Welcome February!

Happy month of love! This month we will be spreading love throughout our community. Residents will be making Valentine cards and stuffing goodie bags for participants in the Meals on Wheels program. I would also like to start taking a few residents to the Animal Welfare Friends of Jones County where they can play and cuddle with the cats and dogs or help in any way needed. February also marks American Heart Month. According to the CDC heart disease is the leading cause of heart for both men and women. Throughout the month we will be raising awareness for heart disease and how we can prevent it. On Friday, February 2nd I ask that staff and residents wear RED to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease. A group picture will be taken by the fireplace following bingo.

Other events in February include Groundhog Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Winter Olympics Begin, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, the start of lent and Presidents Day. Throughout the month we will be doing several activities to celebrate these events. We will be making heart picture frames, painting puzzle pieces to make into a heart wreath, playing games, such as "Throw Me Some Beads" and "Gimme Your Heart Game," discussing the presidents with trivia and fun facts and have a Mardi Gras celebration on National Margarita Day.

We will also be starting a cooking class with Chef Jason this month. This class we be held the first Tuesday of the month at 2:15 pm. Each month Chef Jason will show the residents how to make a new dish. This is a good way for residents to try new dishes that may be added to the menu. Food suggestions are welcome! Lastly, I would like to remind families and volunteers that I am no longer sending the newsletter in the mail unless you tell me you would still like to receive it in the mail. You can do so by calling or stopping by. Otherwise, you can find the newsletter on monticellocampus.com where you can subscribe to the newsletter and receive it in an email each month.

Heather Dudley, Recreation Program Director

Staff & Residents wear RED on Friday, February 2