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Sound Living

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.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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08-18-17HEALTHY EATING HABITS FOR CHILDREN – K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist, Sandy Procter, and Kansas State University associate professor in human nutrition and Extension specialist, Tanda Kidd, say teaching a child to make healthy food choices early in life is a key component to better overall health.SL 08-18 
08-11-17FINANCIAL DECEPTION IS COMMON – Kansas State University associate professor of personal financial planning, Sonya Britt, says money is a common area for arguments in relationships. However, discussing finances early in a relationship can help avoid problems later.SL 08-11
08-04-17SCHOOL LUNCHES VERSUS SACK LUNCHES– On average, a school lunch is lower in calories, carbohydrates, fat, saturated fat, iron and sugar than a packed lunch. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter explains why school lunches are a good option and provides some guidance for making a healthy packed lunch that kids will want to eat.SL 08-04 
07-28-17EXTENSION’S ROLE IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS– K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles discusses Extension’s role in promoting health and wellness while also combatting health disparities and inequalities.SL 07-28
07-21-17BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED FOR DISASTERSThroughout September, Prepare Kansas will focus on getting us financially prepared to survive any potential disaster. K-State Research and Extension resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says having records organized and up to date is important in an emergency, such as a fire, flood, tornado or prolonged power outage.
SL 07-21
07-14-17FOOD SAFETY FOR OLDER ADULTS – K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee says seniors who handle food safely can help keep themselves healthy.SL 07-14
07-07-17MEDICATION MANAGEMENT FOR OLDER ADULTS – K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist Erin Yelland says older adults shouldn't be afraid to ask doctors and pharmacists about the medications they're taking.SL 07-07
06-30-17THE COST OF GOING BACK-TO-SCHOOL– The National Retail Federation reports that families with children in K-12 spent an average of $670 last year on apparel, accessories, electronics, shoes and school supplies for a total of 27 billion dollars. Many consumers prefer to do all their back-to-school shopping at once. However, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) recommends spreading it out over several months – and whenever possible – throughout the entire school year.SL 06-30
06-23-17CUT ENERGY COSTS BY BEING “SMART” – The U.S. Department of Energy reports the typical  American family spends at least $2,000 a year on utility bills. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says replacing a manual or programmable thermostat with a “smart” thermostat is just one of the steps we can take to reduce energy costs – without sacrificing comfort.SL 06-23
06-16-17UNDERSTANDING STUDENT LOANS– A group of Extension specialists, including K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) have responded to the student loan debt crisis with a series of ten fact sheets to help students and their parents understand student loans before and after they borrow money.SL 06-16
06-09-17IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF OLDER ADULTSOn the heels of Older Americans Month, K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist, Erin Yelland, discusses some of the Extension programs that help older adults improve their overall health and wellness.SL 06-09
06-02-17MINIMIZE SUMMER LEARNING LOSS– K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says keeping children engaged in education – in a variety of ways – can reduce summer learning loss.SL 06-02
05-26-17BENEFITS OF EATING SALADS– K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter discusses the benefits of eating salads, which are now taking center stage as a main meal.SL 05-26
05-19-17KEEP OUTDOOR EATING SAFE– Kansas State University food scientist Karen Blakeslee discusses warm-weather food safety and the importance of using a meat thermometer when grilling poultry, ground meat or steaks and chops.SL-05-19
05-12-17WHERE ARE YOUR IMPORTANT PAPERS?K-State Research and Extension resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says a "grab-and-go" box protects against loss and provides peace of mind. SL 05-12
05-05-17RECOGNIZING EDUCATIONAL MILESTONES– K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says graduation ceremonies should be for milestones such as the transition from pre-school to kindergarten and kindergarten to first grade, not from first to second grade.SL 05-05
04-28-17HOME FOOD PRESERVATION SAFETY – K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee offers tips for making food preservation,,which typically involves freezing, canning or dehydrating, safe. SL-04-28 
04-21-17MODELING COPING BEHAVIOR - K-State Research and Extension youth development specialist Elaine Johannes discusses adolescent stress and positive ways to deal what that stress.SL 04-21
04-14-17THE WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD– K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles discusses things teachers and parents can do every day to help children learn and thrive.SL-04-14
04-07-17WALK KANSAS 5K FOR THE FIGHT - Walk Kansas and the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University are sponsoring the second annual 5K race and 1.5 mile fun walk on May 6th.SL 04-07