March 2009 shamrock, texas
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Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from his or her neck saying, 'Make me feel important.' Never forget this message when working with people. If practiced, this could be one of the most life-changing pieces of advice. In any relationship, whether it's a spouse, child, client, colleague, or casual acquaintance, the best way to make a lasting impression is to take the time to make others feel genuinely valued. Greet everyone you meet with enthusiasm. Have you ever called someone on the telephone - or met them somewhere -- and they greeted you with such energy and enthusiasm that you felt they must truly adore you? A greeting of ardent and genuine enthusiasm sets the tone for your entire encounter. It's such a simple skill (the hardest part is remembering to do it) but if you can remember, it will enliven all of your relationships.
Slow down. Take the time in conversation to really listen. While someone is talking, focus on taking in what he or she is saying in words, tone, and body language instead of thinking about what you are going to say next. Relax and listen before responding. As you practice this form of deep listening, work on identifying the other person's needs. Put your own needs aside during the conversation and focus on determining what they need today. Work on remembering the details of past conversations and encounters. Ask about the things they confided to you. How did her day go? How is his ailing father? It's often helpful to make little notes to remind you to ask about something or someone the next time you meet. This simple skill shows people that they are important to you. Appreciate the small things that people do for you and never pass up an opportunity to say thank you. It doesn't have to be anything fancy...a few kind words or even a simple note is plenty. Find simple and small ways to show appreciation and caring to those you love. Maybe it's bringing home takeout when your spouse has been home all day with a sick child. Maybe it's making a quick phone call to your mother. As you go through your day, be thinking of how you can take a step toward recognition and appreciation. When you make the people around you feel important, you create a climate of trust and mutual appreciation, which can change your life in ways large and small. Try it today.
Agriculture is an important part of the local economy. Family farms produce predominantly wheat, cotton, hay, & peanuts.Thousands of cattle roam the grasslands in the area. A local livestock auction provides a much needed service for area cattlemen. A good school system is the cornerstone for any community. Shamrock ISD provides a solid education as well as numerous extracurricular activities. Videoconferencing capabilities allow Shamrock High Students the opportunity of acquiring dual high school & college credits for several classes. University Interscholastic League (UIL) events, vocational classes, football, basketball, track, cross country, golf, and baseball are just some of the options for Shamrock students.A student memorial was recently constructed at the entrance of the building. The granite memorial was designed to honor the memory of Shamrock students that have passed away. All contributions go to the Shamrock Community Education Foundation (SCEF), a 503b organization founded to provide educational scholarships to area students pursuing a higher education. Call 806 256-3492 or email for more information about our school district or the student memorial. The Pioneer West Museum is housed in the old "Reynolds Hotel". The hotel was built in 1925 and finished in 1928 by an attorney, Marion Reynolds. It was open approximately 50 years and housed many a weary traveler. The museum has approximately 25 rooms & filled with interesting items from the area's past. Dedicated volunteers work on the museum and grounds and keep it looking beautiful all year round. The museum is located at 204 North Madden from 10:00 - 3:00pm daily, closing for lunch. To schedule a field trip or appointment after hours, call: 806 2563941. Hunters from all over the world find that our area provides excellent hunting opportunities. Deer, quail, and dove are plentiful in the Shamrock area. Hunting licenses are available locally. Shamrock Country Club offers a 9 hole golf course with chipping and putting greens, driving range, water on the fairways, and a private club for members. A free round of golf is provided for area travelers with an overnight stay at any of our motels or inns.
Shamrock is gearing up for the annual St. Patrick's Day Community Center Celebration set for March 13, 14, and 15, 2009 1:00 p.m. Antique, Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show SCHEDULE OF EVENTS at the U-Drop Inn, judging to begin at 2 p.m. Friday, March 13 3:00 p.m. Crowning of the Miss Irish Rose in the Shamrock 2:00 p.m. Dedication of Texas Historical Landmark High School Auditorium designation of the Shamrock Water 7:00 p.m. Ron Perry of Happy Days Ministries will Tower at the new Water Tower Plaza perform for 4:00 p.m. Carnival opens behind Bartlett’s Lumber the Shamrock Ministerial Alliance program at the Company 6:30 p.m. “Kickoff Banquet” featuring the McCloy Trio of 11th Street Baptist Church 8:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. Area youth night at the First Baptist Morse, Texas; Church Family $15 in advance; $20 at the door Life Center Following the banquet -- Texas Crossroads at the 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Adult Dance featuring No Justice with Shamrock Country Club, Johnny $5 cover charge. Must be at least 21 years of age Cooper. Tickets are $20 each. Saturday, March 14 9:30 a.m. Arts and Craft Show at the Shamrock Junior Sunday, March 15 High 12:00 p.m. Carnival opens behind Bartlett’s gymnasium 12:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. Donegal Beard Contest at the parade review Books open for stand, Roping at first place prize is $100 10:00 a.m. Old Settlers’ Reunion at the Shamrock Volunteer Shamrock Rodeo Fire Department 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Health fair, sponsored by Accolade Grounds; Roping at 1:00 Home Care p.m. and Texas Agri-Life Extension -- First Baptist 12:00 p.m. to Church Family Life Center 4:00 p.m. Arts 10:30 a.m. Parade will begin in the 800 block of North and Crafts Main show will Street and proceed south to the water tower continue at the 12:00 p.m. Carnival opens behind Bartlett’s Lumber junior high Company school 12:00 p.m. Motorcycle rally at the Shamrock Area gymnasium 1:00 p.m. Lad ‘n’ Lassie Beauty Pageant at the Shamrock High School Auditorium
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Silver Event Calender FRIDAY MARCH 6 7:30 PM LAMPLIGHT THEATER’S “PETER PAN” GLOBE NEWS CENTER $15.00 PER PERSON 10:30AM-6:00PM WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY’S “TANTALIZING TABLES” AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ REGENCY ROOM 7:05PM AMARILLO GORILLAS VS OKLAHOMA CITY BLAZERS AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM 3:00PM-8:00PM PEDDLER SHOW TRADE SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ NORTH EXHIBIT HALL 6:00PM-9:00PM FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK THE GALLERIES AT SUNSET CENTER FREE TO ATTEND 7:30PM AMARILLO ARENA CROSS AMARILLO NATIONAL CENTER $14.00 PER PERSON 8:00PM OVER THE TAVERN AMARILLO LITTLE THEATRE/ MAINSTAGE
HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER SOUTH EXHIBIT HALL 8:00PM OVER THE TAVERN AMARILLO LITTLE THEATRE/ MAINSTAGE SUNDAY MARCH 8 2:30PM LAMPLIGHT THEATER’S “PETER PAN” GLOBE NEWS CENTER $15.00 PER PERSON 11:00AM-4:00PM PEDDLER SHOW TRADE SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ NORTH EXHIBIT HALL
March 2009 AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ AUDITORIUM, GRANDBALL PLAZA THURSDAY MARCH 12 9:30AM & 12:45PM LAMPLIGHT THEATER’S “PETER PAN” GLOBE NEWS CENTER $15.00 PER PERSON 8:00AM-8:00PM UIL ORCHESTRA CONTEST AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ AUDITORIUM, GRANDBALL PLAZA 8:00PM OVER THE TAVERN AMARILLO LITTLE THEATRE/ MAINSTAGE
12:00AM-5:00PM REMODELERS COUNCIL HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER SOUTH EXHIBIT HALL
10:00AM THE STORMS ARE COMING- GET PREPARED SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY/ VIALS OF LIFE AMARILLO SENIOR CITIZEN’S CENTER FREE TO ATTEND
MONDAY MARCH 9 9:30AM & 12:45PM LAMPLIGHT THEATER’S “PETER PAN” GLOBE NEWS CENTER $15.00 PER PERSON 5:30PM-7:00PM MDA SUPPORT GROUP CHASE TOWERS 9TH FLOOR/ CONFERENCE ROOM FREE TO ATTEND
FRIDAY MARCH 13 7:05PM AMARILLO GORILLAS VS ARIZONA SUNDOGS AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM
SATURDAY MARCH 7 2:30 & 7:30 PM LAMPLIGHT THEATER’S “PETER PAN” GLOBE NEWS CENTER $15.00 PER PERSON
TUESDAY MARCH 10 7:30PM U.S. NAVY SEA CHANTERS CONCERT AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ AUDITORIUM
10:30AM-10:00PM WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY’S “TANTALIZING TABLES” AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ REGENCY ROOM
7:00PM-10:30PM CAL FARLEY’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY BANQUET AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER / HERITAGE ROOM
7:05PM AMARILLO GORILLAS VS ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGE AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM
9:30AM & 12:45PM LAMPLIGHT THEATER’S “PETER PAN” GLOBE NEWS CENTER $15.00 PER PERSON
9:00AM-6:00PM PEDDLER SHOW TRADE SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ NORTH EXHIBIT HALL
WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 9:30AM & 12:45PM LAMPLIGHT THEATER’S “PETER PAN” GLOBE NEWS CENTER $15.00 PER PERSON
10:00AM-5:00PM REMODELERS COUNCIL
1:00PM-6:00PM UIL ORCHESTRA CONTEST
12:00PM-7:00PM AMARILLO’S LARGEST GARAGE SALE AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER NORTH & SOUTH EXHIBIT HALL $5.00 8:00PM OVER THE TAVERN AMARILLO LITTLE THEATRE/ MAINSTAGE SATURDAY MARCH 14 7:05PM AMARILLO GORILLAS VS ARIZONA SUNDOGS AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM 9:00AM-4:00PM AMARILLO’S LARGEST GARAGE SALE AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER NORTH & SOUTH EXHIBIT HALL $5.00 8:00PM OVER THE TAVERN AMARILLO LITTLE THEATRE/ MAINSTAGE
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SUNDAY MARCH 15 7:30PM MERLE HAGGARD GLOBE NEWS CENTER $48.50 & $58.50 PER PERSON
7:05PM AMARILLO GORILLAS VS ROCKY MOUNTAIN RANGE AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM
4:05PM AMARILLO GORILLAS VS ODESSA JACKALOPES AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM
7:00PM-11:00PM MARTHA’S HOME “SECOND CHANCE PROM” AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ GRAND BALLROOM $23.00 PER PERSON
2:30PM OVER THE TAVERN AMARILLO LITTLE THEATRE/ MAINSTAGE TUESDAY MARCH 17 7:30PM WORLD FAMOUS LIPIZZANER STALLIONS SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER COLISEUM $19.50 & $22.50 PER PERSON WEDNESDAY MARCH 18 7:30PM WORLD FAMOUS LIPIZZANER STALLIONS SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER COLISEUM $19.50 & $22.50 PER PERSON THURSDAY MARCH 19 7:05PM AMARILLO GORILLAS VS NEW MEXICO SCORPIONS AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM 6:00PM-9:00PM THIRD THURSDAYS AMARILLO MUSEUM OF ART FREE TO ATTEND
FRIDAY MARCH 20 9:00AM-6:00PM WESTERN COLLECTIBLES TRADE SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ NORTH EXHIBIT HALL SATURDAY MARCH 21 8:00AM-6:00PM SEVERE WEATHER SEMINAR AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ HERITAGE ROOM 5:30PM-10:30PM FRIENDS OF THE NRA BANQUET AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ BANQUET ROOM
8:00AM-6:00PM WESTERN COLLECTIBLES TRADE SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ NORTH EXHIBIT HALL SUNDAY MARCH 22 8:00PM WTA&M UNIVERSITY CONCERT GLOBE NEWS CENTER 8:00AM-1:00PM WESTERN COLLECTIBLES TRADE SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ NORTH EXHIBIT HALL
AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ HERITAGE ROOM 8:00PM AMARILLO SYMPHONY “CRY VICTORY” GLOBE NEWS CENTER SATURDAY MARCH 28 8:00PM AMARILLO SYMPHONY “CRY VICTORY” GLOBE NEWS CENTER 8:00AM-4:00PM AMARILLO HARWARE MARKET TRADE SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ HERITAGE ROOM 9:00AM-4:00PM CAT SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER /REGENCY CENTER 7:30PM WWE WRESTLING AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ COLISEUM
MONDAY MARCH 23 8:00PM WT SYMPHONIC BAND GLOBE NEWS CENTER $8.00
SUNDAY MARCH 29 5:00PM-8:00PM DIOCESE OF AMARILLO “RESPECT OF LIFE” BANQUET AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ HERITAGE ROOM
TUESDAY MARCH 24 7:00PM RANDY TRAVIS TRINITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH $28.00
TUESDAY MARCH 31 7:30PM BROADWAY SHOW “ANNIE” AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER /AUDITORIUM
WEDNESDAY MARCH 25 12:00PM AMARILLO AREA FOUNDATION LUNCHEON AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ HERITAGE ROOM
WEDNESDAY APRIL 1 7:30PM BROADWAY SHOW “ANNIE” AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER /AUDITORIUM
THURSDAY MARCH 26 8:30AM-4:30PM 9TH ANNUAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION CONFERENCE AMARILLO COLLEGE CRIMINAL JUSICE CAMPUS $20.00 PER PERSON FRIDAY MARCH 27 8:00AM-5:00PM AMARILLO HARWARE MARKET TRADE SHOW
FRIDAY APRIL 3 8:00PM LONE STAR BALLET “TIMESTEPS, ROCK OF AGES” GLOBE NEWS CENTER 5:30PM-10:30PM TASTE OF TEXAS TRADE SHOW AMARILLO CIVIC CENTER/ NORTH EXHIBIT HALL 6:30PM-9:00PM SHARING HOPE MINISTRY HOPEFEST BANQUET
The Craig Methodist Retirement Community The Finest in Continuum Care Retirement Communities By Eric Muehlhausen
When one reaches a certain point in their lives, sometimes tough decisions have to be made. For many people, these decisions can be emotionally, physically, and financially taxing on oneself, their family, and even their friends. There are a multitude of horror stories about nursing and assisted living facilities that often make people dread the idea of such places. In Amarillo however, there is a community that one can trust without worry of such incidents. The Craig Methodist Retirement Community is a leading provider for continuum care on any level that might be necessary. The Craig Methodist Retirement Community is a division of the Sears Methodist Retirement
System, a Texas based company that specializes in retirement and assisted living communities. First started in 1966, Sears Methodist Retirement System opened its doors in Abilene, Texas with its initial retirement facility and only 30 residents. Over the next 40 years, Sears Methodist would come to blossom into a multi campus organization that caters to over 2000 residents. Currently, Sears Methodist Retirement System has 13 campuses in 7 cities including Abilene, Austin, Lubbock, Odessa, Tyler, Waco, and of course our very own Amarillo. Of the 13 facilities in the SMRS network, Amarilloâ€™s Craig Methodist Retirement Community is the largest of all the campuses.
In August of 1997, The Craig Methodist Retirement Community opened its doors to the first of many residents to come. This beautiful facility spanning some 40 acres in northwest Amarillo at 5500 W. 9th Avenue, was the largest construction project in Amarillo during the 1990â€™s. In addition, Craig Methodist is the only CCRC (continuum care retirement community) in Amarillo that offers individual cottages as an option for those wanting independent living alternatives. The Craig Methodist Retirement Community carries the capability to aid an elderly individual through every level of retirement care.
For those residents that only want a small degree of assistance or simply want the added security of being able to call upon help at a moment’s notice, Craig Methodist offers two variations of independent living through its individual cottages and its independent living apartments. Both options for independent living have the advantages of providing maintenance service, interior housekeeping, meal services upon request, utilities, pastoral care, social services, a 24-hour security & emergency call system, and scheduled transportation to and from doctor’s appointments & scheduled recreational activities. These two independent living choices offer the freedom of living at home with the perks of having a gardener, maid, and chef at one’s leisure. The cottages are located on small residential streets that give the look and feel of traditional neighborhood living in a quiet suburban environment, while also providing the peace of mind of being just seconds away from any necessary aid. Craig Methodist’s independent living apartments, located in the main building, are a prime choice for those who seek a cozier atmosphere or for someone who wants a great view of the grounds of the 40 acre facility. For residents that may not be completely reliant on others for daily necessities, but who still require some aid with various activities, The Craig Methodist Retirement Community offers licensed assisted living apartments, which are also located in the main building. In the licensed assisted living division of the complex, Craig Methodist’s professional staff will help balance the needs of an individual for independence and care. The assisted living portion of Craig Methodist boasts a 24-hour staff, medication assistance, utilities, 3 meals per day, weekly housekeeping, flat linens service, a 24-hour emergency call system, maintenance service, pastoral care, social services, and scheduled transportation services for doctor’s appointments and scheduled social outings.
Methodist also has a non–denominational chapel and chaplain to facilitate the spiritual growth of its residents if they wish. Those wanting to stay in peak physical condition can also take advantage of Craig Methodist’s fitness center and wellness programs to stay in the best possible health. Craig Methodist’s social and recreational activities bring residents the enjoyment and Craig Library freedom that they might not For residents in need of nursing With options ranging from obtain without the help of Craig care, Craig Methodist’s independent living all the way Methodist Retirement Windflower Care Center is a to full 24-hour nursing care, Community and include big superb choice for long-term or The Craig Methodist band swing dances, symphony restorative care. In The Craig Retirement Community is an Methodist Retirement excellent choice for retirement and theatrical outings, art shows, antique and shopping Community’s Windflower Care for anyone who is 55 years of outings, as well as regular Center, residents who require age or older. In addition to its counsel meetings with residents nursing aid and long term care broad spectrum of living and their families to help plan can find a home with a accommodations, Craig and determine such activities compassionate staff and Methodist also offers a and events. In licensed medical professionals. addition to all This division of Craig of these Methodist provides 24-hour comforts, Craig care to long term recipients as Methodist also well as those in need of provides its post–hospital or restorative residents with care. In addition to its long priority access term nursing facility, Craig to its Methodist also offers an continuum of Alzheimer’s specialty center to care, which help those residents afflicted means that with Alzheimer’s. This portion those residents of the Craig Methodist Craig Chapel community provides a warm, multitude of other amenities to who necessitate a placement friendly atmosphere that those its residents. There are on site into a further, more detailed form of care (i.e. from living with dementia will find businesses such as a beauty independent living to assisted, comfortable and safe. In this salon, coffee shop, country or assisted to nursing, etc.) will unit, the security and safety of store, and even an Amarillo take priority to those on waiting the residents is a top priority National Bank branch, all lists outside of the community. and its denizens are highly located conveniently on the monitored in a secure facility. grounds of the facility. Craig
The Craig Methodist Retirement Community received a 5 star rating for its accommodations and staffing capabilities. In addition, during its 3 day state mandated evaluations for the past few years, Craig Methodist has been deficiency free, which is a huge credit in this type of industry. Deficiency mandates from the state are some of the strictest policies in force in the medical industry, and even temperature differences of just 1 degree from recommended can cause 1 or more deficiencies on a facilityâ€™s record. In addition to these commendations, The Craig Methodist Retirement Community employs over 200 people. Within its ranks, Craig Methodist employs professionals who hold certifications above and beyond the state requirements, holding their own personal standards
above even those set by the state. With such dedication to the well being and comfort of its residents, Craig Methodist has also helped some residents actually rehab backwards in forms of care, bringing some residents from nursing facility status back to assisted living, or even enabling them (residents) to take advantage of the independent living facilities. Lastly, few retirement communities and nursing facilities can state that they have current residents who have lived over 100 years old, but Craig Methodist currently has not 1, but 3 residents that live in their assisted living area that are over 100. With 65 independent living cottages, 108 independent living apartments, 40 assisted living apartments, 60 nursing facility beds, and 60 Alzheimerâ€™s beds,
Craig Methodist Retirement Community is one of the largest most opulent retirement communities in the entire Texas Panhandle. Its staffâ€™s dedication to the comfort and happiness of every resident is a credit to retirement communities everywhere. It is no surprise that many residents come to the facility for independent living, and stay until their time hear passes. Thank you Craig Methodist for all of your hard work and determination in helping those in need of help in their elderly years find peace and happiness at your facility. For more information on Craig Methodist Retirement Community visit www.smrs-thecraig.org or call at 806-352-7244 to help a loved one.
Keep your feet healthy... of the body but is usually seen in the face, arms, legs and feet. It can be caused by one of three different types of bacteria that have found its way into the body: group ABhemolytic streptococcus, Streptococcus
How do you know if you have cellulitis? The appearance of cellulitis may not be apparent at first, and is easily mistaken for a simple skin abrasion or irritation. The most common symptom is redness and swelling of the infected area but as the infection invades the tissue, the skin will be become hot to the touch, can be very itchy, may blister, and start to take on a purplish color.
These symptoms may be accompanied by fever, headache, chills, weakness and fatigue. Red streaks may spread out from the original Although most people don't pneumoniae or site – an indication that the realize it, but a simple cut, Staphylococcus aureus. infection is invading more mosquito bite or case of tissue. Cellulitis can develop athlete’s foot can lead to a an These types of bacteria can quite rapidly over a few days, infection of the foot called be found on the skin’s surface and turn into a severe cellulitis. Foot cellulitis may and normally don’t cause any infection and invade the sound harmless but this problems. However, they can blood stream if not treated bacterial infection of the create havoc if they get into promptly. connective tissues of the skin the skin through an open can lead to flesh eating wound. Take note that disease if not properly Unfortunately, the condition individuals with a treated. Here is what you can be further complicated if need to know to protect your compromised immune system the bacteria is antibiotic from diabetes, cancer and feet from cellulitis. resistant and surgery, loss of a those suffering from AIDS limb or even death is a are more susceptible to possibility. What is cellulitis? cellulitis. Cellulitis can affect any area
Treatment for cellulitis Depending on the severity of the cellulitis, oral antibiotics are the first plan of defense against the infection. If the infection doesnâ€™t abate, intravenous antibiotics are recommended over a course of a few days or, in the worst case, weeks. The intravenous antibiotics are administered through an intravenous pump that is scheduled to release the antibiotics at specific intervals round the clock. The intravenous pump can be maintained on an in-patient, out-patient or home health care arrangement for the duration of the treatment. It is imperative that the affected limb be elevated to reduce the amount of swelling from the infection. Soaking the area in salt water or applying warm compresses will also help with the infection and reduce the pain and discomfort. Prevention is the best medicine The best way to prevent cellulitis is to reduce your chances of contracting it in the first place. Make sure that any open wounds, abrasions or insect bites are cleaned promptly and treated with and over-the-counter antibiotic cream. The foot is a common sight for cellulitis so make sure you practice good foot hygiene and monitor and treat any wounds, insects and foot fungus promptly. Be diligent in treating athleteâ€™s foot because this common foot ailment can be breeding ground for cellulitis due to the tiny skin breaks that occur between the toes. If a wound does not respond to conventional OTC treatments, and redness and swelling occur, seek medical treatment promptly. Early diagnosis can prevent the infection from spreading and may reduce the quantity of antibiotics needed to treat it.
Ways to cut your risk of heart disease Year after year, heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women in the US, eclipsing other threats such as cancer. And while you can't change a genetic or racial predisposition to heart disease, there are far more risk factors over which you can exercise (pun intended) control. Here are just a few ways to cut down your risk for heart disease.
smoking, your risk for heart disease will decrease to that of a woman who has never smoked in two to three years after you stop." 2. Reduce your blood pressure.
Your risk of dying from a heart attack is 10 times greater How to cut down your heart if you have hypertension. But even if you are disease risk factors: postmenopausal, have a 1. Stop smoking. family history, or are 60 or You know it's bad for you. But older -- which makes you is it even worth stopping at particularly vulnerable -- you this point? According to can reduce your blood Teresa Caulin-Glaser, MD, pressure significantly through improving your diet, losing weight and getting more exercise.
Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, you can reduce your blood pressure by 13/9 mm/Hg just by exercising 30 to 45 minutes most days of the week. Exercise also stimulates the production of feel-good chemicals in your brain, reducing the stress that is yet another risk factor. 4. Get your sugar under control.
Caulin-Glaser points out that diabetes poses a higher risk to cardiovascular health in women than in men. But Type 2 diabetes -- even in the face of a family history -- is now 3. Exercise. regarded as largely FACC, FAACVPR, director of preventable. How? Through Your heart is a muscle, and McConnell Heart Health eating well (see item #5), like other muscles, will Center in Columbus, Ohio, the regular exercise and getting weaken and shrink if not answer is an unqualified worked out. According to the down to a healthy "yes." She says, "The good Joint National Committee on news is that, if you stop
5. Eat well.
great stress-buster. Nancy Byrd As it turns out, Mom might not have been right about diet Radding, fitness director at The -- but your great great Oaks at Ojai, an grandmother probably was award-winning spa because she lived closer to nature, where the best food for in California, advises four hours you comes from. A hearthealthy menu includes lots of of cardio work and three hours of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, nuts... strength training per week, with and very little in the way of flexibility training "the white stuff" (sugars and daily, as a great refined white flours) and processed foods. Eat the good way to relieve fats (in olive oil and fish, for stress. example) but limit your intake 7. Lose weight, of animal fats. especially that "paunch." 6. Banish stress, or at least get a handle on it. Ever heard of "broken heart phenomenon"? Don't laugh; it's a reality and it kills, says Caulin-Glaser, "Women's hearts are more susceptible to stress, which triggers heart attack symptoms after emotional trauma in postmenopausal women with clean arteries." Exercise is a
Abdominal fat is particularly dangerous, says CaulinGlaser. "In women, a waist measurement greater than 35 inches increases the risk to the heart. Your doctor should measure your waist during your physical evaluations." Excess weight in general is enmeshed with other risk
factors like hypertension and diabetes, so losing your extra weight may mitigate these risks, as well -- plus, it can improve cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation. And when you feel great about yourself, you experience less stress.
Single-serving tips & recipes If you live alone, are single, or have to cook just for yourself a couple times a week, it can be tempting to reach for that frozen dinner or boxed macaroni and cheese. Instead of dining on industrial-tasting meals, make your dinners a delicious pleasure by taking the time to whip up a satisfying singleserving dish. It doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen, either – the following recipes are ready in 30 minutes and, bonus, they cost less than 20 bucks!
creatively use them in a variety of dishes. On Monday, you can make a vegetable stir-fry. Tuesday, make a vegetable frittata. And on Wednesday, toss together a pasta primavera. Same veggies, just cooked a different way.
simply reheat your homemade frozen dinner – it will be healthier and taste so much better than a pre-fab meal from the grocery store freezer aisle.
Make enough for leftovers Another great way to avoid waste is to make a larger meal and freeze leftovers in
Opt for smaller portions Proteins – such as chicken, fish or beef – can be purchased from the meat counter in single servings. You can also buy a six-pack of eggs, rather than a dozen.
individual portions. You can also keep a couple of extra servings in the refrigerator as an easy grab for lunch. Later in the week or month, when you need a quick meal,
Be sure to visit your local farmers market, too. Fruits and vegetables can often be purchased in small quantities, so you can buy only what you need.
Tips for cooking for one Be creative The hardest part about cooking for one person is purchasing just the right amount of ingredients so you don’t end up with waste. A nifty tip to avoid having to throw any perishables away is to buy in small quantities and use the same ingredients in a different way for the next few meals. For example, buy a small array of vegetables and
Measure your ingredients Another challenge to cooking for one is estimating how much you can eat. The key to making just the right amount is to measure your ingredients – everything from pasta to vegetables. Additionally, follow the directions on food packaging to make a single serving – unless you want to make more for leftovers. Use smaller cookware Instead of pulling out the 12inch skillet to saute your vegetables or cook your fillet of fish, use an 8-inch skillet. Also, heat sauces in a small saucepan, rather than a large
one. By using smaller cookware, you will cook your food more efficiently and be less
tempted to make too much.
Sit down and plan Perhaps, the most important part of cooking for one is the planning. At the beginning of each week, plan out what you’re going to have. Plan meals that will reuse ingredients. And be creative so you aren’t disappointed with a boring week of meals. Planning – or simply even cooking only for yourself – may seem like a challenge, but with a little ingenuity it can be fun and rewarding.
Recipes for one Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry Makes 1 serving
Ingredients: 1/4 cup dry sherry, vermouth or rice wine 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 small boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled, cut into matchstick size pieces About 2 cups of chopped vegetables (whatever you have handy) 2 small scallions, sliced thinly Directions: 1. Whisk sherry and cornstarch until there are no lumps. Mix in sugar and salt. Add chicken to mixture and let marinate for 30 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator. 2. Heat oil and ginger in a skillet for a few minutes over high heat and add chicken to skillet. Stir-fry until about half-way cooked. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon. Set aside and keep warm. 3. Reduce heat to medium and add vegetables. Stirfry for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Raise heat to high again and add chicken and scallions. Cook, stirring, for a few more minutes, or until chicken is fully-cooked. Serve over cooked rice, if desired.
Lighten up for spring! The winter doldrums are over and the sun is shining again. Let your home be an extension of this time of year by kicking out reminders of the depressing winter and welcome in the cheery signs of spring.
2. repaint Nothing changes a room more dramatically than a fresh coat of paint. Brighten up the mood from dark and dreary to fresh and fun with the power of paint.
your home. Not only with the sight of fresh flowers brighten up a room, but the pleasant fragrance will help set the tone for Spring. 5. put away the blankets
You won’t need to curl up 3. change your window under a think blanket any 1. colorful pillows dressing longer, so put those in storage This is a cheap and easy way Spring is all about light and with your dark pillows and to brighten up any room. Put airy so take down the heavy bring out light, thin, brightly the dark heavy pillows in colored throws for those cool drapes and sun blocking storage and invite Spring into blinds and put up some sheer, and breezy Spring nights. your home with a few lovely light colored curtains instead. yellow, green or pink colored 6. what was old is new again pillows. 4. fresh flowers Your dark and brooding Flowers are a definite sign of chairs and sofas may have new life, so bring some inside been comforting during those long cold months, but now that it’s Spring, they’re just depressing. Lighten up your furniture by getting light colored or floral patterned slipcovers. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than buying new furniture and it’s just as effective.
7. more than paint on your walls Art can also affect the tone of your room. When the weather breaks, look for images that more accurately reflect the time of year. Photos or paintings of landscapes and florals will assist in putting you in a much better mind set. 8. throw out the rugs Okay, maybe don’t throw them out, but do put them with the other heavy accents in your home – in storage. Throw rugs help keep things cozy and toasty, especially if you have hard wood floors, but it’s warm now, so get rid of the stuffy carpets and lay down colorful, lightweight rugs instead. 9. room with a view During the winter we like to build roaring fires to keep us warm, therefore our furniture is usually centered around the mantel. Since you won’t be using your fireplace in the next several months, rearrange your furniture so you are facing a lovelier view, like that of your garden. 10. take it outside Spring is the perfect time to get your outdoor areas ready for guests. Spruce up your porch or deck and make it a pleasant place to sit and relax with your friends well into the Summer months. Coordinate comfortable furniture with bright accents and place handy tables around to place cool drinks on.
Laundry can be a breeze Bright colors are always in style. No one wants their burgundy top fading to dingy pink. To keep your clothes looking their brightest, follow these simple laundry tips to keep the colors from fading.
brightest. Read the label
When you buy something new, read the care label. This is the best place to get information on how your clothes should be washed and dried. If there's not much We have all had it happen before. You buy a brand new information on the label, your safest bet is to wash dark outfit and after a few washings the color fades and colors together. The best way to prevent colors from fading looks like you've had it for years. Donâ€™t fade away. Help is to avoid bleeding by keeping the similar colors your clothes stand out as much as your personality. Try together. Sort your clothes by these five tips for keep your color - dark, light and white. clothes looking their best and If you have a new item in a dark color, particularly red or
blue, it's best to wash it completely separate or with clothes of the exact same color for the first couple washings. Use the right detergent Some detergents are specially formulated to prevent clothes from fading. These products have ingredients that will help avoid color loss and keep your clothes looking their brightest. Toâ€ reduce the break down of fibers and fabric dyes, wash your more delicate clothing by hand or on the gentle cycle in your washing machine.
Turn your clothes inside out To cut down on the damage to your garments, turn clothes inside out before washing and drying. This will help avoid pilling, which makes hues look dull and dingy, and help stop damage to the fabric from direct contact with the machines. If you hang your clothes outside to dry, be sure you turn all the garments inside out. The sun fades color very quickly. Wash colors in cold Save the hot water for your whites. Wash your colorful garments in cold water. Hot water zaps the color out of fabrics much more quickly
than cold. Don't worry that your clothes won't get clean in cold water. Many detergents are now formulated to work just as well in cold temperatures as they do in warm or hot. Also, dry your clothes on permanent press or a cycle with low heat, if possible. The heat from the clothes dryer can also cause color to fade. Use vinegar to lock in color
Add one cup of white vinegar to your wash, along with your laundry detergent. Vinegar will help to lock in the color and keep your clothes looking their best. This is particularly true with bold red, orange, purple and blue. It might sound like an old wives' tale, but it actually works.
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