Loretta Jordan presented the program, “Physical Activity,” at the recent meeting of the Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers Club. The meeting and luncheon were held at the Centennial Fellowship Church at White Hall.


Jordan said most American adults get too little physical activity.


“Too little physical activity can negatively affect health, leading to increased chronic disease risk, obesity and premature death. People with sedentary desk jobs may improve their health by including short bouts of activity in their workday,” according to a news release.


Those sitting at a desk can opt for desk exercises. Jordan led the group in several exercises that can be performed using a chair or standing.


One such exercise is the upper body stretch, she said, adding an example of how it’s done:


“Interlace the fingers, turn palms upward and straighten the arms above the head. Elongate arms to stretch through the upper side of the rib cage. Breath deeply and hold for 10 seconds,” she said.


In addition to stretching, current exercise guidelines recommend that adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. Adults should also engage in strenthening exercises targeting all major muscle groups two or three times each week.


“Strenthening exercises include those using dumbells and ankle weights, stretch tubes, weight machines and exercises using your own body weight for resistance. Balance exercises are recommended for older adults to help prevent falls. These exercises will help you stay healthy and productive,” Jordan said.


Meanwhile, Debbie James, club president, welcomed everyone to the meeting. She announced that the club had donated 736 non-perishable food items to the Transformation Project at Centennial Fellowship Church.


Nancy Rosen, special community service project chairwoman, circulated an envelope for monetary donations for T-shirts and haircare for qualified residents at Davis Life Care Center. Cards created by Dianna Winfree were signed by the members to be sent to the people on the senior list. Extra cards will be given to the Davis center for needy residents.


Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers have been busy. Brenda Robinson taught a beaded cake server workshop. Those attending were Cathy Lewis, Rosen, James, Warna Turner, Jody Stout, Lynda Toler, Kaye Richardson, Connie Herrin, and Linda Works-a member of Grace Willing Workers EHC.


The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers held a smorgasbord workshop at the Extension office. Three instructors were from Heart-N-Hands. Delores Kelley taught the group how to make rooster oven mitts. Richardson taught about decorated wine bottles and Sandy Smith taught on decorated cards and a photo holder.


Others from Heart-N-Hands attending the workshop were Lewis, Robinson, Toler, Rosen, Patsy Brown, Juanita Cook, Herrin, Alpha Hopkins, Barbra Freeman, James and Joyce Johnson.


Kelley and Richardson planned a club fellowship tour to Murry’s Dinner Playhouse to see “Southern Fried Funeral.” Those attending were Donna McGowan, Doris Turbeville, Herrin, James, Robinson, Kelley, Gerry Crutchfield, Stout, Richardson, Sandy Smith, Rosen, Betty Lacy, and Shirley Shelley.


James, along with Rosen, Herrin, Richardson, Robinson, Kelley, Carolyn Harness, and Vivian Gerlach from Heart-N-Hands attended the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council State Meeting in Hot Springs. Robinson was in charge of the Encore Book. James taught a wooden cross workshop and Rosen received checks and certificates during the awards ceremony for the project books she had submitted.


Toler brought pendants made with crystals and fingernail polish and cameshaw jewelry for Show and Tell. Also, Rosen brought a tassel necklace that she made at the state meeting.


Mary Ann Kizer, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for Jefferson County, installed the 2017-2019 club officers: President Robinson, Vice President Sandy Smith, Secretary Liz Crosby, Treasurer Herrin, and Parliamentarian James. James, outgoing president, was presented a gavel with her name, club name, and date of term served. James presented the outgoing officers with gifts.


Upcoming events include a club picnic — July 13; Christmas in July — July 27; and Fair Judging School — Aug. 15.