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Our menu for this week is as follows:  Monday, January 14—Biscuit, gravy, sausage, egg, hash browns, fruit.  Tuesday, January 15—Salisbury steak, mushroom gravy, rice, stewed tomatoes, brownie.  Wednesday, January 16—Ham, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, roll, pudding.  Thursday, January 17—Liver and onions, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, cobbler.  Friday, January 18—Fish, hush puppies, cheesy potatoes, ice cream.

WOW, what a pitch tournament for the first of the year!  We had six tables with five games.  The winner of the day was Joretta Sawyer with 227.  Sybil Heckendorn was a close second with 222 and Bonnie Coffey came in third with 210.  Congratulations to these ladies.

Activities for this week include:  Tuesday—Tai Chi exercise class 10:30, Pitch tournament 12:30.  Wednesday—OATS bus to Ava.  Thursday—Douglas County Health Department blood pressure screenings 9:30-10:30, Driver’s exam in the basement 9:30-3:30, Grace Health Care foot clinic (must have an appointment).  Friday—Tai Chi exercise class 10:30, OATS bus around Ava.  The Tai Chi exercise class has been changed to Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30.  Please note this change.

We say happy birthday to Barbara Magoon on the 16th way out in another state, Nan Mothes on the 17th, Janet Hunziker on January 18 and Mary Johnston on January 20.

Regular exercise strengthens muscles, reduces the risk of some diseases and promotes mental well-being.  Don’t despair if you can’t fit in the recommended thirty minutes each day.  New evidence suggests that just 15 minutes a day can lengthen your life span.

The findings suggest that 15 minutes of moderate exercise can cut the risk of death by 14% and extend life expectancy by three years compared to those who do not exercise.  Both men and women and people of all ages benefited from 15 minutes of physical activity a day.  So seniors, get up, get walking and extend your life.

The Senior Box Dinner program is now available through the Center, sponsored by the Ozarks Food Harvest and the USDA.  You must qualify with age and income guidelines, so call the Center or come in and fill out an application.

Until next week, have a good one!

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