Drink Orange Juice To Be Heart Smart

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You’ve heard an apple a day but did you know OJ (orange juice) a day may keep the doctor away. Drinking a glass of orange juice every morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day — it’s also heart smart! Researchers say that an antioxidant in orange juice known as hesperidin improves blood vessel function and helps lower your risk of heart disease.

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Peggy Wyatt, Patricia Wheaton, Cheryl Killy and Eleanore Johnson are just a few of the Senior Circle members who have enjoyed playing Wii bowling.

Hesperidin is a flavonoid, and recent studies have shown that flavonoids are good for the cells that line blood vessels.

In a small study, 24 otherwise healthy men who were at risk for cardiovascular disease each drank one of three drinks: either 15 ounces of orange juice, an energy drink that had the same calories as the juice, and a placebo capsule, or an energy drink fortified with a capsule containing 292 milligrams of hesperidin. (The same amount found in a 15-ounce glass of orange juice.) After a month of drinking each beverage, researchers found that when men drank the orange juice or the hesperidin-fortified beverage, their cells functioned better and they had lower diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) than when they drank the non-hesperidin beverage.

So if you’re looking for a refreshing way to keep your heart healthy, consider a glass of OJ.

Exercise options

Tonto Gym memberships are due this month. Don’t forget to stop by the Senior Circle and pay your gym dues for February, March and April. Not a member, join now as a single and save over 40 percent on Tonto Gym membership fees.

A Wii bowling is forming at the Senior Circle. New volunteer, Christine Phillip will be leading the league and wants to encourage everyone to come out a play. There will even be a trophy at the end of the series. Phillip, a young Senior Circle volunteer, recently moved from Yuma.

The Nintendo Wii is not just for the younger crowd. SeniorAdvocateNews.com reports this game connects seniors and its interactive, simulated games, allowing them to play sports with friends without the risk of sports injuries. The games also offer great exercise, release stress and help balance.

Wii bowling is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Thursday. Phillip is getting the Circle all set up for the bowling league and will even have the popcorn popping.

Upcoming speakers

Katy Rovetto, author and lecturer, will be speaking at the Senior Circle Wednesday, Jan. 19. An inspirational speaker, Rovetto will talk about her journey as recorded in her book, Soaring above the Tragedies of Life. The special event will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 for more information.

Dr. Lisa York will be the guest speaker at the Senior Circle Lunch and Learn at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26. The event is free and a light lunch is served. Dr. York will be speaking on fibromyalgia.

The topic at the Feb. 9 Lunch and Learn will be “How to understand your medical benefits” by Payson Regional Medical Center’s Lori O’Haver and Shelly Thompson. The event is from 11 a.m. to noon. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 for reservations.

Upcoming social events

A Valentine lunch for members is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16.

The event will feature the culinary talents of the Payson High School Gourmet Cooking Club and the Singing Sensations of the Senior Circle — Karaoke style.

The cost for the lunch is $6; all proceeds will go the Payson High School Gourmet Cooking Club. For reservations, call (928) 472-9290. Space is limited so make your reservation now.

Travel events

Register now for the April 28 Verde Canyon Railroad trip. Space is limited to 30 participants, so get your reservation in now. The cost is $121 per person and includes transportation to the railroad, seating in the first-class train car with lunch and beverage service available, plus time for shopping at the depot gift shop. Money is refundable until April 15, but the trip is first-come, first-served. Stop by the Senior Circle to reserve your seat.

Join or renew online

Stop by 215 N. Beeline Highway to learn about Senior Circle. Sponsored by PRMC, programs include free classes, activities, travel opportunities, local, national and hospital discounts as well as the opportunity to meet new friends. You can also join or renew your membership at www.seniorcircle.com.

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