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Matter of Balance Class Begins May 1

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Are you concerned about falling?  Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County   for Matter of Balance.

WHO:    Have you turned down a chance to go out with friends or family because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall?  If so, A Matter of Balance is a program for you.

WHAT: Matter of Balance Class                

WHEN:  Wednesdays, starting May 1, 2019 until June 19, 2019. Two sessions will be offered, session 1 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or session 2 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, please choose one. Classes are held once a week for 8 weeks for 2 hours each. 

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. 

WHY:     Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with friends and family. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

                        Pre-registration is required and is first come first serve so call early. 

For more information or to register, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

Cast Your Vote for People’s Choice in the First Recycled Art Contest “Trash to Treasures”

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

For the first year, Citrus County government, UF Extension, Keep Citrus County Beautiful and Lecanto High School Culture of Clean marketing team are offering the Trash to Treasure recycled art competition for middle and high school students and an opportunity for the public to vote on their favorite artwork. 

Twelve students will be displaying their art at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness, Florida, from Tuesday, April 9 through Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. 

Be sure to stop by to see the environmentally themed creations.  Artwork will be judged by a team of local artists, and you can vote for your favorite, the “People’s Choice Award”, at the courthouse any time while the art is on display.

The public will also be able to cast their vote between 9:00am to 10:00am, at the Extension’s FREE Earth Day event on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Extension Campus at 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, Florida. Certificates and cash prizes will be awarded at 11:00am and the Earth Day event runs from 9:00am to 1:00pm with hands on activities for all ages.

The Trash to Treasure contest was created, through a collaborative effort, by the University of Florida Extension Services, Citrus County government, the Culture of Clean Initiative, and Keep Citrus County Beautiful, to raise awareness about the environment and encourage the practice of recycling and up cycling.

Questions about on the contest or Earth Day event call the Extension @ 352-527-5700.

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