Extension Service Office Is Back Open

             LIVING WELL IN
           By Pamela Redwine
           County Coordinator
       MSU Extension Agent III

The MSU Extension Service is open!  And we are seeing clients one-on-one with all safety precautions in place such as mask being worn while in office, sanitizing, and practicing social distancing. All face-to-face events, meetings and trainings remain canceled through August 1 due to COVID-19 pandemic. If you need to contact us you can call the office at 662.675.2730 or you can reach me at p.redwine@msstate.edu.   

We hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

It feels good to finally have some upcoming events to announce to you! Here are a few programs we have coming up.  Please notice that all events at this time will be held online.  

Our Create MHV Club is jumping on the virtual wagon this month too!  Our Virtual Create Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 9 a.m.  Our June project is a patriotic wrap bracelet/necklace.  The project will be led by Jo Davis.  You can pick up a supply kit (while supplies last) at the Extension office June 12th – June 16.  The kit is $4. Please bring exact amount and call Extension office to let us know when you are coming.  

Register now for 4-H Camp In a Box!  This statewide virtual camp will be held June 22-26 from 10-11 a.m.  The camp will be led by Dr. Mariah Morgan from MSU for ages 5-13.  

You can register at http://tinyurl.com/4HCampBox  for the camp and for your box.  The cost is $29 and the box will include: (200) generic building bricks, (1) small 6×6 base plate, (1) printed curriculum, (1) 32 GB jump drive with lessons pre-loaded if you don’t have internet access, (1) small packet of insta-snow and a few more surprises!  

Quantities are limited, and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Boxes will begin shipping USPS to the shipping address provided on June 8.  For more information you can call me at the Extension office or email me at p.redwine@msstate.edu.

We are very excited to announce that we will VIRTUALLY host our 2020 State 4-H Congress July 6-31!  It will be open to senior 4-Hers, ages 14-18 (as of January 1, 2020).  There will be four online educational modules (Agriculture and STEM, Healthy Living and Family Consumer Sciences, Leadership and Citizenship, and Career Readiness) that 4-Hers can participate in!    

4-Hers can enroll in as many or as few modules as they want and work at their own pace.  Completing an entire module will earn 4-Hers a certificate!  

How To Register

You will need to contact your local extension agent in order to register for virtual State 4-H Contests.  Registration begins on June 1 and will run through June 30.  You can contact The Yalobusha County Extension office at 675-2730.

Make sure to visit our Facebook Page (MSU- Yalobusha County Extension Service) regularly as we are posting helpful tips daily including short videos to help you in a variety of topics such as planting a garden, getting rid of fire ants and preparing for the canning season and more.  

Coronavirus and Diabetes

Do you wake up with an occasional sore throat, cough, or watery eyes and immediately think, “coronavirus?” 

You’re not alone. As the number of cases of COVID19 has surpassed two million in the US, we all await a vaccine in hopes of preventing the potentially deadly disease. To date, over 100,000 people have succumbed to the virus and the US will most certainly see even more deaths this summer.

Now is not the time to lower your guard 

While wearing a mask and social distancing may help to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the arrival of summer has made it more difficult for people to stay inside. Warm weather and relaxed rules, which vary from state to state, are bringing people outdoors. And with the loss of jobs and plunge of the US economy, many people are eager to return to work, regardless of the risk. 

The good news is that most healthy people will recover from the virus, but certain populations tend to be more vulnerable. Studies show that adults with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are at higher risk of having more health complications than healthy adults. 

Diabetes and coronavirus risks

As mentioned above, one population that’s been found to be more vulnerable is those with diabetes. For starters, people with diabetes are at higher risk for any infection, including the flu and coronavirus. Patients with diabetes often have altered immune responses to infection including T-cell and macrophage activation. In addition, poor glucose control impacts many aspects of the immune response to viral infection including possible bacterial infection in the lungs. 

The reasons behind the increased risk are not always clear, but scientists suggest it may be related to underlying, low-grade inflammation, impaired cell-mediated response, and underlying changes in metabolism. It’s also been noted that those with diabetes may have a higher angiotensin-converting enzyme-2, which increases viral uptake and may raise the risk for COVID19 severity. 

Communicating Food for Health Newsletter, July 2020

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