3/18/2014

What was the last fresh fruit or vegetable you ate? If you cannot remember, maybe you are not getting enough. Fruit and vegetables have many important vitamins that are different from other foods you eat, such as vitamins A and C and Folic Acid. Fresh fruits and vegetables have the added benefit of fiber that can help you guard against constipation.

What was the last fresh fruit or vegetable you ate? If you cannot remember, maybe you are not getting enough. Fruit and vegetables have many important vitamins that are different from other foods you eat, such as vitamins A and C and Folic Acid. Fresh fruits and vegetables have the added benefit of fiber that can help you guard against constipation.

If a chewing problem is the reason you eat few fruits and vegetables, try softer choices like ripe bananas, baked winter squash, sliced peaches and steamed vegetables.

When choosing canned or frozen vegetables and fruits, look for ones without a lot of sauces or salt. Choose canned fruits and vegetables that are either low sodium or in their own juices or water.

You need at least eight (eight-ounce) glasses of beverages per day. Try to get at least three to four of these from water and the rest can come from other beverages. Try to limit beverages that are high in caffeine. Drinking liquids at meal times can make chewing and swallowing easier. Also, getting enough fluid helps reduce your chances of constipation.

Craft Shop items

Do you have a talent for making craft items? Are you looking for a place to sell your hand-crafted items? The Craft Shop at the senior center is available for all Finney County seniors to sell their wares. Bring your handcrafted items the second and fourth Friday between 10 a.m. and noon. You set the price. Items are sold without commission if you can volunteer two three-hour shifts each month in the store. Otherwise, a 10 percent commission is charged.

The Craft Shop is a wonderful place to do your graduation and wedding shopping. It's open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. The Senior Citizens Association board meets at 1 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel will meet for lunch and a business meeting. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, duplicate bridge begins at 2 p.m.

Monday has double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, the day begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. USDA commodities will be distributed at 10 a.m. and will continue until all supplies are gone. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Jan Evans with the Alzheimer's Association will make a short presentation at 11:30 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Bingo begins at 1:30 p.m.

March 26 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Library outreach is at 11:30 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. to music of the Ortiz Brothers Band.

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Beef stew or chili, cinnamon roll, pineapples.

Friday: Sausage gravy on a biscuit, mashed potatoes, Capri vegetables, strawberries and pears.

Monday: Creamy noodles and ham, beets, bread, orange slices.

Tuesday: Roast beef, potatoes and gravy, cauliflower and peas, roll, angel cake with strawberries.

March 26: Chicken and stuffing, broccoli, bread, strawberry yogurt parfait.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.

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