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Living Well In Yalobusha County

June Is National Dairy Month

By Pamela Redwine

June is National Dairy Month. We will have a 4-H Dairy Fun Day for youth ages 5-12 on Tuesday, June 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Yalobusha County Extension Service – located inside the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville.  Come have fun as we celebrate National Dairy month. We will play games, make crafts, enjoy a delicious dairy recipe and learn all about dairy!
Space is limited so call Pamela at 675-2730 to register your child.
The Adult Sewing Group will meet Monday, June 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  We are still working on dresses to send with missionaries to places such as Nicaragua and Haiti. Feel free to bring your own sewing machine and supplies or use ours.  This is an open group, the public is invited to attend
The Healthy You exercise group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Extension Office.  Join us for up to 45 minutes of low impact physical activity. If you come, make sure you wear comfortable, cool clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink.
Mark your calendars: The nurse will be available to take blood pressure and glucose on Wednesday, June 11  at 8:50 a.m. Please arrive around 8:45 a.m. if you are interested in seeing the nurse. This is a free service for all Healthy You Exercise Participants. We will not exercise on Monday, June 16.
Our Healthy You Nutrition Class will meet on Wednesday, June 11th at 9:45 (directly after exercise class) at the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville.   This is a 30 minute nutrition class. This month’s topic will be on “Eating Out Smart.”
Our crochet group will meet Thursday, June 12th  at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the extension office.  The group is free, but you may want to bring your own yarn and needle.  Mrs. Karol Jarman is our volunteer crochet leader.

The Shadow Knows
There was a radio show in the 1930s-1950s that asked “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” followed by an evil laugh.  Today, I will use this phrase “The Shadow Knows” to remind you that being safe in the sun is important to your own health.
You may be outside, working or playing, and not have a watch or your cell phone to determine the time.  When that happens, you can use “The Shadow Rule.”  When your shadow is short (meaning the sun is somewhere directly above… or close), you are at greater risk for sunburn or sun poisoning.  When your shadow is long, you are less likely to burn. Don’t be fooled, though, you can still be burned, even when the sun is behind the clouds. Follow these simple rules for sun safety:
1.  Apply sunscreen (30 SPF or higher) at least 20 minutes BEFORE you go outside and reapply when you are wet (even if it is waterproof sunscreen!).
Let it be noted here that adults, especially men, according to one study, are negligent on using sunscreen….but especially REAPPLYING sunscreen.
2. Wear breathable cotton so that you will not get as hot.
3. Drink LOTS of water.  (Water….not sodas or energy drinks.)
4. Seek occasional shade. It’s hard seeking shade when you are trying to get a job done, but important for your skin.  (While you’re in the shade, why not drink that water?)
5. Choose “wrap around” sunglasses when you can and be sure they have a have UV protection factor.
5. Choose early morning or late afternoon for less sun exposure.
Southerners LOVE the sun, but you must be careful! Too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and let’s face it, the sun ages you. Be careful out there, Mississippians, and have a great summer!

Article Source: by Dr. Carla C. Stanford, CFLE, Regional Health Specialist

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