Challenge your teen’s brain over summer vacation

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences While many adolescents look forward to summer vacation, it is not uncommon for them to quickly grow bored.  Bored teens often turn to television and electronics. But, with a little encouragement, a teen can transform a bored brain into one that is healthy and active, and in turn, [...]

At the farmers market: brambleberries

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences It’s berry season in Kentucky. At the Whitley County Farmers Market, many of our growers have a great selection of berries, including blackberries and raspberries, now available. These two berries, along with boysenberries, are collectively known as brambleberries. They get that name from the thorny, tangled vines from [...]

Pedestrian Safety

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences Walking and running may seem like two of the simplest ways to get healthy, but it’s important to remember to stay alert when you exercise on sidewalks and along roadways. Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, it’s vital for you to be cautious and courteous to [...]

Understanding, recognizing and stopping cyberbullying in teens

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences In our growing technological world, Internet use has become a part of regular life for teenagers today. Practically all youth between the ages of 12 and 17 use the Internet, averaging about 17 hours per week on-line, with some spending more than 40 hours per week on-line. With [...]

Inexpensive summer activities for children

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences School is out, which means children are ready to get out and have fun with their free time. Although a full summer schedule can be lots of fun, it can also be very expensive. But do not worry, there are plenty of options so that kids and parents [...]

June is rebuild your life month

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences Times of great stress and rebuilding in our lives can be very difficult. That is why a month dedicated to the topic of rebuilding our lives is so important. In the world of golf, they call it a mulligan or a do-over. It is a chance to take [...]

Avoid home selling turn offs

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences If you’re buying a house, you probably know what turns you off in homes that you tour: messy, cluttered houses, strong odors, and so on. Most people can’t wait to get out of a house like that. When you are selling your house, be sure to prepare. Avoid [...]

At the Farmer’s Market: Strawberries

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences The Whitley County Farmers Market is in full swing. Many of our local vendors have strawberries available. A perennial Farmer’s Market favorite, growers harvest Kentucky strawberries during May and June. They are a very refreshing snack and they are full of vitamins. Just one cup provides a great [...]

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences Millions of Americans are impacted by mental health condition. In fact, it is estimated that one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition at some point in their lives. Every American is impacted through their friends and family members. There is still a negative [...]

Be resilient!

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences Resilience is something that everyone can have. When someone is resilient, it does not mean that a person does not have difficulty or that he or she does not feel stress. It means that the person is able to adjust. Here are some ways you can work toward [...]