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The Natural Choice – The Breiner Whole-Body Health Center

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Our integrative approach treats a widerange of conditions including: ADD/ADHD Allergies Anxiety & Depression Autism Brain Injuries Candidiasis Chronic Fatigue (or Fatigue Concerns) Difficulty Concentrating Female Concerns Fibromaylgia

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The Clover Hill School

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Nurturing and Protecting Childhood

NOW ENROLLING FOR 2012-2013! We’re bringing Waldorf-inspired education to lower Fairfield County through our Mixed-Age Kindergarten for 3 - 6 year olds and our “Growing Together” Programs for moms, dads (or caregivers) and children 2 months to 3 years on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30-11:30 am. See our website at www.thecloverhillschool.org for a full description.  Waldorf Education is the fastest growing private non-denominational education

system in the world? Why? Because it works! Founded in 1919, there are now more than 900 Waldorf schools and 1,600 early childhood programs on five continents, all striving to foster creative, caring, capable individuals.  Waldorf Education addresses the whole child including the head, the heart and

the hands. We start your child on a life-long love of learning, free from the current push for standardized, testing-oriented schooling and the pressure to “learn more, earlier”.  In the pre-school years, children learn primarily through imaginative play and

their inherent ability to imitate all that surrounds them. Our professional early childhood teachers bring age-appropriate activities to the children in an inviting and harmonious environment.

SUMMER CAMPS *** FOR 3-6 YEAR OLDS: CAMP ON MONDAY THRU THURSDAY, JUNE 18 THRU JULY 5 8:30 am-12:30 pm The children will enjoy outdoor play time including harvesting vegetables, preparing snack, wool-felting crafts, outdoor water play, circle time and puppetry. Lunch provided by the parent. Cost: Weeks 1 & 2 - $240, $255 if sign-up after May 15 Cost: Week 3 - $180, $195 if sign-up after May 15 *** FOR CHILDREN 2 MOS. - 3 YEARS: PARENT & CHILD CAMP 4 FRIDAYS, JUNE 15, 22, 29 and JULY 6 9:30 AM-11:30 AM The children will enjoy a healthy rhythm of indoor play, circle time, homemade snack, story time, and outdoor play. Cost: $39.00 per class; a 3 week minimum is suggested

Call Sarah for an appointment at 203-661-6484. Meet our teachers and see our beautiful classrooms and private play yard. Visit: www.thecloverhillschool.org and www.whywaldorfworks.org

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contents 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.

28 Changing the Way America Eats Nourishing the Shift

to Farm-Fresh Foods by Melinda Hemmelgarn

32 Grow Organic, Non-GMO, Real Food Now! by Geri Guidetti

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34 Eating Well on a Budget by Judith Fertig

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36 Preparing Kids for

Tomorrow’s Jobs U.S. Companies Pair

Scientists with Schools by April Thompson

40 The 7 Step Powerplan

for Success with ADHD! by Susan Karyn Lasky

42 Cooling Chronic

Inflammation Dietary Solutions Counter Disease by Linda Sechrist

46 Choosing Forks

Over Knives Doctors Advocate

a Plant-Based Diet by Linda Sechrist

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48 Step into Fitness

Dance Your Way to a Beautifully Strong and Flexible Body by Sandra Murphy

50 Dish Up Variety

Treat Your Dog to Good Health and Good Taste by Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

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Be allergy Free 11 newsbriefs 20 healthbriefs 24 globalbriefs 20 26 fairfieldgreen 32 greenliving 34 consciouseating 36 healthykids 42 healingways 46 wisewords 26 47 inspiration 48 fitbody 50 naturalpet 52 calendar 34 57 classified 58 resourceguide

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letterfrompublisher “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll Carolyn Aversano

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ah Spring! The word brings to mind new growth… release from feeling constrained... coming into being... bursting forth and leaping into action (just think of the phrase “putting a spring in your step”). It conjures up images of greener pastures, vibrantly colored blossoms, lighter days and clean air. How apt a description for this season of renewal and fresh starts. No matter how we may have strayed from nutritious, healthy eating habits as many do over the Winter, each year Spring promises hope for getting back on track. It offers opportunities for altering habits, such as a jump start with a seasonal detox, outdoor walks and exercise, or simply choosing from a number of fresh foods now sprouting from the earth. To that end, this month’s edition of Natural Awakenings, specially timed for the start of Spring, is abundant with information about food and gardening.

Editors Patricia Horan Nancy Cohen Cris Ann Mulreed Design & Production Erica M. Mills

In the pages of this issue you will find many resources for both growing and finding local food. Why is that important? As you will read in these pages, current wisdom states that those who eat a largely whole food, primarily plant-based diet not only delay or prevent development of many chronic illnesses (e.g.: heart disease, diabetes and cancer), but may also treat them. Growing our own food, or purchasing at area farms, is the best ways to ensure that our food is truly fresh, organic (without synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms, chemical fertilizers or additives) and as “local” as it gets (not to mention great tasting!). Farming and gardening offer a way to achieve balance in our physical and mental well-being, enabling time alone connecting with the earth, as well as opportunities for community sharing. These methods of food production also contribute to the sustainability of our community and the planet.

Sales & Marketing Carolyn Aversano Joseph Pacelli Leana Cipolla

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Despite the information about eating more healthfully, it can be difficult to do so affordably, particularly during economic hardship. Included in this edition are tips for eating well on a realistic budget. This season is often a time of clearing what is no longer of value at homes or offices, a practice we can also cultivate for our bodies, thoughts, emotions and spirit. May any such “Spring cleaning” that you undertake bring with it a renewed focus on what is most meaningful to you, and the “fertile soil” and vitality necessary for whatever you are calling forth into emergence.

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newsbriefs Food Expo Returns to Fairfield March 31

New Boutique Offers One Stop Shopping for Holistic Health

he Fuel for Learning Partnership, a PTA Council Standing Committee, invites Fairfield and surrounding towns to mark their calendars for the 3rd annual Food for Thought Expo. The Expo will be at the Fairfield Warde High School in Fairfield, on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Expo is free and open to the public and will feature cooking demonstrations and workshops, bringing together a wide variety of vendors who are ready to help area residents make the best possible choices in local produce, meats, groceries, and ready-made foods. In addition, the Expo will feature the Fuel for Learning Partnership’s (FFLP) efforts to encourage area residents to consume more vegetables. Recently, the FFLP created a website, VeggiePledge.org, where people can find information about the pledge and sign up. With the veggie pledge effort, FFLP hopes to inspire residents to develop an interest in providing their family healthy choices by featuring recipes and links to local resources. “We’re looking forward to welcoming back exhibitors from last year, as well as introducing visitors to new businesses.” said Michelle McCabe, Chairperson of the Fuel for Learning Partnership. “We will be incorporating our Veggie Pledge initiative in many of the demonstrations and workshops, to make eating vegetables a delicious, daily habit.”

aving followed the encouragement and support of friends to manifest a dream she had about owning “an elegant new age boutique where people could explore their spirituality and mysticism without prejudice,” Kimberly Hallas is delighted to announce the opening of Mystical Parlors, LLC in downtown South Norwalk. Hallas’ vision for the boutique is to offer a new paradigm in business where people can gather to explore alternative options for diet, exercise, nutrition, religion, spirituality and wellness, and purchase products conducive to exploring and stimulating the health of body, mind and spirit. Mystical Parlors provides a variety of classes, services and events year-round. Current offerings include aromatherapy, art shows, book lectures, diet and nutrition counseling, hypnosis, meditation, psychic and tarot card readings, and yoga. Also available is a wide selection of art, books, calligraphy, candles, crystals, essential oils, herbs, incense, jewelry, oil paintings, photography, statues, stones, tarot cards, and novelty and spiritual gift items. Located across from Klaff’s just one block from the South Norwalk train station, Mystical Parlors, LLC, a member of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, is also easily accessible from I-95.

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The Food for Thought Expo is supported by PTA council and a generous A.C.T. grant from the Fairfield Prevention Council.

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Mystical Parlors is located at 17 Washington Street in Norwalk. For more information, call Kimberly Hallas at 203.810.4491 or visit MysticalParlors.com. See ad pg 18.

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Meditation Inebriation: An Alternative to Alcohol Dependence

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ulie Bowes, certified coach and founder of JewelTree, LLC offers heartcentered healing and energetic restoration techniques for those questioning their relationship with alcohol. Her teleconference entitled “Meditation Inebriation: An Alternative to Alcohol Dependence” guides the seeker into a state of awareness that addresses the current belief systems surrounding each individual’s relationship to alcohol, questions that evoke potential shifts, parallels of meditation and the effects of alcohol, and finally, strategies for those desiring an alcohol-free path. When striving for true consciousness, purity and fulfillment of the soul, removing as many toxins as possible is a rapid accelerator. Alcohol is the most widespread offender. In order to avoid the pitfalls of alcohol related dependence, disease and disaster, stress management is a key factor. Julie promotes and encourages the benefits of reaching for meditation, a learned practice that has the power to supersede the reliance on any substance. “To set off on the path of meditation with a clean mind, heart, body and soul delivers unimaginably vast spaces of peace, clarity, purpose and gratitude.” The 60-minute teleconferences scheduled for March 22 at 1pm and 7pm are intended as a portal for those questioning their relationship with alcohol and seeking holistic alternatives. For more information and registration please visit JewelTreellc.com/ s e m i n a r s . h t m l o r e m a i l Ju l i e a t Inquiries@Jeweltreellc.com. See ad pg 20.


Rolfing Structural Integration at Healing Touch

CT ShopRites Celebrate Nutrition Month

eg Maurer, Certified Rolfer™, is now offering Rolfing® Structural Integration at Healing Touch Wellness Center in Trumbull. “I’m thrilled to be practicing in Connecticut again,” said Meg. “My time away was well-spent, but it feels good to be home.” In addition to Rolfing, Meg has studied Thai Massage, SourcePoint Energy Medicine, and has trained in Scar Tissue Work and Yoga Therapy. She is also certified in Rolf Movement®, which she offers as an instructor at Meg Maurer the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. “Rolfing is an effective way to heal chronic pain,” she explained. “Because Rolfers address the whole body, we help to bring clients into alignment and balance, which leads to freedom from pain and stiffness. Most clients find that they have better flexibility and mobility, as well. I have had great success helping clients with everything from headaches and TMJ to carpal tunnel and low back pain. From the top of the head to the soles of the feet, Rolfing SI can help! Even fibromyalgia symptoms are relieved with Rolfing. I ask, ‘How much more energy would you have if you weren’t pre-occupied with pain?’ More energy for the things you love – this is a goal I hold for my clients.”

o celebrate March as National Nutrition Month, a LiveRight with ShopRite Kids Day event will take place at stores in Stamford, Norwalk, Fairfield, Brookfield, Shelton, Southbury and Derby. Bring the kids to participate in a fun nutrition activity, taste a healthy snack and chat with a Registered Dietitian. Parents will receive recipes, tips, and coupons all aimed at keeping kids healthy and nourishing their growing bodies. Last year, ShopRite of Commerce Park in Stamford Jamie Lee McIntyre took a giant step toward health for their customers by welcoming Jamie Lee McIntyre, Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, to the store’s team. As In-store Dietitian, Mrs. McIntyre offers free nutrition services to customers, associates and members of the community. Such services include nutrition counseling, shopping assistance, product information, healthy cooking classes, nutrition seminars, grocery store tours, health screenings and off-site outreach programs. Mrs. McIntyre can be found at the Dietitian’s Corner next to the Pharmacy at ShopRite of Commerce Park, but also organizes health events at additional locations. As part of the store’s LiveRight program, customers can also take home complimentary Healthy Recipe Cards each week, along with wellness education materials. Colorcoded shelf labels throughout the stores make it easy to find items that are Gluten Free, Organic, Natural, Low Fat/Fat Free, Low/ Reduced Sodium, No Sugar Added and Sugar Free.

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Healing Touch is located at 5802 Main Street, Trumbull, and is easily accessed by Routes 25 and 15. Meg is also located in Brookfield at Connecticut Family Chiropractic, at 132 Federal Road. For more information call Meg Maurer at 203.770.6552 or visit her website: BodyLogicTherapies.com. See ad pg 53.

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Check your local ShopRite for dates/times of ShopRite Kids Days. Jamie Lee McIntyre RD CD-N, Grade A ShopRite Dietitian, is located at the 1990 West Main Street, Stamford ShopRite store. See ad pg 24.

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The Graduate Institute Offers Opportunity to Travel Abroad

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he Graduate Institute (TGI) presents a unique opportunity to travel the world, earn a Masters degree, and engage in a dynamic community dedicated to lifelong learning and self transformation. Its new “Cultural Studies Cohort” in the M.A. in Learning and Thinking provides curious thinkers an educational landscape for broadening their horizons while immersing themselves in the foundations of art and culture. Participants can expect to venture beyond the boundaries of traditional education and explore ideas and experiences at the cutting-edge of contemporary thinking. Colleagues (i.e. students) will study in major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as in some of Europe’s most prominent cultural sites – including Florence, Italy and Vienna, Austria. Locations that may seem familiar, such as New York City, Philadelphia and rural Vermont, will also be visited and explored with fresh perspectives. These cultural immersions are facilitated by distinguished leaders in the arts, sciences, psychology, medicine, politics, the humanities, and spirituality. The program is undertaken in a learning community of 15 to 20 individuals who will complete their Masters degree together in two years. Classes are held on a flexible schedule geared toward working professionals.

The Cultural Studies cohort is an educational experience suitable for teachers, artists, and thinkers in any field. Classes begin in September 2012. The cohort is limited to 20 participants, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. Even including these travel experiences, tuition is still more affordable than nearly every in-state graduate degree in education in CT! To learn more, contact an Admissions Representative at 203.874.4252 or via email at Info@Learn.edu. Attend a free information session on Wednesday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. or Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m. To RSVP visit Learn.edu/events. See ad pg 21.

Low-Tech Waldorf Schools Make Headlines

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Their choice: the Waldorf Schools, where a low-tech philosophy has been pursued for 90 years, with children never rushed into engaging with the technology of the moment. Instead, at the core of the Waldorf system, based on the ideas of educator, scientist and philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), is the idea that education is an artistic process, and that learning is best attained experientially as well as academically. Waldorf grade school students engage in active, hands-on learning, gaining an intimate experience of work that will inevitably be made faster by computers later in life. The questions of when and how students are taught are considered as important as the subject matter. With over 1,000 schools in 83 countries, Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent educational movement in the world, preparing students for the most demanding high schools and colleges. The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School in Newtown is the only Waldorf grade school in Connecticut, and welcomes visitors who would like to experience first-hand Waldorf’s creative and holistic approach to education. Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is at 40 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown. Contact Enrollment Director Therese Lederer at 203.364.1113 or visit WaldorfCT.org for more information. See ad pg 37.

Beyond Touch Expands to Westport

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oberta Russell, LMT, of Beyond Touch in Ridgefield is happy to announce the expansion of her bodywork and coaching practice as she opens a new Westport office in order to serve the greater Westport area. Roberta is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Polarity Therapist and Reiki practitioner. In addition to her healing bodywork, she offers coaching and classes on the Law of Attraction and the Emotional Freedom Technique, taking great satisfaction Roberta Russell in helping individuals and small businesses create magnificently abundant personal and career success. Roberta Russell’s new bodywork and coaching office is located near Route 57 in Westport. For more information call 203.438.2354 or visit Beyond-Touch.com. See ad pg 44.

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n January, Soulauras opened in  Ridgefield with a simple mission: to blend the healing art of massage therapy with generosity of time, heart and spirit. Soulauras is owned by Laura Giacovas, a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and 4th Dan master instructor in TaeKwonDo with a master’s degree in special education. Soulauras hosts regular events that epitomize Laura’s philosophy of “making our contribution greater than our reward.” A graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage (FLSM), Giacovas specializes in Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Reiki, Elder and Chakra Balancing. She is joined by Senior Practitioner and FLSM Instructor Andrea Vladimir, LMT, offering Craniosacral Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and “Musical Spine” Vibration/ Sound Therapy and Emily Volpintesta, LMT, FLSM Alumni and Reiki Master offering  Sports, Pregnancy, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage.  In celebration of the Grand Opening of the Ridgefield location, Soulauras is offering $15 off your first session and a Wellness Package: purchase 2 sessions/gift certificates and receive a third complimentary as their gift to you. Soulauras is located at 722 Danbury Road. For more information call 203.770.9051 or visit Soulauras.com. See ad pg 61.

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Stratford’s New True Health Chiropractic Dr. Peter J. Braglia’s new True Health Family Chiropractic office has recently opened in Stratford and is accepting new patients. A 2006 graduate of New York Chiropractic College as well as the recipient of a BS in Exercise Science from SUNY Cortland, Dr. Braglia provides customized Chiropractic care for the whole family, as well as whole food nutritional supplements and a detoxification/natural weight loss program. True Health’s website is a valuable source of education and information, explaining that “In our office we recognize that “health” does not mean “suppressing symptoms of disease.” Rather, “True Health means having a body that actually functions as it should… and the only way to get there is by addressing the root causes of any symptoms of disease you may have—not suppressing symptoms with a drug.” Also available on the site are explanations of osteoporosis, why and how music is important to our health, the dangers of staying cyberconnected 24/7, and a great deal of other helpful news,


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he old adage, “You are what you eat,” may be literally true. Based on findings from a groundbreaking study by researchers at Nanjing University, in China, the connection between our food’s biochemistry and our own may be more intimate than we imagined. The researchers discovered that tiny RNAs (a mirror-image form of DNA), or microRNAs, usually found in plants, were circulating in human blood; one of the most common sources was rice, a staple of their native subjects’ diets. After conducting tests with mice, they found that microRNAs were capable of altering cell function and directly manipulating the expression of genes. The study results, published in the journal Cell Research, suggest that the human body is a highly integrated ecosystem and suggest that genetic changes in one species may trigger alterations in another.

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il derived from the aromatic coriander plant—one of the 20 most popular essential oils worldwide—has applications beyond aromatherapy as a food additive and is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. Coriander oil’s reputed health benefits include relieving pain, easing cramps and convulsions, aiding digestion, curing nausea and fighting fungal infections. Now, researchers from the University of Beira Interior, in Portugal, have specifically found that the oil is highly effective in killing bacterial strains such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Thus, coriander oil may be useful in preventing and treating food-borne illnesses. “Coriander oil could also become a natural alternative to common antibiotics,” says study leader Dr. Fernanda Domingues. Source: Society for General Microbiology

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dolescents that log between six and 10 hours of sleep each night perform better in mathematics and physical education classes than those that sleep six hours or less, according to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology. The researchers, after analyzing the sleep habits of 592 students aged 12 to 19 in Seville, Spain, further observed that bedtimes and wake times did not significantly influence academic outcomes; however, they did note that students that require less than 15 minutes to fall asleep tended to achieve better marks.


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Bee Wary

Nature’s Wake-Up Set to Snooze Bees are awakening earlier each spring, according to a Rutgers University study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists report that global warming over the past 130 years has caused several species of North American bees to emerge about 10 days earlier than they did previously, with most of the shift occurring since 1970. Scientific research known as phenology measures the timing of lifecycle events of animals and plants. “A shift in 10 days is a lot from the point of view of an insect whose lifetime is measured in weeks,” says Rutgers Entomologist Rachael Winfree, co-author of the study. Because bees are the world’s most important pollinators of flowers and plants, any change in this crucial relationship could prove devastating. Study leader Ignasi Bartomeus, Ph.D., says. “If bees and plants responded differently to climate change, bees could emerge in the spring before plants were flowering, in which case the bees would die because they wouldn’t have anything to eat. Or plants could flower before the bees emerged, in which case the plants would not be pollinated and would fail to reproduce.”

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The Gift of Cleaner Air The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards created to protect families from power plant emissions of mercury and airborne toxins such as arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium and cyanide. The new standards are expected to prevent 11,000 premature deaths, 4,300 heart attacks and 130,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms each year. “It has taken almost 20 years to amend the Clean Air Act, despite clear, unequivocal scientific knowledge that mercury and other pollutants have been killing our children,” remarked Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. Source: EarthDay.org

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Gardening Helps Children Grow Gardening provides many varieties of engagement for children: designing, planting and maintaining a garden patch; harvesting, preparing and sharing food; working cooperatively in groups; learning about science and nutrition; and creating art and stories inspired by their garden experiences. When third, fourth and fifth grade students participating in a one-year gardening program were surveyed for life skills, they showed significant increases in self-understanding, interpersonal relationship skills and the ability to work in groups, compared with nonparticipating students. Qualitative surveys of 52 second and third grade students working in a community garden classroom program in San Antonio, Texas, further revealed the children were likely to have more positive bonding experiences with their parents and other adults. A study of children with learning disabilities that engaged in gardening measured increases in nonverbal communication skills, awareness levels of the advantages of order, understanding of how to participate in a cooperative effort, and the ability to form positive relationships with adults. Juvenile offenders that gardened showed improved self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and attitudes towards school. Overall, gardening has been recognized by many studies as a therapeutic healing activity that can positively impact mental health and wellbeing. Source: University of Colorado-Denver; Health Sciences Center

RECYCLED SHELTERS Nigeria Makes Houses from Plastic Bottles

Citizens of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, can now live “inside� the plastic water bottles that previously littered their roads, canals and gutters, thanks to a project initiated by the Kaduna-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) Developmental Association for Renewable Energies, with help from foreign experts from African Community Trust, a London-based NGO. The prototype 624-square-foot, twobedroom bungalow looks like an ordinary home, but it is made from capped, sand-filled plastic bottles. The bottles are stacked into layers and bonded together by mud and cement, with an intricate network of strings holding each bottle by its neck, providing extra support to the structure. Once approved, the country will start construction to alleviate a current deficit of 16 million housing units. Source: PhysOrg.com

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Big Boosts in Fridge Efficiency Refrigerator manufacturers are making huge strides in creating more energyefficient products, and with recent improvements in standards, upcoming designs will use a fifth of the energy that household refrigerators required 40 years ago. That will save the average owner about $150 over a typical 12-year product lifetime. Government analysts note that side-by-side refrigerators might be more convenient than traditional top-and-bottom models, but they offer less usable space and use more electricity—50 to 150 more kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, about 20 percent of the unit’s total energy consumption. An icemaker and door-accessed ice and water service can each add another 10 to 15 percent to overall refrigerator energy consumption. Top Ten USA, the leading source of independent information about the energy efficiency of common products, identifies and publicizes the most efficient products on the market, so that when consumers are able to find the most energy- and money-saving models to buy, manufacturers are encouraged to make products even more energy-efficient. The nonprofit uses comprehensive information from Energy Star, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), The California Energy Commission and professional and manufacturing trade publications to evaluate and determine the most energy-efficient refrigerators and freezers in the United States. They recently tested three size categories: medium (14 to 18 cubic feet); large (18 to 22 cubic feet) and extra-large (22 cubic feet and up). To compare the top 10 most efficient medium refrigerator models, visit Tinyurl. com/7wm6cub. Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, calculates that by upgrading to Energy Star appliances, Americans saved enough energy in 2010 alone to avoid creating greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars, while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.

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Changing the Way America Eats Nourishing the Shift to Farm-Fresh Foods

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entucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry states that in order for people to care about their food, “They have to taste it.” Tasting the difference between fresh, local, organic foods and those that travel hundreds or thousands of miles before touching our taste buds is catalyzing a healthy change across America. Consider the growth in patronage of farmers’ markets alone: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports the number of markets has soared, from 1,755 in 1994 to 7,175 in 2011. What’s driving the surge? Incentives include our appreciation of scrumptious seasonal flavor, a comforting sense of community and the 28

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cies,” have “statistically different nutrient contents.” In other words, each variety promises a unique mix of healthprotecting compounds. Supermarkets must rely on crops and animal products that can withstand longdistance travel and also meet uniform appearance standards. Small farmers serving local markets, on the other hand, can better preserve the legacy of biologically diverse heirloom crops and heritage breeds because of the shorter distances between field and plate. An heirloom tomato picked ripe at peak flavor can’t survive a lengthy commute, but nothing tastes better when it’s plucked fresh from the vine and still warm from the sun. Planting diverse, region-specific crops also reduces the burden of weeds, pests and plant diseases—and any related chemical use—and helps provide safe nourishment for pollinators and wildlife, as well. No wonder the Organic Farming Research Foundation characterizes farmers as the largest group of ecosystem managers on Earth. Everyone can support a cause that feeds us well while caring for the planet.

reassurance of knowing exactly where our food comes from and who—often on a first-name basis—grew or produced it. Good, healthy food germinates in genuine relationships—between growers and consumers, and farmers and the Earth. Local markets boost hometown economies, too; the USDA predicts a record $7 billion in such food sales this year, delivering a greater proportion of food dollars directly to farmers. Regional food systems also support the biological diversity that is vital to sustainability. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, “different varieties of the same spe-

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With 57 being the current average age of American farmers, and more than a quarter 65 or older, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition recognizes the desperate need for more young farmers. When the National Young Farmer’s Coalition recently surveyed 1,000 beginning farmers, it found that access to capital, land and health insurance presented the biggest hurdles to entering farming as a career. The Women, Food and Agriculture Network has identified access to health care as the main challenge facing females that want to farm. While city dwellers tend to idealize farming as a romantic occupation in a bucolic setting, it is actually a risky,


physically demanding job. Despite the challenges, farmers say they love their work because they enjoy being outside, working with their hands, producing high-quality food and being their own boss. It helps to be healthy, smart and an optimist at heart.

Sticker Price versus Hidden Costs

To consumers coping in a down economy, the cheapest price may sometimes seem like the best choice. John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, notes that, “Americans, on average, are spending only half as much of their disposable income for food today as they were in the 1960s.” However, at the same time, “The percentage spent on health care has doubled.” Scores of studies show that many of today’s chronic diseases are related to poor diet. Factor in medical costs associated with food-borne illnesses, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and pesticide- and hormone-contaminated food and water, and it’s easy to understand why Michael Carolan, author of The Real Cost of Cheap Food, declares, “Cheap food... is actually quite expensive.” One way for families to save money on food costs is to reduce waste. Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, says Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption, throwing away $100 billion-plus in food a year. Most of it ends up in landfills. Instead of providing incentives to agribusinesses to produce less expensive food, smarter national farm and food policies could prioritize producing higher quality food and wasting less of it. Kathy Bero, board president of NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, advocates shifting commodity payments to organic farmers. Her nonprofit educational farm promotes “food as medicine,” along with cost-saving, health-boosting consumer strategies such as learning how to garden and cook to maximize nutritional value.

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Stephanie Coughlin, a farmer in San Diego, California, says: “If you don’t have local farms, you don’t have local security.” Across the country, communities are proving how a few conscious buyers can improve everyone’s access to high-quality local foods. Farm to Hospital: As director of nutrition services at Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, Vermont, Registered Dietitian Diane Imrie has the power to influence the economic security and sustainability of her community and surrounding region. Imrie sources approximately 40 percent of the food served at her hospital from farms located within a day’s drive. In her work, she helps keep farmers on their land while providing higher quality food to patients and staff. The facility also supports onsite gardens, which yielded $2,000 worth of produce in 2011, despite Vermont’s short growing season. The hospital food is so popular that its café serves downtown businesspeople, further bolstering profitability and community benefits. For local maple sugar producer Bernie Comeau, Imrie’s consistent purchases provide an income he can count on every month. Imrie is glad to note that for farmers, selling their food to the hospital is “like a stamp of approval.” Marydale DeBor, who founded and led the “plow to plate” comprehensive food and disease-prevention initiative associated with Connecticut’s New Milford Hospital, maintains that, “Institutional leadership is critical.” She says that thanks to a supportive CEO that believed in bringing farm-fresh foods to hospital food services, their retail café more than doubled its revenue within two years. DeBor believes that hospital food should set an example for public health. “We need to support beginning farmers, and more food hubs and new distribu-

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tion systems to facilitate access,” she says. “Consumers need to let their hospitals know they should focus on good food and nutrition.” Farm to Restaurant: Leigh Lockhart, owner of Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café and Juice Bar, in Columbia, Missouri, buys supplies directly from local organic farmers and never quibbles about price. She composts any food waste in her garden, where she grows some of the produce used in her restaurant. Rather than large plates of cheap food, Lockhart serves portions within U.S. Dietary Guidelines, comprising higher quality, more satisfying meals. Relationships with chefs are important to farmers, advises Carol Ann Sayle, owner of Boggy Creek Organic Farm, in Austin, Texas. Farmers can rely on a sure buyer; chefs appreciate dependable and high quality food; and customers return because of the great taste. Farm to School: Organic farmer Don Bustos, program director for the American Friends Service Committee of New Mexico, trains beginning farmers and ranchers in ways to provide food to the Albuquerque Public School District and beyond. For example, farmers grow crops during the winter in solar-powered greenhouses, and aggregate their products to meet school needs. Mobile meat processing and distribution networks also create

How to Grow and Find Local Food Find a farmers’ market ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets In season in the region; local harvest calendars and markets FieldToPlate.com/guide.php Locate sustainably grown food nearby LocalHarvest.org Food gardening tips KitchenGardeners.org

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jobs while keeping small farmers economically and environmentally viable, explains Bustos. Local agriculture fuels strong communities and fresh local foods help children thrive. In the Pacific Northwest, AmeriCorps volunteer Emma Brewster works with the Real Food Challenge, a national youth-based program that encourages colleges and universities to shift 20 percent of their food budgets to farm-fresh, locally sourced foods. Brewster works with Lucy Norris, project manager for the Puget Sound Food Network, which creates opportunities beyond farmers’ markets for local area farmers to connect with regional processors, distributors and end users, including Seattle Public Schools.

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Regardless of occupation, many people feel a natural urge to work with the soil and witness the miracle of seeds sprouting new life. Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., a garden historian and a designated leader in sustainable food systems at the University of California–Davis, points out that home, school, community and workplace victory gardens established during World War II succeeded in producing about 40 percent of our nation’s vegetables. In both world wars, she says, our national leadership “recognized that food and health were vital national security issues.” They still are today. Melinda Hemmelgarn, a.k.a. the Food Sleuth (FoodSleuth@gmail.com), is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host, based in Columbia, Missouri. She co-created F.A.R.M.: Food, Art, Revolution Media – a Focus on Photography to Re-vitalize Agriculture and Strengthen Democracy to increase advocacy for organic farmers (Enduring-Image.blogspot.com). Learn more at Food Sleuth Radio at kopn.org.


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he single piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill currently contains $90 billion in taxpayer funding and significantly affects farming, conservation, energy and the quality and price of the food on our plates. When the bill comes up for renewal every five years, the public has a chance to voice support for a greener, healthier, more sustainable food and farming system. Sign up for Farm Bill updates and action alerts from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (website below), and talk with members of Congress about concerns. Marydale DeBor, who works to improve food quality in Connecticut, recommends that citizens align with farm advocacy organizations. “Advocacy is the single most important need now, around the Farm Bill and state policies,” she says.

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Did you know? n Most Farm Bill dollars support food assistance programs, namely food stamps or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation’s largest safety net against hunger. In 2012, SNAP is projected to consume 75 percent of the total Farm Bill budget. n Most SNAP benefits are spent in supermarkets and convenience stores. SNAP can be used at farmers’ markets, but only by those that accept electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards. In 2011, SNAP’s $11 million of the program’s total $71 billion benefits were redeemed at farmers’ markets nationwide, directly benefiting local farmers. n Crop insurance is the second-largest Farm Bill budget item. n The majority of subsidy payments go to large farms producing corn, cotton, wheat, rice and soybeans, which helps explain why soda is cheaper than 100 percent fruit juice, and corn-fed feedlot beef costs less than organic, grass-fed beef. n An improved Farm Bill would provide participation incentives for conservation, beginning farmers, local food economies and organic agriculture, and better align agriculture with public health.

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chapters on soil, light, seed planting, transplanting, watering, insect friends and foes, disease control, and more. Multiple books by Eliot Coleman and Ed Smith, and best-selling e-book Build Your Ark, cover the basics as well as more advanced gardening topics. Container gardeners should definitely add The Bountiful Container by McGee and Stuckey, but use organic soil, fertilizers and pest/disease controls. Decide what to grow. If garden space is limited to just a few square feet of ground or a couple of large containers, the focus should be on producing a continuous supply of fresh, organic, non-GMO salads. Quick growing spinach, loose leaf green and red lettuces, chicory, arugula, basil, green onions, carrots, beets and radishes can be planted every two to four weeks as others are harvested. Cutting off the tops of lettuces an inch above the soil, allows the hearts of the plants to regenerate whole new heads, the “cut and come again” approach. By planting new seeds in flats every two weeks, new

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t happens every spring. Seed racks bulging with brightly colored packets of vegetables and herbs seem to grow up almost overnight from floors in grocery stores, nurseries and home improvement centers. Perky green seedlings appear next--tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, zucchini, basil—everything a winter-weary soul could want. Today there are more reasons than ever for people to want to grow their own food. Medical evidence is overwhelming—those who eat a largely vegetable diet can delay or prevent the development of heart disease, diabetes and many cancers. Yet, most of the fresh and canned vegetables available in U.S. supermarkets today are grown on chemical-based, commercial 32

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mega-farms that use genetically modified seed (GM) to produce genetically modified food plants (GMOs). The effects these chemicals and novel genes have on human health are difficult to pin down, largely because there are so many chemicals and gene products that cause and effect of any one on a single ailment, are difficult to prove. Growing GMO-free, organic food is smart, and getting started or expanding is easy, even for apartment dwellers with no more “ground” than large pots on a sunny deck or rooftop. Simple steps to success include: Buy a good book. A good, comprehensive book on organic gardening will “grow the gardener”. Such a trusted companion should include

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seedlings are ever ready to transplant to spaces freed up by the harvested food. Root crops such as carrots and beets are best planted right where they will grow, undisturbed, to harvest. Grow endless salads economically from seed, not pricey plants, and fertilize to maintain high soil productivity. Diverse greens mixes designed for harvesting as microgreens can also be grown to full size. Bigger gardens, bigger plans. It is essential to plan ahead for big gardens, four season harvests, food self-sufficiency and sustainability. Year round, balanced, health sustaining diets require more than just salads, and soil that is expected to sustain bountiful, healthy harvests needs to be planned for and nurtured as well. Planned places for


tomatoes, peppers, winter and summer squashes, pumpkins, green and yellow beans, peas, spring and winter kales, early and late spinach, succession plantings, of lettuces, early and late carrots, potatoes, onions, and melons should be drawn, in pencil, on paper, preferably in winter or very early spring. Expected yields of varieties can be found in detailed seed catalogs, online or in organic gardening books. Most families do not need 25 tomato plants, but find that three or four high yielding varieties will provide for most of their fresh and canned needs. Likewise, 15 habanero pepper plants might be overkill for all but a handful of fire-eating families, and harvests from 10 zucchini plants could overwhelm an entire neighborhood! Maintaining lower soil disease and insect risks for organic gardening depends on planned rotations of vegetables to new locations each season, sometimes not planting a crop in the same space for three to four years. Realistic planning based on size, soil and climate constraints, nutritional goals and individual food preferences will minimize missteps and maximize success. Choose seed wisely. Growing organic, non-GMO food, real food, begins by buying seed that is has not been genetically altered by seed

genetic engineering companies. It is getting increasingly difficult to find seed that has not been contaminated by wind and insect borne pollens bearing the patented genetic legacies of corporations intent on increasing the use of their herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. But it is still possible. Non-hybrid, non-GMO seed, much of it for heirloom vegetable and garden fruit varieties dating back 25 years or more, carry the least risk. Most of these rapidly disappearing varieties are grown by small growers whose fields

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are not exposed to mega-farm plantings of commercial GMOs. Non-hybrid garden vegetables can be harvested for their non-hybrid, non-GMO seed as well as their vegetables, allowing a sustainable seed supply to be saved by the home gardener year-to-year, as humans have always done. Real seed, grown and saved for the future, and organically grown real food are the keys to sustainable, vibrant, good health. Geri Guidetti has been growing nonhybrid, non-GMO vegetable gardens for over 40 years. For more information or to purchase non-GMO seeds visit ArkInstitute.com.

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In tough economic times, many families include food in their spending cuts. How can we tighten our budget and yet still eat well?

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ix months ago, Josh Viertel threw down the “value meal” gauntlet in a major way. The Slow Food USA president challenged cooks around the country to create a familyfriendly feast for under $5. Many responded, sharing their tips and tricks at SlowFoodUSA. org/5Challenge. Here are some favorites.

Setting a Budget Five dollars per meal for 21 meals a week, plus snacks, neatly totals the $125 weekly food budget set by the Leake family, of Charlotte, North Carolina. Lisa and Jason Leake, parents of two young daughters, first explored what it would be like to eliminate processed food from their diet, which they describe in their blog at 100DaysofRealFood.com. Their success led to the additional challenge of eating real food on a budget. “Having a realistic weekly budget is helpful, because you can’t go too far over budget before you realize you are in trouble,” advises Lisa Leake. To make it even easier to stay on track, she makes it a habit to shop near home and uses cash instead of credit.


Seasonal Shopping “If we shop for seasonal produce and freeze or can surplus from our local farmers’ market, we can eat well all year and still eat frugally,” advises Rebecca Miller, a macrobiotic and healing foods caterer from Overland Park, Kansas. “When fresh blueberries are $3 a cup at the grocery during the off-season, for example, we can still enjoy canned berries in recipes or thawed from the freezer on our morning oatmeal.”

Eating Down the Fridge Seattle-based Kim O’Donnel, author of The Meatlover’s Meatless Cookbook, blogs about family meals for USA Today. “I regularly emphasize what I call ‘eating down the frig,’” she says. “That means making use of what we’ve got on hand, like generations before us that also went through food shortages. We’re just out of practice.” One way to help ourselves learn, says O’Donnel, is to stock a “smarter” pantry. Staples include different varieties of dried beans; lentils; quickcooking grains such as quinoa, bulgur, couscous and purple barley; garbanzo beans; brown and black rice; and a few BPA-free canned goods like tomatoes, black beans and chickpeas. “If we take our time and watch for good deals, we can build a pantry at a low cost,” she says, because such ingre-

dients are basically “blank slates.” As just one example of a low-cost, pantry-based meal, O’Donnel might start with cooked red lentils, then add fresh ginger and garlic, sautéed onion with cumin, and fresh spinach and tomatoes, and then serve it with whole-wheat pita bread.

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Jane Zieha, a certified public accountant, knows that feeding people and watching the bottom line can go together. She owns the acclaimed Blue Bird Bistro, in Kansas City, Missouri. An avowed all-natural, organic, sustainable and local foods passionista, Zieha has stayed true to the principles of her Pennsylvania upbringing. “I didn’t eat like anybody else growing up,” she says. “We never ate packaged food. We ate what was fresh. When I was old enough to go to a friend’s house for dinner, I was surprised at how they ate.” Today, both at home and at work, Zieha continues

to select the best that local farmers can provide. “I don’t start with a recipe and then find the food, like most chefs and restaurants do,” she explains. “I find the ingredients and then go from there.”

Meat as a Condiment More expensive ingredients, such as heritage turkey, can bring more flavor and texture to an entrée as an ingredient instead of a standalone part of a meal, advises Zieha. She might feature heritage turkey in an enchilada filling, pasta or savory bread pudding, so that a little goes a long way. It also makes sense to shop for varieties of fish or cuts of meat that aren’t widely popular or that take longer to cook. Slow Food’s Viertel, who shops near Brooklyn, New York, remarks: “I buy ‘trash fish’—sea robin, squid, mackerel, sardines—because they are cheaper and I believe, taste best. The same is true of the other meats I buy. I never cook pork chops or filet mignon; I cook oxtail and short ribs.” Then, O’Donnel adds, the frugal cook turns bones of roasted poultry or trimmings from a whole fish into a delicious stock. Any homemade broth can be just the frozen asset we need for yet another tasty “value” meal. Cookbook author Judith Fertig writes at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com.

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Preparing Kids for Tomorrow’s Jobs U.S. Companies Pair Scientists with Schools by April Thompson

science, it teaches them how to think like a scientist,” says Program Administrator Sandra Goldstein Birmingham. “For example, the kids maintain an engineering journal of the challenges they experienced, to help them troubleshoot the next time.” Leapin’ Lizards is one of 34 STEM programs nationwide awarded funding through the 2011 Ashoka Changemakers’ Partnering for Excellence competition, backed by U.S. corporate heavyweights like Google, ExxonMobil and Amgen. Many participating companies are investing in STEM school programming to fill the pipeline of homegrown talent for potential future hires.

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hat’s great news for tomorrow’s job-seekers. Yet, most American youth are matriculating out of the country’s schools ill-equipped to compete for these high-tech, high-wage jobs; among developed nations, U.S. high school students currently rank 23rd in science and 31st in mathematics. Now, hundreds of schools are working to better prepare students by harnessing outside resources to reinvigorate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula in classrooms and afterschool programs. Forget rote memorization of the periodic table of the elements that previous generations may equate with science class. Kids in STEM programs are designing video games, programming robots and building solar cars— fun, hands-on, practical projects that add zest to technical subjects. The extra excitement helps, because many STEM programs extend the school day, either

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as a mandatory late-day module or an optional afterschool session.

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Kids like Camerino Sanchez-Park can’t get enough. “Robotics helped me learn a lot about science and batterypowered objects and engines,” says this fifth-grader at Faller Elementary School, in Ridgecrest, California. “The best part was working with the cool, high-tech robots. I would definitely do it again!” Sanchez-Park is one of 87 youths psyched about science as a result of hands-on afterschool programs run by a local nonprofit, High Desert Leapin’ Lizards. It taps the brainpower of scientists and engineers from a nearby naval base to instruct in subjects like renewable energy, chemistry and robotics. Rather than focusing on abstract concepts, students create working windmills or robots capable of tackling obstacle courses. “It not only sparks an interest in

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Career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math are projected to grow 70 percent faster than other occupations—with 2.4 million job openings in those fields during the next six years.

Another Ashoka winner, Citizen Schools, sees the challenge as a supplyand-demand problem that includes a lack of teachers trained to meet the current needs for STEM education. Consider, though, the 10 million professionals currently working in related fields, and Americans have a system-wide solution. “If we can put just 1 percent of them in the classroom, we could more than double the math and science teachers in the country,” advises Managing Director John Werner. Citizen Schools recruits corporate volunteers from the ranks of top technology, architecture, finance and other fields to lead afterschool “apprenticeships” for disadvantaged kids in public


middle schools. Participating states include California, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Texas. Google has provided some 350 volunteers, plus a recent $3.25 million grant to expand Citizen Schools activities in three state programs. Its employees supply an appealing bridge from academics to up-and-coming careers, teaching kids marketable skills like website design, cell phone marketing and computer programming. Collaborating on real-life problems in small groups develops more than tangible skills, attests Marianne DeModena. Her sixth grade son, Christian Deguglielmo, completed apprenticeships with Google at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and with investment advisors Cambridge Associates, both in Boston. “Christian came home a different kid,” says DeModena. “It’s brought out his leadership abilities, school pride, social skills and confidence… it’s really opened up this other side of him. He says Citizen Schools is his favorite subject.” The program’s success is more than anecdotal: A longitudinal study by Policy Studies Associates, Inc. found that kids enrolled in Citizen Schools afterschool programs significantly outperformed a comparison group on a range of indicators, including school attendance, proficiency test scores and graduation rate.

Kids in STEM programs are designing video games, programming robots and building solar cars—fun, hands-on, practical projects that add zest to technical subjects. Gateway to the Stars Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, or (MS)², taps into higher institutions of learning as another rich source of STEM prowess. Founded in 2005, the Washington, D.C., public charter school is located at the university, one of the nation’s preeminent historically black colleges. Every (MS)² classroom includes at least one undergraduate teaching assistant, providing youths with collegiate role

models in STEM fields, while giving university students an opportunity to test their teaching skills. The school also partners with NASA, which pairs its engineers with teachers for professional development, and sponsors rigorous student workshops in astronautics at its Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland. The collaboration gives students a scientific leg up while broadening their career possibilities. “Employees within the space program range from botanists to ballet dancers, all necessary in helping to get astronauts ready for takeoff,” says Yohance Maqubela, executive director of (MS)². He recognizes that not every student will end up pursuing a career in a STEM field, but that science and technology will permeate whatever discipline they choose. Above all, STEM curricula are designed to address one of the most frequently asked student questions: “Why am I learning this?” By making learning more relevant, these programs are helping kids stay motivated, think critically about their surroundings and connect the dots so they see the big picture. It’s a mindset that will serve them well, wherever life leads them. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at AprilWrites.com.

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amps specializing in STEMrelated subjects are cropping up across the nation. For a period of a week or more, they give children the chance to steep themselves in a favorite subject with peers that share their passions. Hands-on projects such as sleuthing crime scenes and assessing environmental habitats give kids a taste of what it’s like to work in a particular field and stretch their brains and muscles in the process.

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Here are just a few of the types of STEM-oriented camps offered. Visit KidsCamps.com for a comprehensive listing.

enjoyable activities like tidepooling, beach surveys and canoeing, while teaching skills such as conservation principles and sampling methods.

Experimenting: General science camps make it possible to sample its different branches, from astronomy to zoology, and learn how things work through fun, interactive experiments. These group-oriented camps foster leadership and teamwork, as well as curiosity and discipline; key characteristics for any career in science.

Mystery: Crime scene investigation (CSI) camps introduce youths to the field of forensic sciences. Campers learn the art and craft of evidence collection, while developing observation and problem-solving skills. They may get to practice DNA testing, ballistics analysis, autopsy techniques and other tools of the trade.

Animals: Veterinary camps teach skills ranging from basic animal handling to diagnosing disease. Often co-sponsored by university animal science programs, these camps typically blend lab and classroom work with fascinating field trips.

Robot building: Robotics camps make the challenging field of engineering approachable for children of all ages. Students are taken step-by-step through the engineering process, from designing and building through programming and testing. The sessions often culminate in a competition in which camp robots are pitted against each other on a ball field or obstacle course.

Beachcombing: Marine sciences camps help introduce kids to Earth’s precious and complex maritime and underwater ecosystems. These camps often involve

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THE 7 STEP POWERPLAN FOR SUCCESS WITH ADHD!

3. Believe in Possibility & the Power of Choice

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etting things done can be challenging for anyone, but for people with ADD/ADHD it is often painfully difficult – especially if the required tasks are boring, repetitive, disagreeable, confusing or in conflict with other priorities. There’s hope. Here’s a system that works, because it is based on knowing who you are and how you think (and oh, it also works for people who don’t have ADHD).

1. Cultivate Self-Awareness

Take a realistic inventory of your strengths and challenges – what ‘gets

ligence, co-existing mental or physical issues, birth order, astrological sign, Chinese birth year animal… you get the idea). As Popeye the Sailorman said, “I ‘yam what I ‘yam.” When we truly accept ourselves, warts and all, we open our minds to new ways of being. Instead of reacting, we are better able to act. This is critical, as when we’re in reaction mode, our brain is in ‘fight or flight’ mode – it views any intervention or change, even positive ones, as a threat to our way of being. I have difficulty with Nike’s “Just Do It” philosophy. Great concept, but ADHD is not a disorder of not knowing what to do, but of doing what you know. Often, the most difficult thing is to “just do it.” Our mind says ‘go’ but our brain ignores it. Instead of beating up on yourself for avoidance, procrastination, delayed starts and imperfections (being self-critical only contributes to inertia), be kind to yourself.

you going’ and what ‘shuts you down.’ Don’t sugar-coat, but also don’t overlook the things you have accomplished, even if they weren’t quite up to your sometimes overly-critical standards of what you ‘should’ be able to do. Think about the things you do well, your talents and areas of competency.

2. Accept Yourself

Accept who you are, how you think, the way you do (or don’t) do things. Let go of how you think you ‘should’ be. You are who you are (personality, history, ADD, LD, IQ, EQ, types of intel-

Until we believe that what we want is truly possible, we can’t effect real change or create new ways of being. We have the power to choose how we respond to any situation, which means taking personal responsibility and getting out of the blame game, even though our problems may be compounded by biology, history, environment, experiences or other people in our lives. Also, let go of the guilt trap of being overly self-critical, which is uselessly destructive and keeps us caught in a web of failure and regret (or even perfectionism), instead of allowing us to move forward in action.

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When we believe in possibility and are willing to make changes (choose a different way of being), we can transform the way we think, work and live! As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.”

4. Clarify & Prioritize

Isolate problem areas and choose one or two to work on. Doing too little, or trying to do too much (our natural tendency) is setting yourself up for failure. •Clarify specific objectives and avoid goals that are too broad. Instead of thinking, “ I am going to master time,” start with “I am going to get out of the house on time,” or “I will make time to exercise 3x week.” Those goals are specific and measureable. • Prioritize goals by what is important “I will complete and hand in my expense reports by the payment deadline,” and what brings you joy “I will spend Saturday afternoons doing fun activities with my children.” Successful multitasking is mostly a myth. Focus on specifics, otherwise our minds run rampant and overwhelm (with its lack of action) easily drowns our best intentions. • Strategize! Develop strategies that will enable you to compensate, conquer and excel. Be a detective. Explore what has worked, and what hasn’t. Build on your strengths. Read, or listen to audio versions of some of the wonderful books and articles on ADD/ ADHD, Organization, Time Management, Productivity, Relationships and Communication, Self-Care, Self-Empowerment, etc. •Realize that you will need two types of strategies. It isn’t enough to have strategies, tools and techniques to accomplish a task (the ‘doing’). You will also need them to get motivated to begin, to remain focused on the task and stay with it until completion (the ‘getting it done’). For individualized help, support and accountability, one of the best investments you can make is to spend some time working with an experienced ADHD coach.

5. Take Action

Now that you have strategies to accomplish specific objectives, and the broad-

er goal of living a life you love, it is time to move into action. Unfortunately, knowing is not doing, and the ability to do what you have planned is at the heart of the ADHD challenge. That is why you have created strategies for both the doing and the getting it done. Stay mindful of your prioritized goals and avoid spending time on low priority tasks (which we often do to avoid more challenging, or boring tasks). Taking action can be painfully difficult. Remember Steps 1 through 3 – Awareness that you are having a hard time, Acceptance that you are feeling this way, and Belief that it could be different. Then just do something to begin the process. Transition to the desired task in baby steps. Pick up the pen and paper. Open the computer file. Pull out the folder with the information you need. Just that small action has transitioned you to the activity. Then write one word, read one sentence, simply open the folder. You’ve made progress!

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl... But whatever you do, keep moving.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

6. Attitude Adjustment: Expect Backsliding

One of the most difficult things about ADD/ADHD is its inconsistency. Because you can do some things some times (maybe the sun and the moon are perfectly aligned), people don’t understand why you can’t do things consistently. What works today may not work tomorrow – just one more reason to have a large toolbox of strategies. Also a reason NOT to get down on yourself when things don’t work the way you planned. If you expect that for every two steps forward you’ll take one step back, it doesn’t disappoint you as much as if you had expected continual improvement or to even maintain status quo. Think about the dieter who really blows it one day. If she accepts it was just a tough food day, she’ll get back on track in the morning. But if she believes she’s ‘ruined’ everything, she’s much more likely to continue to binge. We may not always be able to do things the way we’d like, but the trick is to continue to do. Susan Karyn Lasky, MA, SCAC is a Master ADHD Strategist, Productivity Coach, Professional Organizer, speaker and author of the forthcoming book, The Seven Step PowerPlan for Success with ADHD™. For more than 20 years she has been passionate about helping adults, parents and older students to transform the way they think, work and live. She can be reached at 914.373.4787. SusanLasky.com.

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t’s important to note that wounds and infections would never heal without the presence of acute inflammation, the body’s normal biological response to harmful pathogens, damaged cells and irritants. Although this protective measure to initiate the body’s natural healing response is often misrepresented as being synonymous with infection, it is not; even when the inflammation is caused by infection. Dr. Vijay Jain, an expert in ayurvedic medicine, explains how the system normally works: “An infection brings about an acute inflammatory response and also summons the aid of immune system cells such as lymphocytes—thymus cells (T cells), bursaderived cells (B cells) and natural killer (NK) cells—as well as monocytes (a type of white blood cell). These then migrate through the bloodstream to eliminate specific pathogens or pathogen-infected cells.” In contrast, chronic inflammation occurs when the immune response stays activated, rather than naturally

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abating, and the body’s defense system consequently turns against itself. Today, a number of leading physician scientists including Jain are drawing attention to an epidemic of cases of such chronic inflammation. With 35 years of experience in general surgery and 15 years of focused study in integrative medicine, Jain bases his concern on extensive study and research. He currently serves as the medical director of Amrit Ayurveda for Total Well Being, at the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida. Floyd H. Chilton, Ph.D., author of Inflammation Nation, and professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina, is on the same wavelength. Trained as a physician and specialist in infectious disease and inflammation at Harvard Medical School, Chilton’s 20 years of research have likewise led him, along with pioneers like Dr. Andrew Weil, to conclude that chronic, systemic inflammation is the root cause of many diseases.


The condition has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Furthermore, in 2000, The New England Journal of Medicine published several studies showing that blood indicators of inflammation (such as homocysteine, fibrinogen and Creactive protein) are strong predictive factors for a heart attack. These experts all point to the standard American diet as a primary culprit for setting chronic inflammation in motion, and cite an anti-inflammatory diet as helpful in counteracting the problem. Kathy Bero, founder of at NuGensis Farm, Inc., in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, attests that an anti-inflammatory diet containing many angiogenesis-inhibiting foods was a major factor in the remission of three aggressive forms of cancer that threatened her life six years ago. “Many of the diseases linked to chronic systemic inflammation also share a dependence on inappropriate blood vessel growth, which either nourishes the disease or hinders the body’s fight against it,” Bero explains.

“Angiogenesis-inhibiting foods are known to assist the body in controlling the healthy growth of blood vessels.” The nonprofit NuGenesis Farm supports 35 acres dedicated to growing anti-inflammatory and angiogenesis-balancing foods with the strongest disease prevention properties, using sustainable organic agriculture practices. It offers a “food as medicine” model for global communities seeking alternative methods for naturally preventing disease. An anti-inflammatory diet recommended by family physician and nutritionist Ann Kulze, author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet, includes colorful, fresh fruits; green, leafy vegetables; low-glycemic foods such as whole grains, sweet potatoes and winter squashes; fruits such as berries, cherries, apples and pears; high-quality protein in omega-3-rich fish such as wild salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel; seeds and nuts such as walnuts; and green tea. It also calls for the vegetable-based protein found in soy foods, beans, lentils and other legumes. Ginger and turmeric, dried or fresh, rank among recommended spices. In addition to maintaining a healthy and correct balance between omega-6

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CHOOSING FORKS OVER KNIVES Doctors Advocate a Plant-Based Diet by Linda Sechrist

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ilm Producer Brian Wendel’s concern for the many Americans suffering from multiple chronic diseases, as well as the strain this puts on our nation’s health care system and economy, sparked the idea for documenting what doctors researching the issue have to say about it. In his latest film, Forks Over Knives, these pioneering thinkers examine the claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases afflicting humanity can be controlled or reversed by avoiding the ingestion of animal-based and processed foods; more, they make a compelling case that switching to a whole-foods, plant-based diet can restore health. Much of the foundational science showing why a plant-based diet of whole foods is not only best for everyone’s health, but also for the planet, comes from noted nutrition research pioneer T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. He has summarized his results in his book, The China Study, co-authored with his son, Dr. Thomas M. Campbell. His 1980 study of 130 Chinese villages, involving 6,500 adults and their families, directly tied the consumption of animal protein-based foods to the development of cancer and heart disease. Based on his research, Colin Campbell, teamed up with Dr. Junshi Chen, currently a senior research professor with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in Beijing, specifically characterized casein, a protein found in milk from 46

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mammals, as “the most relevant carcinogen ever identified.” With concrete evidence in hand, and accounting for other diet and lifestyle factors, the pair went on to conclude that consuming whole, plant-based foods offers the best strategy for improving health and preventing serious diseases. Other solid science presented in the film comes from Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., whose 150 scientific articles complement the 1995 publication of his peer-acclaimed book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, which summarizes the results of his long-term research on arresting and reversing coronary artery disease through

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nutrition. In his two decades of global research, Esselstyn, who directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, found that wherever people ate a plant-based diet, cancer and cardiovascular diseases were rare. In many of the case histories and personal stories chronicled in Forks Over Knives, diet was used as a treatment for various diseases and cited as being more effective than prescription drugs. Anthony Yen and Evelyn Oswick, for example, attest how their lives were saved by switching to a whole-foods, plant-based diet after a lifetime of illness that included multiple heart attacks and surgeries, as well as chronic chest pain. Treatment under the care of Esselstyn succeeded in reversing advanced-stage heart disease in both cases. Today, they enjoy active lives full of friends, family and meaningful work. Social media channels such as Facebook have been vital to spreading the word about the effective solutions presented by the Forks Over Knives film and companion book (complete with recipes). Wendel reports inspiring posts such as, “Your film changed my life,” or “I no longer require diabetes medication.” Potential savings in costs to people and the planet are vast. Consider, for instance, that according to the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, if the entire U.S. population were to adopt a plant-based diet for just one day, the nation would save at least 100 billion gallons of drinking water, enough to supply every person in every home in New England for nearly four months. Wendel foresees the ForksOver Knives.com website ultimately expanding into a news resource, linking people with information provided by leading experts in the whole-foods, plant-based world via various media platforms. It will also provide opportunities to blog with experts, listen to live broadcasts about food preparation and find resources to help individuals transition to a healthier, plant-based diet. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.


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in the person you’re with … when you are all alone. When we spend our time focused on problems, we subconsciously disregard all that is not a problem. In mulling over yesterday and worrying about tomorrow, we fail to recognize the presence of today. When we postpone living until everything is running smoothly, we forfeit the minutes of our now. Instead of focusing on the next achievement or acquisition, we need to practice focusing on all the blessings around us—our loved ones and the sheer pleasure found in simply being. The poet in me writes: So live in your now; be conscious, sincere. Let your mind allow you to be in your here!

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ichard Simmons grew up in the French Quarter of New Orleans where, he notes, “Lard was a food group and dessert mandatory.” Exercise studios were geared to those already in shape, not to people that wanted to lose weight. So in 1974, Simmons opened Slimmons studio, followed by his classic exercise video, Sweatin’ to the Oldies, with motivating tunes like Dancing in the Street, Summer in the City and Loco-Motion; a plus—not everyone in his video is a size 0. Simmons and others have been helping people dance their way to fitness ever since.

Making Dance a Game In Portland, Oregon, Mara Woloshin was inspired to get a move on when she complained to her 15-year-old son, Benny, about her weight. “Benny challenged me to do some basic Wii Fitness and then Zumba Fitness,” says Woloshin. “I give myself the right to fail at most exercises and dance moves; I just keep moving and let my son give me tips, pointers and instruction.” Benny puts in his own dance fitness time, plus keeps mom on track for 30 minutes a day. The Wii video game keeps score. “I win sometimes; mostly with yoga, while he is terrific at dance stuff,” Woloshin says. “I’ve logged more than 1,200 days with the Wii so far, and love to shake my size 14 self. I’ve lost eight pounds and have built an incredible relationship with my teenager. We dance, compete, sweat and encourage each other. “We also enjoy conversations before and after Wii time. Are they meaningful? Sometimes. Does he laugh at me? Definitely. Does he look forward to our evening dance workouts together? Absolutely.” 48

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In 2011, FitBottomedGirls.com compiled a list of the best dance videos they ever reviewed. The list launches with their hands-down favorite, So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit series. Melt away calories using a variety of dance styles and fun moves via Billy Blanks’ Dance with Me Groove & Burn. Several Dancing with the Stars cast members have videos out to improve fans’ look and style. Check out Cheryl Burke Presents Disco Abs (includes Village People’s classic YMCA) or Julianne Hough’s Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom. More experienced dancers may like Dancing with the Stars Ballroom Buns and Abs.

Taking Fun Classes “Zumba Gold is a great reentry to exercise for baby boomers” advises Sherry Lucas, a licensed Zumba instructor in St. Louis. “Classes are approachable, available and affordable.” Recommended workout wear includes comfortable sweatwicking clothing and a good pair of shoes. Because of the side-to-side movements, she suggests tennis or basketball shoes, not running shoes. Community classes generally range from 45 to 90 minutes (find a local class at Zumba.com). An hour-long regular Zumba class can burn 400 to 600 calories says Lucas, depending upon body weight, workout intensity, conditioning level and individual metabolism. As a point of reference, NutriStrategy.com charts calories burned by a 155-pound person engaged in an hour of light calisthenics at 246 calories; leisurely biking, 281; and walking briskly uphill, 422. “Find a class and an instructor you like,” counsels Lucas. “Make a commitment to having some ‘you’ time. Part of exercise is being social, so it’s a chance to make new friends, too.” Doctor of Naturopathy Kathy Gruver, Ph.D., finds that a hiphop workout best suits her needs four to five times a week. Each 90-minute class is non-stop action and she rarely takes a break, although some class members don’t dance the entire time. Gruver works out at Rhythm Dance & Fitness Studios, near Santa Barbara, California, with choreographer Tamarr Paul. “I grew up dancing jazz, tap and ballet; nothing even close to hip-hop, and there are still moments that I can’t get a certain move or trip over my own feet. Still, it took just a few weeks to get my rhythm back and get in the groove,” says Gruver. “We run through a set of steps multiple times before we add more. Once we’ve learned a whole dance, we run it over and over to different music; some faster, some slower.” With dance, there’s something just right for everyone. Dance with the kids, the dog, while making the beds or vacuuming crumbs. Dance along with a video or take a class to learn something new and different while making new friends. In any case, breathe in the music. It all makes exercise fun. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.


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A varied diet even reduces the chances of dogs developing an allergy to certain foods, like chicken or wheat, adds Delaney. “Feeding a dog food that’s not commonly used in the pet food industry—a food that he’s naïve to—reduces the potential that the animal will develop an allergic reaction to it.”

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roiled chicken, brown rice and steamed broccoli again?” When you sit down to dinner, you prefer some variety, and so does your dog, who may well inquire, “What, kibble again?” Day after day of the same mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats and veggies can hamper any appetite, human or canine. But a diet packed with different food types can make eating more enjoyable. Before concocting your own dog food blends, it helps to learn more about potential ingredients and the benefits of a varied diet, as well as how to successfully introduce new foods.

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departure from the stick-to-the-samefood routine encouraged by dog food experts of the past. Dr. Sean Delaney, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist in Davis, California, says that today’s varied diet for dogs should resemble a cornucopia, filled with healthy meats, whole grains, legumes, dairy, fruits and vegetables. “For optimum health, it’s better to have the food in a natural, unprocessed state,” he says. To start, dogs require 12 amino acids in their diets, so foods that contain all of them would provide the best quality protein for dogs, advises Dr. Rebecca Remillard, Ph.D., a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and founder of Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, in Hollister, North Carolina. “Egg and liver are of the highest protein quality because of their amino acid profiles,” she advises.

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Dr. Tracy Lord, a holistic veterinarian based at the Animal Clinic and Wellness Center, in Williamsburg, Virginia, says that older theories once claimed that dogs would become picky eaters or experience indigestion on a varied diet, but that perspective has since been questioned. To the contrary, variety brings excitement and interest to the table— or the bowl. For instance, Lord points out, “If you feed your child a dinner of chicken, broccoli, brown rice and cantaloupe, you can pat yourself on the back for providing a well-balanced nutritious meal. But if you feed this same meal to your child three times a day throughout his life, you would start to see nutritional deficiencies.” Plus, no one would be surprised to hear that the child is tiring of it. The same holds true for dogs, she says. Their bodies appreciate the different sources of nutrition, while their taste buds respond to delicious change-ups. One popular type of varied diet centers on taking commercially prepared, top-quality, frozen, canned or dry foods and simply rotating them, as long as the owner provides a consistent number of calories. This approach will ensure that a dog receives the right balance of nutrients, says Remillard. She explains that, “Federally regulated, commercially prepared foods have processing methods and quality assurance programs that limit the potential for food-borne illnesses in pets and offer guarantees, a nutritional profile and bioavailability of nutrients.” Remillard further notes, however, that not all products are equal when it comes to highly desirable ingredients, so as with any other processed food, consumers must read labels. Varied diets also may be prepared at home. That’s where home chefs


can get creative with different types of meats, grains and vegetables, but they should follow guidelines prepared by a trained nutritionist, Remillard cautions. “Unless properly formulated by a nutritionist, diets developed at home are not likely to be complete and balanced,” she says. “The nutritional profile of any diet—including homemade diets—depends on how the recipe was formulated, the nutrient content of the ingredients and how the owner prepares the food. Homemade diets may also contain contaminants and food-borne microbes if the owner isn’t careful.” Sometimes, just adding a little something special to a dog’s bowl will

give him the variety he’s craving. For example, “If we’re making something our dog loves, like grilled salmon or ahi, we’ll cook a little piece for her and give her a little less kibble in her dish,” relates Alyce Edmondton, who lives in Redmond, Washington. “We always share our dog-safe leftovers with her. We figure that if it’s good for us, it’s good for her, too.” Wendy Bedwell-Wilson’s healthy living pet articles regularly appear in national and international magazines. Her latest of six books on dogs, Shih Tzu, is part of the DogLife series. Connect at PetWriter@live.com.

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If you would like to incorporate a varied diet into your dog’s eating routine, here are five expert tips for doing so safely and successfully. Choose different main ingredients: If you’re primarily relying on a chicken and rice diet, switch the pooch to something completely different, like a duck and sweet potato or bison and barley diet, advises Veterinarian Sean Delaney. It’s okay to change brands: Although some food manufacturers have developed food lines designed to rotate among items, you can always try out different brands and formulas. Stick to the highquality mixes for optimal nutrition, says Veterinarian Tracy Lord. Change the menu regularly: If you plan to rotate a dog’s commercially prepared diet, consider buying a new blend each time you shop, advises Veterinarian Rebecca Remillard. Switch slowly: For a smooth transition between foods, slowly increase the amount of new food while decreasing the old, counsels Lord. The process should take about a week. Take note of portions and calories: Delaney advises that a good way to ensure that a dog stays youthfully slim and trim is to calculate an appropriate calorie count and portions of the new foods.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Information Session: Certificate Program in Integrative Health Coaching 7-8:30pm. The Graduate Instistute. Meets requirements for International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialing. Bethany. 203.874.4252. Open House at HypnoBirthing of CT 7:30pm. Attend a free information session at the studio to learn about safe, comfortable childbirth. Free. Westport. Cynthia Overgard: 203.952.7299.

Women’s Sacred Circle 7:30-9pm, w/Rev. Chris Guerrera Share, connect, explore, play, and heal in a sacred space creating a sacred community. $25. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 203.268.1272. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Reiki Refresher for All Levels 7-9:15pm. Reiki practitioners only. Gigi Benanti shares techniques that will help raise one’s Reiki vibration, includes a re-attunement. $35 + $8 material fee. Angelic Healing Center. Norwalk. 203.852.1150.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 A Kindergarten Sampler Day 10am-12pm. Experience the Waldorf-inspired classroom and participate in the rhythm of a kindergarten morning for 3-6 year olds. $15. The Clover Hill School at Christ Espicopal Church. Norwalk. Advanced registration required. 203.661.6484. Kid Special: Jack & the Beanstalk 2:30pm. Michael Graham’s award-winning production of this classic, with beautifully crafted hand & rod puppets. Presented by Spring Valley Puppet Theatre. Ages 5 & up. Free. Westport Library. McManus Room. 203.291.4810. Happiness Revealed 3:30-5:30pm. Sunday 2-4pm & 5-7pm w/ Doug Veenhof. How to meditate and

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR REMEMBERING YOUR PAST LIVES FOR HEALING Friday, March 16 • 6:30 - 9 pm Presented by Maria C. Castillo, LCSW at ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Tpke. Monroe, CT 06468. $60 per person or $65 at the door.

To reserve a spot call Maria at 203.445.8966. Space is limited. what to meditate on to achieve the highest goals of yoga. $35/session paid by 2/25; $45 thereafter. Series discount. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Sita’s Light Kirtan Chant 3:30-5pm. Join Miriam Zernis in a Kirtan that offers the possibilities of personal discovery and expression or simply ~ the joy of raising one’s voice in song. $20. Move2wellness. Ridgefield. Register: 203.403.2522.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR TRISTATE FERTILITY AND ADOPTION CONFERENCE April 21 • 8 am-2:30 pm Meet Leading Fertility, Adoption and Holistic Experts. In one day, discover all your family-building options. Benefiting RESOLVE. Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook, NY. $20.

Register early for discounts and raffles: aFamilyOfMyOwn.com or 914.393.9221 Free. Reserve space. Enhanced Immunity. 540 Tunxis Hill Rd. Fairfield. 203.971.8546.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Course in Miracles 7pm w/Rev. Shawn. Learning to apply miracles practically in one’s life using universal principles of Unity. Love Offering. Unity Center. 3 Main St. Above the Ford Dealership. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Tarot Cards for Beginners 7-8:30pm. Learn how to read the cards. This ancient wisdom is available to all. Explore the magic and mystery of this form of divination and the subconscious mind. $40. Move2wellness. Ridgefield. Register: 203.403.2522 Homeopathy for Yogis: Musculoskeletal Healing 7-9pm w/ Mark J. Romano, N.D. Homeopathy, like yoga, maintains that the harmonious flow of

energy throughout the body. $20 if paid by 2/29; $25 thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Yoga Dance 7-9pm w/ Beth Furman. Bring one’s asana practice to a new level of joy and freedom!!! Using vinyasa as a starting point, and guided by the rhythm of live drums, explore one’s own dance. $30 if paid by 3/2; $40 thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 101 Dalmatians! 2 pm. Also held Sunday 11th. $25 adults; $20 children. Ridgefield Playhouse. 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. 203.438.5795. Thai Yoga Workshop 4:30-7pm. Thai Yoga is a combination of therapeutic manipulations like yoga stretches, energy work, acupressure and joint mobilization. $40 if paid by 3/3; $50 thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Psychic Development Class 1:30-3:30pm. Priscilla Keresey, Medium, Author, and Teacher offers training in psychic development, telepathy and spirit communication. $35. Albertson Memorial Church. 293 Sound Beach Avenue. Old Greenwich. Pre-register Alison: 914.610.5146. Yoga for Golfers 2-4pm w/ Joy Abrams, MS RYT. This program is designed to improve swing rotation, strengthen golf specific muscles, deepen concentration, improve balance, control & confidence as well as minimize your vulnerability to injury. $35 if paid by 3/4; $45 thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. 203.254.9642.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR BEST YOU RETREAT FOR WOMENTM Saturday, May 12 • 9 am - 4 pm Presented by Ellen Palmer Wellness. Learn practical tools and strategies for nourishing your body and soul. Includes information-rich presentations, breakfast, lunch, gift bag & more! Newport, RI. $175 (save 10% if registered by 4/1). Full weekend retreat option also available.

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MONDAY, MARCH 12 Play and Tea Day 1-2pm. Enjoy a sip of tea while one’s children play. Learn about Waldorf-inspired Kindergarten and the Growing Together program for children. $15. The Clover Hill School at Christ Episcopal Church. Norwalk. 203.661.6484.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Information Session: Certificate Program in Integrative Health Coaching 7-8:30 pm. The Graduate Institute. Meets requirements for International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialing. Free. Bethany. 203.874.4252.  Free Meditation Class 7:30pm. Also held 3/20 & 3/27. A free three-week course. Simple, practical techniques of concentration and meditation. Sponsored by Sri Chinmoy Centre. Held at the Westport Library. Information: 203.454.7685.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Mastering Manifestations: Attract New or Improved Relationship 7:30-9pm. Step into one’s true power now. Learn basic and advanced Law of Attraction skills with Roberta Russell. $20. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Information Session on The Graduate Institute’s new Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability Certificate Program 6-7:30 pm. Learn about a new program focused on restoring humankind’s relationship with the natural world. Free. The Graduate Institute. Bethany. 203.874.4252.

bottle are advised. $20. 1 Cloverleaf Farm South. Sherman. 203.240.4397. IEP Tune-up - Recognizing Progress, then Moving Forward 7pm w/ Linda Talbert, Special Education Advocate (snow date 3/22/12). Bring child’s IEP, a colored pen, yellow highlighter. 898 Ethan Allen Hwy, Suite 4. Ridgefield. 203.438.4848.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Hello My Garden 9:30am w/ Colleen Plimpton, Master Gardener and Author shares tools, techniques and labor saving approaches to opening a spring garden. Trinity Episcopal Church. Southport. Jean Moffitt: 203.374.1242.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Movie: Keeper of the Keys 7:30pm. Starring Jack Canfield, John Grey and Carolyn Finch with talk by Carolyn. $5. Albertson Memorial Church. 293 Sound Beach Avenue. Old Greenwich. Pre-register Alison: 914.610.5146.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Friends Winter Book Sale 9am-5pm; Sunday 3/18, 1-5pm; Monday 3/19, 9am-8pm; Tuesday 3/20, 9am-12pm. Westport Library. Riverwalk Hallway. Free. 203.291.4800.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Communicating with Love - A Workshop on Healing the World 1:30-3:30pm. Cathleen O’Connor, Teacher, Medium and Healer. $35. Albertson Memorial Church. 293 Sound Beach Avenue. Old Greenwich. Pre-register Alison: 914.610.5146.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 Spring Syncquinox 9-10am. Offered on the days of the equinox/solstice, Syncquinox unites modern music, yoga and intuitive movement/dance. Please wear comfortable clothing. Yoga mat and water

Angel Card Reading 7-9:30pm w/ Gigi Benanti Usui/Karuna Reiki Master. Introduction to Angel card reading for oneself and others. Mini-Reiki sessions included at end of workshop. $28. Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Norwalk. Preregister: 203.852.1150.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Creating Abundance Now 2-5pm. A fun, experiential workshop. Learn and practice the art of manifesting with Roberta Russell. Your desires can become reality! $50. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. Must register: 203.403.2522. Yoga for Runners 2:30-4:30pm w/ Mark J. Roman, N.D. and Lea Cervone, RYT. Get ready to spring into action with a unique workshop for runners. $35 if paid by 3/17; $45 thereafter. Yoga for Everybody. Fairfield. 203.254.9642. Séance and Healing Circle 7-9pm. Rev. John Sullivan and Denise St. Pierre from the First Spiritualist Church of Springfield. $25. Albertson Memorial Church. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. Pre-register Alison: 914.610.5146.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 Ridgefield Band Jam 4pm. Band Competition. $15 students/$20 adults. Ridgefield Playhouse. 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. 203.438.5795.

MONDAY, MARCH 26 Play and Tea Day 1-2pm. Enjoy a sip of tea while one’s children play. Learn about Waldorf-inspired Kindergarten and the Growing Together program for children. $15. The Clover Hill School at Christ Episcopal Church. Norwalk. 203.661.6484.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Mastering Manifestations: Create Financial Abundance 7:30-9pm. Step into one’s true power now. Learn basic and advanced Law of Attraction skills with Roberta Russell. $20. Move2wellness. Ridgefield. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Intro to Reiki 7:30-9pm. Dr. Oz recommends Reiki. Receive a mini-Reiki session. Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master/Teacher. $10. Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Norwalk. Must pre-register: 203.852.1150.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 The History and Modalities of Healing 1:303:30pm. Lelia Cutler, President of the NSAC. Part II of the Dimensions of Healing Series. $35. Albertson Memorial Church. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. Pre-register Alison: 914.610.5146. 

SUNDAY, APRIL 1 Walk/Run to Turn the Corner on Lyme Disease 9:30am-1:30pm. Includes a 5K and 10K run, and a 1. mile and 3 mile walk. Music, food and more. Sherwood Island State Park. Contact Orna Grand: 203.454.4024.

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sunday Choosing Joy Allison Spitzer, Expressive Therapeutic Coach. Re-charge, renew, & refresh your relationships and your outlook. Engaging, creative activities and dialogue. By appointment: $50/couple. Periwinkle Health. Trumbull. 203.261.7615. Affordable Yoga 8:30am. Tired of feeling tired, stressed or out of shape? Give yoga a try and see why so many people are hooked. Lose weight, reduce pain, lower blood pressure. Cost. 8/$80. Interplay Health. Stamford. 203.845.8856. Interfaith Service Gathering and Fellowship 10am-12pm. Explore and celebrate life, love, spirituality, healing and community. My Little Light children’s program available while parents attend gathering. All are welcome! Love offering/Donation. ARC Sacred Center. Monroe. 203.268.1272. Reiki Practitioners needed any/every Sunday 10am-12pm. ReikiOvertones held at Home for the Elderly. Fairfield. For more info call Jeannette or Jim: 203.254.3958. Celebration Service 10:30am w/ Rev. Shawn Moninger. Enjoy and inspiring message and great music. Unity Center above the Ford Dealership. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Sunday Worship 11am-12:15pm. Doors open at 10:30am for Silent Prayer and Meditation. Worship service integrates music, prayer, healing, meditation, inspiration and Spirit Communication. Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. 203.637.4615. New Eckankar Class: The Call of Soul 11am12:30pm. 3rd Sunday monthly. Book discussion. Learn to go inside oneself because this is the source of all Truth. Newtown. Register: 203.417.8434. Taoist Qi Gong and Chen Style Tai Ji 3pm w/ Master Wanf Feng Ming. 4-90 minute classes/ $100. 1018 Hope St. Stamford. Please contact Luis: 203.570.1752. Lecture or Workshop with Mystic Birinder Bhullar 4-6pm. Topics: Happiness, Karma, Sex, Money, Energy, Relationships, etc. Deep meditation work also presented. Birinder is a Sufi Messenger of Truth. $40. Ananda Center. New Canaan. Call Anne: 203.273.7364. Meditation 7pm. Led by rotating practitioners. Free. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522.

monday Pilates Mat Class 9am w/ Megan Bascom, Instructor. Basic level class focused on the principles of Pilates including alignment, breath, and core strengthening. A great place to start or strengthen technique. $20. Black Rock Pilates. 2889 Fairfield Ave. RSVP: 203.335.1987.

Be Strong, Stretched & Center Yoga 9-10:15am w/ Lara Ward. Also held Fridays. Bring healthy alignment to the body while finding the centered calm within oneself. Jewish Community Center. Sherman. 10 classes/$130. Drop-in $17. 860.354.6241.

Affordable Yoga 7:30pm. Tired of feeling tired, stressed or out of shape? Give yoga a try and see why so many people are hooked. Lose weight, reduce pain, lower blood pressure. Cost. 8/$80. Interplay Health. Stamford. 203.845.8856.

Group Cycling Classes 9:15am. Also on Saturday & Sunday. Various times thru-out the week. Enjoy different instructors for each class. All levels welcome. No-Limit Health & Fitness. 1120 Federal Rd. Brookfield. Call for complete scheduling: 203.775.8548.

Group Therapy for Men and Women 8-9:30pm w/ Sandra Eagle, LCSW. Begins 2/28. Combines techniques from meditative and psychotherapeutic traditions promoting healing and expanding consciousness. 8 sessions. Ongoing sessions available. 34 E Putnam Ave. Greenwich. Info/fees: 203.550.2111.

Svaroopa® Stress Relief Yoga 9:30am, 11am & 5:45pm w/ Mazie. Rejuvenating and bliss-filled (yin & yang) asana and pranayama practice unravels tension, increase circulation, flexibility, energy, enhancing immune system. $20. $150/10 classes. Catch Your Breath. Fairfield. 203.255.9111. Children’s Expression Sessions 4:15-5:15p.m. Playful, creative arts workshops enhance self image and esteem. Ages 8-12. $35/session. Allison Spitzer 203.261.7615. The EDGE Learning System 5 & 6pm. Ages 6-12. Groups enhance the child’s motor, speech, reading, math, social and visual skills improving grades, performance and self esteem. $50. Total Learning and Therapy Center. Trumbull. 203.268.8852. Family Karate Night 5:30-6:30pm. June Fagan teaches Kempo Karate to families. No experience required. $20 each or $60 for a family of 4 or more. Kindred Spirits. 59 Ledgewood Rd. Redding. Please call: 203.938.3690. Bible Study 7pm. 2nd & 4th Friday monthly. Watch video presentation of new Testament book, followed by discussion with Rev. Shawn Moninger. Love offering. Unity Center above the Ford Dealership. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Bible Study 7pm. 3th Friday monthly. In depth Bible study with Rev. Ed Townley. Love offering. Unity Center above the Ford Dealership. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. The Thought Exchange 7pm w/ David Friedman. A support group based on having new thoughts. What if what one’s life just mirrors one’s thoughts? Cost: Love Offering. Unity Center for Practical Spirituality. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Belly Dance Fusion 7-8:30pm w/ Naima Provo, LMT, RMT. No experience necessary! Learn movements focusing on muscle isolation, core strength, and correct posture. Drills and stretches to music cardio style. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522. Reiki Shares w/Jo Ann Duncan of Turning Point Reiki 7:30-9:30pm. Last Mon. of each month. For all those interested in practicing Reiki on others in a group setting. $15. Ridgefield. RSVP: 203.438.3050. Gentle Yoga 7:30pm. Also held on Wed. Beginners welcome. Pass also good for Sunday 8:30am class. 8 classes for $80 or $12 per class. JazzerciseFitness Center. 633 Hope St. Stamford. 203.845.8856.

tuesday Gentle Yoga 7:15am. Also held on Thurs. Beginners welcome. Pass also good for Sunday 8:30am class. 8 classes for $80 or $12 per class. JazzerciseFitness Center. 633 Hope St. Stamford. 203.845.8856. Summer Expression Sessions! Allison Spitzer, Expressive Therapeutic Coach Creative arts workshops. Children’s self esteem blooms through imaginative, no-pressure projects and activities. Ages 9-12 By appointment: $35/session Periwinkle Health. Trumbull. 203.261.7615. Women’s Karate Class 9:30-10:30am. June Fagan teaches Kempo Karate to women of all ages. No experience required. $20. Kindred Spirits. 59 Ledgewood Rd. Redding. 203.938.3690. Iyengar Style Yoga 9:30-10:45am w/ David Schoenberg. Beginners Class (does not mean easy, but accommodating with use of props). Practice asanas and pranayama: develop strength, balance, poise. $15. Redding Meditation Center. 9 Picketts Ridge. Redding. 203.544.1090. Yoga on Summer 12:30-1:30pm. Also held Thursday. Create balance, relaxation, flexibility, strength, and flow in one’s body and life. Mixed Level Vinyasa Yoga in an open, relaxing dance studio. 4/ $60; $17 drop-in. Downtown Stamford. 914.393.9221. Feldenkrais® classes 5:45-6:45pm. Lisa Shufro, certified instructor, leads this gentle tune-up for mind and body. Great for flexibility, better posture, and stress relief. $20. Dew Yoga. Stamford. 203.274.5085. Gentle Hatha Yoga w/ Letty 5:45-7pm. All ages & abilities. $20/class. Classes ongoing. Greenwich Senior & Arts Center. 2nd Fl. Meeting Room. 299 Greenwich Ave. 203.862.6750. Yoga Presbyterian (Fish Church) 6-7pm. Hatha Vinyasa Flow. Drop-in’s $15; 10 card classes $120. All classes taught by E-RYT. 1101 Bedford St. Lounge. Stamford. Questions: 203.550.8811. Green Drinks Bridgeport 6-8pm. 4th Tuesday monthly. A casual gathering of green-minded people who get together and share ideas about living sustainable lifestyles. Free. Bridgeport. Call for Location: 203.536.4695.

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Green Drinks Fairfield 6-8pm. 1st Tuesday monthly. A casual gathering of green-minded people who get together and share ideas about living sustainable lifestyles. Free. Locations vary, call 203.536.4695. HEAL Support Circle 6:30-8pm. 3rd Tuesday monthly. A peer-support group led by trained co-facilitators is for victims/survivors of emotional abuse or any violence or trauma, the group meets monthly. Brookfield Town Hall. For info call 203.305.2137. Qi Gong/Reiki Meetup 6:30-8:30pm. Study alternative healing modalities, concentrating on Reiki, chi gung, meditation and mantra w/ Andy Sinn. $15. The Ananda Center. 16 Forest St. New Canaan. 203.273.8364. HIV/AIDS Education Support Group 7-8:15pm w/ Rodney Mailloux, MS LADC. For those affected and infected, and any related substance abuse and lifestyle issues. Free. APGD. 30 West St. Danbury. 203.778.2437. Lyme Disease Support Group 7-8:30pm. 3rd Tues monthly. Informational, emotional and experiential support to cope with the mind-body distress of chronic illness. Free. Weston Library, 56 Norfield Rd. Register with Deni Weber: 203.544.6094. Acupuncture, Health & Greening The Environment 7-8:30pm weekly talks with acupuncturist Ingri Boe-Wiegaard. Free. Location varies; Wilton, Bethel & Fairfield. Call Ingri for info: 203.259.0166. MMA Classes (Standup Fighting & Grappling) 7:15-8:30pm. Also on Thursdays. Sensei Robert Neal, ranked #1 Masters Level, National Title Holder. $10 per class. No-Limit Health & Fitness. 1120 Federal Rd. Brookfield. 203.775.8548. Back Yard Beekeepers 7:30pm. Last Tuesday monthly January-June and September-November. BYBA’s provides its membership with practical info on how to’s of beekeeping. 6:30pm for new beekeepers. Free. Norfield Church. Community Rm. 64 Norfield Rd. Weston. Reiki Healing Shares 7:30pm. 1 & 3rd Tuesdays. Gigi Benanti Usui/Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher For Reiki Practitioners only. Exchange ongoing since 1996. Instructions included $10. Held at Angelic Healing Center. 7 Morgan Ave. Norwalk pre-register: 203.852.1150. Psychic Circle 7:30-9pm. 3rd Tuesday monthly. Come play in the psychic world. Enjoy tapping into intuition; connect to guides and  deceased loved ones. No experience necessary; everyone can play. $25. Info: Melanie Barnum, CH. 203.451.0914. Reiki Shares w/Jo Ann Duncan of Turning Point Reiki 7:30-9:30pm. 2nd Tues. of each month. For all those interested in practicing Reiki on others in a group setting. $15. Ridgefield. RSVP: 203.438.3050. Therapy Group for Recovering Alcoholics 8-9:30pm w/ Sandra Eagle, LCSW. Begins 2/8. Teaching grounding techniques, used to selfregulate e.g. anxiety, depression, volatility, cravings. 8 sessions. Ongoing sessions available. 34 E Putnam Ave. Greenwich. Info/fees: 203.550.2111.

wednesday Mood Massage: Expressive Arts Therapy Allison Spitzer, Expressive Therapeutic Coach Simple, playful activities for one’s health, growth, change. Stretch, visualize, reflect. Women and teens. By appointment: $25/session. Periwinkle Health. Trumbull. 203.261.7615. Kripalu Yoga 9:30am. Relax, refresh and renew w/ Kat Barton, 500 hour Kripalu Professional Level Yoga Teacher. $10 w/class card, $16.99 walk-ins. The Graceful Planet. Newtown. 203.426.8215. Yoga for 50 to Infinity 10:45am. Cost is only $1. Bethel Senior Center. Municipal Center. 1 School St. Bethel. 203.792.3048. Course in Miracles 12pm w/ Joan Goss formerly of Unity. The Course is a self-study curriculum which aims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. Westport Therapeutic. 37 Franklin St. Westport. 203.921.8654. Gentle Chair Yoga for Every-Body Class 121pm w/ Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, CIYT. Gentle yoga increases relaxation while decreasing pain and stress. $18 drop-in/$80 for 5 classes. Associated Neurologists of Southern CT. Fairfield. Registration required: 203.333.1133 ext. 152. Green Drinks Greenwich 5:30-7:30pm. Greenwich is joining the vibrant Green Drinks movement! Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Locations vary, call 203.661.4774. Mindfulness and Healing 5:45-7pm. Beginner’s mind, patience, acceptance, let go, let be, serenity is not freedom from the storm it is peace amidst the storm. Paul Epstein, ND. $25. Shamatha Yoga. 838 High Ridge Rd. Stamford. 203.722.2358. Green Drinks Norwalk 6pm. 1st Wednesday monthly. A casual gathering of green-minded people who get together and share ideas about living sustainable lifestyles. Free. Locations vary, call 203.536.4695. Green Drinks Stamford 6-8pm. 4th Wednesday monthly. A casual gathering of green-minded people who get together and share ideas about living sustainable lifestyles. Free. Locations vary, call 203.536.4695. Easy Does It Yoga 6:30-7:40pm. A gentle class focused on basic poses and breathing techniques to rejuvinate the body. Great for beginners. Lara Ward, 25 yrs experienced. Consolidated School 12 Gillotti Rd. New Fairfield. 860.354.6241. A Course in Miracles Study Group 6:308pm w/ Rev. Michael Robinson. A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a self-study curriculum which aims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. $15 suggested love offering. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 203.268.1272. Reiki Share for Practitioners 6:30-8:30pm. Starts 9/7/11. 1st Wednesday monthly w/ Tracy Mignone and June Fagan. Practitioners share experiences and practice the healing modality. $10 Donation. Kindred Spirits. 59 Ledgewood Rd. Redding. 203.938.3690. Reservation required. Intro to Feldenkrais classes 6:30pm. 1 hour. A gentle tune-up for mind and body. Special focus

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on improving balance and breathing. $21.50/class. The Ananda Center. 16 Forest St. New Canaan. 203.274.5085. Journey within, Do you feel stuck? 7pm. 1st Wednesday monthly. Need support trying to begin something new? Support, intuitive insight, wisdom. Facilitator: Cindy Miller, intuitive. $20. Newtown Congregational Church. 14 West St. Newtown. Call: 203.426.9448. Mastering Manifestations 7:30-9pm w/Roberta Russell. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Confused? Frustrated? Learn basic and advanced Law of Attraction skills for more money, happiness, better health and relationships. Come to one or all classes. Fee: $20 per class. Move2Wellness, 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. Call to register: 203.403.2522. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation w/ Leesa 7:30pm. A blend of postures, kriyas, pranayama & meditation, which teaches the art of relaxation & self-healing. $17/class. Santosha Center for Yoga & Health. 27 Hawleyville Rd. Newtown. 203.364.0851. 

thursday Bellydance Creative Healing Workshop 6-10pm w/ Maria Fiora. Use dance and dance stretches to energize, be creative and relax the mind. Mention Natural Awakenings to receive a free class with the program. 201 Summer St. Stamford. 203.353.4363. Yoga Presbyterian (Fish Church) 6-7:15pm. Gentle beginners. Drop-in’s $15; 10 card classes $120. All classes taught by E-RYT. 1101 Bedford St. Lounge. Stamford. Questions: 203.550.8811. Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi) Class 6:30pm w/ Cliff Martin. Integrated Healthcare Associates. 992 High Ridge Rd. 3rd Fl. Stamford. Info: 203.750.0731. Buddhist Chanting 7-8pm. Hosted by June Fagan. All welcome. Free. Kindred Spirits. 59 Ledgewood Rd. Redding. Please call: 203-938-3690. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation 7-8:30pm. A sacred technology that awakens the spirit, energizes the body and relaxes the mind. All ages & fitness levels. 10/$170. $20 drop in. Move2wellness. 635 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522. HEAL Support Circle 7-8:45pm. 2nd Thursday monthly. A peer-support group led by trained cofacilitators is for victims/survivors of emotional abuse or any violence or trauma, the group meets monthly. Norwalk Library. For info call 203.305.2137. A Brush with Soul 7-9pm. 2nd Thursday monthly. Expressive arts engaged to explore one’s creative Self with Alexandra Philippas. Love offering. Unity Center above the Ford Dealership. 3 Main St. Norwalk. 203.855.7922. Women’s Sacred Circle 7:30-9pm w/ Rev Chris Guerrera. 4th Thurs monthly. Share, connect, explore, play, and heal in a sacred space. $25. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 203.268.1272. Night Out, Night Off, Cranky Couples ReConnect 8-9pm. Re-charge, renew & refresh your rel-ationship. Engaging, creative activities and dialogue. $40/couple. Allison Spitzer 203.261.7615.


friday Mildly Miserable Fun for the Fed-Up, Fat, or Cranky! Allison Spitzer, M.A, Expressive Therapeutic Coach Regardless of one’s aches, size, or age, enjoy easy, playful creative activities to soothe body and spirit. No sweat, no worries. By appointment. $25/session. Periwinkle Health. Trumbull, 203.261.7615. Tai Chi and Qi Gong Classes For Health and Rejuvenation 9am. $15. Wudang Tai Chi of Stamford. 414 West Main St. Please contact Luis: 203.570.1752. Reiki Shares w/Jo Ann Duncan of Turning Point Reiki 9:30-11:30am. 1st or 2nd Fri. of each month. For all those interested in practicing Reiki on others in a group setting. $15. Ridgefield. RSVP: 203.438.3050. Nutritional Evaluation Visits 10am w/ Debi Greco, MD. Free. 31 Hawleyville Rd. Hawleyville/ Newtown.Call to schedule appointment: 203.798.8114. Drumming Circle 7-9pm. 1st Fridays. Drums available or bring one. Suggested Donation $10. Touch of Sedona. 452 Main St. Ridgefield. 203.438.7146. Kirtan 7-9pm. 2nd Friday of every month. Satya Franche and Ma Kirtan. Call and reponse chanting. Suggested donation $10. Kids free. Touch of Sedona. 452 Main St. Ridgefield. 203.438.7146. Spiritual Junkies Movie Night 7-10pm. 1st Friday monthly. New movie ever month. $6. ARC Sacred Center. Monroe. 203.268.1272. Circle of Life 7:30pm. 4th Friday monthly. Wondering what one’s Life Mission is? Ginny Brown explores: love, trust, permission, and forgiveness as tools in navigating through life’s opportunities, losses and changes. $28. Monroe. 203.268.3262. Teen Connections 7:30-9pm. Bi-monthly. A safe place to hang out and have fun while getting to know others! A place where one’s questions and opinions are taken seriously. $10. ARC Sacred Center. 458 Monroe Turnpike. Monroe. 617.930.1243.

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saturday Monthly Angelic Teleconferences: One hour with the Angels 1st Saturday of the month. First bi-lingual program w/ Ana Mercedes Rueda, facilitator. $20. Info: 203.426.9448. Yoga & Pilates Fusion 8:30am w/ Kat Barton. Class utilizes weights, bands and balls. $10 w/ class card, $16.99 walk-ins. The Graceful Planet. Newtown. 203.426.8215. Fundamental Healer Class: Become a Healer 8:30-10:30am. 2nd & 4th Sat. monthly. Four month course in Chi cultivation and direction through the art of Qi-Gong, a traditional path to vitality and balance. Move2wellness. Ridgefield. 203.403.2522. Pre-natal Yoga 9:15am. This class will combine yoga postures, breath work, and relaxation techniques, in preparation for labor, delivery and the postpartum period. Register: $185/10 weeks. United Church of Rowayton. 210 Rowayton Ave. Register: 203.253.0764. Yoga Presbyterian (Fish Church) 10-11am. Hatha Vinyasa Flow. Drop-in’s $15; 10 card classes $120. All classes taught by E-RYT. 1101 Bedford St. Lounge. Stamford. Questions: 203.550.8811. Intro to Feldenkrais classes 10:30am. 1 hour. A gentle tune-up for mind and body. Special focus on improving balance and breathing. $21.50/class. The Ananda Center.16 Forest St. New Canaan. 203.274.5085. Latin dance for relaxation from the week 10am w/ Maria Fiora. Fun workshop to get your weekend going. 201 Summer St. Downtown Stamford. 203.353.4363. Mommy & Me Yoga 11am. Babies 6 weeks to crawling. Restore and rejuvenate through stretching and strengthening poses. Babies enjoy yoga for digestion & sleep. $185/10 weeks. United Church of Rowayton. 210 Rowayton Ave. Register: 203.253.0764. The Universal Reiki Plan 11am-1pm every 3rd Saturday. Private Reiki Sessions available. $10 suggested. ReikiShare/Workshop 1:15-4pm. ReikiOvertones students free. Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant. Bridgeport. ReikiOvertones. Indoor Winter classes, info or appointment call Jim or Jeannette: 203.254.3958. Psychic Fair 12-4pm. 1st Sat monthly. Come enjoy one of the many psychics. Mediumship, Tarot, Astrology readings available $30 each. 293 Sound Beach Ave. Old Greenwich. 914.909.0914.

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FOR RENT GREAT OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE AT ESTABLISHED HOLISTIC PRACTICE IN WESTPORT since 1989. Perfect for Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, or Bodyworker, etc. Ideal location near train and new development, lovely energy, compassionate practitioners! Rent depending upon usage. Please contact ro@westporttherapeutic.com

HELP WANTED SALESPEOPLE WANTED! Part time, flexible hours working from home when not on sales calls. Must have ad sales experience. Relationshiporiented sales; must like talking to people. Call Carolyn at 203.885.4674. VIOLIN TEACHERS WANTED AT THE LITTLE RED SCHOOL OF ART & MUSIC. 2979 Main Street, Stratford. Piano and vocal instructors. 203.375.0692. Carolyn West, Owner.

NATURAL AWAKENINGS NETWORK (NAN) SALES MANAGER WANTED to sell innovative wellness discount program to companies & organizations. Lucrative ground floor opportunity. Corporate sales experience preferred. Flexible hours, work from home when not on sales calls. Full or Part-time. Excellent commission + draw. Fairfield County. Call 203.885.4674.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide (CRG) in print and online email FFCadvertising@naturalawakeningsmag.com to request our advertising rates. ACUPUNCTURE

BREAST THERMOGRAPHY

INGRI BOE-WIEGAARD, LAc 

SOPHIA NATURAL HEALTH CENTER

Fairfield, Wilton, Bethel 203.259.1660 CTacupuncture.com 25 year full time practice

31 Old Rt. 7, Brookfield CT 203.740.9300 SophiaNaturalHealth.com

Ingri treatments help alleviate Pain, Depression, Neck & Back, Anxiety, Headaches, Stress, Allergies, Asthma, Arthritis, Digestive, Menstrual, Infertility, and Smoking & Weight Loss Issues. See ad pg 17.

ALLERGIES

As the hormone experts, we specialize in women’s health, natural hormone balancing, breast cancer prevention and thermography utilizing the highest definition camera in the area with interpretations from MD specialists in the field. Thermogram results include a free 15-minute phone consultation.

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Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging Suzanne Pyle, MS, CCT 866.XtoRAYS SuzannePyle@Prodigy.net

BIOSET ALLERGY ELIMINATION PROGRAM

Dr. Mark Joachim Advanced Certified Practitioner 156 East Avenue, Norwalk 203.838.1555 Allergy-Cure-CT.com BioSET can eliminate all food and environmental allergies related to behavioral issues, asthma, eczema, headaches, fibromyalgia, sinus conditions, gastric disorders and chronic health conditions. Safe for all ages, without drugs, shots or side effects! See ad pg 9.

AROMATHERAPY YOUNG LIVING ESSENTAIL OILS

Cris Ann Mulreed 203.216.8413 pathfollowers@gmail.com Young Living is uniting ancient traditions and modern science to promote health and longevity. Through extensive research and commitment to quality, we are growing, distilling and manufacturing the highestquality organic essential oils and oil-enhanced products in the world.

AYURVEDA

Get peace of mind with safe (no radiation), FDA-approved breast cancer screening. 8 years earlier detection vs. mammography. Certified DITI thermographer. Conveniently located throughout Fairfield.

CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC SCOTT BENDER, DC 111 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203.967.8888 ConnecticutSpineAndHealth.com

Dr. Bender is Board Certified in the Atlas Orthogonal Procedure, a gentle method for the detection, and correction of misalignments of the Upper Cervical Spine. He is also a founding member of the Trauma Imaging Foundation, a non-profit multispecialty physician group dedicated to the accurate diagnosis, and treatment of Brain, and Spinal Trauma. See ads pg 8 & 63.

COLONICS

DR. JAYA DAPTARDAR

Ayurveda & Life Style Management 203.857.4123 JmDaptardar@hotmail.com

AN EVER CLEAN LIFE

Jaya is an Ayurvedic specialist with 20 years experience. She offers life style management, other Ayurvedic counseling, Ayurvedic cooking and educational classes by appointment only.

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Colon Hydrotherapy/Colonics Gentle, safe, effective colon cleansing 203.542.7822 EverCleanColonics.com

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Starting a cleanse or detox, trying to lose weight or just getting ready to clean up? Colonics are a great complement to any program.

COLONICS COLONICS AT LIFELINE HYGIENICS REJUVENATION CENTER

Since 1993, Rye, NY 914.921.LIFE (5433) LifelineHygienics.com Now offering personalized cleanse programs, as well as our personalized colonics, since 1993. Rejuvenation at its best! See ad pg 35.

GREENWICH COLON HYDROTHERAPY Kelly McCoy Located at Natural Medicine & Wellness Center Old Greenwich 203.698.9088

Experience relief from congestion and discover a greater sense of well est. 1996 being. Colon Hydrotherapy helps to regain a deeper flow and creates balance in a world with pressure and toxicity. Relaxing treatments aid in achieving personal awareness to internal harmony. See ad pg 53.

Greenwich Colon Hydrotherapy

WHOLE-BODY MEDICINE, LLC Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258 WholeBodyMed.com

Ready to start feeling healthier? Take your first step with this gentle cleansing procedure. Watch our colonic and detoxification videos on our new video website located at WholeBodyMed.com Call for Free CD on Detoxification. See ad pg 2.

CORE ENERGETICS TERESA BULIT-GORDON, CCEP

Body-Oriented Process Work Offices in Greenwich and NYC 203.570.2876 AwakenToYourCore.com Within a supportive and empathetic relationship you will be guided in releasing and transforming patterns of behavior and core beliefs through the energy in your body. See ad pg 52.


COUNSELING KELLEY HOPKINS-ALVAREZ, MS, MSED, NCC Solution-Focused Counseling Ridgefield CT 203.948.0938 KelleyHopkinsAlvarez.com

I am a board certified counselor, and know that making that first call to a counselor can be tough. I value your time and will work hard with you to bring about change at a manageable cost. See ad pg 25.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY VINCENT FRASER

Craniosacral Therapy & Alexander Technique Greenwich and Westport 203.570.2059 VincentFraser.com Craniosacral Therapy releases compressions and restrictions in the body-mind, supporting contact with your Inner Wisdom while releasing pain such as headaches, TMJ, back and neck pain. See ad pg 52.

EDUCATION HOUSATONIC VALLEY WALDORF SCHOOL

40 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown 203.364.1113 WaldorfCT.org We develop each child’s unique capacity to engage meaningfully in the world by integrating experiential and artistic learning, academic excellence, respect for diversity, and reverence for nature. See ad pg 37.

EEG NEUROFEEDBACK ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE, EdD, LPC, LLC 898 Ethan Allen Highway, Suite 6 Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.438.4848 DrRoseann.com

Looking for an alterative to medication to help yourself or your child? EEG Neurofeedback is a safe, valid and research-based alternative to medication. Neurofeedback helps those with ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sports-related Concussion, Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorder, Learning Disability and other conditions.

WHOLE-BODY MEDICINE, LLC

Tracy King LCSW-R Early childhood thru adolescent counseling 914.589.6755 TracyAKing14@msn.com

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Supporting children and parents with expert knowledge in the field of mental health and psychiatry. Specialized in treating preschool age through adolescence with behavioral/emotional issues such as abuse, trauma, divorce, separation

GREEN LIVING 57 Main Street, 2nd Fl. Westport, CT 203.227.7900 CustomSleepDesign.com

Improve Brain Function with RealTime EEG Neurofeedback. Learn about about this amazing technology, watch patients tell their own stories of improved focus, concentration, help in recovery from traumatic brain injuries on our video website at WholeBodyMed.com. See ad pg 2.

ENERGY HEALING DEANA PAQUA, MA, LMT
 Ridgefield, CT

 203.994.5045 EmbodyTheSacred.net



Blissful bodywork in a sacred space. Holistic massage, Reiki and shamanic healing for pain, trauma and stress relief. 


CSD has developed a revolutionary process that designs a mattress specific to your body characteristics using natural foam and organic covers. Visit our showroom to learn more.

GREEN LIVING

Damp Basement Solutions LLC EZ-Breathe Home Ventilation System 203.422.9751 DampBasementSolutions.com EZ-Breath replaces traditional dehu midifiers ensuring clean, fresh air flow throughout the home. Removes moisture, mold, allergens, radon, pet dander, and dust mites using less energy than a 40 watt light bulb. Call for a no obligation consultation. See ad pg 29.

GREEN MAID, INC.

All Natural & Organic Products Buy online at GreenMaidOrganics.com 203.558.2662

FAMILY SERVICES ALLISON B. SPITZER, MA

Accredited institution offering skilled training in the following fields: Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Medical Admin Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Information Technology and Electrical Systems Technician; day/evening classes, Financial Aid (if eligible), free placement assistance. See ad pg 44.

HEALING STEPS

CUSTOM SLEEP DESIGN, LLC

Adam Breiner, ND, Director Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258 WholeBodyMed.com

RIDLEY-LOWELL BUSINESS & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE 44 Shelter Rock Rd, Danbury 203.797.0551

FAMILY SERVICES

Expressive Therapeutic Coaching 203.261.7615 PeriwinkleHealth.com Children, teens, adults Practical, ongoing support while handling issues such as ADD, depression, difficult parenting, obesity or loneliness. Traditional and creative sessions to help you manage life more comfortably and joyously. See ad pg 19.

Green Maid, Inc. provides online home shopping for natural, organic and eco-friendly home and personal care products. Also providing Green residential cleaning services in select areas.

NICHOLAS BORRELL DESIGNS

Nicholas Borrell, BA, CHt 131 Ramapoo Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.438.7660 NicholasBorrellDesigns.com THE HEALING HOME – In concert with profound intuitive, compassion-based healing and feng shui principles, builder Nicholas Borrell creates an opportunity to change your life by changing the space you live in. See ad pg 52.

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HEALING CENTER

HOLISTIC NURSE

REV. CHRISTINE GUERRERA, LMFT Psychotherapist, Interfaith Minister ARC Sacred Center, Monroe 203.268.1272 ARCSacredCenter.org

INTANDEM WELLNESS

Linda Russell-Getz, RN, BSN, MS

 34 Imperial Avenue, Westport
 203.767.5962 InTandemWellness.com

Chris is a licensed psychotherapist and inter-spiritual teacher offering psycho-spiritual therapy and sacred ceremonies such as baby blessings, weddings, interfaith gatherings and healing workshops. See ad pg 30.

Partner with me to manage stress, pain, or chronic disease. Balance will be achieved by combining Eastern and Western traditional healing with effective nursing interventions.

HEALTHY EATING

HYPNOSIS

CHEF ELY GRÜBEL

MELANIE BARNUM, CH

Licensed - Insured 203.559.8946 ElyGrubel@gmail.com

Hypnotist, Life Coach, Intuitive Counselor Author, Reflexologist 203.451.0914 MelanieBarnum.com

Over 8 years experience providing personalized in-home healthy meals prep and freezing. Trained by United States Personal Chef Association at Culinary Business Academy and by Institute for Integrative Nutrition. See ad pg 53.

Create a life you love! Unique individual and group sessions, ongoing workshops. Connect to your future! Be the person you want to be!

MIND BODY TRANSFORMATION HYPNOSIS

HOLISTIC DENTIST

Diane Bahr-Groth, CHy, TFTdx 1177 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203.595.0110 MindBodyTransformation.com

LEONARD KUNDEL, DMD

1250 Summer Street, Stamford 203.487.6020 StamfordDentist.com

in your life.

The Way Dentistry should be! Discover the relationship of mouth and body. Learn what 96% of dentists won’t tell you. Find out how your mouth can help you sleep better, walk straighter and have improved relationships

5520 Park Ave, Ste 301, Ffld Town Line Merritt Pkwy, Exit 47 203.371.0300 WholeBodyDentistry.com Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, he is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold world-wide. See ads pg 2 & 51.

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INTEGRATIVE OPTOMETRY DR. RANDY SCHULMAN, MS, OD, FCOVD

MARK A. BREINER, DDS, FIAOMT

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Fast, effective methods for weight, stress, fear, pain, smoking, etc. 
Certified Hypnotherapist, Thought Field Therapy™, Time Line Therapy™, NLP and Complementary Medical Hypnosis, since 1989. See ad pg 33.

Behavioral Optometrist Norwalk: 203.840.1991 vtotWorks.com VisionworksVT@aol.com Trumbull: 203.268.8852 TLTC.org Schulman@tltc.org

Dr. Schulman specializes in vision therapy, pediatrics, learning disabilities, developmental delays, autism, TBI/stroke, and preventative and alternative vision care. She also practices Iridology, the study of the iris. Gain insights into your physical, emotional and spiritual being through this unique reading.

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INTERFAITH MINISTRY REV. KAREN S. JUDD, LCSW

Counselor • USUI Reiki Master ReverendKarenSJudd.com Office: Bethel, CT 203.545.3664 Creates and performs Weddings, Union Ceremonies, Memorial Services and Baby Blessings. Life transitions - bereavement counseling; facilitating a deeper connection with yourself, others and the Divine.

INTUITIVE GUIDE JOAN CARRA

Psychic Medium Greenwich, CT   203.531.6387 PsychicJoanCarra.com PsychicJoanCarra@PsychicJoanCarra.com Joan guides you on your path drawing on her intuitive powers. As a medium, she can bring to life, friends on the other side. She is recognized by the books The 100 Top Psychics in America and Files from the Edge.

LIFE COACH JULIE BOWES, CERTIFIED LIFE COACH Holistic Life & Soul Coaching Energetic Restoration Consultant 203.240.4397 JewelTreeOfLife.com

Implement your internal guidance and innate wisdom through Holistic Soul Coaching. Illumine your mind, body & spirit by dissolving emotional debris to allow wellbeing. See ad pg 20.

TOM FRENCH COACHING

Certified Master Practitioner & Trainer

 NLP and Time Line Therapy

 203.451.0737 Tom@TomFrenchCoaching.com Take the brake off your life! No more procrastination! No more corrosive anger! No more paralyzing self-doubt. Get rid of your obstacles. Become clear about your purpose and focused on what you want. Special offer for new clients: 50% discount plus your first session free!


MASSAGE & BODYWORK INTRINSIC HEALTH SOURCE

Laurie Millo, LMT 238 Monroe Tpke, Monroe, CT 203.258.0780 IntrinsicHealthSource.com

services offered.

Massage sessions are designed to promote relaxation and enhanced wellness. A holistic approach uniquely designed and focused to get to the source of your wellness needs. Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Energy and Oncology massage

ROBIN ORDAN, LMT, LCSW, CICMI Licensed Massage Therapist & Reiki Practitioner Old Greenwich/Stamford 203.561.8535; RobinOrdanLMT.com

Robin has been providing massage and Reiki for over 15 years. Specializing in Swedish, Pregnancy, Trigger Point, Injuries and Infant/Child Massage Instruction. Sessions are individualized to meet your needs. See ad pg 42.

MEDICAL DOCTOR

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN

RIVERSIDE OB/GYN

NORTHEAST NATURAL MEDICINE, LLC

Russell Turk, MD Karen Zino, MD 1200 East Putnam Avenue Riverside, CT 06878 203.637.3337

Shawn M. Carney, ND 33 Main St. Suite 15 Newtown, CT 1.800.723.2962 NortheastNatMed.com

NATURAL HEALTHCARE WORDEN WELLNESS CENTER

41 Kenosia Ave, Danbury 203.748.8093 WordenChiropractic.Meta-eHealth.com Combining natural health treatments, chiropractic, acupuncture, and nutrition to relieve pain and restore the body to optimal health and balance. See ad pg 12.

Laura Giacovas 722 Danbury Road Ridgefield CT 06877 914.941.2400 914.424.5795 Soulauras.com Enhancing wellness and quality of life through massage therapy and integrated holistic healing with generosity of time, heart and spirit.

MEDICAL DOCTOR HENRY C. SOBO, MD

Optimal Health Medical, LLC 203.348.8805 DrSobo.com Medical doctor practicing holistic/ alternative medicine & weight reduction in Stamford, CT. Nutrition, Allergy Desensitization, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement for men and women. See ad pg 18.

MICHAEL E. DOYLE, MD

Conventional & Alternative Medicine 22 5th St Suite 201 Stamford, CT 06905. 203.324.4747 GoToDrDoyle.com Specializing in Natural and Alternative approaches to restoring health. Focusing on underlying causes of illness. Hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, nutrition and much more. See ad pg 14.

WELLNESS INSTITUTE

Marvin P. Schweitzer, ND 1 Westport Ave, Norwalk 203.847.2788 DrMarvinSchweitzer.com Family Health Care using all natural therapies for 25 years. Acupuncture, BioIdentical Hormones, Homeopathy, Chinese/Western Herbs, Allergy/ Toxin Testing, Oxygen Therapy, Meridian Stress Assessment, Nutrition/Enzyme Therapies. See ad pg 12.

WHOLE-BODY MEDICINE, LLC

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN

SOULAURAS

Integrative naturopathic medicine clinic and therapeutic massage center for the whole family. Services include advanced diagnostic testing, detoxification programs, personalized nutrition, and botanicals. Insurance accepted.

Riverside Obstetrics & Gynecology is a fullservice medical practice incorporating traditional and holistic approaches to women’s health. The practice includes two OB/GYN’s and a naturopathic physician. See ad pg 39.

DEBRA GIBSON, ND

158 Danbury Road, Suite 8 Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.431.4443 Natural family healthcare using nutrition and biochemistry; herbal, homeopathic, and energetic medicine; lifestyle transformation and detoxification, to promote well-being of body, mind and spirit. See ad pg 35.

INTEGRATED HEALTH CENTER

K. Pramila Vishvanath, ND Mark R. Sanders, ND 2324 Post Rd, Fairfield 203.259.2700 IntegratedHealthCenterOnline.com Serving Fairfield County for 20 years. Specializing in craniosacral therapy, classical homeopathy, allergy assessment and treatment, nutrition, weight management, body reshaping and skin tightening, detox, colonics, breast thermography. See ad pg 23.

DR. MARINA YANOVER, ND, LAC 1300 Post Road East, Westport 203.255.5005 BigAppleHealth.com

Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy, Natural Face Lift using microcurrent therapy. Specialties include Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Pain Management, Skin Care. Insurance accepted.

Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258 WholeBodyMed.com Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. Treatment protocols or therapies include: Abdominal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Allergy Desensitization, Chinese Medicine, Colonics and other Detoxification Protocols, Electro-Dermal Screening, Energy Medicine, FDA-cleared Phototherapy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormonal Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, RealTime EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad pg 2.

NUTRITION MARY MAY

Chopra Certified Ayurveda Instructor Food Coach Institute of Culinary Education graduate 203.912.1656 MaryMayCT@gmail.com Toxic? Symptoms: Overweight, fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, anxiety. Solution: easy, 100% pure, gentle yet deep tissue cleanse/detox. Benefits: weight loss, better digestion, improved sense of well-being and balanced body.

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OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN OSTEOPATHIC WELLNESS CENTER, LLC David L Johnston, DO Lisa Preston, DO Hannah Eucker, DO 158 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.9915 OsteopathicWellness.net

Gentle, natural, hands-on osteopathic medical care for infants, children & adults. Children’s health and development, birth trauma, musculoskeletal pain and injuries, nutrition and wellness counseling, stress reduction, immune support, allergies. Most major insurances accepted.

PHYSICAL THERAPY PHYSICAL THERAPY OF SOUTHERN CT Linda Maude, PT 917 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton CT 06484 203.926.6997 PhysicalTherapySoCT.com

Specializing in evaluation & treatment of musculoskeletal imbalance & injuries. Results achieved that traditional physical therapy may not. Therapeutic approaches such as manual therapy, cranialsacral, visceral manipulation and vestibular rehab. State of the art facility for strengthening & overall rehabilitation.

POOLS & SPAS - NATURAL BELL ISLAND LIVING

Keith Garner, SP-1
 25 Old Kings Highway North, Unit 13
 Darien, CT 203.952.8011
 KeithGarner4@hotmail.com Deep experience in both alternative and conventional pool technology. Service, repairs or complete pool rebuild. Pool water Soft-as-Silk with our legendary chlorinefree systems, “noiseless” pumps, solar heat pumps, pool safety systems. And virtually all aspects of Pools & Spas. Licensed/ Insured.

PSYCHOTHERAPY

PSYCHOTHERAPY LILA TAYLOR, LMFT

Conscious Psychotherapy Soul Psychology Office in Fairfield County 203.783.3069 LilaTaylor.com Holistic, traditional, compassionate and spiritual approaches for self-healing from separations, transitions, childhood wounds, depression and loss. Discover inner resources, renewed purpose and reclaim your true Self.

MARIA C. CASTILLO, MSW, LCSW

238 Monroe Tpke. Suite B Monroe, CT 06468 203.445.8966 LifeBetweenLivesTherapy.com Msisi@AOL.com Past Life Regression, trained by Brian Weiss, MD. Life Between Lives Hypnotherapy, trained by TNI and Michael Newton, PhD. Traditional psychotherapy with a spiritual approach; Reiki. Connect with your soul self and let your inner wisdom guide you.

ROBIN ORDAN, LCSW

Family, Child, Individual & Couples Therapy Old Greenwich/Stamford, CT 203.561.8535; RobinOrdanLCSW.com Robin has over 18 years of experience working with families and children. Specializing in Divorce, Parent/Child Conflict, Grief, Attachment /Bonding, Child Development and Parenting. See ad pg 35.

STACY RAYMOND, PSY.D

Clinical Psychologist for men and women Ridgefield, CT 203.438.4080 DrStacyRaymond.com Dr. Raymond offers traditional and alternative approaches to depression, anxiety and recovery from trauma. Energy psychology techniques (EMDR, HeartMath(R), EFT). Mind-body-spirit perspective of physical and/or emotional illness. Discover self-acceptance and begin to heal.

DENI WEBER, MA, LPC, D-CEP

REIKI

Holistic Psychotherapist Comprehensive Energy Psychology Fairfield County DeniWeber.com 203.544.6094

GIGI BENANTI USUI REIKI MASTER

Within a supportive, empathic relationship Deni guides individuals on their journey of self-discovery integrating psychology, Eastern medicine and spirituality to heal suffering from traumatic stress related to chronic illness, disabilities, abuse & PTSD.

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Angelic Healing Center 7 Morgan Ave. Norwalk, CT 203.852.1150 AngelHealReiki.com

Gigi is an experienced Reiki Master/Teacher She offers all levels of Reiki Training monthly. All classes and Reiki sessions include the latest techniques.

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REIKI TURNING POINT REIKI, LLC

JoAnn Duncan, MS, RMT Reiki Master Ridgefield, CT 203.438.3050 TurningPointReiki.com JoAnn uses intuition, experience and a deep spiritual connection in her Reiki, IET and Reconnective Healing sessions. Specializing in care for individuals with Cancer, Lyme disease and Back Pain. All Reiki levels taught.

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Do you want a more fulfilling marriage but don’t know what to do? Are you feeling stuck in a relationship that seems doomed to fail? I will show you step by step exactly what to do to create the love and connection you want in your relationship. I am a Certified Marriage Educator, and clients frequently come to me when nothing else seems to work or when something must change now. Call today because you deserve more.

WELLNESS JANET LUONGO, MSED, CHC, LE

Integrative Health & Lifestyle Educator 203.846.2642; Info@Nourish-Flourish.org Book your time at JanetLuongo.com Boost energy, drop fat, sleep well, improve health naturally. Therapeutic lifestyle changes. Relax through yoga, express your vision and true self. Individual/ group coaching and presentations.

WORKSHOPS PROMINDFUL, INC. Stamford, CT, USA ProMindful.org 203.274.6024

ProMindful is a non-profit o rg a n i z a t i o n o ff e r i n g i n t egrative practices including yoga, meditation, and holistic nutrition services. We work in collaboration with existing teachers and organizations to provide scholarships, lectures, classes, workshops, publications, recordings, and broadcasts.


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