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Oct 05

Walk With Ease (WWE) Self-Guided Program October - November

Are you looking to start walking, but not able to commit to an in-person walking group at this time? If so, SDSU Extension is excited to offer an online self-directed walking program to jumpstart your walking goals.

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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.

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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.

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Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Effective stress management techniques can help you approach managing your stress in a healthy manner, such as practicing good time management, having realistic expectations, practicing relaxation techniques, or becoming more physically active.

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Move Throughout the Day

Try some of the following exercises throughout your day and notice if your productivity, mood, and overall wellbeing improves!

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Ticks Becoming Active in South Dakota

The arrival of spring in South Dakota means warmer weather and more outdoor activities. However, it also brings an increase in tick activity.

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Boost Your Immunity With Simple Lifestyle Changes

Have you ever thought about how your daily routine or health habits affect your overall health? Have you been told that making time for those little things such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, and stress management, for example, can all affect more than one aspect of your life?

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Keep Moving Indoors

There are so many opportunities to squeeze in activity during the day. The current Physical Activity Guidelines say that any activity counts towards meeting the recommended 150 minutes of activity each week. So, get creative, find what you enjoy and keep your body moving as much as possible every day. 

A young woman demonstrating the starting and finishing position for the seated twist yoga pose. For a complete description of the movements, call SDSU Extension at 605-688-6729.

Gentle Yoga

The practice of yoga uses postures, breath work, and meditation to bring balance to the mind and body. Gentle yoga uses physical postures that are accessible to most people and that are done at a slower pace while being held for longer.

A young woman demonstrating the starting and finishing position for a weighted squat exercise. For a complete description of the movements, call SDSU Extension at 605-688-6729.

Weighted Exercises

Strength training is an important way to keep your body moving and in optimal health. Strengthening your muscles also helps your body perform everyday activities with ease and comfort.