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Keeping Kids Hydrated – Defeat the Heat!

There’s an excessive heat watch in effect this week for the La Crosse Area. Now, more than ever, it is important to keep your kids and family hydrated. Kids also ask for beverages more often in the summer because they tend to be more thirsty. Check out the tips below for ideas to keep your family hydrated with healthy beverages this summer. children-hydration-during-summer

  1. Be a role model. Your child wants to drink what you drink. Drink water, often. 
  2. Make beverages “cool.” Serve water in a cup with a straw or in a sports bottle. 
  3. Keep cold water accessible and easy to reach. Store water in a pitcher or bottle in the fridge. Try to avoid keeping sugary drinks in your refrigerator. 
  4. If your child uses a sippy cup between meals, put only water in it. 
  5. 100% juice can have up to 10 teaspoons of sugar. Try freezing juice in ice cube trays and putting them in water. The sugar will be diluted, but it will also add flavor and fun for kids. 

Registered Dietitian Abbie Loos talks about these tips on News8000

For additional tips to stay safe in the heat click here

NEW! Farmington Farmers Market (Mindoro)

Visit the Town Hall parking lot on Thursday from 5:00-7:30 p.m. for a great selection of fresh produce, flowers, jellies & salsa’s, and other items.  All visitors are encouraged to enter the monthly drawing at each visit, for items including an emergency weather radio, first aid kits, and cookbooks.  Visit this website for upcoming educational events from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. in the Farmington Town Hall:

July 21 – Wendy Storandt – Kid-friendly snacks
August 4 – Joyce Cielecki – “Native Plants That Attract Pollinators”
August 18 – Karie Johnson – “Stir It Up” (Stir Fry class)
September 15 – Tiffany Lein – “Food Preservation Basics: Storing & Freezing”
September 24 – Abbie Loos – “Meal Planning & Shopping on a Budget”
October – date to be announced – La Crosse County – “What’s in Your Water?”

WIC & Senior Nutrition Program vouchers are accepted.

Questions can be directed to Brenda at 608-785-9844.


Take a Guided Nature Hike in Greens Coulee

Join UW-Extension Forester Randy Mell and La Crosse County Biodiversity Educator Joyce Cielecki on a guided nature hike in Greens Coulee Park on August 3rd from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  You’ll learn how to identify trees and learn about the trees found in the park, plus you’ll learn about invasive plants such as barberries that are threatening the biodiversity of our parks and natural areas.  See the flyer for more details, and we’ll see you on the trail!

Nature Hike in Greens Coulee