Archive for March, 2011

Into the Mouth of Babes

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Heritage Newspapers recently ran an article on a U of M study of childhood obesity (March 17, 2011). They quoted Dr. Andrew Dettore from Downriver Pediatric Associates. Dr. Dettore said most children who are obese don’t eat at the table with their families.

Interesting, it makes you wonder if it’s the food you eat when you eat away from the table; or the thoughtless calorie consumption because you don’t focus on what you’re eating (focus is on the television, for instance); or the fact you aren’t interacting with people who care about you. There could be other factors, too.

It might not really matter why eating with the family impacts a child’s weight. What may be important is a decision to bring our families together for a meal several times a week.

How do we break a family’s decision to have an occasion “family table” to our kid’s collection of coaches, instructors, directors and leaders?

Konichiwa

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

As we watch pictures of long lines of Japanese waiting for food, aid and gasoline we’re struck by their patience and decency. In their humility they seem to acknowledge that the neighbor in front and behind them is likely to be as needy as they are themselves.

In the midst of a most unhealthy circumstance, it is a remarkable testament to connecting with others in healthy ways.

Slack Back, Jack

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Slack Back, Jack

We’ve made it clear March is connect with others month. Anyone out there looking for an excuse to disconnect once in a while? Enough connecting, already.

Connecting with your self is important too. People connect with self in solitude, through meditation, prayer or yoga. Mothers occasionally connect with self by way of a locked bathroom door and a warm bath. With spring just around the corner many of you will connect with yourself and the earth as you prepare your garden for seeds and plants.

Carving out some space to let your brain relax will lead to satisfying relationships and creative thinking. It’s totally worth it to disconnect for a short while, every day.

Cold, Dark Nights

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Last night I had an opportunity to attend a Wellness Coalition meeting (there is a coalition in each of our 5 healthy towns so contact us if you want to know more). On my way home I passed two schools with cars & people streaming in for events. Then I passed a local church and the library. There were events at both & no parking spots available all around the buildings.

These are signs people are connecting with others. And it substantiates research findings about the value of connecting because in the waning weeks of Michigan’s winter, when people are willing to come out in the cold, dark night; connecting must be important.

One is the Loneliest Number That You’ll Ever Do

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Are you aware that people who live 100 years are more likely to attend group worship? And drink red wine with friends?

Did you know people who are married generally report being happier than those who aren’t?

Have you heard social support improves the chance of weight loss for many people?

All of this enforces our need to Connect with Others to maintain health. In our communities there are a great many healthy ways to connect – service groups like Rotary or Kiwanis, library programs, community education classes, senior centers, garden clubs, community gardens, music boosters, religious organizations, biking clubs and many more.

All these opportunities exist because for most of us, one is the loneliest number.