Wear red to fight heart disease

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On National Wear Red Day®, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, millions of Americans will join in the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red to stop heart disease in our lifetime.

Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, taking the life of one in three women each year. This means women just like you – mothers, sisters and friends – are dying at the rate of one per minute because they don’t know what you know: that heart disease kills.

Last year, the American Heart Association launched its 2020 Impact Goal, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. To achieve this goal, it is vital that Americans understand their true health status.

Currently, 39 percent of Americans think they are in ideal health when in reality less than one percent have an ideal health profile. Supporting “Wear Red Day” is important to help cutting-edge research and lifesaving public and professional education programs continue. These programs help reduce women’s risk for heart disease and stroke. Contact me if you wish some heart healthy recipes and recipes using red foods that you can make to honor Wear Red Day. 

Check out the www.WearRedForWomen.org/WearRedDay website for more information on your heart health.

Working, Camping, Learning for 4-H

4-H summer camping in Kentucky is one of the largest co-educational camping programs in the United States. All Kentucky programs are American Camp Association-accredited.

Kentucky’s camps encompass 300 to 1,500 acres at four locations. Over 8,000 youths ages 9 to 14 participate each summer, along with hundreds of teen and adult volunteer leaders and Cooperative Extension agents. Carroll County sends many youth to 4-H camp every summer.

If you are looking for a summer job that gives you the opportunity to be a positive and encouraging influence in many children’s lives, consider working at a 4-H camp. All staff members are required to have training and certification in CPR and First Aid before they begin working at camp. Lifeguards and health care providers must have current certifications prior to employment.

The camp staff does not stay in the cabins with the children, but live in separate staff quarters. Meals and medical insurance are also provided during each camp session.

Training for managers takes place April 29 to May 1. Camp instructors’ training is set for May 22-25 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in Jabez and May 26 and 27 onsite at each camp respectively. The deadline to apply is March 4.

Pre-employment criminal background checks are conducted on all new camp employees. Interviews for the 2011 season (including returning staff) are set for mid to late March. The four camps have different staffing needs which are listed at http://www.kentucky4h.org/camp, under the employment opportunities tab. Applications must be completed online at http://uky.edu/hr/ukjobs.

Camping schedules vary by location, but employment generally begins May 22 and extends through late July or the first week of August. Camp employees work 40 hours or more a week.

Working at 4-H camp is a terrific opportunity to do something worthwhile with your summer. You enhance your résumé with the experience and serve as a role model for young campers. If you have questions call the Carroll County Extension Service at 732-7030.