Crystal FCE meets

Crystal FCE meets

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 8:03 pm

The Crystal Family and Community Education Club met recently with 14 members and Obion County University of Tennessee Extension Service agent Benita Giffin in attendance.
President Nadine Killion called the meeting to order and roll call was answered with members giving the names of their favorite teachers. Many memories were commented upon during roll call. Mrs. Killion also served as hostess for the meeting and was in charge of the monthly devotional, which was taken from the beatitudes and the sermon on the mount from Matthew 5:1-6.
Items were collected for the soldiers who are serving in the Middle East. There were 30 items given.
Mrs. Killion thanked everyone who assisted with the Obion County Fair and she handed out bags the fair board presented to the workers. It was reported that the FCE Country Store had a very good year. Treasurer Diane Johnson reported an intake of $466.25 for Crystal club, plus she was given other checks at the meeting from a friend of the fair and payment for the security provided by club members.
There was a request from those working on Feeding of the 5,000 for workers and food items. It was announced that anyone who wanted to make cornbread for the dressing could bring it to the next meeting in plastic bags and it would be frozen until needed. The meal will be served on Nov. 20. The club donated $100 to be used to purchase food for the meals.
It was announced that Lifeline Screening will be at Reelfoot Baptist Church on Oct. 24. Appointments must be scheduled. Members learned Heritage Craft Skills Day was to be held in Jackson on Sept. 13. Several of the members were registered to attend. Discovery Day at the Museum will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Volunteers will be welcomed to assist with ticket sales. Nov. 3 and 4 will be the date for the Westover Center for the Arts. A UT-sponsored Apron Extravaganza is scheduled in Jackson for Oct. 12. Tickets may be obtained from Mrs. Giffin for $25. There will be a display of aprons from the museum in Tunica, Miss. The Milan Ag Museum will host its Heritage Day on Oct. 20. There will be several members of the Obion County FCE clubs working in this event. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City will host a luncheon in December for the FCE clubs. An exact date and time will be announced later.
Jane Fisher gave an update on state convention to be held at the Hilton in Memphis on Nov. 12-14. West Tennessee is the host and will be responsible for the hospitality room for this event. Registration for the entire convention or only one day will be $25. Mrs. Fisher announced she has some rooms reserved for those who wish to attend from Obion County. Mrs. Giffin gave a report on the items she has acquired for the welcome bags. It was decided that the local FCE meeting will be held a week earlier in November since many will be attending the convention. The meeting will be at the Obion County Museum on Nov. 7 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The program presented by Mrs. Giffin was entitled “Healthy Eating After 50.” Making healthy food choices is a smart thing to do — no matter how old you are, she said. It seems as one ages, the desire for food seems to change. Some of the reasons may be medical, but many are simply ideas in their heads. Some people say they cannot chew as well as when they were younger. Others state that they cannot get out and go shopping like when they were younger. Some say it is too much trouble to cook for only one person, they are not hungry or food does not taste the same anymore.
She encouraged members to get up and get moving and to try eating fruits and vegetables with different colors. Members should make sure at least half of their grains are whole grains and they should eat only small amounts of solid fats, oils and foods high in sugar. Mrs. Giffin said they should also stay away from empty calories by eating foods that contain nutrients not just sugar and starch. She told members they could also control the amount of food they ate, by using a smaller plate.
Sometimes medications can change the taste of common foods and she suggested using extra spices or herbs to add flavor. She also said people having such problems should discuss with their doctors the reason for the change in their taste buds.
Mrs. Giffin said members should learn to read labels on foods before making their purchases and they should choose those low in sodium and salt. After age 50, residents need only two-thirds of a teaspoon, or 1,500 milligrams, of table salt a day. They should drink plenty of liquid during the day and keep plenty of fiber in their diets. Members can lower fat in their diets by choosing cuts of meat lower in fat and removing the skin. She also suggested using low-fat dairy products, cooking in non-stick cookware to use less fat, choosing unsaturated or monosaturated vegetable oil when using cooking spray and trying broiling, roasting, baking or stir-fry when cooking, instead of frying. One source of useful information concerning nutrition is the website www.nutrition.gov. NIHSenior Health (www.nihseniorhealth.gov) is a senior-friendly website from the National Library of Medicine. Special features make it simple to use, she said.
After the program, members enjoyed a snack prepared by Mrs. Killion. The craft lesson for the day was instruction on how to make a Christmas card or tag.

Published in The Messenger 9.28.12

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