The Saline Courier Weekend

Sharon Extension Homemakers Club hears about healthy ways to arthritis relief


Sharon Extension Homemakers Club met Jan. 19 at the Saline County Fairground­s.

In attendance were 11 members. Hostesses for the month were Pat Bruton, Raye Carroll, and Janette Rao. The meeting was opened by members reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.

Patsy Wagner, president, conducted the business session.

Thought for the month:

I am thankful for the nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, and dreams that turned into reality.

Beverly Garrett read a scripture from Philemon 1:21. “Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.” Roll call was answered by members telling their first job.

Janette Rao presented the program titled Health and Wellness. Handouts were given on “Alternativ­es to Prescripti­on drugs for Arthritis relief and Exercise and arthritis”.

Although there is no cure for arthritis, it can be managed using medication, surgery and non drug treatments such as physical therapy and patient education.

Physical activity is one of the best non drug therapy for arthritis pain. Exercising each day keeps joints flexible and eases stiffness, strengthen­s muscles, slows deteriorat­ion of bone and cartilage, and increases energy, promotes good sleep, weight loss and strengthen­s your heart.

Volunteer hours for the month totaled 179.

A letter of appreciati­on from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital for the items donated was read by Janette Rao.

Patsy Wagner reported on the recent Women Equipped graduation program. Members are asked to bring items for the Safe Haven next month. Members discussed what type of project they will choose for the upcoming year.

Fair Judging School will take place March 7. Spring Education Workshop will take place March 8, 9:30 to 2:30. The theme is Step out, step up, step in. Registrati­on deadline is Feb. 23.

Both events will take place at the Windham in North Lirrle Rock. Eye openers were presented by the following members: Beverly Garrett, bubble pod, 2 quilt blocks of the month, Karen Mitchell, crocheted giraffe hat and diaper cover, Lynda Westbrook, crocheted prayer shawl, Ann Butler, letters L O V E in a frame, a box that collapses into a smaller box.

The first box flattens out and has candy and the second box, which contains money.

The meeting was adjourned. Lucille Bagley led the noon day grace.

A potluck luncheon was served.

The next meeting will take place Feb. 16 at the Saline County Fairground­s.

Hostesses will be Beverly Garrett and Karen Mitchell.

...Physical activity is one of the best non-drug therapies for pain.”

Janette Rao Sharon Extension Homemakers Club speaker

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