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Thursday, March 12, 2009 Community Page 5 Tri-C ...... i8 P&apos;: " - ...... 7Z-Z___. _ " _._ " ...... ]H]r Ktmball senior DiniflLq Mar. 16-20 Monday-Blood pressures taken, Senior Club "500": Oriental chow mein, rice, noodles, Oriental vegetables, Mandarin orange, gel- atin, fortune cookie. Tuesday-Euchre, St. Patrick's Day: Irish stew, coleslaw, blarney biscuit, lime gelatin. Wednesday-Euchre, Mayors for meals: Bratwurst on bun, potato salad, baked beans, apple crumble. Thursday: Quarter-baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, spiced beets. Friday: Fish sandwich orspoon- burger on bun, seasoned potato wedges, coleslaw, glorified rice. 1% milk is served with every meal. Menu is subject to change. Suggested contribution for per- sons 60+ and volunteers is $3.25, or what you can afford. Guests under 60 pay $6.50. REMINDER: When there is a choice of entree on the menu, you will receive the first one listed UNLESS you notify us. The cof- fee pot is on by 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday. For reservations, call Rosa- lea Hoeft (320) 398-2211 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you plan on attending. Gift dining booklets are available at the Senior Dining Site and the State Bank of Kimball. Ktmball schools Menu Mar. 16-20 Breakfast Monday: Toasted cheese bread, sausage patty, fruit choice, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast burrito, juice choice, milk. Wednesday: Cereal choice, slice of toast, juice choice, milk. Thursday: Scrambled eggs & sausage, slice of toast, juice choice, milk. Friday: Pancake & sausage stick, fruit choice, milk. Lunch Monday: Salisbury steak or corn dog, mashed potatoes & gravy, peas & carrots, sliced wheat bread, cantaloupe wedge, milk. Tuesday: Pulled pork and BBQ sauce or BLT wrap, rice with corn & bean salsa, sliced wheat bread, pear slices, milk. Wednesday: Turkey tetrazzini over pasta or walking taco, crisp cole slaw, wheat dinner roll. fresh pineapple, milk. Thursday: Mrs. Hauge's class favorite-beefy nachos or pork rib- let on wheat, Mexican rice, green beans, sliced wheat bread, banana, milk. Friday: Mrs. Bernardy's class favorite-homemade cheese pizza or Italian turkey sandwich, corn, sliced wheat bread, peach slices, milk. This program is funded in part under a contract with the Central MN Council on Aging as part of the Older Americans Act Program. Summer Ball Sign.u00 Night  Tuesday March 17 /%)/ff Kimball ementary Boys & Girls ages 8-16 interested in playing baseball or softball this summer must be siaed up by March 24, or they will not be assured a spot on the team, Sponsored by the Kimball Sports Booster Club Call for information: Fritz Hoffmann: 398-3279 or Charlie Serbus 266-1491 SENIOR NEWS LINE by lVlafitda Charles Eat a banana, lower your blood pressure Could it really be that easy? It might not be the whole answer, but it could help. Those of us with hypertension have to restrict our diets to limit salt. or sodium. Dozens of clinical trials show that potassium, as found in bananas and many other foods, can bring about a better potas- sium-sodium balance. Lowered blood pressure can be the result in many cases, especially when com- bined with the other standards of high blood pressure treatment, such as increased exercise. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a Web site full of information about high blood pressure and how to manage it, including a section on diet. Go to <> and put this in the search box: high blood pressure DASH. That will bring you to a number of articles about lowering blood pressure with diet. What I appreciated in the pages on DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) was the week's worth of menus, showing quanti- ties to eat and indicating just how much sodium there is in each food. There's even a section on getting started gradually on a DASH diet. On another page, a chart shows just how much potassium is in dozens of different foods. Pota- toes, lima beans, almonds, toma- toes, yogurt, tuna -- they're all good sources of potassium. If you have high bloodpres- sure, ask your doctor if you will benefit from adding some potas- sium-rich foods to your diet. Don't try to make adjustments on your own, especially if you're on medi- cation. Ask. because it's possible to get too much potassium, too. As in all things, there needs to be a bal- ance. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader ques- tions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando. FL 32853- 6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@ gmail, com. 2009 King Features Synd.. Inc. Do the Math 0-00 Statewide health-care cultural- understanding project To help health-care providers service improvements for patients become more effective in caring for diverse populations, CentraC- are Clinic -Women & Children, and the Mid-Minnesota Family Medi- cine Center are participating in an 18-month initiative that encom- passes more than 25 primary care clinics across Minnesota. Through the Cukure Care Con- .nection 2009-2010 project of Stra- tis Health, clinic staff will complete an online questionnaire to evaluate how well the clinics meet national cultural and linguistic standards. When the assessment results are in hand, each clinic will develop an action plan that will include staff training. A post-assessment will measure progress. "This initiative complements the work of the health literacy/cultural competency specialist who joined CentraCare Health System in 2008," said Diane Buschena-Brenna, administrator of the Mid-Minne- sota Family Medicine Center. "We are excited about the learn- ing opportunities for staff and the that this initiative presents," said Pat Faust, site administrator for CentraCare Clinic- Women & Chil- dren. CentraCare Clinic sites in Mel- rose and Long Prairie completed the cultural competency initiative in 2008. "Cultural awareness training will not, by itself, eliminate health disparities, but it does develop nec- essary skills for physicians, nurses, and other staffmembers," said Julia Draxten, site coordinator, CentraC- are Clinic-Melrose. "Building a bet- ter understanding between patients and our clinic team brings our care to a new level, decreases the risk of misunderstandings, and allows us to deliver high quality to every patient." Culture Care Connection 2009- 2010 is led by Stratis Health, a non- profit organization that works with providers on health-care qual- ity and safety issues. 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