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About a dozen people attended Gila Regional Medical Center’s free session on Nov. 20, 2019, to learn how to keep blood glucose levels under control with the holiday challenges of meals, treats, shopping, travel and other challenges.

Bonnie Stone, RD/CDE with Diabetes and Nutrition Services and Allison Schmid, GRMC Dietician, offered tips and treats while they answered questions from the attendees. Not everyone at the session had diabetes, but the ideas offered can help anyone get through the Holiday Season in good health.

Some of the tips offered:

1. Maintain your schedule – Get up, eat, exercise and take medications at the same time you usually do.
2. Check your blood sugar regularly
3. Budget your sweets and treats – Include them as part of your carbohydrate budget,
4. Watch your beverage and alcohol intake – Don’t drink on an empty stomach. The amounts of calories and sugars vary so check the nutritional information.
5. Fix favorite dishes your way and take them to parties, dinners etc. – There are many low-carb, diabetes friendly dishes that you can bring to holiday parties.
6. Be party smart – Enjoy vegetable-based appetizers first, then meat or cheese. Place them on a napkin instead of a plate to be less likely to overdo. Don’t stand near the buffet table while chatting. And stay hydrated.
7. Keep active or add activity – If you can’t stick to your usual exercise program, add a fun activity with family or friends, or break up your exercise into shorter segments.
8. Take healthy snacks with you when you go shopping. That way you won’t be tempted to eat a carb-heavy restaurant meal.
9. Keep expectations reasonable – Holidays are stressful for everyone. Don’t try to make things perfect. If you are feeling stressed, take some time for yourself, take a walk, a nap. Breathe deeply.
10. Remember the reason for the season – Put the focus on family and friends, not on food.

You can find out more information at Cornerstone4Care.com.
Healthy low carb recipes can be found at https://healthyrecipesblogs.com or https://www.diabetesfoodhub.org/recipes

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Tamal Fiesta y Mas took place in Santa Clara on a balmy fall day, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. A car show lined one side of Bayard Street and booths were on both sides of the street. Performers and speakers used Viola Stone Park as their venue.

By Mary Alice Murphy

[Editor's Note: For details on some of the items approved at this meeting and discussed in the work session, please visit https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/54638-grant-county-work-session-held-on-nov-12-2019 ]

Grant County commissioners at the regular meeting on Nov. 14, 2019 approved the proclamation for the Tamal Fiesta y Mas that took place on Nov. 16, 2019.

"It's a great event. Get out and support Santa Clara," Commission Chairman and District 1 Commissioner Chris Ponce said.

Photos by Frank Kenney

This Rope for Hope team roping event on Oct. 27, 2019 was the last for the season at Baird Arena in Cliff.

Loof for more Kenney photos net year.

Photos by Frank Kenney

This was the last Rope for Hope for 2019 It was held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, 2019.

Frank Kenney catches the action and the portraits of participants.

By Emily Gossett
Silver City High School Intern for the Beat 

On Wednesday, December 4, Eduardo Servin gave a seminar on a master gardening course that might be implemented in Silver City. Servin is the manager of the master gardener program at New Mexico State University. This seminar consisted of explaining what exactly a master gardener is and how the participants of the course could implement these skills into their community. The class encompasses everything from grasses to water irrigation. It will be an eight- to twelve-week course starting in the fall of 2020. Specialists of their field would come down to Silver City every week and host three- to five-hour classes. The classes will be held through the Grant County extension office and will cost a little over one hundred dollars to attend.

Photos by Frank Kenney

At the Luna County Fair on Oct. 6, 2019, the annual junior rodeo took place, with photographer Frank Kenney there to catch the action and the portraits of the young participants.

[Editor's Note: I forgot to put in expenditure report and I had the name of a leadership group wrong. Sorry!]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The November work session on Nov. 12, 2019 began with county officials' reports. It was the only work session and regular session of the month. Similarly, in December, only one each will be held. The regular meeting took place on Nov. 14, 2019

Detention Center Administrator Mike Carilllo gave the jail report for Oct. 15-Nov. 11, 2019. "As of today, we have one staff vacancy. The number of inmates on Oct. 30 was 83, and today we stand at 83."

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