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With the holiday season in the rear view mirror, our sights are set forward on exercising and getting our dietary habits back on track. Even with a great plan in place, your healthy living plan can be de-railed by happy hour Friday, a party Saturday, brunch Sunday, movies, and dinners out. While one of these “off days” from your regularly scheduled diet can make you feel terrible, proper hydration and nutrition the following day can put you back in the driver seat.

Welcome to week two of 2017. This is the week that your new year’s resolutions are put to the test. The first week is filled with excitement and the vision of a healthier future. Week two is filled with sore muscles and a fatigued mental state. A great way to ensure that you stick to your fitness plans is to have clearly defined goals. I like to use the acronym SMART when it comes to setting my nutrition and fitness goals.


S- Specific- What exactly do you want to achieve? The more specific your description, the better the chance you'll get exactly that.

With one more flip of the calendar page we will arrive in 2017. There were successes, failures, and challenges for all of us over the past twelve months. For many of us, 2017 can’t get here fast enough! We often view the New Year as a time to “re-boot” and start the year fresh with new business, family, and personal goals. New Year’s goals and resolutions fill all of us with hope that this next calendar year can be the best year that we have ever had. While it may be easy for us to set new goals and resolutions, keeping those same goals and resolutions throughout the year (even the first month) is very difficult. Here are a few tips to stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions and goals.

Energy drinks (Red Bull, Monster, 5 Hour energy, soda, or coffee, tea, etc.) seem to be the first thing people grab for when they need a boost of energy. That boost of energy usually comes in the form of caffeine. Caffeine works by blocking the effects of adenosine, a brain chemical involved in sleep. By blocking the adenosine, the neurons in your brain fire. This produces “emergency” signals in your brain that releases adrenaline. This hormone causes your heart to beat faster and induces your liver to release extra sugar into the bloodstream. The end product of all of these biological processes is a short boost in energy. The increase in energy usually lasts thirty minutes or less and is followed by more than an hour of listlessness and drowsiness.

By: Kelly Feehan, Extension Educator

When it’s cold outside, mice try to find warmth inside.  In one year, all offspring and subsequent generations from a single pair of mice could add up to 10,000 mice.  Hence they are a common problem.

Dennis Ferraro, Nebraska Extension wildlife specialist, recently shared some tips for keeping mice out of residences and for trapping them. The best control is to prevent their entry indoors and sanitation. 

 According to Ferraro, understanding the abilities of mice will help in keeping them out.  For example, an adult mouse can squeeze through an opening as small as three-eighths inch.  Like cats, their whiskers tell them if the opening is large enough.

               Native, warm-season grass pastures often get overtaken by cool-season grasses like cheatgrass, downy brome, and smooth bromegrass. What can you do to minimize this problem?

 

               When cheatgrass, bromes, and other cool-season plants invade warm-season grass pastures and rangeland, they shift good grazing away from summer.

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