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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Canning Season Is Here, But Leave Out The Squash

By Pamela Redwine

Summertime is a very busy time for the Extension Service. We have just finished up several weeks of activities such as: MHV State Council and 4-H Contests.
Now we are getting into canning season. One of the main vegetables coming in now is squash. Remember that canning squash is NOT recommended.  
“Squash and Zucchini are low-acid vegetables and require pressure canning for a known period of time that will destroy the bacteria that cause botulism.  Slices or cubes of cooked summer squash will get quite soft and pack tightly into the jars.  The amount of squash filled into a jar will affect the heating pattern in that jar.  Therefore, it is best to freeze or pickle summer squashes, but they may also be dried.”      
Source: So Easy to Preserve, 5th Edition, p. 108
The United Y.C. MHV Club will meet on Tuesday, June 17. The business meeting will be at 9 a.m. followed by a program on “Drying Foods” presented by Pamela Redwine at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
The Healthy You Exer-cise Group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Extension Office. Join us for up to 45 minutes of low impact physical activity. If you come, make sure you wear comfortable, cool clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink.
Mark your calendars: The nurse will be available to take blood pressure and glucose on Wednesday, June 11 at 8:50 a.m.  Please arrive around 8:45 a.m. if you are interested in seeing the nurses.  This is a free service for all Healthy You Exercise Participants.  We will not exercise on Monday, June 16.

Home Safety
Did you know that your chances of getting hurt at home are much higher than they are at work or school?  The leading causes of death in the home are falls, drowning, fires, poisoning, suffocation, choking, and guns.  The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.  This article will help you ask questions to find out if your home is a safe place to live and how to make it even safer.
Very young children and older adults are the most likely to get hurt at home.  Keep people’s ages in mind when thinking about how to keep your home safe.
Falls kill more people than any other type of accident except car crashes.  Most falls happen at home. Most people trip and fall at floor level, not going up and down stairs. Falls can be worse for adults than for children. They fall faster and harder than children. Their bones are weaker, so they break more easily, too.
Young children are curious and get into everyday things that can hurt or even kill them.  More of them become sick or die from eating or drinking common items like medicine, makeup, and plants.  Children like to play with these things because they can look or smell good.
For over a decade, the number of people who die in fires has gone down. Yet fires are still one of the main causes of death in the home. Older adults are most at risk because they may not be able to respond to an alarm or get out of a building quickly.
Choking and suffocation also cause many deaths in the home. When a person chokes, something like a piece of food has gotten stuck in the throat and stopped his or her breathing. Suffocation happens when a person’s nose, mouth, or throat is blocked and he or she can’t breathe.  If someone stops breathing long enough, he or she can suffer brain damage or die.  Children under age 4 and older adults are the most likely to die from choking. People can choke on food or something not meant to be eaten at all, like a button or a coin. Sheets, blankets and plastic bags can suffocate people who get caught in them.

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