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Extension Homemakers host drug-abuse talk

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Carroll County Extension Homemakers invite all interested residents to a special program, “Championing for a Drug Free Carroll County” Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension Service office, 500 Floyd Drive in Carroll-ton.

Guest speakers will be Kentucky State Police Trooper Dave Roberts and Champions Coordinator Misty Wheeler.

Roberts and Wheeler will provide an insight into the problem, discuss the issues and ways to protect oneself and become an advocate. They will also discuss hot spot cards and health risks resulting from drug abuse.

In response to a growing concern with the increasing prevalence of prescription and non-prescription drug abuse and other drug activities in Carroll County, the Homemakers organization is hosting this program to inform the public and help residents understand what they individually can do and ways the community can come together to address the problem. 

Grandparents raising
grandchildren support group 

“Grandparents raising grandchildren, friends raising others’ children and relatives raising relatives’ children…” is an increasing statistic across the county today.

“Relatives Raising Relatives” is a Carroll County support group providing support, programs, and discussion to help answer questions and concerns faced by these parents.

Group meetings are the first Thursday of the month at the Carroll County Extension office. The next meeting is tomorrow, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. Those planning on attending are encouraged to call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030 so enough food and materials are provided.  

The soft drink lifestyle

Researchers have wondered for a long time about the impact of sugar substitutes on the American diet. Do they really help people eat fewer calories or lose weight? Diet soft drinks are the most commonly used source of sugar substitutes in the United States. 

A new study suggests that whether you are drinking regular or diet, a lifestyle including soft drinks is not likely to promote good health.  Researchers found that people who regularly drink soft drinks, even diet sodas, are also known to eat foods higher in calories and fat, and to get less physical activity. Soft drink consumers were found to have a 40 percent greater risk of having or developing metabolic syndrome, a set of conditions that increase risk for heart disease. These conditions include increased waist circumference, fasting blood glucose, triglycerides and blood pressure and decreased HDL (good) cholesterol.  So take a look at your lifestyle and see where you may be able to make some changes to decrease your risk factors. It is not likely that diet soft drinks themselves actually cause people to develop risk factors. Rather, consumption of soft drinks probably accompanies other lifestyle choices that do not promote heart health.

Happy Halloween

Oct. 31 is a magical night for children but can be dangerous if they are not careful.

Children under 12 years of age should be accompanied by an adult; older children should go in a group with other students. They should know their phone number or carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.

Everyone should carry a flashlight with new batteries. It is important to trick-or-treat only at homes with outside lights that are turned on and never enter anyone’s home unless accompanied by an adult.

Children should be reminded to walk and not run while trick-or-treating and to stop at street corners and driveways looking both directions before crossing the street.

All candy should be inspected before eating. Discard all unwrapped candy. Be safe and have a happy Halloween!

 

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.