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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

Main Office (Lake County)
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (McHenry County)
1102 McConnell Road
PO Box 1430
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-3737
FAX: 815-338-4755
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

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Thank you for visiting our website! Unit 3 Vision is to become “Highly Visible and The Leading Local Institution” in Lake and McHenry County where people come to hear and receive research-based education and information in the following areas to make a difference in their lives, homes and communities: 4-H Youth Development Program--Nutrition (SNAP- Ed) Program--Horticulture (Master Gardeners) Program--Local Foods/Small Farms Program

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University of Illinois Extension of Lake County has a part-time position open for a 4-H Community Worker. Click on the link below for the job description and qualifications. To apply: Contact Unit 3 Director, James E. Reaves at 847-223-8627 ext. 15 or

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Stress and Heart Disease. How exactly stress contributes to heart disease, has not yet been fully determined. However, we do know poorly managed and/or chronic stress does influence our risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease. This is likely in part, due to how we manage our response to stress. Both acute and chronic stress not only affects us physiologically, but it also affects our mood, and our behaviors. Furthermore, it often has a cascading effect on our lives and without intentionality in identifying and managing it; it may lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices. For example during a stressful situation, our body’s response may cause our muscles to tense up, leading to a tension headache resulting in decreased productivity at work. Our behavioral response to the decreased productivity, could lead to longer hours spent in the office in the form of skipping lunch, or working longer days. The decision to skip lunch could later cause individuals to overeat, and/or select convenience foods high in both saturated fat and sodium. Furthermore, longer hours spent in the office could lead to less time being physically active and/or time spent away from family and friends. The importance of this is that both physical activity and meaningful relationships have protective benefits to health outcomes and help us better manage our stress. Therefore, the next time you are feeling overwhelmed and out of sorts, ask yourself if it is due to stress? Identify what the stress is and then, how you can positivity manage it. For more on managing stress in the workplace, check out the American Psychological Association website by clicking on the "Link" below.

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Get Healthy; is your robot up to the challenge? The theme for the 2017 Illinois State 4-H Robotics Competition has been announced, and we think your robots will be jumping for joy. … if they do, they might earn points for it! HEALTH BOT 2017 will have a “Healthy Living” theme. You’ll compete as a team of up to 10 members while you design a course and program your robots to complete tasks related to healthy living: jogging, weight lifting, playing soccer, cheering, visiting the library, filling a plate, getting vaccines and helping the needy. We can’t wait to see all the ways your promote HEALTH. All the fun happens Saturday, May 6. The contest has a new location—The Orr Building on the state fairgrounds in Springfield. Find out all the details and WATCH THE VIDEO describing the challenge!

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Need Cash for College? Two scholarships are available to college-bound youth who have been 4-H members for at least five years. Both can be used at a 4-year university, community college, or trade school. Applications are due March 1 and open to high school seniors and college freshmen. The Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship is open to members who have demonstrated mastery in the livestock area and plan to continue their education in the area of agriculture. Members must have been involved in the livestock project a minimum of three years. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year. The Legacy of Leadership Scholarship is offered to members who have demonstrated overall mastery and leadership in the 4-H program. Eight $1000 scholarships are awarded each year. Scholarship applications are available at Applications are due March 1, 2017. If you’re selected as one of the finalists, you’ll be asked to submit a video of your 4-H accomplishments.

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February Is National Heart Month. On December 30, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson, under Proclamation 3566, proclaimed February would become American Heart Month, 1964. In his proclamation, he urged, “that people of the United States to give heed to the nationwide problem of heart and blood-vessel diseases, and to support the programs required to bring about its solutions”. Many years have passed since this proclamation and yet, heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women. In fact, one out of every four deaths is due to heart disease. Although the number of deaths due to heart disease has declined over the past fifty years, a whopping 735,000 Americans will have a heart attack in the coming year. This decline is likely due to improvements in both medical and emergency care, and not to the adaptation of heart healthy lifestyles.

4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training. The spring training for those adults interested in joining the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program as a volunteer leader will be held May 5-7, 2017. Adult volunteers are an important part of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program. All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the training and passed the certification test. Instructors are needed in all disciplines of pistol, shotgun, rifle, archery and wildlife, as well as coordinator positions. Cost is $125, and registration is handled through the local office by mid April.

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2015 Annual Report
Wednesday July 13, 2016 • 12:00 PM

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