Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation
These are the types of people we see at our wellness centers, these days. See if you fall into any of the categories, below. By the way – they are all overcoming something to get or stay well. Good for you if you’re already working toward a healthier you!
Terribly out of shape/NOT skinny and feeling it. Congratulations to those who overcome their discomfort (physical & emotional) and make a decision to work out & connect in a healthy way.
Parents with young families who have little time for themselves. They are scraping out a few hours a week for a workout or class. It may be what keeps them sane.
Middle age in decent shape, but fighting to stay healthy and strong so they can actively enjoy their senior years.
Recent patients working with a medical professional (often a physical therapist) to get back to better functioning.
Healthy teens, many with competitive goals. But not always.
Seniors who embrace their aging selves and want to maximize every day. They also find good company at their local wellness center.
There aren’t a lot of the ‘beautiful people’ in spandex at our wellness centers. We’re kinda proud of that. Of course, the extraordinarily fit are welcome too. You serve as inspiration!
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!
Two groups of women were studied. In the first group they started weight loss efforts right away. In the second they spent 8 weeks practicing maintaining their weight (daily weighing, portion size awareness, reasonable snacks…). After the 8 weeks they began weight loss efforts. One year later both groups had lost about the same amount of weight but those who practiced weight maintenance before weight loss were more likely to maintain their losses than those who didn’t practice.
Practice, practice, practice. Just like mother said.
Does anyone really know the definition? I don’t. But I know it when I see it & I see it out my window right now. I hope everyone can find a reason (or excuse) to get out & enjoy this week!
Enjoy connecting with others if that’s what you’ll be doing. Because even when there is pie, connecting with people we care about is healthy.
Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.
If history is helpful, many parents remember that about day 5 their kids lose interest in candy. If it disappears (especially gradually) they often don’t even notice.
You can also have your children take their unopened Halloween candy to Beacon Dental, 9477 N. Territorial Road (up to 5 pounds) and be paid $1 per pound on Nov. 5. All the candy along with tooth brushes will be sent to U.S. Troops overseas. Anyone can participate from 4 to 7 p.m.
Have fun, everyone. Stay warm & be safe.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and your input will included in the planning.
For more information about SR2S please visit http://saferoutesmichigan.org/
Think about four or five neighbor kids playing P-I-G in a driveway; parents & kids horsing around on a local tennis court; throwing a ball onto the roof at an angle & racing to see who can guess where it will come down, then catching it; using school playground equipment in the summer; swimming wherever you can find a place; biking with a parent; jumping on the bed with grandkids (okay – I admit most families aren’t allowed to do this but it’s surprisingly fun, even for adults); walking local trails like those at Eddy Geology Center, Lakeland, Waterloo or Pinckney Recreation Area…
It’s not that hard and it’s usually free to entice your family or friends to do something fun & healthy. Happily, in our 5 healthy towns see many of you doing it every day.
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.
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?
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.