Thursday, May 26, 2016

Are you getting enough sleep?


Are you getting enough sleep?  New studies are shedding light on why people eat unhealthier food, and more of them, when they don't get enough sleep.

Researchers say insufficient sleep (6.5 hours or less) is associated with negative behaviors and physical consequences, such as:  increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, weakened immunity and an increased tendency to get sick, weakened cognitive functions including memory, alertness and decision-making, increased impulsiveness, risk-taking and addictive behavior, and eating more and eating more unhealthy foods.  

Dr. St-Onge, researcher at Columbia University Medical Center, found that what we eat may affect sleep quality.  When individuals were allowed to eat what they wanted, those who ate more fiber had more slow-wave sleep.  Those who had a greater sugar intake has more arousals in the middle of the night.  What you eat during the day can impact how you sleep.  AND your sleep at night  influences your appetite and food choices during the day.

Highlights from "Sleep" in Health and Wellness section, Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2016.

So give yourself a treat and turn in a little early tonight!

Excerpt in the Friday Broadcast from Ambassador and Queen Sunny Mathews, Jacksonville, FL.

Sunny is the Queen of the Virtual Fit ' Fabulous chapter which is made up of over 400 enthusiastic Members who share an interest in fitness.

A wonderful way to make new friends;
 The Red Hat Society.

There’s only one. Join the Fun!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


A "Hoot" is our word for an unstructured and extremely informal gathering of RHS Members. It's usually a one-day event. Sometimes (but not always) it involves a train with Members traveling from near and far to meet at one location. We pick a place and go there in mass, gather briefly to say hello, then go our merry ways to lunch or shop or meander. The key to a Hoot is that each participant is responsible for her own reservations, transportation et cetera. There can be a theme but definitely no formal program as such.

If you've never "hooted" before, don't miss this. Check the RHS Online Calendar for events in your area. If you don't find one listed, consider throwing one yourself.

Variety – Unless you're organizing the hoot around a specific event you'll want to pick a location that has lots of different options for fun. Shopping areas with a variety of stores, or downtown areas are good for this. 

Centrality – Try to pick a place that's central to all of the Hatters who will be attending. After all, you want as many people to come as possible!

The Red Hat Society has certainly been in the news lately. The world is taking notice; so let's all be ready! When the press or a potential new member asks what we gorgeous ladies are all about – and you know they will – just give them your best smile and say:

The Red Hat Society is the world's largest play group for women. WE encourage women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, sisterhood. We would love to invite you to become a member at Women join the Society and then they are free to participate in local chapters.

For the Press, please refer them directly to for the latest information. If you are interviewed, don't forget to email our PR department and send them the links to your articles and coverage. They want to give you the publicity you deserve.

Pick a date, time frame and location. Hoots feel spontaneous but they are planned in advance.

Location is important! Be sure to pick a good spot for your Hoot. The best locations have three features:
Transportation – Since Hatters may be arriving from lots of different locations, you'll need to take transportation into account. Find a gathering place that's near good parking for those arriving by car, a train station, or even bus routes. Make it as easy as possible to get there.

       Post it on the RHS Calendar
       Simply spread the word through an email or phone call
       Post it on Facebook or Twitter or QMB
       Run a free ad in your local online neighborhood publication
       Notify the press!

Remember to contact the city offices to let them know what you have planned. The Chamber of Commerce may help spread the word to local shops and restaurants to let them know you are coming. This way the shopkeepers can feature their red, purple, pink and lavender merchandise and the restaurants will have plenty of staff on hand.

On the day of the Hoot, trust that they will come!
The hostess will informally greet everyone at the arrival time and official start the festivities.  Then everyone is on their own to meet, greet, shop, and in general create their own fun-filled day.

We’re not quite done yet!
AFTER THE HOOT! Please send your pictures and stories to with the subject line of RHs World Wide Hoot. 

Good luck and don’t forget your KAZOOS!

Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sue's Corner

Dear Hatters,
A designer named Jessi Arrington once commented:  “It is almost physiologically impossible to be in a bad mood when you’re wearing bright red pants.
” My initial, knee-jerk reaction was to disagree with her.  Over the years I have often found myself suddenly feeling self-conscious about this or that item of clothing I had chosen to wear, fearing that I should have worn something less attention-getting.  And doing so wound up putting me in a bad mood, thus proving that donning bright red pants does NOT make it impossible to be in a bad mood.   But it was the “old me” who would have worried about those things.  Dear Sisters, please excuse my near lapse into stodginess!   We Red Hatters refuse to worry about such things!
The fact is, I have often worn bright red pants in public - when I was out Hatting!  I have also worn piles of fake jewels, towering, plume-topped hats, enormous cat’s eye sunglasses and even high-heeled red tennis shoes (although I caution all of you against wearing them, as I did, while marching in a parade).  But of course my outlook on a whole lot of things has been permanently altered by the Red Hat Society.
  It’s hard to believe it now, but in our early years many women were hesitant to join us because they thought that merely pairing purple clothing and red hats was pretty outrageous.  Inevitably that attitude changed and it was fun to see women who had formerly been quite shy and retiring venture out in ever-larger hats, ever-brighter colors and even pounds of fake jewels – in broad daylight!

Since then we have come to glory in our self-bestowed freedom to express our light-hearted, fun sides in all kinds of ways.  But nowhere is it more obvious than in our clothes.   So bring on the bra hats and the purses that look like corsets!  Bring on scads of purple petticoats worn with red tights and  outrageous outfits, each one crazier than the last!

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t times when we decide, on a whim, to gussy ourselves up in sophisticated finery, perhaps topped by the ultimate in sophistication, a Luke Song hat. I sometimes enjoy doing that; perhaps you do too – if only to demonstrate our unpredictability. What is more fun than surprising people – including ourselves?  The point is that we don’t consider ourselves obligated to conform to any particular stereotype.  As we have always done, we encourage every Member to choose her own sartorial path and we know that it may vary from day to day.   No matter what our outfit consists of, our colors will always serve to identify who we are and what we are about.
But, having said this, I have a confession to make: just yesterday I was shopping for a few new items of regalia that I need for San Antonio this summer,  and I lucked into a fabulous buy – on a pair of bright red pants!  I came home happy.  I guess that proves that Jessi Arrington was right!

In friendship,

Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother