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Help wanted: young people now to lead in the future PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tristen Roll, submitted by National 4-H Council Media   
I’m only 13 years old, and I’m already preparing myself for the future. I’ve learned to drive a car, I work under the hood of a 1976 Monte Carlo in my spare time, and I’m awake at the crack of dawn preparing my market swine to be showcased at county fairs. I probably get more work done by noon than most people get done all day. You see, I’m focused, and I have a plan for my future.

But, I recently learned that I may be in the minority. Did you know that half of today’s youth admit they feel under-prepared for their future?

That’s right, 50 percent of my peers say they are not prepared for life after high school, according to a 2014 survey of American youth. It’s a startlingly statistic, and it’s going to change with me.

I can start with myself, by working side-by-side with my grandfather on our wheat farm in Holyoke. My grandfather is my hero. He’s taught me everything I know about farming and its importance in our economy. Some days you can catch me running the tractor across our dry land, and other days you can find me trap shooting. In a year or so, I hope to have achieved my goal of getting a job with a local farmer.

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Holyoke Enterprise July 2, 2015

Thinking About Health PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service   

If you knew how many calories in that sandwich, would you still eat it?

Not long ago my husband showed up with a sandwich for lunch that he bought at a local supermarket. I thought it was going to be our usual: turkey and provolone with lettuce on a hard roll, always plenty for both of us. At $6.50, how could you go wrong?

This time, the sandwich was different. It now cost $9.50 and was piled high with turkey and cheese on a roll that was much bigger than what we were used to. In short, it was awful — enough meat and cheese for four people on squishy bread that tasted more like a morning sweet roll. But the bigger serving probably looked like a good deal to a lot of people who thought only about size relative to cost and nothing about size or cost relative to calories.

After surgery on the sandwich, the two of us ate some of it and saved slices of the meat and cheese for later. My guess is most buyers would have eaten the whole thing believing they were getting great value for the money. Maybe they were, but they were also getting at least half the calories most of them needed for the day.

Take the calories we consume at breakfast and dinner plus a bunch of Cokes and other sweet drinks we sip through the day, and that sandwich likely would put people well over their ideal daily caloric intake.

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Holyoke Enterprise July 2, 2015

Extension Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kindra Plumb   

The power of green

Over 400 youth recently participated in the Colorado State 4-H Conference, which was held June 23-26 on the Colorado State University campus. Phillips County 4-H was represented by seven youth members. State 4-H Conference is a week of competitions, leadership and fun.

During the week, members have the opportunity of participating in numerous contests and events. These include Parliamentary Procedure, Hippology, Consumer Choices, Horse Judging, Livestock Judging, Horse Bowl, Livestock Bowl, Horse Demonstration, and Prepared and Impromptu Speaking.

Phillips County had four members participate in both the Livestock Judging contest and the Livestock Quiz Bowl contest.

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Holyoke Enterprise July 2, 2015