Openings remain for Nov. 3 ‘cheesy’ Extension workshop

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“It’s So Easy Being Cheesy!” will be heard throughout the Carrollton area after local residents attend an all-day hands-on cheese making workshop taught by Jim Graves Thurs-day, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. here at the Exten-sion office. Jim raises his own goats and is a graduate of a three-day cheesemaking school at the University of Kentucky. 

Participants will learn how to make butter, to make and handle buttermilk and different cheese cultures, why temperature is important and learn a lot of valuable information about cheesemaking.

They also will make several kinds of cheese and receive a packet with information on cheese and cheesemaking plus recipes for a variety of different cheeses. 

Cost of the session is $12. Lunch is included. 

There are still openings for the workshop. Call the Carroll County Extension Service at (502) 732-7030 to register or stop by the office at 500 Floyd Drive in Carrollton. Checks should be made payable to Carroll County Extension Service.

Learn About Tai Chi

Jim Thaxton, Health Educator with Three Rivers District Health Department in Pendleton County, will present a special session on Tai Chi and Emotional Freedom Technique Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension office.

Jim will be a guest presenter at our weekly Weight the Reality Series and we are inviting all interested residents to attend.

If you’re looking for another way to reduce stress, consider Tai Chi (TIE-chee). Tai Chi is sometimes described as “meditation in motion” because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body. Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching.

Originally developed in ancient China for self-defense, tai chi evolved into a graceful form of exercise and is now used for stress reduction and to help with a variety of other health conditions. To do tai chi, a series of postures or movements are performed in a slow, graceful manner.

Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Jim will also demonstrate EFT, a psychological acupressure technique to optimize your emotional health.

Please call the Extension office to let us know you will be there so we have enough materials. 


Recess before lunch — less food waste

Students given an opportunity to play and be physically active before lunch are better able to learn and more likely to eat a good lunch. 

Teachers report students are more well behaved and in better health when recess is scheduled before lunch. When students return from lunch they are ready to learn and there is no need for a cool down period following recess.

Perhaps the most significant benefit is the reduction in waste. 

Schools generating 15 bags of trash prior to implementing the recess period before lunch had only five bags of waste afterwards.

Recess can help children get the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day.

Being active is a great way to cut down on screen time at home where kids regularly watch television and spend time working on a computer for hours on end.

Recess before lunch and activity before dinner to achieve an hour or more physical activity each day can also help children get a good night of sleep.

If you can remember the joy of hearing the recess bell, do what you can to help children in your community benefit from more time to play.   

This information was shared by Janet Mullins, Extension Specialist for Food and Nutrition, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.


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.