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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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University of Illinois Extension of Lake County has a full-time position open for a SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) Extension Community Worker. Click on the link below for the job description and qualifications. For more information please contact the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

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Fair Food: a matchless category of food where you can find just about anything from candy bars to PB&J sandwiches deep fried, on a stick, and/or wrapped in bacon. Now, eating healthy at a venue with corn dogs, onion blossoms, and fried cheese curds at every corner may sound like an oxy-moron, but healthy options do exist. Simply looking for key words on the menu boards such as grilled opposed to fried, or air-popped opposed to kettle popped can save you a great deal of added calories and saturated fat. When browsing the fair grounds, look for options like roasted corn on the cob, just ask them not to dip it in a large pail of butter. Instead add fresh seasoning like chili powder or pepper. Have a sweet tooth? Forgo the funnel cake, which depending on size could have approximately 800 calories and 45 grams of fat. Choose apples with caramel dip instead. Even cotton candy would be a better choice despite it's high sugar content. When in doubt, eat a healthy snack before arriving at the fair, and if you simply cannot abstain from getting your favorite deep-fried snickers bar or maple-bacon funnel cake, split these items with a friend or two. That way you still satisfy your craving without the feeling of over-doing-it. Enjoy your time eating well at Illinois' County Fairs all summer long.

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Big changes for Illinois 4-H Dog Contest. The state 4-H Dog Contest will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 & Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Dog Training Club of Champaign. The club is located at 2210 E. Ford Harris Road. Obedience classes will be held on Saturday, with check in beginning at 8 a.m. Showmanship classes will be held on Sunday. The show is open to 4-H members only. Members must have a “qualifying score” in their county show in order to compete at state.

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Change for the Future Support Illinois 4-H The Illinois 4-H Foundation will be holding a fundraiser for everyone attending the Illinois State Fair. Members and clubs can make a real difference in the 4-H program. Last year, the Foundation GAVE BACK more than $394,000 dollars to local 4-H clubs, members and county/state programs. Let’s do our part in giving back to the Foundation. Bring your donations to the Illinois 4-H Foundation Booth in the Orr Building during 4-H Exhibit Days of Aug. 13 & 14 and Aug. 20 & 21. Together We Can!

Recent coverage of the Zika virus and its health impact on people and fetuses has raised questions among pet owners. The Zika virus was first identified in Africa more than 60 years ago. It is spread to people primarily by mosquito bites, and usually causes no or only mild symptoms in people. However, infection with Zika virus in pregnant women has been linked to microcephaly, a condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development. Dr. Ashley Mitek at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana has compiled information available to date regarding the possible impact of Zika virus on pets.

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Foodborne related illnesses are responsible for an estimated 48 million illness each year. That number is not intended to scare you, simply to raise your awareness on the far-reaching implications regarding the need for education on food safety. Many take food safety for granted, thinking of course best-practices are followed and of course everyone washes their hands thoroughly. But do you follow best-practices when it comes to food safety? This month’s Motivational Monday will focus on various aspects of food safety, starting with one of the most basic preventative measures – handwashing. The most effective way to prevent bacterial and viral contaminations is good personal hygiene, which includes proper handwashing. Most of us know germs can spread through the air, however did you know the most common way germs spread is through hand contact? Proper handwashing is a simple and effective method of preventing the spread of germs to yourself and others, but the key word here is “proper” handwashing. So how do you wash your hands?

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Extension Council May Meeting Minutes
Tuesday May 24, 2016 • 6:30 PM
2015 Annual Report
Wednesday July 13, 2016 • 12:00 PM

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