Families & Health
The Families & Health Unit with WVU Extension Service offers a wide array of resources and information for families. To learn more visit http://fh.ext.wvu.edu/ or click on any of the links.
Dining with Diabetes
The Wayne County Extension Office can provide the Dining with Diabetes program. This free program provides lots of great information, recipe samples, and tips for managing your diabetes. Please contact the Extension Office to learn about when this program will be offered.
In the day of trendy diets some, like the Mediterranean Diet, have roots and results that are tied to their region and heritage. In addition to regular physical activity, a diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products can help you stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of chronic disease. Typical eating habits in the Mediterranean tend to mimic this formula for good health. To learn more, download the Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet
The Health Motivator is an opportunity for people to track their physical activity and receive other great ideas for staying healthy by WVU Extension Agents. The program goal is to motivate CEOS members and others to take daily action to live healthier lives. For a printed copy of the Health Motivator materials please contact the Extension Office.
Reading with a Purpose
One of the aims of the West Virginia CEOS organization is to promote the Purposeful Reading Program, a program that will provide a greater appreciation of good literature, open up new fields of interest, and widen horizons. CEOS members may participate by reading books from the recommended list.
The Purposeful Reading List is full of great books to read – from West Virginia authors to fiction and non-fiction reads. For more information, please contact the Extension Office.
February is Heart Healthy Month
WVU Extension joins the Million Hearts national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. There are many known risk factors. You can control some risk factors, but not others. Risk factors you can control include:
- High blood cholesterol.
- High blood pressure.
- Diabetes and pre-diabetes.
- Overweight and obesity.
- Lack of physical activity
- Unhealthy diet
The risk factors you can’t control are age, gender, and family history of chronic health disease. Extra weight around your waist is a risk factor for heart disease. Take this easy challenge to know if you are at risk.
- Use a measuring tape or pre-cut string to measure your waist.
- Put the tape or string around your middle over your belly button.
- Be sure it is snug and even all the way around your body.
- Relax. Breathe out. Measure your waist.
- Does the tape or string meet in the middle?
If your waist is more than 35 inches (women) and 40 inches (men), you are at risk for heart disease. To mark the occasion that February is Heart Healthy Month, everyone is encouraged to wear red on Friday February 3, 2017.
Safety around Carbon Monoxide
Problems associated with carbon monoxide often show up early fall when furnaces and heaters are reactivated. To learn more, download Carbon Monoxide
The Venison 101 program provides participants a greater understanding and information pertaining to:
- field dressing and cutting up a deer,
- deer management,
- how to handle deer damage in gardens and yards and,
- proper canning and preservation of deer.
If you are interested in learning more or for information on the next offering of this program, contact the Extension Office.
Spanish Language ResourcesCarbohydrates and Sweetners
(Carbohidratos y edulcorntes)
On the Road to living well with Diabetes
(En el camino para vivir bien con la Diabetes)
Familias y Programs de salud Servicio de Extension WV