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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay: Understanding and Forgiveness During Stressful Times

Harvest is here, where farm families work together to accomplish numerous tasks. However, with unpredictable weather and market prices, time can be critical and intense stress can exist.

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Using Your Breath

The way we breathe can have positive or negative impacts on our health. If you find that moments throughout your day are marked by stress, the following breathing strategies may be techniques to try.

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Build Strength Without Using Weights!

Good news! You can use your own body weight to help build strong muscles and bones, no equipment needed!

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Oct 23

Onward in October: Virtual Self-Care Series

Join SDSU Extension Health & Wellness Specialists for a weekly self-care opportunity during the month of October.

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Mindful Eating

The practice of mindful eating has been researched and proven as a tool to improve eating behavior, appetite regulation, weight loss, blood sugar control, heart health, binge eating, stress, and responding to hunger and satiety cues.

A bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh fruit.

Fuel for Back to School

With children returning to school, it is vital that they start the day off with a nutrient-dense meal to promote proper growth and health.

Small black fly on pale skin.

Monitor Livestock, Pets and Yourself for Eye Gnat Activity

While being outside this week, I noticed a lot of small gnats flying around my legs and really bothering my dogs. I caught a few and identified them as eye gnats. Although this pest is considered a nuisance in most cases, it is capable of transmitting diseases and pathogens.

A father, mother and daughter walking in a field in the countryside.

Talking With Teens and Youth During Challenging Times

Youth are regularly faced with uncertain situations, disappointments and potential mental health challenges. It is important for caring adults in their life to be able to know how to talk to them during these times.

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Know Your West Nile Virus Vectors

In some areas of South Dakota, recent precipitation has led to an increase in mosquito activity. To reduce the chances of contracting West Nile Virus, it is important to understand the behavior of the mosquitos capable of vectoring it.

A woman applying bug spray to a teenager's arm.

How to Avoid Being Dinner: Preventing Tick and Mosquito Bites

Summer is here, and so are the opportunities to enjoy the long days and warm weather. Ticks and mosquitoes share the outdoors with us, and there are things you can do to prevent bites from both.