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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

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

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, the staff and volunteers of Lake and McHenry County (Unit 3) invite you to explore our educational programs. Extension offer practical research-based education you can trust that help people solve problems, develop life skills and build a better future. Our mission is to help local residents put knowledge to work by serving as the local link to the University of Illinois. We invite you to explore how Extension can make a difference in your life, and the lives of your family and community. Please contact us at 847-223-8627 with questions or to learn more about our educational programs and volunteer leadership opportunities.


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University of Illinois Extension Unit 3/ Lake County has 1 full-time position open for SNAP-Ed EXT-Community Worker. To apply and view job description, click the link below. Apply by April 29, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact James Reaves at: 847-223-8627.

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Saving Money on Food Costs - At the end of a busy day, when you're hungry and tired, do you go home knowing you're all set to prepare a tasty, healthy dinner or do you pick up food at the most convenient spot? Are you happy with the amount of money you spend on food every month? In this lesson, we'll examine strategies that you can use to keep food costs low. Learn to create A realistic food plan that balances money, time and nutritional needs. Lake County Association for Home Community Education (LCAHCE) will be sponsoring this program, Thursday, April 18, at 2 PM, at the University of Illinois Extension Office, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. Please call the Extension Office to register at: 847-223-8627. Public is welcome!

Tips for Coping with Stress At Work! April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress can have both a physical and emotional toll on the body. Below are a few tips for coping with workplace stress: Track stressors. Keep a journal for a week or two and identify what situations create the most stress and your response. Take time to recharge. Avoid burnout or chronic stress by taking time away from work and using vacation days. If time is limited, switch off the smartphone and do an activity non-work related for a while. Develop healthy responses. Rather than indulging in fast food or alcohol, find a healthy stress response such as exercise, reading, listening to music, or spending time with family and friends. Quality sleep may also help with stress management. American Psychological Association. October, 2018

University of Illinois Extension Unit 3/Lake County, has 1 full-time position open for Office Support Assistant. To apply and view job description, click on the link below. Apply by April 29, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact James Reaves at: 847-223-8627.

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Illinois 4-H is proud to offer this hi-fidelity college exploratory experience on the University of Illinois campus. Participants attend academy sessions led by university professors and enjoy a variety of engaging activities that provide a taste of just how cool college life can be. Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you’re still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That’s what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to explore the University of Illinois campus and many degree programs and careers. Illini Summer Academies is supported through the Illinois 4-H Foundation and intended to serve youth living in Illinois. A limited number of registration slots are available to youth living outside Illinois.

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University of Illinois Extension Unit 3 has an open position for s SNAP-Ed Summer Intern in Lake County. The part-time position is working 20 hours per week for 6 weeks: $14.00 per hour; Plus travel reimbursement. The main job requirement is to assist SNAP-Ed staff in implementing cooking schools and other summer camps. The Extra Help position is administratively responsible to the County Director with program direction by the staff. Click the link below to view the job description. If you are interested in this position, please contact James Reaves at: 847-223-8627.

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I Didn’t Know That! Did you know that April is National Humor Month? “Laughter is contagious. It’s also cheap, effective, fat-free, salt-free, non-taxable, environmentally safe, renewable, does not require batteries or assembly, and its side effects are pleasant.” Research has shown that humor has health benefits that can relieve pain, improve happiness, and increase immunity. Add Humor to Your Life: Expose yourself to humor. Actively seek things that make you laugh. Keep a humor journal. Write down the things that made you laugh or stick in a clipping of a cartoon you particularly enjoyed. Use humor instead of worry and anger. Humor can help temper our strong emotions. Humor is a healthy way of creating a distance between one’s self and a problem, a way of standing off and looking at one’s problem objectively. Learn to laugh at yourself. Perspective is everything. Spend time with people who make you laugh-who amuse, inspire, relax and loosen you up. Smile. Just changing your facial muscles can trigger different thoughts and affect your mood.

The Lake County Extension Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The foundation’s mission is to generate resources to enhance research based educational programs of the University of Illinois Extension while serving the interest of all donors. We work together to raise funds to support our community through need-based programs offered by the staff of the Lake County University of Illinois Extension. Click the link below for more information.

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4-H Youth Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness

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Extension Council Meeting Minutes, February 26,2019
Tuesday February 26, 2019 • 6:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting Agenda, April 23, 2019
Tuesday April 23, 2019 • 6:00 PM

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