Posted by: Patricia Hysong | August 17, 2015

Sun, Shade, Skin and Protect Yourself

Not to beat a dead horse, but it is such a simple thing to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. The sun can lead to problems from dry skin to wrinkles to skin cancer. I am as guilty as anyone of thinking “I’ll only be out for 10 minutes, I don’t need that hat or sunscreen.” Next thing you know, 30 minutes or more has gone by and although you don’t feel it yet, the sun has left it’s mark on you. You will feel it later and if you’re lucky, it’s only a slight burn this time. But those slight burns add up over time and can cause major, life threatening problems. Diagnosed forms of  melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, have been on the rise over the last 30 years. It is estimated that in 2015, over 73,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed and nearly 10,000 of those diagnosed are expected to die of it.

Even if you don’t chose to take care of your skin, it is imperative that you make sure those in your care (young ones and the elderly) are protected by whatever means necessary when they are exposed to the sun’s rays. It’s like wearing seat belts, it’s a learned thing and by setting an example and making sure children start covering up or using sunscreen when they are younger, they will continue to do so as they grow. Please heed the many warnings out there. Care about yourself and loved ones enough to care about your health and theirs!

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 | August 10, 2015

Reintroducing Wyoming AgrAbility Publications


Wyoming AgrAbility has a wealth of knowledge and resources to help you, a friend or family member in the form of many publications that it has produced over the years. Please visit our website and peruse the information there. Hopefully you will find something that will make your life easier and better.

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 | August 1, 2015

County Fair Time!


County Fair photo 1

Yes, it’s August and it’s county fair time in many places. In others, everyone is gearing up for state fair. What a great time with friends and family fairs can be. It’s a time to reconnect with hometowns and roots that bring us back to them year after year. It’s something to share with our children and hope that they will share it with theirs.

County Fair photo 5

In some ways, county fairs have remained about the same as they have been for years where 4-H shows, livestock sales, crafts projects, fresh fruit and vegetable entries, canning and baking of all kinds are entered and judged. But, things have also changed quite a bit since many of us were kids, enjoying a few days away from the normal summer duties and responsibilities and getting to go to town, seeing friends, enjoying fair foods, and maybe riding a carnival ride or two, watching cowboys and girls show off their skill in the rodeo arena and some local band performing at a community dance.

County Fair photo 3

Now, in some larger communities, there is everything from mega stars preforming concerts to PRCA sanctioned rodeos to Elephant and Shark Encounters. In other smaller, rural areas, many fair events and attractions have diminished or disappeared all together due to high costs, changes in the area demographics, and how people spend their summers. Other problems that have changed the look of the county fair are safety issues of having a carnival, many smaller fairs can’t afford such expenses nowadays.

County Fair photo 4

That being said, if you get the chance to support your local county fair, do it. There will be something there that evokes a childhood memory, perhaps one you would like to share with your children or grandchildren. If not, maybe you can make some new memories with them that they will treasure for years to come. Enjoy!

County Fair photo 2

For more information on Wyoming County Fairs, visit Wyoming Association of Fairs website.

Visit Wyoming State Fair site to get information on our state fair.

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 | July 25, 2015

Anytime Travel Tips

Are you planning a vacation this summer or in the near future? Whether it is a week long camp trip to you favorite spot in the mountains, a trip back home to visit family and old friends or a several week, once in a lifetime trip to your dream vacation spot, here are a few travel tips that my make your vacation more fun and less stress.


No matter where you are going:

  • make sure you are as healthy as possible before you head out. Get plenty of rest and enjoy healthy foods to keep you feeling your best.
  • if you are heading overseas, check with your doctor or health clinic to make sure you have all the necessary vaccines you need to travel internationally. Make sure to do this early because some vaccines take time to be effective and\or require more than one dose.
  • make sure you have packed your prescriptions. It’s not a bad idea to pack them in several different bags in case something happens to one, then you will have enough in another to get you through until you can get to someplace to get what you need.
  • if you suffer from allergies, check your destination’s pollen index for what might be flaring up so you can be prepared before you go. One site that might help with this is
  • try new foods sparingly at first, just until you know how your body reacts to the introduction of new cuisine. Also, enjoy but don’t over indulge too much or you may miss out on other events because you ate too much or ate something that didn’t agree with you.
  • in addition to trying new foods, make sure you make plenty of healthy choices as well and get the rest you need to keep up your strength to be able to enjoy all that your vacation has to offer.
  • flying though several time zones can cause jet leg. If traveling east, try going to bed earlier and if traveling west, stay up later. Book daytime flights, don’t drink alcohol or caffeine, increase you water intake and avoid heavy foods to make the experience more agreeable.
  • check weather information at your destination and consider what biting bugs may be enjoying the same place you would be enjoying if they weren’t there. Pack clothing and bug spray appropriate to keep you comfortable no matter the weather or the bug situation.
  • if driving, especially with children or pets, make sure they are as comfortable as you are. Bring things that will keep the children engaged in the trip and enjoying seeing and learning new things. This will help with the “are we there yet” questions and the behaviors that being cooped up in one space for long periods of time might produce. Pack healthy snacks so if boredom does set in and they are suddenly starving to death, you are prepared. Keep the needs of your pet in mind, keeping them hydrated, cool and making necessary stops will make the trip less stressful on them and on you as well. When they are out of the vehicle, keep your pet on their leash for their safety and that of other travelers they may encounter.
  • when visiting campgrounds, national parks or enjoying the great outdoors, always follow the rules and regulations regarding fire, fireworks, food storage, garbage disposal, and respect where you are. Leave it better than you found it and don’t cause stress to the environment or the animals that live there.
  • always be aware of your surroundings, especially in an unfamiliar area. Travel with someone that knows the area if possible but if not, use common sense and good judgement. If something, someone, or someplace makes you feel uneasy, get yourself out of the situation before it escalates.
  • make sure someone knows were you are going and have a set time to return or some other form of contact with them to let them know you are safe. Leave an itinerary with a trusted friend or family member so there are opportunities to reach you if need be.

Vacations often end up being more stress than fun. Preparing in advance, keeping the little things in mind but not stressing about them may help you relax and enjoy what you’re doing and where you are. Have a wonderful summer and ENJOY!

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 | July 18, 2015

July 2015 RightRisk Newsletter

Right Risk News July 2015
Information from by RightRisk News.

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 | July 11, 2015

Summer Move-it Groove-it Challenge

Want to enjoy more of your summer and feel better doing it? How about challenging yourself to get up and move-it everyday. How about challenging others to do the same? Adding moderate activity to your daily routine could make lasting impacts on your quality and quantity of life.


Inactivity is a major risk factor in developing Heart Disease, Obesity, Diabetes, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure. Adding only 30 minutes of moderate exercise to your routine, 4 to 7 days a week, can reduce the risk of developing these diseases in children and adults. Brisk walking, jogging, jumping rope, swimming, chasing a Frisbee with a friend or family member in the park, bicycling, dancing, or walking on a treadmill are all forms of exercise that can be performed at a moderate level of intensity but that still increase your heart rate and benefit your body and mind. The benefits of these types of cardio exercises are best when done within your target heart rate zone.

To calculate and monitor your target training heart rate:

♥  First, you need to figure out what your resting heart rate is.

  • Resting Heart Rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute while you are at rest. To figure your resting heart rate, check it in the morning after a good nights sleep and before you get out of bed. The best places  to take your pulse are the wrist, inside of the elbow, side of the neck and on the top of the foot. Place your finger, not your thumb, over your pulse and count the number of beats in 10 seconds. Times that number by 6 and you have your resting heart rate.
  • The average resting heart rate for children 10 and older and for adults is 60 – 100 beats per minute. Well conditioned athletes can have a resting heart rate of 40 – 60 beats per minute.

♥  Figure out your maximum heart rate.

  • Maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age. If you are 35 then your maximum heart rate should be close to 185 beats per minute.

♥  Determine your target training heart rate.

  • Periodically, as you exercise, take your pulse on your wrist.
  • Use the method described above to determine your heart rate while exercising.
  • For moderate to high workout intensity, you want to stay between 50% and 85% of maximum heart rate. This is your target heart rate. For someone 35 years of age, doing moderately intense activity, your heart rate should be 50% to 69% of your maximum heart rate or 93 to 128 beats per minute to get the most benefit from your workout or activity.

Once you have an idea of what your target heart rate is, put together an activity schedule that allows you the most benefit from becoming more active. Figure out if its solitary or group activities that get you up and moving and keep you wanting to do it on a daily basis. For some, taking the time to work out alone without the distraction of others is what works for them. Alone time can be quite peaceful and allows one to recharge mentally and physically. For others, motivation comes in the form of gathering with others that want to get moving but enjoy the social aspects of it. Social time allows for catching up on events of the day, making plans for future events and possibly a little bit of friendly competition.

If working out isn’t your thing, maybe a place to start is to choose one of the following moderately intense aerobic activities and do it for 30 minutes four days this week. Do it to the best of your ability, but make good choices and don’t overdo it if you are not used to working out.

  • Walking fast
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Bike Riding
  • Playing Tennis
  • Volleyball

Even if you are unable to do a thirty minute workout, don’t get discouraged. Adjustments to workout intensity and duration should be done on an individual bases. Any amount of movement is better than nothing and if you continue to do what you can, you will build up stamina and endurance that will allow you to increase your workout time as you go. Don’t give up even though it can be discouraging at first. Hang in there and it will get better and easier.

As with any exercise program, always consult you healthcare provider before beginning any workout routine if you have any medical condition that limits your ability to perform or increase your current activities. Also, make sure to keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables to help with this. Keep energy levels up by eating healthy proteins and carbohydrates.

You got this!

Information adapted from the American Heart Association.

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 | July 7, 2015

Sheridan and Powell R&E Center Field Days

The University of Wyoming Collage of Agriculture and Natural Resources Field Days:

Sheridan is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2015 for 2:00-7:00 pm.



Powell is scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 1:00 – 7:00 pm.

powell field day_2015

These events are free and open to the public but you must RSVP prior to event. See flyers for specific dates and other RSVP 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 | July 5, 2015

Another Plant Walk Scheduled


There will be another Laramie Area Plant Walk taking place July 18, 2015 at the Pelton Creek area in the Snowy Range. The walk begins at 9:30 and will wrap up by noon. Register at  or call the Albany Co UW Extension office at 307-721-2571.

Pelton Creek area Plant Walk

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 | July 1, 2015

Fireworks and Safety



Although July is Fireworks Safety Month, The National Council of Fireworks Safety promotes safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks and wants everyone to get the message out about safe practices in the use of fireworks year around.

Preventing injury is the goal in their efforts to educate the public on how to use fireworks safely and responsibly. In 2013, there were eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 fireworks related injuries.  All of the 2013 fireworks related fatalities were caused by fireworks that were banned, professional or home-manufactured devices according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Fireworks can do damage physically, emotionally and environmentally. They can even be deadly, but following these safety tips can make the experience far less dangerous and much more fun for all those involved.

  • know local laws and follow them
  • read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting
  • responsible adults SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children
  • alcohol and fireworks do not mix
  • wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
  • light one firework at a time and then quickly move away
  • use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles
  • never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
  • always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby
  • never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers
  • do not experiment with homemade fireworks
  • dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials
  • report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

It is the consumer’s responsibility to know the laws within the state they are purchasing fireworks in and remember just because they are legal to purchase and shoot off in one state, does not mean they are in the next. In all actuality, the ability to discharge fireworks can and does vary from county to county and town to town. Depending on the area and local regulations, there could be fireworks bans in one county and not the next. It is the responsibility and duty of the individual consumer to know all the laws regarding use of fireworks and check with the appointing authority in their chosen area before setting them off.

Beyond the safety issues and the responsibilities of those using fireworks, no matter the time of year or holiday, please also take into account those around you and your chosen site to shoot off the fireworks. As mentioned above, always know where it is legal and safe to discharge fireworks, but also consider those in the area. Many pets have anxiety and do not do well with the loud noises and flashes of light that come along with the beauty of fireworks. In addition, some people have adverse reactions to the same things. Be considerate and let folks around you know when and where you are planning to set them off so accommodations can be made to make it a better experience for those that don’t enjoy fireworks.

Information obtained and adapted from National Council on Fireworks Safety, the APA (American Pyrotechnics Association), and the CPSC.

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 | June 27, 2015

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

The Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) through the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) announces it’s July and August Open Lab Schedule.


WATR is Wyoming’s Assistive Technology Act program and a resource for all assistive technology (AT) needs in Wyoming. AT may be a device or solution that enhances an individual’s ability to live, play, or work independently. AT can take the form of a device, tool, or adaptation that supports a person when participating in everyday activities and settings.


WIND works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention.

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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