Out and About – Week of July 11th

The Village of Centreville will be the place to be this coming weekend. The village will host their annual Covered Bridge Days Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16. If you’ve never had the privilege of experiencing Covered Bridge Days, don’t let another year slip by without taking in the family fun that our county seat has to offer. There’s Putt Putt Golf, FREE Bounce Houses, and a temporary tattoo booth both days. On Friday, you’ll also want to check out Family Bingo, Family Water Balloon Toss, plus so much more. The Friday evening highlight will be the Firework Show, sponsored by Firm Foundation Ministries at 10 PM.

You’ll want to get a good night’s sleep so that you and the entire family can enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast from 8AM until 11AM. The breakfast takes place next to the courthouse. Come on down and support the Centreville Lions Club. It’s guaranteed you won’t walk away hungry.

Saturday is filled with plenty of family activities including a Family Fun Triathlon, Family Scanvenger Hunt, and Karaoke. I’d list more, but I just don’t have the room. You won’t want to miss the parade which starts at 6PM. The Moon Howlers will entertain everyone with their music right after the parade from 7 to 10PM.

If you live in St. Joe County, you won’t have far to travel, because Centreville is located right in the center of our county. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

They say that once you reach fifty or sixty years of age, you’ve entered the “Golden Years”. I’d like to think that these years or more like the “Bronze Years”. These years are filled with times of aches and pains, plus a few restrictions on what and what not you should eat. Here are just a few of those delicious foods you might want to avoid if you really are interested in staying healthy:

Fried foods that triple the calories. That tub of oil that those fries and onion rings have been submerged in may have a negative impact on your blood cholesterol. Some experts advise to enjoy those fats at dinner time and avoid them at breakfast and lunch. It has also been suggested to opt for a side salad instead of restaurant fries.
Sugary drinks. Bottled teas, fancy coffee drinks, and the usual soft drinks can all be loaded with the sweet stuff that tastes so good. That 16-ounce chai latte at Starbucks contains 42 grams of sugar. A good idea would be to keep your sugar intake to 10% or less of your daily calories.
High-sodium instant meals. 75% of the salt in our diet comes from processed foods. Forget about that salt you add from that little salt container on your table. It’s best to aim for 1500 to 2300 milligrams of sodium per day.
We are now into probably the two hottest months of the year. With climate change this might not always be true, but traditionally July and August are the two months where you won’t see any ice on the local bridges. With high temperatures and high humidity, the danger of becoming dehydrated is very likely. If you feel thirsty, you’re probably already slightly dehydrated, especially if you’re over sixty. It’s important to enjoy a drink of water more regularly during this hot season.

The signs of dehydration might be dark urine, feeling dizzy, experiencing muscle cramps or weakness, constipation, or dry skin or lack of skin elasticity. Like I mentioned, get into the habit of drinking more water than you normally would. Don’t forget to make sure your pets have plenty to drink. They might show you that they are thirsty, but they won’t say anything.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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