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Karen Ridings

Karen Ridings Karen A. Ridings, M.S., R.D., is a family consumer sciences agent located in Frederick County. She joined the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Frederick County office, in January 2008. As a registered dietitian and elementary education teacher, families have always been the primary focus of her career!


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Working toward a healthy weight over 50, Part 2

Can water play a role in weight management for folks over 50? In 2008, Brenda Davy, Associate Professor of Human Nutrition and Exercise at Virginia Tech, completed research in this area. Her findings suggest:
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Managing a healthy weight after 50: Part I - plates and portions

The holidays are over and clothes feel a little tighter! What is the best way to shed a few pounds?
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Staying healthy and enjoying life over 50

In the New Year, people often wish each other "good health!" Good health enables us to enjoy life and accomplish our goals. As we move into the dynamic years of 50+, it is even more important to pamper ourselves with healthful foods and daily exercise.
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Holiday shopping on a limited budget

Budgets are tight and the holidays are just around the corner. Don't stress out over holiday gifts. Here are some tips to help you tackle "gift giving" with limited resources:
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Thanksgiving: Getting ready for the best meal of the year!

Do you have visions of turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes dancing in your head? Don't let a tight budget stop you from planning a spectacular meal!
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Growing our children through 4-H

Are you looking for community clubs for your children that will engage them in fun activities and help develop life skills? 4-H is your answer!
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The notorious bedbug

Bedbugs are on the rise. This growing problem typically associated with hotels, has seemed to have spread to homes and other buildings through human travel.
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Study skills and the successful student

Children who develop study skills and habits have a greater chance of being successful in school than children who do not get into the habit of studying.
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School lunch: A meal for growth and learning

Children will soon be back to school. It is important that children start the day with a healthy breakfast and receive a healthy lunch mid-day. A healthy breakfast and lunch not only will provide important nutrients for growth, but will help your child perform better in school.
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Raising successful children by teaching healthy habits

"I want the best for my children." All parents want their children to succeed in life. The question is how can we help them reach their full potential? Certainly education is a key ingredient for success. Teaching children what good health looks like and "smart" habits to maintain a healthy body is also part of the success story.

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