Lander goat yoga session raises money for Fremont County 4-H

Photograph of Laura Balis
Laura Balis

Yoga, baby goats and humans will mix in a Fremont County 4-H program fundraiser Saturday, April 28, in Lander.

All proceeds from the Goat Yoga Fundraiser go to the county’s 4-H program, said Laura Balis, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The cost is $10.

The event is noon-1 p.m. at the Baldwin Creek Boers barn, 2238 Baldwin Creek Rd. Jackie Lauer is leading the program, said Balis. She is a registered yoga teacher.

Balis said goat yoga is becoming popular across the nation.

“Enjoy a relaxing yoga class while you interact with baby goats,” she said.

Go to to register. For more information, contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at

UW Extension offers team fitness, nutrition competition

            Individuals can form teams and compete against others across the country in the national extension program FitEx to improve fitness and nutrition.

Teams of four to eight ages 5 and up can register free on the FitEx website. Registration at beginsMarch 26.

The team environment and online tracking helps participants achieve goals throughout the April 1-May 27 competition, said Laura Balis, University of Wyoming Extension nutrition and food safety educator.

Teams can set goals and track daily minutes of activities and intake of fruits and vegetables, said Balis. Weekly newsletters, feedback, competition for motivation and prizes for winning teams are part of the program.

Those wanting more information can go to the website or contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at

UW, Virginia Tech employ team competition to foster nutrition, activity

Laura Balis

Individuals can step-up fitness levels and increase nutrition by competing in a national program through UW Extension and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

The team environment and online tracking are meant to spur efforts in the FitEx competition April 2-May 27. Registration is at

UW and Virginia personnel are challenging each other and all county offices, but competition is open to everyone.

The program offers a chance to start setting goals, having an accountability system and improving health for a better well-being, said Laura Balis, UW

Extension nutrition and food safety educator in Fremont County.

“FitEx’s purpose is promoting healthy lifestyles in a fun, challenging way,” she said. “It’s designed to improve the health of everyone by increasing participation in physical activity and eating fruit and vegetables each week.”

The Surgeon General suggests making walking a national priority, she said. Thirty minutes or more moderate physical activity five days a week and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption are the program goals.

Teams of four to eight from ages 5 to older adults are encouraged.
Choose a team name and captain that best represents the team and create individual and team goals for physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption, said Balis. Competitors can track on the FitEx website their daily minutes of physical activity and intake of fruits and vegetables.

The registration fee is $5 and includes weekly newsletters, feedback on goals and friendly competition for motivation, she said.
Contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at for more information.

Extension offers Dining with Diabetes classes in Lander

Dining with Diabetes classes are Thursdays from March 23-April 13 at the Fremont County University of Wyoming Extension office, 130 Eugene St., in

Laura Balis


This course, presented by UW Extension and Wind River Indian Health Service, teaches people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their families how to eat and live well with diabetes, said Laura Balis, UW Extension nutrition and food safety specialist.

The cost is $25, or $35 for couples, which includes dinner at each class. To register, go to or contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at