Did you know that March 7 is National Cereal Day? Cereal is the most popular breakfast food in America, but that wasn’t always the case.
Up until the 1860s, most people ate eggs, bacon, and sausage every morning. Cereal emerged as a healthier alternative at the end of the 19th century. The invention of one of the most famous brands of cereal was an accident in 1877, two brothers named John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg were experimenting with food made with boiled wheat. They left a batch out overnight and returned to find it stale. Instead of throwing it away, they rolled it out and discovered that each wheat berry formed its own flake. They tried the same process with corn, and created the first dry breakfast cereal, which we now know was Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.
VOLUNTEER COACHES STILL NEEDED FOR FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM
Generations is looking to expand our Matter of Balance (MOB) program. This nationally recognized evidence-based program’s goal is to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels & peer socialization among community-dwelling older adults. Matter of Balance classes are offered in each county of Generations’ six-county service area which includes the counties of Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike. Studies show that one-half of adults fear falling, one-third of adults do fall and falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for this group. We need volunteers who would like to be trained to lead these classes in our community. Each class is led by two trainers. Generations and their partners will provide materials for classes, supervision and program promotion. Lunch will also be provided. There is no selling involved. Due to the overwhelming response from those interested in the first training and limited seating, Generations will be scheduling another train-the-trainer event in near future. For more information, contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM THE FLU
The flu season is in full swing, and is rearing its ugly head in our community. However, there are ways to protect yourself! The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu vaccine. This is especially important for high risk groups such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. Although the vaccine does not protect against all strains, it does provide protection from the most prevalent strains, including type A viruses. Receiving the vaccine does not necessarily mean that you will not get the flu, as it cannot protect against every strain, however, it greatly reduces your chance of contracting it. If you should get the flu, get to your doctor immediately! Although the virus must simply run its course, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medication that could reduce the duration of your flu symptoms if the medication is started within in 2 days of onset. To reduce your chances of getting the flu, avoid close contact with sick people, wash your hands often with soap and water, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Simple precautions go a long way!
The winter issue of Generations magazine is out. Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or email@example.com.
Brenda is a Community Resource Coordinator with Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.