Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 14 April 2009 14:00Hillsboro Senior Center director Mary Dudley (center) spent time talking to other ladies at a special coffee and doughnut gathering Friday morning. The event was recognizing Good Friday. Seated in the foreground is Frances Rempel and Vernice Ratzlaff is on the other side of Dudley. Betty Gayle, head cook, is in the kitchen.
The Hillsboro Senior Center has a new director. Mary Dudley accepted the position in March, joking that it was the first job application she had filled out since she was 18.
“I went on the (Senior Center) board in February and read Karly Winter’s resignation as director at that first meeting,” she said.
With Winter’s departure, Dudley decided to apply for the position and it...
Written by Fred Cicetti Tuesday, 14 April 2009 13:59Q When does menopause really begin?
A A woman reaches menopause when a year has passed since her last period.
Menopause, like many of the changes in a woman’s body through her lifetime, is caused by changes in hormone levels.
Menopausal transition, called “perimenopause,” is the time when a woman’s body is close to menopause. Periods may become irregular. A woman may start to feel hot flashes and night sweats. Perimenopause usually begins about two to four years before the last menstrual period. It ends when menopause begins.
Postmenopause follows menopause and lasts the remainder of a woman’s life. Pregnancy is no longer possible. There may be symptoms such as vaginal dryness long after menopause.
The process of...
Written by Fred Cicetti Tuesday, 10 March 2009 14:04Q When my husband misses his daily BM, he complains that he’s constipated. Don’t you think that’s a bit of an exaggeration?
A Your husband is not alone. A lot of people believe they are constipated if they don’t go every day. The clinical definition of constipation is any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in the previous year: straining during bowel movements, lumpy or hard stool, sensation of obstruction or incomplete evacuation, fewer than three bowel movements per week.
Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults age 65 and over. Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States.
Common causes of constipation include...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 March 2009 14:02When stressed, often we turn to comfort foods to make us “feel better.” But those foods aren’t always the most nutritious.
Every year, more than 95 million Americans suffer from at least one digestive health issue. Many of these issues may be brought on by increased stress and poor diet choices.
Stress is a part of everyone’s life, but with the current state of the economy and rocky job market, many are feeling the pressure more than ever.
When we are stressed, often we turn to comfort foods, as they can make us “feel better.” But those foods aren’t always the most nutritious.
While these poor diet choices might tame hunger and make you feel good in the short-term, overall...
Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 10 March 2009 13:59The 2009 Walk Kansas program officially began Sunday at the Marion Gynasium and Aquatic Center.
Twenty teams are registered in Marion County, a few less than last year, according to Nancy Pihl, who is directing the program as county extension agent for family and consumer sciences.
Over the next eight weeks, the teams, along with others from across the state, will register their physical activity, with 15 minutes of exercise equaling one mile.
The goal of the program is to complete 423 miles of exercise, the east-west distance across the state of Kansas. Team members work together to reach this goal by walking, biking or performing other aerobic activities.
“The ultimate goal is just to get people out at least 30 minutes, five...
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