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Moisture, Mold, and Your Home

With all the rain affecting so many Missourians, water damage is unfortunately a reality from leaking roofs to flooding basements. If there are water issues, there may be mold in your home. Now with increased temperatures, humidity levels may also foster mold growth. Please consider these resources if you are affected by water or mold. For questions contact Marsha Alexander, Urban West Region Housing and Environmental Design Specialist at alexanderm@missouri.edu or 816-482-5850.

Resources for Your Flooded Home: http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/miscpubs/mp0904.pdf

EPA information on Mold and Moisture: http://www.epa.gov/mold/

Saving Energy, Saving Money with Free Energy Products for Your Home

As a resident of Jackson County, you are invited to a forthcoming workshop to focus on energy management strategies that can lead to monthly utility cost savings.  Each workshop participant will receive a free kit of energy saving products that can be used in their home to reduce energy loss. Each kit is estimated to be worth approximately $50.00.  During the workshop the products will be explained in detail as to how to best use them.  For example, the kits will include two energy efficient light bulbs that can easily replace more energy wasting lamps.  One of the questions consumers often ask is the anticipated energy savings of incandescent lamps versus compact fluorescents, and LED bulbs? This workshop will answer those questions and more.  

Our energy bills can be a large monthly expense.  Often a significant portion of that energy is wasted due to excessive infiltration, inadequate insulation, and poor product choices.  The good news is there are many strategies that can be implemented inside and outside a home to improve energy efficiency.  Learn more about your options to save home energy and reduce monthly utility costs.  For details on forthcoming workshops contact Marsha Alexander, Urban West Region Housing and Environmental Design Specialist at alexanderm@missouri.edu or 816-482-5850.  

New Services for Area Businesses Now Available

Jackson County Extension now provides new and existing businesses assistance to help them start and grow their operations. The Jackson County Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is based within MU Extension’s offices at 1600 Coronado Drive in Blue Springs, Missouri. The SBTDC is part of a statewide network of Centers known as the Missouri Business Development Program, www.missouribusiness.net. The Jackson County Center is already working with over 30 local entities with free one-on-one business counseling/coaching services. For more information including potential scholarships that may be available, call Jeff Samborski at 816-252-5051 or e-mail him at samborskij@missouri.edu . It also is offering training courses on How to Start a Business and How to Write a Business Plan in Blue Springs and evening courses at MU Extension’s River Market location.For more details Click Here
Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm

Health Benefits of Tai Chi Exercise

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low-impact exercise that promotes physical and mental health and relaxation. It is practiced as an effective exercise for health through a series of flowing, graceful and gentle postures and movements. The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that can strengthen the body, improve mental relaxation and mobilize joints and muscles. It is especially suitable as a therapy for arthritis because of the slow and gentle movements. Health Benefits of Tai Chi Exercise Article

Eating From the Garden

Eating From the Garden's nutrition and gardening program has reached more than 2,500 Jackson County fourth and fifth graders in the past three years. Assisted by 40 adult volunteers, students plant and maintain outdoor vegetable gardens; taste new foods; and participate in nutrition, plant science and environmental awareness lessons. Last year, the program added chef demonstrations in the classroom and developed an EFTG pilot curriculum for second-grade students. Call the extension center for more information on this program and current activities. http://missourifamilies.org/eatfromgarden/

Nutrition Education Resource Center

Jackson County Extension received a $35,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Kansas City to develop a nutrition education center in our new offices in the River Market area.  The new center will allow us to provide hands-on nutrition and food preservation classes to encourage the community to eat healthy and be more active.  It will be a great opportunity for us to partner with the City Market to promote the consumption of local, fresh fruits and vegetables.