Pleasant Valley FCE meets

Pleasant Valley FCE meets

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8:01 pm

The Pleasant Valley Family and Community Education Club met recently in the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church fellowship hall. 
The meeting was brought to order by president Barbara Parker. Four members were in attendance. The group started the meeting with a time of remembrance for Reba Brinkley. She was a member of the club for a short time, but will be missed, a spokesman said, adding she had many talents and was a good club member. Each member expressed a brief thought about Mrs. Brinkley.
Members answered roll call by naming something that makes them smile. Some answers included seeing a baby and being around happy people.
Obion County University of Tennessee Extension agent Benita Giffin presented a program on “Rethink Your Drink.” She said most carbonated drinks contain around 17 teaspoons of sugar and in order to burn off the calories of a 20-ounce soda, a person would have to walk at a moderate speed for about one hour. She told the members there are five “Cs” of sugary drinks — calories, calcium-loss, content, caffeine and cavities. To become a person with a healthier diet outlook, she suggested becoming a label reader of products. Labels include the sugar grams. A diabetic should look for around five grams or less of sugar, as well as for the fats and type of fat and calories per serving. Mrs. Giffin said sometimes sugar is disguised with other names such as barley malt, dextrose, fructose and corn syrup. She said people should also consider what they eat in fast food restaurants because some shakes and hamburger combinations can have more than 500 calories in them.
Members were reminded of the FCE Achievement Day luncheon, which will be held at Mason Hall on Monday. The women who have worked hard over the past year — including reading books and having perfect attendance — as well as those who have been long-time members will be recognized.
Each year the clubs submit reports to the state FCE. These reports reflect individual and club achievements, such as giving to local projects such as Chimes for Charity and supporting 4-H, Reelfoot Rural Ministry and the Obion County Fair.
The Pleasant Valley FCE Club has a new meeting time and date. Members will now meet 10 a.m. until noon the third Wednesday of the month at the Pleasant Valley United Methodst Church fellowship hall. The next meeting will be March 16.

Published in The Messenger 3.2.11

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