Summit: Raising kids, eating right, spending smart and living well

By CHERYL WALKER Milam County AgriLife Extension Agent
It is the beginning of a new decade, and many of us find ourselves searching for answers for a ultitude of questions. Many families are starting 2010 perhaps out-of-work and out-of-solutions.

To add ress some of t hese issues, the Central Texas Family Issues Summit will provide cutting-edge information on a variety of topics for families and professionals with the theme of Surviving Change.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the McLennan Community College Emergency Services Education Center (ESEC) on Steinbeck Bend Road in Waco.

Welcome remarks will be given by JoLeen Eiklenborg, Family Issues Summit Committee chairperson, Colleen Longbotham, CEA-FCS, and Dr. Susan Ballabina, RPD, both of Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

First speaker will be Mike Raymond, president of Curves International, Inc., who will encourage everyone to exercise as a key to living well.

He will be followed by Sgt. Amy Padron from the Office of the Attorney General who will discuss ways to protect children online.

Before the lunch break, a group of Family and Consumer Sciences students from Baylor University will lead everyone through a culinar y adventure w ith a food demonstration. As an addedattraction to the venue, Danny Smith, director of the ESEC, will host a tour of the amazing facility which leads the way when it comes to green buildings on college campuses.

Following the tour, Nutrition Consultant Jennifer Neily, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, will entertain the audience with her presentation on Managing Mindless Eating.

Finally, to talk about spending smart, Bill Langley, region director of Education for Consumer Credit Counseling, a division of Money Management International, has advice for consumers about the cash crunch. The Summit will conclude at 3:45 p.m.

‘Holistic approach’

According to JoLeen Eiklenborg, program specialist with the Texas Department of State Health Services, “This is a great conference with a holistic approach to wellness. The committee worked as a collaborate effort to secure excellent speakers.”

Early registration postmarked by Feb. 1 is $20 per person, and late and on-site registration is $25 person. Lunch is included.

Clock-hour certificates will be presented at the conclusion of the event for social workers, foster parents and grandparents, financial professionals.

Master Wellness Volunteers and any other licensing organization in attendance.

For more information and registration forms, contact the Milam AgriLife Extension Office at 254-697-7045.

The Family Issues Summit is funded in part by a grant from the Living Well Campaign of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Through Living Well, families learn to raise kids, eat right, spend smart and live well. March is officially known as E x ten sion Living Well Month with March 7-13 as Living Well Week.

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