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The Healing Power of Story Heroic Maturity Men’s Wellness Living Off the Land

June 2014 | Toledo, OH / Monroe County, MI Edition |

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

spotlight 12 LIVING OFF 8 healthbriefs THE LAND 10 globalbriefs Low- and No-Cost Ways 12 consciouseating to Feed a Family by Avery Mack 10 13 ecotip 14 THE HEALING 17 healthykids 14 POWER OF STORY 18 healingways How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free 19 inspiration by Judith Fertig 20 greenliving 19 17 PADDLE-HAPPY 22 fitbody Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun 13 24 wisewords by Lauressa Nelson 26 calendar 29 classifieds 18 THE BIONIC COACH 30 resourceguide High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist

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his Inspired Living quote resonates with me and it may with you, as well. When I first came across it, I liked how it simply states the cause and effect relationship between thought and action. It also reminds me of Biblical scriptures emphasizing that our thoughts manifest themselves in words and deeds. Today the saying cautions me not to get stuck in ruts of negative thinking. I am reminded of the encouraging fact that I have considerable control over life choices and how I elect to live my life. When a change is called for, I know I first need to change my thinking. Simple, if one is willing to let go of limiting habits, tastes and indulgences we know aren’t serving our best interest. This month’s feature article, “The Healing Power of Story,” by Judith Fertig brought the quote to mind again in terms of how telling our truth can set us free. It’s a good read. Take a look and see if you agree. Our other theme this month focuses on Men’s Wellness. Yes, about 70 percent of Natural Awakenings’ U.S. readers are women, but that means our male readership is a hefty 30 percent and growing, as nearly 1.5 million men nationwide discover us at places like last month’s Business to Business Expo. I loved telling Toledo guys that stopped by our table to be sure to pick up our June issue. Natural health and wellness is for everyone. Maybe they’ll get to see it’s true and get hooked! So, to all our men readers, please enjoy this special issue and pass it along. You might particularly point your pals to the article by local alternative health practitioner Dr. Douglas Schwan, who applies complementary approaches to relieving some of the common problems men experience. Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful men in our lives,

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he Sensory Learning Program-Toledo is a 30-day, drug-free intervention that uses light, sound and motion to create new neural connections in the brain that help eliminate or lessen sensory issues and improve the ability to learn. Traditional therapies have used these three modalities separately, but in the Sensory Learning Program they are all combined creating maximum results and benefits. “The Sensory Learning Program improves perception, understanding and the ability to learn,” explains Dr. Jeffrey Schmakel, OD, director. “The program is designed to treat individuals suffering from sensory integration issues as seen in autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, post-traumatic stress disorders, learning disabilities, speech and language delays and behavior issues. Dr. Schmakel brought this innovative technology to Toledo in August 2008 and has successfully treated more than 200 children and adults to date. Subtle changes can often be seen immediately, with significant results unfolding over the next several weeks or months. Location: 3454 Oak Alley Ct., Ste. 209, Toledo. For more information, call 419-578-0057. To complete a free child assessment, visit

Fowl and Fodder Restaurant Uses Sustainable Ingredients


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irritation can lead to the development of a slow-growing prostatic cancer. Research has demonstrated that prostate enlargement and inflammation can be brought on by male hormones or, more specifically, their metabolized products. Saw palmetto extract has been shown to slow the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which is the main culprit involved in prostate enlargement. The mineral zinc has been shown to block the enzyme that helps produce dihydrotestosterone; it is safe, effective and widely used to treat prostate enlargement. Research shows that zinc supplements can also reduce chronic prostatitis and help boost male fertility. Any nutritional supplementation should be taken after consultation with a physician familiar with alternative therapy, because too much of anything can be bad for the body. In alternative medicine, balance is everything. Douglas A. Schwan is a doctor of chiropractic and a diplomate of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is an author and lecturer and has maintained an active practice in Toledo for the last 32 years. For more information, email or visit

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ew Beginnings gardening and natural Healing Center living. There are a wide (NBHC), in Toledo, variety of classes and opened their new center events, too, ranging in November 2013 with from website devela mission to provide a opment and social place for holistic sermedia and handwritvices and classes from a ing analysis. Yoga is in variety of practitioners the planning stage, as in the area. Owner Virare massage, Pilates, ginia Ulch has been a dance, meditation and counselor for almost 20 more. Because there Virginia Ulch, owner years, a clinical hypnoare so many different therapist for almost 15 practitioners and seryears and a life coach for four years. vices involved, services are scheduled She specializes in regression therapy, by appointment only. which not many people are trained to NBHC will host an event to honor do. She also offers trauma resolution, veterans from noon to 5 p.m., June life coaching and smoking cessation 1, that will also serve as a grand reand weight-loss groups. She is also an opening to showcase their new conferauthor, specializing in therapeutic chilence room. They will show the film dren’s books, and has been a foster parent for children needing more intensive care for more than 20 years. NBHC was founded 2001, and Ulch wanted to find a place that would allow more practitioners to join her healing circle. “The goal of NBHC is to make healing services affordable and available to the public,” she says. “There were many practitioners who offered wonderful healing services on a part-time basis who did not have a place to practice their craft. There were also practitioners who wanted to hold classes, but did not have a place to do so. I created this center to allow those practitioners to come and practice. We have part-time offices, a conference room and an outdoor space for outdoor activities.” NBHC currently offers Reiki, BioMat, energy and sound healing, herbal

Operation: Emotional Freedom, which addresses using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for combat veterans, at 1 and 3 p.m. Astrologist Janet Amid will be offering her services from noon to 3 p.m., as well. Other offerings that day include handwriting analysis, BioMat and more. The proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Ulch also partners with other local organizations and volunteers for the nonprofit Good Grief of Northwest Ohio, which helps grieving children. She is currently republishing her children’s book, Love You, Teddy, a therapeutic children’s book on loss. The book will be sold on the website and at the center and $1 from the sale of each book will be donated to Good Grief. “My personal goal as a healer has always been to work with clients to resolve trauma, because once people heal their hurt, they are better able to function in their lives,” notes Ulch. “My vision for the center is to continue to expand the offerings to the public to have a diverse variety of services, products, classes and events all designed to help people heal and ultimately, lead happier, healthier lives.” Admission to the re-opening event is $5 (veterans get in free) plus the cost of services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 419861-7786 or visit

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Clouds Coming In

Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third

Frank Wilson From an early age, cover artist Frank Wilson sought to combine his twin passions of art and nature. “My paintings spring from a lifelong involvement with the wilderness areas of northern New England and more recently, northern California,” says Wilson. “When hiking and rock climbing in the high country, I look for the power and drama inherent in the untamed landscape. Clouds have always intrigued me with their spiritual and emotional impact on a wilderness scene.” Wilson’s nature-inspired work varies from seascapes and landscapes to still life and wildlife paintings. He often works in oils to capture the atmospheric quality of mountain vistas and winding trails, but also creates in watercolors, gouache or even rare earth phosphors, which he uses to paint murals of the cosmos that are invisible by day and glow at night. A full-time professional artist for more than 40 years, Wilson studied at the Art Institute of Boston and the School of Practical Art, also in Boston. Wilson’s work has been featured in the New York State Museum, art galleries throughout the U.S. and Switzerland, and private and corporate collections on four continents. He currently lives, paints and hikes in Paradise, California. View the artist’s portfolio at

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ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middle-aged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

A Good Midlife Diet Prolongs Health in Later Years


Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plantbased foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.

Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hypervigilance and pain.

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

Unconditional Love Hastens Healing


esearchers from the University of Miami found that compassionate love and faith in a compassionate Higher Power increases healing and reduces disease progression among HIV patients. They studied 177 HIV patients over a 10-year period, tracking biological measures and health behaviors and collecting in-depth data interviews. The scientists coded five criteria of compassionate love derived from the Working Model of Compassionate Love, developed by Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. The progression of HIV disease was reduced among patients that gave and received the most compassionate love. These patients exhibited both a greater level of the immune-boosting white blood cells known as CD4+ T helper cells and a reduced HIV viral load, the measure of HIV in the blood.

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Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than language-based activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source:

Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by and in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five top-scoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th. For more information, visit

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Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source:

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Laws Permit Oil and Gas Drilling in Iconic Public Lands News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government.

Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer

Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Source:

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Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack

Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.


o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemicalfree garden. She adds a new variety or


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two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she

brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

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Tips to Clean Air Inside a Vehicle We look out for the quality of the air we breathe indoors and out and we aim to drive in the most fuel-conscious manner to keep emissions down. What about the air quality inside our vehicles during necessary hours on the road? The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, nonprofit, attests that extreme air temperatures inside cars on especially hot days can potentially increase the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and release chemicals and other ingredients from new-car dashboards, steering wheel columns and seats into the interior air. Some manufacturers are responding by greening their interiors: Toyota is using sugarcane to replace plastic; Ford has turned to soy foam instead of polyurethane foam; and Land Rover is tanning its leather with vegetables, not chromium sulfate. Carbon monoxide seeping in from engine combustion

can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue and even trigger asthma. The potential exists “if there’s a leak in the system between the engine and the rear of the vehicle and there’s even a small hole in the body structure,” advises Tony Molla, a vice president with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “Have the exhaust system inspected by a certified technician to make sure everything is secure and not rusted or leaking.” Also have the cabin air filter checked. Part of the ventilation system, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases in air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems and prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the interior, according to the Car Care Council. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing it every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Find a range of educational information at It’s always beneficial to have fresh air entering the vehicle when driving. Open a window slightly or blow the air conditioning on low in the vent position when not in heavy traffic. “Don’t run it on the recycle or max A/C mode for long periods to make sure you’re getting fresh outside air in and flushing out any contaminants in the cabin air,” adds Molla. Using sun reflectors and visors helps keep interior temperatures down. Check local motor vehicle departments for state policies regarding tinted windows, which can reduce heat, glare and UV exposure. It always helps to park in the shade. 

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as


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powerfully, hold us back. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

Power to Heal the Body

How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mind-body benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes

microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.   

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“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome

selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

Power to Heal a Family

Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at DeborahShouseWrites. Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most

“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum

often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and

crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.

Power to Heal the Community

Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at from Overland Park, KS.

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find tips on how to craft their tales for a listening audience at live story slams around the world, as well as via webcasts. They can then record a two-minute story pitch in order to be accepted as a live storyteller during a future slam.

Ask and Answer

Moving through the process Byron Katie calls “the work” uncovers the truth about the stories we are telling ourselves in order to create newer, healthier ones. First, think of a negative thought that’s worrying you, such as “I’m stuck.” Next, ask four questions about it. Is it true?

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Can I absolutely know it’s true? How do I react—what happens—when I believe that thought? Who would I be without the thought?

days, weeks or years.

Write the Truth

James Pennebaker and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that a simple writing exercise can help free people from emotional burdens, as first reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Here’s how to apply it: Every morning for four consecutive days, write down feelings about what is bothersome: Something you are thinking or worrying about too much. Something you feel is affecting your life in an unhealthy way. Something you have been avoiding for

The idea is to write about the emotions that surround this thing you’re reluctant to admit or speak about. Pennebaker says it’s not necessary to reread what’s written or tell anyone about it. The simple act of writing down emotions surrounding a story begins the process of releasing it and relaxing.

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PADDLE-HAPPY Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun by Lauressa Nelson


ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby snuggled between the

feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in nature-inspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like

surfboards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guard-approved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water. SUP enthusiast Lauressa Nelson is a freelance writer in Orlando, FL, and a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings.

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COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly


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benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the

center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating athome recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.


JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements


e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and un-

able to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself,

signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear. He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at Learn more at

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Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery


inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel

all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and ecofriendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.”

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Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the

other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

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Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says. Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infi-

nitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

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Let your feet speak for an important cause and sign up for an awareness walk. says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says cofounder Amy Langer. Alternatively, con-

sider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

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SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Grand Re-Opening and Honoring Our Veterans – 12-5pm. Events: *Astrological readings with Janet Amid from 12-3pm. *Handwriting analysis. *Pain relief with BioMat sessions. *Free video at 1pm and at 3pm Operation: Emotional Freedom How EFT can be used to help our combat veterans. All proceeds will go to The Wounded Warrior Project. Admission $5, Veterans get in free. Prices vary for services. New Beginnings Healing Ctr, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. Visit for more info.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 Tai Chi for Health – 10:30am-12pm. A soft movement class divided into 3parts; warm up, senior form and yang form. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Beginners who would like to warm up should arrive at 10:15am. No registration necessary. Free. Bedford Branch Library, Community Room, 8575 Jackman Rd, Temperance MI. Community Health and Wellness Guide Meeting – 11:30am-1pm. This is a group of holistic, energetic and alternative professionals who have started a monthly gathering of like-minded individuals in the NW Ohio area. The goal is to invite every single Health & Wellness/Holistic Practitioner to be a part of this group. $15 (lunch included). Grape Leaf Diner, 909 S McCord Rd, Holland OH. Call Cathy to RSVP: 419-509-3320. DYS Type 1 Diabetes Support Group – 6-7pm. A support group for families living with Type 1, both newly diagnosed and experienced; all family members welcome to attend. Free. St Luke’s Diabetes Care Ctr, 5871 Monclova Rd, Maumee OH. Contact Mary at 419-887-8741 or Make and Take a Hand Crocheted Scarf – 6:307:30pm. Adults and teens can learn how to hand crochet a breezy summer scarf and leave with one to wear. No experience necessary. Space is limited. South Rockwood Library, 12776 Dixie Hwy, S Rockwood MI. Contact Deb Gill or register at Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Heart Disease, Hypertension and Real Risks lecture – 7-9pm. Lecture on nutritional and complementary medicine with slides, interrupted by questions, heckling and controversy. Free. With Restorative Concepts Jay Nielsen MD. Nova Faith Church, 5105 Glendale Ave, Ste G, in Kroger Plaza just off Reynolds Rd.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Yoga Rocks Revolution with Eric Paskel – June 6-7. 7-9pm, Fri: 9:30am-3:30pm, Sat. The Yoga Teachers of Northwest Ohio are hosting this workshop. Paskel’s class is unique and challenging and appropriate for all fitness levels; no prior yoga ex-


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perience necessary. $125/2-day event. The Raddison at The University of Toledo, 3100 Glendale Ave, Toledo OH. RSVP to Malissa Whited 734-735-4472. Party with the Penguins at Toledo Zoo – 7-9pm. Adult event with wine tasting, appetizers, live music and socializing at the new Penguin Beach. Advance tickets required. $40/members, $45/non-members. Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway, Toledo OH. For tickets, call Toledo Zoo 419-385-5721 x6001. Native Sons and Daughters Spring Campout – June6-8. 7pm-10am. An activity program and campout for Dads and their kids. Fun activities include Capture the flag, Field games, Relay races, a BB gun range, Fishing and more. Camp Miakonda, 5600 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo OH. More info and RSVP to Steve McLaughlin 419-699-0007 or toledo.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Toledo Humane Society 5K Fundraiser – Starts at 7:30am. The 4th Annual Humane Hustle 5K Run/ Walk. Both four-legged and two-legged runners and walkers are welcome. (All dogs must be on a non-retractable leash, please.) All proceeds benefit Toledo Area Humane Society. Early registration: $20/by 5-24-14, Registration b/t 5-25-14 and day-of $25. Swan Creek Preserve Metropark, 4659 Airport Hwy (the Glendale Ave entrance), Toledo OH. More Info and Registration details at News and Events. Searching Your Ohio Roots – 9:30-11:30am. Head Librarian Becky Hill offers advice on locating vital records, land records, and printed and online materials for tracing your Ohio family history. She will also touch on migration patterns to Ohio. Sponsored by Roots Magic Inc. $10/adult, $5/students through high school. Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Ctr, Spiegel Grove, Fremont OH. Pre-registration requested with Library staff at 419-332-2081, x231. Fiber577 Juried Art Show – June 7-8. 10am-5pm. This 7th annual 2-day art exhibit by contemporary fiber artists features both traditional and experimental styles. Awards for Best of Show and People’s Choice will be presented along with several monetary awards. 577 Foundation, 577 Front St, Perrysburg OH. More Info at or facebook. com/Fiber577. E-mail:

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Fiber577 Juried Art Show – June 7-8. 10am-5pm. Refer to the June 7th event for details. Rainbow Eagle – 2-5pm. Rainbow Eagle will be returning and talking about the prophecies. Love offerings accepted. New Beginnings Healing Ctr, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. Visit NBHCToledo. com for more info.

MONDAY, JUNE 9 Father’s Day Craft – 3:30-4:30pm. A kid’s craft class to make Dad a special gift. All supplies will

be provided. Free. Summerfield-Petersburg Library, 60 E Center St, Petersburg MI. Register at Monroe. Calendar.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Summer Craft Night for Adults – 7-8pm. The project is to make summer patriotic picnic table canisters, and all supplies will be provided. Child care not available. Space is limited. Free. Dundee Library, 144 E Main St, Dundee MI. Registration required at Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Mood Management using Essential Oils – 7-8pm. Learn how essential oils can help restore balance, peace, energy and tranquility to your life. Free. Lake Township Admin Bldg, 27975 Cummings Rd, Millbury OH. RSVP to Lynn Hanely 419-836-9541.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Chemical-Free Products with Jonnie Wagner – 6:30-8pm. Learn about the ‘dirty dozen’ chemicals in your everyday products. Make and take projects to use at home or give as gifts. $20. New Beginnings Healing Ctr, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. RSVP 419861-7786 or visit for more info. Summer Reading Volunteer Training – 7-7:30pm. For teens and tweens to come learn about volunteering opportunities this summer. Newport Library, 8120 N Dixie Hwy. Newport MI. More Info contact Deb Gill at or Register at Calendar.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Container Gardening in Small Spaces – 10-11am. Learn how to dress up your deck, patio or any spot in your yard with colorful, creative flower, plant, herb or vegetables in containers. Free. Dorsch Memorial Library, 18 E First St, Monroe MI. Contact Aimee Luck at or Register at Calendar. AromaTouch Technique Training Course – 10am4pm. The dōTERRA AromaTouch Technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils to help stimulate and balance para-sympathetic nervous systems of the body. Fee includes training manual, DVD, AromaTouch Kit of 8 essential oils and handson training. $149. Healing Arts Institute, 340 Three Meadows Dr, Perrysburg OH. Register and More Info with Lynn Lehnert at or 419-304-5522. Racing for Recovery Triathlon/Duathlon – June14-15. 3:30-4:30pm, Sat. 7:30am-12:30pm, Sun. HFP Racing is hosting this 9th annual event of 45 mile and 70.3 mile courses, both flat and fast that wind through the Maumee Bay State Park area. Both events benefit the Racing for Recovery organization. Pre-registration required. Fees vary by event and registration date from $85 to $185. Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park Rd, Oregon OH. More Info and Registration Contact Todd Crandall 419-824-8462 or Yoga For Everyone – 11am. Need to relax and stretch? No matter what your age or fitness level, yoga is for you. Please join Yoga Mike and re-learn how to breathe and relax. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. We will be barefoot. Free. No registration required. Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St., Toledo,OH. 419-882-2089.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Racing for Recovery Triathlon/Duathlon. 7:30am12:30pm. Race day. See June 14 event details. Father’s Day Celebration and BBQ – 10am5pm. BBQ lunch and fun activities for the whole family. Three seating times for 200 at each seating: 11am-12noon, 12noon-1pm, 1-2pm. Reservations are strongly recommended. Dads admitted free. Members: $18/adult, $15/child (age 2-11), NonMembers: $21/adult, $18/child (age 2-11). Toledo Zoo, Nairobi Pavilion, 2700 Broadway St, Toledo OH. More Info and Reservation link at ToledoZoo. org/Events or call Group Sales 419-385-5721 x6001. Reiki in the Park – 2-3:30pm. In combination with guided breathing and meditation, Reiki Master Anya will provide each attendee with a mini Reiki session for healing and relaxation. Bring towel, blanket, or yoga mat. $5. Carter Park, 401 Campbell Hill Rd, Bowling Green,OH. Meet at the green space next to South Shelter. Visit purplemorningsreiki.wordpress. com for alternate location in case of rain. Questions to Dr. Anya 586-354-1919.

MONDAY, JUNE 16 Essential Oils for the Home – 1-2pm. Learn how essential oils can fight fatigue, give you relief from aches and pains, create toxin-free cleaning products for your home and more. Free. CPW Health Ctr, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. RSVP to Patti Leupp 419-779-6310. Paddle the Pond at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve – 4-7pm. Take a canoe for a leisurely spin. Canoes issued on a first come, first served basis. Free. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd, Perrysburg OH.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 D.I.Y. @ Dorsch – Starts 6pm. Decorate your own one-of-a-kind home décor item. All materials provided. Space is limited. Free. Dorsch Memorial Library, 18 E First St, Monroe MI. Contact Aimee Luck at or Register at Calendar. Gluten-Free Rules and Tips – 6:30-8pm. Come hear Nancy Pickens, RN, MS, Nutritional Counselor, ABA Family Chiropractic speak on gluten-free eating. It has become one of the latest nutritional trends, unfortunately it is not always followed in a healthy manner. Learn how to navigate all the gluten-free products on the market and develop healthy meal plans for you and your family. Free. Alternative Physical Therapy, 440 South Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH. Contact Nancy at 419-535-7818 or NPickens5@ or visit

D.I.Y. @ Ellis – 6-7pm. Decorate your own oneof-a-kind home décor item. All materials provided. Space is limited. Free. Ellis Library & Ref Ctr, 3700 S Custer Rd, Monroe MI. Contact Ashley Phillips at or Register at Calendar. Growing Yourself Up! A self-gardening approach for your life – 6:30-8:30pm. With Betsy Jack and Julie Dunham. Create your Life’s Garden through planning your own growth with positive techniques, such as meditation, self-nurturing techniques and ceremonies. Bring a friend or come solo. The class will venture outdoors, weather permitting, so dress comfortably. $30. New Beginnings Healing Ctr, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. RSVP 419-861-7786 or visit for more info.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Descendants of Early Frenchtown MI – 11am1pm. Meeting open to all who want to learn more about genealogy and especially about the early pioneers of Frenchtown. No RSVP necessary. Free. Ellis Library & Ref Ctr, 3700 S Custer Rd, Monroe MI. More info contact Mary Vergowven 734-241-5277. Break-a-Thon for Cystic Fibrosis – 11am-4pm. This 9th Annual fundraiser will have carnival rides, inflatables, vendors, karaoke, raffles and food concessions. Proceeds will benefit research and support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Free admission. Temperance ATA Martial Arts, 8948 Lewis Ave, Temperance MI. Volunteers and Vendors can call 734-216-7524 or email

MONDAY, JUNE 23 Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Children and Families – June 23-27, 9am-4pm. The NWOSC is offering this 5-day clinic, which engages children in 30 hours of therapy. Parents will be involved in discussion groups with a staff moderator. A room can be made available for your family (at low cost due to generous donations). $400/family. University of Toledo, 2801 W Bancroft Rd, Toledo OH. Contact Rodney Gabel at if you are interested. More info about these clinics at

TUESDAY, JUNE 24 Do you know someone with Sensory Issues? – 6:158pm. Attend a FREE informational seminar on The Sensory Learning Program presented by Dr. Jeffrey G. Schmakel, O.D. Director. Come hear how this foundational approach helps improve sensory function using light, sound and motion in a non-cognitive, non-invasive manner. Free. 3454 Oak Alley Ct., Ste 209, Toledo,OH. Call to register 419-578-0057.

Intro to Handwriting Analysis with Maria Luna – June 17 and July 1. 6:30-8pm. Class #1: Discover the fascinating world of handwriting analysis and its many uses both personally and professionally. Class #2: Learn what the letters F, I, J, M, T and Y reveal about yourself and others, and how create positive changes using these letters. $30. New Beginnings Healing Ctr, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. RSVP 419861-7786 or visit for more info.

Pinterest Possibilities – 1-2pm. Advice on how to use Pinterest for crafting ,decorating, fashion, party planning and so much more. Learn how to create your own pin boards. Base computer skills required. Free. Bedford Library, Quilt Room, 8575 Jackman Rd, Temperance MI. More info contact Jennifer Saul at 734-847-6747 and Register at Calendar.


Camp Monroe – A Civil War Experience – June 25-26. 10am-2pm. A 2-day re-enactment of life for a Civil War solder in Monroe. Activities for kids who have completed the 4th to 6th grades will travel back in time to the 1860s and learn marching, setting up camp, and the taste of hardtack. Roll call begins the

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event and reveille ends each days event. Made possible with grants and the assistance of the Monroe County Historical Museum. Registration required. Free. Ellis Library & Ref Ctr, 3700 S Custer Rd, Monroe Mi. More Info at Ellis 734-241-5277 or the Monroe County Historical Museum 734-240-7780. Register at Calendar. Verandah Concert – 6:45-8pm. Bring your own seat and select a spot on the shaded front lawn of the Hayes home for an outdoor concert. Come early to enjoy a free ice cream social. Sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union. Free. Rutherford B. Hayes Pres. Ctr, Spiegel Grove, Fremont OH. More info contact Nancy Kleinhenz 419-332-2081 x217 or

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Camp Monroe – A Civil War Experience – 10am-2pm. Refer to the June 25 event for details. Saturday’s event is at the Navarre-Anderson Trading Post, 3775 N Custer Rd, Monroe MI.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 Sand-Tastic! – June 27-28. 12noon-8pm. These events will be held each day: Watch talented artists create four 8-ton sand sculptures and two 8-foot chalk drawings on Levis Commons. Chalk and graffiti artists from Toledo School for the Arts will decorate the boulevard. Community sandbox and water table will be stocked with materials to build your own masterpiece. The sculpting team will also give demonstrations and tips. The Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg OH. More info contact Sara Wilson 419-931-8888 or 8th Annual Body Mind Spirit Psychic Expo 2014 – June 27-29. 3-10pm, Fri. 10am-8pm, Sat. 10am5pm, Sun. Psychics, Astrology charts, Aura photos, Palmist, Massages, Healers, Pet psychics, Body workers, Artwork, Hand crafted art, Soaps, Incense, Candles & Jewelry. Native American artwork, stones, crystals, clothing & books. Healthy foods and Herbal teas. Special events daily, performances, lectures, freebies, door prizes, free parking. $8/daily pass, Free for ages 12 and under, pet friendly. Birch Run Expo Ctr, 11600 N Beyer Rd (Frankenmuth Exit 136) Birch Run, MI. More Event Info 1-877-BYMARGO or 1-877-296-2746. or

SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Sand-Tastic! – 12noon-8pm. Refer to the June 27 event for details. Nature Foraging Walk with Jonnie Wagner – 1-2:30pm. Learn to identify the healthy “weeds” as we walk in the woods and collect what appeals to you. Bring a few bags, tub or bucket. Learn how to dry and store them. We will meet at NBHC and carpool to the property. Free. New Beginnings Healing Ctr, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. RSVP 419861-7786 or visit for more info.

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ongoingevents sunday Lighthouse Cruise at Sandpiper – (Sundays Jun 22, Jul 13, Aug 10, Sep 14 2014) 12:30-5:30pm. Enjoy a 5-hr trip downriver past the new bridge and out into Lake Erie to see Harbor Lighthouse and the remains of Turtle Island Lighthouse. Bring a picnic if you wish! Reservations required. $35/ adult, $15/child under 12. Sandpiper Boat Rides, Promenade Park, 120 Water St, Toledo OH. For Reservations or 419-5371212. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Posturalbased movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911.


Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Gentle yoga poses done in a chair that anyone of any fitness level can do. There is a component of centering, breathing exercises, stretches and deep relaxation. $10/drop in, $50/6 classes. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. More info 419-450-4940. Yoga - Connecting Within – 11am-12:15pm. With Sandy Earl. Awaken the true connection between body, mind and spirit by incorporating the practice of yoga into a lifestyle. Come and experience the many benefits yoga offers. All levels welcome. $15/ drop-in. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village Office Bldg, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320F, Toledo OH. 419-351-7409. PiYo with Brie Hobbs – 5:30-6:30pm. A fusion of flowing yoga poses and Pilates calisthenics. Burn calories, sculpt and tone muscles in a fun challenging environment. The practice and music change monthly. $10/class, $50/6 classes paid in advance. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info and Registration 419-450-4940 or

Monthly Memorial Ceremony – 3rd Mon. A gathering for those that have lost a beloved pet and want to remember them and share their memory with other pet lovers. Please bring a picture of your pet. Free. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. RSVP: 419-290-8237.

Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Postural-based movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-8742911.

Fitness After 55 – 9am. Every Monday. The Center provides the setting for seniors to communicate and share with each other. Living alone, eating alone, being alone – these circumstances are not necessary in a community which has a Senior Citizens Program like Bedford’s. Bedford Senior Citizens Center, 1653 Samaria Rd, Temperance MI. Call for Info 734-856-3330.

Holistic Lifestyle/Metabolic Types – (weekly 5/5/14 thru 6/2/14, no class on 5/26-Memorial Day) 6-8pm. Explore with Holistic Lifestyle Coach Sandy Earl the six foundations of health. Learn proper nutrition for your metabolic type. Help prepare and sample some recipes that support your metabolism. Pgm is based on Paul Chek’s book How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy. $120/all 4 classes, $20/Chek’s

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book. Classes held in Holland OH; address provided upon registration. More Info and Registration: Sandy 419-351-7409 or sandyearl_rower@hotmail. com. Open Knitting – 6-8:45pm. This group meets every Monday evening to knit/crochet. Come when you want, leave when you want. All are welcome. Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman, Temperance MI. 734-847-6747.

tuesday T’ai Chi For Health – 10:30-11:30am. Instructor Marie Criste presents a soft movement class, designed for those wanting to try t’ai chi. Each class is divided into three parts including warm up, senior form and yang form. Beginners should arrive at 10:15am. Bedford Branch Library, Bedford Community Room, 8575 Jackman Rd, Temperance MI. 734-847-6747. Monroe.Lib.Mi.Us. Basic Vinyasa Yoga with Brie Hobbs – 10:3011:45am. Make this practice your own, gentle or challenging. Begins with warm up stretching and alignment, then sun salutations and work phase, then balance and floor exercises. Leave class invigorated and prepared to handle daily stresses. $12/class, $60/6 classes. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info and registration 419-450-4940 or brieahobbs@ Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi – 12:15-1pm. Learn the ancient discipline of Tai Chi, which combines small steps, joint-safe exercise and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing, and relaxation. Will help people of all ages take control of their physical, emotional and mental health. $25/month or included in $45/month fee. CPW Rehab Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. Call Jennifer for more info 419-841-9622. Yoga with Weights – 5:30-6:30pm. Bring your own weights for this active practice that builds strong arms, cores and glutes. $10. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. Call to reserve a spot. 419-290-8237. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Posturalbased movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911. Hot Kettlebells – 7:30-8:30pm. Tone muscles, burn fat, get fit. The best 60-minute, total body workout on the planet. Please bring a yoga mat, bath/face towel and plenty of water. Be ready to sweat and burn fat. $10. Register via website. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419874-2911.

wednesday Fitness, ETC. – 10-11am. A blend of yoga, cardio, light hand weights, core work and relaxation designed to increase strength and endurance on a beginner’s level. $10/drop-in, $50/6 classes.

Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info: 419-450-4940. Beginner Yoga at OCS – 11:30-12:30pm and 6:457:45pm. A gentle practice for those who are new to yoga and want deep relaxation. $10/drop-in, $50/6 classes. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N HollandSylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info: 419-450-4940. Body Better – 12:15-1pm. The Body Better program incorporates low-impact resistance training, functional movements, stretching and relaxation to improve mental and physical strength and health. Improve balance and stability, increase postural awareness and flexibility. Get healthy and stay healthy! $45/month unlimited visits or $25/ month once a week. CPW Rehab Center, 3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A, Toledo OH. Call Jennifer for more info 419-841-9622. jschrickel@ Beginner Yoga – 1-2pm. A gentle practice for those that are new to yoga and want deep relaxation. $10. Canine Karma, 6128 Merger Dr, Holland OH. Reserve a spot. 419-290-8237. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Postural-based movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-8742911. Tapping into Wealth by Margaret M. Lynch – 6:30-8pm. (weekly on 6/11, 6/18, 6/25 and 7/2/2014) Book Club/Study Group with Nancy Sasse. A 4-part series on how to break unproductive thought patterns regarding money and wealth. Copies of the book will be available for purchase or borrow. $15/wk with book purchase, $20/wk to borrow the book for each class. New Beginnings Healing Ctr, 202 N McCord, Toledo OH. RSVP 419-861-7786 or visit for more info. Yoga for 8-12 Year-Olds – 7-7:45pm. Children ages 8-12. Connecting mind, bodies and hearts with Diane Ausmus. Through flowing sequences, balancing poses, partner poses, cooperative games, breathing exercises, creating relaxation techniques and much more. Children will gain body awareness, flexibility, strength and an open heart. SummerfieldPetersburg Branch Library, 60 E Center St, Petersburg MI. 734-279-1025. Register: Calendar. Yoga for Lower back and Core Strength – 7:308:30pm. A well-blended practice to build a strong core, healthy back and increase flexibility. Walk taller, sleep better and enjoy well-being. $10/class, $50/6 classes paid in advance. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. Info and registration 419-450-4940. Hot Kettlebells – 7:30-8:30pm. Tone muscles, burn fat, get fit. The best 60-minute, total body workout on the planet. Please bring a yoga mat, bath/face towel and plenty of water. Be ready to sweat and burn fat. $10. Register via website. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419874-2911. Zumba! – 7:30-8:30pm. (weekly every Wed. thru 11/13/2016) Instructor Toni Quinn. Both Latin and

mainstream music is used. No dance experience necessary. $5. Mercy Weight Management, 3930 Sunforest Ct, Ste 250, Toledo OH. 419-480-7547.

thursday Yoga - Connecting Within – 5:30-6:45pm and 6:45-8pm. With Sandy Earl. Awaken the true connection between body, mind and spirit by incorporating the practice of yoga into a lifestyle. Come and experience the many benefits yoga offers. All levels welcome. $15 drop-in rate. Presence Yoga at Westgate Village Office Building, 3450 W Central Ave, Ste 320 F, Toledo OH. 419-351-7409. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Postural-based movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-8742911. Healthy Cooking Classes – 6-8pm. Our series of healthy, simple cooking classes feature an amazing green dish each week. $15. The Andersons, Sylvania Market Café, 7638 Sylvania Ave, Sylvania OH. RSVP 24 hrs in advance at 419-913-7328 or Hot Kettlebells – 7:30-8:30pm. Tone muscles, burn fat, get fit. The best 60-minute, total body workout on the planet. Please bring a yoga mat, bath/face towel and plenty of water. Be ready to sweat and burn fat. $10. Register via website. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419874-2911.

friday Qigong – 7-7:30am. With Jen Lake. Driven Fitness Studio, 819 Kingsbury St, Ste 102, Maumee OH. First class free. To register or for more info. Walking Club – 9:15am. (weekly from 4/4/2014 thru 6/27/2014) All are invited to walk/run on the Fallen Timbers pathway. Perfect for strollers or a morning break from the kids. No registration required. Free. Lullaby Lane Baby Boutique, The Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St, Ste 735, Maumee OH. Contact Rachel at rachel@lullabylane. com or 419-878-0127. Seated Qigong – 10:15-11am. The “mother” of Tai Chi, these exercises can be done seated or standing and are safe for all fitness levels. Supported by Silver Sneakers. $5 drop-in. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. More information 419-450-4940. Mat Yoga – 11-12pm. Connect with the mind, body and spirit. For the yoga novice and those with limited level of yoga experience. $10/week or $50/6 classes. Optimum CHI Studio, 4024 N Holland-Sylvania Ste 7, Toledo OH. More information 419-450-4940. T’ai Chi – 1pm. Join in the Chinese martial art that combines controlled movements with deep breathing. T’ai chi provides health benefits that

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include reducing stress, lessening chronic pain, and improving the immune system. In addition, balance and blood pressure often show improvements. Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, 15275 S Dixie Hwy, Monroe MI. 734-241-0404. Yoga for Kids – 4-5pm. Now signing up children in age groups 4-9 and 10-16. A five-week yoga class to teach children fun ways to manage stress and anxiety. Instructor: Jennifer Dubow, LISW, Clinical Therapist, Certified Child Yoga Instructor. $20/class, $100 total for five weeks, can bill insurance. 3335 Meijer Dr Ste 450, Toledo OH. Call for class dates and times. 419-699-3659. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Postural-based movement classes range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-8742911.

saturday Run with Joe: A POSE Running Clinic (May 17-18 2014; then weekly on Saturdays: 5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 and 6/28/2014) May 17-18: 1:304:30pm. (1:30-2:30pm from 5/24 thru 6/28/14) Become a better, faster, more efficient, injury-free runner during this 7 week clinic. Appropriate for both new and experienced runners. Limit 8 students. $195/7 wks. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. More Info and Register at to reserve your place. Hot YogAlign with Joe – 6-7:15pm. Postural-based movement classes that range from beginner to intermediate level done in a humid room. Focusing mainly on deep rib cage core breathing with natural body alignment maintaining the four spinal curves. Lavender-scented cloths offered to help cool down. $15. Graystone Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd, Rm 103, Perrysburg OH. 419-874-2911. Uncork The Artist – 7-10pm. (weekly on Sat. thru 01/01/2015) Painting parties with a twist. Classes for both adults and kids. Register thru website and see the painting to be created each evening. All art supplies provided. $65. Uncork the Artist, 5228 Monroe St, Toledo OH. 419-283-2484.

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Pennie Saks 419-283-7337 Locations Dr. Kathy's Chiropractic 6524 Secor Rd, Lambertville, Michigan 48144 734-568-6910 New Beginnings Healing Center 202 N. McCord Rd, Toledo, Ohio 43615 419-283-7337(call for an appt. with Pennie) If you haven’t been feeling well and want to help yourself obtain better health, I invite you to research the website and try The Amethyst BioMat for yourself. I am available to demonstrate at your office, health spa or clinic and to answer your questions. See ad page 22.


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Jodi Walters, Owner/Lead Trainer 819 Kingsbury Street Suite 102 Maumee, OH 43537 419-482-4847 Driven Fitness is your Northwest Ohio studio for Pilates, TRX Suspension Training, Indoor/ Outdoor Fitness Bootcamps, YOGA, Tai-Chi and Qigong training. Our studio is a Stott® Pilates fully equipped facility. At Driven Fitness, it’s our goal to help you reach the pinnacle of personal fitness through various training options in a small studio setting. We offer daily group classes, evening sessions and private sessions. Call or visit our website at See calendar for events.


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Maryellen Grogan, CPT, MES 108 E Dudley, Maumee, OH 43537 419-893-5105 Studio Getting Fit is Not “One-Size-FitsAll.” Everyone Is Unique. Exercise needs, nutrition needs and goals are unique for each person. We take individuality into account and build a complete fitness program that’s right for you. To become “Positively Fit,” all elements of fitness and health must be in balance. See ad page 16.

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1715 W Dean Rd, Ste B, Temperance, MI 734-847-4700 419-474-4700 corner of Dean & Jackman Rds Graduate, 1981 from Palmer Chiropractic College and 1996 from Des Moines School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also fellowship trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement. Dr. Neumann states, “Our goal is to increase people’s quality and quantity of life.” In addition, the office offers weight loss programs, deep tissue laser therapy, hormone replacement and laser hair removal. See ad page 10.


3454 Oak Alley Court Suite 209 Toledo, OH 43606 419-578-0057 Dr. Jeffrey G. Schmakel, O.D. Director Marjorie A. Hunter, B.S. Ed. Administrator The Sensory Learning Program-Toledo is a 30 day, drug-free, intervention that treats sensory issues as seen in Autism, Aspergers, ADD/ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Strokes, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Delays, and Behavior Issues. See ad page 23.


Jack Grogan, Certified Nutritionist 8336 Monroe Rd, Lambertville, MI 734-856-9199 734-854-1191 fax Feeling out of balance? Wonder how the body responds to stress? Discover the blueprint for the body’s metabolism through hair mineral analysis. Helping clients achieve better health through nutrition and supplementation with over 40 years of experience. See ad page 16.


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3130 Central Park West Dr, Ste A Toledo, OH 419-841-9622 Wi t h o v e r 2 6 y e a r s o f experience, CPW Health Center has been the premier provider of physical rehabilitation and medical fitness programs. Best known for the 94° heated therapeutic pool.  Perfect for those with arthritis and chronic pain. We are now excited to expand our Women’s Health and Wellness Services as we partner with other exemplary providers in order to provide a fuller continuum of care. See ad page 5.

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Traditional physical therapy with a holistic approach. Specializing in one-on-one hands-on care, including aquatics, mobilizations, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, zero balancing and trigger point releases, utilizing 32 years of experience. Neuro and Pain specialist. See ad page 25.

WELLNESS CENTER NEW BEGINNINGS HEALING CENTER Health for the Spirit 202 N McCord, Toledo,OH 419-861-7786

Change your thoughts and change your life. Individual appointments for hypnosis and life coaching to resolve trauma, eliminate negative behaviors, and achieve goals. Specializing in regression therapy. Small groups for weight loss and smoking cessation. Sound and energy healing, Reiki, and Biomat available by appointment. See our events page for upcoming classes on a variety of topics. See ad page 11.


Dr Jay Nielsen, MD 27121 Oakmead Dr, Ste C, Perrysburg, OH 419-897-6490 419-874-3512 fax Dr. Nielsen is a board-certified family physician with 38 years experience helping patients avoid orthopedic surgical procedures using Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Bioidentical Hormones and Supplements. Specializes in fatigue, chronic pain, mood disorders and accepts BWC worker injuries. See ad page 9.


Renee Dallas Independent Consultant 567-703-6049 Tastefully Simple offers easy-toprepare gourmet foods, at a reasonable price, for today’s busy lifestyles. We have over 60 delicious products including seasonings, soups, sauces, breads, beverages, and desserts. We also offer glutenfree products and all-natural spices. Contact me to schedule an in-home or business, tasting events where guests can sample products, allowing them to try before they buy. We offer personalized attention and the convenience of home shopping. See ad page 8.

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Joe Sparks, LMT, RYT 29101 Hufford Rd, Perrysburg, OH 419-874-2911 YogAlign-affiliate studio. Daily classes and private sessions. Posture and Natural Alignment is the main focus, not performing poses. Space offers a warm, safe and peaceful environment to balance and free the fascia. We work on strength and flexibility. Kettlebell classes also offered. See ad page 15.

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