Hy-Vee dietitian speaks to Morning Optimists

The Morning Optimist Club of Marshalltown held its weekly meeting Tuesday at the Hy-Vee Dining Room. President John Hall opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, and then led an invocation.

Bing McHone reported that flags in the storage shed had been inventoried, with a count of 538 flags. Repairs still need to be done on a few, however.

Dorothy McHone announced that applications for the Tom Stanley Memorial Scholarship will be scored at 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the Helland home. Volunteers are needed for scoring.

New officer elections were held to fill positions that end at the end of September. Lonnie Hogeland, Sr., Cathy Manning and Ray Helland will fill the Board of Directors positions, and Leigh Bauder will fill the 2nd Vice-President position, all beginning Oct. 1.

Don Pfeiffer, Iowa District Governor-Elect, was a special guest at the meeting. Pfeiffer, a member of the Washington Optimist Club, encouraged the group members to attend the May 10 District meeting to be held in Des Moines. The Optimist International President will be in attendance at that meeting. Pfeiffer also announced that Bing McHone has accepted the appointment to the Zone 7 Lieutenant Governor position, to begin Oct. 1.

April Program Chair Linda Moore introduced Hannah Kubicek as the guest speaker for the day. Kubicek, the Hy-Vee Dietitian, led the group around the store, pointing out the NuVal scores for several types of food. She explained that the higher the score, the more nutritious a food tends to be. Ingredients that contribute to lower scores include trans-fat, cholesterol, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar. NuVal scores are located on the shelf price tag for the items. Kubicek also pointed out the importance of choosing foods with sufficient fiber, meats with less fat and juices with less sugar.

Kubicek also demonstrated the MyPlate food guide recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture. The guide suggests that people fill half of their meal plate with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with a protein and the other quarter with a grain. The system replaces the former pyramid recommendations for choosing foods.

Hall closed the meeting with the group recitation of the Optimist Creed. The Morning Optimist Club of Marshalltown meets at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Hy-Vee Dining Room. Guests are welcome. The club’s website is at www.morningoptimists.org.