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Nashville, Ark. – March has been designated as “Living Well Month” to encourage all
Americans to improve their health and well-being by taking advantage of the educational
opportunities offered by the local Cooperative Extension Services.
An initiative of the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences
(NEAFCS), Living Well Month was developed to increase awareness of educational opportunities
and resources designed to help individuals, families and educators improve the quality
of their lives, become competent consumers and build healthier communities.
Many people may be familiar with the services provided by Extension agents for agriculture
or the 4-H program, but are unaware of the mission of the Extension Family and Consumer
Sciences (FCS) program. The Living Well campaign works to educate people about programs
and opportunities available to all people in Howard County.
Recent FCS programs in Howard County include The Best Care program to provide verified
training for child care providers, personal finance workshops, ReShape Yourself –
A Healthy Weight Loss Program, hands-on cooking programs and Get Fit, an exercise
training program. An upcoming program of interest to some people might be a Diabetic
Workshop designed to help those with diabetes or who care for someone with diabetes
manage the disease. Several programs offered by Extension are ongoing.
In addition to the community and youth programs conducted by Jean Ince as County Extension
Agent - FCS, she serves as advisor to Howard County Extension Homemakers, a group
of 50 volunteers who focus on community service, education and leadership.
Extension Homemakers are a vital component in FCS programming. They often serve as
facilitators for FCS projects and spread the mission of Extension Family and Consumer
Sciences throughout the region. Their focus is on education, leadership and community
Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics) programming is driven by the
needs of each county. County FCS agents utilize local residents in advisory committees
to identify specific needs that can be addressed through educational programs.
Healthy families are the cornerstone of healthy communities. Family and Consumer Sciences
put non-biased, research- based information to work in people’s lives, helping families
find answers for living well, raising kids, eating right, and spending smart.
The Cooperative Extension Service was created by the Smith-Lever Act signed by President
Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. For over 100 years the underlying philosophy of the
Extension Service has to help people help themselves by taking the university to the
people: by providing adults and youth the necessary skills and knowledge to help them
achieved the best quality of life possible.
All Extension programs including Extension Homemakers activities are open to all persons
without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national
origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program
information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) may also freely participate. They should,
however, notify the County Extension Office as soon as possible prior to the activity
so that accommodations can be made.
For more information about Family and Consumer Sciences programs offered in Howard
County, contact Jean A. Ince at the Howard County Extension office, 421 N. Main St.,
Nashville, AR. Interested persons may call 870-845-7517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recipe of the Week
You may want to serve this as a side dish for Easter dinner. This recipe
is great for anyone, especially diabetics.
2 pounds asparagus
2 Tablespoons light butter
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Steam asparagus, covered, 5 minutes;
drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; stir in lemon juice and salt.
Add asparagus and cook just until heated; transfer to a platter. Drizzle with sauce;
sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories 53, Protein -3.4g, Carbohydrates – 5.6
g, Fat – 2 g., Sodium – 122 mg., Fiber-2.5 g.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need
materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other
appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.