By Pamela Redwine
Are you interested in learning basic couponing tips that can save you 50 percent or more on your grocery bill?
If so, we have the workshop for you. LaTrell Stokes, MSU-ES Extension Agent in Oktibbeha County, will be conducting a couponing 101 workshop May 7. The workshop will begin at noon at the Yalobusha County Extension Office, in Coffeeville. This workshop is free to the public. Come get tips on starting, collecting, and saving. We will discuss saving on more than just groceries. Bring your lunch. Call 675-2730 to reserve your spot!
To celebrate 100 years of the Extension Service in Mississippi, the Yalobusha County Extension office is hosting an open house. The event will be May 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Yalobusha County Extension Office located inside the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville. Please make plans to stop by and enjoy refreshments, meet our staff and find out about some of the activities that are going on at the Extension Office.
Our crochet group will meet three times during the month on May. The May meeting dates are Thursday, May 1, 15 and 29 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the extension office. The group is free, but you may want to bring your own yarn and needle. Mrs. Karol Jarman is our volunteer crochet leader.
Youth planning on submitting an art entry in one of the upcoming art contest can come to the Extension office on Thursday, May 1 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to work on their entry. Mrs. Pat Rodrigue, local artist, will be available to assist. Several entries will be due soon. The Dairy Poster contest entries are due May 15 and the North MS Fish Hatchery Art Contest entries are due to the Extension Office by Monday, May 5.
Our Healthy You exercise classes continue to meet on Monday, Wednes-day and Friday at 9 a.m. at the Extension office in Coffeeville.
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
In the United States, more than 22 million people are known to have asthma. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. Nearly 6 million asthma sufferers are children.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs which causes breathing problems. Symptoms of asthma include breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. These symptoms vary in frequency and severity. When the symptoms are not under control, the airways can become inflamed making breathing difficult. While asthma cannot be cured, the symptoms can be controlled enabling people with asthma to live full lives.
Positive Steps for Coping With Asthma
Prepare a personal asthma management plan with the help of your doctor. The management plan is tailored to the person with asthma and will cover which medications should be taken at certain times during the day and which risk factors of asthma to avoid.
Take relevant medications prescribed by your doctor which relieve symptoms of asthma and control related inflammation and swelling of the airways.
Educate yourself about the risk factors of asthma which can bring on symptoms and make the condition worse.
Learn to recognize when the symptoms are becoming worse.
Be prepared in case you have an asthma attack. This could include carrying a card which informs others about your condition and gives instructions on what to do when you have a severe asthma attack.
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is held in May because this coincides with the peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers.
People who suffer from asthma and allergies often experience noticeable physical symptoms during this month. By educating people with asthma on how to control their symptoms, it is hoped that the incidence of severe asthma attacks will fall and also the subsequent number of hospital visits.