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Living Well In Yalobusha County

May Activities Are Abundant At Extension Service

By Pamela Redwine

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, school is winding down, 4-H contests preparations are being made, gardens have been planted and the Extension Service is bracing itself for a very busy summer!
Here is a schedule of next week’s activities:
Friday, May 10th
9 a.m. – Healthy You Exercise Class
Monday, May 13th
9a.m. – Healthy You Exercise Class
Tuesday, May 14th
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Serger Basics – (free, but space is limited, please call to register)
Wednesday, May 15th
9 a.m. – Healthy You Exercise Class
Thursday, May 16th
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – iPad Class (session #1, Registration required, $5 fee)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Crochet Class (free)
1 p.m.-3 p.m. – iPad Class (session #2 -same as session #1, Registration required, $5 fee)
4 p.m. – FCS 4-H clubs (both older and Clover Buds will meet together)

Serger Class – This class is a beginner serger class and will teach the basic use and safety when using the machine. The cost of the class is free.  However, since this will be a hands-on class, the size of the class is limited to the first seven people to register. A serger is a type of sewing machine that trims the seam and encloses the seam allowance or edge of the fabric, inside a thread casing, all in one step. It gives a clean finished look to your sewn item. Call 675-2730 to register for the class.
iPad Class – Join Jamie Varner, Extension Instructor, as we learn about helpful iPad “tips and tricks.” There will be two iPAD Classes offered at Extension Office on Thursday May 16. The first class will be from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and the second class will begin at 1 p.m. and end around 3 p.m.
You only need to attend one of the classes.  You do not have to own your own iPad to attend the class.  The instructor will have iPads for clients to use. If you have your own iPad, please feel free to bring it.  The cost of the class is $5 and must be paid when you register. Each session is limited to 12 participants. We must have at least 10 participants paid and registered for class to be held.  Please call 675-2730 to register.
 The Healthy You Exercise class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We are starting a new workout video, so this is a great time to join! Wear cool clothes, comfortable shoes and bring some water to drink.  You do not have to register for this class.
Crochet classes will meet twice a month. In May, we will meet Thursday, May 2 and Thursday, May16, from 10 a.m. until noon. The class is free–all you have to do is bring a crochet needle and yarn. We will provide the instruction.
Our next FCS 4-H Clubs (both Older club and Clover Buds) will meet on Thursday, May 16th at 4 p.m.  The program is free and is open to all youth ages 5-18.  Please call 675-2730 to let us know your child will be attending.
Our May newsletter just went out. If you didn’t get a copy, please call the Extension Office and request a copy be sent to you.
Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at MSU- Yalobusha County Extension Service to keep up with our upcoming events.

Fresh Greens for Heart Health
Collard greens are members of the cabbage family.  Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamins A and K. They’re also a good source of vitamin C.  Studies indicate that collard greens are better at lowering cholesterol than some of their other vegetable cousins.  
Collards outshone mustard greens, broccoli, and kale in terms of bile acid binding, which leads to cholesterol removal.  Overcooked collard greens smell like sulfur, so be sure to watch them carefully.  Only cook them as much as you absolutely need to.
The polyphenols found in apples may help prevent blood sugar spikes.  Apples are part of the Rose Family, just like almonds, apricots, raspberries, and cherries. What a varied family!  
Eating apples regularly may help reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol levels. Maybe they really do keep the doctor away!

Recipe Of The Week
Apple Collard Salad

Serves: 6
Serving Size 1 cup
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and thinly sliced
2 apples, cored and sliced
? cup walnut pieces
1 12 ounce bag of frozen chopped collard greens
Black pepper to taste
Juice of a lemon
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, apples, and walnuts until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
Add the collard greens and cover. Cook until heated through, about 8 minutes.
Serves 6.  Each 1 cup serving: 102 calories, 5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans-fat, 0mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 7g sugar, 3g protein.
Article and Recipe source: Communicating Food for Health Newsletter, May 2013

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