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Keeping Health at the Forefront as a Busy Parent

It’s Monday, after a busy weekend traveling to sporting and school events, family gatherings and catching up on housework, an overwhelming feeling of stress and inorganization fills your mind. Your time is stretched thin and thinking about how to keep your children’s eating and exercise habits a priority, as well as your own, is something that feels too complicated and requires too much of your time.

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Be Ready for Mosquitos

With the very wet 2019 spring and recent rains, it inevitable that mosquito populations will be high this year. Although there are over 20 species of mosquitoes that call South Dakota home, there are really only two species that account for the majority of observed individuals.

Small black fly.

What Are Those Little Flies That Keep Biting Me?

If you have been swarmed and bitten by small black flies this year, you’re not alone. The culprits of these bites are commonly referred to as black flies or buffalo gnats. The reason we are noticing so many in 2019 is likely due to favorable spring conditions that included a lot of moisture.

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Sep 09

Walk With Ease Self-Guided Program

SDSU Extension would like to invite the public to participate in Walk With Ease Self-Guided Sessions from September 9 to October 18, 2019.

Walk With Ease, Health, Physical Activity

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Takeaways From the New 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Recently, the second edition of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans were released. So what is new in the guidelines? Here are some of the key takeaways from the updated guidelines.

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Protecting Yourself From Ticks

During wet springs, tick populations tend to thrive in South Dakota. These parasitic arthropods require blood to fulfill their nutritional needs and commonly use humans as a host. Some ticks can also carry bacterial diseases that are a threat to human health.

Participants walking  in one of the Physical Activity Evidence-Based programs offered through SDSU Extension

Managing Joint Pain and Symptoms With Physical Activity

Physical activity is a key behavior to help manage joint symptoms and pain. Let’s review a few different types of arthritis and explore ways to increase mobility and manage pain with physical activity.

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Celebrate Earth Month Outside and With These Activities

April is Earth Month and April 22nd is Earth Day. With the weather finally starting to turn into spring, this a great time to get kids outdoors and talk about science and do experiments.

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Exercise: The Four Components & How to Accomplish Them

In this exercise training guide, stretching, cardiovascular training, resistance training, and neuromotor training will be covered so that you can begin exercising with confidence!