Wendy Rice

Position: From the Extension Office

Email: ricekw@co.laplata.co.us

From the Extension Office

About: Family and consumer science agent for the La Plata County Extension Office.

Skip the vitamins, focus on nutrient-dense foods

This is the time of year when we are overwhelmed with a wonderful variety of fresh produce. It is easy to fulfill the recommendation of 2½ cups daily of any combination of fruits and vegetables....

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County Fair brings out the best in our community

It’s time for the La Plata County Fair! A time to hear kids laugh, watch them focus during their time in front of a fair judge and hear the pride in their voices when they talk about their...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

College students must plan carefully when taking out a loan

This is the time of year students, parents and grandparents are excited as students prepare to “emancipate” to college. There is so much to figure out: what to pack, campus safety, class schedules,...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Food in its natural state provides the nutrition we need

It’s definitely hard to put a nutrition label on that strawberry – for reasons beyond its compact size. A single cup of strawberries can provide 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of...

DATE: May 31, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

For healthy food, seek out natural, simple ingredients

The choices we make about “healthy” foods to put in our cupboards rest with each of us, not on Food and Drug Administration. Yes, companies find ways to label food to make us think it is healthy....

DATE: April 27, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Don’t allow ‘dirty,’ ‘clean’ produce lists to lead you astray

I know spring has arrived, not only because yellow flowers are popping up but because the annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Dozen” lists have been presented. This is a report by the Environmental...

DATE: March 30, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Make sure gift cards hold their value

Now that Thanksgiving is past, we are being bombarded with opportunities to spend our money for gifts. Many choose the option of gift cards. The incentives are everywhere. The upside is one size...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

College students need to learn rules of shopping, cooking

Now is the time of year we send our students off to college after loading them up with microwaves, tabletop grills and mini-fridges. Many don't know what it takes to protect themselves from...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Community support for 4-H’ers was touching during county fair

The community provided amazing support to our 4-H’ers at the La Plata County Fair this year. Let me share just some of what I saw.More than 65 adults took an entire day off to judge 4-H projects –...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Treatments vary to lower cholesterol

The American Heart Association estimates that more than 100 million adults have cholesterol values greater than 200 mg/dl. Of those, one-third have levels greater than 240. For the first time,...

DATE: July 28, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Going green savvy move for eateries

We are spending a lot of time (and energy) going green. What about food-service establishments? Here's a way to enticecustomers while saving real dollars. Going green can save operational costs,...

DATE: June 24, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Gluten-free foods, diets are gaining in popularity

Since I last wrote about celiac sprue and gluten-free diets, there has been an increase in the number of peoplefollowing the gluten-free diet in our community and nationally.So if you are finding...

DATE: April 15, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Easter's coming: Do you know how to boil an egg?

At this time of year eggs are in higher demand. Figuring that a hen lays one egg a day, it takes a lot of chickens toproduce the 72 billion eggs we use every year.Whether you are planning an Easter...

DATE: April 1, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Colorado is no different: Good diet, exercise vital

Obesity. We have been told for a long time that this is a national problem. But how does that relate to all of us in“lean"Colorado?According to Weight of the State for 2009, a report from the...

DATE: March 18, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

It's a good idea to test your home for harmful radon gas

With snow comes the opportunity for you to find out if your home is harboring the No. 2 cause of lung cancer: radongas.Do you know the level of radon in your home? Is it below 4 picocuries per...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Census worthwhile, although you may have questions

Last weekend, I had occasion to discuss our upcoming census.The Census Bureau has taken great efforts to protect the confidentiality of residents. Beginning in February, advancemailouts begin; in...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Small changes can make big differences around the house

We keep hearing about the $1,500 tax credit to help with energy savings for your home, but how about changes that costlittle or nothing and can save you more than $1,500 over the course of a year...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

There's no time like now to prepare for disaster

Over the last few months, four tornado traumas have involved friends and family.Disaster preparedness has been a topic of conversation as they recount bumping around the house looking for...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Getting picky eaters to be healthy

Are you raising a picky eater? For a child, this is a normal part of development, though it can become difficult behavior when allowed to persist (even into adulthood).Numerous studies have been...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

When it comes to food, you alone make the choices

I recently had the opportunity to view a very graphic, interesting movie now showing in one of our local theaters. The movie, "Food, Inc.," was thought-provoking, but you should stay with facts and...

DATE: July 30, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Keep close eye on calorie count when using children's menus

Now that summer is here, it is much easier and more enjoyable to garner that 2½- 4 cups of fruits and vegetables to know that we are taking good care of our bodies. Good for us.But have you noticed...

DATE: July 9, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

For your health, nuts aren't so crazy

Nuts - every day? Research shows one small handful a day can actually result in health gains. Diets that include 1 to 1.5 ounces of nuts (not salted or honey glazed) daily are more satisfying,...

DATE: March 26, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Healthy diet idea: Modified Mediterranean

Because this is still American Heart Month, instead of feeling guilty for less desirable choices, consider adopting lifestyle changes to improve your health. Pounds come off with portion control,...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Health and wealth have unique relationship

Will Rogers is credited with the statement, "I'm not as concerned about the return on my money as I am the return of my money."Hopefully 2009 will grace us with more than a temporary respite from...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office