National Ice Cream Month

Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough
SAC’s Enrichment Center

Who doesn’t love ice cream? July is National Ice Cream Month. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. In his proclamation, President Reagan requested that everyone observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Ice cream is a fun, nutritious food enjoyed by over 90 percent of the population. The average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year. But, just like anything in life, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Ice cream is high in sugar, fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. However, there is an array of treats to fit special dietary needs, such as reduced-fat, fat-free, low-carb, “no sugar added,” or lactose-free ice cream.
Many consumers consider eating ice cream an indulgence. Even though ice cream is fattening, it does have some health benefits. It’s rich in minerals–calcium and phosphorus– and vitamins. Ice cream is a great source of energy. And, it prevents mood swings. Eating ice cream makes people happy. Scientists found that a spoonful of ice cream lights up the same pleasure area in the brain as listening to your favorite music.

There is a large selection of premium products for those ice cream connoisseurs. Innovative flavors like death by chocolate, honey roasted peanut butter, strawberry cheesecake, or salted caramel craze sound wonderful. Yet, vanilla is still America’s No. 1 choice. Out of curiosity, we researched the top ice cream flavors in America and were not surprised at our findings. They are vanilla, chocolate, cookies ‘n cream, strawberry and mint chocolate chip.

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 16. That will be a good reason to indulge in your favorite ice cream treat–whether it’s a “no sugar added” fudge pop or a banana split with three flavors of ice cream covered in caramel, hot fudge and strawberries. Happy ice cream eating.

Weekly Activities
Thursday, July 13
• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.
• Noon – “500” cards.
Friday, July 14
• 7:30-9:30 a.m. – Breakfast.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Lunch.
Monday, July 17
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9:30 a.m. – Wellness Walking.
Tuesday, July 18
• 9:30 a.m. – crochet.
• 10 a.m. – Adult Coloring.
• 10 a.m. – Knit & Stitch.
• Noon – “Hand and Foot” Cards.
Wednesday, July 19
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9 a.m. – Cribbage.
Thursday, July 20
• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.
• Noon – “500” cards.
• 1 p.m. – Senior Day at Isanti County Fair.

Upcoming Events
• Thursday, July 20: Arboretum in Chanhanssen. Leave Sac’s Enrichment Center at 8:15 a.m. We will board the Arboretum Trumpet Creeper Tram at 10:30 a.m. for a narrated tour of the 1,215 acres of gardens and woodlands highlighting the many collections, display gardens and demonstration gardens. A little time will be spent at the gift shop and then we will go to lunch at Maynard’s on Lake Minnetonka. We still have room for three more people. Call immediately to sign up. Cost is $21 for admission and tram ride and $15 for transportation.
• Thursday, July 20: Senior Day at Isanti County Fair. We will be honoring our 2017 Outstanding Seniors, Judy Hegstrom and Arne Everson. The program starts at 1 p.m. near the beer garden. Entertainment and treats will be provided.
• Thursday, Aug. 10: Midwest Country Show. Dan Lund, Gloria Jean, Dan Gaarder, Railroad Rob. Get out your boots and hop the bus to Sandstone Minnesota. We might eat at the new restaurant at the Casino in Hinckley. Trip fills up quickly so call ASAP.