January 30, 2015
Vol. 1 Issue 2

In This Issue
Chuckie Hessong, Wildcat Extension Agent
Family & Child Development 

Winter is here and keeping children bundled up and warm is a big job, but remember: as a general rule, winter coats should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. Here is a simple way to check if your child's coat is too big to wear under their harness: ...complete article
Be "Wallet Wise" When Dining Out
Martha Murphy, Wildcat Extension Agent
Foods & Nutrition for Limited Resource Families

Many people in the U.S. eat out frequently. In fact, Americans spend about half of their food dollars on foods prepared away from home. Here are ways to lower your family's costs when dining out: ...complete article
We Still Need Volunteers!
The Extension Master Food Volunteer Program allows people with interests in food, cooking, and nutrition to take their expertise to a higher level while developing new avenues for helping in the community.
Please contact one of the Wildcat Extension District offices for more information about this rewarding opportunity!

Farm to School Networking and Training Workshop 
The Farm to School initiative is an effort to connect K-12 schools with regional or local farms in order to serve healthy meals using local foods.

The agenda for this workshop will feature outstanding learning and networking opportunities including:
  • Get to Know Your Farmers and School Food Service
  • Food Safety
  • Chef Demonstrations
  • Apply GAPs
  • Procurement of Local Foods
  • Nutrition Education
  • Networking and Developing Supply Chain Relationships

Friday, February 20, 2015

9 am - 3:30 pm


Greenbush Education Service Center

947 W Hwy 47

Girard, KS 66743 

Pre-registration is required to attend this free workshop.


Registration Form  


Farm to School Website  

2015 Southeast Kansas Farmer's Market Regional Workshop - Chanute

This regional workshop is geared toward current and prospective farmers' market vendors.

Workshops are a great way to find out more information about marketing tips for your business, an update on any applicable regulations and an opportunity to get your questions answered.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
9 am - 3 pm

Neosho County Community College Sanders Hall
800 W 14th Street
Chanute, KS 66720

Registration Website

SE KS Farmers' Market
Workshop Website

Radon Exposure in homes and other indoor environments is the leading cause of lung cancer death for non-smokers in the United States, and the second overall cause of lung cancer death behind tobacco smoking.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that approximately 1 in 4 homes in Kansas will test at or above the EPA's radon action level of 4.0 picocuries of radon per liter of indoor air (pCi/L). The US Surgeon General and the Kansas Radon Program recommends all homes in Kansas be tested for radon gas.

Radon test kits are available for purchase from the Wildcat Extension District offices for just $5. This fee includes the laboratory analysis fee and return postage.

For more information, contact one of our Wildcat District Extension offices, or call the Kansas Radon Hotline toll-free at
(800) 693-5343.
You can also visit

Kansas Radon Action Month
Information Sheet

2015 FCS Lessons
Several educational lessons are scheduled in
February and March. The public is invited to attend!

February 24th 
10 am - Age Sense:  The Care-Giving Journey
11:15 am - Garden to Plate:  Food Safety for School and Community Gardens

March 24th 10 am - Action Plan for Managing Obesity
11:15 am - Shopping Safe at Farmers' Markets

Each lessons is presented by K-State Research and Extension Agents.

Parsons Municipal Building - basement
112 S 17th Street
Parsons, Kansas

In case of inclement weather, lessons will be rescheduled to Thursday of the same week. 
Board Leadership Series Planned for February and March
Kylie Ludwig, Wildcat Extension Agent
Family Resource Management & Community Development 

Designed to provide basic training for members of community-based boards, a series of Board Leadership workshops will be conducted by K-State Research and Extension at the Altamont Extension Office. ...complete article

Walk Kansas is Coming!!!
Walk Kansas is a team-based program that will help you and others lead a healthier life. Join this program to:
  • be more active with friends and family
  • make better nutrition choices
  • walk away your stress

For more information about Walk Kansas, contact one of our Extension Offices! 

Master Food
Volunteer Training
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
February 17th - March 11th
9 am - 4 pm
Farm to School Workshop
February 20th
9 am - 3:30 pm
Greenbush Education
Service Center
Regional Farmers' Market Vendor Workshop
February 21st
9 am - 3 pm
Chanute, KS
FCS Lessons

February 24th
10 am - noon
Parsons Municipal Building
Board Leadership Series
February 25th & 26th
March 4th & 5th
6 pm - 8 pm
Altamont Extension Office
Walk Kansas Kick-Off
March 15th
FCS Lessons
March 31st
10 am - noon
Parsons Municipal Building
112 S 17th Street
Parsons, KS

Meet Our Agents

Barbara Ames
Nutrition, Health & Food Safety
Phone: 620-231-2690

Chuckie Hessong
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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