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    Mentoring Program Begins: 4H Youth & Families with Promise

    Take a moment to think about someone who had an impact on your life. Someone who supported you during a difficult time or provided guidance as you learned a new skill. Who was this person? A parent? A teacher? A coach? A 4H Adviser? A friendly neighbor? Regardless of who assisted you, or what support they provided, you likely feel a deep appreciation for that relationship.

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    The Power of Resilience: Control

    Youth who learn they have the ability to control their actions and therefore the outcomes they grow up to ultimately be more resilient. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, author of “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” explains that young people who understand privileges and respect are earned through demonstrated responsibility will learn to make wise choices and feel a sense of control.

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    The Power of Resilience: Coping

    How do you cope when feeling stressed or facing challenges? Do you go for a walk, become silent or even holler?! Stressors can wreak havoc on an individual’s health and those around them. However, with the right collection of positive coping skills we can avert havoc and in turn help the children in our lives learn healthy coping strategies and prevent anxiety and worrisome behaviors from forming.

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    The Power of Resilience: Contribution

    Contribution is an important building block of resiliency because it helps youth gain a sense of purpose. We all want to feel our lives have meaning and purpose and youth are no different. Children and teens have much to contribute to society. What a wonderful moment it can be when children realize the world is a better place because they are in it and have much to offer! Service or contribution to others can fuel their sense of purpose and motivation.

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    When Adversity Strikes – Keep Hope Alive

    It is very hard to know why bad things happen to such good people. However, 90% of individuals will experience at least one serious traumatic event during their life. These events, such as an early fall blizzard that devastated cattle and put enormous stress on many ranchers in South Dakota are incredibly challenging but possible to deal with.

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    Get Ready to Purple Up!

    Once again, Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is reaching out to communities throughout South Dakota to help raise awareness of our military families and kids, during April, which has been designated as Month of the Military Child. This month long celebration of our brave military kids, began way back in the early 1980’s as a way to thank, honor, and recognize their contributions to our country as a member of a military family.

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    Resilience and Military Kids

    Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a very informative training, paid for and presented by The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC.) The purpose of the training, entitled “Supporting Military Children through School Transitions: Foundations” was to assist and prepare educators and other professionals to recognize and address transition concerns that impact military children.

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    The Holiday Season, Military Families, and Reintegration

    Holiday music, hectic shopping days, and military Soldiers returning back to their beloved South Dakota, are all happening this month. Thankfully, Soldiers from all across the state will be home in time for Christmas. Members of the 129th MPAD, 235th MP, and 152nd CSSB Units of the South Dakota National Guard will be joining their families and celebrating this special time.

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    Health and Mental Health Needs of Children in US Military Families: Exploring the Effects of Wartime

    Deployment is a temporary movement of an individual or military unit away from his or her local worksite, resources, and families, and lasting 3-15 months in order to accomplish a particular mission or task. There are deployments that occur when emergencies occur as well, such as Hurricane Katrina, Haiti, and more recently on the East Coast due to hurricane and weather impacting tragedies.

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    Heat Exhaustion & Stroke: Protecting yourself and your employees

    For those whose livelihood depends upon working outdoors or in less than favorable conditions, the coming weeks look to be quite difficult with higher than normal temperatures and humidity predicted. For example, cows still need to be milked and fed, barns are not air conditioned, even though there is emphasis on cow comfort through ventilation and cooling, we sometimes get lax on also protecting ourselves and employees from the effects of heat.

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    Your Core’s Got Your Back!

    The spine is a support structure for the back, and a complex system of muscles that attach to the spine reinforce its strength and stability which keeps our bodies upright and mobile. Back pain is most commonly caused by strains to these muscles. Muscle strain is often induced because of weak core muscles which increases the amount of stress being placed on the spine. Core muscles are comprised of the muscles of the back, abdominals, and obliques. Strengthening these 3 muscle groups assists with alleviating back pain caused by muscle strains.

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    June is Dairy Month

    June is Dairy Month—a great time to celebrate dairy farmers who work 365 days a year to ensure nutritious milk and dairy foods are available now and in the future. Consumers are becoming more and more interested in finding out where their food comes from—and what better way to learn than to actually visit a farm? Midwest Dairy Council has a variety “June Dairy Month Events” near you.

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    Make Father’s Day a Healthy Celebration!

    Every June, people across the nation celebrate Father’s Day to recognize all fathers or father-like figures that have influenced their life. Father’s Day may come with many memories or annual celebration activities. This is a great time to celebrate and encourage a healthy lifestyle for men. Interestingly, June is also celebrated as Men’s Health Month.

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    Walking in Rural Communities

    Walking is a great way for individuals of all ages and abilities to increase physical activity. Walking is easy and requires no equipment and it is the most common form of activity for people across the nation. Walking can also serve multiple purposes including exercise, transportation, and for fun, and by making walking easier for people, communities can see multiple benefits.

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    Healthy Pizza Choices

    It’s probably safe to say that at one time or another, pizza was your favorite food. Some individuals are so into it they truly believe happiness is a slice of pizza. The average American eats about 23 pounds of pizza annually (that’s about 46 slices). With 1 in 8 Americans eating pizza on any given day, pizza adds pizazz to meal planning.

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    Diversify Your Workout

    Falling into the habits of your everyday workout is easy to do. However, adding diversity to your workouts has many benefits including keeping motivation at its peak, preventing boredom, avoiding any fitness plateaus and decreasing risk of injuries, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM also recommends a combination of cardiorespiratory (walking, running), resistance (weight training) and flexibility (yoga, stretching) exercise. If you mainly focus your exercise routine with cardiorespiratory fitness, try slowly adding in strength training, or vice versa.

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    Mentoring Program Begins: 4H Youth & Families with Promise

    Take a moment to think about someone who had an impact on your life. Someone who supported you during a difficult time or provided guidance as you learned a new skill. Who was this person? A parent? A teacher? A coach? A 4H Adviser? A friendly neighbor? Regardless of who assisted you, or what support they provided, you likely feel a deep appreciation for that relationship.

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    Talking To Your Child About Natural Disasters

    When a major disaster such as the blizzard occurs within your community or half way around the world, if your child has access to any source of media (TV, radio, Internet), they will know about it quickly and may have underlying fears and questions about the situation that need to be addressed. As difficult as it may be to discuss these issues, it is VERY important for your child.

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