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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 17, 2017 13B Coffe is good, and soda is bad C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.com According to a recent report from the National Coffee Association, sugary drinks aren't the only beverages of choice cmTently on the rebound. After four years of .decline, consumption of coffee is said to be up five percentage points from last year. It's nothing near the peak year of 1946, when the nation was consuming about 46.4 gallons of coffee per capita a year. Today, 64 percent of Americans now drink at least one cup a day and the United States remains the largest coffee consumer in the world. This trend is occurring despite persistent, time-honored doctor warnings that coffee might be hard on the body; that we ought to avoid coffee because it might increase the risk of heart disease, stunt growth or even have damaging effects on the digestive tract. However, the latest scientific research is showing that coffee well may have positive effects on the body. When consumed in moderation, enjoying a cup of Joe might be one of the healthier things you can do. And coffee drinking is but one of the latest shunned practices where science is evolving in its favor. As pointed out in a recent TIME magazine report, at the heart of the coffee drinking temperance movement are studies done decades ago comparing health outcomes of coffee drinkers to non-drinkers. When measuring things like heart problems and mortality, coffee drinkers seemed to always measure worse than non-coffee drinkers in these studies. Yet, these studies didn't always counter their findings with the many other factors that could account for poor health, such as smoking and a lack of physical activity. Twenty years ago, coffee drinking was very closely associated with smoking. Many people couldn't have one without the other; it's possible coffee could have been getting a bad rap all these years through guilt by association. This certainly seems to be the case when you lo0k at recent findings. Current studies show no significant link between the caffeine in coffee and heart-related issues such as high cholesterol, irregular heartbeats, stroke or heart attack. Recent studies also show that people who drink coffee regularly may have an 11 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than non-coffee drinkers. Coffee has also proven to be high in antioxidants, which are known to fight the oxidative damage that can cause cancer. It is also believed that some of the chemicals in coffee could help reduce inflammation, which is a common factor with the onset of numerous diseases. Some evidence also suggests that coffee slows down some of the metabolic processes that drive aging. Sure, like many foods and nutrients, too much coffee can cause problems, but studies have shown that drinking up to four 8-ounce cups of coffee a day to be safe for most people. So the next time someone offers their guests a cup and some opt for a diet soda, you may want to remind folks of the latest news on coffee as well as on diet soda. As pointed Out last week, an observational study published by the American Heart Association suggests that people who drink artificially sweetened beverages showed an increased risk of developing stroke or dementia. Back pain treatments Back pain is something that affects at least two out of three people in this country sometime in their life. If you see a doctor about the problem, they are likely to suggest a number of different treatment options. Chiropractic spinal manipulation will likely not be among them. Yet, according to recent f'mdings, for initial treatment of lower back pain, it may be time for physicians to rethink their biases against this practice. According to a recent report in the New York Times by Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, spinal manipulation as well as other less traditional therapies like heat, meditation and acupuncture have shown over time to be as effective as many prescriptive medical therapies and as safe, if not safer than traditional medical approaches. Though many doctors continue to be skeptical about the benefits of this form of treatment, many patients suffering with the problem clearly don't share such concerns. A large survey conducted from 2002 through 2006 of back pain sufferers found that more than 30 percent sought chiropractic care. Dr. Carroll refers to evidence from 15 randomized controlled trials, which included more than 1,700 patients showing that spinal manipulation generated an improvement in pain in study participants. Spinal manipulation also resulted in improvements in function. Because they fear the potential harm of a practice they don't clearly understand, some physicians are hesitant to refer patients to chiropractors or even physical therapists for care. Yet, in all the studies mentioned, no serious adverse effects were reported. Prescription pain medications for back problems such as opioids, can lead not only to huge costs, but drug abuse and addiction. While visiting a chiropractor may cost more than taking a non-narcotic pain medication, invasive forms of medical interventions can add up to a staggering amount. Studies show that, generally speaking, users of complementary and alternative medicine spend less money overall for back pain treatment than users of only traditional medicine. The ideal approach is to treat the symptoms and let the body heal, says Dr. Carroll. Noninvasive therapies seem to do that well enough, he adds. Write to Chuck Norris (info@creators.com) with your questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2015 chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn F mmm m m m m m m m m m m m II SENIOR Wednesday, May 24 Chicken enchiladas, spanish | MENU rice, steamed peas, fruit cup, caramel pudding Monday, May 22 | Beef stew, minted pears, Thursday, May 25 apple juice, whole grain Swiss steak, steamed | roll spinach, mashed potatoes, apricots, slice of bread | Tuesday, May 23 | Baked chicken, mixed Friday, May 26 vegetables, brown rice, Pasta primavera, sliced | strawberries, whole grain melon, juice, whole grain roll roll | *Vegetarian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal I ***This item's menu may contain over 1,000 mg of Sodium | Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenville,- | 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsden | -open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested - | donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each | senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. Noon at all sites. L m m m --= --= =m --= --= --= --= =m =m J Wed, May 17 Greenville: Plumas County Behavioral Health, in partnership with Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center, is celebrating opening of Plumas County's Wellness and Family Resource Center, 414 Main St. Public is welcome, 1 - 4 p.m. Refreshments served. For information, call Elizabeth Brunton, 283-6307. Quincy: Rural Northern California: the Future of Health Care Coverage? Quincy Library, 445 Jackson St., 6 - 7:30 p.m. Presentation by T. Abraham, regional vice president, Hospital Council, Northern and Central California; Peggy Wheeler, vice president, Rural Health and Governance, California Hospital Association; and Mimi Hall, director, Plumas County Public Health Agency. Free and open to the public. Thu, May 18 Blairsden: "The History of the Feather River Trust" with Carl Chavez will highlight the Feather River Land Trust's efforts in preserving open space throughout the Feather River Watershed. At MCRC, corner of highways 89 and 70 near Corner Barn, 5:30 p.m. Of interest to residents of Eastern Plumas County is the acquisition of over 3,600 acres from the Maddalena, Smith and Noble properties. Free, though a $5+ suggested donation is welcome to help fund MCRC. Light refreshments served. For more information or to RSVP, call MCRC: 836-0446. Quincy: Drunk Brush Wine Bar, Grover Alley at 438 Main St., is proud to present the art of James Johnson at opening reception. Entrance to the reception, which begins at 6 p.m., is free and guests can enjoy complimentary light snacks and an optional $10 open wine tasting of 10 to 12 varietal wines. Plumas Rapids swim team is getting ready for season with an opportunity for swimmers to register May 18, and Wednesday, May 24, at Plumas Christian School, 49 S. Lindan Ave., Quincy, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sign-up packets are also available at Carey Candy Co. and Central Plumas~County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call Shannon Little, swim team president, at 927-7990. Fri, May 19 Chester: Spaghetti Feed fundraiser for Femando Conchas, 5 - 7:30 p.m., 164 Main St. Tickets $12/person, available at door. Hosted by Lake Almanor Elks. Mt. Lassen Theatre shows "Lion," 7 p.m., 200 Main St. $5 donation, children under 12 must be accompanied by adult. For information, call 258-3009. Sponsored by MLCC. Crescent Mills: Design Inspiration Event. Meet local designer Moorea Hoffman, founder of Kitcheneering and speaker for National Kitchen and Bath Association. Learn about latest trends, get inspiration for your home remodel project, make your design budget go further with free resources and tips. Crescent Mills Boutique, 15771 Hwy, 89, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Enter to win Free consultation with Moorea. Sat, May 20 Beckwourth: ATV/UTV Poker Run for Rotary Club of Portola, check-in 9 - 11 a.m. at Diamond S Ranch in Sierra Valley, 2634 County Rd. A-3. $35 registration fee, extra poker hands available. Lunch served noon - 2 p.m. For information, call Rotary at 927-9743 or visit atvpokerrun.com. Cromberg: Long Valley Fire hosts Clean-up Scavenger Hunt at fire station. Come to this community clean-up and appreciation day to find everything "hidden" around the fire house -- leaves, branches, pine needles, cigarette butts, food wrappers, pine cones -- the list goes on. Don't forget to bring gloves, brooms, rakes, pitchforks and shovels. Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and soda and fire truck tours. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Graeagle: Feather River chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts 13th annual Junior Fishing Derby for kids 12 and under at the Mill Pond, with lines casting off at 7 a.m. For information, visit frtu.org, or phone 249-0444. Greenville: Spring Shindig and Talent Show 2017 at the Greenville Community Center. An important annual fundraiser for the Community Center, this family fun event includes Bavarian style dinner offering brats, German potato salad, roasted vegetables with Black Forest caf6 for dessert. No Host Bar will open at 5 p.m. with beer, wine, soft drinks, soft pretzels and mustard dips. You'll have an opportunity to vote for your favorite local talent and try your luck with 50/50 drawing. Help support gymnastics, judo and exercise programs held at the Center along with maintaining the playground, garden, Bouncy House and facilities for meetings and events. Dinner and talent show tickets are $20, show only tickets for $10, and children 8 and under $10. Tickets are available at CounW Styles Salon and Sterling Sage. Call 284-0990 for information and tickets. Volunteers are always appreciated. Also, visit info.ivrpd@gmail.com. Johnsville: Blacksmith training on the anvil with Dennis Black, 10 a.m. -2 p.m., at Plumas-Eureka State Park. For information, call PESPA, 836-1995. Lake Almanor: Inaugural Chamber Golf Tournament - Bailey Creek Golf Course, 433 Durkin Dr., beginning at 10 a.m. Open to public. 4-person scramble with prizes for closest to pin every par 3 hole and men's and women's longest drive. Silent auction and drawing prizes. $95/person. Loyalton: Plumas Sierra Cattlewomen host free event for those interested in joining the organization, 2 to 4 p.m., at Sierra Brooks Lodge. The Cattlewomen will serve a traditional English style afternoon tea in an elegant, relaxing atmosphere, including presentations, goodie bags and drawings. First year membership is free for those 18 years and under. For reservations, contact Lynn Stewart, membership chair, 994-1031 or Stacy Estrada, publicity chair, 320-0764. Quincy: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship hosts a Volunteer Trail Day on Mt Hough. Meet at Plumas County Fairground's lower campground off Lee road at 8:15 a.m. Trail Kids program also available -- so bring the family. Breakfast, lunch and community BBQ included. For information, call Mandy Beatty, 517-8409. QHS Class of 2019 holds its Rubber Duck Race fundraiser, releasing a group of rubber ducks down Spanish Creek, starting just above the Gansner Park bridge, beginning 10 a.m. Adopt a rubber duck, with the first duck to cross the finish line declared the winner: first place receives $150, second place $125 and third place gets $75. Winners need not be present to receive their prize. Ducks are $10 each or three ducks for $25. For information, email Sam Langdale at slangdale20@pcoe.k12.ca.us or Connor Caiazzo at ccaiazzo59@pcoe.k12.ca.us. 19th annual Feather River College Production Horse Sale, FRC horse facility. Sale day preview, 9 a.m.; sale, 1 p.m. Ranch Versatility Sale Preview Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit FRC Foundation: Equine Studies. For information, visit frc.edu/equinestudies or call 283-0202, ex. 272. Plumas Children's Council presents 29th annual Children's Fair, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Free admission. Climbing wall, entertainment, food and beverages, music, big rigs and trucks, pony rides and more. Bring the whole family. Sat - Sun, May 20 - 21 Chester: Chester Community Chorus presents "Spring is Busting Out All Over," under the direction of Jane Brown, Chester United Methodist Church, Hwy. 36 at Glenwood Dr. Saturday: 7 p.m., Sunday: 3 p.m. A donation of $5 is collected at door. Your contribution provides continued support. Sun, May 21 Quincy: Community "Heart Bombing" to show community love for 50 Church Street. 12:30 -! :30 p.m.: Come have=a picnic~the lawn LEnjoy live music & purchase goodies from food & craft vendors; 1:30 p.m.: Heart making begins, speakers share history and memories; 3 p.m.: Place hearts on the building; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Food, merchants & music still available to enjoy. TuB, May 23 Maybe: May (Memorial Day) Veteran's Dinner at Calpine Elks Lodge on Hwy. 70 West of Portola, 5 - 7 p.m. Free of charge. Quincy: Quincy High School is presenting the QHS Senior Expo, 4 - 6 p.m., on the Courthouse lawn. Come see the senior projects that students have worked on this year. Thu, May 25 Graeagle: Plumas County Republican Women meet at home of Jackie Luckey, 858 Smith Creek Road, in Graeagle, with speaker Susan Tully, national field director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Business meeting begins 11 a.m. with luncheon at noon, followed by speaker. Luncheon reservations, $20 per person, may be made with Liz Holston, 836-4428, by Sunday, May 21. Public is invited to attend the luncheon and this noted speaker, or come for the speaker only. Greenville: Plumas County Behavioral Health, in partnership with Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center, is celebrating opening of Plumas County's Wellness and Family Resource Center, 280 E. Sierra St. and 164 Ridge St. Public is welcome, 1 -4 p.m. Refreshments served. For information, call Elizabeth Brunton, 283-6307. Meadow Valley: Plumas County District 4 Supervisor Lori Simpson holds a community meeting for Meadow Valley residents to discuss Internet service issues at 6:30 p.m. at the Meadow Valley Community Schoolhouse. All Meadow Valley residents are welcome to attend. For information, call Supervisor Simpson at 283-0317. Quincy: Plumas County Youth Council invites the community to Parents Night, 6 p.m., in the Mineral Building at Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds. Fri, May 26 Chester: Last Friday of each month, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Elks Lodge-Lake Almanor hosts Fish Fry, 164 Main St. $10 per person. Tickets available at door. (No Fish Fry November and December.) Mt. Lassen Theatre shows "Collateral Beauty," 7 p.m., 200 Main St. $5 donation, children under 12 must be accompanied by adult. For information, call 258-3009. Sponsored by MLCC. 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