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Not so Easy-cheesy

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

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Have you noticed mac & cheese is everywhere these days? And it’s obvious why. Who doesn’t love this creamy comfort food?

Particularly for children it’s hard to avoid the salty, fat-laden mac & cheese option. Even high-end restaurants catering to adults are adding this as a special side on their menus. And, it’s hard (although not impossible) to make a healthy version of mac & cheese.

For home consumption people may be tempted to point to the low-cost of a box along with ease of preparation. But is it really easier than a scrambled egg or a PB&J sandwich and a handful of microwaved, frozen peas for lunch? It’s not quicker or less expensive.

But it is tasty. Man is it tasty.

Mac & cheese won’t be banned from existence just because it’s not a great food for our health. No one in their right mind (or their right taste buds) would advocate for that. But maybe we can serve it to our kids a bit less often and with an orange and carrot sticks on the side. For eating out, perhaps we add it to the list of sometimes foods – like dessert. And when we do treat ourselves or our kids, enjoy every last bite!

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Wellness Center Scholarships

Friday, April 8th, 2016

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5  Healthy Towns Foundation (5HF) provides scholarships at our wellness centers. Here’s what we’d like you to know:

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Don’t Panic

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

 

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I recently read people need to exercise up to 2 hours a day to prevent heart disease. Well, that’s just crazy. Who has time for that kind of daily commitment?

Here’s what I think they really mean to say. In the old days people were active all day long. Now many of us are not. If you are one of those who is not you have to fit bits of physical activity (not necessarily the sweaty kind) into your day.

There is nothing new to say, really. You’ve heard it before…
Walk your kids or grandkids to school (good for everyone); sweep the front porch; take the stairs at work; use the bathroom one flight up; walk during your lunch hour; put the baby in the stroller & take a walk; buy good boots (or cleats for the bottom of your boots) so you can walk in MI winter; stretch while you watch t.v., join a wellness center, gym or take advantage of school pool/gym during open hours; sit on a balance ball when you have to sit; park your car in the back of the parking lot; carry your groceries one bag at a time to increase the number of trips; fidget.

You get the idea. Don’t panic. Physical activity doesn’t require a huge investment in time or money. Just a bit of pre-planning and a commitment to fit more into a day.

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MI is the abbreviation for Michigan. And, Medical Integration

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

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People at all levels of health: from the perfectly fit to wheel chair bound, have safe options in our wellness centers. That’s because they are medically integrated. Those interested in preventing or improving health conditions will find resources at any of our four wellness centers.

The Medical Fitness Association certified Chelsea Wellness Center (the first wellness center to be certified in the state of MI). To earn certification rigorous criteria are met, including a requirement that all fitness specialists be certified. We have a health care advisory committee made up of medical and health specialists (click on the attached video to hear from one of the physician members of that committee).

This year Dexter Wellness Center is expected to earn their certification. We want to brag a bit & tell you once Dexter is certified we will be the only non-profit organization in the State with two certified, medically integrated facilities – and that even includes several large health care systems and universities with wellness centers.

Please remember and tell your family, friends & neighbors, all four wellness centers (Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester & Stockbridge) have programs open to the community – some free and others fee based. Scholarships are also available in all four centers.

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Daily Workout

Friday, January 4th, 2013

 Chipping ice off the driveway – abs & arm muscle workout

Up & down stairs to do laundry – thigh & calf workout

Loading & unloading dishwasher, vacuuming – oblique workout

Walking the dog, walking to the mailbox or in to work from the parking lot – core muscle strengthening

Painting the front door – shoulder strengthening

Lifting the baby (with good body mechanics) – back strengthening

Reading a good book – brain workout

Getting up & walking to the t.v. to change the channel – a lost art

 Embrace your daily activities.  They’re good for body, brain & soul!

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Chelsea and Dexter SR2S Kickoff

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Wouldn’t you agree the people who know best should be the people we ask before starting something big?  That’s what we figured & that’s our plan.

The Chelsea and Dexter Wellness Coalitions have joined forces with the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation and Michigan State University’s Small Town Design Initiative to launch the Safe Routes to School Program (SR2S) in Chelsea and Dexter. SR2S is an international movement and a federal program, designed to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school.

One of the most important parts of this process is getting input from community stakeholders about what barriers to safe walking and biking currently exist. We invite you to give your opinion and bring attention to issues in your neighborhood at a SR2S kickoff meeting. There will be a kickoff meeting for each school district.  The Dexter kickoff meeting is Wednesday, October 10th at Creekside Intermediate School and in Chelsea on the following evening, Thursday, October 11th at South Meadows Elementary School. Both meetings will open at 6:30 pm with refreshments and socializing, with the discussion beginning at 7:00 pm. Can’t make it to the meeting? Send your thoughts to our Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Kristen Delaney at kristen@5healthytowns.org and your input will included in the planning.

For more information about SR2S please visit http://saferoutesmichigan.org/

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Bike Trip Update

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

If you’ve visited our website lately, you may have noticed our blog about Tom Clark, Joe Muscato and Pete Cornell’s bike trip.   On July 26th, they were struck by a tractor trailer on a Georgia highway.  Pete Cornell died as a result of the accident.   Tom and Joe are back in Michigan.  Tom was upgraded to serious condition and is at the University of Michigan Trauma Center, Joe received minor injuries and was released from the hospital.  Please keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  Thank you.

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Just Do It

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The commercials during the Olympics have been terrific – maybe even motivating for some.

The Special K ad says don’t think about what you want to lose.  Think about what you want to gain (self confidence, agility or some other quality).  Another enlightening ad is the one with Olympic athletes describing what they give up.  A bike rider says she hasn’t read good books in forever.  A wrestler says he hasn’t watch tv in almost a year.  A gymnast says he hasn’t had a dessert in two years.  The message about moving wellness (in their case greatness) up on the priority list is clear.

How about this ad we’re attaching as a youtube?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsXRj89cWa0&feature=player_embedded

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Movin’ Right Along Part III

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

As you know, we’ve been following the travels of Stockbridge Coalition members Tom Clark and Joe Muscato as they bike from Edmonton to Key West.  They continue to battle flat tires, high temperatures, and hilly terrain as they make their way into the deep South.

Since the last time we posted, the guys have crossed over two major rivers (the Ohio and Mississippi) and traveled through Minnesota, Iowa Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.  On Friday they crossed into the Volunteer State, Tennessee.  They expect to be in Tennessee for a couple more nights before moving into Alabama.

Before you know it, the guys will be sticking their feet in the Atlantic Ocean.  Stay tuned as we get updates courtesy of Jan Clark.

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A Picture is Worth…..

Friday, July 20th, 2012

We have all heard Wethe expression “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  Well, at the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation, we like to think a picture is worth a little bit more than that.  We think a picture could be worth a new grill or an outdoor sports package.

We want you to send us photos of you enjoying the summer in healthy ways. Maybe it’s working in the garden, kayaking on vacation or taking your dog for a walk.  E-mail your photos to matt@5healthytowns.org. We will post the photos on facebook on July 30th.  The photo that receives the most ‘likes’ wins.  The winner receives their choice of a new Weber grill, grill accessories and some cash to get some goodies at a local farmers market.  If that’s not your speed, you can choose a summer sports package that includes items to help you enjoy the weather.

So tell your friends, send your best photos and maybe your thousands words will make you a winner!

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