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Sound Living is a weekly public affairs program, hosted by Jeff Wichman, and distributed to radio stations throughout the area.  It addresses issues related to families and consumers.

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07-13-18QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE– A lack of options can make securing child care in rural areas difficult. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles is working on a joint project in rural Kansas and Nebraska to identify barriers and solutions to improve child care in rural communities. He discusses what they’ve learned from focus groups and anonymous surveys of more than 400 adults who are either seeking child care or who currently have child care.SL 07-13 
07-06-18BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR EMPATHY– As a parent, you want your child to understand and respect that other people have thoughts and feelings. It makes for healthier children who develop into happier adults. Bradford Wiles, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at Kansas State University, says it’s a much easier existence for children if they see value in everyone.SL 07-06 
06-29-18FOOD SAFETY AND PRESERVATION– Consumers have a number of reasons for shopping at farmers markets. However, being able to purchase produce that’s fresh from the garden typically tops the list. Despite its freshness, food safety practices should remain the same as for produce purchased at the grocery store. K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee discusses the safe handling of produce and offers tips for preserving fresh fruits and vegetables.SL 06-29
06-22-18RESPECT FARM EQUIPMENT– While summer may be slower paced for some, it’s an extremely busy time for farmers – tending to their fields, harvesting crops and moving livestock between pastures. The end result is a lot of heavy farm equipment on major highways and rural roads. K-State Research and Extension farm safety specialist Kerri (Kair-ee) Ebert (EE-burt) says farmers should be mindful of fatigue that may increase the risk of farm-related accidents and motorists should be aware that they’re sharing the roadway with heavy, slow-moving machinery.SL 06-22 
06-15-18HEALTHY SUMMER FOODS– The summer months are a perfect time to try new fruits and vegetables. They’re fresh, abundantly available, and typically less expensive than at any other time of the year. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter looks at eight healthy summer fruits, vegetables and drinks that taste great and offer a variety of health benefits.SL 06-15
06-08-18SUSTAINING RURAL GROCERY STORES– Millions of rural residents face limited choices and low quality in their retail food options. An important source of healthy rural food access is the retail grocery store. Unfortunately, these rural businesses are struggling and many are closing their doors. David Procter, Director for Engagement and Community Development; Rural Grocery Initiative at Kansas State University, says the Sixth National Rural Grocery Summit being held later this month in Manhattan will focus on how best to sustain rural grocery stores and improve the health of those living in rural communities.SL 06-08
06-01-18ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLECT – Every year an estimated five million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. However, experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect that is reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported. K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist Erin Yelland discusses the various forms of elder abuse and neglect, the warning signs to look for and how to prevent it.SL 06-01
05-25-18SWIMMING SAFETY FOR CHILDREN– According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. As swimming pools open for the summer, K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles reminds parents and caregivers that children require constant supervision and that getting distracted – even for a few seconds – can have tragic consequences.SL 05-25 
05-18-18HEALTH AND WEALTH CONNECTIONS– Research indicates four factors strongly predict happiness and well-being: health, economic stability, work or productive interests, and family relationships. As part of its “Culture of Health” initiative, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says they’re looking to use behavior-change strategies to simultaneously improve a person’s health and finances.SL 05-18
05-11-18FOOD SAFETY CONCERNS FOR GRILLING – May is National Barbecue Month and a Kansas State University food scientist says that while there are a number of food safety concerns with outdoor grilling and eating, a meat thermometer is the best defense against foodborne illness and checking for doneness. Karen Blakeslee also has tips for cleaning the grill, practicing basic warm-weather food safety and remembering the three temperatures for grilling poultry, ground meat or steaks and chops. SL 05-11
05-04-18SPRING LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE– With spring finally arriving, the home landscape and garden are starting to take center stage. In addition to routine lawn care, many homeowners will be adding plants and shrubs to their landscape and deciding what goes into this year’s garden. K-State Research and Extension horticulture agent for Johnson County, Dennis Patton, offers advice for tackling all of those projects.SL 05-04
04-27-18SEVERE WEATHER SEASON– Whether it’s lightning, thunderstorms, flash floods or tornadoes, Kansas sees its share of severe weather during the spring and summer. Unfortunately, not everyone knows what to do when watches and warnings are issued because they haven’t taken the time to develop a plan. Although there hasn’t been much severe weather to this point, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says it’s just a matter of time.SL 04-27 
04-20-18SUMMER PLANNING SHOULD BEGIN NOW– According to the calendar, there’s more than 90 days between the beginning of spring and the beginning of summer. However, for those with children, it’s actually closer to 60 days because school gets out in late May. That’s why Kansas 4-H family and consumer science program liaison Andrea Feldkamp recommends deciding which activities the kids will be involved in this summer and getting them registered for those activities as soon as possible.SL 04-20 
04-13-18ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES – If you worry about the medical care you’d receive if you became ill and were unable to speak for yourself, a K-State Research and Extension publication, Advance Health Care Planning in Kansas, has the necessary forms to allow you to state your health care preferences before a health crisis occurs. K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist Erin Yelland, author of the publication, says more than 75% of American adults don’t have advance directives in place.SL 04-13 
04-06-18CHILDREN CAN HAVE FUN AND LEARN – The Week of the Young Child, April 16th through the 20th, is an annual event hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Daily themes, such as Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday or Work Together Wednesday, provide children an opportunity to learn through everyday activities. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says children can learn math, science, language and literacy, as well as develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills.SL 04-06
03-30-18YOUNG CHILDREN AND DIGITAL MEDIA– It’s common to see parents and young children interacting with digital media on smartphones and tablets. But how does the use of these devices impact young children? The answer, according to K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles, depends on whether parents and children are actively engaged in the use of digital media.SL 03-30 
03-23-18SPRING CLEANING THE KITCHEN– Spring cleaning is part of our culture, making it almost impossible not to vacuum, dust and clean the windows. But there's so much more to spring. K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee offers tips for cleaning the kitchen and outdoor grill, shopping at the local farmers market, and preserving foods for later use.SL 03-23
03-16-18WALK THE EIGHT WONDERS OF KANSAS– Walk Kansas is an eight-week K-State Research and Extension health initiative that encourages people to be physically active, eat more fruits and vegetables and incorporate at least a few days of strengthening exercises into their wellness program. Northeast area Extension specialist and state coordinator of Walk Kansas, Sharolyn Jackson, says the challenges are the same this year but the “virtual” trails have been changed to allow participants to experience the Eight Wonders of Kansas.SL 03-16
03-09-18GOING FURTHER WITH FOOD– March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme focuses on ways to go further with food, including eating a variety of healthful foods, planning for meals and snacks and avoiding food waste. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter discusses what we can do to ensure the foods we consume provide the energy and nutrients we need to be healthy.SL 03-09 
03-02-18ADDING WHOLE GRAINS TO YOUR DIET – The USDA recommends eating grains daily, and at least half of those should be whole grains. Research shows whole grains reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. However, studies show most Americans aren't eating enough whole grains. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says reading product labels is an effective way to start adding more whole grains to your diet. SL 03-02
02-23-18READING WITH CHILDREN– Reading with a young child can boost their school readiness, help them become better readers and increase their vocabulary. In addition, books with diverse characters help them learn about the world. March is National Reading Awareness Month and K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles encourages adults to spend at least 15 minutes each day reading with, not to, young children.SL 02-23 
02-16-18A FOCUS ON COMMUNITY HEALTH– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded K-State Research and Extension specialists Elaine Johannes and Erin Yelland more than 300-thousand dollars to recruit volunteers with diverse backgrounds and equip them with the skills needed to create positive health-related changes in their communities. Yelland says addressing the declining health of the American population is a pressing issue that requires innovative initiatives to produce significant impacts, and this grant provides the support to implement a Master Health Volunteer program in Ottawa, Saline, Dickinson, Marion, McPherson, Cherokee and Cowley counties. SL 02-16
02-09-18DO YOU KNOW YOUR VALENTINE?– Valentine’s Day is about showing love and affection for that special someone. However, the expectation to make it perfect can create stress and anxiety. K-State Research and Extension family systems specialist Charlotte Shoup Olsen says paying attention to your Valentine’s “cues” makes it easier to find the right gift, dine at their favorite restaurant or pick a movie they’ll like.SL 02-09
02-02-18STARTING A SAVINGS HABIT– Savers with a plan can be over twice as likely to save successfully. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says one of the principles of America Saves and Kansas Saves is that when the plan is written down and shared with others, we are more likely to continue to work toward that goal and to have better success achieving it. America Saves Week, which begins February 26th and runs through March 3rd, will use daily savings themes to focus on increasing savings, reducing debt, and developing habits that lead to a strong financial future.SL 02-02
01-26-18SUPER SNACKS, DRINKS AND ACTIVITY– Diehard Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots fans aren’t the only ones who can’t wait for Super Bowl 52 to kick-off in Minneapolis on February 4th – everyone who loves football and Super Bowl parties – are anxiously awaiting the big game. On game day, the average American will consume at least 2,400 calories just during the four to five hour telecast. That’s well above the amount of calories recommended for an entire day! K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says a Super Bowl party doesn’t have to be calorie crazy.  SL 01-26
01-19-18THE SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. And, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, not only is it the sixth leading cause of death in the country, but it also currently cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. About 12 percent of Kansans currently have the disease or related dementia. K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist Erin Yelland discusses the risk factors, signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.SL 01-19
01-12-18WALK FOR BETTER HEALTH– Walk Kansas, a K-State Research and Extension health initiative, encourages people to be physically active, eat more fruits and vegetables, and incorporate strength and relaxation exercises into their overall wellness program. This year’s Walk Kansas begins March 18th and continues through May 12th. State Walk Kansas coordinator, Sharolyn Jackson, provides an overview of the program and how its participants benefit from Walk Kansas.SL 01-12
01-05-18KNOWING YOUR SLOW COOKER– Slow cookers are perfect for those days you don’t have time to cook after work, have grown tired of grabbing fast food on the way home or just want dinner ready when you walk through the door. As a result of the long, low-temperature cooking, K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says a variety of foods, including soups, stews and casseroles can be made in a slow cooker. Slow cookers help tenderize less-expensive cuts of meat, bring out the flavor in foods and use less electricity than an oven. She discusses how to get the most use out of a slow cooker.SL 01-05


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