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2019 Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff Results

Members of our Chili Cookoff Committee spent the day serving up Carol’s famous Chili and getting attendees to “Come on Down” to try their luck at spinning our wheel or playing Plinko.

On February 16th, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia participated in the 14th annual MFA Oil Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff presented by JES Holdings at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. This is one of our favorite events and we have been the Prestin’ Sponsor since 2007. In the weeks leading up to the Chili Cookoff, JES teamed up with The Village of Bedford Walk and held fundraising events within our offices as well as in the community. With everyone’s support we were able to donate a total of $6,859 at the event winning us the Third Biggest Bowl Award.

At the event itself, businesses from the community create booths and serve up their best chili recipes. This year the JES booth theme was The Spice is Right, complete with a functional Plinko Board and Wheel. Our committee and The Village of Bedford Walk residents had so much fun creating this booth, but not as much fun as the kids did playing for prizes! Check out how awesome it looked below.

We cannot thank all those who donated during this fundraising process enough; with our support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia reached their goal of $115,000 at the event. A special thank you to our sponsors from the community for their donation: Banacom Instant Signs of Missouri, Metro Electric, River City Drywall, Western States Fire Protection, Presley’s Glass Company, Meek’s, Sherwin Williams and Mid City Lumber.

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Maintaining Health while Aging: Advice from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

On Wednesday, March 13, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day. In honor of this day, we talked to Cindy Bunte, MS, RDN, about ways to keep health a priority as you age.

What are some facts you learned in your RDN training that surprised you?

I always knew that eating fruits and vegetables was important, but, in my training, I learned the mentality that food is medicine. In particular, fruits and vegetables fit into this way of thinking because they supply many vitamins and minerals, plant chemicals, fiber, etc. Due to all of these benefits, fruits and vegetables are our greatest protection against disease.

What common misconceptions do people have about health?

When some people decide that they want to work on their health, many sometimes concentrate on working out more than on changing their eating habits or vice versa. It is a combination of both that will give them the best results.

Why is it so important for people to focus on maintaining their health as they age?

Eating well and being active can make a dramatic difference in the quality of your life!

How should seniors approach their health differently as they age?

As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass.  Some older adults do not get the protein they need to maintain muscle mass, fight infection and recover from an accident or injury. Below are some simple and economical ways to increase protein:

  1. Add more beans to your diet. It is easy to add beans to salads, soups, casseroles, etc.
  2. Eat a variety of nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.). You can spread nut butter on whole grain bread, crackers, fruits and vegetables.
  3. Eggs are also a good source of protein! Try adding hard boiled eggs or egg whites to any dish.

What are a few general pieces of advice you would give to seniors about their health?

  1. Resistance training is significant to preventing muscle loss.
  2. Ensure you eat an adequate amount of protein.
  3. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake.
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Happy American Heart Month!

Photo credit to Valparaiso University

February is American Heart Month, a month dedicated to encouraging Americans to focus on their heart health. It is the perfect time to get educated about the risks of heart disease and simple ways to help prevent it.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the world with more than 17.9 million deaths each year. According to the American Heart Association, however, about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented with education and action.

Even small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference for your heart. Here are some ways to take control of your heart health this month and every month:

  • Avoid smoking. Smoking damages the blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease.
  • Manage conditions. Work with health care professionals to manage risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Make heart-healthy eating changes. Swapping out foods high in sodium for fruits and vegetables can help lower blood pressure.
  • Stay active. Being more active can lower your blood pressure, boost your levels of good cholesterol and keep your weight under control.

Learn more about American Heart Month here.

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At JES Holdings and our affiliate companies, we often post exciting news and updates on our social media accounts. Feel free to follow the below accounts for JES | Prime Senior Living and The Village of Bedford Walk to keep track of what is going on with our residents, employees and more!

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The Village of Bedford Walk Celebrates the Holiday Season

The holiday season is an exciting time at The Village of Bedford Walk. This year, residents celebrated with a holiday open house, Christmas music festival, New Year’s Eve celebration and many more fun activities.

Our first event was Snowflakes and Cupcakes, a wintry open house for residents, friends and family. We had a photo booth, lots of food and, of course, cupcakes. The photo booth was a big hit, and the children loved the cupcake-decorating station in our Magnolia Room.

One of our residents, Paul, came to The Village of Bedford Walk team and asked to plan a musical Christmas performance for the other residents. The show featured Paul on the piano, other residents and even a few Bedford team members, including our Maintenance Technician, Rick, and Concierge, Lisa. It was a full house! Everyone enjoyed singing along to holiday classics, and we hope it will become an annual tradition.

To celebrate New Year’s Eve, we brought in professional Karaoke DJ, Bernard. Residents sang and danced while snacking on delicious food from Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge. We also had the TVs set to the Liberty Bowl football game so that we could cheer on the Missouri Tigers. We did not make it to midnight, but we wrapped up our party with a champagne toast and sang the traditional “Auld Lang Syne” song to celebrate.

In between these big events, we also celebrated the holiday season with a ‘Winter Punderland’ game, the return of Buddy the Elf (our Elf on the Shelf), an ugly holiday sweater social hour, musical performances from school children and even a party for the Bedford team, put together by our thoughtful residents.

Our holiday decorations have come down now but we had a wonderful holiday season, and now we are ready for 2019!

The holiday season is an exciting time at The Village of Bedford Walk. This year, residents celebrated with a holiday open house, Christmas music festival, New Year’s Eve celebration and many more fun activities.
The holiday season is an exciting time at The Village of Bedford Walk. This year, residents celebrated with a holiday open house, Christmas music festival, New Year’s Eve celebration and many more fun activities.
The holiday season is an exciting time at The Village of Bedford Walk. This year, residents celebrated with a holiday open house, Christmas music festival, New Year’s Eve celebration and many more fun activities.
The holiday season is an exciting time at The Village of Bedford Walk. This year, residents celebrated with a holiday open house, Christmas music festival, New Year’s Eve celebration and many more fun activities.
The holiday season is an exciting time at The Village of Bedford Walk. This year, residents celebrated with a holiday open house, Christmas music festival, New Year’s Eve celebration and many more fun activities.
The holiday season is an exciting time at The Village of Bedford Walk. This year, residents celebrated with a holiday open house, Christmas music festival, New Year’s Eve celebration and many more fun activities.
The holiday season is an exciting time at The Village of Bedford Walk. This year, residents celebrated with a holiday open house, Christmas music festival, New Year’s Eve celebration and many more fun activities.
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Providence Bank Hosts Residents for a Mizzou Women’s Basketball Game

On Friday, November 16, Providence Bank graciously offered The Village of Bedford Walk residents and team members a night in their suite at Mizzou Arena for a women’s basketball game.

Our community shuttle drove residents to the arena, where the suite was stocked with snacks and beverages. We filled our plates high with chicken, hotdogs, chips and dip, cookies, popcorn and veggies. Although the Tigers lost in the end, it was a close game, and we all had a great time cheering and dancing along with the crowd. Everyone agreed this was the best way to enjoy a game – what is better than door-to-door transportation, a suite ready with delicious food and watching a game with friends?

Thank you to Providence Bank and our host, Craig!

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