The (Wheeling) Intelligencer / News-Register [Written by WVU Extension Services professor Cheryl Kaczor]: During the month of February, we often think about hearts. We decorate with hearts, make desserts in the shape of hearts and celebrate a holiday that is all about the “heart.” But do we take care of our hearts? February is heart health month and a good time to take inventory of what we do to keep our hearts healthy!
Gilmer Free Press West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), in cooperation with West Virginia University Extension Service’s Small Farm Center, will conduct a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) workshop on February 25 at the Charleston Civic Center, prior to the start of the 2015 West Virginia Small Farm Conference.
The course will run from 9:00 AM 5:00 PM and the cost is $25.
GMPs are federal regulations that apply to all food processors, distributors and warehouses.
They are the basis for determining whether the practices, conditions and controls used to process, handle or store food products are safe and whether the conditions in the facility are sanitary.
Chloe Kania, 8, tries on a full-body harness at the state Capitol during WVU and WVU Extension Day. WVU Safety and Health Extension booth showed off their safety equipment. They are an Occupational Safety and Health Administration education center, one of 26 in the country. WVU President E. Gordon Gee is also pictured.
Fayette Tribune: “It’s a farmers market, and it sells things.”
This is the extent of the information that most farmers market vendors have when they begin selling at market, according to Larry Lower, a market manager with over 10 years’ experience at the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market. He is describing the lack of knowledge that most beginning vendors have when it comes to knowing what it takes to make a successful farmers market-based business work.
The State Journal: From playground tunnels made of bamboo to community gardens tended by children or veterans, a grassroots movement to grow healthier West Virginians is springing up across the state.
Last summer, teams of activists from 42 communities in 35 counties started little healthy lifestyle projects that are having big impacts on health, economic development and their neighbors’ mindsets.
Spurring their efforts is “Try This West Virginia,” a coalition of 20 partner organizations most of them statewide that aim to help knock West Virginia off the top of the worst health lists one community at a time.
Today’s world is one of convenience.
Just as 24-hour news stations and websites quench the thirst for information with the click of a remote and the tap of a mouse, fast food drive-ins and microwaved meals fill bellies within minutes and often for cheap.
Many families fall into the fast food trap because it is, in the short run, easier and cheaper, but although the price of a quick burger and a side of fries might be seem wallet-friendly, the toll a drive-thru diet can take on the health of adults and young children can be costly.
Gail Kinsey, health educator with the WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program’s Raleigh County Office, is working hard to reverse the convenience food trend, training limited-income parents of young children on how to prepare affordable, healthy foods at home.
Herald-Dispatch: The Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program sent 11 competitors to the West Virginia 4-H Air Rifle Competition in Braxton County on Jan. 31, according to 4-H Extension Agent Julie Tritz. Many of the Wayne County competitors played in the top 10 or top 5 in their age division out of nearly 130 competitors state wide.
Chase Smith had the overall top score in the Junior Division and Emily Hudson had the overall top score in the Senior Division.
The program is under the direction of Bruce Crockett, Gordon Fields, Lindon Smith, Tim Smith, and Gene Bell.
Montgomery Herald: Applications are being accepted for summer positions in a unique statewide program administered by the West Virginia University Extension Service and AmeriCorps that helps 3,000 West Virginia children maintain and improve their reading skills.
AmeriCorps is recruiting mentors and community coordinators for Energy Express, an award-winning, eight-week program offered in rural and low-income West Virginia communities.
The program is designed to provide learning opportunities and nutrition during the summer months, when children are most at risk for falling behind on reading levels a preventable loss known as the “summer slide.”
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