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Archive | March, 2011

Thank You

As I celebrate my 90th year, I wish to thank all of those who have made my life full and enjoyable. I have been blessed by wonderful family, friends and neighbors, many of whom were kind enough to help celebrate my birthday with a lovely party. Thank you to all!

Virginia (Hanna, Elder) Fisher

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Thank You

Thank you to all who have been such faithful friends to Wannetah Phelps.

The calls, cards, prayers and visits during this time since she broke her hip, meant so much to her. Thanks to “At Home Hospice”, for keeping her comfortable the last several days. We were so thankful to have her home. Thank you to Dave Pederson and Pastor Mary, the funeral service was just perfect! Ken and Louise Shaw and their crew of workers provided a wonderful luncheon, the flowers were beautiful, and the music played by Janet Avery, inspired 3 year old Kylah to dance in the aisle. I know that made “Grama” Phelps smile! And now I know she is enjoying a grand reunion.

Sincerely,
Kelly Longcore

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Eat Right With Color During National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month 2011 encourages Americans to include a rainbow of foods at every meal and always “Eat Right with Color.”

(NAPS)—March is National Nutrition Month, and with this year’s “Eat Right with Color” theme the American Dietetic Association encourages Americans to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.

“Adding a splash of colorful, seasonal foods to your plate makes for more than just a festive meal,” says registered dietitian and ADA spokesperson Karen Ansel. “A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients, each with a different bundle of potential benefits for a healthful eating plan.”

Ansel offers ways to brighten up your plate with this quick color guide:

Green produce indicates antioxidant potential and may help promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risks. Fruits include avocados, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwis and limes. Vegetables include artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and spinach.

Orange and deep yellow fruits and vegetables have nutrients that promote healthy vision and immunity and reduce cancer risks. Fruits include apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mangoes, papaya, peaches and pineapples. Vegetables include carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn and sweet potatoes.

Purple and blue options may have antioxidant and anti-aging benefits and may help with memory, urinary tract health and reduced cancer risks. Fruits include blackberries, blueberries, plums and raisins. Vegetables include eggplant, purple cabbage and purple-fleshed potatoes.

Red produce may help maintain a healthy heart, vision and immunity and may reduce cancer risks. Fruits include cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red/pink grapefruit, red grapes and watermelon. Vegetables include beets, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes and tomatoes.

White, tan and brown foods sometimes contain nutrients that may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks. Fruits include bananas, brown pears, dates and white peaches. Vegetables include cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, turnips, white-fleshed potatoes and white corn.

Ansel reminds Americans to also include a variety of colorful whole grains, lean meats and fish and low-fat dairy with their meals.

For tips, games and more information, visit ADA’s website, www.eatright.org/nnm.

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TOPS honors losers

A special program was held to honor two ladies who lost weight to their goal weight and so they are now KOPS (Keep off pounds sensibly)!

Rhonda Hill joined TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) #1229 Sand Lake in August 2010.

She is our chapter photographer person and takes pictures of special events.

We also honored Ruth DeYoung. She joined in January 2002. She has held office as weight recorder and is currently chapter secretary.

Both members were given a certificate, a potted pine tree, a lighted rose, a bouquet of balloons, and a KOPS pin. Congratulations, Rhonda and Ruth!

We now have six KOPS!

Anyone interested in visiting us is welcome. The first meeting is free. Call Martha Bobb 696-1039. We meet Tuesday mornings at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Weigh-ins are 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with a meeting following.

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TOPS helps decipher food marketing gimmicks

Supermarket shelves abound with “value-added” foods, offering innovative twists on traditional products. Cereals that make you lose weight, yogurt that eases digestion, and chocolate calcium chews that replace milk—the options can seem endless and overwhelming. The difficulty with value-added foods is that, much of the time, they actually aren’t all that valuable, according to TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization.

“You may find yourself purchasing foods that offer a very slight nutritional advantage that’s not worth the extra money or indulging in a perceived health benefit that has not proven to be effective,” says Katie Clark, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.E., Assistant Clinical Professor of Nutrition at the University of California – San Francisco and nutrition expert for TOPS.

Here are a few value-added food industry favorites and what they do or don’t do:

Juice with Added Fiber
While whole fruit is a great low-calorie source of fiber and nutrients, fruit juice packs in the calories and forgets the fiber in the discarded pulp. Fiber-enhanced fruit juice is essentially pulverized fruit with its fiber removed, with a different type of fiber added back in. One cup of orange juice with fiber can boast three grams of dietary fiber per 120 calorie serving. But one orange has four grams of fiber and only 70 calories – a lower-calorie, cheaper option with no processing needed.

Drinks with Vitamins
In 2008, the most popular diet soda in the U.S. released its “plus” product, a diet cola with a small amount of water-soluble vitamins added.

Other vitamin-enhanced drink and waters have taken off in recent years, although, according to Clark, “Many are merely overpriced, sugar-sweetened waters with a tad of vitamins thrown in for good measure. Despite the fact that you can get 100% of all the vitamins and minerals you need in a well-balanced diet, a generic multivitamin only costs about four cents a day. Why spend nearly $3 on a special vitamin drink when water is free and a more comprehensive multi-vitamin is substantially cheaper?”

Immunity-Boosting Foods
Lately, there has been a wealth of foods on the market touting “immune enhancing” or “pro-immunity” benefits – from yogurts to cereals, drinks, and even frozen vegetable blends. While there is ample data to support the notion that a diet with insufficient nutrients compromises immunity, the opposite does not hold true: eating more nutrient-laden foods has not been proven to increase immunity.

Clark notes, “By eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly, you are already maximizing your immune-enhancing behavior!”

Omega-3-Enhanced
Omega-3 fatty acids are found primarily in fish, fish oil, and, to a lesser degree, in flax and flaxseed oil, canola and soybean oils, and walnuts. Omega-3s have numerous heart-health benefits, including reducing cardiovascular disease risk, lowering blood triglycerides, and lowering blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends a daily intake of 1,000 mg of EPA + DHA (two types of omega-3 fatty acids) for people with documented heart disease, equivalent to eating two to three servings of fish per week. Because many people don’t eat as much fish as they should, omega-3-fortified foods, like eggs and butter, can seem appealing.

“These foods contain such small amounts of the beneficial fatty acid that you’d have to ingest many portions per day to get the recommended amount,” cautions Clark. “You actually end up losing, calorically.”

The Nutrition Facts panel on one such enhanced omega-3 butter spread reveals it contains only 32 mg of EPA + DHA per each one tablespoon serving.

“If you were to get all of your recommended 1,000 mg EPA + DHA omega-3s from this butter, you would have to eat 31 tablespoons of butter per day (one entire tub), consuming 2,480 calories,” says Clark. “Incorporate more fish into your diet for an effective, comprehensive way to consume more omega-3s.”

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss support and wellness education organization, was established more than 63 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success. Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, visit http://www.tops.org/FindAMeeting.aspx or call (800) 932-8677.

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Tips to spring into fitness

If you haven’t run all winter, it’s best to ease into a spring exercise routine.

(NewsUSA) – As the temperature starts to warm, many Americans think about lacing up their running shoes or pulling out their tennis rackets. But don’t let spring fitness fever corrupt your good judgment — if you haven’t exercised all winter, it’s better to ease into physical activity.

Not sure where to start? Here are some tips:

• Start slow. Attempting too much too soon will result in an injury or “hitting a wall” –reaching a point where your body can no longer recover from exercise. It takes about three weeks for your body to adjust to a new exercise routine and about six weeks before you’re ready for more aggressive activity. If you’re running, start with exercising three days a week. If you’re walking, you may be able to handle four or five days of exercise from the start. Increasing the duration or intensity of exercise by more than 10 percent each week puts you at a greater risk of injury, so be sure to progress gradually.
• Get the right equipment. Wear clothes that wick sweat — you’ll be much more comfortble. If you’re a runner, proper footgear will help your legs avoid unnecessary strain. Likewise, a well-fit bicycle can help cyclists avoid knee and other injuries.

• Don’t push through pain. Most exercise injuries are overuse injuries, meaning they occur when athletes push their muscles, tendons and bones past their limits. One sign that you’ve reached your limit? Pain. If you experience real discomfort, it’s better to take a few days off or see a doctor than risk worsening an injury.

Of course, some muscle pain is perfectly normal for those starting up an exercise routine. Schedule recovery days –days in which you either don’t exercise or engage in very light activity — to give your muscles a chance to rebuild between workouts.

If you experience routine muscle soreness, a topical product may help speed your recovery. For example, one product, Absorbine Jr. (www.absorbinejr.com), contains natural menthol and herbal extracts. The liquid pain reliever creates a penetrating warmth to soothe sore muscles, aching joints, arthritis and back and foot pain. Because it increases blood flow to sore muscles, Absorbine Jr. actually helps muscles heal as it provides pain relief. Absorbine products were initially formulated to soothe the strong muscle pain in horses. This inspired Absorbine Jr. for humans.

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New eye health website

From the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Keeping your eye on an eye-oriented website can help you see your way clear to better eye health.

(NAPS)—Ever wonder how smoking affects your eyesight? How to care for your eyes during pregnancy? How often you should get your eyes examined? Answers to these questions can be found at a new website www.GetEyeSmart.org.

The new site is the most trusted online resource for reliable, unbiased eye care information. There, you will find volumes of important eye health content written and reviewed by ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s). The American Academy of Ophthalmology has launched www.GetEyeSmart.org in order to help educate consumers about eye diseases and conditions, vision correction and the preservation of healthy vision across a lifetime.

EyeSmart delivers information on the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of common eye diseases and conditions—illustrated with photos and interactive elements, including animations, diagrams and dozens of informative videos. Much of the site is translated into Spanish as well. In addition, the website also provides:

•    Recommendations for “Living EyeSmart” in a new section devoted to healthy vision tips and what consumers need to know about their eye health based on their age and other lifestyle factors;

•    Online vision simulators to show how certain eye diseases and conditions can impact sight;

•    “Ask an Eye M.D.”: a searchable database of commonly asked eye health questions, plus the ability for visitors to submit new questions to an Academy panel of experts;

•    A free electronic newsletter focusing on healthy vision.

The Academy’s Eye M.D.s will continue to add new eye care topics to the GetEyeSmart.org website, plus the site will feature up-to-date news on the latest research developments that can impact people’s eye health. Articles from EyeSmart can also be easily shared to social networking sites.

“I will be letting all my patients know about the Eye Smart website, because I know what they read there is accurate, timely and reliable,” said Andrew G. Iwach, M.D., a glaucoma specialist. “With EyeSmart, the public can trust that experienced eye physicians and surgeons stand behind the information, and that making sure people get the best possible care for their eyes is our goal.”

To learn more about taking care of your eyes or to submit a question to “Ask an Eye M.D.” go to www.GetEyeSmart.org.

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Bailey named National Coach of the Year

Gary Bailey (r) is national coach of the year.

Grace Bible College men’s basketball coach and Cedar Springs resident Gary Bailey has been named the 2011 NCCAA II “National Coach of the Year.”  This year Bailey guided the Tigers to their third straight NCCAA II National Championship and the school’s fourth National Championship in the last six years.  This is the second time that Bailey has received this honor.  He also received the award in 2009.  Bailey has been named the NCCAA II Midwest Region “Coach of the Year” for four consecutive years from 2008-2011.

“This has been a great run for Grace basketball,” said Bailey.  “It is a great honor to receive this award.  As I have said many times, this award should be presented to the entire coaching staff.  All of our staff contributes to the success of this program.  Dan George, Kyle Bohl, Kent Karnemaat, David Oldebekking, and John Bailey all play a major role in what we do all year.”  Dan George is also a Cedar Springs resident.

Bailey is the all-time win leader at GBC with 148 wins in his six years at the helm and is averaging 24.7 wins per season.  This season the Tigers broke the regular season win mark with 25 and the season win mark with 31 finishing the year at 31-7.

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Boxers in Golden Gloves championship

Sand Lake boxing club has had a great start to the 2011 Golden Glove Tournament. Sand Lake entered 7 boxers in this year’s tournament and of those seven, six have advanced to the championship bracket this Saturday at the 44th street Armory in Grand Rapids.

Kyle Dunmire lost a close decision to Benton Harbor’s Jeffrey Carter on Saturday March 12. Dunmire had Carter in trouble in the second round and forced a standing eight count but could not put him away and lost a 3-2 decision.

Rockford’s Zack Cross won his 165lb fight March 12 and will advance to the championship. Chad Bowens won his 132 lb fight with a first round stoppage of MGGA’s Joshua Potyraj and will also advance to the championship. Tyler Koesh and Cedar Springs’ Jeff Knapp will have to box each other in the 201lb sub-novice championship bout. Nate MacDonald was scheduled to box Friday March 18, but won by walk-over when his opponent could not compete due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the previous round. Nate will fight for the 141lb novice West Michigan Championship on Saturday.

Ricardo Rios of Cedar Springs won by decision over Burim Bequiri on Friday the 18th and will advance to the West Michigan 141 open championship. Zack Cross, Nate Macdonald, Chad Bowens and Ricardo Rios have also have qualified for the State Championships, which will be contested April 8th and 9th at the 44th street Armory in Grand Rapids.

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Freshmen girls basketball finishes season 10-6

Aly Hamilton goes up for two. Hamilton led the freshmen Red Hawks in rebounding, steals and blocked shots this season.

The Cedar Springs girl’s freshmen basketball team wrapped up their season with a thrilling overtime victory over a very good West Catholic team. The game was close from start to finish, and the Red Hawks trailed by 3 with only 8 seconds to go. The ball was inbounded to Mary Monterusso, who dribbled to the 3-point line, but the defender was too close and she could not get a shot off. Mary passed to Nikki Matzke, who drained a game tying last second 3-pointer to send the game in to overtime.

In the overtime period, Mikenzie Francis penetrated the lane several times and drew fouls. Francis made enough free throws to ice the game for the Red Hawks. Cedar Springs came away with a 47-41 victory to end the season on a high note. Francis led the Red Hawks with 15 points and Monterusso had 13. Matzke had 5 points. Aly Hamilton had 5 points and a team high 10 rebounds. Taylor Baker had 4 points, Sayge Wight 3, and Kate Miller two.

The Red Hawks finished the season with a fine 10-6 record, and were 7-3 in the OK Blue conference. Coach Emily Sorensen noted that opposing coaches complimented the Red Hawks on their defense, teamwork, attitude and passing skills.

Mary Monterusso goes over the West Cathloic player. Mary led the Cedar Springs freshmen girls in scoring this season.

Monterusso led the team in scoring with 133 points, and in 3-pointers made with 12. Francis was second with 118 points, and led the team in assists with 37. Aly Hamilton was third with 91 points and led the team in rebounds (134), steals (54), and blocked shots (23).

Nikki Matzke scored 69 points and was third on the team with 66 rebounds. Taylor Baker also had 69 points and led the team by shooting 36 percent from the floor. Sayge Wight was next with 39 points and was second on the team with 69 rebounds. Jessica Kriekaard had 28 points and 29 steals for the Red Hawks, while Kate Miller had 18 points and led the team shooting 75 percent from the free throw line.

Alysha Chaney had 13 points, 14 steals and shot 40 percent from 3-point range. Bre Burns had 5 points and 14 rebounds, and Ally Rohacz had 3 points and 6 rebounds.

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