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“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being,
while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. —Plato

Let the games begin!

The Sandoval County Senior Games 2015 are about to begin with opening ceremonies taking place on March 3, at 9:00 a.m., at the Bernalillo Recreation Center in Bernalillo. The Senior Games are open to all seniors at least fifty years of age. The Sandoval County Senior Games 2015 will be held March through April 2015.

Athletes are required to qualify in the sport/event at local games to compete in State Summer Games.

Competitions and events currently scheduled are: air gun, archery, badminton, bowling, cycling, dance, field event, golf, horseshoe, huachas, pickleball, pool, racewalk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, talent, tennis, and track.

Local game registration forms and information booklets are available at the following locations: Santa Ana Starlight Lanes; Community/Senior Centers in Placitas, Rio Rancho, Canon, Corrales, Meadowlark, and Bernalillo; and at the Jemez Pueblo and Cochiti Pueblo Senior Centers. For more information, contact local coordinators Romeo Sanchez at 321-2334 or Bonnie Coleman at 301-0452.

“These Senior Games provide a terrific opportunity to improve health, increase energy and enhance the overall happiness of your life, and it’s fun,” said Robert Shendo, Sandoval County Senior Games President, and multiple-year Gold Medal winner in swimming. “I hope you will join us this year in being the best you can be,” he added.


Free cooking school for people living with diabetes

If you’re a diabetic who finds sticking to your diet a chore, the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service has just what you need.

The Extension Service’s Kitchen Creations course offers a roadmap for simple preparation of a variety of meals appropriate for people with diabetes. The 12-hour course, consisting of four, three-hour sessions, is designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Increase knowledge of healthy food choices and meal planning for people with diabetes
  • Present healthy versions of familiar foods and introduce new foods that are economical and easy to prepare
  • Provide hands-on opportunities to learn cooking techniques that use new or more healthful ingredients
  • Encourage healthier food choices by preparing and tasting healthy foods
  • Provide opportunities for participants to share and learn from one another
  • Learn about pre-diabetes and share the information with families and friends
  • Demonstrate the potential of the Extension Service to provide basic diabetes education in partnership with diabetes health professionals

The course is co-taught by Extension Service Home Economist Nicole Lujan and Licensed Dietician Ruth Baldwin. The first part of each class session is devoted to sharing information about making proper food choices, such as balancing carbohydrates and proteins in a manner will allow for maintaining proper blood-sugar levels. The rest of the session is a hands-on cooking class in which students will prepare tasty meals that they can take home.

Students also leave the class with two cookbooks, including one that features recipes that require no more than four ingredients. The class is free for Sandoval County residents who are diagnosed diabetic and agree to attend all four sessions.

Classes will be held on four consecutive Wednesdays, starting March 18, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service Office—711, Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo. To enroll, call 1-800-678-1802 or 867-2582 by March 12

 
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