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ow often do we stay on the same road, not because it is the best route to our destination but because it feels familiar and safe? How often do we stubbornly plant ourselves in the benign and bland until fearful circumstances push us off a ledge and we find the courage to fly? Think what would be possible if aiming for the inspired and exceptional had been our itinerary all along. Today the key to unlocking boundless human capacity is in our hands as never before, courtesy of these extraordinary times. Billions of people now have access to an unimaginable wealth of information and resources unavailable to previous generations, topped off by success secrets formerly shared with only a select few. Today we wear our connection to the Internet like an extra limb, using it to help us understand what had remained intractable mysteries to anyone other than genius academics in earlier eras. We routinely exchange broad-ranging ideas through an unlimited web of social connections. What promise does this all hold for future generations? More, what responsibility do we each bear right now to sustain a desirable quality of life that is both benefited and threatened by impersonal electronics, self-isolating entertainments and environmental degradations? Millions are seeking deeper meaning and purpose as individuals for our children and as a civilization. Many times a day we each have the opportunity to chose a fork in the road directed to a higher and better way of being. Progress can start with a more transformative way to educate ourselves and our children. Natural Awakenings’ August editorial is intended to help transform the way we think, the way we learn and the way we heal. In my opinion, attending to lessons from nature will always be the best way to do just that. This month’s issue on Transformative Education and Children’s Health reminds me again that regularly nurturing our spiritual and emotional health is just as important as nourishing our bodily health with consistent exercise and whole foods. It all helps to prevent unease/disease and position us to live long, happy and productive lives. I know I feel most alive when I am communing with nature, taking good care of myself and actively becoming a better human being and contributor to my community and larger environment. Although the World Wide Web can be convenient and useful at times, I always find the best answers come courtesy of Mother Earth. Onward and upward!
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Fearless Heart Tour
ctivate your purpose in this weekend workshop, August 15-17, with world renowned yoga teacher Sianna Sherman. Sherman has passionately and globally taught yoga for more than 20 years. She is known for her spirited and soulful teaching, which ignites passion and devotion worldwide. Sherman brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge to the forefront of yoga. Her dedication since 1990 to hathabased traditions and to the lineages of Tantra influence her multifaceted approach of alignment-infused vinyasa interwoven with yoga anatomy, therapeutics, mythology, mantra, meditation and the power of the practices for everyday transformation. For schedule, pricing and registration go to www. FromTheHeartYoga.com or call 616-336-YOGA. See ad, page 16.
ome join the official grand opening of Midwifery Matters, a midwifery owned and operated birth center in Greenville. An open house will take place August 16, 1:00-5:00pm. Midwifery Matters is a one-ofa-kind birth center in Michigan where women and their families have the option of a safe, homelike environment to bring their new babies into the world. Services the practice will provide include home births, birth center deliveries, water
ugust 1924, Circle Pines Center will present its second annual People’s Institute. Inspired by the Chautauqua education movement of the turn of the century, this program combines elements of both adult and kids camp while weaving together education, entertainment and cooperative values for people of all ages. This year’s speakers, teachers and musicians will explore topics based on the theme of Diversity. From Tuesday afternoon through Sunday morning, Circle Pines Center will be hosting talks, workshops, concerts and other programs focused on the following issue areas: LGBTQ+, Holistic Health Care, Age Diversity, Native America, and Immigration. A keynote address and Anti-Oppression training will be featured as well, with children’s activities and time for rest and recreation. The People’s Institute program continues Circle Pines Center’s historic commitment to justice, inclusion and awareness at all levels. They invite you to share in a meaningful and comprehensive exploration of what Diversity means in today’s world. Circle Pines Center is located at 8650 Mullen Rd in Delton. For more information on the People’s Institute, visit www. circlepinescenter.org. See ad, page 21.
The Magic of Michigan
ome experience the magic of Michigan and find your Michigan summer moment at an affordable weekend retreat, August 22-24, at historic Camp Miniwanca, a private Lake Michigan gem just north of Muskegon. Located among 360 wooded acres, beautiful Camp
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eaceLab Yoga Shala, a Yoga Alliance Registered School of Yoga (and registered proprietary school with the State of Michigan) will begin offering a PeaceLab Yoga Shala 200 Hour Teacher Training Program in September. The program meets or exceeds all of the requirements of the RYT Certification with Yoga Alliance and runs through May of 2015. The program, which meets one to two weekends per month, is designed to build a deep understanding of the technical aspects of yoga and to help each student cultivate and refine their own unique expression as they prepare to take the seat of the teacher. It is also suitable for the student who simply desires to deepen their asana practice and expand their knowledge of yoga. Blending traditional and contemporary theory, the heart of this 200
Hour program lies in offering a rather large scope of yoga as a whole. The program includes study in Yoga History and Philosophy, Theory and Practice of Asana, Anatomy and Physiology, Theory and Practice of Meditation and Pranayama, Teaching to Special Populations, Therapeutics, Class Plan Development and Sequencing, Intro to Ayurveda and the Chakras. Upon completion, students may apply for their RYT 200 Certificate. For more information, contact Melanie McQuown at firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad, page 17.
Zero-waste to Landfill Salmon Festival
he Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts the 11th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival — a multi-faceted festival that pays tribute to the area’s bountiful waterways as a natural resource, while coinciding with the region’s annual salmon migration September 12-14. Last year, the festival was third party certified as a zero-waste to landfill event. This year the festival will be continuing their journey in maintaining sustainability, utilizing all compostable materials made of wheat grass and corn. “I like that we are the first certified sustainable event in Michigan. We worked hard to accomplish that goal and we’re hoping other events will follow our lead,” states
Festival Director, Marci Cisneros. Festival attendees will enjoy a culturally rich weekend full of arts, crafts, food, wine, live music and family fun, while experiencing handson learning, education and exhibits along the waterfront. For more festival information, visit www.GHSalmonFest.com.
The Heart of the Matter
niversal Health Solutions, a Grand Rapids-based organization dedicated to exploring and discussing integrative medicine with the medical community, will host the 2nd Annual Medicine Beyond Medication: The Heart of the Matter conference in Grand Rapids at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park this fall. The groundbreaking conference held October 24-25, 2014 will bring traditional, holistic and integrative medical communities together to consider collaborative models of care for heart health. The conference is geared toward medical professionals, including, MDs, DOs, PhDs, psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical students, dieticians, homeopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, dentists, holistic practitioners and others looking to learn more about integrative health, the heart and best practices. Approximately 200 guests are expected to attend this annual event. Several nationally-known speakers are slated to present at the conference, including Dr. Daniel Amen, a physician, double board-certified psychiatrist and ninetime New York Times bestselling author, and Dr. William Davis, a preventative cardiologist and the author of Wheat Belly, a New York Times bestseller. Other speakers include:
Brian Luke Seaward, PhD, Larry Dossey, MD, Pamela Smith, MD, and Gervaisio Lamas, MD, Chairman of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Early bird registration for the conference is available through August 31. Cost is $249. Register and learn more at www.uhsmi.com. Conference organizers have applied for CME credit. Determination of credit is pending. See ad, page 48.
Plankton Designs at Serendipite Organiques
erendipite Organiques— Salubrious Makeup and Body Care is now offering handcrafted jewelry by Plankton Designs. Plankton Designs was started in the fall of 2010 by Haylea Gray (formerly of One Girls Treasure Independent Resale). After closing One Girls Treasure last year, making jewelry became more of a focus for Gray who offers handmade beaded and metal-stamped jewelry that is vintage-inspired and bohemian in feel. Gray enjoys the process and creative outlet making her items provides. Her goal is to find charming and interesting ways to reuse or repurpose pieces, often using vintage beads, skeleton keys, or vintage spoons as components. As well as reusing and repurposing components, Gray has also made a commitment to use lead and mercury-free findings exclusively. In addition to her pieces at Serendipite, and on Etsy, she welcomes people requesting a custom design. Stop by Serendipite Organiques in the Blackport Building at the corner of Lake & Diamond, in East Hills. For more information go to www.facebook.com/ SerendipiteOrganiques, or call 616-419-8115. 959 Lake Dr SE, Ste 202 in Grand Rapids. See ads, pages 19 & 45.
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No Upfront Cost Solar Energy
wo West Michigan residences and businesses have opted to install solar energy under the MI Solar Works program which breaks down cot barriers through zero upfront cost financing that is paid back in energy generation sales. Renae Hesselink is the first West Michigan homeowner to sign up for the program and just completed her panel install Monday, May 19th. Hesselink served as the past Chair of the US Green Building Council West Michigan (USGBCWM) and is a local sustainability leader. “Solar PV will have a return on investment of 12 years, increase my home value and allow me to take part in the sustainability movement to get away from fossil fuels”, stated Hesselink. Tami VandenBerg, co-owner of the Pyramid Scheme and the Meanwhile Bar is thrilled to announce the addition of solar to both these businesses and her own home. “It is very important to me to do whatever I can to move toward renewable energy sources like solar. When I look at the armed conflicts in the world around fossil fuels, it motivates me to act. When I see the devastation of the regular oil spills on plants, animals and water sources, I want to act. One thing I can do is decrease my personal demand and my businesses demand for energy sources that wreak havoc on our environment,” says VandenBerg. MI Solar Works and AES are talking with many more homeowner’s and companies who want to reduce carbon emissions and save money. Interested residents and business owners can learn more at the AES and MI Solar Works website at www.alliancees.org/solar/.
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rand Rapids Natural Health is excited to announce the launch of their new 7-Day Recharge Self-
Guided Cleanse, now available online at www.grnaturalhealth. com /cleanse. With this cleanse, busy schedules and distance are no longer issues to keep you from reaching your health goals, making it the perfect opportunity to get your health back on track from the comfort of your own home. The cleanse is designed to give you increased energy, boost your metabolism for weight loss, promote detoxification and give your body a break from the toxic foods that we consume daily. You will eat throughout the cleanse and be supported by supplements that aid in detoxification to promote overall health. This is an allinclusive program that can easily be done from home, with guidance from Dr. Kelly Hassberger, ND along the way. Call 616-264-6556 or visit www.grnaturalhealth.com/ cleanse for more information. See ad, page 6.
Home Canning and Preserving
iane Devereaux, The Canning Diva®, is a Michigan native who enjoyed raising hogs and cattle as a teen in northern Michigan and started home canning in her thirteenth summer alongside family and friends. She immediately grew a passion for the art of home canning and preserving and started her own garden at the mere
age of fifteen. With The Canning Diva®, Devereaux has made it her goal to teach these time-honored traditions throughout West Michigan at various culinary schools and commercial kitchens. Devereaux is an avid supporter of non-GMO seeds and advocates the growth of crops without chemicals, pesticides and genetic manipulation. She is a firm believer in consumers having the right to know the contents of what they ingest and is a Diane Devereaux proud supporter of honest and forthright labeling of all foods. It is because of this belief she chooses to home can throughout each year, stacking the cards in her favor, to provide a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family. In addition to teaching, Devereaux hosts a weekly radio show on The Survival Mom Radio Network and Radio for Divas, she is a host on Around the Cabin and a guest writer for Awesome Mitten. To see a calendar of The Canning Diva events and to purchase canning utensils and supplies visit www.canningdiva.com where Devereaux also shares delicious, healthy recipes you can preserve year ‘round.
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Tough Family Life Linked to Chromosome Aging
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hen Princeton University researchers analyzed data from a representative sample of 40 African-American boys enrolled in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study that followed children born in major U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000, they determined that those that lived through 9 years of age with lessstable families, such as parents with multiple partners and harsh or hostile parenting styles, had a higher probability of having shorter telomeres compared with other children. Telomeres were, on average, 40 percent longer among children from stable families. Telomeres are the segments of DNA at either end of a chromosome that protect the ends from deterioration or fusion with neighboring chromosomes. Shorter telomeres can decrease life expectancy by reducing the number of times our cells can divide, and scientists are discovering that a person’s living environment may lead to the condition. Using large cohort (age group) study data from the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety, another group of researchers from Amsterdam’s Vrije University found significantly shorter telomere length among those with higher stress markers; the shorter length was also associated with aging approximately 10 years faster. In addition, the scientists observed significantly shorter telomere length among people with depressive symptoms lasting longer than four years; the shorter length correlated with both longer and more severe depression.
Parents’ Smoking Linked to Artery Damage in Children
esearchers from Australia’s University of Tasmania have found that children exposed to the secondhand smoke of their parents will likely face abnormally thickened carotid arteries later in life. The finding, published in the European Heart Journal, followed 3,776 children that participated in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study and the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study. The children were divided into groups according to whether neither parent smoked, one parent smoked or both parents smoked. Questionnaire results were combined with ultrasound testing to correlate exposure during childhood with the health of carotid arteries, and researchers concluded that the effects are pervasive even 25 years later. Those exposed to two parental smokers as children had significantly greater thickness of inner carotid artery walls than did children with non-smoking parents. Their arteries also showed signs of premature aging of more than three years compared to children of nonsmokers. The researchers wrote, “There must be continued efforts to reduce smoking among adults to protect young people and to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease across the population.”
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Medicinal Mushrooms Boost Athletic Performance
esearch from Italy’s Pavia University found two medicinal mushroom species—cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) and reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)—significantly improve race performances and recovery times among competitive cyclists. The researchers studied seven male cyclists that had competitively raced for more than 10 years. For one month, they were given placebo supplements, after which the researchers tested their performance and recovery during races and workouts. Then, for the next three months, the cyclists daily used medicinal mushroom supplementation. The researchers found the mushrooms significantly increased performance and recovery in both workouts and races compared with the placebo period. The two types of mushrooms both boosted testosterone levels and reduced post-workout cortisol levels. The mushroom supplementation also increased their antioxidant status, reducing their risk of exhaustion.
Restaurant Ambiance Affects Diners’ Appetites The mood in a restaurant can help diners enjoy their meals more and eat less, according to study results published in the journal Psychological Reports. After transforming part of a fast food Hardee’s restaurant in Illinois with milder music and lighting, researchers found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than diners in an unmodified seating area. Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a professor of marketing and consumer behavior at Cornell University, in New York, explains, “It didn’t change what people ordered, but what it did do was lead them to eat less and made them more satisfied and happier.” Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, asks, “If softer music and softer lighting seem to get people to eat less in a fast food situation, why not try the same thing at home?”
School Safeguard How to Build a Bike Train
In 1969, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, 48 percent of kids ages 5 to 14 regularly walked or biked to school. In 2009, it was just 13 percent. One major reason for the change is that parents don’t feel safe letting kids bicycle around town on their own. Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, adding children along the way— can make it easier and safer for kids to get to school. To start a DIY bike train, find a group of interested parents through school and neighborhood message boards and newsletters; assess the area to create routes; distribute flyers and get feedback; determine bike train dates and times; host a community meeting; and post selected routes online. Source: Yes magazine
Listen Up: Natural Ways to Treat Summer Earaches
ater-based fun for children this time of year can sometimes lead to infections in young ears, which have smaller Eustachian tubes for draining moisture from the ear canal. Combined with summer’s heat and humidity, plus frequent immersions in aquatic settings, a child’s moist, warm inner ear environment is ideal for symbiotic growth of fungus and bacteria, according to Dr. Neil K. Kaneshiro, a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle. Together, these factors can result in blockages and earaches. Gently cleaning the ears during the summer with a wax-dissolving solution, followed by a careful rinsing, is excellent preventative action. If an oral antibiotic is taken for an existing infection, note that it will only kill the bacteria, possibly leaving fungus to foster a recurrence. Dr. K.O. Paulose, a world-class expert in ear, nose and throat procedures at the Jubilee Memorial Hospital, in India, advises that the proper treatment of an earache requires killing both fungus and bacteria. Un-like oral antibiotics, it is administered only into the affected ear so it doesn’t upset the entire body and immunity system. An easy, natural way to wholly treat the condition is by administering a couple of drops of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid such as Super Neti Juice, from Nature’s Rite, into the ear and then remaining still to let it settle for 10 minutes; this will kill both the fungal and bacterial pathogens. In Book of Silver Testing, co-authors S.R. Frank, G. Clark and A. Cornelious concur that this treatment may be repeated every hour and can eliminate the infection within one day with no adverse consequences to the child. Steven Frank is the founder of Nature’s Rite. For more information, email SteveF@ NaturesRiteRemedies.com or visit MyNaturesRite.com. See ad, page 9.
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Healthiest U.S. Metro Areas in 2014 The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) seventh annual American Fitness Index (AFI) ranks Washington, D.C., at the top with a score of 77.3 (out of 100), followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul (73.5), Portland, Oregon (72.1) Denver (71.7) and San Francisco (71). Detroit ranked 43 out of 50 with an overall score of 37.3. Overall, metro areas in 25 states scored 50 or above; the two lowest-ranking
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Trenton to Chicago via Eco-Outrigger Margo Pellegrino, a homemaker, mother of two and healthy oceans advocate from Medford Lakes, New Jersey, will begin a 1,600-mile journey from nearby Trenton to Chicago, Illinois, by outrigger canoe on August 13 as part of Blue Frontier Campaign’s ocean explorers project. During her two-month trip, she’ll meet with local environmental groups and the media to raise awareness of the urgent need to clean America’s waterways. “All water and everything in it ends up in the ocean,” Pellegrino says. “Plastics and chemicals are particular problems, but soil runoff during floods and heavy rains also impact the ocean and marine life.” During previous paddles, Pellegrino saw firsthand the effects of dumped industrial waste in the waterways she traversed. She notes that nationally, oil rig operators have federal permits to dump 9 billion gallons of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, waste into the ocean each year. On Pellegrino’s first trip in 2007, she paddled nearly 2,000 miles up the Atlantic Coast, from Miami, Florida, to Maine. In 2009, she partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to go from Miami to New Orleans, Louisiana, to build support for a Healthy Oceans Act (OnEarth.org/author/healthyoceanspaddle). In 2010, she canoed along the Pacific coastline from Seattle, Washington, to San Diego, California. Next summer, Pellegrino plans to paddle down the Mississippi River. Follow her upcoming trip at Miami2Maine.com or on Facebook.
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Doctors Order Up a Bike for Patients The Prescribe-a-Bike program (Tinyurl.com/Prescription Bikes) allows doctors at Boston Medical Center, in Massachusetts, to write low-income patients prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-sharing system, for $5, which is $80 less than the regular charge. A free helmet is part of the deal. According to The Boston Globe, one in four Boston residents is obese, and Kate Walsh, chief executive of Boston Medical Center, believes the program can help. “Regular exercise is key to combating this [obesity] trend, and Prescribea-Bike,” she says, “is one important way our caregivers can help patients get the exercise they need to be healthy.”
Why Persistence Counts
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The WarkaWater tower is providing an innovative new way to harvest safe drinking water, normally an onerous task in Ethiopia and many other parts of Africa. Obtaining water via repeated trips to the nearest source is extremely time-consuming and what’s collected is often highly contaminated and harmful to drink. Also, this task is commonly carried out by females, putting them in danger of sexual harassment or worse enroute. The towers, inspired by the native warka tree, are a vertical bamboo system that harvests potable, clean water from the air through condensation, using a fog-harvesting fabric that can collect up to 25 gallons of safe drinking water per day. Each tower costs about $550, and can be built in a few days by village residents using locally available materials.
Some educators believe that improvements in instruction, curriculum and school environments are not enough to raise the achievement levels of all students, especially disadvantaged children. Also necessary is a quality called “grit”, loosely defined as persistence over time to overcome challenges and accomplish big goals. Grit comprises a suite of traits and behaviors that include goal-directedness (knowing where to go and how to get there); motivation (having a strong will to achieve identified goals); self-control (avoiding distractions and focusing on the task at hand); and a positive mindset (embracing challenges and viewing failure as a learning opportunity). A meta-study of 25 years of research by John Hattie and Helen Timperley, professors at the University of Aukland, New Zealand, has shown that giving students challenging goals encourages greater effort and persistence than providing vague or no direction. Students aren’t hardwired for these qualities, but grit can be developed through an emerging battery of evidence-based techniques that give educators a powerful new set of tools to support student success. A famous example of the power of self-regulation was observed when preschoolers that were able to withstand the temptation of eating a marshmallow for 15 minutes to receive a second one were more successful in high school and scored about 210 points higher on their SATs later in life than those with less willpower (Tinyurl.com/Stanford MarshallowStudy).
Airports Establish Bee-Friendly Acres The Common Acre is a nonprofit partnering with the airport serving Seattle, Washington, and the Urban Bee Company (UrbanBee.com) to reclaim 50 acres of vacant land to plant native wildflowers as pollinator habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies and disease-resistant bee colonies. A GMO-free (no genetic modification) wildflower seed farm is also in the works. Bees present no threat to air traffic and the hives discourage birds that do pose a danger to planes. Beekeeper Jim Robins, of Robins Apiaries, in St. Louis, Missouri, rents an area with a plentiful supply of white Dutch clover, and Lambert Airport views his enterprise as part of its sustainability program. O’Hare Airport, in Chicago, the first in the U.S. to install hives, is rebuilding to its full complement of 50 hives after losing about half of them to 2014’s extreme winter. It’s a project that could be a model for airports everywhere—using inaccessible scrubland to do something revolutionary, like supporting a local food system. One hundred foods make up 90 percent of a human diet, and bees pollinate 71 of them. Learn more at CommonAcre.org.
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Eco Strategies for Back-to-School Prep Families preparing for the coming school year will welcome easy ways to stretch the budget while protecting the environment our kids are growing up in. n Buying new clothes can be expensive, and most of today’s synthetic fibers are petroleum-based, while toxic pesticides are commonly used to grow cotton. For healthier alternatives, check labels for clothes made from organic, low-impact or recycled materials such as organic cotton, hemp, bamboo or recycled fibers. Inexpensive options are found in Salvation Army and other thrift store locations, as well as repurposing hand-me-downs among siblings. n Avoid buying all new school supplies. Gently used binders and book bags can last years. Sturdy, simple backpacks skip the cost of faddish brand-name and celebrity products. For supplies that must be replenished, like paper, seek out postconsumer-recycled options. n For lunch boxes, food containers and utensils, look for retro metal, a cloth bag and other alternatives to plastic (which can contain harmful chemicals) and glass (which can break). Beth Terry, in her book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (MyPlasticFreeLife.com), suggests searching Mighty Nest.com and LifeWithoutPlastic.com, makers of stainless steel, naturally lacquered wood and other non-plastic, durable children’s bowls, cups, plates and utensils. n Healthy afterschool extracurricular activities today typically require driving commutes. Look into carpooling with nearby families to save time and gas, cut vehicle emissions and expand friendships.
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tep into iTrain Personal Training and one thing is immediately is not an average gym. It’s not an intimidating environment, very obvious - owners Aaron and Heather Cobb have made filled with many people at all times. It’s a private facility that fitness their life. From the pictures and awards on their walls, to only offers personal training specific to each individual client, the activities they are involved in, to the way they have raised and when the Cobb’s say “specific”, they mean very specific. their two children, their passion is very evident and they are As Aaron initially explained, “iTrain Personal Training helps excited to help others find a healthy passion in fitness as well. people reach their personal fitness goals, whatever they may be, With over 20 years of personal training and fitness from start to finish.” They work with clients with numerous different experience combined, the Cobb’s extensive background in types of goals, from the client looking to lose weight to the client all things fitness has helped them arrive looking to compete. Reaching those goals at the strong desire to spread the many Crazy, busy lives kept us from working begins with making a plan. Between Aaron, benefits of obtaining fitness to their clients. Heather and their four additional trainers out, but working with a trainer has Heather noted, “We really had to dig in on staff, a fitness and meal plan is custom forced us to work out on a regular and learn stuff for our lives because of our designed to each client’s goals. basis and we get pushed harder than backgrounds,” and went on to say they are Upon an initial consultation and plan, happy to be able to share with their clients we would ever have pushed ourselves clients are then paired with the personal what they’ve learned from their own on our own. Since working with iTrain trainer that will be the best fit to help them experience in training and as competitors. specifically meet their goals and carry out we are in the best shape of our lives! Aaron, originally a certified Personal their fitness and meal plans. Trainer through Blue Heron Academy We feel strong, healthy and look great Most plans require clients to come in our skinny clothes again. Thanks went on to get A-certified (through the into the private gym one to three times per American Council on Fitness) to best be week and then complete additional cardio iTrain for helping us reach our goals, able to help his clients when he opened we couldn’t have done it without you. homework on their own. In their time at the up his own practice in 2007. gym, they are joined by no more than three Two years after opening his own other clients at a time, making each session Amy & Kyle Hass practice, Aaron married Heather, who both private and focused on the client’s needs. formerly reigned as Mrs. Grand Rapids, Occasionally, the Cobb’s and iTrain competed at Mrs. Michigan with a platform of creating healthier Personal Training will take their clients to East Kentwood High lifestyles in Michigan and was a competitive dancer, competing School for outdoor workouts, but when they stay on site at the seven years in the National Dance Tour. private gym, it is not uncommon for them to utilize the entire With a shared love of fitness, the two opened iTrain site; hallways, stairways and outdoors, in addition to the gym. Personal Training in September of 2012. iTrain Personal Training Regardless of location, clients are under supervision at all times as that has proved to produce the best results. The trainers work hard to help their clients achieve their goals, and as Heather said, “We expect nothing but the best from our trainers because our clients are number one.” Unlike most other gyms, iTrain Personal Training offers a 100% money back guarantee. They are certain that if their clients follow the plan they lay out for them to achieve their personal goals, those goals will indeed be met. As iTrain Personal Training likes to say, “Train with the best or look like the rest.” iTrain is now offering a “Summer Slim-Down” special. Mention this article to receive eight one-on-one personal training sessions and a meal plan for just $300. For more information on iTrain Personal Training, call 616-541-5438, or visit www. iTrain4it.com, or stop by 3680 44th St Ste. 160, Kentwood. Amanda Merritt is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. You can contact her at mandi.merritt@ hotmail.com. natural awakenings
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hether donning colorful tutus or making a marathon a girls’ day out, the current running scene is attracting a broader group of fitness-seekers mindful of the enhanced benefits of a more well-rounded approach. Rather than pursuing fierce competition and personal bests, these runners are focusing on social bonding and overall well-being, likely boosting their fitness success. Two main factors are fueling what’s shaping up as a new running boom: women and social media. “The first running-boom era was male-centric and competitive,” observes Ryan Lamppa, of Running USA. He’s referring to the 1970s, when, largely thanks to 1972 Summer Olympic marathon gold medal winner Frank Shorter and The Complete Book of Running, by James Fixx, many were inspired to hook up Walkmans, lace up sneakers and train for distance races. “Today’s running boom is femalecentric, much bigger and more focused on health and fitness and completion, rather than competition.” Forget elapsed running time; just cross the finish line and have fun doing it, seems to be a growing mantra. Women’s participation hit an all-time high in recent years, comprising 56 percent of the more than 15.5 million runners finishing U.S. races sanctioned by Running USA in 2012 and 61 percent of U.S. half-marathoners in 2013.
“Women tend to be more social and more in tune with their health overall, and that’s definitely a driving force,” Lamppa says. Couple the female factor with social media-driven, nontraditional race events and the result is explosive. “Events are fun, community-centered and sometimes charity-driven,” Lamppa says of the many innovations, from paint-splashing 5Ks to mud-slinging obstacle course action, which attracted 4 million entrants last year.
These trends could indicate America’s collective progress toward fitness as studies show the social factor plays a huge motivational role in participation. “I think running adherence strengthens when there is accountability and social support,” remarks Englewood, New Jersey, sports psychologist Greg Chertok, citing a meta-analysis of data in Sport & Exercise Psychology Review that backs his notion. For example, such social exercise events inspire happiness. “If you are physically close to someone that is happy, eager and optimistic, you are naturally going to share those feelings,” explains Chertok, who is also a spokesman for the American College of Sports Medicine. “Just through social connectedness alone, you’ll gain boosted performance and mood.”
As a finisher of two Tough Mudders (an intense obstacle course challenge), Chertok can personally testify to the benefits of camaraderie. “It’s just like if a married couple got stuck in a storm and had to brave the elements; the act of doing something challenging together is very bonding.” Simply joining a recreational running group—also increasingly popular and often social media-driven—can bolster success. “When a bunch of individuals work together to pursue a common goal, they are incentivized by the group,” Chertok remarks. “You’ll run at a faster clip or go a longer distance if you are with a group, because each runner values the group and doesn’t want to let members down.”
Mixing things up can also improve running performance and decrease risks of injury, enhancing long-term staying power. One study found that eight weeks of simple strength-training exercises by conditioned runners boosted their running performances over their conditioned, but non-strength-training peers, as noted in the Health & Fitness Journal of
the American College of Sports Medicine. As for injury prevention, everybody, regardless of sport, needs to cross-train, advises Mindy Caplan, a wellness coach in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “In any sport that you engage in, you end up working certain muscles the same way all the time. Then those tighter muscles start to pull on the joints and without stretching, you end up with problems.” Moving the body in different ways helps, and working on stretching and flexibility can elongate muscles and protect tendons and joints. “The new runner of this second running boom has much more information about training, health and fitness, and injury prevention,” says Lamppa, who occasionally cross-trains by biking and includes some yoga-related stretching as part of his regular routine. “You have to have balance in your running as in your life. If you can get to that point, you will get a very positive response from your body and mind.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra Melani.com or DMelani@msn.com.
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Foods for the Road by Debra Melani Well-conditioned runners focus on diet, particularly when health foods can put some punch in their pace. Registered Dietician Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., a University of Georgia assistant professor of sports nutrition and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shares benefits of two foods that are currently popular with runners. Tart cherries are loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants with powerful anti-inflammatory effects. One study of runners in the Hood to Coast 197-mile relay race from Mount Hood to Seaside, Oregon, found that cherry juice notably decreased muscle damage and soreness in runners compared with a group imbibing a placebo drink. The runners drank 10.5 ounces
of Montmorency cherry juice twice a day for seven days prior to the race and every eight hours on race day (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition). Make sure juices are 100 percent cherry juice. Beet roots contain nitrates, vasodilators that relax the blood vessels, allowing them to pump more efficiently and increase exercise efficiency. Researchers found that runners eating beets rather than a placebo ran an average of 3 percent faster. According to the study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 200 grams of baked beetroots or an equivalent nitrate dose from other vegetables should be consumed one hour before exercise. Nitrates are also found in spinach, broccoli, fennel, leeks and celery.
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Cures in the Kitchen Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis by Judith Fertig
n the groundbreaking new documentary film, Fed Up, Dr. Mark Hyman prescribes a major overhaul of the diets of all family members in communities across America to prevent far-reaching unwanted consequences. Hyman practices functional medicine, which takes a wholesystem approach to treating chronic illnesses by identifying and addressing their root causes, starting with poor diet. He is also the bestselling author of a series of books based on The Blood Sugar Solution. What has your experience with Fed Up shown you about the root cause of many diseases? In Fed Up, I met with a family of five to talk with them about their health and understand the roots of their family crisis of morbid obesity, pre-diabetes, renal failure, disability, financial stress and hopelessness. Rural South Carolina, where they live, is a food desert with nearly10 times as many fast-food and convenience stores as supermarkets. The family’s kitchen was also a food desert, with barely a morsel of real food. There were no ingredients to make real food—only pre-made factory science projects sold in cans and boxes with unpronounceable, unrecognizable ingredient lists. This family desperately wanted to find a way out, but didn’t have the
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knowledge or skills. They lived on food stamps and fast food and didn’t know how to navigate a grocery aisle, shop for real food, read a label, equip a kitchen or cook nutritious meals. Their grandmother has a garden, but never taught her children how to grow food, even though they live in a temperate rural area.
What results did the family see when they changed their eating habits? I got the whole family cooking, washing, peeling, chopping, cutting and touching real food—onions, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, salad greens, even asparagus. After 12 months, the mother had lost 100 pounds and was off of blood pressure medication, and because the father had lost 45 pounds, he finally qualified for a kidney transplant. The son originally lost 40 pounds, but because he was stuck in a toxic food environment at school and only able to get a job at a fast-food eatery, he gained much of it back. I’m happy to report that he is now working to get back on track.
How is sugar a primary factor in creating obesity? Of some 600,000 processed food items on the market, 80 percent contain added sugar. Sugar calories act differently from fat or protein calories in the body.
Sugar calories drive food addiction, storage of belly fat, inflammation and fatty liver (now the number one reason for liver transplants). They also disrupt appetite control, increasing hunger and promoting overeating, and are biologically addictive. Sugar calories are the major contributor to heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia and Type 2 diabetes. Sugar is a root cause behind the tripling of obesity rates in children since the 1970s. As just one example illustrating government policy culprits, although poor people are disproportionately affected by obesity, the food industry vigorously opposes any efforts to limit the use of food stamps for soda. Every year, the U.S. government pays for $4 billion in soda purchases by the poor (10 billion servings annually) on the front end, and then pays billions more on the back end through Medicaid and Medicare to treat related health consequences that include obesity and diabetes.
What are the consequences if we don’t attack the problem of poor diet now? The costs of a poor diet are staggering: At the present rate, by 2040, 100 percent of the nation’s federal budget will go for Medicare and Medicaid. The federal debt soars as our unhealthy kids fall heir to an achievement gap that limits America’s capacity to compete in the global marketplace. At the same time, having 70 percent of young people unfit for military service weakens national security. In a detailed scientific analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine, a group of respected scientists reviewing all the data affecting projected life spans concluded that today’s children are the first generation of Americans ever that will live sicker and die younger than their parents. Health issues due to poor diet comprise a national crisis. They threaten our future, not just for those fat and sick among us, but all of us.
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Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything by Linda Sechrist
n the 30 years since Harrison Owen introduced Open Space Technology (OST), it has been used hundreds of thousands of times by three-quarters of the world’s countries. Whether a few people gather in a circle to share ideas and brainstorm personal issues or thousands discuss a bulletin board of topics around tables, OST is a safe, informal venue for transformative learning. Guided by purpose-based, shared leadership, it allows individuals focused on a specific task to freely speak their thoughts and be heard. It also encourages breakout groups to mine for more information—learning individually, as well as collectively, and self-organizing in order to concentrate on more complex topics. “Boeing engineers used OST to learn how to redesign airplane doors and young Egyptians used it to strategize for their Arab Spring,” as examples, comments Owen.
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Juanita Brown, cofounder of The World Café, learning is transformation, the keystone of life, and the essence of meaningful education. “The circle principle contains the predictability of fresh, emerging thoughts and learning that never occurred previously,” explains Owen. He points to an experiment regarding children’s capacity for self-learning initiated by Sugata Mitra, Ph.D., the former science director of an educational technology firm in India. On the outside wall of the building where he worked, Mitra installed a computer facing a New Delhi slum where most children were unschooled and illiterate and had never seen a computer. He turned it on and told children they could play with it. Via a noninvasive video camera, he watched 7-to-13-year-olds discover how to use the computer and teach each other how to play music and games and draw using Microsoft’s Paint program. Repetition of the experiment in other impoverished sections of India yielded similar results. Wherever he established an Internet connection, children that could not read English, the Internet’s default language, taught themselves
how to use the Web to obtain information through their interactions with each other and the computer. “I agree with what Mitra surmised from his experiment—learning is emergent, which is another word for self-organizing,” remarks Owen. Like Freire, Owen likens traditional education to the “banking” method of learning, whereby the teacher passes information to students that become dependent on someone else rather than learning how to think on their own. Suzanne Daigle, a Sarasota, Florida-based consultant with a Canadian multidisciplinary consulting firm, explains how the OST learning environment changed her life: “My personal transformation began in 2009, when I volunteered to assist another OST facilitator. I was a perfectionist who judged myself harshly and struggled with the question, ‘Who am I to think I can help hold space for leaders to transform themselves through their learning when I have so little experience?’” She notes, “Before such experiences, even though I was a leader in my corporate career, I doubted myself and often believed that what others had to say was more significant and interesting than what I could express.” Now she says she has shed her people-pleasing tendencies and former attempts to control other people’s agendas and discovered the freedom and courage of her own voice. “As an OST facilitator, my life work now occurs in the moments I am collaboratively learning and listening for opportunities to enter into meaningful conversations that can lead to actions,” says Daigle. “I invite others to do the same.”
In a compulsory two-year Theory of Learning class for an International Baccalaureate degree at California’s Granadas Hill Charter High School, math and science educator Anais Arteaga helps students apply two major elements of transformative learning: self-reflection to critique one’s own assumptions and discourse through which they question or validate their judgments. She focuses on the roles that perception, language, reason and emotion play in a student’s learning and decision-making abilities.
“Questions and lively discussions are the basis of the class,” Arteaga says. “We begin with a question and explore what we know, how we know it and any conclusions drawn from the process.” Using a democratic model in which the teacher welcomes critical discussion, Arteaga and her students have mutually discovered that knowledge is not static, but has a history and changes over time. “When we first started the class, it was challenging to accept that in many situations there is no right or wrong, just relativity and a matter of perception. We don’t really know anything for certain,” she remarks.
Katia Petersen, Ph.D., is the executive director of education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), headquartered in Petaluma, California. She co-developed the tools, practices and 22 lessons in the pioneering organization’s Worldview Explorations (WE) project. Founded on 40 years of IONS research, WE engages everyone in age-appropriate ways in reflecting upon long-held assumptions and how beliefs create the lens they see through, ultimately improving how they understand and respond to the world. “When individuals understand the power of offering their story and are open to the worldview stories of others, they no longer focus attention on differences and limitations,” says Petersen. “They realize that everyone has their own truth.” Through small groups and conversations, participants unpack how the program has influenced them by answering questions that explore what inspired, surprised and changed the way they perceive the world. “WE’s transformative learning experiences draw from the heart and soul of individuals, rather than stuffing heads with ideas and perspectives, which serves them well as they embody and apply these tools and practices in their daily lives,” notes Petersen. She cites a particularly powerful moment for a group of young people she worked with. “A student was killed in a drive-by shooting two weeks before their certification. The transformative moment came when they said that
“There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” ~ Richard Shaull, ThD
their new awareness and capacity for compassion and understanding would not allow them to seek revenge. Instead, they chose to save lives in their communities using their new skills.”
Ashley Cooper and Matt Abrams, cofounders of the Mycelium School, in Asheville, North Carolina, re-imagined a learning environment for aspiring entrepreneurs and social change agents committed to activating their potential and realizing solutions to today’s challenges. A 12-week learning journey allows individuals to become increasingly adept at learning from and helping each other learn. The curriculum offers minimum structure, significant support and collaboration with others. “In the learning community, individuals are dedicated to a project or life question of their choice,” explains Cooper. Participants’ goals include changing careers, determining the next steps after retirement or how to pursue true passions to make a difference in the world. natural awakenings
Cheri Torres, Ph.D., founder of the Asheville-based Innovation Partners International SE, was one of the earliest participants in the Mycelium Learning experience. She says that she obtained an expanded understanding of the approach that she uses in her work. “The whole systems approach I use with organizational and community leaders enables them to shift from a top-down management model to one that engages everyone and uses the collective intelligence and collaborative efforts of all for the collective good. My own learning journey transformed the level of awareness I bring to my work and the understanding of who I am,” advises Torres. “My original guiding question was, ‘How can I get so clear about my work that I can explain it in plain language?’ Ultimately, my question shifted to what would it be like for me to live and work from a place of wholeness. Through conversations with Ashley and self-reflection, I realized I was not walking my talk within my own mind-body-spirit system. My journey helped me understand that my most effective role in my
own life, as well as with clients, is to create the conditions for collective intelligence and collaboration to emerge in service to the whole,” says Torres.
Like OST, the World Café, co-created by Brown and David Isaacs, of Burnsville, North Carolina, creates a transformative learning environment for individuals of all ages. Its primary principles are: set the context, create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage everyone’s contributions, connect diverse perspectives, listen together for patterns and insights and share collective discoveries. Webs of conversation created around actual or occasionally virtual tables resemble those found in coffeehouses. “Conversation is a core meaningmaking process, and people get to experience how the collective intelligence of a small or large group can become apparent,” says Brown. After several rounds of conversation on one or more topics, participants offer their harvest of key insights, learning and opportunities for action with the full group gathered to reflect together on their discoveries.
“World Café provides an environment in which you are comfortably drawn forward by the questions you are asking together. When enough diversity is present, varied perspectives are offered and people feel listened to and free to make their contribution,” observes Brown. What participants learn in this setting creates the climate of conditions that support the kinds of transformations that can change lives. Brown remarks, “When it happens to me, I feel like my brain cells have been rearranged. I know something in the collective, as well as the individual, has been evoked, so that something never before imagined becomes present and available.” Transformative learning has been compared to a sea journey without landmarks. Adventurous individuals that are open to traversing its highly engaging processes can emerge as autonomous thinkers, capable of contributing fresh, new ideas that just might transform the world we live in. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout We.com for the recorded interviews.
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Children at Wisconsin’s Montessori School of Waukesha learn to baste; spoon beans or rice from bowls; cut paper, draw, paint or paste cutouts; and sew or embroider using a three-finger grip. It strengthens the muscles they will need later to practice writing skills. Waldorf
Schools that Rock Innovators Blaze Creative Paths by Sandra Murphy
Creative educational initiatives offer more flexible programs of study than traditional institutions. First introduced into the United States in the latter part of the 20th century, today there are thousands of such facilities operating according to their own lights. Yet many share certain distinguishing characteristics including emphasis on close studentteacher relationships, diverse experiential learning and development of student decision-making skills aided by peer and parental support. All aim to prepare and equip students for future success both inside and outside the classroom.
At age 3, kids at the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, in Maryland, are gaining early math and motor skills, plus an appreciation for healthy foods, in unique and innovative ways. “The children roll out a long mat containing 1,000 beads that they use to learn to count by twos, fours and 10s,” says Jenny Smolen, development coordinator and grant writer for the school. “When it’s time for multiplication and division, they’re prepared.” The school is located in a food desert—fresh, unprocessed food isn’t readily available—so the kids plant
seeds to grow in pots until it’s time to transplant them to the garden. “Before the seed-to-table program, the kids didn’t know what fresh tasted like. Now they go home and ask for vegetables for dinner,” says Smolen. The school also has six chickens that supply fresh eggs, and two beehives produced 100 pounds of honey last year that was sold to raise funds. The school is free of charge to Baltimore city students chosen by lottery. Currently, 330 students from diverse backgrounds ages 3 through 13 attend, with 1,000 names on the waiting list.
Waldorf School alumna Jocelyn Miller, an account manager at Matter Communications, drives 45 minutes from Newburyport, Massachusetts, to take her three children to the The Waldorf School at Moraine Farms. “On bad weather days, I wonder why I make the drive, but the smiles when we arrive are worth it,” she says. There, her children spend time outdoors regardless of the weather. Indoors, they draw illustrations to bolster lessons on history and geography. Second-graders work in three-hour blocks of time, rather than the traditional 45 minutes. Fifth-grade students recently spent three weeks studying Greek mythology. Older students play in an orchestra and learn German and Spanish. They also knit; the craft builds manual dexterity and helps children learn to plan, correct mistakes, be creative, visualize the finished product and mindfully create something useful or decorative. Middle school and high school students at the Waldorf School of Garden City, in New York, universally participate in seasonal sports—baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. The emphasis on the values of teamwork and sportsmanship complement development of skills. The school’s policy is, “You don’t have to be a superstar to get playing time,” noting that the quality of athletic teams is consistently strong. The school also brings some green into the city with a horticultural program that fully cultivates a quarter-acre field. Its steady harvest of fruits,
vegetables, herbs and grains includes lettuce, beans, spinach, broccoli, kale, corn, oregano, thyme, rosemary, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. A new greenhouse keeps produce growing through winter months. Students at Conservatory Prep High School, in Davie, Florida, were tasked with finding a way to walk on water in order to explore principles of flotation and buoyancy. After researching and experimenting with each of a series of materials, they analyzed what went wrong, worked to fix it and then tried again. “We did the testing at our onsite pool,” says Wendy Weiner, Ed.D., the school’s founder and principal and a Waldorf alumna. “We saw some pretty funny results, but they eventually invented a pair of shoes that worked. Of course, they were pretty big shoes.”
Homeschooling provides another option. Parents don’t need to know all about a subject with organizations like Bridgeway Academy’s homeschool curricula at hand. This Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, institution provides easy access to tools and support for families
Teachers, students and parents at Weinacker’s Montessori School, in Mobile, Alabama, apply daily, weekly, monthly and yearly logs of goals and work plans to track progress. All of this can be adjusted as kids discover
nationwide. “We’re a kindergartento-12th-grade provider,” says Jessica Parnell, academy president. “Teachers in a school setting have to teach standardized subjects, in certain ways, to the whole class. We use customized learning to inspire and excite children individually. We help parents discover their child’s learning style, personality and ideal learning environment.” Materials provided include instructor guides, user-friendly websites and interactive games and other activities. “It gives kids the freedom to explore, learn and discover,” Parnell adds. “This is how you grow a lifelong learner.”
Un-schooling, another pioneering approach, is a method of homeschooling in which children pursue areas that interest them, eat foods they enjoy, rest when needed, choose friends of all ages or none at all and engage their world in unique, powerful and self-directed ways. Suzanne Strisower, a life and career coach in Oroville, California, has written a commoncore, standards-based curriculum for un-schoolers. “It’s a yearlong program for ages 15 and up designed to enable
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“There’s an explosion in online learning, too,” observes Bob Bowdon, executive director of nonprofit Choice Media, an education news service at ChoiceMedia.tv, produced in New York City. School kids in some states are able to opt out of a class at school if they feel the teaching style is holding them back, instead tapping online teachers available in a virtual school setting. Louisiana’s Department of Education’s Jump Start program partners high schools and local companies to offer students one-day-a-week internships apprenticing in trades. “It’s real-world, on-the-job training,” says Bowdon. Thanks to such innovative approaches to school curricula and technology, parents and children have more options than ever before for learning. Instead of memorizing information until the next test and then forgetting it, more learning is customized and hands-on, because children that learn by doing, remember. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
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WATER DOGGIES Given a Pool or Lake, Canines Dive Into Action by Sandra Murphy
Water sports for dogs can be done just for fun or to earn recognition. Venues range from a backyard adult or kiddie pool to a lake, river or ocean. All offer healthful exercise for canine bodies and brains.
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ome dogs seem born in another. To prevent posto swim, while others sible squabbles, company learn to love it and policy allows only samea few make entertaining household dogs to swim in spectators. It all depends the same pool. on temperament, breed and “Max is a fetching mabody style plus energy and niac in the water,” remarks confidence levels, as well Yue. “He doesn’t like to as training. dive, but if his ball sinks, Not all dogs love to he’ll go after it. It’s low-imswim, says Eileen Proctor, a pact, high-exercise playtime Michelle Yue and Max and the only thing I know pet lifestyle expert in Denver, Colorado, so proceed cautiously. that will wear out a 2-year-old German “One of the first things to do is buy a shepherd pup.” properly fitted life jacket that keeps his The skill of directed retrieval can be head out of the water,” she counsels. described as advanced fetching. Several “Once he is used to wearing it, train toys or dumbbells are placed on the him to use steps [like in a pool] to walk bottom of the pool and the handler tells into and out of the water every time.” the dog which item to retrieve. Nautical Michelle Yue, a professional dog nosework is the most challenging—five trainer in Washington, D.C., takes her floating objects like tennis balls or dumdog, Max, to a dog-specific pool twice mies are launched into the water by a month. At the Canine Fitness Center, another person. The dog must then find, in Annapolis, Maryland, Max swims in indicate and retrieve the one ball his one pool while canine buddies paddle person has handled.
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Other fun options are teaching a pet to tow a raft in the pool or to team swim with his owner. In a more complex aquaagility exercise, the dog swims a circle around his owner as a prelude to both of them swimming a synchronized, zigzag course between floating markers before returning to their starting positions. Ernie, a 95-pound Labrador retriever that lives with Sierra Prause, a marketing assistant, and Jaron Clinton, a search engine content marketer, in Phoenix, Arizona, rides in the storage area of Clinton’s kayak. Ernie came to them at age 4 and has always loved to jump in and swim alongside his owners. “Ernie’s claim to fame is fetching two tennis balls at once,” says Prause. “He wasn’t allowed in the pool at his former home, and now revels in taking a cooling dip after his twice-aday walks.” Maria Schultz, author of How to SUP with Your Pup, enjoys stand up paddleboarding with her Australian shepherds, Riley and Kona, on rivers near her home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She and Riley learned together in the living room. “I brought the board home and taught Riley how to hop on and off, where to sit or lie on the board, and to relax,” she relates. “I forgot the living room floor stood still. Riley was surprised when he got on the board on the river to find that it moved.” Riley was a good sport about it; within a week, he knew how to ride along. Kona took several months to get the hang of it. “Have patience, make it fun and all positive,” Schultz advises. “Know what motivates your dog. Riley works for food, Kona for praise.” For the more adventurous, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, in San Diego, offers one-hour surfing lessons for canine guests. Taught by Coronado Surfing Academy instructors, the only requirement is that a dog enjoys water. Of course, board shorts and a bandana are also provided so that Fido gets the full surfer dude experience. Enjoying warm weather and cool water with man’s best friend provides perfect fun for these dog days of summer. Learn more at CanineWatersports.com. Sandra Murphy writes from Missouri. Connect at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
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ith children especially susceptible to germs, chemical sensitivities and allergens, it makes sense to ensure that the child-friendliness of day care facilities extends to their ecological integrity. When Denise Adusei, of New York City, was unable to find a preschool that included all the criteria she sought, she decided to create and direct Peartree Preschool, a yearround day care facility for 2-to-5-year-olds. “An eco-friendly day care environment is more than nontoxic paint, organic food and unscented soaps. It’s what you don’t see, as well,” says Adusei. “We first looked for a building with lots of natural light near Central Park. Manhattan has a high rate of allergens, so we went ahead with a thorough environmental inspection on what looked like an ideal building,” recalls Adusei. Inspectors pulled tiles from the floor, opened walls to check for mold and collected samples. “When they discovered signs of an old oil spill in the basement, we knew it was an unsafe place for children. We kept looking until we found the right building with large windows, near the park and environmentally safe,” she says, noting that her own kids now attend Peartree. Workplace coach Paul E. McGinniss, who also blogs at NewYorkGreenAdvocate.com, says, “Creating a garden onsite and connecting with local farmers or CSAs [community supported agriculture] to provide healthy, fresh foods is a great way to educate kids via a learning activity. New York’s Hudson Valley, where I live, has a farm to school move-
ment. Everyone should know where their food comes from,” he says, echoing another day care cornerstone. In Madison, Connecticut, Tina Pascoe, a registered nurse, attorney and health consultant, co-founded Nurses for Day Care, a nationwide program. The staff finds that many children are sensitive to dye additives in mustard or ketchup, certain oils in soap, paint or cleaning fumes and fire-retardant chemicals embedded in new rugs and carpeting. “We push for the whole school to go green, not just the classroom, with the sensitive or allergic child in mind,” she says. “We’re willing to do whatever it takes, like providing special menus, banning perfumes and smoking, and only using disinfectant wipes or bleach during nighttime cleaning.” Pascoe personally works with about 80 facilities throughout the state. The Cottages at Michaels Learning Center, in Sarasota, is Florida’s first school to earn a Level Three Green School and green infant care certification from the National Green School Coalition and operates the city’s only certified green infant care program. Children from 6 weeks through kindergarten benefit. The school even conducts regular radon testing. Owner and Director Michelle Ireland assesses, “It’s cause and effect. One of the things we teach the children is how our actions have an impact on the world.” Mark Stedelbauer, vice president of marketing at eWater Advantage, in Raleigh, North Carolina, strives to inform day care administrators about the value of using electrolyzed water instead of cleansers. An electrical current that runs through a blend of ordinary tap water and minerals changes the basic nature of water. A lower pH creates a disinfecting solution; a higher pH results in a degreaser. Both solutions clean and kill germs without fumes, residue or allergy triggers. “Often, the combined cost of the electricity, water and mineral supplements used is less than what would be spent on multiple cleaning products,” Stedelbauer points out. It can be created by the half-gallon in a toaster-sized unit onsite and has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture (for use on meat) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (for use on produce). Also, electrolyzed water won’t harm skin or clothing. Creative Minds Learning Centers’ six locations are recognized by the Oregon Program of Quality as among the top 25 schools in the state. They buy renewable energy from wind, solar and biomass sources. At the school, they compost, plant sustainable gardens, collect rainwater and recycle. Nature preschools in the U.S., nearly 30 sites and growing, use a community nature center as a regular part of their learning program (Tinyurl.com/NaturePreschools). Generally, the children are outdoors for 45 to 90 minutes per day, weather permitting, and flexible activities allow them to investigate their own interests safely. Daily explorations build valuable skills like observation, sorting and experimentation. Children experiencing green day care see firsthand how healthy, environmentally sound choices can help make their present and future safe. Telling their parents about their school experiences is a natural bonus. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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inger-songwriter Pharrell Williams, whose infectious hit song, “Happy,” has spread joy worldwide, seems to know the secret to happiness. More than 1,500 people from 140-plus countries have posted their own happy video spinoffs at WeAreHappyFrom.com, inspired by his daylong music video featuring Los Angeles residents from all walks of life dancing and lip-syncing to the tune. Can happiness really be just a finger snap away? It depends on our unit of measurement—a moment versus a lifetime. Research by such authorities as Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center, suggests that several basic ingredients are keys to long-term happiness, including a sense of purpose, engaging activities, quality relationships and achievable goals. Ultimately, happiness is a subjective state, gauged only by personal perception. Still, there are quick, simple things we can do to shift our mood into a higher gear, according to Jonathan Robinson, author of Find Happiness Now: 50 Shortcuts for Bringing More Love, Balance, and Joy Into Your Life. “Broadly, happiness shortcuts fall into two categories—those that help in letting go of negative emotions and those that help in tuning into or expanding positive feelings,” says Robinson. “The end result is the same.”
Practice gratitude. When the day’s affronts seem excessive, we can reframe them by counting our blessings mentally or in a journal. Review the day with an eye to everything that went right. “Soon, you’ll start to see everything as a gift,” observes Robinson. Pencil it in. Take a few moments at the start of each week to block out a little time every day for happy activities. Pay it forward. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day, advises Robinson. Give someone a compliment or a piece of chocolate and watch their attitude instantly change, which in turn lifts you into their happy cloud. Sing and dance. Williams applies this secret: Moving our bodies and vibrating our vocal chords helps shake us out of our mental cages. “It’s hard to feel bad when you sing. It’s a choice: You can stay angry for four hours or sing for 15 seconds,” Robinson notes. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple jumpstart to happiness. Research from the University of Arizona shows that as little as a forced smile not only releases stress-fighting neuropeptides and mood-lifting serotonin in the brain, it activates a chain reaction of happiness around us. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
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n 1981, the United Nations established the International Day of Peace, first officially observed in September of 1982. 2014 now marks the 33rd observation of this significant day, and many individuals, towns and regions (like Muskegon County) have gone even further, turning this one day into the 30 Days of Peace, setting aside the entire month of September to focus on this one concept. Though the United Nations initially established this day as simply an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire, it now stands for so much more. ~ Desmund Tutu The International Day of Peace brings together individuals, organizations, groups and nations who share a common interest in cultivating peace, fairness and non-violence. Those who choose to participate are encouraged to make practical efforts toward peace in whatever manner they feel necessary, to help the world generate a greater desire for true peace. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of the teaching opportunity this day can be and said, “On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.” There are numerous ways to practice peace, and anyone, anywhere can take part. Observing the International Day of Peace can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation or doing a good deed for someone you don’t know. It could even involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a larger event. With millions of people in all parts of the world coming together for one day of peace, the potential impact could be incredibly immense and make a significant difference. For those choosing to observe the 30 Days of Peace, there is an extended opportunity to make that significant difference. Muskegon County, for example, has joined the grassroots, national movement to observe the 30 Days of Peace and has numerous events available throughout the
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Muskegon County 30 Days of Peace Events:
September 2 - Mayors of Muskegon County Proclaim 21st Century Peace Class, Park Terrace Welcome Center, 6:00-8:00pm
month of September to encourage the practice of peace, featuring speakers, classes, activities and more (see box to right for a list of some of the events). At the very least, September 21, 2014 could be your chance to be a part of something big. It could be your chance to practice peace and to really mean it. It could be your chance to come together with millions of people to help make the world a better place. For more information specific to Muskegon County’s 30 Days of Peace, you can find them on Facebook at “30 Days of Peace Muskegon” or email email@example.com Sophie Charles is a fr equent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine.
September 17- Power of Peace Project, MAISD, 9:00am-3:00pm
September 5 - United Way Day of Caring
September 17 - Prayer in the Spirit of Taize, St. Francis de Sales Church, 7:15pm
September 5 - Café Rubican, Open Mic, Unity of Muskegon, 7:00-9:00pm
September 18 - Power of Peace Project, MAISD, 9:00am-3:00pm
September 6 - Quiet Day, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10:00am-3:00pm
September 18 - Power of Peace Project Community Forum, United Way, 5:30-7:30pm
September 6 - Picket 4 Peace, corner of Henry & Norton, Noon-1:00pm
September 19 - Power of Peace Project, MAISD, 9:00-11:00am
September 6 - Sudanese for Peace, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 6:30pm
September 20 - Mt. Zion COGIC Unity Breakfast, Holliday Inn, 9:00am
September 6 - Oneness of Humankind Observance, Bahá’í Peace Park, 3:005:00pm
September 20 - Picket 4 Peace, corner of Henry & Norton, noon-1:00pm
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An outstanding resource for choosing well-managed caught or farmed seafood in environmentally responsible ways is Seafood Watch, provided through California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. Information on the most sustainable varieties of seafood is available in a printed guide, updated twice a year. The pocket guide or smartphone app provides instant information at the seafood counter and restaurant table. Online information at SeafoodWatch.org and via the app is regularly updated.
The truth is that no one fish can be seen as a sustainability darling, because if it is, it’s sure to be overfished. ~ DailyFinance.com The Blue Ocean Institute, led by MacArthur Fellow and ecologist Carl Safina, Ph.D., supports ocean conservation, community economics and global peace by steering consumers and businesses toward sustainably fished seafood. It maintains a data base on 140 wild-caught fish and shellfish choices at BlueOcean.org. Hoki, for instance, might have a green fish icon for “relatively abundant” and a blue icon for “sustainable and well-managed fisheries,” but also be red-flagged for containing levels of mercury or PCBs that can pose a health risk for children. As species become overfished, rebound or experience fluctuating levels of contaminants, their annual ratings can change.
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To help make choosing easier, Seafood Watch has now joined with the Harvard School of Public Health to also advise what’s currently safe to eat. Entries on their list of “green” fish, which can shift annually, are low in mercury, good sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and caught or farmed responsibly. If the top-listed fish and shellfish aren’t locally available, look for the Seafood Safe label, started by EcoFish company founder and President Henry
Lovejoy, which furnishes at-a-glance consumption recommendations based upon tests for contaminants. Labels display a number that indicates how many four-ounce servings of the species a woman of childbearing age can safely eat per month. (Find consumption recommendations for other demographics at SeafoodSafe.com.) Expert-reviewed independent testing of random samples of the fish currently monitors mercury and PCB levels. Lovejoy advises that other toxins will be added to the testing platform in the future. “My dream is to have all seafood sold in the U.S. qualify to bear the Seafood Safe label, because consumers deserve to know what they’re eating,” says Lovejoy. “We need to be a lot more careful in how we use toxic chemicals and where we put them.”
Some retailers also provide details on their seafood sourcing. Whole Foods, for example, offers complete traceability of the fish and shellfish they carry, from fishery or farm to stores. Their fish, wild-caught or farmed, frozen or fresh, meet strict quality guidelines in regard to exposure to antibiotics, preservatives and hormones. They also display Seafood Watch and Blue Ocean Institute ratings at the seafood counter. Wise seafood choices feed and sustain our families, foster a healthier seafood industry, support responsible local fisheries and keep Earth’s water resources viable. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
SUPERB SEAFOOD According to Seafood Watch and the Harvard School of Public Health, the Super “Green” list includes seafood with low levels of mercury (below 216 parts per billion [ppb]) and at least 250 milligrams per day (mg/d) of the recommended daily consumption of omega-3 essential fatty acids. It also must be classified as a Best Choice for being caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways at SeafoodWatch.org.
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n Atlantic mackerel (purse seine, U.S. and Canada) n Freshwater Coho salmon (tank system farms, U.S.) n Pacific sardines (wild-caught) n Salmon (wild-caught, Alaska) n Salmon, canned (wild-caught, Alaska) The “honorable mention” list includes seafood that contains moderate amounts of mercury and between 100 and 250 milligrams per day (mg/d) of the recommended daily consumption of omega-3s. It also must be classified as a Best Choice for being caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways at SeafoodWatch.org.
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We’d love it if our kids had fewer sick days away from school, but what if by bolstering their immune systems now, we could also protect them from serious diseases going forward?
uring childhood, when the immune system is still developing, there’s a great opportunity to set the stage for improved health and resilience,” says Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a family physician and nutritional researcher in Flemington, New Jersey, and author of Disease-Proof Your Child. “A healthy diet and lifestyle can help kids avoid common childhood illnesses like colds, ear infections and allergies, as well as ensure greater resilience against disease later in life.”
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Fruits and veggies have a wealth of protective phytochemicals that enhance immune cell function and protect against disease. In a study published in
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the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, kids that ate the most fruit had a 38 percent lower risk of cancer later in life. Berries, cherries, plums and pomegranates are among the most powerful immune-boosting fruits. For veggies, eat more dark leafy greens, tomatoes, carrots and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Also emphasize whole grains and healthy fats such as those found in nuts, seeds and avocado, advises Fuhrman. Sugar-laden calories depress the infection-fighting activity of white blood cells, says Dr. Alan R. Gaby, of Concord, New Hampshire, author of the textbook, Nutritional Medicine. Even natural sweeteners such as honey and juice have similar effects when consumed in excess, he says. Try healthy options like pomegranate and kiwi fruit salad; trail mix with raw almonds; dried cranberries and air-popped popcorn; and hummus with red pepper strips and baby carrots for dipping.
Food allergies and sensitivities can suppress the immune system by increasing inflammation in the body and call for consultation with a health specialist. “Whenever there is extra inflammation, the body has less available energy to keep the immune system functioning as well as it should,” says Dr. Fred Pescatore, a New York author of The Allergy & Asthma Cure. “It’s like putting the wrong type of gasoline in the car; it hinders your performance.”
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Probiotics can enhance immune function in children by stimulating white blood cells and reducing inflammation, says Gary B. Huffnagle, Ph.D., a University of Michigan Medical School immunology research professor and author of The Probiotics Revolution. They are especially protective against allergies, diarrhea and respiratory tract infection. Start with yogurt: Serve with cereal; mix with mashed bananas and freeze in ice cube trays for a cool treat; or make smoothies with unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt and frozen berries. Or consider a Lactobacillus acidophilus supplement; aim for 5 billion CFUs per day of Lactobacillus or bifidobacterium. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), an ayurvedic herb, boosts immunity by supporting and balancing adrenal function, says Dr. John Douillard, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado, chiropractor, ayurvedic physician and author of Perfect Health for Kids. The adrenal glands produce cortisol, and overproduction of this “fight-or-flight” hormone can dampen immunity. Ashwagandha is particularly helpful for preventing colds and can also be used when kids are stressed or tired. For children ages 6 to 12, give 500 milligrams per day with breakfast; children over 12 can take 1,000 mg a day.
Stabilize Hormonal Changes
“Puberty and adolescence are marked by dramatic shifts in and surges of hormones,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of Sebastopol, California, co-author of Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled? “This is monumental, as far as the developing immune system is concerned. As the immune system is directly linked to hormonal in-
Tell kids they’ll get sick, and chances are it’ll happen. Instead, nurture an attitude of wellness and help them learn they have control over their own health. fluences, any hormonal imbalance will affect overall immunity.” Shames recommends selenium—a potent antioxidant and general immune booster—to help balance hormones. For children ages 8 to 18, aim for 100 mg per day.
Let ’em Get Dirty
“Once a child has been exposed to dirt and germs, the immune system responds by trying to expel those bacteria from the body, which strengthens immunity,” counsels Jane Sheppard, owner of HealthyChild.com and founding executive director of the Holistic Pediatric Association. Avoid antibacterial soaps, cleansers and gels; most contain the chemical triclosan, which some researchers suspect of contributing to development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Instead, use a natural antibacterial gel or make one, by combining witch hazel or alcohol, tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.
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“The sun is our primary source of vitamin D, which has broad effects on the immune system,” Fuhrman says. “Depending on your skin tone and the local climate, about 15 minutes of full sun exposure a day will lead to natural production of sufficient amounts of vitamin D.” If kids have dark skin or live in a cloudy region, they may need vitamin D supplements—at least 200 IU per day.
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“You can give your kids the best food and nutrition, but if they have underlying sadness, their immune system will suffer,” remarks Sheppard. “When you’re happy and when you laugh, your brain releases chemicals that increase immunity.” Lisa Turner is a Colorado-based health writer.
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Playing Outside: Fun and Healthy by Kelly S. Hassberger, ND
ith so much indoor entertainment, it can be difficult to get kids out from behind their electronic devices and into nature. However, there are enormous health benefits of playing outside in the sunshine and fresh air. In fact physical activity is good for the entire family.
Encouraging Exercise When kids are unleashed outside, they use their bodies in creative ways—jumping, gliding, running, tumbling, dancing and twirling. These forms of playful exercises are good for their heart, lungs, weight and energy levels. The best kind of outdoor play includes group and family activities because it integrates exercise, connection, social interaction and belonging into one activity. Although it’s a good idea for parents to encourage their kids to play outside, it’s even better when they join them in a game of Frisbee, tag or even a little bouncing on the trampoline. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, many Americans are Vitamin D deficient, which is generally linked to insufficient time spent outdoors in the sunshine. The minute sunlight touches our skin our bodies begin making Vitamin D. This helps us have stronger immune systems and bones and lowers our risk for certain health issues, including depression. Playing outside may also help lower a child’s risk for nearsighted vision. Studies have shown that children who favored outdoor play were less likely to become nearsighted than those who spend their time indoors. Easing the Mind Playing outside also helps ease the mind and strengthens certain cognitive abilities. Research has shown the effectiveness of outdoor activities on ADHD. No matter what the activity, for a child to get the calming effects, they simply need to be in nature. After school and weekend activities
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such as going on a picnic, playing in a park, taking a hike, or going camping can have excellent results. Time spent outdoors can also help improve school performance and critical thinking skills, according to some researchers. This is especially true when learning activities are combined with being outdoors. Therefore, instead of insisting that our children finish their homework before going to play, it may be more advantageous if we encourage them to finish it outside. Energizing the Spirit As adults, we sometimes forget the importance of play in our lives, but research shows that the loss of free time combined with a hurried lifestyle is very hard on children. They need time to play and be creative in order to have a greater sense of well-being and natural vitality. The truth is that everyone could use a little unstructured playtime to protect from the persistent negative effects of stress. It has even been proven that when children see green spaces, their stress levels fall within minutes. That’s why playtime outdoors can be so effective at energizing their spirits. Playing outside is not just a way to drain off excessive energy in our kids. It is healthy for our bodies, minds and spirits. This summer, take advantage of the sunshine and spend some family time outdoors to get these amazing health benefits. Kelly S. Hassberger, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor and owner of Grand Rapids Natural Health, located at 5131 East Paris Avenue in Kentwood. Visit www.grnaturalhealth. com or call 616-264-6556. See ad page 6.
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Green Travelers Recharge at Spas, Parks and Vineyards by April Thompson
arving out time from crammed calendars for a week or more away from home can pose such a hurdle that more than half of all American workers forfeit hard-earned vacation days every year. Sometimes a long weekend in an inspiring locale is all we need to recharge our batteries. Short vacations invite welcome rest and relaxation and are often more sustainable, according to Gary Diedrichs, publisher of the online Green Traveler Guides (GreenTravelerGuides.com). “Airplanes pollute more than any other form of travel. When you take shorter trips by other means, whether bicycle or a hybrid rental car, you’re way ahead environmentally,” says Diedrichs, whose family enjoys road-tripping in an old Mercedes converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. For families, short, sweet trips are also easier to do with the kids in tow. “It’s also an opportunity for parents to reinforce that living sustainably isn’t just something you do at home,” notes Diedrichs.
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We can prescribe—and reward— ourselves with one of the following minivacations, whether it’s a trip to a green spa if we’re stressed or a hike in a park or the woods if we’ve been sedentary. Travel on tracks to trails. Leave behind stressful traffic and uninspiring highway views by hopping a train to a nearby state or national park. Riders can venture through a variety of terrains without leaving their seats. Amtrak reaches more than 237 national parks and monuments (AmtrakToParks.com), many of which offer stunning backdrops for outdoor music festivals. A rail-to-park adventure can rekindle old friendships with faraway, but not forgotten friends. Draw a circle encompassing everyone’s location and pick a park within the perimeter as the meet-up spot, distributing the travel burden equally. Agree beforehand which friends bring which essential camping equipment, food and other provisions so that everyone travels light. Traversing trails is a fun, bonding experience.
Go farm to fork. Escape city crowds, live bucolic fantasies and learn about sustainable agriculture during a farm stay. Organic family farms across the country offer overnight accommodations to supplement farming incomes and connect with local consumers. Farm life is about simple pleasures, like waking to a rooster’s call and then digging into a farm-fresh breakfast of free-range eggs, accompanied by homemade bread, cheese, jam and honey. Afterwards, stroll an apple orchard or fragrant field of lavender. Most farms allow guests to pitch in with the chores, maybe feeding chickens, milking cows, picking cherries or making yogurt. Find a place nearby at FarmStayUS.com. Renew your spirit. Reconnect with your faith or explore a new spiritual calling with a short stay at a retreat center. Some furnish structured guided sessions, such as vipassanã Buddhism’s silent retreats, at which participants sit in meditation eight hours a day without access to me-
dia or other distractions. Other centers assist guests in creating self-directed retreats tailored to personal goals. Grounds often feature sacred spaces like labyrinths or meditation gardens, providing an inspiring environment to contemplate one’s spiritual journey. RetreatFinder.com supplies a comprehensive listing of possibilities conducive to every spiritual persuasion, from Anglican to Zen, across the country and worldwide. Taste the terroir. A long weekend amidst vineyards can be a refreshing way to simultaneously explore the countryside and refine our wine palate. Along with tastings, some vintners provide tours of their vineyards and cellars, including insights into the characteristics of local terroirs that give each vintage its distinctive taste. Some also have bed and breakfast inns onsite, eliminating the need for a designated driver. The site WineriesByState.com lists domestic wineries in all 50 states; KennUncorked.com provides information about biodynamic and organic winemakers.
Pamper your body. Visiting a green destination spa is a soothing way to detox from stress while indulging in corporeal treats like a hot stone massage, aromatherapy treatment or rose petal bath. Green spas use natural products such as unbleached organic linens and botanically derived oils, which are gentler on skin. Most practice sustainability in other areas as well, such as water management, energy use and waste reduction. Search for the perfect getaway treat at GreenSpaNetwork.org. Numerous farms, spas, parks and vineyards are waiting to be explored; many nearby that we may overlook draw visitors from around the world. “Local travel gives us a chance to dig more deeply into the places that surround us,” says Diedrichs. “We can have fun playing tourists in our own backyards and support sustainable, local businesses we discover along the way.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
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$65 ~ 90-Minute Massages - Schedule a 60 minute massage and receive an additional 30 minute massage with Energy Healing complimentary. Call 269221-1961 to set up your appointment, and visit www. waystohealing.com. Healing Ways, 6363 North 24th Street, Kalamazoo. Back to School Assessment Special - It’s time to go back to school! Sylvan is offering a half off academic check-up the month of August to be sure your student is ready this fall. Call Lisa at 231-799-0613 and mention ‘Natural Awakenings’ to take advantage of this special. Muskegon. i-Lipo Treatments - Receive a free consultation and treatment in non-surgical body contouring. i-Lipo is suitable for both men and women. The laser can be applied to the belly, thighs, upper arms, neck and fatty breast tissue- only in men. For more information call 616-453-4215. Standale.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Restorative Yoga with Jessica Roodvoets - 7:008:30pm. Restorative yoga poses help us turn off the body’s fight or flight response and return to our natural state of restoration and balance. Reduce stress, rest deeply and ignite your innate healing resources within. $20 pre-order, $25 walk-in. Visit www.expressionsofgraceyoga.com for details. Grand Rapids.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
Confessions of a Spiritually Promiscuous Woman 12:30pm. Spiritual teacher, humorist, intuitive healer and author, Dr. Pamela Gerali of Naples, FL shares her transforming journey of self-discovery in this amusing and inspiring one-woman show. Ticket $15, Unity of Kalamazoo, 1204 Whites Road, Kalamazoo. 269-385-2239, www.unitykalamazoo.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 4
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Free Orientation - 6:30pm. Explore the time honored practices of mindfulness meditation and yoga in this 8-week class to free yourself from the vicious cycle of negative stress patterns. Classes begin August 11, 12, or 13. Visit www.GRCFM.com for details or call 616-361-3660 to register. Grand Rapids.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Free Orientation - 6:30pm. Explore the time honored practices of mindfulness meditation and yoga in this 8-week class to free yourself from the vicious cycle of negative stress patterns. Classes begin August 11, 12, or 13. Visit www.GRCFM.com for details or call 616-361-3660 to register. Grand Rapids.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 14
Guided Meditation and Healing Circle - 7:008:00pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation and energy healing from Healing in America-trained healers. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Free Orientation - 9:30am. Explore the time-honored practices of mindfulness meditation and yoga in this 8-week class to free yourself from the vicious cycle of negative stress patterns. Classes begin August 11, 12, or 13. Visit www.GRCFM.com for details or call 616-361-3660 to register. Grand Rapids.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7
Healthseekers Class - 6:00-7:15 pm. Are you suffering from health challenges that have not responded to traditional methods? Dr.Pierce weds low- impact chiropractic to a unique system utilizing homeopathy, meridians and muscle kinesiology. Pinpoint your system’s needs to optimize healing at a deep level. RSVP. Angel Touch Family Chiropractic. Muskegon. 231-670-0179.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9
Confessions of a Spiritually Promiscuous Woman - 7:00pm. Spiritual teacher, humorist, intuitive healer and author, Dr. Pamela Gerali of Naples, FL shares her transforming journey of self-discovery in this amusing and inspiring one-woman show. Tickets $15; Unity on the Lakeshore, 41 S. Washington St., Douglas. 269-352-2412.
MONDAY, AUGUST 11
8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with April Hadley - Classes begin August 11, 12, or 13. Mindfulness is a way of relating the experiences of your life and re-discovering the skills to thrive during all of its challenges and joys. Explore the time honored practices of mindfulness meditation to help alleviate stress. Visit www.GRCFM.com for details or call 616-361-3660 to register. Grand Rapids.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12
GMOs - What Are They - 5:00-8:30pm. Join Veg Lakeshore at the Herrick District Main Library to watch the film, “GMO OMG” and hear Ryan Kelley of NoGMO4Michigan speak. Learn more about GMOs, how they affect our children, the health of our plant and our freedom of choice. 300 S. River Ave, Holland. Spirit of Mantra - 7:00-8:00pm. Liberation ~ Please come with an open heart that’s striving towards higher values, and feel your way to the inner freedom of your soul through sacred sound. www. waystohealing.com. Healing Ways, 6363 North 24th Street, Kalamazoo.
Three Steps to Controlling Stress, Anger and Anxiety - 8:00pm. Experience a free coaching session with Elle Ingalls as she shares her breakthrough to improved health and performance, the Pressure-Free Method. To register call, 269-8323573 or go to www.Pressure-Free.com.
Fearless Heart Tour - August 15-17. Take part in this four class workshop featuring Mythic Yoga Flow. Heart Fire Activation, Divine Life Purpose and Rock the Bhakti. Register now to save your spot, www.FromTheHeartYoga.com, 616-3369642. From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center, 714 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
Huna Healing-Hawaiian Spirituality - 10:00am4:00pm. Certified Huna Healing Counselor/Teacher Gale Newton has been facilitating Huna Healing study groups since 1994. Event costs $50, which includes lunch. 2052 Bourdon St., Muskegon. www.unitymuskegon.org. Midwifery Matters Grand Opening - 1:005:00pm. Join us for the grand opening of the only nurse midwife owned and operated birth center in Michigan! Women and their families can birth in a safe, home like environment with support and empowerment. 118 East Benton Street, Greenville. www.Midwifery-Matters.com. 616-258-2386
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
Sacred Unity Day of Prayer - 10:30am. Share a time of interfaith sacred readings and music with a morning of prayer, music, meditation and inspiration. From Rumi to Mother Teresa, we share our Unity. Pastor Sherry Petro-Surdel & jazz extraordinaire Jim Cooper. 3493 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck. 616-836-1555.
MONDAY, AUGUST 18
PeaceLab Kids Yoga- 10:30-11:30am, August 18, 20 and 22.Choose from one day, two days, or all three! Class is designed for all abilities, ages 6-12. Yoga is great for children. Drop in for $7, or enroll for all three for $15. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave., Suite M, Grandville. Healing Sound Qigong - 3:00-3:45pm. Enjoy a routine of six gentle exercises that can reduce stress, boost energy and help in healing, plus a short guided meditation. Six week course beginning August 18; includes theory, gentle movement and a guided meditation. $33. AgeWell Services, 231-733-8643. Muskegon. Kindergarten Readiness Camp - Sylvan Learning of Muskegon is planning to hosting a Kindergarten Readiness Camp for students entering into kinder-
garten this fall. Please call Lisa Morgan if you are interested in getting more information as we finalize the details. 231-799-0613. Muskegon.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 19
Bio-Identical Hormones - 7:00-8:00pm. What is Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? What are the Benefits? Can men and women use BRHT? Learn the answers to these questions and more at Holistic Care Approach, located at 3368 Beltline Ct NE in Grand Rapids. www.holisticcareapproach.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20
Healing Energy Circle - 7:00pm. Following a discussion with Interfaith Pastor Sherry Petro-Surdel from 6-7 pm, join us in a Healing Energy Circle to promote wellness for ourselves and others. Join us for all or part of the gathering. Spirit Space is an interfaith spiritual enrichment center, www.spiritspace.org. Saugatuck, 616-836-1555.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21
Innovations in Neuropathic Pain Management - 5:30pm. Part of Keystone Pharmacy’s “Ask the Compounding Pharmacist” series, Dr. Dave Miller, RPh, PhD is our speaker on new treatments in reducing & relieving neuropathic pain. 4021 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids. Healthseekers Class - 6:00-7:15 pm. Are you suffering from health challenges that have not responded to traditional methods? Dr.Pierce weds low- impact chiropractic to a unique system utilizing homeopathy, meridians and muscle kinesiology. Pinpoint your system’s needs to optimize healing at a deep level. RSVP. Angel Touch Family Chiropractic. Muskegon. 231-670-0179. Creating a Limitless Life - 8:00pm. Experience a free coaching session with Elle Ingalls as she shares her break-through to improved health and performance, the Pressure-Free Method. To register call, 269-832-3573 or go to www.Pressure-Free.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22
PeaceLab Yoga Happy Hour Class - 6:30-7:30pm. This all levels flow class is the perfect end to your busy week, and it’s just $5. (cc $6) Unwind, decompress and enjoy the company of other yogis for this invigorating class with modifications and alignment cues for everyone. PeaceLab Yoga, 5570 Wilson Ave., Suite M, Grandville.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24
Everybody Already Knows - 10:30am. Come join us for Sunday Service as Dr. Jon Mundy delivers the message of “Everybody Already Knows”. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave NW Grand Rapids.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28
Creating your Pressure-Free Life - 8:00pm. Experience a free coaching session with Elle Ingalls as she shares her break-through to improved health and performance, the Pressure-Free Method. To register call, 269-832-3573 or go to www.Pressure-Free.com.
Free Yoga Trial Classes - Experience how the practice of yoga can enhance your well-being at a one hour class just for new students. Call 616-776-0836 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot. The Yoga Studio, 955 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids.
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Zero-waste to Landfill Salmon FestivalThe Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts the 11th Annual Grand Haven Salmon Festival — a multi-faceted festival that pays tribute to the area’s bountiful waterways as a natural resource, while coinciding with the region’s annual salmon migration. Visit www.GHSalmonFest.com for more information. Grand Haven.
Midwifery Matters Open House - 1:00-5:00pm. Midwifery Matters is excited to announce the opening of a brand new birth center in Greenville. Doors opening July 1. Please come see the new warming and inviting place to birth your child. Email email@example.com for more information. 118 East Benton St, Greenville.
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Medicine Beyond Medication: The Heart of the Matter. Universal Health Solutions brings traditional, holistic, and integrative medical communities together for this conference to consider collaborative models of care for heart health. Register and learn more at www. uhsmi.com. Early Bird Registration: $249, Student Pricing: $99, Full Registration: $299. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23
Old-Fashioned Soap Making - 9:00am-noon. Join experienced soap maker Ruth Zwald for a “hands on” workshop creating all natural soaps using the old fashioned method of saponification. Everyone leaves with recipes, soap, and enough knowledge to make your own at home. Visit www.spiritlinkherbals.weebly.com for more information or to register. Fennville.
Expansion Celebration- Door prizes, giveaways, food demonstrations and more to help celebrate the expansion of Nature’s Market, a natural health food store with a large bulk section, personal care products, supplements, organic produce and groceries, and more. www. naturesmarketholland.com, 1013 S. Washington Ave., Holland.
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CLASSES Energy Healings and Training, Reiki & Urevia Healings/Classes - held near Hastings at Subtle Energies w/ Ken & Dana Gray. Learn a variety of techniques that can heal your life. Reiki I & Urevia Practitioner classes are eligible for NAN 20% discount. Visit www.reikiconnect.com for more information.
FOR RENT Beautiful Space Overlooking Lake Eastbrook - Established business looking for additional natural health practitioners. Call Lorraine Otte, 616-204-2816. Small Office Space - for alternative health practitioner in busy Chiropractic Clinic in great Kentwood location. Call Erin for details at 616389-5166.
HELP WANTED Ad Sales Rep – Natural Awakenings is now accepting resumes for Part/Full Time Sales Reps throughout the West Michigan area. Must be self-motivated with strong organizational skills, sales and computer/database experience. We’re positive people looking for positive associates. Flexible schedule with great earning potential. Pay is set up on a generous full commission structure with bonuses. E-mail cover letter and resume to Publisher@NaturalWestMichigan.com. Certified Massage Therapist - Busy Kentwood Chiropractic Clinic is looking for a part/full time Certified Massage Therapist. Competitive salary and benefits. Please submit resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ment center. Call 616-836-1555 for more information. Visit www.spirit-space.org. Saugatuck.
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Sunday Summer Chapel Speakers - 10:00am. Our summer speakers may expand your mind, touch your heart or even call you to action to change the world. More info at www.fountainstreet.org. 24 Fountain St., NE, Grand Rapids. Spirit Space Sunday Worship - 10:30am. Spirit Space is an inter-faith gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings Take a virtual tour at www. spirit-space.org. 616-836-1555. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Sunday Series - 6:00pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening Ministers, Teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids. For more information see www.TheCopticCenter.org. Community Yoga Class - 6:00pm. Join us for Outdoor Yoga at Jonkers Gardens, 897 Lincoln Ave in Holland for the month of August. Weather permitting, check our website; mibodhitree.com or Facebook for more information and cancellations.
Monday HypnoBirthing® Classes - 6:00-8:30pm. Learn relaxation techniques so you can give your baby a welcome that is calm, gentle and safe. For Class Info visit myBellabirth.com or email stephanieamayne@ gmail.com. Greenville. Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman - 6:15-7:30pm. All levels. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga.com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.
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A Course In Miracles Healing Circle - 7:00-8:30pm. Want peace in your life regardless of the circumstances? Clarity? Inspiration? All are welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095. Chair Yoga - 10:30-11:45am. Experience a good stretch, better breathing habits, stress reduction, improved muscle tone and a sense of well-being. Appropriate for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. 616-361-8580, www.expressionsofgraceyoga.com, Grand Rapids. Yoga Basics - 7:30-8:45pm Learn the basics and grow your practice. Suitable for strong beginners and beyond. $9-15. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. www.artofteachingyoga.com, www.expressionsofgraceyoga.com.
Tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman - 7:459:00am & 9:15-10:30am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga.com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.
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Morning Flow Yoga - 10:15-11:30am. Unwind your body and your mind. A Yoga practice intended to gradually increase flexibility, strength and a range of motion. Laketown Healing Arts, www.laketownhealingarts.com, Holland. The Five Principles-A Practical Guide to Spirituality - 6:30-8:30pm. Explore fundamental questions of existence. Class is ideal for people new to Unity and those who would like a deeper understanding of the Unity movement and its essential teachings. 616-682-7812, Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, Ada. Intermediate Yoga - 6:00-7:30pm. An intermediate class for Yogis with some experience. Refine and practice your yoga chops. $9-15. Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. www.artofteachingyoga.com, www. expressionsofgraceyoga.com. Advanced Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman 6:15-7:30pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga.com for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662.
HypnoBirthing® Classes - 6:00-8:30pm. Learn relaxation techniques so you can give your baby a welcome that is calm, gentle and safe. For Class Info visit myBellabirth.com or email stephanieamayne@ gmail.com. Greenville.
Beyond Basics - 7:30-8:45pm. Gain strength, refine alignment and build your yoga practice. For the student who has a strong foundation in yoga and wants to go deeper. PeaceLab Yoga, Grandville. www. artofteachingyoga.com, www.peacelabyoga.com.
Wednesday Is Food a Problem for You? - Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you binge, purge, or restrict? Is your weight affecting your life? Contact Overeaters Anonymous. No dues, fees, weigh-ins or diets. For Grand Rapids area meeting list, call 616-336-1359 or visit www.oa.org.
A Course in Miracles - 9:30-11:00am. This selfstudy system is unique in teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace, and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. 616-682-7812, Unity of Greater Grand Rapids, Ada.
Morning Flow Yoga - 10:15-11:30am. Unwind your body and your mind. A Yoga practice intended to gradually increase flexibility, strength and a range of motion. Laketown Healing Arts, www.laketownhealingarts.com, Holland.
$20 off BioMeridian Assessments - Food allergies, environmental allergies, organ function and real food menus and shopping lists for families that are healthy and kid-approved. Visit www.integrativenutritionaltherapies.com or 616-365-9176. Grand Rapids.
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Creation’s Lessons for Living - 7:00pm. 2nd Wed of month. Creation desires to help us grow, mature, evolve. Connect with Creation’s wisdom through the teachings and ceremonies of the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. Donation. Call 616-8564957 for more information. Join me in learning to walk in beauty. NE Grand Rapids.
Discussion & Meditation at Spirit Space - 6:008:00pm. Discussion to promote spiritual enrichment; questions welcomed and then meditation. Spirit Space is an interfaith church and spiritual enrich-
Gentle Yoga - 10:30am. Designed for every ‘body” in mind. Join Kathy Howard at Bodhi tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th Street, Holland. Check out www.mibodhitree.com or call 616-392-7580 for more information. Friday Night Live- 6:00-7:15pm. A light hearted yoga experience with some partner work and a great alternative date night! Many of us continue the evening with socializing at a local cafe. $10 drop-in. On the Path Yoga, 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake.
Saturday Slow Flow Yoga - 8:30-9:45am. Start your weekend with yoga! All levels practice. Seva Yoga, 2237 Wealthy SE Suite 120, East Grand Rapids. www. artofteachingyoga.com, http://sevayoga.net. Hatha Yoga- 9:00-10:15am. A Little more invigorating, this is a great class to learn the foundations of a yoga practice. Laketown Healing Arts, www. laketownhealingarts.com, Holland. Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman - 9:0010:15am & 10:30-11:45am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit WhiteRiverYoga.com for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market - 9:00am1:00pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are inside if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234.
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BODY CARE PRODUCTS MOONDROP HERBALS, LLC Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-735-1285 www.MoondropHerbals.com
Your Local Source for all things Natural and Botanical. Hand crafted bath & body products, tea, bulk herbs, essential oils, other raw ingredients, containers, local artwork, unique gifts. Practitioner discounts. Space rental and artisan consignment. See ad page 10.
959 Lake Dr SE, Suite 2, GR 49506 *Second Floor of Blackport Building 616-419-8115 www.facebook.com/SerendipiteOrganiques Your retail location for makeup, body care, & household products that are organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free & cruelty-free! Products offered score ‘0-2, Low Hazard’ on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. See ad page 19.
BODYWORK WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com
Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 21.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050 www.DynamicChiro.com
Family owned and operated in the heart of downtown Grandville, Dynamic Family Chiropractic focuses on lifestyle improvements through living a maximized life. A safe and natural approach to health through the combination of exercise, nutrition, detoxification and chiropractic care.
SCHAFER CHIROPRACTIC AND HEALING SPA
Dr. Andrew Schafer 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 www.GRChiroSpa.com
Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ai n , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurance accepted. Breton Village area. See ad pages 7 & 30.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY HARMONY ’N HEALTH
Mary De Lange, CCT. LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 www.HarmonyNHealth.net Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach, colonics relieves constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 5.
TRICIA E. GOSLING
Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 www.holisticenergytherapies.net Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. 16 years of experience. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.
Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle e n e rg y d u r i n g a M a t r i x Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. See ad page 21.
ESSENTIAL OILS BE YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS Clara VanderZouwen 616-481-8587 email@example.com www.NaturalHealth4Today.com
”What you put on your skin, goes within!” Choose safe, effective essential oils for relief from pain, hormonal issues, diabetes, digestive issues and allergies. Also offering “clean” skin care products, GMO-free Meal Replacement Shakes, Masaji, NutriSmart, Liver Detox, Bio-feedback and Ionic detoxing Foot Baths. FREE monthly classes. See ad page 18.
doTERRA Essential Oils IPC #406390 616-340-5115 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mydoterra.com/bonniehealey Our oils effectively reduce or eliminate many c h e m i c a l s , pharmaceuticals and general medicines in your environment. I offer Zyto Compass biofeedback scans, AromaTouch Technique application and free educational oils classes. Call to schedule an appointment today. See ad page 14.
YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS
Barbara Borgeld Independent Distributor # 1182115 5 W. Main St., #8 / Boyne City, MI 49712 386-366-1903 www.sozotouch.com Discover the high potency, 4,000-yearold therapeutic properties in Young Living Essential Oils. Learn how the oils enhance health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. (Seen on the “TODAY” show). Income Opportunities also available. Free Training. See ad page 33.
BOB HUTTINGA PA-C
KEN PORTER CST, CHT
332 S. Lincoln Ave Lakeview 989-352-6500 www.TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com
534 Fountain NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503 616-262-3848 www.BodyandSoulGR.com
A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care. Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We use Clinical Homeopathy to assist traditional medications. We take most insurances. See ad page 20.
Hakomi Therapy can truly change your life. It’s a mindfulnessbased, experiential therapy for transforming the unconscious patterns that keep you from the love, joy, and fulfillment you deserve. Offered with exquisite care and attentiveness.
HEALING SERVICES HEALING WAYS
INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES
Pastor & Casey Brian Kalamazoo 269-221-1961 www.waystohealing.com
ALIGN DESIGN, LLC
Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, Spiritual Counsel, Healing Services for Groups and more. We fully support you in experiencing Healing in all aspects of your life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual...
Shawn Merkel, ASID 616-916-1071 - email@example.com www.AlignDesignGR.com Complete Interior Design Services for your home or business. Specializing in creating, harmonious, nurturing spaces, by incorporating feng shui principals and repurposing your existing treasures. Let your space become a reflection of who you are. See ad page 19.
HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER
THE WELLNESS FORUM 616-430-2291 www.WellnessForum.com
Educational programs for personal health improvement - Workplace wellness programs - Wellness Forum Foundation focused on school nutrition and children’s health - National conferences.
HEALTH / WELLNESS CENTER THE HEALING CENTER
Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 www.TheHealingCenterOfLakeview.com Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Professional discounts and senior pricing. www.affordablenutrition.com. See ad in page 20.
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WHOLISTIC KINESIOLOGY HEALTH SERVICES, LLC Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 www.WKHealthServices.com
Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing P r a c t i t i o n e r, C e r t i f i e d Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 21.
MASSAGE THERAPY DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE THERAPY
Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville, MI 49418 616-531-6050 www.DynamicChiro.com. I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts.
HANDS ON HEALING PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY LLC Pattie Kooy, LMT, CMMT, CMT, HTP 5286 Plainfield NE Plainfield Twp, MI 49525 616-648-7217
Professional massage therapist offering Medical Massage, Manual Therapy, Hot Stone, Healing Touch Therapy, Essential Oils, Infrared heat lamp, Bioenergetic Therapy, Hot castor oil packs, Chinese herbal liniments & Detox Massage. Mention ad for $10 off hour massage.
HARMONY ‘N HEALTH
Mary De Lange, CCT., LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 www.harmonynhealth.net Over 21 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal, or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad page 5.
SCHAFER CHIROPRACTIC AND HEALING SPA
Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Vi l l a g e a r e a . w w w. GRChiroSpa.com. See ad pages 7 & 30.
MIDWIFERY FULL CIRCLE MIDWIFERY SERVICE, INC. Patrice Bobier CPM Hesperia: 231-861-2234 www.FullCircleMidwifery.com
In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1450 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways. Free initial consultations including Prenatal check up.
Leslie Cornwell, CNM 616-258-2386 www.Midwifery-Matters.com Looking for different care for your pregnancy outside the traditional maternity system, we have what you have been looking for. High quality care for preconception, pregnancy, and beyond. See ad page 8.
REIKI PRANA HOUSE REIKI & MASSAGE Jen Gemski, CMT, Reiki Master Practitioner 1345 Monroe Ave NE Ste 204 616-970-3003
NATUROPATHIC INSTITUTE OF THERAPIES & EDUCATION
503 East Broadway St. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 989-773-1714 contact@NaturopathicInstitute.info www.NaturopathicInstitute.info
SCREEN PRINTING GREEN INK WORKS
3637 Clyde Park Ave., Suite 2 Wyoming, MI 49509 616-254-7350 Dan@GreenInkWorks.com
Educational Programs Offered: Natural Health Program - Four Years (one weekend a month); Massage Therapy Program - One Year (two weekends a month); Holistic Doula Practitioner Program - Six Months (one weekend a month). Individual classes available. See ad page 2.
Custom screen printed apparel using water-based and discharge inks. Earth friendlier screen printing with a different look and feel. Also offering promotional products with an emphasis on the environment.
www.facebook.com/PranaHouseReikiMassage Find relief from anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, or pain/ discomfort due to cancer treatment. See how Reiki can transform your life from chaos to harmony, you can find balance again! Awaken the healing within. See ad page 30.
SALON SERVICES CJâ€™S STUDIO SALON
5286 Plainfield Ave., NE Grand Rapids 49525 616-364-9191 www.CjsStudioSalon.com
An award winning Hair Stylist with 30 years Advanced Education, that uses and sells Organic Hair Care Products as well as uses a professional line of Organic Hair Color. Ionic Detox Foot Baths also available.
SCHOOL / EDUCATION INSTITUTE OF SANATIVE ARTS
0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472 info@SanativeTranquility.com www.SanativeTranquility.com State licensed school for massage and bodywork. Offering high quality, affordable massage certification courses as well as NCBTMB continuing education courses for the experienced therapist. Located conveniently to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and Allendale.
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