Farm & Ranch
Yard & Garden
 4-H & Youth
Kristal Draper,
County Agent 

Contact Information:

1415 Smith St.
Malvern, AR 72104

M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Facebook page: UAEX Hot Spring County-Family & Consumer Science/4-H

EHC News and Dates 
Thoughts from the County Agent:
     S pring has finally arrived and it is beautiful. I hope this newsletter finds you doing   well. I hope you are getting outside to enjoy the sunlight and nice weather. May is national mental health month. There are many ways to help keep you healthy but taking care of our mental health is important.
    Here in Hot Spring County we  have  
a new walking trail behind the hospital. You can take a walk on the walking trail, spend time hiking or bicycling. Connecting with nature is a great way to get some physical activity and it will help clear your mind.    
     Spending time away from technology is another way to have better mental health. Tec hnology  can be a great tool or resource but we all need to take a break away from it when we can. Instead of being on face book or another social media site on your day off from work. Go visit with a friend/friends in person or volunteer your time with a community project. Spend time with your family may also help. 
     Mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical heath. To learn more visit the website at 
     This is the Spring edition of the FCS Newsletter. This newsletter goes out quarterly but if you need or would like information sooner please contact me at the office and let me know. I hope you all find the information in this newsletter informative and helpful. If there is something specific you would like me to share or address in the newsletters please let me know. Have a wonderful day
Extension Homemaker News 
May is Extension Homemaker month! 

If you would like more information about joining a club or starting a new club please contact Kristal at the Extension office.
EHC Mission: Empower individuals and families to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development and community service.
FCS Programs 
We have two locations available! 

Donaldson - Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:30 am 
 Malvern -  Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm  

I f you are interested in joining one of these groups please contact me and I will get you connected with a group!
Mediterranean Cooking School Held

The first Mediterranean hands-on cooking class was held on April 16th at the Hot Spring County 4-H Center. All the participates had a lot of fun learning how to make many Eastern Mediterranean dishes. The dishes all tasted yummy! 

They left with new recipes, copies of all the recipes created plus a few more and a few goodies as well. It was a lot of fun and they are looking forward to the next one where they will be learning about Western Mediterranean Cooking.

Please contact me at the office if you would like to learn more about this program or sign up for the next one.
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program 
held during April-May

We just finished our first Chronic Pain Self-Management classes on May 9th. This is a 6 session program which meets once a week.  The sessions address: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; 3) appropriate use of medications; 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; 5) nutrition; 6) pacing activity and rest; and; 7) how to evaluate new treatments. 

The participates learned many tools to help them cope with the pain  they live with on a daily bases. If you would like to learn more ab out this program please contact me at the office. 

Beco me an  E xtension  Wellness  Ambassad or

Are you interested in health, nutrition, and being active? The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is now taking applications for the new Extension Wellness Ambassador Program. The first of its kind offered in the state, this program will teach participants simple strategies to improve their own health and the health of their family, friends, and neighbors. The training is conducted by Cooperative Extension Service professionals, health professionals, and other specialists in their field and includes topics such as: 
    • Healthy eating and weight management
    • Avoiding portion distortion
    • Strength training
    • Exercise to improve balance and flexibility
    • Preventing and managing chronic disease
    • Health behavior change strategies that stick
    • Understanding personality types
    • And other special topics!
Ambassador trainees will receive 40 hours of training in health and wellness, and in return, they will agree to give back 40 hours of service in support of healthy living programs. 
If you are interested please contact me for training dates and details.
FCS 4-H Contest

Farm Bureau/4-H Dairy Foods Contest 
was held on March 29th

Main Dish Winners pictured (Left to Right) Magan Allen, FB Women's Committee, Jayden M., Jeffrey H., and Altanta N.
Party Idea Winners pictured (Left to Right) Magan Allen, FB Women's Committee, Jeffrey H., Hannah R., and Atlanta N.

District Poultry BBQ Contest Participates 
held on May 3

 We are very proud all the kids who made it to district and congratulations  to the two 4-Hers, Jeffrey H. & Abby L.,  
who are advancing to the State Poultry BBQ Contest which is held in June.  
Monthly Recipe
Apple Banana Salad with Peanuts
Enjoy a fresh, flavorful change of pace with a surprising mix of lettuce, apples, and bananas, topped with a paprika dressing. This is a quick, easy meal for a busy day.
Prep time:  15 minutes
Makes:  4 Servings


5 cups lettuce mix
2 ripe bananas
2 1/2 medium apples, sliced (14 oz. of sliced apples)
3/4 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts

For the Dressing:

1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons fat-reduced mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons paprika

1. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
2. Slice bananas.
3. In a large salad bowl, toss mixed greens, banana and apple slices, peanuts, and dressing.


Serving Suggestions: Serve with 8 oz non-fat milk and one slice of rustic whole-grain bread

Tips on how to select and store bananas:
  • Choose bananas that are slightly green on the stem and tip. They should be firm, without bruises.
  • Store unripe bananas at room temperature. Store ripe bananas in refrigerator for up to two weeks; peel may turn black
Source:  Produce for Better Health Foundation
Nutrition Information
Calories 330
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 90 mg
Total Carbohydrate 42 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Total Sugars 26 g
Added Sugars included 4 g
Protein 10 g
Vitamin D 0 mg
Calcium 99 mg
Iron 2 mg
Potassium 810 mg

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