Good stretching habits increase flexibility

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No matter your age, stretching is an extremely important part of physical activity, helping you become more flexible, and increasing your range of motion. This will help with many daily activities. Many adults have back pain simply because they are not stretching. That makes it easier to pull muscles or have other back issues that can cause chronic pain. It is recommended to do stretching activities daily, as either a warm up or cool down part of your daily exercises. You want to slowly and smoothly stretch into the desired position, as far as possible without pain. Then hold that stretch for 10-30 seconds, making sure to breathe and relax as you go and push yourself a little farther each time.

To help learn more about topics specifically concerning older adults, the cooperative extension office will set up a booth at this year’s Senior Citizen Day Fair being held from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.,Wednesday, Aug.21, at the Person County Library. There will be information from local organizations to help seniors learn more about their health, nutrition, community, needs, and concerns.

Try the following recipe courtesy of Illnois Extension website at https://eat-move-save.extension.illinois.edu/eat/recipes. For more information on Food for Thought programs, check us out online at our new page http://facebook.com/persongranvillefcs, or email jennifer_grable@ncsu.edu.

Strawberry Chocolate Pretzel Frozen Yogurt Bark

serves 6

2 cups vanilla yogurt

1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

30-40 small pretzel sticks, broken into smaller pieces

1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) mini chocolate chips

1 tablespoon honey or maple/pancake syrup

Line a baking pan or cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spread yogurt onto foil to about 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle sliced strawberries, pretzel stick pieces, and mini chocolate chips on yogurt. Drizzle honey or syrup on top. Freeze for 2-3 hours or until completely frozen solid. Remove from freezer and break bark into smaller pieces with sharp knife. Eat immediately or place back into freezer before bark begins to thaw. Store in a freezer-safe container or bag.

Nutritional Information: 110 calories, 19g carbs, 2g fat, 4g protein

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