4-H club conducts workshops

From Staff Reports

The Controllers Generation II 4-H Club of Maben has been hosting a series of health, fitness and nutrition workshops.

During “Fitness Fun,” numerous physical activities and games were presented at Shivers Park and West Oktibbeha County High School. Two teams have been set up to continue this event on a regular basis.

Nutritious snacks were distributed and tips were given to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Participants who were exercising 10 minutes a day have increased to 30 minutes most days. One person who had been placed on high blood pressure medicine no longer needs medication because of increased physical activity.

Also, a monthly health fair was conducted at WOCHS with exhibitors that included local, county and state officials.

Incentives were given on a monthly basis to the participant(s) who have lost the most weight. At the end of the session, the biggest loser king or queen was crowned. Health screening was done for high blood pressure and glucose with donated monitors. Fifteen attendees consulted with their physician and four have been placed on medication.

Additionally, breast cancer survivors conducted a “Praises in Pink” breast cancer awareness program twice in October to participants of all ages, male and female, to enhance the importance of breast examinations and checkups.

After participating in the workshop, three males conducted self- examinations and visited their family physician. Forty-five females continue to do self-examinations on a monthly basis.

Great American Smokeout pledge cards were distributed twice in November to encourage smokefree air. Because of awareness of secondhand smoke, 25 adults no longer smoke in their home or vehicle.