Upcoming Events

Playground of Dreams Opening

Ceremony to Celebrate the rebirth of the Playground of Dreams

Please share the exciting news of the grand opening ceremony of the Playground of Dreams.  Here’s a brief schedule:

10:00- Play and welcome

10:30- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

11:00- Lunch served until all food is gone (hamburgers, water, chips, watermelon)

2:00- Wrap Up

Everyone is welcome to spend the day or just show for the ceremony. If you know anyone who had a part in the construction of the original playground please invite them to attend.

Special thanks to Walmart, Medical Center Barbour, Chamber of Commerce, and Alabama Power for donating lunch items.

Stress Workshop for High School Students and Parents

4-H Talks Stress at workshop

Geni Dean, Barbour County 4-H FREA, recently spoke to a group of Barbour County High School students and parents about teen stress and how to manage it.  This was part of the joint effort between Barbour County 4-H and Barbour County High School to bring career readiness and leadership classes to the local high schools.  If you would like to get your students or school involved in 4-H, please contact the Barbour County Extension Office for more information.


Put Your Best Fork Forward


By: Helen H Jones, Regional Extension Agent, Human Nutrition, Diet, and Health

Eating healthier does not mean changing your entire eating pattern overnight. Small changes, made over time, can add up. For National Nutrition Month® 2017, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to start small – one forkful at a time, and “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”

Each March, the Academy encourages everyone to focus on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. Whether you are planning meals to prepare at home or selecting when dining out, always “Put Your Best Fork Forward” to help find your healthy eating style.

“How much we eat is as important as what we eat, which is why this year’s National Nutrition Month theme inspires us to start with small changes in our eating habits,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Kristi King.

The Academy strives to communicate healthful eating messages that emphasize balancing food and beverages within an individual’s energy needs, rather than focusing on any one specific food or meal. To this end, it is the Academy’s position that improving overall wellbeing requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing lasting and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity.

“It’s important to balance individualized eating plans that include a variety of your favorite, nutritious foods with physical activity most days of the week,” King says. “Registered dietitian nutritionists bring the knowledge and experience to help people find balance and create sustainable solutions that will keep them healthy throughout their entire lives.”