Food for Thought: Walk with Ease

January 13, 2023

Arthritis is the cause of disability for one in five adults and 300,000 children. The Arthritis Foundation ( is dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the intolerable impact of this serious and painful disease, which can severely damage joints and hinder people from living life to the fullest.

Walk with Ease is a free Arthritis Foundation fitness program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with the Walk with Ease program. Benefits of the program include:

· Motivating yourself to get in great shape

· Walking safely and comfortably

· Improving flexibility, strength, and stamina

· Reducing pain and feeling better

Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina have shown that Walk with Ease reduces pain, increases balance and strength, and improves overall health.

Starting January 24, 2023, I will be offering Walk with Ease at the Smith County Senior Center. Each session will include a health-related discussion and a self-paced group walk. Our one-hour classes will meet three times per week for six weeks and are designed to be relaxing and enjoyable.

For more information on the Walk with Ease program, contact Mary Parker Draper at the UT Extension office at 615-735-2900.

Honey Bun Cake

1 box yellow cake mix

8 oz sour cream

2/3 cup oil

4 eggs

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

For glaze:

1/2 cup milk

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix cake mix, sour cream, oil, and eggs together and spread half the mixture in a greased and floured 9×13 cake pan. Then, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over cake batter in pan. Spread remaining cake batter over this mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. For the glaze, combine milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Poke holes in cake with fork when it comes out of the oven, then pour glaze over cake. Submitted by Anna Rossington, Defeated FCE Club.