Archive for June, 2011

The Killer in the Living Room

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

This blog is not mine. It is paraphrased from a magazine I read called The Week (July 1-8 issue, 2011).

Watching a lot of TV can kill you. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data from 175,000 people & found that every additional two hours of daily T.V. increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 20% & heart disease by 15%.

People who watch T.V. 5 hours a day (U.S. average) are 13% more likely to die prematurely. Heightened risk are similar to what is seen with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or smoking.

Watching T.V. ups your odds of early death even if you also spend hours exercising each week; conversely, cutting down makes you lose weight even if you don’t exercise.

Two hours of T.V. per day – the maximum recommended for children, is generous, even for adults.

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Featured Wellness Coalition Member: Jo Mayer

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Tell us about the coalition you are in and the work you are doing.
I am in the Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition. We are a newly-formed group committed to improving the health of those living in the Stockbridge Community School District. We are almost finished with the Civic Assessment provided by the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation and we are sponsoring a 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Stockbridge High School as part of A Day in the Village festivities.

Why did you choose to join the CWF committee?
I work for the Stockbridge School District and saw the good work being done by the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation and saw the potential for improving the health and lives of people in our community, so I joined up.

What do you like best about being on the CWF coalition so far?
Meeting up with people working throughout the school district on their own projects for improving our communities and being able to share resources and ideas.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I have a twin brother and my husband has a twin sister.

Interested in joining one of our Wellness Coalitions? Let us know here on Facebook or email Matt Pegouskie at matt@5healthytowns.org and let him know if you live in Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester or Stockbridge.

Featured Wellness Coalition Member – Lisa Lutchka

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Tell us about the coalition you are in and the work you are doing.

I have been a member of the Grass Lake coalition since January 2011, serving as the Nutrition Subcommittee chairperson. Although we are still trying to get organized as a group, some areas we have identified as potential projects are: healthy concession stands, exploring the feasibility of a farmer’s market in Grass Lake, exploring the potential interest in a community garden in Grass Lake, and improving the quality of foods offered throughout the school system. We recognize that there are many other potential projects, and look forward to the release of the community assessment survey results in the near future so that we can move forward with programs that will make the greatest impact on the health of our community.

Why did you choose to join the CWF committee?

I was excited to be invited to participate in the coalition. As a registered dietitian for 20 years, I have a true appreciation for the impact healthy lifestyles can make in a person’s life. I have personally felt for many years that our “food culture” would need to change before we, as a society, could expect to really see a reversal of the high rates of chronic diseases that we are currently experiencing in this country. The support of the CWF gives us just that opportunity! I hope that I can help facilitate bringing about changes that result in greater access to fresh, plant-based, minimally processed foods, and appropriate educational opportunities, to all who wish to experience this.

What do you like best about being on the CWF coalition so far?

I enjoy being a part of the coalition because it is at a ‘grass roots’ level. I am so impressed with the commitment and support of the CWF so far, and it gives me great hope that we can make very meaningful changes in our community over the next several years.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I like to travel, cycle, do triathlons, and spend time with my 11, 6, and 4 year old children, my husband, and our 8 week old black lab “Raven”.

Interested in joining one of our Wellness Coalitions? Let us know here on Facebook or email Matt Pegouskie at matt@5healthytowns.org and let him know if you live in Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester or Stockbridge.

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Get ‘Em While You Can!

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

As warm weather approaches, so will an abundance of produce! The freshest, prettiest and tastiest fruits and vegetables available during the year will come from the many farm markets we are fortunate to have available to us.

Some of the luscious fruits offered are antioxidant rich, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, low in fat, carbs and calories but high in fiber, vitamins, minerals. Tart rhubarb, rich in calcium and vitamins C and K (there is debate as to whether it is a fruit or a vegetable – feel free to weigh in!). Plump juicy peaches packed with vitamin C, potassium and fiber and tomatoes containing lycopene, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants!

Tasty vegetables include sweet corn, rich in folate, iron as well as vitamins B and C. A variety of colorful peppers loaded with antioxidant vitamins A, C & K and hot peppers with capsaicin which has been shown to boost immunity and reduce the risk of stomach ulcers by killing bacteria. You will also find plenty of fresh leafy green vegetables that have a host of powerful antioxidants, calcium, iron, beta carotene and much more! You can even buy the plants so you can grow your own powerfully healthy food.

Many of these farm markets also offer a variety of honey, jams, jellies, fresh baked goods and herbs. So what are you waiting for? Lets’ get out there and support not only our health but our wonderful local farmers!

Chelsea Farm Market – Downtown –Park Street
Saturday – 8:00 am – Noon

Chelsea Bushel Basket Market – Chelsea Fairgrounds
Wednesday – 2:20 – 6:30 pm

Dexter Farm Market – Downtown Dexter – Alpine Street
Tuesday – 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Manchester Farm Market – Adrian Street in front of the Red Mill
Thursday – 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Stockbridge Open Air Market – Corner of Wood and Elizabeth Streets (across from Stockbridge Middle School)
Friday – 4:00 – 7:00 pm

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