Crawford County HEA Newsletter
In This Issue
- March 2017
- March HCE Board Meeting
- An idea for Grandma
- HCE Members Invited to See a Play at LTC
- Attention S.E. LaMotte Unit
- Your 2017 HCE Dues are Due!
- HCE Board Meeting — February 7, 2017
- Crawford County HCE 70th Anniversary Celebration
- Decluttering Tips
- How Much Physical Activity Counteracts Sitting All Day?
- RIDES Mass Transit — Bus Trips
- Don’t Buy, If You Don’t Have to Own!
- You're the Beet to my Heart
- Crawford County Senior Centers
- I’m Positive. I’m Aging — March lesson
- Deadline Reminder
7 HCE Board Meeting 9 a.m. in the Extension office
10 Deadline for 70th Anniversary celebration!
10 Deadline for LTC play.
17 St. Patricks Day, remember to wear green!
26 LTC play, at 2 p.m. Come early to purchase $12 for tickets
28 HCE's 70th Anniversary Celebration, $10 in Palestine
28 S.E. LaMotte will be assembling the April newsletter
at 10 a.m. in the Extension Office.
** Please call 546-1549, if that time doesn't work for you!
March HCE Board Meeting
Monthly HCE Board meeting will be Tuesday,
March 7 at 9 a.m. in the U of I Extension office.
Everyone is invited to attend!
An idea for Grandma
Make a "busy wallet" for your grandchild using one of your OLD wallets:
Include: papers to draw on (cut down to size that fits into wallet), stickers, and a pen to occupy your grandkids while they wait along with you (restaurant, doctor's office, etc.)
HCE Members Invited to See a Play at LTC
Join us as we enjoy the Lincoln Trail College presentation of The Music Man!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 26, at 2 pm at the Zwermann Arts Center Theater.
PLEASE arrive at 1:15 p.m. to purchase your ticket.
The cost of the ticket is $12.
Call the Extension Office by March 10 to register if you would like to be seated with the HCE group.
HCE will reserve a group of seats based on how many registers.
** Your HCE Board members are always trying to come up with fun events to get you members together to enjoy each others' fellowship!
Please consider coming out for this fun afternoon program!
Attention S.E. LaMotte Unit
Members will be assembling the April newsletter in the Extension office on Tuesday, March 28 at 10 a.m.
Note: You might want a DIFFERENT day since the luncheon is at 11 a.m.
Your 2017 HCE Dues are Due!
Please pay your annual dues of $9.
Send in your $9 annual dues to:
301 S. Cross St. #290, Robinson, IL 62454
HCE Board Meeting — February 7, 2017
President, Susan Allison called the meeting to order with 6 members and 2 guests present.
Jeannie Adams read the minutes of the last meeting.
Sandy Bryans made the motion to approve the minutes, Phyllis Adams seconded the motion.
Treasurer, Sandy Bryans gave the treasurer's report.
Bank - $1,112.99 and Money Market - $3,906.63.
Phyllis Adams turned in a bill for $6.45 for postage for the report from International that she sent in to the state.
LaDonna Harris made the motion to pay this bill, Sandy Bryans seconded the motion.
Susan Allison read a thank you card from Hope Dennis for the Christmas gift.
Old Business: The 70th Anniversary of Home Extension was discussed. A committee of Susan Allison, LaDonna Harris, Jeannie Adams and Phyllis Adams will plan this.
New Business: The scholarship forms need to be sent to the schools in April and need to be returned in May.
In April, S.E. LaMotte is in charge of something for membership. LaDonna Harris made a motion to spend $200
on the 70th anniversary celebration should. Phyllis Adams seconded the motion. LaDonna Harris made the motion to
adjourn at 9:35 a.m. Valentines were made after the meeting.
Next meeting: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Crawford County HCE 70th Anniversary Celebration
University of Illinois organized ladies groups (that met in their homes every month) back in the early 1900s which is what we call "HCE groups" today!
Crawford County's HCE group is celebrating 70 years!!!
You are invited to attend the celebration!
Where: Bistro Restaurant in Palestine
When: March 28, 2017 at 11 am
Menu: Baked apple pork loin, salad, sweet potato, roll, drink
Please RSVP to the Extension office by March 10.
You may pay at the office or that day at the Bistro. We hope you will come and celebrate the history of our great organization.
Your HCE Board
A huge THANK YOU to those who organized our party!
Jeannie Adams, Phyllis Adams, Susan Allison and LaDonna Harris
Why reduce clutter?
¨ Clutter is distracting. Decluttering will help you save time, work more efficiently and be more focused.
¨ Clutter is stressful. Trying to work or live in a cluttered space can feel chaotic. Simplifying can reduce stress and increase calm in your life.
¨ You might save some money. For instance, you may buy less duplicates of things you have but can't find. And, if you start by buying less things, you will spend less money.
¨ Decluttering can be one step towards creating a simpler, more fulfilling life. The less things you have, the less time and effort you need to spend maintaining those items. That time can be spent on more rewarding experiences. If you see decluttering as part of the bigger picture, you can use it to help you reprioritize your life in general.
Ideas to reduce what you have:
· Dump duplicates: Keep only one of items like kitchen wrap, staplers, boxes, etc.
· Get rid of things you have a ton of: e.g. shoes, socks, hats, gloves, coffee mugs, books and magazines you read already.
· Get rid of documents you can find online (manuals, menus)
· Make a goal to throw one thing away every day. Or throw something away every time you bring a new item home.
A little at a time: You didn't store up that clutter in a day. But you will be surprised at how much you can do in a short amount of time: go through junk mail, throw out the mystery foods in your fridge, or discard your outdated medicines.
Here are a few tips:
· Work on one room. Or even one area. For instance, if you want to reorganize your desk, but the task seems daunting, start with just the top of your desk or one drawer.
· Commit to a small amount of time. You can accomplish a lot in fifteen focused minutes.
· Set a timer to keep yourself on task.
· Schedule a specific day and time each week to work on reorganization
Start with an easy task, to avoid getting overwhelmed. If the junk drawer seems overwhelming, start with bagging and driving your "donate" items to the secondhand shop will make a big dent in the mess on your closet floor.
Mix in some fun: Lighten up by playing music or playing a
favorite movie in the background.
Reward yourself. But not by buying more stuff to bring
into your home! Instead, treat yourself with experiences, such as coffee with a friend, going to movie or show, talking
a relaxing walk in the woods, etc.
Finally, a few quotes:
¨ That ugly sweater your mother gave you is not your mother."
¨ "You only have the space you have."
¨ "Flat surfaces are not storage areas."
¨ "Clutter isn't just the stuff in your closet. It's anything that gets between you and the life you want to be living."
How Much Physical Activity Counteracts Sitting All Day?
Many of us spend most, if not all of our work day sitting.
The health detriments to this are well documented. Sitting disease, as it known, has been linked to shorter lifespan,
and higher rates of chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. It is thought that sitting affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.
Sitting all day appears to be a separate disease risk from inactivity. In fact, health experts have started to call for
new public health guidelines that address reducing sitting time as well as increasing physical activity.
Not much research has focused on how to offset the effects of sitting. A new study, however, begins to shed some light on the matter.
How much activity is needed to eliminate the effects of sitting all day?
The study* indicated that high amounts of activity eliminate the increased risk of death associated with sitting.
People who get 60–75 minutes per day of moderate intensity physical activity seem to have no increased risk of death,
even if they sit for more than eight hours a day.
This amount, however, is much higher than the 30 minutes of daily activity recommended in the current public health guidelines.
What about television? TV viewing time seemed more roblematic than daytime sitting. The researchers found
that 60 -75 minutes of daily activity reduces but does not eliminate the risk associated with high TV-viewing time.
Another way to reduce risk: Previous studies have shown that breaking up sitting time during work hours appears to lower the risk of sitting. Worksite wellness recommendations include:
1) encourage workers to stand up and move for three minutes for every hour they sit,
2) use sit/stand workstations.
UI Wellness Center
RIDES Mass Transit — Bus Trips
March 4 - Rockville, Indiana – Go to the Park County Maple Syrup Fair and shop in Downtown Rockville.
March 10 - Friday Night Fish Supper at the Silver Moon in West Union
March 18 - Visit Stoll's Lakeview Restaurant and go shopping at the local shops
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.
Don’t Buy, If You Don’t Have to Own!
Spring is coming! When you are reorganizing your wardrobe
for the new season, do you surprisingly find that there are many clothes that you haven't even tried on since you
purchased them? Do you find that food keeps going bad in the refrigerator before you have any chance to eat it?
You should not only feel sorry for wasting the cotton in your clothes and the pain a pig suffered to become a sausage, but you should feel heart-broken for throwing your money away as well!
Here are some tips on how to avoid spending on unnecessary goods:
The golden rule is to tell yourself every time before you check out: "don't buy if you don't have to own."
If the absence of this product won't make you underfed, ill-equipped, severely unsatisfied, or lower your quality of life significantly, then you probably should put the product back on the shelf.
Also, ask yourself if you are going to consume the product.
If you are going to buy a roast chicken, will you eat it up before it expires? If you want to purchase a coat, how often will you wear it?
In this way, you can save the money you put in the garbage bags for more necessary goods.
Next time before you swipe your card, don't forget to remind yourself, "don't buy if you don't have to own."
U of I - Financial Wellness
You're the Beet to my Heart
One of the wonderful things about beets is the entire plant can be devoured. The green leafy top is similar to spinach and can be sautéed and eaten, while the bulbous root can be cooked in many different ways, such as boiled, baked, and pickled.
Some cooking methods for beets may be time-consuming, which leaves many people not wanting to put in the effort.
Nevertheless, with the invention of new methods of cooking, there are ways that you can cook beets without being in the kitchen for hours. Try microwaving beets by piercing the skin and placing them in a microwave-safe dish with a lid. Microwave on high for 10-15 minutes, and that's it! You can also grill beets by wrapping them in aluminum foil either sliced or whole, and season with herbs and spices.
While you may be used to seeing red beets at the store, there are also golden beets and bull's blood beets, which have a bull's eye pattern to the rings. The red color comes from a phytochemical called betalain. Betalains have been studied and shown to have many health benefits.
One study reported beets were shown to improve running performance when eaten before a 5K run. Another study published showed that beet consumption can have positive effects on our cardiovascular system.
Give beets another chance with this recipe!
— Jenna Smith, Extension Educator,
Oil Roasted Beets Yield: 6 servings
2 lbs. or about 6 medium beets
1-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400⁰ F. Peel and dice beets. Spread the beets on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and stir
to coat the beets. Sprinkle with salt and stir again to
evenly distribute. Roast in the oven for 35-45 minutes,
until the beets are soft and starting to get crispy.
If you don't want crispy beets cook them shorter.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 90 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 310 milligrams sodium, 14 grams carbohydrate,
4 grams fiber, 2 grams protein
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!
Robinson Senior Center: 618/544-8811
Oblong Nutrition Center: 618/592-3111
Palestine Senior Center at 618/586-2128
I’m Positive. I’m Aging — March lesson
Aging experts point out that older adults are living long, healthier lives than those before them. Older adults:
· Are more educated—82.6% high school or higher degree
· Have higher incomes than in the past
· Own their own homes—80.7%
· Have kept up with technology—61.8% have a computer
· Exercise their civic duty—71.9% voted in the last election
So what can we all do to age successfully or positively?
1) Maintain a positive or optimistic attitude. Extensive research has shown that optimism improves well-being and physical health and that resilience and optimism are also associated with greater longevity. It is thought that positive people's thinking is more creative, integrative, flexible and open. Feeling positive emotions can lead to the discovery of novel ideas, actions and social bonds and can buffer people against depression.
Ways to fine tune your optimism include:
Þ Be around positive people and those that support you
Þ Laugh and surround yourself with things that help relieve stress
Þ Practice positive self-talk and turn negative statements/thoughts into positive ones
Þ Try not to worry about things you have no control over
Þ Develop a blessings or positive affirmations list
2) Be social. Staying socially active can reduce stress, blood pressure, risk of developing depression, and the pro- gression of declining health. It can improve cognitive function and physical fitness. It can also give meaning and order to our lives, help us maintain interest in others and improves resiliency.
Ways to stay socially connected include:
Þ Get involved in a cause or interest that is meaningful to you
Þ Pursue a passion
Þ Do something that you enjoy each day—have fun
Þ Engage in a community of support (community/ civic/ church)
Þ Reach out to those who cannot get out much
3) Have purpose. People who live life with purpose look beyond themselves and find true joy in giving to others. The power of purpose enhances a person's physical and psychological health, and promotes resilience, creativity and productivity. Volunteering is a great way to build purpose into your social relationships.
Ways to volunteer & get more involved in community:
Þ Reflect on your job or former job for ideas about what you might offer to others
Þ Think of a skill you can teach. Can you teach youth this skill? Can you make items to donate for those in need?
Þ Maybe you could work as a mentor or a tutor and volunteer at a school, hospital or preschool program
Þ If you appreciate nature and conservation, you could work at a nature preserve or park
Þ Prepare or deliver meals for shut-ins or at a food bank.
Þ Contact local civic or volunteer organizations to learn of service opportunities.
4) Eat well. Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight also affects the aging process in a positive way.
A heart healthy diet includes:
Þ Lean meat, poultry, fish, nuts—limit red meat
Þ Whole grains
Þ Veggies and fruits should take up half your plate
Þ Low–fat dairy
Þ Limit sugar and sodium
Þ Alcohol in moderation
Þ Plenty of water
5) Be Active. Staying physically active is important — a
minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise three days a week. Not only is physical activity good for your body but studies have shown that regular aerobic activity
contributed to faster reaction times, better concentration and increased ability to focus and ignore distractions.
It has also been shown to create significant increases in brain volume in older adults.
To become physically active:
Þ Start out slow, and build your way up to three days a week, and beyond
Þ Activities can be broken up into smaller amounts of time throughout the day
Þ It doesn't have to be traditional exercise—gardening, yardwork, cleaning house, anything that gets you moving is acceptable
Þ Do something you enjoy—you'll stay with it longer
Þ Recruit an exercise buddy
6) Challenge yourself intellectually. Challenging your brain with new, interesting and increasingly difficult tasks helps
it stay healthy and helps maintain memory and cognitive
To challenge yourself :
Þ Take up a new hobby
Þ Learn a new language, game or skill
Þ Play games with friends
Þ Engage in tricky word or number puzzles
Þ Attend a local Wits Fitness brain exercise class
Sometimes there are role models we can look up to that
inspire us. There are many people that did not achieve their most notable accomplishments until later in life.
Nelson Mandela - won Nobel Peace Prize at age 76
Ray Kroc - founder of McDonalds at age 52
Ernestine Shepherd - oldest female bodybuilder at age 79—began lifting weights at age 56
Betty Reid Soskin - oldest park service ranger at age 93—began her career at age 85
Benjamin Franklin - signed the Declaration of Independence at age 70
Sister Madonna Buder - triathalon athlete at age 86
Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright said:
"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes."
Would you agree?
We have the complete lesson in the Extension office, if you would like a copy!