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Wednesday, December 4. 2013 ertt(J,, o.. t'age ? - Savvy' ,u,or ttacks Dear Savvy Senior, When I had a mild heart attack about six months ago my doctor told me I needed to be extra careful during the winter when recurring heart attacks are more common. Is this true? How can the seasons af- fect your heart? Leery Senior Dear Leery, Everyone knows winter is cold and flu season, but most people don't know that it's also the prime season for heart attacks too, es- pecially if you already have heart disease or have suffered a previ- ous heart attack. Here's what you should know, along with some tips to help you protect yourself. HEART ATTACK SEASON In the U.S,, the risk of having a heart attack during the win- ter months is twice as high as it is during the summertime. Why? There are a number of factors, and they're not all linked to cold weather. Even people who live in warm climates have an increased risk. Here are the areas you need to pay extra attention to this win- ter. COLD TEMPERATURES When a person gets cold, the body responds by constricting the blood vessels to help the body maintain heat. This causes blood pressure to go up and makes the heart work harder. Cold tempera- tures can also increase levels of certain proteins that can thicken the blood and increase the risk for blood clots. So stay warm this winter, and when you do have to go outside, make sure you bundle up in layers with gloves and a hat, and place a scarf over your mouth and nose to warm up the air before you breathe it in. SNOW SHOVELING Studies have shown that heart attack rates jump dramatically in the first few days after a ma- jor snowstorm, usually a result of snow shoveling. Shoveling snow is a very strenuous activity that raises blood pressure and stresses the heart. Combine those factors with the cold temperatures and the risks for heart attack surges If your sidewalk or driveway needs shoveling this winter, hire a kid from the neighborhood to do it for you, or use a snow blower. Or, if you must shovel, push rather than lift the snow as much as possible, stay warm, and take frequent breaks. NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS Every January 1, millions of people join gyms or start exercise programs as part of their New Year's resolution to get in shape, and many overexert themselves too soon. If you're starting a new exercise program this winter, take the time to talk to your doctor about what types and how much exercise may be appropriate for you. WINTER WEIGHT GAIN People tend to eat and drink more, and gain more weight dur- ing the holiday season and win- ter months, all of which are hard on the heart and risky for some- one with heart disease. So keep a watchful eye on your diet this winter and avoid binging on fatty foods and alcohol. SHORTER DAYS Less daylight in the winter months can cause many people to develop "seasonal effective dis- order" or SAD, a wintertime de- pression that can stress the heart. Studies have also looked at heart attack patients and found they usually have lower levels of vita- min D (which comes fYom sunlight) than people with healthy hearts. To boost your vitamin D this win- ter, consider taking a supplement that contains between 1,000 and 2,000 international units (IU) per day. And to find treatments fi)r SAD, visit the Center for Environ- mental Therapeutics website at cet.org. FLU SEASON Studies show that people who get flu shots have a lower heart attack risk. It's known that the inflammatory reaction set off by a flu infection can increase blood clotting which can lead to heart attacks in vulnerable people. So, if you haven't already done so, get a flu shot for protection. See flushot. healthmap.org to find a nearby vaccination site. Send your senior questions to: Sav- vy Seniol, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior. org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. J SENIOR MEAL MENU December 9 - 13 MONDAY: Chili with Meat and Beans, Peanut butter Sandwich, Green Beans, Fruit, and Cookie TUESDAY: Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole, Lima Beans, Cauliflower, Tapioca Pudding, Mandarin Oranges WEDNESDAY: Beef Vegetable Soup, Ham and Cheese Sand- wich, Carrots, Peaches and Cottage Cheese Birthday Cake in New Baden THURSDAY: Chicken Salad Sand- wiches, Chips, Fruit Cup, Peas and Can'ots, Corn FRIDAY: Lasagne, Buttered Broc- coli, Tossed Salad, Gar- lic Bread, Fruit Crisp Seniors must call 224-9913 by 9 a.m. and leave a message. Meals are served at noon each day. Meals are also served every Wed. at the New Baden Civic Center. To arrange transportation to the Meal Site, ca//SCT Tram# at 800-660-7433 TrentonTumbleweeds November meeting # The fourteen mem- bers and one guest who attended the Trenton Tumbleweeds meeting on November 12, went home with sharpened garden- ing tools courtesy of An- drew Bassler from Earth- tones in Lebanon. The ladies also learned how to properly use files to keep the tools sharp in order to make gardening easier. Andrew also showed the group different tools and told how to use them to make the most of their in- dividual characteristics. It is important to remove sticky substances using bur and tar remover and to wipe down the tools with WD-40 at the end of each use. President Lisa Powers conducted the meeting following the sharpen- ing demonstration. Most of the business meeting involved plans for Christ- mas-cookie making, gift exchanges, gifts for oth- ers, wreath making, party decorations, and a potluck dinner. Beryl Kuhn and Chris Hemken were hostesses for the evening. Bev Rog- ers gave the Garden Tip telling the ladies to buy some new houseplants to clean the indoor air of tox- ic fumes caused by cooking and cleaning chemicals. Gerbera daisies and ficus trees are a good choice. Chris Hemken dis- played a Thanksgiving cactus. Beryl Kuhn showed a trailing African violet 618.224.2400 Open 11:00 AM '' !1,, " ~---FAM'---ILY PACK ~ .ch 1/ 12 pieces Fried Chicken, i ! pecmm  I , i 3 Lg. Sides, Rolls & Butter [ ill 16.99 Wed. Fried Chicken, 12/11 Mac & Cheese & Corn Fri. 12/13 Breaded Walleye or Salmon Patties with Any Two Sides "rHURSDAY All-You-Can-Eat WEDNESDAY TUESDAY $10.00 OFF Fried Chicken S9.95! eotUes of Wine! Prime Rib for 2 $26.95! which was a challenge plant a year ago and had Christmas cacti starters for members. Lois Roach brought the last roses from her garden. Marilyn Lee also had a trailing Af- rican violet; Eva Missey had pecans from her yard; and former member Jean Ellis sent pumpkins-on-a- stick. This odd little plant was something new, and the pumpkins were quick- ly snatched up and will, hopefully, be growing in members' gardens next year. In December, the la- dies will erjoy a  potluck Christmas celebration. It is their tradition to bake cookies for three groups who shelter adults in need of special care and to remember them with small presents during the holiday. The Tumbleweeds will be back to regular pro- grams in January when they learn about Japa- nese maples from Earl Bayer. The ladies have also planned a winter trip to Missouri Botanical Gardens to see the Gar- den Glow. Deadline for health care enrollment extended Local residents interest- ed in obtaining health care insurance coverage through plans oflbred by Illinois' Health Insurance Exchange (also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace) will need to enroll by December 23. This is a new extended deadline - the previous deadline was December 15. Coverage through Market- place insurance plans be- gi"  On Jam tory 1, 20 ] 4. In an eftbrt to help those who qualify for insurance coverage through the ACA- sponsored Health Insurance Marketplace, St. Joseph's Hospital (SJH) in Highland and the Madison County Health Department(MCHD) have teamed up to provide a community outreach serviqe for local residents and small businesses who are eligible to enroll in insurance plans available through Illinois' Health Insurance Market- place. A certified application is enrolled in Medicare, they don't need to enroll in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace If an individual already has health insurance cover- age through their employer, counselor (CAC) is on-site or health insurance coverage at SJH every week on Tues- days and Thursdays, as well as on the third Saturday of every month through March 31,2014 to provide this com- mmfity outreach service. To schedule an appoint- ment with a certified ap- plication counselor at SJH, please call (618) 651-2590. Before making an ap- pointment with the certi- fled application counselor at SJH, individuals must con- sider the following: If an individual already m8 is available to them through their employer, they don't need to enroll in plans in the Health Insurance Market- place If at individual is unem ployed, they can enroll in Marketplace plans If health insurance pre- mimr costs are equal to or greater than 10% of person- M/household income, they may be eligible For more information, please visit www.stjo- sephshighland.org. NOW kGGiIING PPblGkrION8 FOR rHl SPRING 81MISTIR Call for an appointment or more information For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Visit us on the web at www.stjohnucctrenton.org _ ,, Z it/'-- 5erve Sh0re - we , .... We /f[' ,- strlw 131 N ST. JOHN  UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST v.\\; Corner F rst & Walnut Trenton, L 62293 618-224-9828 Home of Rainbow PreSchool Sunday Worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages at 10:45 a.m. Grace omrnunit  "" ....... ]aptistChurc "Where REAL pe U Nith REAL problems, seek REAL help, from a REAL God!" Featuring a Vibrant Sunday Morning Worship Service! Christian Education for the entire family! Community Care Groups that meet in homes! Awana for children ages 3 years old through 6th grade! . For more information contact 224-7555 or go to www,trentongcbc.org New Life Christian Center 555 N. Monroe Trenton, IL 618-224-9901 618-224-9230 Robert D. Wutz|er, Pastor Linda K. Wutzler, Minister of Music 3rd Monday of the Month - Women's Bible Study & Fcllowship - 7 p.m. 4th Monday of the Month - Men's Bible Stud? & Fellowship - 7 p.m. Clothing Outreach Ministry 1 st & 3rd Saturday of the Month 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday 1st Wed. Evening Meal 6 p.m. Youth Praise 6:30 p.m. Youth Group Adult Bible Study 7 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Praise & Worship 11:15 a.m. Children's Church West Gate Baptist Church Come.,, Worship the Lord! SUNDAY- 43 IV.. Broadway Coffee Bar Fellowship 8:30-9:00 a.m. TRENTON, IT. Bible Study (AI agesr) 9:00 a.m (618) 224-7581 Worship Service (81ended) 10:15 a.m. For Real Youth Ministry 6:00-8:30 o m Pastor .... Disciples' Health Club (Practical Bible Studies) 6:00 'plml Rev. Paul Hooks '-; Evening Worship 7:00 p,m. MONDAY - I Our purpose at West Gate: 2nd & 4th Mon.: Women's Bible Connection 7:00 p.m. To make Jesus L.O R D WFEoOdNESDAY" ^ ^^ Love God- worship Him" " " entry o:uu p.m. - ^ . . . For Real Youth Ministry 6:00-8:00 p.m. I _0 bey ood - Faith tn practice Mid-Week Prayer 7:00 p.m. I R each the lost for Christ THURSDAY- Bible Study All Ages 6:15.8:30p.m. I O isciole believers -orowin Christ SATURDAY - ' Eve Oth r ' " www.westgatetpc.com ny e Sat Men s Srkfast & B,ble Study 8 00 a m bc Iobal net .... email: wgbcoffice@s g . St. Hary Catholic Church Corner of W. Kentucky & S. Adams Trenton, Illinois 62293 (618) 22"4-9335 www.stmarytrenton.com Pastor - Father Joseph Rascher Mass: Saturday 4:15 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. Religion Classes K-8:10:10-11:30 a.m. God Is Still Speaking! Rev. M.J. Sterrett, Pastor One Block North of Hanover Street on Railway in New Baden 618-588-4135 Traditional Service - 8 a.m. Blended Service - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School For All Ages - 9:15 a.rm - Youth Fellowships - Choirs For All Ages - Nursery Provided