Virginia Cooperative Extension Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act
Join Virginia Cooperative Extension as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which officially established the National Cooperative Extension System. Activities are being planned throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia to commemorate the centennial in 2014. Events will be held in local communities, recognition of our Extension volunteers, and even a Virginia Cooperative Extension Day on May 8! Check this site frequently for periodic centennial updates and articles about Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and events.
Strong Women Strong Bones Program
Beginning in September, VCE-Frederick County Family and Consumer Science Agent, Rebecca Davis, will offer the Strong Women, Strong Bones (SWSB) program which is an 8-week strength training program for middle-aged women and men. Classes will begin September 15, 2014 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 527 Van Fossen Street, Winchester, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The class meets twice weekly for the first 4 weeks and then once a week for the second 4 weeks.
The program is designed for midlife women and men, sedentary or active, who are interested in improving their strength, balance, and flexibility; however, it is appropriate for all adults. The exercises work all the major muscle groups using a combination of dumbbells, adjustable ankle weights, and body weights. Research shows that while strength training improves muscle mass and bone density, it also decreases risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis.
The cost for the 8-week session is $25, and participants must supply their own set of beginning dumbbells and leg weights. The registration deadline is September 8th. Click here for the registration brochure.
Pest Management Guides Available
The 2014 version of Virginia Cooperative Extension's Pest Management Guides are now available on our website. The guides cover Field Crops, Home Grounds and Animals, and Horticultural and Forest Crops.
Become a 4-H Volunteer
Inspire the next generation -- become a 4-H volunteer! 4-H programs look to volunteers to help our young people learn the skills they need to prepare for their futures while also having fun.