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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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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
12-22-17MEASURING FINANCIAL HEALTH– As one year ends and a new one begins, it’s common to reflect on where we stand – both personally and professionally. Kansas State University associate professor in the Department of Family Studies and Human Services and an Extension specialist in financial management, Elizabeth Kiss, (kish) says it’s also a good time to assess where we stand financially and to set short and long-term financial goals.SL 12-22 
12-15-17A STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY FOR PETS– Many of the things that make the holidays special for us – being with friends, eating favorite foods, traveling, and even shopping – can be a source of stress for pets. Susan Nelson, a clinical professor at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center, says there are steps we can take to minimize pet stress and keep them happy and healthy throughout the holiday season.SL 12-15
12-08-17MONITOR TEENAGE SMARTPHONE USE– According to data released earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of suicide among teenage girls has reached a 40-year high. While the reasons are complex, Kansas State University associate professor and Extension specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, Elaine Johannes, says the increased use of smartphones to access social media could be a contributing factor. SL 12-08
12-01-17ENGAGING CHILDREN IN THE HOLIDAYS– According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, about nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas. For children, Santa – and the gifts he brings – plays a major role in the celebration. However, the buying, giving and receiving of gifts is something children must be taught – along with the numerous family and societal traditions associated with Christmas. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles offers some tips for helping children understand the spirit of the holiday season.SL 12-01 
11-24-17MANAGING HOLIDAY SPENDING– According to the National Retail Federation, 54 percent of consumers  plan to spend about the same as last year on holiday shopping, with 24 percent planning to spend more than last year. Total spending is expected to exceed one trillion dollars. Unfortunately, when credit card bills start arriving, many consumers suffer what’s known as the “January hangover” – realizing they’ve spent more than they remember. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says one key to surviving the holidays in good financial shape is to set a budget and stick to it.SL 11-24 
11-17-17FOOD SAFETY FOR THE HOLIDAYS– The Dietary Guidelines for Americans outline four basic food safety principles: clean, separate, chill and cook. Following those principles reduces the risk of food poisoning – which seems to occur more often during the holidays. K-State Research and Extension food scientist and coordinator of the Rapid Response Center at Kansas State University, Karen Blakeslee, discusses food safety and offers a few other tips for making this a safe holiday season.SL 11-17 
11-10-17PROMOTING A CULTURE OF HEALTH– Research shows that those who take good care of themselves and make healthy lifestyle choices are healthier, happier, miss less work, and have lower healthcare costs. Health is one of K-State Research and Extension’s five Grand Challenges. The family and consumer sciences agent for the Walnut Creek Extension District, Erin Petersilie, is working with local health care and other professionals to create a culture of health for people in west central Kansas.SL 11-10
11-03-17EXPLORING “SHICK” OPTIONS– More than two dozen K-State Research and Extension agents at county and district offices are trained and ready to help senior citizens explore all the options available to them through their Medicare plans. Through a statewide program known as SHICK, Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, trained Extension agents can help older adults make better choices. K-State Radio Network’s Randall Kowalik talks with two SHICK trained Extension agents about the program, how they can help people select the best plan, and, hopefully, save them money.SL 11-03 
10-27-17WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPS– Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center have released the U.S. winter outlook with La Nina potentially emerging as the biggest wildcard in how this year’s winter will shape up. According to NOAA’s outlook, La Nina has a 55-65% chance of developing before winter sets in. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) talks about the effects of a La Nina and how it could impact Kansas. She also passes along a number of winter weather safety tips.SL 10-27
10-20-17ENGAGING THOSE LIVING IN POVERTY– The number of Kansas kids living in poverty is continuing to climb while funding for safety net programs continues to decline. As a result, many Kansas families are stressed and struggling with day-to-day life. Meanwhile, two Kansas State University researchers are using a grant to engage impoverished families in community conversation to learn more about the role of social capital in Kansas families living in poverty. K-State Research and Extension youth development specialist Elaine Johannes discusses the research project and the role Extension can play in helping families in need.SL 10-20
10-13-17DONATING NUTRITIOUS FOODS– Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In 2015, an estimated one in eight Americans were food insecure – that’s 42 million Americans, including 13 million children. In addition to federal nutrition programs, local food pantries assist people in putting food on the table. However, they often struggle to meet the demand and to provide a variety of food choices. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says that’s why it’s important that donations to local food pantries and community food drives are the same nutritious foods we purchase for our families.SL 10-13 
10-06-17THE FOOD AND PARTY MARATHON– The Christmas displays that are already set up in major retail outlets are a sure sign that the holiday season – and all the food that goes along with it – can’t be too far off. K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences specialist Sharolyn Jackson says Halloween marks the beginning of what some refer to as a food and party marathon – a marathon that won’t end until after the Super Bowl. She says eating in moderation, being physically active and identifying the things you struggle with during the extended holiday season will help you maintain your current weight.SL 10-06
09-29-17FACTORS INFLUENCING PURCHASES– A recent survey found that 39% of U.S. consumers would switch from the brands they currently buy to others that provide clearer, more accurate product information. With product information easier to find, many consumers are putting that knowledge to use, and are making their selections carefully and for specific purposes. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (Kish) discusses some of the factors that influence our buying decisions.SL 09-29
09-22-17THE RESILIENCY OF CHILDREN– Research has identified a set of factors that help children achieve positive outcomes in the face of significant adversity. Kansas State University assistant professor and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says that when communities and families strengthen these factors they optimize resilience across multiple areas. He discusses how to strengthen those factors.SL 09-22
09-15-17SLOW COOKER FOOD SAFETY – Some planning, preparation and a slow cooker are all that’s needed to have an inexpensive, healthy dinner ready when you walk through the door after a hard day at work. However, K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says there are some rules-of-thumb for food preparation and a few food safety guidelines to follow when using a slow cooker. SL 09-15
09-08-17SIX TIPS FOR PREVENTING FALLS– According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three Americans over the age of 65 falls every year, resulting in moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get around or live independently. To increase awareness about how to avoid fall-related injuries, the National Council on Aging recognizes September 22nd – the official start of fall – as Falls Prevention Awareness Day. K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist Erin Yelland offers six tips that can dramatically reduce fall-related injuries.SL 09-08 
09-01-17COMBATING OPIOID ADDICTION AND ABUSEK-State Research and Extension is developing plans and strategies to combat opioid addiction and abuse by working directly with communities to fight this growing epidemic. Extension youth development specialist Elaine Johannes and adult development and aging specialist Erin Yelland are researching this public health issue and have discovered that we’re in the middle of a perfect storm in the United States – especially in rural states. SL 09-01
08-25-17COLLECTING SOLAR ECLIPSE DATA– A total solar eclipse of the sun occurred on August 21st. The path of totality clipped the northeastern corner of the state. Despite cloud cover in many areas, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says weather stations in the Kansas Mesonet collected valuable data.SL 08-25
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