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Cooperative Extension Service Shelby County Newsletter
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1117 Frankfort Road ● Shelbyville, KY 40065 ● (502) 633-4593 ● Fax: (502) 633-6713 ● www.ca.uky.edu
J U N E
M A Y
Shelby County Fair
4-H Project Entry June 12
12:30 to 5p.m.
TOMATO PLANTING TIPS
Stand up to Falling Class
Noon, June 14
Yarn Barn Sale
8 a.m.—4 p.m.
June 23 and 24
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Stand Up to Falling!
There are many actions that we can each take to
prevent falls that can be debilitating. Plan to join
us for the “Stand Up to Falling” class at noon on
Wednesday, June 14. Call 633-4593 to reserve
your spot in this FREE class. Lunch will be
Yard Sale Fund Raiser
The Fun Loving Fillies Homemaker Club will be
hosting a yard sale June 24 from 8 a.m. until 4
p.m. on the Shelby County Extension Office front
lawn. You can rent a space for $20 to sell your
All proceeds will benefit Operation Catsnip
trap, neuter and release program. To rent space,
please contact Robin Kenyon (502) 727-2703.
Please come out and support this worthy cause!
Plan to stop by your Shelby County Extension
Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 23 and 24 to
buy quality yarn at just $1 a skein. This yarn has
been donated by Mary Margaret Krahulec who is
an award winning knitter.
The yarn proceeds will be divided among
local non-profit/charitable organizations that have
been selected by Mary Margaret. Invite knitters
you know to come to this one of a kind sale!
Meet and Greet Bingo
Bingo fun is back at your Shelby County
Extension Office. Just bring a gift worth
approximately $5 and come to play Bingo and
meet new friends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30.
Are You Healthy?
Health can be defined in many ways. However,
if you are thinking about your lifestyle and if it is
healthy, here are a few things to consider:
Screenings. When was the last time you had a
preventative screening? Going to a healthcare
provider on a regular basis is an important part
of being healthy. You can potentially find
problems before they are serious and take steps
before they worsen.
Know your family health history. Take the
time to learn of any family health issues like
diabetes, cancers or cardiovascular disease.
Get active. Do you participate in physical
activity every day?
Eating healthy. Do you eat a lot of meals
out? Do you eat many fruits and vegetables?
Eating healthy can mean thinking about what
foods you are eating and meal planning too.
Habits. Smoking and excessive alcohol
drinking can be habits that lead to chronic
There are many ways you can be healthy. Take a
look at some of the ways that your lifestyle could
be impacting your health. Reference: Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Source: Nicole Peritore, Extension Specialist for
Family Health; University of Kentucky; College of
Agriculture, Food and Environment
Quick Ways to Control your Stress
We do know that high stress levels can affect your
mental and physical health. There are many
stresses encountered on a daily or weekly
basis. Sometimes, people get stressed just thinking
how they cannot control the stress that they are
under. Next time you feel stress bubbling, try
one of these ways to help lower the stress you feel.
Meditation. Meditation does not have to be
something that takes 20 minutes and a dark
room. In fact, in just a few minutes you can
bring relaxation to yourself. Take a few
minutes and repeat the same word or phrase to
yourself. This can help you focus. If you can
and are able, you could close your eyes for a
few minutes as well while repeating the word
or phrase. If you get distracted while you are
trying to focus, it is ok! Simply let that go and
try to get back to your word or phrase.
Deep breathing. Deep breathing can be a
great tool when you have only a minute. Take
a seated position and take some deep
breaths. Taking slow breaths can help you
relax. Take a deep breath in, count to three,
and then breathe out. When doing this, breathe
in through your nose and out through your
mouth. This is good when you are stuck in
traffic or feel stressed during the day. Of
course, you can certainly do it for longer. If
you are doing deep breathing and start to feel
light-headed, you should go back to breathing
at your normal rate.
Be Thankful. Taking the time to think about
the good in your life can be a great way to
de-stress. For some people, keeping a journal
and writing down items or times that they are
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thankful can be a terrific way to celebrate the
many things they do. If keeping a journal, try
to make sure things that you are thankful for
are positive in nature. For some, just thinking
about something that you are truly thankful
for can bring a smile and a little release from
Be Mindful. Sometimes, when we are busy,
we forget to be mindful of the happenings
around us. Here are some ways that you can
be more mindful and perhaps, take away some
of the stress that you may be feeling. When
you are driving (either to or from work) try to
take notice if you are rushing. Rushing can
make things seem much more hectic than they
should be. You may also try to take a minute
before you get out of your car at work. Think
about what the day may bring and start with a
positive attitude. When you get home, change
out of your work clothes, take a few deep
breaths and take a minute before you start
doing evening activities.
There are many ways to reduce stress and it may
take trying a few before you find one that works
Reference: Stress Relief Guide, http://
Source: Nicole Peritore, Extension Specialist for Family
Health; University of Kentucky; College of Agriculture,
Food and Environment
Building an Emergency Fund Quickly
If you do not have money saved in an emergency
fund, it is a good idea to build a small emergency
fund. Eventually, you will want to increase your
financial fund to an amount of money that can
cover 3 to 6 months of your average household
expenses. A small start-up emergency fund of
$1,000 can save you from a financial mess. Below
are some ways that you can build a start-up
Sell something. If you are anything like
millions of other Americans, you most likely
have things sitting around your house that you
have intended to get rid of. Rather than
trashing these items, consider selling them to
earn some extra cash. You can host a yard sale
or attempt to sell the items on a reputable
online site such as Ebay or Craigslist.
Look at your budget. Carefully look at your
budget to identify areas in which you may be
overspending. For instance, if you pay for a
streaming service such as Netflix but also pay
for cable, it is a good idea to cancel one of the
services. Doing so can quickly save you
Automate your emergency fund savings.
Set up regular automated payments to an
account that will act as your emergency fund.
This will encourage you to approach saving
for your emergency fund the same way that
you would approach paying your bills.
Get a better deal. Almost every service that
you pay for is negotiable. Call your service
providers and ask for a better rate. If your
service provider is unable or unwilling to
adjust your rates, look for a better deal
elsewhere. You may be surprised at the deals
that you can get which will save money that
can go into your emergency fund.
Work more hours. Ask your employer if
you are eligible to work longer hours for a
short-term period (until your start-up
emergency fund is built up). If this is not an
option, consider working a second job for a
short period of time.
Think outside of the box. There are a