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Living Well in Yalobusha County

Save the date: The 2017 Holiday House will be held Saturday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Also mark your calendars for other exciting events:

The 4-H FCS Club will meet on Thursday, Sept. 14th, at 4 p.m. This month we will be cooking!  4-H meetings are free and open to youth ages 8-18. To make sure I have enough supplies please call the Extension Office at 675-2730 to let me know your child will be coming.  And as always, parents and guardians are invited to stay and participate.

There will be a Women’s Firearm Familiarization Class held at the Extension Office on Friday, Sept. 29th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The class instructor will be Tony Carmichael. The morning format will be classroom instruction where participants learn about guns, ammunition and gun safety. After a lunch break, the group will head out to the Coffeeville shooting range for target practice. 

The registration fee for the class is $10 and must be paid to be considered registered for the class.  

Please Note: you must bring your own gun and ammunition to the class.  All guns and ammunition should be brought separately.  Please DO NOT bring a loaded gun into the building. You will not receive any type of certification for attending the class. Space is limited, so register soon!   

Remember our Healthy You exercise classes are free and meet every Monday and Wednesday from 9  until 9:45 a.m. This is a great time to exercise with a group and meet new people with the same goals as you. 

Each Friday in September we will be doing a beginner Yoga class in place of the exercise class.  Please bring a yoga mat with you when you come to class as there are floor stretches we will be doing.  

The healthcare professional will be here on Wednesday, Sept. 13th to check blood pressure and glucose. This is a free service for all Healthy You participants. Please plan to attend so that we can keep this wonderful free service each month.  

The Crochet MHV Club will meet at the Extension Office on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m.  The group is led by volunteer Karol Jarman.  You will need to bring the yarn of your choice and a crochet hook.  This is a great opportunity for beginners to learn how to crochet, as well as, a good time for more experienced people to get ideas for new projects, or finish existing projects. Our Save a Life collection date will be September 21. 

You Don’t Have to Be The Biggest Loser

When you’re overweight or obese, the thought of losing enough pounds to achieve your “ideal” weight can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to remember that losing a small amount of weight can have a large impact on your health. 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends setting a realistic weight-loss goal of up to 10% of your body weight (1). If you have risk factors for heart disease, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood glucose, the Academy says that a 3 to five percent weight loss can improve these risk factors. So for someone who weighs 175 pounds, a realistic goal would be to lose up to 17.5 pounds. But losing 5-9 pounds is enough to reap some health benefits. 

In a 2013 Evidence Report from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), experts outlined how modest weight loss affects indicators related to diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure (2), shown in our chart below.

Authors of a more recent review of research on this topic are more cautious about the benefits of modest weight loss for those with type 2 diabetes (3). Their conclusion: Weight loss is more important for the prevention or delay of type 2 diabetes than for treating it. 

While the biggest losers get all the attention, it’s clear that losing a relatively small amount of weight results in health benefits for those who are overweight or obese

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