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New 4-H Clubs Will Be Starting In WV Area

By Pamela Redwine
County Coordinator
MSU Extension Agent III

I am super excited to announce that two new 4-H clubs will be starting in September in the Water Valley area.  Natalie Bryant Turner will be the volunteer leader for a 4-H Community club for youth, ages 8-18 years old, and a Cloverbud club for youth, ages 5-7 years old.  Natalie has completed all of the requirements to become a certified 4-H volunteer with the MSU Extension Service.
Natalie is no stranger to 4-H as she grew up in the 4-H program in Calhoun County. As of right now, all club meetings will be held virtually through Zoom.  The 4-H Club (for ages 8-18) will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 12 and 26 and the Cloverbud Club will meet on Thursday, September 10 and 24 at 4:30 p.m.
More information about the clubs will be provided at these meetings.  If you are interested in signing up to attend these meetings please contact me at the Extension Office at 675-2730 or  Because these meetings will be held virtually, you must have a valid email address to attend.

Tips to Lower Sugar Consumption
Why is Limiting Sugar Important?
Reducing the amount of calories we consume from added sugars leaves more calories available for nutrient-dense foods that promote overall health: fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Diets high in added sugar are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
Tips to Reduce Added Sugars:
• Choose unsweetened beverages such as plain water or 100 percent vegetable or fruit juice.
• Choose unsweetened coffee and tea.
• Instead of sweet baker foods like muffins, scones, cakes and pies, enjoy fresh fruit or a slice of whole grain bread with 100 percent fruit spread.
• Look for hot and cold breakfast cereals without added sugars such as plain in oatmeal or shredded wheat. Read the nutrition facts labels carefully to find added sugars.
• When choosing a breakfast bar, read the list of ingredients and choose foods where a sugar is not listed in the first three ingredients.
• Instead of cookies, candy, or other sweets, choose fruits for a snack.
• Avoid chocolate, strawberry, or other types of flavored milks (both dairy and plant-based milks).  Instead enjoy plain, unflavored, and unsweetened milk.
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Extension Office Notes:

• Sign your child up now for the September’s 4-H Cooking Kit. Sign-up is scheduled from Sept. 1 to 18 and the kits will be available for pickup on Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The kit will include a set of instructions, surprise recipe, all of the ingredients needed to make the recipe and a surprise kitchen item!
4-H Cooking kits provide youth an opportunity to learn and practice cooking skills at home, spend time with family and explore new interests in foods.  This is open to youth, ages five and up.  However, younger and/or inexperienced youth will require adult supervision.  There is a $5 participation fee that will help cover the cost of the kit.
For more information contact Pamela Redwine at the MSU Extension office at 675-2730 or email me at or check us out on Facebook at Yalobusha County 4-H.

• Due to the recent guidelines put in place during COVID-19 crisis, the Extension Service canceled all face-to-face ServSafe Classes.  However, we have been approved to offer onsite exam proctoring only (one person at a time).  Interested participants should contact the Extension office at 675-2730 and further instructions will be given as well as a testing date and time.  You will need to purchase a seat code from for $36.
MSU-Extension also charges $74 to proctor the exam (with no book) or $114 (to proctor exam and purchase book).  You can register online at or come by the Yalobusha County Extension Office.

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