Posted by: Patricia Hysong | April 17, 2014

Demo Days Expo in Cheyenne

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Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources’ (WATR) Demo Days Expo in Cheyenne is almost here!

Learn about and experience assistive technology devices through hands-on demonstrations from WATR’s loan library.

Come and explore as long as you like, and bring a friend or two.

Demo Days Expo is targeted at alternative access for studying, learning, communicating, and more.

No preregistration. This event is free!

Date: Thursday, May 1
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Laramie County Library
               2200 Pioneer Avenue
               Cottonwood Room (1st floor/gallery area)
               Cheyenne, Wyoming

 

Please pass this invitation on to interested parties.

To view the flier visit: http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/_files/docs/wac_links/Cheyenne_2014_flier.pdf.

Visit WATR for more information.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

 

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | April 3, 2014

Reception with Ashlee Lundvall, Ms. Wheelchair USA 2013

There will be a reception with Ashlee on Friday, April 4th from 2-3 upstairs in the Wyoming Union just prior to her presentation at the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice. Hope to see you there!

For more information see our prior post.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 28, 2014

Ms. Wheelchair USA 2013 to Visit UW

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Wyoming AgrAbility is honored to team up with Abilities and the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice to bring Ms. Wheelchair USA 2013 to UW.

Ashlee Lundvall is a wife and mother from Cody, Wyoming and an advocate for celebrating accomplishments of women with disabilities. She serves as the secretary for the Wyoming Disabled Hunters Organization Board of Directors, is an hunter, and enlightens and inspires people at speaking engagements around the country. This journey began for her in 1999 while attending a camp in Wyoming. Early one morning while out doing chores, she fell from a hay rack, landing on the handle of a pitchfork and shattering the T-12 vertebrea and smashing her spinal cord. Through recovery and acceptence, Ashlee has come out the otherside of this experience with a positive, meaningful outlook toward life and all the comes with it, good or bad.

She will be speaking Friday, April 4th on Making the ADA Work for You as part of her Crown & Camo Tour. Plan on joinining us to welcome her to the University of Wyoming campus.

For more information visit Ashlee’s blog Crown & Camo.

To listen to Ashlee’s talk online, click this link: Shepard Symposium and select the Live (Online) link at the bottom of the page.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 25, 2014

It’s Here…National Ag Day!

National Ag Day 2014

Where would we be without farmers and ranchers in the United States?

Up the creek, starving. That’s where.

United States ranchers and farmers play a huge role in feeding not just Americans, but the entire world.

Since 1973, the Agriculture Council of America has promoted National Ag Day as a way to increase awareness of agriculture’s important role in sustaining our society.

Here are some fun trivia about the food we eat:

  • The average American eats about 68 quarts of popcorn each year!
  • Eating about 20 tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain.
  • Since the early 1900s, Americans have increased their lettuce consumption to nearly 30 pounds per person per year.
  • The bright orange color of carrots tells us they are an excellent source of Vitamin A which is important for good eyesight, especially at night.
  • Michigan and New Jersey produce 66% of all the blueberries in the United States, followed by North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.
  • Occasionally, a hen will produce double-yolked eggs and rare but not unusual, a young hen can produce an egg with no yolk at all.
  • Asparagus is a member of the Lily family.
  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  • In the winter, apple trees need to “rest” for about 900-1,000 hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in order to flower and fruit properly.

For more fun facts, visit the Fun Facts page of the National Ag Day site.

Some information was adapted from Agriculture Council of America.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 20, 2014

First Day of Spring-March 20th

Although as I write this today, it is snowing like the dickens outside…

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in no time at all we will be enjoying the wonderful flora and fauna that the spring snows provide.

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The moisture content of the snow that’s falling is a welcome feature of late winter snows in Wyoming. It has been such a dry decade overall that I can’t help but be grateful for what the snow means in the long run. I do wish the wind would see fit to stop, though!

HAPPY SPRING!

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 14, 2014

Celebrate Disability in March-WIND Events

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This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 10, 2014

National Kidney Month

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Let’s talk Kidneys…not the bean, the organ.

Most people are born with two, but thankfully, if need be, you can live with only one. Many can and do live full, healthy lives with only one kidney.  That’s a great thing…to know you can, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Rather, doing everything possible to keep both kidneys and by extension, yourself healthy, is vital.

Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. More than 26 million Americans have kidney disease and most don’t know it until something drastic happens. 1 in 3 Americans are at risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure, good old genetics; having a family history of the disease, and being over the age of 60. Over 95,000 people are waiting for kidney transplants and more than 590,000 currently suffer from kidney failure in the United States.

Proper kidney function is essential to maintaining overall good health. Several ways this is done include:

  • acting as a filter for blood by removing 200 liters of waste each day
  • helping to control salt, potassium and acid content in the body
  • promoting strong bones by producing an active form of vitamin D
  • regulating blood pressure by releasing hormones
  • controlling red blood cell production
  • regulating fluid levels in the body

Improper kidney function can lead to:

  • heart disease
  • nerve damage
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke
  • weak bones
  • anemia
  • kidney failure

Symptoms to look for:

  • swelling of the ankles, feet, face, hands and belly
  • puffiness of the eyes
  • increased thirst
  • blood in urine or foamy urine
  • painful urination
  • fatigue

Two ways to test your kidney function:

  • Urine
  • Blood

Taking care of your kidneys can go along way to taking good care of your overall health. Next time you are at the doctor, discuss good kidney health and any concerns you may have. Of course, if you are showing symptoms, don’t wait until your next physical examination. If you are at risk, take care of it sooner, rather than later!

Enjoy your good health.

For more information, consult the National Kidney Foundation website.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 8, 2014

Time to Change Your Clocks

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Daylight Savings Time in the United States begins March 9, 2014 at 2:00am. Set your clocks ahead 1 hour before going to bed on Saturday, March 8th.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 7, 2014

365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed

March 25, 2014 is National Ag Day. Celebrate and promote all that the hard working farmers and ranchers of the United States do for you and for the planet.

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For more information, visit agday.org.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | February 28, 2014

AgrAbility National Training Workshop Keynote Speaker

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Josh Bleill will be the keynote speaker at the AgrAbility National Training Workshop banquet on April 2, 2014 in Lexington, KY. The Community Spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts is a double amputee due to wounds sustained while serving as a US Marine in Iraq in 2006. He has chronicaled his journey from enlistment and active duty in the United States Marine Corps, through the injury and rehab to his current position with the Indianapolis Colts in his book  “One Step at a Time: A Young Marine’s Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL.” As a disabled war vereten, he said “Now I appreciate every little thing, every little day you have here.” The evening should be filled with hope, inspiration, and practical advice for everyone but especially those dealing with a disability, from one who has been through it.

For more information about the conference, visit: AgrAbility National Training Workshop

To learn more about AgrAbility nationwide, visit: National AgrAbility Project

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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