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Extension homemakers to take part in Relay for Life, screening

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Carroll County Extension Homemakers will be participating in the 2011 Relay for Life this coming Friday at the Carroll County Fairgrounds with a Homemakers tent.  President Gloria Lindsay has made a special cancer lap quilt to be raffled off with money donated to the Carroll County Relay for Life.

The Home-makers will be there from 6 p.m. (7 p.m. is opening ceremony) until after the luminaria ceremony to draw for the lap quilt.

At their tent, educational information about cancer — warning signs of the different kinds of cancer and ways to help prevent it — will be given out. Some members also will be walking. Members are invited to join their fellow members and “walk the track to show support” or the “sit in the tent” to greet friends, give out information or sell the tickets. 

This will be a way that Carroll County Extension Homemakers can touch others lives by caring, supporting, and knowing we are there for them.  The inspiration it gives others means so much. 

Ovarian cancer screening trip

On Friday, June 24 several Carroll County Extension Homemaker members will journey to the University of Kentucky for their annual trip as they participate in a special transvaginal ultrashound ovarian cancer study at the Markey Cancer Center.

Members 50 years of age or older or who have a history of cancer in their family may take part in the study.

Plans are to meet at the Extension office at 9:45 a.m. and depart for Lexington at 10 a.m. The group will have lunch at Logan’s Steak House. Cancer screening will be at 2:30 p.m. and members should be returning to Carrollton by 5-5:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for transportation; lunch on your own. There are still a few spaces available to participate. Interested members should call the Carroll County Extension office by Friday, June 17.

Common fitness myths

There is plenty of information about how to get in shape on TV, in newspapers and magazines and on the internet.  Unfortunately, sometimes information is incorrect.  Here are some fitness myths you may have heard and why they are not true.

Myth 1: If you are running, a treadmill is better than outside on the pavement. This idea comes from thinking that the treadmill puts less stress on the knees than cement.  The truth is that jogging and running will impact your knees wherever you do it, and one is not necessarily better than the other.  At least if you are outside, you get fresh air and changing scenery.

Myth 2:  If you have a hard workout, your body will continue to burn calories for hours. This is a partial truth. If you have had a hard workout, your body will continue to burn calories for hours afterward, but generally not as many as you might think.  In fact, it could be as few as 20 extra calories for the entire day.

Myth 3:If you are not sweating, you are not working hard enough.  There are plenty of exercises you can do, such as light weight lifting or walking, that may not result in a sweat. Sweating is a sign that your body is hot, it may not mean that you are burning extra calories because of your workout.

Myth 4: No pain, no gain. The belief that you have to “feel” your workout can be very dangerous.  It is possible that you may have some soreness after you workout, even up to two days, but you should not feel pain while you are working out.  Also, if you are doing something that hurts, stop. If you continue to hurt, immediately see your health care provider.

Some fitness myths are very dangerous. If you have not been physically active for awhile, you should talk to your health care provider before starting a new physical activity routine. If you are exercising regularly now, keep these myths in mind next time you exercise.

Reference: WebMD. Top 9 fitness myths – Busted!

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.