Enriching Lives
March 12, 2016
Making the Most of Your Tax Return
Kylie Ludwig
Community Vitality & Financial Management Agent 

Are you getting a tax refund this year? How are you going to spend the money? The following article give you four great ideas to spend wisely this year. 
Walk Kansas Promotes Health and Well-being
Barbara Ames
Nutrition, Health & Food Safety Agent

Did you know that chronic disease, including obesity, is responsible for more than 70% of health care costs in Kansas?  Did you know that making healthy lifestyle choices like those practiced in K-State's Walk Kansas Health Initiative can help protect against chronic diseases?   Read on to find out how Walk Kansas can benefit you and your friends and family!   ...Complete Article   Audio
You're Invited!

Dining With Diabetes
Tuesdays starting March 29
Independence, KS
April 26 - Parsons, KS
April 29 - Pittsburg, KS

 Strength Training Program for Older Adults
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 5 - May 26
Girard, KS
New this year is that you can register and pay, if you choose, all on-line.
Team captains go to  www.walkkansas.org and click on "My Walk Kansas". If your team registers online, the team captain must first go on and enter all team member names and email addresses.  The system will automatically send an invitation to other team members asking them to register online. They will be able to click on the link and set up their own account as a team member. Participants can even log their exercise time and fruit and vegetable intake on-line. Directions for the on-line registration can be found by  clicking here.
Paper registration packets are also available at the Wildcat District Extension offices.  More information can be found on our website at
Featured Recipe
Pepper Steak Stir Fry
This simple,  "Pepper Steak Stir-Fry" is a tasty step toward making half your plate fruits and vegetables.  Serve it over brown rice to increase fiber and other nutrients.   ...Complete Recipe
College Scholarship Opportunities
Faye E. Miller Vice Memorial Scholarship
Application forms are now available for the Faye E. Miller Vice Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund. The purpose of this scholarship is to perpetuate the memory of Fay E. Miller Vice, Labette County Extension Home Economist and Kansas State University faculty member from 1947 to 1978, and to commemorate her distinctive and dedicated service to the youth and citizens of Labette County.

The recipient of the $300 scholarship must be a student entering or presently attending Kansas State University who is a resident of Labette County. The applicant must show evidence of academic promise and a justified need. In all other respects, the scholarship shall be general in nature and awarded without restrictions concerning curriculum, sex, race or creed.

Selection of the recipient will be made in the spring semester of each year prior to May 1. Deadline for applications is March 31.

Kansas Association for Family & Community Education Scholarship
Another scholarship opportunity is also available through the Kansas Association for Family & Community Education. A $500 scholarship is awarded to anyone presently attending or planning to attend a two or four year Kansas college or university majoring in the field of Human Ecology. The deadline for the KAFCE Scholarship is May 1.

KAFCE Scholarship Application -
PDF  Word

Applications may also be picked up at the Extension office in Altamont.
If you have any questions, call the extension office at 620-784-5337.
K-State Newsletters

Preserve it Fresh, Preserve it Safe
This newsletter is a bi-monthly publication of K-State Research and Extension and University of Missouri Extension to provide information on safe food preservation.

 March/April 2016 Newsletter
Nourishing the Next Generation 
This newsletter is a bi-monthly publication of K-State Research and Extension designed for grandmothers and grandfathers who care for a child (or children) of any age: infants through teens. Others who may be interested include other family members, many child care providers, neighbors and friends.

You Asked It!
This is a monthly newsletter published by K-State Research and Extension's Rapid Response Center with news articles based on questions received, current food safety issues, or information based on the time of the year.

Calendar of Events

2016 FCS Lessons

March 22, 2016

Starting at 10:00 am
Southeast Area K-State Research and Extension Facility
400 Hwy and 32nd (Ness)
Parsons, KS 67357

Dining With Diabetes
Tuesdays starting
March 29
USDA Service Center
410 Peter Pan
Independence, KS
Walk Kansas April 3 - May 28
Stay Strong,Stay Healthy
April 5 - May 26
Girard Office
120 E. Buffalo St.
Girard, KS 66743

Growing Herbs for Flavor and Fragrance

April 26
Southeast Area K-State Research and Extension Facility
400 Hwy and 32nd (Ness)
Parsons, KS 67357

Aging with Attitude

April 29
First Church of the Nazarene
816 E. Quincy
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Urban Wildlife Control
May 6
Parsons City Arboretum
2004 Briggs Ave.
Parsons, KS 67357
Meet the Agents

Barbara Ames

Nutrition, Health & Food Safety
Phone: 620-331-2690

Family & Child Development
Phone: 620-724-8233

Kylie Ludwig
Family Resource Management & Community Development
Phone: 620-784-5337

Martha Murphy
Foods & Nutrition for
Limited Resource Families
Phone: 620-232-1930

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