The positive aspects of baking together are among the topics in Living Well Together, a new series of free online informational sessions offered by K-State Research and Extension.
Families Living Well: K-State offering free online sessions to boost together time
First ‘Living Well Together’ sessions touch on baking together and playing board games; more topics to follow
Dec. 7, 2020
MANHATTAN, Kan. – We’ve all spent a lot of time with family and friends living in our pods during the coronavirus pandemic and looking for creative, positive ways to spend that time together.
Extension professionals from Kansas State University have been in the same situation with their families. As a result, they’ve created a series of virtual programs, titled Living Well Together, as a way for individuals and families across the state to capitalize on that time.
"Just like other families, we in extension have been spending a lot of time with our families during COVID-19,” said Sharolyn Jackson, family and consumer sciences specialist for northeast Kansas. “Since we're in the business of helping families every day through our work in extension, it made sense for us to put our heads together – virtually, of course -- and figure out ways to help other families make the most of their time together."
Participation is free to all Kansans, but registration is required. Participants can choose to register for one session or as many as they like. Once registered, a Zoom link will be sent to the registrant’s email address.
“Living Well Together is a series of one hour sessions that touch on a wide variety of essential skills that empower individuals and families to live, work and thrive,” Jackson said. The series was developed by extension agents and specialists in northeast Kansas but open to everyone across the state. The programs will be recorded for those who cannot participate in the live sessions.
The sessions kick off with Baking Together on Dec. 8 and Bonding Thru Board Games on Dec. 10, both with a start time of 6:30 p.m. CST. Online registration is available for both at https://tinyurl.com/KSRELivingWellTogether.
Baking Together will address how activity in the kitchen is part social and part essential, and how measuring, mixing and baking with and for family members provides inexpensive, delicious and local foods. It features family and consumer sciences educator Sharon Davis and the non-profit Homebaking.org. There will be time for questions and answers.
Bonding Thru Board Games touches on how playing board games can help develop six qualities exhibited in strong, successful families around the world and across cultures. It is led by Sedgwick County extension agent Elizabeth Brunscheen-Cartagena.
Starting Jan. 7, Living Well Together weekly virtual sessions are planned on Thursday evenings at 6:45 CST. Sessions are planned through at least March 25. Some topics planned for early 2021 are the Mediterranean eating style, checking your credit, home organization tips, family mealtime fun and more.