Ladies spring coffee hour held at Hazelton
Close to 50 women from Braddock, Napoleon, Linton, and Hazelton attended the Ladies Spring Coffee Hour held at the Hazelton Coffee Shop this past Thursday. Sponsors of the event, The Little German House of Strasburg, Bank of Hazelton, Emmons County Public Health and Women’s Way, and Emmons County Extension Service presented topics of concern to women, followed by a question/answer period after each presentation.
Judy Dasovick Gabriel served flavored coffees from The Little German House. She told the women that coffee has gotten a bad rap and, based on studies in recent years, there is evidence that there are many benefits derived from downing two or three cups of coffee each day. Studies have shown that coffee can lower the risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s, and memory loss, among other illnesses. There is also evidence that decaffeinated coffee may have the same benefits.
Scott Baumiller of the Bank of Hazelton presented various options for different insurance needs and how each would have different benefits depending on those needs. For instance, universal life policies are good for the long term, for estate planning and savings while term insurance can be advantageous for paying off debts or funding a college education. Term insurance was described as a ‘flat’ insurance, universal life continues to grow.
Bev Voller, Emmons County Public Health, spoke about West Nile virus and Women’s Way, a breast and cervical cancer early detection program. Women between the ages of 21 and 30 should have a pap smear done every three years.Ages 30 to 65 every five years unless there is a family history of cancer, if you have used birth control, have had three or more children, or have a weakened immune system. Women should learn how to do a breast self-exam as early as in their 20s. Voller said recently a young lady in her 20s was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer was attributed to the young woman carrying her cell phone in her bra.
Voller said Women’s Way provides a way to pay for most breast and cervical cancer screenings for eligible North Dakota women. Call 1-800-44WOMEN, 1-800- 449-6636, or 1-701-328- 2333 to see if you are eligible. Voller said the program is “grossly underused.” The website is www.ndhealth. gov/womensway.
The West Nile virus, spread by mosquitoes, affects people differently. Most do not have any symptoms. Some experience a fever, headache and body aches, and a small number of people may have swelling of the brain or even death. People aged 50 and older or immunocompromised people have a greater chance of becoming sick and developing serious symptoms of the virus. Both Voller and Emmons County Extension AgentAcacia Stuckle advised using an insect repellent containing DEET when going outside. Mosquitoes become carriers when they feed on birds infected with the virus. They, in turn, transmit the disease to other birds, humans, horses and other animals.
Skin cancer, the #1 cancer in the United States, is caused by abnormal division of skin cells of different types, Stuckle explained while giving a slide presentation on the effects of the sun’s three types of ultraviolet rays, each of which acts differently on our skin. While UVA radiation is partly absorbed and blocked by the ozone layer before it reaches Earth, UVB rays are mostly responsible for most cases of sunburn, reaching the surface layer of the skin. UVA damage is deeper and causes premature aging of the skin. These rays are not absorbed in the atmosphere and completely reach the Earth. Ultraviolet rays not only cause sunburn, even on a cloudy day, and premature aging, but can also cause cancer and cataracts. Stuckle advised that sunglasses and SPF 30 sunscreen should be worn when outdoors. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours. Because 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog, it is best, if possible, to limit the time you spend outdoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Kelcey Holm, also with EC Extension Service, gave tips on gardening and flowers along with a slide presentation. Some points she brought out were: For optimum productivity, wait until June to plant cucumbers and peppers. For a super summer lawn, a big “gulp” of water in the a.m. is best, before the hot sun hits it, 1 - 1 1/2 inches at least. Leave grass clippings on your lawn to keep the soil cool. The grass will grow better. The best time to use weed killer is in September. Holm said doing that type of work in the fall causes less stress. If you have questions about your lawn or garden, call the Emmons County Extension Service and they will come out to check your lawn. They also have excellent handouts with tips for fertilizing trees, square foot gardening (SFG), houseplants and more.
Door prizes were presented to everyone attending followed by dessert and coffee.