Posts Tagged ‘Foundation Activities’

Free With Facebook

Monday, July 11th, 2011

One of the most effective ways to change behavior is to reward positive actions.   So we are going to reward our fans for their positive behavior of liking us (and connecting with others in a healthy way)! 

The CWF is going to raffle off prizes as we reach certain fan number milestones on Facebook.  Each milestone means a grander prize.  Our first milestone is 675 fans.  Once we reach that goal, the CWF is going to have a random drawing.  The lucky fan will receive:

  • Four tickets to the Manchester Chicken Broil on Thursday, July 21st.
  • Two tickets to see the Twistin’ Tarantulas and The SunMessengers on Friday, July 29th at the Sights and Sounds Festival in Chelsea.

Encourage your family and friends who live in Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Grass Lake and Stockbridge to become our fans on Facebook and you could be a big winner!

*Winning fan must be from one of our five service communities.

Bolder than Boulder

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Demographics for Boulder County Colorado & Washtenaw County are very similar (per capita income, level of education, population density…). 

The editors of Bon Appétit recently named Boulder America’s ‘foodiest city’. 

They selected Boulder because of its first rate restaurants and a community of food lovers.  Bon Appétit also concluded Boulder has one of the best farmer’s markets in the entire country and is populated by “fit, smart … citizens who seem to embody a new ethos in American cuisine – one based not on gluttony or excess but on moderation.” 

We should send a message to Boulder:

Watch your back.  Here come 5 Healthy Towns!

Dexter Rotarians Raise the Bar

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Village of Dexter community gardenLast spring the CWF provided funds for a community garden in Dexter. 

Did you know the Dexter Rotary managed a plot?  Yep – Rotarians, with their oxford shirt sleeves rolled up & their loafers scuffed, planted half a plot next to the other residents who had garden plots in the Dexter Community Garden.

True to element 4 in their motto (Will it be beneficial to all concerned?) when fall rolled around the Dexter Rotary did the coolest thing.  They donated their produce to Faith in Action. 

How’s that for connecting with others in a healthy way (element 3 in the CWF vision statement)?

Look Who’s Out and About

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Residents of Saint Louis Schools are walking laps to earn starsLook who’s out & about in our 5 healthy towns! 

Stockbridge residents planted spring bulbs along their newly refurbished trails, tossed disks on their disk golf course & stand atop their new sledding hill.

 Residents of Saint Louis Schools are walking laps to earn stars. 

The Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation is proud to have been involved in both events. Please go to our facebook page if you would like to see additional pictures of these events.

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Does it have to taste bad to be good?

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Image of a school lunchA recent radio report told of a school system that changed their food policies so only ‘healthy’ food would be served. What happened next? Legions of high school students left campus at lunch for a near-by pizzeria.

Changing policy is not enough to change eating habits. Here are a couple other options – which one do you like?

1.      Make healthy food in schools taste fresh and good, starting with new preparation methods (toss the deep friers!)

2.      Close the campus so kids have to eat the healthy options or bring their own food

3.      Engage families and younger kids so they are exposed to healthy options at home, at an early age.  When they get to H.S. the healthy items will be acceptable (even appreciated)

4.      Engage the students in problem solving around how to make healthy choices desirable

5.      A combination of approaches

6.      Throw our hands up in the air & say “Kids will be kids!”


Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Last week a consultant from Minnesota toured our 5 healthy towns.  I’d like to share some of his comments with you.

  • All 5 communities have recently invested in their schools so we know they care about education & kids.
  • There is a lot of reinvestment in existing homes.  That’s a good sign.
  • These towns are more alive than many in states like MN, IA & WI where the economy is better.
  • Some of your grocery stores [some mind you] have healthy food sections that rival the most urban, upscale grocery stores.
  • It would be so easy to restripe some of these roads to include bike lanes.
  • Although there are sections of unconnected sidewalks, it would be easy to connect them in most places.
  • Clearly these towns are proud & each have an identity separate from the larger cities, nearby.

It’s good to hear a compliment once in a while.

Pure Michigan

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Winter, water, wonderland – don’t you love Michigan?  For all our challenges we live in an amazing state. 

 Paul Schissler, a local Rotarian, invited me to hear Jennifer Granholm speak on Wednesday & I was delighted to attend.  I’m pretty sure you have to love a state to take on the exhausting work of being a governor. 

 She talked about the ways we’re moving Michigan forward, primarily from a business point of view.  She touched on things that won’t surprise you; green industry, tourism, advanced manufacturing, educating our citizens and restructuring our tax system.  She did not mention the health of our citizens or any statewide efforts to reduce the cost of living in Michigan by reducing behavior-related health care costs.  Most of the costs are related to obesity and smoking. 

 What if 5 healthy towns could reduced the expense ourselves – and not to save money?  We could do it because it feels good to feel good.  Does this idea appeal to your sense of independence and self-determination?


Friday, April 30th, 2010

I just listened in to a policy wonk webinar about healthy people & healthy places.  (Policy wonks are people who study & develop strategies & policies.)  One of the policy wonks said “Resources are about constituencies. We link to existing constituencies.”

He was probably saying they work with local people. 

Guess what.  That’s us!  We are local people.  The Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation is local people working with local people

I love my job.

OK OK OK… (Pat’s 4/2 update)

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

I made it to the gym only once this week!  The (potentially) good news is that I have not weighed myself, so weight in and of itself, cannot be my wellness focus this upcoming week…

 Some high points:  No walk in the woods, but a nice loop around the fields with my 4 year old son on a lovely spring evening.  Now what could be better than that?  In other words, I’ll chalk that one up to WELLNESS…How nice to connect with family, children, nature, fresh air and sunshine all in one shot.  It was free and no bother (no trip to gym, equipment, etc.) at all.  Though I offered the older two kids the chance to walk too, they declined.  I’m trying to model enjoyment of wellness and not mandate it (as tough as THAT is…).

 Still off the wheat products, though I have slipped a bit from time to time.  Battling back the sinus infection with herbs, tinctures, vitamins and other gross things that I won’t mention in pleasant company.  Slow going but no steroidal rage to visit on my family (which is good).  I’ll weigh in next week when I make my THIRD visit to the gym.  Until then…

Pat’s update

Monday, March 29th, 2010


Yes, 235, ugh.  I debated whether or not I should announce my weight because it carries, well, so much weight, in many different areas.  However, after I worked out Friday, I hopped on the scale at the Wellness Center.  At first I was thrilled as the upper sliding weight went down to 30, then 25, then 20.  At that point I knew something was off and I realized that the lower weight setting was evaluating me at 280, 275 and 270.  Thank God it wasn’t accurate at that setting, but a little bittersweet none the less.

On happier notes, I did take a long sunny walk in the woods and made it to the gym 4 times last week.  Woo Hoo!  All in all a good week besides the scale.

My current non-well issue is a lingering (some might say chronic) sinus infection.  My wife says I’ve had one for 16 years and I do get them frequently…but this one is persistent.  I have had two courses of antibiotics and one of steroids.  Let me tell you that the steroids were no picnic (probably less so for my family).  Amazing how a state of un-wellness can pervade our thinking all the time.  I’m working on that too, with dietary and supplement changes before I go back to the MD for a third treatment.  

The jury is out on the scale issue for this Friday and I let the weekend slip by being a hermit, so I need to get a good wild walk in as well as a few trips to the gym.  Glad it is Spring!