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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Extension Service Offers Summer Activities

By Pamela Redwine

The Healthy You Exercise class continues to meet each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Wear cool clothes, comfortable shoes and bring some water to drink. You do not have to register for this class.
The older 4-H Club (for ages 10-18) will meet on Thursday, June 13 at 3 p.m.  This program is free and open to all youth, ages 10-18. Please call 675-2730 to let us know your child will be attending. Remember to bring back your completed activity log from the May meeting.
A green bean canning class will be held at the extension office on Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m.  The class is free, but because this will be a hands-on class, it is limited to the first 5 people to call and register.
The United Y.C. MHV Club will meet on Tuesday, June 18 at the extension office located inside the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville. The business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and at 10 a.m. the group will begin making blankets for children at the Blair Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. Members and guests are asked to bring two yards of coordinating fabric (one yard of each) and matching thread.  Sewing machines will be available and anyone is invited to attend and help.
The crochet group will meet on Thursday, June 20 from 10 a.m. until noon at the extension office. This is a fun, laid-back group that enjoys learning to crochet.  You can work on different projects at your own pace.   It is free and open to the public, all you have to do is bring your own yarn and crochet needle.
The Clover Buds 4-H Club will meet on Thursday, June 20th at 3 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building. This program is free and open to all youth ages 5-9. Please call 675-2730 to register your child.  Also remember, to bring back your completed activity log from the May Meeting
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Learning the Glycemic Effects of a Meal
 Do you ever worry that you are eliminating too many foods from your diet because they spike your blood glucose?
Does the following story sound familiar?  
You ate some offending food at lunch, and then your post meal blood glucose was elevated.
Well, worry no more! It turns out that there are many possible reasons for hyperglycemia, including the amount of food eaten, exercise patterns, medications taken incorrectly, and much more. So, before you decide to avoid a nutritious or favorite food in fear of raising your blood glucose, try testing that food or meal again.
According to Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE, the easiest way to learn the glycemic effect of a meal is by measuring blood glucose in pairs.  First, test your blood glucose right before eating, then approximately two hours later. The difference between those two numbers is largely the effect of the meal (though you should remember that medications, exercise, hormones and more are also at play).  
Ideally, the two-hour rise in blood glucose will be no more than 40-mg/dl.  Do not only rely on that post-meal measurement.  It’s possible that your pre-meal blood glucose level may be 180 mg/dl and the post-meal number is 200 mg/dl. Without knowing what your blood glucose level was prior to eating, you might believe that the elevation was the result of the most recent meal.
It’s also wise to test the effect of your favorite meals multiple times before making a judgment about the suitability of your food choices. This type of testing empowers people with diabetes to make the most healthful choices.
Article Source: Communicating Food for Health Newsletter, June 2013.

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