Welcome to 2021 and a continuation in online educational formats from the AgriLife Extension Service! We have a new and exciting way to showcase the Upshur County Health Fair this year because it will NOT be face-to-face, so please watch for updates in the next couple of months.
Some face-to-face programs are being planned, but since safety is still a top priority as the COVID19 pandemic continues, several online programs are available – some at no cost and some at a low cost. Contact Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 903.680.8128 for information on how to register.
Please feel free to ask if you have a specific need in the Family & Community Health “area.” A variety of programs are available that Julie can host in Upshur County, including an emergency preparedness program for grades 6-12, “Color Me Healthy” for pre-K (train the teacher), common Medicare scams, Food Handlers certifications, “Be Well Live Well” for Senior Citizens and “Mindful Living” for any age. If any of those appeal to you, please contact Julie.
This is not a training, but Friday, January 22, the Upshur FCH Health Coalition is hosting a blood drive on the Courthouse square. If you already have an account with Carter BloodCare, search for events in the 75644 area. If not, and you want to donate, either contact Julie, go online to www.carterbloodcare.org or call 817-412-5830.
Beginning Saturday, January 30, AgriLife Extension’s Early Childhood Educator Training Program will be hosting a series of monthly virtual conferences for early childhood professionals statewide. The first Virtual Conference will be held on January 30th from 9am-12pm, with an emphasis on upcoming changes to the Minimum Standards for Child Care programs. Since this is a LIVE training and participants can interact with the presenters, they can receive clock hours for in person trainings, which is a huge benefit right now! The website has a wide variety of online trainings, but that’s just a portion of the requirement.
A 6-week virtual ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ class is for families caring for a parent, spouse, child or loved one. The online class is free and open to the public and meets once per week for six weeks on Tuesdays, starting at 10:00am – 11:30am, February 2 – March 9, 2021.
Two state-wide heart healthy trainings will be offered online in February: the one $10 session of “Healthy Heart – Heart Strong” program has two dates options – Feb. 4 & Feb. 16, and a $10 “Love Your Heart Series” series will be offered on Wednesdays in February.
Lastly, just to be clear, the Extension Service provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Julie York, M.S.
CEA-Family & Community Health
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Upshur Co.
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