time to make healthy habits. If you get creative, you may be able to get a little “extra” accomplished. Instead of looking for the best parking spot, park in the back of the lot and walk, or take the stairs rather than the elevator. If focusing on making healthy food choices, pack your favorite fruit as a treat for that midday slump, or add green vegetables to a smoothie. These little boosts will help you reach your goal.

    Building Healthy Habits Tips #3

    Be patient with yourself. Creating and sticking with a new health habit is hard. And remember that it can take time to see results when making a change. You could write down your actions and keep track of successes and areas for improvement. Don’t forget to celebrate the successes that you have. Small successes can add up to big changes!

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    Changing habits is very difficult. When trying to create and keep a new health habit, think about starting small to achieve your goals, be creative in changing your habits, and be patient with yourself as you strive to develop a healthier lifestyle.

    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 the Mayo Clinic.