With so many weight loss programs available, it is easy to become confused about what works and what does not when it comes to losing weight to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. The National Diabetes Education Program wants you to know that you don’t have to knock yourself out to lower your risk. In fact, the findings of a major study show that modest weight loss can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. Here are some proven small steps developed by NDEP to help you make gradual lifestyle changes to lose weight safely and keep it off.
From the Kentucky Housing Corporation, Community Ventures Corporation has received $199,500 from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and $500,000 from the HOME Investment Partnership. These funds will be used to construct or acquire and rehab seven units of affordable housing in 28 rural Kentucky counties including LaRue. Funding will used for acquisition and construction with a portion converted to permanent financing (down payment and closing cost assistance) for the homebuyer. Eligible homebuyers must have incomes at or below 80 percent average median income.
Operation: Military Kids is a collaborative effort with Kentucky’s communities to support military children, youth and families impacted before, during, and after deployment. The Family and Consumer Sciences Extension program at the University of Kentucky is helping to coordinate OMK in our state.
OMK provides support to military families who are geographically dispersed, recognizing that these families have significantly different needs than those families on active military installations. For more information, visit www.operationmilitarykids.org.
Treasure can be found in the most unlikely places and, according to the U.S. Treasury, Americans have about $15 billion dollars worth currently hiding in sock drawers, piggybanks, on automobile floorboards and under the sofa cushions. It is estimated that the average household accumulates $50 worth of change every month. It may seem like a bit of a stretch to think of pocket change as an investment opportunity, but in 20 years at 5 percent interest, that $50 in change would yield more than $20,000.
We first offered our new Main Street Membership program at Extension Expo and were pleased to have quite a few of you sign up, about half also volunteering to help with projects. People are still coming in to the office to sign up: $5 for students and seniors 60 or over; $10 for other individuals; $20 for businesses and organizations and $100 for a lifetime membership. We will be reaching out into the community to find more corporate members and individuals and we have no boundaries where members are concerned.
Local Master Clothing Volunteer Rosa Smith is promoting a service project to help area cancer patients. Hardin Memorial Hospital is in need of comfort caps and heart-shaped pillows. The caps are a gift to patients undergoing cancer treatment. The pillows are used by breast cancer patients and back surgery patients.
WorkOne Southern Indiana is offering to reimburse some of what employers pay to provide their workers information technology training.
Companies with employees pursuing an IT degree or certification can be reimbursed for 50 percent of their training costs up to $3,000 through June. The program is available to employers in a 26-county area running along Interstate 65 from Scott County in Indiana to LaRue County in Kentucky.
The project is part of the Wired65 Initiative.
For more information, contact WorkOne New Albany at (812) 941-6417.
Hosparus – Hospice of Central Kentucky will host free L.O.S.S. (Loss of Someone Special) support groups in Elizabethtown and Campbellsville. The group is open to family members of former Hosparus patients and others in the community grieving the loss of a loved one.
•Elizabethtown; 6-7:30 p.m.; first and third Mondays of each month; 105 Diecks Drive.
•Campbellsville; 6-7:30 p.m.; second Monday of each month; Green River Plaza, Suite 5.
For more information, contact Carlton Puryear at 270-789-4247 or 800-859-8782.
There should be at least one smoke detector outside of each sleeping area and on every floor of your home. For increased protection, it is recommended that a smoke detector be installed in each bedroom. All smoke detectors should be inspected and tested on a monthly basis. Properly installed and working smoke detectors will provide an early warning and nearly double the chance of surviving a fire.
The National Fire Protection Association advises consumers to: