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Weekly news articles featuring family, nutrition, health, fitness, community and youth. Written by Marcia Hellandsaas, NDSU Extension Agent

Spring Fever Garden Forum and Behavioral Health IVN Workshop

March 21, 2018 - Gardeners will want to tune into the NDSU Spring Fever Garden Forum this Monday evening, March 26. A live presentation from NDSU will be delivered to our office and gardeners may also participate online at home.... Behavioral Health for Your Family and Community IVN Workshop will be help on Thursday, March 29 in the Commission Room in the McKenzie County Courthouse in Watford City...

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Fresh-squeezed Facts

March 14, 2018 - Do your small children consume a lot of juice? Many children do. Juice often becomes a replacement for milk, water, fruits or vegetables. While most 100 percent fruit juice contains vitamin C and some minerals, they often lack the fiber that whole fruit contains...

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Prepare Homemade Snacks with Your Child

March 7, 2018 - March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to learn more about balancing your child's diet. Children know how to eat to feel full, but they often will not make the wisest choices of foods and beverages without some guidance. Making snacks in the kitchen with your child is a great way to guide him to healthy snacking and to get him interested in food preparation...

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4-H Badlands Roundup Archery Match and Training

February 21, 2018 - The first-ever 4-H Badlands Roundup Archery Match will get underway on Saturday, February 24 at the Fieldhouse in the Rough Rider Center in Watford City.... 4-H Basic Instructor Archery Training will be held March 3, 2018 at the 4-H Exhibit Building on the McKenzie County Fairgrounds...

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New Medicare Cards are Coming

February 14, 2018 - Each person enrolled in Medicare soon will receive a new Medicare card. The main reason people will receive new Medicare cards is the cards no longer will have Social Security numbers on them. Medicare beneficiary identifies will replace Social Security numbers. This is all being done to help keep your information more secure and help protect your identity...

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Flu Activity on the Increase

January 31, 2018 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity has increased sharply in the United States in recent weeks. I'm fortunate to not have gotten any flu symptoms (knock on wood)! I'm certain children in our schools and daycares are passing germs and flu around. The CDC is our nation's headquarters for disease control and prevention. They offer three steps to fight the flu...

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Tips to Help You Shape Up in 2018

January 17, 2018 - Do you have a New Year's Resolution to take off a few pounds? If so, I'm joining "your group!" I'm trying to shave a few pounds to be healthier. Weight can slowly creep onto our frames. Did you know that an extra 100 calories in a day can result in a 10-pound weight gain in one year? It doesn't take much to...

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Eight tips on how cooking at home can be cost-effective and healthy for your family

January 10, 2018 - The holidays are memories now, but the bills for all the fun may be rolling in. Is saving some money on your New Year's resolution list? How about having more healthful meals? Cooking meals at home can help you meet both of those goals...

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Work on Environmental Wellness as a Family

January 3, 2018 - Wellness is an important topic for everyone in the family. The areas of wellness most commonly referred to are emotional, intellectual, physical, work, social, financial and spiritual. To have wellness in all of these areas, many people feel...

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Healthy and Fun Holiday Treats

December 20, 2017 - Have you noticed that many of the foods we enjoy during the holiday season are typically not all that healthy? Think about the treats that are made out of candy, cookies and frostings that are put together in the shape of...

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How to Have Your Thanksgiving Pie... and Eat It Too!

November 22, 2017 - Can you guess how many calories the typical American eats on Thanksgiving Day? That total is 4,500 with 3,000 calories consumed at the Thanksgiving meal alone. That's more than two times the average recommended calorie load for a day!...

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