Program to manage living with diabetes

Better Choice, Better Health--Diabetes is a FREE, eight-session workshop to help individuals manage the challenges of living with diabetes. The workshop runs April 25 through June 13, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week at our extension center. The program's goals include: 1) learning to monitor and manage blood sugar, 2) understanding important foods to incorporate into your diet, 3) starting or maintaining an exercise program, 4) improving communication with family, friends and doctors, and 5) creating a personal self-management program. Class space is limited and registration is required. Call 636-928-9355 to register or to get more information. Flyer (PDF)

Program offered for older adults

senior male picking up dropped groceriesA Matter of Balance, a FREE, eight-week program, helps adults 60 years old and up realize that falls and the fear of falling are controllable. Participants will learn to set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. The program runs April 1 through May 20, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each week at our extension center. Class space is limited and registration is required--call 636-970-3000 or email, croweEM@missouri.edu. Flyer (PDF)

New guidelines for active lifestyle

Females on treadmills in a gymNew federal guidelines were recently announced for adults to aim for 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week. Previous guidelines called for an activity to last at least 10 minutes before counting towards the weekly goal. Now it is recognized that any amount of time spent in physical activity counts. It could be as simple as parking farther away or taking the stairs instead of the elevator--just move towards that 150 minutes weekly goal. These guidelines are used by government officials, schools and policy makers to guide health programming nationwide. Read more for tips to stay on track with fitness goals. Article | Video

Caring for ash trees

Emeraled ash borer insect resting on a penny to show sizeThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was initially found in St. Charles County in 2014. Due to the potential spread and destruction from this pest, you should take steps to protect ash trees while they are relatively healthy. Once canopy dieback or thinning begins, the tree's vascular system is considerably damaged. Treatment at that point may stop additional damage, but it cannot reverse the existing damage. Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)Tree pests

You are important to Extension's future

If you have received help from  MU Extension of St. Charles County, please consider letting the County Executive or your county council member know about your experience. Our operation is funded by the county council. Your comments will verify the unique benefits from extension. Find your county council member

Support our funding — brick by brick

brick path through demonstration gardensBrick by brick we continue to extend the pathway that meanders through the on-site demonstration gardens. It has become a place for all to enjoy the peacefulness and awe-inspiring beauty of nature. A brick with your name or the name of someone to remember extends the path one brick at a time. Your generosity will support the funding of all programs at MU Extension in St. Charles County. Together we can make a difference. Brick order form (PDF) | Online ordering.

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