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Thursday, November 24, 2011 mbl M N .............. Give thanks for good health Thanksgiving is filled with good food, company, and gratitude. For many people, it's also the source of weight gain and anxiety. This sea- son, don't let the holidays derail your healthy habits. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support orga- nization, offers tips to eat right, stay active, and reduce stress. Eat without regret • Watch portion sizes. You don't need to fill your plate with every- thing that's offered. Sample your favorite foods and use a smaller plate to "trick" yourself into think- ing you have consumed more. • Slow down. Take time to enjoy your food and stop eating before you feel full. * Change the focus to family at the table. Food and drinks are a large part of the holidays, but they don't have to be the focus. Instead, go around the table and have everyone say why they are thank- ful, share favorite holiday memo- ries, and reconnect. • Don't forget about breakfast. Approaching the Thanksgiving meal on an empty stomach can be a recipe for disaster. A nutritious breakfast helps control appetite, so you aren't as inclined to over- indulge during dinner. Breakfast can also keep energy levels up. • Send off leftovers. Don't fill your refrigerator with leftovers; send extra food home with guests. This will help avoid temptation to dip back into high-calorie treats. Stay active • Take a hike or go for a walk. Make time to get moving on Thanksgiving Day. Take a walk or hike in the morning or head out- side after dinner. Many commu- Happy Thanksgiving! - IIIZ ............. 7"VW 1 1111 nities offer "Turkey Trots," a 5K walk/run, which can be an invigo- rating way to kick offthe day. • Plan an activity. The day doesn't need to revolve around the Thanksgiving meal. Go for a fam- ily bike ride, play football, or have a relay race for the kids. Say goodbye to holiday stress • Take time for yourself. Dur- ing the holidays, there can be a lot of togetherness. It's impor- tant to spend a few minutes alone periodically to give yourself time to recharge. Take a nap, listen to music, or simply sneak off to a quiet room in the house to clear your mind. • Be thankful. Feeling stressed or tired? Find yourself complain- ing? Take time to think about or write down the things you're thankful for, big or small. Being grateful can decrease stress, boost the immune system, and improve sleep patterns. • Share the load. There's no rea- son only one person should plan, cook, and entertain. If guests offer to prepare a dish, let them bring it to your Thanksgiving cel- ebration. Also, have the kids help with household chores. This will decrease your workload and make the holiday more pleasant. • Help those less fortunate. For- get about your troubles for the day and spend time volunteering at a local soup kitchen or food pantry. Spread cheer by giving back, tak- ing the focus off of your own stress and helping others in need. • Breathe! It may seem sim- ple, but people tend to forget to breathe when they're stressed. Kingston Legion meetings notice rate meetings will be held follow- ing the supper. We will be honoring the Amer- ican Legion Auxiliary member birthday month. Instead of exchanging gifts for members, we will bring paper products, soaps, etc., for area food shelves. The members of the Kingston Johnson Kelly American Legion Post 483 and Auxiliary will com- bine the November and Decem- ber business meetings to be held Sunday evening, Dec. 4, gathering at 5 p.m., and pot-luck supper to be served at 5:30. The spouses are invited. Sepa- Take deep breaths to increase your oxygen intake. Find a comfortable place to rest and consciously slow the rate of your breathing. You'll be amazed how good you will feel. • Keep it simple. Make a few fancy dishes and keep the oth- ers easy. It's okay to scale back the meal and festivities, so you enjoy the holiday rather than spend all of your time preparing. To successfully employ these tips, make sure to plan ahead and practice an attitude of gratitude. The holidays are a time to focus on the people in your life, so make an effort to take the emphasis off of sweet treats and creating the perfect meal and be thankful for friends, family, and good health. TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 63 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommer- cial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a "Real People. Real Weight Loss." philos- ophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 170,000 members-male and female, age seven and older, in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $26 per year, plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chap- ter, view www.tops.org, or call (800) 932-8677. This end-of-the-year gathering will be held at the Kingston Amer- ican Legion Hall. There will be no meeting Nov. 29. This Holiday season, let's remember our veterans, our troops and families, our military groups serving overseas. They are the wind beneath our wings! Public Relations Ann Hamilton Page 3 Volunteers are needed Rural Stearns Faith in Action is looking for committed volunteers who would be willing to give as lit- tle or as much of their time to help a neighbor in need. There are sev- eral options: Volunteers can help with what things they might be interested in or have talent in. Volunteering can be as often as weekly or as infrequently as every couple months, based on their availability. Are you someone who...? • Has the time to give to others • Knows someone who needs help • Would feel wonderful by mak- ing a difference in your own com- munity We need you todayl Call Rural Stearns Faith in Action at (320) 685-3693 or (800) 549-5855. Kimball United See you j twice a  *Canczled if 1 st & 3 rd Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. ,l00!00hodist Church Il; Suggested donation illil0000s2 °° per person ......................................................... fl3 ,August 1 l 15 inclement weather *Feb • Mar 7 & 21 -September 5 & 19 tN ,L" up ,April 4 &18 -October3 &17 • May 2 & 16 -November 7 Save -June 6 & 20 -December 5 141 STATE HIGHWAY 55 KIMBALL 398-2925 National Chili Cook-off and Cookie Celebration Just A Pinch Recipe Club, a vibrant online community for home cooks to share recipes, cook- ing tips and coupons, announces its next two national recipe con- tests for local cooks. The Second Annual Sporty Snack Showdown challenges home cooks to a Chili Cook-Off. The rec- ipe submitter with the most game will receive a home theater system valued at $4,000, just in time for the big game. Contest entries are due Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Next up, the Cookie Celebration calls for home cooks to submit their best cookie confection for a chance to win a trip to Nashville and a $1,000 shopping spree of cooking equipment at The Viking Store & Cooking School! To win, cooks need to share their best cookie recipe by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Entries in both contests will be judged on creativity, ease of prep- aration, presentation and pure deliciousness by the Test Kitchen. In addition to hosting recipe contests, lust A Pinch Recipe Club awards extra-special recipes with a Blue Ribbon, both virtually and in real life by mail to display on the fridge to show offto family and friends. Go to justapinch.com, to see how many cooks in your town have shared recipes with the Club. Food Shelf requests, suggestions How grateful we have been to be able to help those in need at the Kimball Area Food Shelf, Inc. We serve an average of 45 to 55 fami- lies a month. Need is great all the year in our community, but even more so during the holiday sea- son. Any food donations you are able to share with those in need are most welcomed. Staples such as canned foods, toiletries, cereal, pancake mixes, baby diapers, soap, tooth paste, etc. are always needed. Mary Mathies, the Kimball Area Food Shelf Director, suggests items like jelly, cake mixes, frost- ing mix, flour, sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, baking prod- ucts like chocolate chips for holi- day baking. Donations of money will also be accepted. As we go through our holidays, let's continue to remem- ber those in need in our own Kim- ball area. Thank you for your con- tinued support of the Kimball Area Food Shelf, Inc. Donations may be brought to any of the local churches, or to St. Anne's Church and left by the Food Shelf door, or if mailing, mail to Kimball Area Food Shelf, Inc., PO Box 99, Kim- ball MN 55353. Thank you, Mary Mathies, Kimball Area Food Shelf Director