Thursday, January 4, 2007
One of my Christmas gifts brings with it a challenge.
My youngest granddaughter made her New Year’s resolutions in Sunday School and then read them aloud during Children’s Moment to the entire congregation (along with the rest of the kids). She whispered frantically for a few minutes with her Sunday School teacher, who agreed it was okay to leave No. 4 out -- “Have a New Year’s Party if we ever get home from church!”
Holidays and/or ‘holy’ days
This week I want to talk about holidays and holy days. The word holiday, of course, derives from the word “holy day,” but sad to say, most of the church’s “holy days” have become, simply, holidays. I like the holy days that have not become holidays. I like them because they require no presents, no shopping, no fancy meals, and do not leave one exhausted from all the fuss and commotion that surround our holidays.
Letters to the Editor
Once again, Wal-Mart has presented the Marshall County Library with a very generous grant, demonstrating an ongoing interest in education for the citizens of Marshall County.
This grant, and those of the past, have made a significant difference in maintaining and purchasing computers and other necessities.
Wal-Mart is due the appreciation of us all.
Birth defect prevention:
You never know what the New Year will bring. So, whether or not you’re planning to have a baby this year, you can start the New Year with habits that will help give a baby a healthy start in life.
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month and January 8-14 is Folic Acid Awareness Week. Taking a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid daily, starting before pregnancy even begins, is an important way to reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain or spinal cord neural tube defects (NTD) by up to 70 percent. NTD’s occur in the first weeks, often before a woman even knows she is pregnant.
Other healthy lifestyle choices that help babies get a healthy start in life include:
•Not smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke;
•Not using alcohol and/or illegal drugs;
•Getting a preconception check-up and checking with a doctor before taking any medication, including herbal products; and
•Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet. It’s best to reduce caffeine and avoid fish high in mercury, raw and undercooked meat and un-pasteurized juice and dairy products. Also, be sure to include enriched grain products, fortified cereals, beans, orange juice and green, leafy vegetables in your diet.
You can learn more by visiting the web sites of the March of Dimes and the March of Dimes Mississippi Chapter at www.marchofdimes.com and www.marchofdimes.com/mississippi, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network at www.nbdpn.org or the National Folic Acid Council at www.folicacidinfo.org.
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