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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.

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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 
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