By Pamela Redwine
We had a great time last Monday night at our DIY Chalk Paint Class. We had 10 participants and we came up with some great creations. A special thanks to Brandi McCullough, who volunteered her time and expertise to teach us. We will have another DIY Chalk Paint Class on Friday, Sept. 26, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $10 and will cover your painting supplies. You will need to bring a small item to paint – candlestick, picture frame, bowl, candy dish, letter for your door, etc. You can contact the Extension Office to register, 675-2730. However, money should be paid to complete your registration and reserve your spot. Space is limited.
The Yalobusha County Extension Service’s Family & Consumer Science program will sponsor a Women’s Self Defense and Firearms Familiarization class on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Each participant will need to bring an unloaded gun and ammo – separate from the gun, as well as ear and eye protection.
The cost of the class is $5, which covers light refreshments. Space is limited, call 675-2730 to register.
Don’t forget about our free legal workshop. The MHV along with the North Central Area Agency on Aging, and North Mississippi Rural Legal Services will sponsor this workshop on Friday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building. This workshop is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Wills, powers of attorney, Advance Health Care Directives (living wills), Medicare, Medicaid, foreclosure prevention, nursing home, legal services for seniors. Call for appointment: 1-662-234-8731, ext. 2101/1-800-898-8731, ext. 2101 (North Ms Rural Legal Services Elder Law Project).
Fruits and Veggies Protect Your Health!
Improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic disease with fresh fruits and vegetables.
According to MyPlate, the USDA’s guide to healthful and balanced eating, “Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers. Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.”
Here are some examples of fruits and vegetables that are nutrient powerhouses…
The pigments in blueberries, called anthocyanins, have been shown to slow and even reverse age-related declines in brain function, as well as cognitive and motor performance.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects your cells from free radical damage. Vitamin C boosts your immune system, reduces inflammation, and protects blood vessels.
Yams and sweet potatoes top the charts in terms of beta carotene content. Beta carotene is also known as vitamin A and it plays a key role in heart health and heart disease prevention. Butternut squash and pumpkins are rich in beta carotene too.
Bananas have tons of potassium, which is key to controlling blood pressure and helping your heart work normally. They also contain compounds that protect your stomach from ulcer damage.
Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale rock the vitamin count, with excellent supplies of vitamins A, C, and K. These vitamins protect your bones, decrease inflammation, support cell growth and development, protect vision, support your circulatory system, and improve immune function.