Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
__ Friday, May 4, 1973 THI UTHBRIOGIS HWAID 17 Playtime a spoonful of sugar Happiness is shar Mrs. Charlotte Hughes, left, a play lady at S-t. Michael's Hospllal, gets tcgsther with six-year-old Barclay Hopman for a laugh over a comic book. Volunteer play ing a comic book ladies are needed to expand the program, which is designed io combat hc-nesickness and loneliness by keep- ing small patients occupied with crafts and stories. Starvation diet no way to lose weight By MAUREEN JAMIESON Family Editor The play ladies are Afternoons are notoriously long and dreary in a chil- dren's hospital ward, but when the play ladies amve at St. Michael's, the playroom sterts to buzz v.ith activity. Busy little hands are soon transforming papzr plates in- to clocks, under the able tute- lage of Marlens Pi'.iman and Charlotte Hughes, two mem- bers of the hospital's auxili- ary. The children come in all si2es, from toddlers to a sol- emn young man of Raven. Young Mark finishes first and holds his clock aloft. Solemnly he points to the 12, showing hk frier.ds the all- important dinner hour. Clifford causes momentary confusion by purloining his neighbor's timepiece He wants one for each hand Donna hctigs onto hers with grim determination. She expects to go home in an hour or two. and plars to take it be- A play lady reeches over and punches a pair of holes at the top of the clock Donna can hang it by a thread Neil works on his clock with one hand, swinging a mobile with the other. The mobile creates a great deal or all round. It is a mast unlikely combination cl sausage, spo'ted Easter egg. ccte-rf'J1 ball end sillier a mod-stvie dill pickle or green and velbw For these youngsters, play tterapy is a spoonful of sug- ar that helps the hospital medicine go dov.T.. LOTS OF COMFORT "We would like to have it every day.'' Mrs. Hugh- es. "But SD far. the best we can do is three times a adds Mrs. Pittman. The play ladks help the children with crafts and col- oring, read to them, and sometimes "just comfort" Mrs. Hughes says "they often just have to be comforted. sessions last till just after supper, from two till about she explains, and tha program "varies from day to day. It depends on the children and how sick tl-ey are. "Between eight and 10 chil- dren usually stick around." says Mrs. Pittman, and the bngterm patients appreciate the program most. "They're the ones that real- ly enjoy coming in and look forward to it. "Nurses are encouraging play therapy in the morning, bscause prr.nts crnie in the altercoon." she points out "With the playroom super- vised, the nurses can go about their business." Otherwise the children are inclined "to throw the toys around and gst frisky." A mother pokes her head atound the door. A small bay's light up. and he rushes out to join her. In a surprisingly short time he heads back- to finish his clock. "Anything they make they can take Mrs. Pi'.t- man says. "Mostly, it's to amuse themselves and to show to their parents. CHANGING GROUPS "The average attention span varies. Sometimes they're in and out. Sometimes they're absorbed and stay right through. "Each tims you come." says Mrs. Hughes, "it's a dif- ferent group, that responds differently." Gradually the clocks are finished and laid aside. Mother's Day cards are next on the agenda. One col- ored klcenex is gathered into a flower, two bright green pipe cbaners are twisted to form stem and leaf, and all are stuck to a folded sheet o! paper with a liberal supply of ccotch tape. The card is ready for the final to Mother- carefully printed inside, wjih varying degrees of assistance from an obliging play lady. The play lady program was discontinued by the hospital two years ago, but was rein- stated recently "mainly a: a request by the head nurse.'' according to Mrs. Pittman. St. Mikes' final class of stu- dent nurses graduates this month. "I think it's going to a big difference with no stu- dents on the says Mrs. Pittman. MATERIALS SUPPLIED Even when there were no play ladies at St. Mike's, the auxiliary "always kept an in- terest always kept supplies for the children crayons and coloring books and Mrs. Pittman points out. "And we made an appeal to the public for toys and games st the first of the year and had a good she says. "Really, this is most re- v.arding'for anyone who children or anyone with time to spare an hour or two a Mrs. Hughes con- cludes. Two very small, very new. patients wander into the room and hover in the back- ground, wistfully watching the activity. Gradually, they inch nearer and nearer the table. Soon they, too, will gather up a kleenex. twist two pipe cbaners. manhandle the big roll of scotch tape, and call on a friendly play lady to help them "print Love to Mother j if leiidar of local napp PETERBOROUGH. 0 n t. While everyone is la- menting the high prices of food thsse a Peterbor- ough woman is quietly show- ing people to fc-sd their families a perfectly balanced diet and at the same time guaranteeing sha can take a healthy slice off the food bills. Mrs." Dorcen Hick'in. the chief dietitian at PC crbor- cugh Civic Hospital, spends her days creating nutrition- ally balanced diets for pa- tients, and instructing over- weights and diabetics on how to eat properly "If people are eating pro- perly their grocery bills will go down." she said "That's a guarantee." The nutrition expert, who j recently participated in alu- ating a survey of Trent Uni- versity students' eating habits which showed 95 per cent were on pocr to dangerous diets, said it easy to eat pro- perly once a person under- stands how the body uses the food we eat. But few people do. "It is a very simple process really." she said. "Once you understand it you've got the key." WRONG TO SKIP JIEALS She said you need focd just as your car needs gas. and you need it every icur or live hours. Thai's because the maximum tune energy lasts from a meal is about four hours. By that time the glu- energy drawn by the body from the foods we eat, ard which is pumped into the blood from the dropped to a low level in the blood, kicking in your appetite as a signal for more food. "Whether you eat or net the body will satisfy its hunger. If you don't eat, the body begins to eat itself. The glucose level goes back up in the blood, and the hunger passes. And that's where people make a big mistake by think- ing they are losing excess fat by skipping meals. The body compensates for lack of energy by extracting enough protein from lean body weight (muscle struc- ture) to keep it going for an- other two hours. Obviously, eating up your muscles by skipping meals is no: a wise way to keep v.ciojit down It makes for weak peo- ple About six or seven hours after your last meal the en- ergy your body has taken from the muscles is used up. ABSORBS FAT Still in need of energy, the body enters into what Mrs. Hic'idin calls "the starvation cycle." It starts to eat up fat not storage fat, that stuff that sticks out over your belt. It eats up vital insulating fat that coats all the nerves throughout the body. And that causes headaches, tension and nervousness. She said prolonged practice of a diet that pushes you into the Starvation cycle hastens hard- ening or the arteries, senility, strokes, heart attacks, arthri- tis, gastric ulcers, and "mood that can "put you into ths psychiatric ward." Insterd of p-eventing obes- ity, you end up by inviting a host of disastrous diseases in later years. To avcid this you should eat every four or five hours And each rnsal should con- tain a m'xlure of the tines types cf carbohy- drates, protein, ar.d fat BODY STORES EXCESS Carbohydrate foods are the easiest ones for your body to break down into glucose. De- pending on which food in the carbohydrate group you eat you get energy lasting from a shoil time (for sweet things) to up io one hour Protein foods give energy lasting for two hours. When fat is included in a combina- tion of protein and carbohy- drates the energy is stretched out to four hours. If you over-eat, that is eat more food than your body can use. the excess will be stored as fat. "The only way to lose the storage frt is to stop storing love 2S... and out Senior citizens were enter-1 tained recently at the fifth an-1 i nual tea arranged by Tau Chap- ter. Beta Sigma Phi. v.iurfi, was held at" the Lethbridgc, i Auxiliary Hospital St. Augustine's sp-rag tea will be held Saturday with Mrs. E. V. Longford, president, Mrs. I G. L. Norman, JiSrs. D. S. i O'Connell and Mrs. Pcto Nicas, I receiving guests at the door. j Pourers be M-ssdames J R. Chapman, Central Church of, i of Christ: B. L. Noel. St. Pat- rick's: C. Hildcbrandt, St. Mary's: J. L Castles. First Baptist; N. E. Kloppsnbcr-g, McKillcp; and A. S. John-' 1 stone, St. Andrew's Presbyter- ian Servers will be members of the ACW Parish Guild, with fee Evening Branch ACW taking care of the kitchen. Carse Quittembaum sec- lion will be in charge cf the 'bake table: Myrtle Group will be in charge of the novelty j i table and treasurers for the' afternoon wi'l be Mrs. A. G Donaldson and Miss Mabel Graduates of the Canadian i Girls in Training will be honor- I ed Sunday at the regular 11 a.m. sarvice at McKillop Unit- ed Church There are 11 girls who completed the CGIT Barbara Allan. Judy Blakeley, 1 Pant Branch; Jo Anne Christie, Allison I Clark, Rhonda Cutforth, Kim Gray, Dorothy Hobbs, Linda Moser. Gay Plomp and Dorthy Reitsma. Leaders ot fhe graduards are I Mrs. Beth Cutforth and Mrs. Sharon Nyboff. i All members and leaders of 1 the CGIT and Explorer groups will accompany the girls and an informal coffee hour and re- j ception will follow in the church hall. knitting baby clothes in the eve- it." Mrs Hicklin said. "To do i this you have to eat balanced j meals even' four or five hours, when your appetite sig- nals. Eating ore msal a day i is vary unsatisfactory If you are still in doubt, lis- ten to your kids, not your ancestor 1 "Kids are neaily perfect." Mrs. Hicklin said. "Tncy al- ways know when they should i eat but we start to ruin them at a very early age. right from when we start to add 1 sugar to their fcnrula. If a i child is hungry an hour before dinner it is better that he eats a cookie and holds off his atv petite for a while than if he doesn't cat his body has to feed on itsel "We've been given a set of natural instincts. We should learn to follow them." THE BETTER HALF The regular meeting of Yasa Ave. ar.d 12th St. S. on Sunday i Ledge No. 579 v.ill be held Sun- from 2 to 4 p.m. There will D day at 6 p.m. A pctluck sup- j also be a demonstration of day, By Barnes psr- Wfll follow. Sr. Asta Hsge i batik, painting, etc. No charge. 1 will present slides. Southmmster Circle Square Dance Club will hold the regu- An Art Show for all city ele- i lar dance Saturday at p.m. m-ectary schools will be held at in Southminster hall. All Fleetwood-Bawden School, 9th dancers welcome. Usual iunch. PUBLIC 16 GAMES 2 JACKPOTS LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upstr EVERY THLIF .-8 p.m. "Bad news end good news. I had an accident pulling out of the garage 1 ran over the iawnmower." CASH BINGO ST. BASIL'S HAlL-Cor. T3fh St. end 6th Ave. N. FRIDAY, MAY 4th O'CLOCK 4th end 8th Games in 7 NUMBERS-! 2th Game 5 CARDS FOR OR 25e EACH BLACKOUT JACKPOT NUMBERS LUCKY NAME DRAW WORTH LUCKY NUMBER DRAW WORTH WEEKLY DRAW WORTH Personi Under 16 Years Not Allowed SPONSORED BY ST. BASH'S MEN'S CLUB mp DOWNTOWN LOCATION NOW OPEN 712 4th Avenue South (Next to the Post Office) ST. AUGUSTINE'S "SPRING TEA" PARISH HALL SATURDAY, MAY 5th to p.m. BAKE TABLE DOOR PRIZE NOVELTY TABLE i i Effective Juiv 1st, 1973, Blue Cross is introducing a new Deductible-Free, Co-Insurance-Free Group Contract Members enrolled in Groups that select the new Contract will be reim- bursed under the terms of the contract for expense incurred for the following: Hospital (semi or private Prescription Drugs Ambulance Clinical Psychologist Artificial Limbs and Braces Home Nursing Care Accidental Dental Care Naturopathic Services Theie is no limit on Hospital Benefits. This is an overall 00 Benefit limit for any one illness or disability under all Other Services. Benefits are available from the first dollar of expense incurred due to the absence of a deductible and prescription drugs are reimbursed 100r'j. Monthly rates for the new Group Contract are as follows: SINGLE CLASS 41 S 3.40 FAMILY CLASS 42 6.80 For further information on cur new offering, oiease complete and mail coupon below. TO" The Alberta Blue Cross Plan, 3 0025-108th Street, EDMONTON, Alberta. T5J 1K9 W.E OF COWANV ATTENTION OF ADDRESS CITY OR TOWrj NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES D Check if your firm is p-esently enrolerf in the standar.i Blue Cross Group Plan. ALBERTA BLUE CROSS PLAN Did you know The Canadian Mental Health Association provides the following services free: _ t I. _ .u Ml A DM ItMltiltt jttijt n finn- to rlPiO __ Twenty-four hours a day answering service. Some one is always available to help you in time of trouble. Phone 327-0100. Camping program serves 40 psychi- atric patients from Southern Alberta. Hospital volunteers take mentally ill patients bowling, golfing, shopping, to movies, etc. Rehabilitation and after to help ex-mental patients re-adjust to Special proginms and parties for aged, the sick, end the lonely.