The Garden City Telegram
1/23/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Senior center offers weight-loss tips

Hungry for some chicken and noodles? Here is your chance to get some great food, hear some wonderful music and support a worthy endeavor in Finney County. Join us Friday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m, for chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, a roll and apple crisp. All this for the low, low price of $6 per person. Enjoy music provided by "Too Many Strings."

This supper is sponsored by the Ruth V. Gordanier Charitable Trust, and funds will benefit Finney County RSVP and the senior center in their programming for 2013.

Now that you have learned about an opportunity for great food, here are some tips for losing weight.

For most of us, it isn't easy to lose weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese! More than 40 million Americans go on a diet each year, spending billions on weight-loss programs.

What are the most effective ways to shed unhealthy fat?

* Step one: Talk to your health-care provider. Your doctor is the best place to start for medical advice about a weight-loss strategy that's right for you.

* Avoid "crash diets." Fasting and other very low-calorie diets can be dangerous for older adults. If you are still tempted, remember that rapid weight loss makes it more likely that you will regain those pounds.

* Learn more about nutrition. The more you know about the foods you eat, the more able you are to select foods that provide healthful nutrients, rather than those that provide empty calories and leave you hungry for more.

* Add exercise to your daily routine. Physical activity burns calories and helps control appetite. The USDA even modified their traditional "food pyramid" to include exercise as a vital component of weight loss.

* Reset your ideas about portion size. Food portions have grown and grown over the past decades.

* Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast makes it more likely that dieters will increase their subsequent daily food intake.

* Choose more plant-based foods. High-fiber, low-fat veggies are full of nutrients and help fill you up with fewer calories.

* Join a support group. You can find weight-loss support groups through your health-care provider, senior living community or senior center, or through commercial companies. Informal weight-loss groups of friends and families also can help you stay motivated.

* If you get off track, get back on. Few people make it through a weight-loss program without fluctuations. If you splurge at a party or overdo it for a day or two, that doesn't have to mean the end of your healthy weight goals. Just start over the next day.

* Legitimate health-care providers have developed safe weight-loss programs for seniors and people of every age. Medicare or your private insurance may cover part or all of the costs of a weight-loss intervention. This might include counseling or, in some cases, weight-loss surgery. It's never too late to benefit from a healthier weight!

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from the Nazarene Church, Jamie Hitchcock and Duane Riley 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. Life Writing group meets at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Pinochle lessons continue at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. The chicken noodle supper is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come and enjoy good food and good music.

Saturday has Prairie Land Food pick-up at noon. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Check with Hope for the location this week. The Humdingers Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Zumba meets at 5:30 p.m. Join Kathy White for exercise to a Latin beat. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

Jan. 30 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Library outreach is at 11 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance featuring Bob Walter begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Beef stew or ham and beans, stewed tomatoes, corn bread, fruit parfait with granola.

Friday: Taco salad, Corn O'Brien, tortilla chips with salsa, mandarin orange gelatin.

Monday: Chicken Parmesan, butter noodles, green beans, French bread, ambrosia.

Tuesday: Barbecue beef brisket on a bun, potato salad, tossed salad, wheat bread, yellow brick road cake.

Jan. 30: Rib-ettes, sweet potatoes, steamed cabbage, wheat roll, cinnamon apple slices.

2013 — Celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County. Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.