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Walk Kansas 2015
   Walk Kansas 2015 is set to begin March 15. This is the 14th year for the annual eight-week K-State Research and Extension Challenge, which emphasizes walking for health and encourages teams of six to cover the equivalent of the 423-miles distance across Kansas. If that doesn't seem far enough, participants can sign up to walk the state's 846-miles distance across Kansas and back or walk 1200-miles, which is the same distance as around the state's perimeter.
   This year we have a theme of "Walk Tall, Walk Strong, Walk Kansas." Walk Tall (emphasis on posture when standing, walking or sitting), Walk Strong (each week a new strengthening exercise will introduced in addition to walking), Walk Kansas (the basic program based on Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and our three challenge options).
   While the focus is on walking, the program has grown to include comparable heart-healthy aerobic exercise, like biking, swimming, water aerobics and dancing. There is a $7.00 registration fee, which includes weekly newsletter with food, nutrition, health and physical activity tips, and recipes, with a follow-up quarterly newsletter. Optional Walk Kansas shirts are available for purchase in Coral, Sports Gray and as always Purple! Team Packets can be picked up now and returned to the Extension Office by the start of the program.
Making a Difference

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

   Powerful Tools for Caregivers® is an education program to help family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions (e.g. storke, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and others).
   How do you know if Powerful Tools for Caregivers is right for you? Family caregiving knows no boundaries. Whether you provide care for someone at home or are responsible for someone in a long-term residence, down the block or miles away, you are a caregiver.
   Powerful Tools helps caregivers develop skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. It is a six-week series led by trained facilitators using a standardized curriculum. This educational program is a series of six classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of them. The "tools" learned in these series benefits caregivers by helping them reduce stress, improve caregiving confidence, establish balance in their lives, communicate their needs, make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.
   Class topics include: Taking Care of You, Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress, Communicating Feelings, Needs and Concerns, Learning from Emotions, Communicating in Challenging Situations & Mastering Caregiving Decisions.
   Classes will be held on Wednesday in March and April from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma and a repeat class from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Dodge City Senior Center. The dates are: March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 and 8. The cost is $5.00 per person which will cover the workbook and refreshments. Each location is limited to 25 participants, so please RSVP by March 2 by calling the Ford County Extension Office at 620-227-4542 or e-mailing eschnewe@ksu.edu.
Ford County Extension Office
100 Gunsmoke
Dodge City, KS 67801
Phone: 620-227-4542
Fax: 620-227-4586
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4-H Event
2015 Regional Club Day
Dodge City Middle School
Saturday, March 7, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m.

2015 Ford County Club Day
Dodge City Middle School

We Know AGriculture

Ford Co. Notification System
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Sign Up Today for New Notification System
Ford County emergency notification system is designed to instantly reach cell phones and other mobile devices when an urgent situation needs to be communicated. In the event of an emergency or severe weather conditions, an alert will be sent to the phone number provided by text and/or e-mail. There is no cost for an individual who has registered for the alerts; however, your cell phone carrier might charge you to receive text messages, so check your plan. For more information, contact the Ford County Administrative Services Office at 620-227-4670.
Register today at http://www.fordcounty.net.