Boost Your Brain & Memory

The class uses a whole-person approach that helps you form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate your emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health. Beginning 22 January at 10 am for 1 hour or 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm at the University of Missouri Extension Center.  Registration form (PDF) can be downloaded and printed.  The form and the $35 registration fee covers the 8 week workshop must be returned by January 17, 2018 to 614 Lindsay Ave, Poplar Bluff, MO or call 573-686-8064.  There is a maximum of 15 seats.

Taking Care of You

Description: Taking Care of You  is a multi-session program offering practical strategies and experiences to help you deal with the stress in your life. Managing life’s challenges in a healthy way allows you to take better care of yourself and your overall health. 
Each week you will explore topics through small group discussion, self-reflection and activities. You will consider ways to:
  Take better care of all aspects of your health — body, mind and spirit 
  Become more aware of the mind-body connection and how to use this awareness for better health 
  Respond versus react to the stress in your life 
  Discover opportunities in life’s challenges 
  Develop habits that can lead to a healthier you 
  Find ways to bring more joy into your life 
  Simplify your life 
  Live more in the moment 

Beginning 24 January at 10 am for 1 hour at the University of Missouri Extension Center.  Registration form (PDF) can be downloaded and printed.  The form and the $20 registration fee covers the 8 week workshop must be returned by January 22, 2018 to 614 Lindsay Ave, Poplar Bluff, MO or call 573-686-8064.  There is a maximum of 15 seats.

Meet our Human Development & Family Science Specialist

John Fuller comes to the University of Missouri Extension with 20 years of experience in working with non-profits, community improvement, economic development and military experience.  John holds a MS in Social Work from the University of Missouri and a BA in Psychology.

To contact John call 573-686-8064 or email: fullerjc@missouri.edu

Programs offered by HES

Grand Families

Description: The program will provide families and professionals with information and skills to strengthen families' relationships, interactions and communications. Topics included may range from parenting and relationship building to financial and legal issues. The goals of this program include: increased awareness of where to find specialized resources for relative caregivers, increased understanding of the legal aspects regarding caregiving for relatives, and improved caregiver-child relationships.  In addition to direct education for relative caregivers and professionals, MU Extension continues its efforts through a local support group.  Cost: free

Mental Health First Aid

Description: This program looks at the challenges of Behavioral Health issue(s) for ourselves, children, family members, co-workers or friends. Gaining understanding about autism, substance abuse, bi-polar, depression, ADHD, developmental disabilities and other behavioral health issues can be a beginning to leading a more balanced life. Cost $20 1 day 8 hour course

Child Care Training Workshops

Description: Missouri's "Building Better Child Care" program helps to improve childcare quality via research-based educational workshops that focus on developmentally appropriate strategies for getting along with children and arranging learning environments. The programs are funded by a Team Nutrition grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and are offered at no charge. Participants can earn 2 clock hours of training credit for each session attended.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Description: This program is designed to increase aging adults’ access to a safe, structured and effective strength training program. Over 8 weeks, participants learn exercises to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. During each session, a prescribed set of 8 upper and lower body strengthening exercises are done along with warm-up and cool-down stretches. Participants are made to feel comfortable regardless of their current fitness level so they can safely participate and gradually build the strength beneficial to health.

Boost Your Brain and Memory

Description: The class uses a whole-person approach that helps you form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate your emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health. 

Taking Care of You

Description: Taking Care of You  is a multi-session program offering practical strategies and experiences to help you deal with the stress in your life. Managing life’s challenges in a healthy way allows you to take better care of yourself and your overall health. 
Each week you will explore topics through small group discussion, self-reflection and activities. You will consider ways to:
  Take better care of all aspects of your health — body, mind and spirit 
  Become more aware of the mind-body connection and how to use this  awareness for better health 
  Respond versus react to the stress in your life 
  Discover opportunities in life’s challenges 
  Develop habits that can lead to a healthier you 
  Find ways to bring more joy into your life 
  Simplify your life 
  Live more in the moment 

Briefings on Family Matters

Briefings on Family Matters is a quarterly newsletter published by University of Missouri Extension specialists for individuals and families in southeast Missouri.

Summer 2017 (PDF)

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