December 25-January 1st
8:30am - 4:30pm
Senior Fitness Hours
Monday-Friday: 7-10am & 1-3pm
A huge thank you to everyone that participated in the Trek to Turkey Town! It was a huge success and so much fun! We met our objective of getting members more engaged and we created a sense of community. Congratulations to all of our finishers! We will schedule a group picture for everyone that made it as soon as the shirts are in.
This month we have holiday programs that you do not want to miss. Gifts from the Kitchen on the 4th, Cookie Sale on the 12th and 13th, Bushy Park Elementary Chorus on the 13th, Holiday Swags on the 16th and the Retro Rockets will perform at our Holidays Go Retro party on the 20th.
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season! Regina, Cathy, Chris, Jacqueline and Nathan
Holiday Cookie Sale
Join us on December 13th & 14th! Cookies on sale $4.50/dozen. Calling all bakers and buyers! It's cookie sale time. Each year we accept donations of baked goods from our members and then hold our holiday cookie sale. Cookies are wrapped and packaged, ready for giving...or enjoying yourself! Support the center by baking, buying or both!
Figs have long been a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. Archaeological evidence for the cultivation of figs goes back as far as 5,000 B.C. and they make up a regular part of the average American diet today. You can find dried figs in most grocery and convenience stores, and you might occasionally stumble upon fresh figs in the produce section. Figs have a wealth of nutritional benefits.
Nutrients and Fiber A half-cup of dried figs, or a serving of six small fresh figs contains roughly 180 calories, or 9 percent of the daily calorie intake in a 2,000-calorie diet. They're rich in carbohydrates and contain roughly 2 grams of protein per serving. Fresh and dried figs are excellent sources of dietary fiber with 7 grams of fiber per serving, with the daily requirement of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Dried figs have 162 mg of calcium, 2.03 mg of iron and 232 mg of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Vitamins K and A Figs are good sources of vitamin K, and fresh figs also provide you with beneficial vitamin A. Vitamin K's primary role in your body involves activating clotting factors, proteins needed for the formation of blood clots. As a result, the vitamin K from your diet allows your body to control bleeding, especially after an injury. Both fresh and dried figs provide significant amounts of vitamin K, at approximately 11.5 micrograms per serving. This makes up 13 percent of the vitamin K recommended daily for women and 9 percent for men.
Eating More Figs Dried figs travel well, which makes them excellent served on their own as a snack you can eat on-the-go. They also work well in sandwiches. Experiment with adding chopped figs and dried cranberries to chicken salad sandwiches, or in leafy green salads. Fresh figs are much more delicate with a short shelf life, so you'll want to eat them at home, shortly after purchase. Enjoy sliced fresh figs on their own as a treat, or pair them with an ounce of cheese for a more decadent snack. Puree figs and combine them with balsamic vinegar and olive oil for a healthful and flavorful homemade salad dressing.