Willing Workers address healthy eating for diabetics
Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met Nov. 28 at the White Hall Library. Jo Ann Carr presented the program on “Healthy Eating for Diabetics.”
She said it is important to eat from all food groups, but some foods affect the blood glucose (blood sugar) more than others. Carbohydrates raise the blood glucose more than other foods.
Carbohydrates are found in grains, fruits, starchy vegetables, milk and sweets (such as candy, cake and ice cream.) The body needs carbohydrate foods every day to function at its best, however is is a good idea to try to space them so that you eat about the same amount of carbohydrates at each meal.
Handouts were furnished with simple guidelines to eating healthier with diabetes, Plate Method Meal Planning and several Living Well with Diabetes recipes, which were discussed. For more information on this program, contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at the Jefferson County Extension Office at 534-1033.
Meanwhile, during the meeting President Karen Needler welcomed everyone and asked Donna Stevenson to read the Thought of the Month “I am thankful for all those who said NO to me. It is because of them I am doing it myself.”
Vice President Sarah Payton led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Sue Medlock read the Handy Hint “Non-Starchy vegetables, like peas, can satisfy your appetite and prevent spikes in blood sugar.” Malinda Traweek read the Inspiration from 1 Chronicles 12:39.
In the absence of Secretary Peggie Barbaree, Carr called the roll. Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Catherine Atkinson, Needler, Payton, Carr, Dee Kindrick, Sue Medlock, Marnette Reed, Stevenson, Leslie Trammell, Traweek and Elizabeth Wall. Kizer and Madison Reed were guests.
Payton reported on community service and said she and Wall delivered 105 turbans for cancer patients to the Arkansas Cancer Institute at Pine Bluff recently. She said the Festival of Stars at Arkansas Children’s Hospital would be Dec. 15 and she will deliver caps members made and brought to the meeting.
Kizer announced she had received a message from the state extension office requesting members donate blankets for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for all patients during the holidays. Members voted to buy 20 blankets from the club treasury and Payton collected money from attendees to buy more. These will be delivered also on Dec. 15. Stevenson will do the December craft at Trinity Village. Cereal was collected for the White Hall Food Pantry.
Atkinson, nursing home project chairwoman, reported that she and Payton took down the fall door decorations at the White Hall Nursing Home and hung 30 Christmas stockings.
Kindrick, continuing education chairwoman, told about how Thanksgiving Day began and has been celebrated as a federal holiday since 1863.
Payton, education fellowship chairwoman, reported that she, Needler, Carr, Reed and Wall along with Wall’s mother, Mary Wall, visited the Village at Star City recently.
Upcoming events were discussed: Dallas County Holiday Foods, EHC night for working Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends, County Craft Workshop, Christmas Council, Mediterranean Cooking at the Jefferson County Extension Office Dec. 12, County Fellowship Trip to Memphis Dec. 13, and the club Christmas party at Reed’s home on Dec. 19. Members are to bring a dish with candy for exchange.
Kizer announced that the club’s walking team came in First place in Jefferson County in the Fall Walk Across Arkansas Event.
Refreshments were furnished by Reed, Carr and Wall. Those interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers may call any member or Mary Ann Kizer at 870-534-1033.