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The Senior Event returns Thursday, Sept., 13, offering “An Old-Fashioned Picnic” experience free to all area senior citizens at Point Park in Carrollton.
What would an old-fashioned picnic be without picnic food and games? Or, without the chance to sit back and enjoy, or sing along with some of those old favorite melodies?
This year’s Senior Event will be a chance to come out to the park, enjoy good food, music and games while socializing with friends.
The picnic starts at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Guests are invited, if they wish, to dress as they might have years ago when going to a picnic. There will be a contest with one man and woman being named the crowd’s choice; honors also will go to the oldest senior attending the picnic, complete with a special prize.
Anyone who needs transportation to the event may arrange for a round-trip ride through Carroll County Senior Center, (502) 732-7026. Guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs if they wish.
The Carroll County Senior Event has become a favorite early-fall event for Carroll County senior citizens and guests from surrounding counties.
There is no charge for the special event, thanks to the generous monetary donations and support from the Carroll County Fiscal Court, the City of Carrollton, local industry, businesses and individual contributions.
Any business, industry or individual wishing to help support the event may send a check payable to “Carroll County Senior Event” in care of the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 Floyd Drive, Carrollton, KY 41008. The event planning committee welcomes volunteers to help set up that day, as well as to serve food or help in other ways. Call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030 to sign up.
The 2012 Senior Event planning team includes Penny Maiden, Michael Humphrey, Michelle Goff, Vicki Kemper, Amy Lapish, Chet Mitchell, Lisa Kyle, David Wilhoite and Cooperative Extension representatives Rhonda Welch, Christin Herbst and myself. This year’s Senior Event promises to bring wonderful memories of days gone by for everyone attending.
Preventing childhood obesity
Childhood obesity has become a national health crisis. One in every three children is overweight or obese. Overall spending on obesity increased from $40 billion to $147 billion in the past 10 years.
Kentucky’s child obesity rate is double the national aver-age, with the number of overweight children older than 11 among the highest in the United States. This is a cause for concern and action, because obesity causes approximately 112,000 deaths each year.
One-third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop Type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. Parents should be aware that if your child is overweight or obese, he or she is at a greater risk of developing many chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and many other health problems.
Help your children eat a healthy diet by using the following strategies to prevent them being overweight and or obese. We call it the ABCDEs:
Avoid foods high in added sugar and fat;
Bring the family together for family meals;
Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products;
Drink water instead of soda or juices that have added sugar; and
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
I am planning some upcoming programs for parents and children to help everyone learn to eat better and healthier, even those who have busy lives.
Call me if you want to know more about these, or let me know what else you might like to know about. Do keep reading this column in The News-Democrat, as I will be letting you know when each program is being planned.
I will also be sending information home in your children’s school packets.
Upcoming Dates of Interest
Aug. 30: Extension Homemakers Fall Kick Off is 6:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension Office
Sept. 6: Learn with Us! “Plate it Up!” program is 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension Office.
Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.