Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 23, 2015

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed every year on the last Monday in May.

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Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while in the military service. It is traditional to fly the American flag at half mast. Many people visit national cemeteries where volunteers will place the American flag on each grave. Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. The holiday was extended by the 20th century to include all American soldiers. Memorial Day is formally known as Decoration Day. This day is not to be confused with Veteran’s Day which celebrates the service of all United States military veterans.

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 | May 20, 2015

$30 Million Available From USDA

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The United States Department of Agriculture is making $30 million available to food producers, ranchers, and farmers to develop new product lines though funding from the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. The Value-Added Producer Grant program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program. Applications from independent producers, agricultural producer groups, cooperative framers or ranchers and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures will be accepted through July 2, 2015 for electronic entries and July 7, 2015 for paper applications.

For more information visit the USDA and Farmers Hotline websites.

You may also contact your local office for assistance.

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 | May 10, 2015

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month-May

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

Being active throughout your life leads to improved muscular fitness and good bone and heart health in children and adolescents, lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer in adults and in older adults can lower risk of falls and improve cognitive function. Those are just a few of the benefits. Other benefits can include better health overall, stress relief, weight loss or maintenance, living longer, increased social interactions, increased flexibility, and being happier in general.

Being active is different for everyone. For some it’s an all or nothing workout that they have been doing for years. For others it could be an hour per day a couple of days a week at the gym, walking or running daily or several times a week. Others still may spend their active time playing with the kids or grandkids at the park, riding bikes or just getting out of the house for a walk once in a while. Of course, generally speaking, the more you do the better it is for your health, but any movement is better than none. Gardening, housework, laundry, strolling with a friend to the end of the block or better yet around it can be beneficial to those that have a shortage of time or a lack of inclination to do a more intense workout or exercise regimen.

Physical activity is for everyone, no matter what shape you are in, there are activities that can work for you and the more you do it, the easier it becomes. If you are currently not moving as much as you should be or at all, start slow. Consider small changes to begin with and encourage family and friends to join you. Ask them to go for a walk after dinner or for a bike ride. You could do simple stretches at home or get small weights or exercise bands if you aren’t able to get out. Start slow, don’t give up.

Are you a little more active? Try raising the bar a bit and doing something else in addition to you regular routine. Increase the pace or distance of your walk\run. Put on the music and dance, by yourself or with those that won’t laugh too hard at your “awesome” dance moves. Make plans and take the kids or grandkids to the pool. Adult recommendations for physical activities is moderate aerobic activity for 2 and 1/2 hours per week. Are you there yet?

As the adult, setting a good example for the children in your life helps to set them up for better health for life. Involve and include them in your activity. Invite them to participate and do things they enjoy doing as well. When we call activity play, it becomes fun. When we call it exercise, it becomes work.

As with any big lifestyle change, consult your physician if your health is not good before beginning any fitness plan.

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 | May 9, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day

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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 | May 5, 2015

A Little History on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday that honors motherhood. It is observed in various ways and on various dates throughout the world. The beginnings of the American holiday began in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. It is celebrated in the United States on the second Sunday in May in different ways by different people. The person that spearheaded the creation of the American Mother’s Day, Anne Jarvis, spend the latter years of her life fighting the commercialization of the day to the point of trying to have it removed for the calendar. In 2014, the National Retail Federation reported that consumers spent  $19.9 Billion Dollars on Mother’s Day, with the average consumer spending $162.94. This year, a survey by them suggests that average consumers will spend 172.63. This is the highest average per consumer to date.

As commercial as it has become and as materialistic as it seems, the idea behind the day is to honor those that provide love, support, guidance, and discipline to raise children that contribute to the well-being of the planet. To many, it’s not about how much money you spend on them or how much money they spend on you, it’s the time you with them and the time they spend with you.

Information obtained from the following sources: National Retail Federation and History.com.

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 27, 2015

Autism Spectrum Disorders

April 2015 is the 45th anniversary of the first Autism Awareness Month. The goal is to raise awareness, acceptance and tolerance about Autism and those who are affected by the disorder.

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Autism is a neurodevelopmental syndrome that is defined by deficits in social reciprocity and communication, and by unusual restricted, repetitive behaviors according to the American Psychiatric Association. It is a heterogeneous condition in that no two children or adults with autism have exactly the same set of symptoms. While no two people with autism will have the same accumulation of symptoms, there are common characteristics found in the disorder that present with varying degrees and disabilities at the core of the disorder.

Autism Spectrum Disorder, “What is that?”

Use of the term “spectrum” in reference to Autism refers to the varying range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment that children with the disorder can have. Each individual with Autism is unique. Some are mildly impaired by their symptoms and others are more severely affected. Some have exceptional abilities visually, musically, and academically. Nearly 40 percent of those affected have above average intellectual abilities. Others have more significant disabilities that could make them unable to live independently as adults. Close to 25 percent of those with ASD are non-verbal but may adapt other forms of communication to allow them to express themselves and as a result function at a higher level than others.

ASD has common characteristics found within the complexity of its varying degrees of abilities and disabilities that include:

  • Deficiencies in social skills-communications and/or interactions with others
  • Empathy-recognition, understanding of the feelings of others
  • Physical contact-some may not like physical contact like hugs, tickling or physical play
  • Sudden environmental changes-surroundings, loud noises, lighting changes, textures or even smells
  • Speech-repetitive use of words or phrases, speaking in a monotone, not speaking at all
  • Changes in Behavior and Routine-often show repetitive behaviors in which changes in this behavior cause distress to them
  • Unpredictable learning rates
  • Obsessive behaviors
  • Physical tics

In the United States it is estimated that 1 in 110 children have Autism and 1 in 150 people in America are affected. As such, you probably know someone with the disability. I do. Several, including my grandson. Nearly a year ago he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder One which is a very mild form and just a few years ago, would have been referred to as Asperger Syndrome. That term, as well as many others that had previously been used, now are all included within the broader category of ASD.

Scientist don’t have a definitive cause of ASD, but research suggests that both genes and environment play roles.

Please visit AutismSpeaks.org, The National Institute of Mental HealthScienceDirect.com or whathealth.com for more information and increase your awareness of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Information adapted from the sites listed above.

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 23, 2015

UW Alumni Association Celebrates 120 Years

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Nearly 400 UW alumni have come together to celebrate at the UW Alumni Association’s 120th Anniversary Gala. Check out their video. 

Watch the video!

Information courtesy of the UWAA.

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 17, 2015

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Spring in Wyoming!

Here are a few shots from Laramie over the last few days.

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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 | April 7, 2015

Dyslexia Seminar in Laramie, WY

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, Susan Barton, Dyslexia expert will be presenting a FREE seminar on Dyslexia here in Laramie.

Dyslexia Seminar

Please register at: www.laramiewy.eventbrite.com.

For more information on Dyslexia see Susan’s March 2015 newsletter.

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 1, 2015

2015 Laramie Local Food Gathering

Come to the 6th Annual Laramie Local Food Gathering being held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Laramie High School. Plan on using the south doors which will open at 8:00 a.m.

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This year’s Local Food Gathering will focus on modern homesteading in the Laramie area and feature Bren and Steve Lieske, Jackie and Scott Taylor, and Adrienne Szabady and David Gregory who will talk about their experience with self-reliant living, including local foods and urban farming. Concurrent sessions will begin at 10am, 1:30pm and 2:45 and informational booths will be available.

Session topics include:

  • Soil and Soil Amendments
  • Geothermal Greenhouses
  • Selling Food Directly
  • Plant Propagation
  • Introduction to Butchering
  • Renewable Energy Options for Laramie
  • Heritage Seeds
  • Making the Most of Your High Tunnel
  • Brewing Beer
  • Tree Grafting
  • Foraging for Wild Edibles

For the soil amendments workshop at 10am, you may bring your own soil to work with. Then leave a sample for a soil analysis which Laramie Local Foods will organize. The analysis will cost $30 (normally $50.00).

Lunch will be provided by The Grounds, followed by a brief talk by Ed Goetz of the Albany County School District on how the school lunch program works in Laramie.

The 6th Laramie Local Food Gathering is organized by Laramie Local Foods, a nonprofit seeking to increase the production and consumption of foods from the area. Partial financial funding for the Gathering is provided by Barnyards and Backyards and the UW School of Energy Resources, and the event is supported by the UW ACRES student farm.

Admission is $5 at the door and free for students. To learn more about the Laramie Local Foods group visit them on Facebook.

If you have any questions, email Laramie Local Foods at laramielocalfoods@gmail.com.

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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