Crawford County HEA Newsletter
In This Issue
- Upcoming events
- January Board Meeting
- HCE Christmas Luncheon
- Minutes of November 2017 HCE Board Meeting
- February’s Service Project — Lap Blankets
- REMINDER to the Units:
- Attention S. E. LaMotte Unit
- Attention - Snowbirds!
- January — HCE Dues are Due!
- RIDES Mass Transit — Bus Trips
- Are You Keeping Track of Your HCE Volunteer Hours”?
- Crawford County Blood Drives
- A HUGE Thank You!
- Benefits of Juicing Program
- Attention Members!
- Your Challenge: Mindful Eating
- Thank you
- Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
- Crawford County Senior Centers
- Gift Wrapping Ideas
- A Season of Gratitude
1 NO HCE Board Meeting
1 Annual Christmas Luncheon 11;30 a.m. at LTC, Cost: $10
25-January 1: U of I Extension office is closed between December 24 through January 1st.
1 Happy New Year!
2 HCE Board Meeting 9 a.m. in the Extension office
25 S.E. LaMotte Unit will be assembling the February newsletter at 10 a.m. in the Extension Office.
** Please call 546-1549, if that time doesn't work for you!
January Board Meeting
Monthly HCE Board meeting will be Tuesday, January 2 at 9 a.m. in the U of I Extension office. Everyone is invited to attend!
HCE Christmas Luncheon
DEADLINE is THIS FRIDAY — December 1!!
Annual HCE Christmas Luncheon
The HCE Christmas luncheon is NEXT week! Please join us on Tuesday, December 5, at 11:30 a.m.
As always, it will be held in the Lincoln Room at Lincoln Trail College.
This is always so much fun...and GREAT food!
Tossed salad, Parmesan & pepper crusted pork loin,
Glazed carrots, Twice baked potatoes, and a Roll.
Chocolate éclair cake for dessert.
Cost: $10 for the lunch (paid at sign-up)
Deadline: Friday, December 1 is the deadline at register for the Christmas luncheon. Money has to be paid to
reserve your seat & catered meal!
Please be ready to share a memory of YOUR FAVORITE Christmas gift! Or bring it with you if you can!
Minutes of November 2017 HCE Board Meeting
HCE Board Meeting — November 7, 2017
The H.C.E. Board met on Tuesday, November 7 at 9 a.m.
President, Susan Allison, called the meeting to order at
9:05 a.m. Thought for the day: Review H.C.E. Emblem, Aim and Mission.
Eight members answered roll call — Jeannie Adams, Susan, Phyllis Adams, Sandy Bryans, Bonnie Finn, LaDonna Harris, Hope Dennis, and Barb Miller.
Jeannie Adams read the minutes of the last meeting.
Barb Miller made the motion to approve the minutes and Sandy Bryans seconded.
Sandy Bryans gave the treasurer's report. Checking account: $572.42, Money Market: $3908.38. Bonnie Finn made the
motion to approve the treasurer's report and LaDonna Harris seconded the motion.
In old business, it was decided the Try Hards would take the donation to the Heritage Home. Deanna Hoagland sent the board a thank you card, salsa, and chips for having her come last month to present.
Jeannie Adams made the motion to have the pizza party and Angie Kielshimer in March after the board meeting.
Phyllis Adams seconded the motion.
Deadline to register for Christmas luncheon is Dec. 1.
Volunteer hours need to be turned in by January 31. We have three new members.
LaDonna Harris made the motion to adjourn at 9:52 a.m.
Bonnie Finn seconded. Next meeting will be the TNT lunch
on December 5, 2017.
February’s Service Project — Lap Blankets
February's Service Project will be to make lap blankets for local nursing home.
A work day is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be snacks and drinks provided.
We will NEED:
64 (5" squares) sewn into 4 patch blocks; sewn together four blocks across and four blocks down.
On the day of the workshop we will cut squares needed and sew together tops. These will be cotton fabric.
We would ask that any fabric that you can donate be brought that day; also cutting mats, and rotary cutters and good scissors if you have them.
Thread, backing and fill will be provided. We are planning to donate at least one lap blanket to each of the four nursing homes.
If you need further information, please call Susan Allison at 592-3101.
REMINDER to the Units:
All Units please fill out the "Eat Fresh Eat Local" survey and mail the form to Jane Chapman.
Her address is on the form.
Attention S. E. LaMotte Unit
Members will be assembling the February newsletter in the Extension office on Thursday, January 25, at 10 a.m.
Attention - Snowbirds!
If any HCE member is going "south" for the winter, please let us know! We need your new address! The post office doesn't forward the HCE newsletters, INSTEAD they send them back to us for an additional .70 cents each for RETURN postage!
Please let us know to either HOLD your newsletters OR give us your new address so we can get it to you.
January — HCE Dues are Due!
We will start out 2018 with our annual dues due.
The cost is $10 for the year. But we will insist you pay for 2017 if you haven't as of yet.
If you are wondering IF you are paid current, then please call us (618/544-1549) TODAY to find out! THANKS!!!
Send them: 301 S. Cross St., #290, Robinson, IL 62454
RIDES Mass Transit — Bus Trips
December 9 – Shopping in Evansville and lunch O'Charleys
December 12 – Tour of Lights at Olney City Park. Supper at Hovey's Restaurant
December 15 – Supper at Taco Tierra in Mt. Carmel, IL
December 16 - Visit the Allerton Mansion in Monticello, IL and lunch at Three Ravens
To schedule a ride call 618/544-8800 by 3 p.m. the Thursday before the trip.
To schedule a Ride or to get more information, please contact RMTD at 618/544-8800.
** Senior Citizens show their ID card and ride for FREE!
If you are a senior and want an ID card, please call the Robinson Senior Center at 618/544-8811.
Are You Keeping Track of Your HCE Volunteer Hours”?
A Volunteer Hour is an hour spent in preparing to conduct a volunteer activity and an hour spent directly in volunteer work. Both of these activities can be counted.
Hours of service include your time devoted HCE as well as other volunteer groups. For example – hospital, school, church, senior citizens, scout leader, 4-H, civic, etc.
NOTE: Volunteer hours are not acceptable, anything you have done for family; like babysitting for grand children.
What Counts As Volunteer Time?
The time you contribute without pay to others through HCE (unit, county, state) and activities in other organizations count as volunteer time. You cannot receive any pay for your work, but you can be paid for your out of pocket expenses while serving as a volunteer. It is the service to others that must be voluntary.
How to report: Keep track of your volunteer hours on paper.
1. Enter the date (month/day/year) on which each service was performed.
2. Put in the hours of time spent. Round partial hours to the nearest whole hour.
3. At the end of each year – turn in a copy of your time-keeping page. Please turn in your Volunteer Hours by January 10.
Crawford County Blood Drives
12/14/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.,
Oblong High School, 700 South Range
12/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Crawford Memorial Hospital, 1000 North Allen
Consider donating blood.
A HUGE Thank You!
Each and everyone of you that donated items to the Hutsonville Heritage Home should be so proud!
The Try Hard Unit delivered boxes of goodies to the 55 men and women who live there.
Helping with the donated items were Kaye Waggoner, Dorothy Osborn, Jeannie Adams, Coreta Sparks, Rhea Hayden and Hope Dennis.
Benefits of Juicing Program
DeAnn Hoagland & Danielle gave tips on eating healthy and how to create an easy, energizing (& delicious) early morning drink!
DeAnn & Danielle sent a "thank you" card along with a jar of homemade salsa & chips!
The Board enjoyed chips & salsa after the November board meeting. The homemade salsa was DELICIOUS!!!
Attending were Barb Miller, Bonnie Finn, LaDonna Harris, Susan Allison, Jeannie Adams, Hope Dennis, Phyllis Adams, and Sandy Bryant.
Your Challenge: Mindful Eating
Your challenge this month is to eat mindfully. Eating mindfully is being fully aware and engaged with your senses while you are enjoying a meal. Remember that to be successful at eating mindfully you need to avoid distractions such as television, phones, and computers during a meal or a snack, which may contribute to unconscious overeating.
How to eat mindfully:
Focus on your environment. Enjoy mealtime at a table rather than in front of the TV or computer. Create an enjoyable and relaxing eating experience by setting the table and lighting a candle or two. This allows you to fully focus on what and how much you are eating without distractions.
Eat slowly. Enjoy the savory taste of the meal. Take a break by putting your fork down between bites and engaging in conversation.
Listen to your body. Stop and ask yourself if you are responding to your body's need for food rather than an emotional desire to eat. Pay attention to your level of hunger and stop eating when full.
Eat mindfully for at least three meals per week, especially for all your holiday meals.
It's that time of the year for friends and family to come together to enjoy a meal and good company. It can be hard to feel in control of what you eat, especially when attending an event. If you can't control what is being served at the party or event, you can at least control what goes on your plate.
✓ Use a smaller plate.
✓ Bring a vegetable based dish so you can feel confident you have something healthy to eat.
✓ Drink plenty of water.
✓ Fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruit, such as a salad.
✓ Determine if a dish is calorie-worthy and take a small amount. Don't be afraid to say no.
✓ Out of sight out of mind – once you're finished eating move to a room where food is not being served.
University of Illinois Extension staff want to express their gratitude for what Y-O-U bring to our organization.
May the good things in life be yours in abundance, not only during this holiday season, but throughout the coming year!
Stacy Woodyard (County Director)
Elizabeth Will (Secretary)
April Knoblett (4-H)
Hope Dennis (SNAP)
Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
Þ Establish a routine - Make sure you are going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day. People who stick to a regular schedule are more likely to have a consistent circadian rhythm.
Þ Put away technology - Watching TV, surfing the internet, or scrolling through social media at night makes it harder to wind down. The light coming from your phone or TV has been proven to reduce your melatonin level, which is a sleep inducing hormone.
Þ Pull out a book - If you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, find a relaxing activity to do. Reading a book or coloring has been proven to make a person more drowsy.
Crawford County Senior Centers
All 3 area Senior Centers are serving lunch! You can eat your lunch at any one of these Centers — or pick it up and take it home! Just call:
Robinson Senior Center: 618/544-8811
Oblong Nutrition Center: 618/592-3111
Palestine Senior Center at 618/586-2128
Gift Wrapping Ideas
· Store bows and ribbons in a plastic bag and hang over a hanger in your closet.
· Cut leftover or old Christmas fabric into strips to make ribbons.
· Buy white butcher's paper or brown paper (found at home improvement stores, called "contractor's paper") to wrap gifts; then simply add a colorful ribbon, twine and or decorations such as pine cones, leaves, silk flowers, small toys, candy or cookies. Tie small jingle bells on packages for a festive ring!
· If you can't find butcher's paper, use the backside of ugly Christmas paper.
· To wrap extra large presents like bikes, use a plastic tablecloth. You can find one for about $1 at Dollar tree.
· Make the wrapping material part of the gift. You can use a blanket, photo storage box, scarf, basket, jewelry box, coffee mug, vase, watering can, terra cotta pot etc.
· Wind ribbon around old wrapping paper tubes or toilet paper tubes to save for next year.
· Use Christmas material bought on clearance to wrap gifts. Sometimes it's cheaper than paper.
· Cut Christmas pictures out of magazines. Paste on bags or the outside of packages.
· Save Christmas cards and use to decorate packages. Cut out with pinking shears for a lace effect.
· Use Christmas cards as gift tags. Cut out a section on the card that is blank on the back. Punch a hole in the top to tie on the package. Use the back to write "To:" and "From:".
· To freshen wrinkled Christmas bows, put in the dryer with a damp washcloth. Put the machine on the delicate cycle for two minutes. The bows will look like new.
· Don't forget to look in your kitchen cupboard when you need boxes for wrapping – Oatmeal boxes, cereal boxes and such work great.
· Place a little drop of scented oil, a scented pine cone, handful of strong smelling peppermints etc. inside a package you are sending so the minute they open the box they get a smell of Christmas.
· Use bandanas for wrapping if you know the person uses them.
· Wrap a gift food basket in a table cloth that matches the napkins inside. For the person that has everything, make a food basket, but using a big brown grocery bag and roll it down to make a basket.
· Get boxes from the kitchen and simply tape up all the sides and leave the actual box face (such as cheerio box) as the wrapping. But be prepared… it sure makes your Christmas tree look more like a food bank but everyone enjoyed the "food look" and were even more anxious to see what was inside the "oatmeal box"! haha!
A Season of Gratitude
Right NOW is the season to celebrate gratitude.
Expressing gratitude is expressing a thankful appreciation and acknowledging the goodness in your life. It may be openly appreciating others, or being personally appreciative of
something or someone in your life.
Did you know that gratitude is actually good medicine? Most studies on this topic support an association between a person's well-being and gratitude. The practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person's life.
Gratitude may help:
Þ Lower blood pressure
Þ Improve immune function
Þ Facilitate better sleep
Þ Promote more positive emotions
Þ Deal with adversity
Þ Build strong relationships
Reduce lifetime risk of depression and anxiety
Studies indicate that gratitude can even have positive effects on behavior changes that translate to a healthier and happier life. Grateful individuals tend to be more physically active, have better dietary behaviors, and are less likely to abuse alcohol or smoke. These physical and emotional health benefits are a result of focusing your mind on what you already have rather than focusing on what is missing. A good place to start is recognizing what you are grateful for, acknowledging it, and appreciating it.
Expressing gratitude during Thanksgiving is a natural part of the holiday. What would happen if you extend your Thanksgiving gratitude all year long? You certainly do not have anything to lose, and unlike taking a medication, there are no negative side effects. It is easy to feel grateful when you and your loved ones are enjoying health and prosperity. Expressing gratitude or feeling grateful can sometimes be difficult during challenging times in one's life. The holidays can be "difficult" dealing with family stress, estrangement, loss or loneliness.
The cliché "it's better to give than receive" is true, and never more appropriate than this time of year.
Ways to Nurture Gratitude
¨ Count your blessings - each week choose two or three things that went well and that made you feel grateful.
¨ Write and send a thank-you note - this is an easy way to nurture a relationship and express gratitude and appreciation for someone.
¨ Keep a gratitude journal - if journaling is your thing, jot down your thoughts of gratitude.
¨ Make a gratitude jar- starting a family gratitude jar is a nice way to get children in the habit of expressing gratitude. Write down something that makes you feel grateful and drop it in the jar. Find a time to share these notations of gratitude with the whole family. Maybe a family dinner once or twice a week is the time to share; do whatever works for your family. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start a gratitude jar. As guest arrive, have them jot down what they are thankful for and drop it in the jar.