Quick Bites is back and offering options


Jan Swoope



September will see the return of Mississippi State University Extension Service's Quick Bites programs. The free informative interactive video sessions on varied topics offered on designated Thursdays each month were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They resume next month with some socially-distanced options. Previously, participants were able to sign up to come in to a local county Extension office for the programs of their choice. Beginning in September, that will still be an option, although limited in number. But a virtual alternative has been added.


"People will be able to link to (the programs) from their own computers via Zoom, or they can come into the office," said Lowndes County Extension Agent Vivian Cade. "But if they come into the office, we are limited to eight participants. Either way, they will need to contact the Extension office to sign up for the programs."


September's Quick Bites programs from noon-1 p.m. include:



· Sept. 3 -- In "Around and About the House" MSU Plant and Soil Sciences Instructor Lynette McDougald gives advice on looking around the house to inspire innovative thinking on homemade floral designs and living with flowers to add beauty and reduce stress.


· Sept. 10 -- "High Blood Pressure: Know the Risks and Nutrition" features Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion Extension Instructor Juaqula Madkin with advice on a common problem that can lead to heart disease and other serious health conditions. Having high blood pressure can put an individual at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Learn how nutrition plays a role in high blood pressure prevention and management.


· Sept. 24 -- In "Mississippi Women for Agriculture," Sandra Berryhill Alesich explores the role of Mississippi women involved in agriculture and how MWA seeks to educate, engage and empower women farmers and ag professionals.


Contact the appropriate county Extension office to sign up for programs or for more information, including Zoom registration links. (In Lowndes County, 662-328-2111; Oktibbeha County, 662-323-5916; Clay County, 662-494-5371.)



Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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