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< Diane Stollar, foreground, was an active Growing Healthy participant, and shows off an early harvest of radishes. BrandiAnn Harris, background, was a Growing Healthy volunteer. Growing Healthy was a program designed to help persons with diabetes, or at risk for diabetes, eat healthier, get more exercise and feel better through gardening. < photo provided by Clallam County Master Gardeners
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Autumn’s arrival on the North Olympic Peninsula doesn’t signal the end of hiking opportunities. In fact, autumn is a great time to stretch your legs on trails across the region. Weekday hikers will find nearly empty trails, more open camping spots and cooler, but still pleasant weather. For those seeking a great fall foliage display, head to the Sol Duc Valley in Olympic National Park. Sol Duc Hot Springs Road, located 30 miles from Port Angeles off U.S. Highway 101, travels along stands of big-leaf maples whose yellow, red and orange autumn leaves rival aspens in Colorado and the famous East Coast foliage display. The Salmon Cascades are a great place to witness coho salmon making their way upstream to their spawning grounds. The run normally starts in October. Amazing hikes to Sol Duc Falls, Mink Lake, the Lover’s Lane loop and more also await. ABOVE LEFT — Big-leaf maples put on a colorful display along Sol Duc Hot Springs Road in autumn. ABOVE RIGHT — Trees starting to turn near an overlook area along the Sol Duc River. RIGHT — A man photographs the river just above Sol Duc Falls.
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As we move into the transition period between summer and fall, life has a tendency to get more chaotic. Children and teachers are back in the classroom, for those of us who garden, harvest season is in full swing and as the days begin to feel shorter again, we feel pressure to get outside as long as we can and finish projects that we’ve procrastinated on or postponed. It is easy to get overwhelmed. So what can you do? Here are three tips to help you stay centered, while enjoying the transition to autumn on the North Olympic Peninsula.
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No. 2 — Start your day with five to 10 minutes set aside for positive emotion Set aside five to 10 minutes every morning to sit and bask in positive emotion. When you feel pulled into drama or negativity, simply focus your attention in your heart and breathe, taking just a few minutes to appreciate the good in your life. I know that for some of you, finding five to 10 minutes, especially in the morning feels impossible. You might be rolling your eyes, telling me that I don’t know anything about your life. True. However, I do know that if you find those few minutes, and make this a practice, you will find that you have more energy to deal with your life; and because you’re not using up that time on drama and chaos, you’ll find that you actually have more time and energy in your day.
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Local diabetes, gardening program ends for the season STORY BY JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, WSU CERTIFIED CLALLAM COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PHOTOS BY CLALLAM COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS
What happens when you combine the great outdoors, harvesting and eating the vegetables you grew and new friendships? The Growing Healthy project. Growing Healthy was a 15-week pilot project developed by volunteers and staff from Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics (VIMO) Free Clinic and Clallam County Master Gardeners. Organizers designed the program to help persons with diabetes, or at risk for diabetes, to eat healthier, get more exercise and feel better through gardening. Growing Healthy was based on research that shows that through growing their own food, children and adults become more invested in what they eat and are more likely to make nutritious food choices. The program also took advantage of the fact that gardening is an excellent form of low-impact exercise. VIMO was awarded a grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation to pilot the project, competing with hundreds of clinics from across the country. By the time the grant was received, VIMO was already partnering with WSU Clallam County Extension (and Clallam County Master Gardeners), First Step Family Support Center and Port Angeles Community Gardens to start the project and had received contributions from local businesses and residents.
The Growing Healthy program Growing Healthy participants were recruited from VIMO, First Step Family Support Center and other local agencies and organizations including Clallam County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the Port Angeles Food Bank; Clallam County Head Start; Peninsula Behavioral Health; and Clallam County Family YMCA. All participants had the opportunity to talk with a nurse educator about diabetes. Each week, Growing Healthy participants, volunteers and staff gathered at the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles for a 2-hour gardening or
Growing Healthy participant Scooter Rychlik, left, is instructed by Laurel Moulton, a Clallam County Master Gardener, about how to properly read a vegetable seed packet. Growing Healthy covered vegetable gardening basics including soil preparation, planting, transplanting, watering, fertilizing, weed and pest control and harvesting.
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A total of 19 community members participated, with ages ranging from 10 to 65 years. Some participants also brought their younger children to play in the garden. Due to safety concerns, “Growing Healthy Kids,” a concurrent program for the children and grandchildren (2-9 years of age) of Growing Healthy participants, was launched. With both programs going, the Fifth Street Community Garden was alive with activity: Grown-ups digging, planting, watering and harvesting and children doing art and gardening projects and scavenger hunts in the garden. The programs became so popular that new enrollment had to be limited.
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Growing Healthy helped teach participants gardening skills and how to prepare the foods they harvested. By the end of the project, most participants felt that they could start their own garden, given sufficient space and resources. They also thought they were eating healthier, reporting an increase in the number of fruits and vegetables they ate each day. The harvest from the garden added food to the tables of participants, with attendees harvesting seasonal vegetables (such as kale, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, and tomatoes) to take home each week. “My kids were as excited about the program as I was and looked forward to the harvest, saying ‘What did you bring home this week?’ and ‘Make sure you bring home some groceries,’” said Amy Jensen, a Growing Healthy participant. The garden was therapeutic for many. “Getting their hands in the dirt” was like a tonic (and the friendship surrounding them, a salve). One of the participants, Scooter Rychlik, was off work due to a serious injury. “The project got me out of the house for two hours each week. [With my injury] . . . the program gave me needed exercise and much more. It helped me to get out of my head,” Rychlik said. Learning how to garden might have initially attracted the participants, but a sense of community or family seemed to be the key in bringing them back. Participants and program organizers became friends and looked forward to seeing each other each week. Participation in Growing Healthy became a source of pride. In the final evaluation, every single participant reported bringing others to the Community Garden to see the Growing Healthy plots. Many shared plants and vegetables from the garden or gardening knowledge with neighbors and friends. Project organizers summed up the experience with: “Growing Healthy led us on an amazing journey and helped us to think differently about the positive impact gardening can have on our community. And who would ever have thought that the free clinic would partner with local Master Gardeners and the community garden?” The following businesses and individuals contributed to Growing Healthy: American Medical Association Foundation; First Federal; The Home Depot; Gibson
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Packing all their equipment, food and canoes, the group made their way on foot to the Moose River, about a half-mile from the drop off. Given the amount of gear and food necessary to sustain a group of nine for a week, each woman made two trips over the portages. One woman carried the 49-pound canoe while another backpacker spotted her. They all then returned to the exit site to retrieve a second load. Each portage took about 20 to 40 minutes. The party paddled up Moose River to Lake Agnes and headed for Lac La Croix, a large body of water bordering the United States and Canada. Smith and Nolan navigated with assistance from Happe on a GPS. They proceeded east hugging the Canadian border following an 18th and early 19th century route used by French fur traders known as the voyageurs. “We all put our heads together to figure out the route we were taking,” Marilyn Perkins of Port Angeles noted. “We’d pull up our canoes on the water to figure out where we were.” Getting up-close looks at remotely located Indian pictographs, identifying the flora and fauna and viewing incredible waterfalls encountered along the way, the trip was a fantastic learning experience as well as an awesome outdoor adventure. The landscape was spectacular. Campsites are on a first-come; first-served basis and are limited to one party at a time. Each site has a fire grate and latrine and is set on a rocky outcropping overlooking a lake with beautiful scenic views. >> BOUNDARY WATERS CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 photo by Ann Nolan Colleen Brastad of Port Angeles portaging during a recent trip to the Boundary Waters between Minnesota and Canada.
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Except for the calling of loons, the group’s privacy was complete night after night. Paddling three to a canoe, the women’s expedition covered roughly 70 miles of physically demanding terrain and water. With the waters flowing west from one body of water to the next, the party frequently found themselves paddling against the current. “We did quite well,” Nolan said. “We are very proud of what we accomplished.” Their success was not an accident. They had prepared with an extensive reading list to familiarize themselves with the environment and a workout schedule to condition themselves for the challenges of the journey. Nolan stored a couple of canoes at East Sequim Bay for practicing canoe paddling technique and teamwork leading up to the trip. They also spent time working out in the gym. The sense of history and the wonder of nature combined with the strong bonds formed by nine independently minded women living and working closely together proved a memorable experience for all. Bonnie Rathod summed it up, saying, “It was the trip of a lifetime.” If you are interested in planning a trip, be sure to plan ahead. Access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is strictly regulated to preserve the wilderness and insure the safety of visitors. For more information, check out the USDA Forest Service website at www.fs.usda.gov and search for “Boundary Waters.” A variety of outfitters can also assist groups with route planning, gear and obtaining permits. photo by Ann Nolan Marilyn Perkins of Port Angeles carries gear at this portage during a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
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Picture this common scenario: you are standing in line at the grocery checkout and a baby seated in the cart in front of you makes eye contact. She looks at you inquisitively, leans her body back and smiles. You smile back, wave, and say “hello.” The baby babbles, delighted by your attention. She continues to interact. She points to a balloon at the checkout aisle. You say to her, “Look. The pink balloon has a flower on it.” She claps her hands in happy response. And then you smile and wave again. This brief interaction with this child is not just a friendly exchange. It is much more. You are actually supporting the development of her brain circuitry.
Serve and return “This simple interaction is called serve and return. It is this back-and-forth communication between children and responsive adults that builds a young child’s brain architecture,” said Dr. Elanna S. Yalow, chief executive officer of KinderCare Early Learning Programs. Yalow is a strong proponent for the importance of serve and return for all young children, starting with infants. “Serve and return is like a game of tennis between a young child and a caring, responsive adult,” said Yalow.
“A baby coos or cries, or a preschool child asks “Why?” The adult returns the child’s “serve” with interest, and the back and forth begins. “Serve and return promotes learning because these interactions actually help to develop the neural pathways in a child’s brain,” Yalow said. Because 70 percent of all brain development occurs within the first three years of life, consistent use of serve and return is essential to establishing a strong foundation for success in school and later life.
Open-ended engagement Simply giving children directions does not foster healthy brain development. Children need rich, meaningful exchanges to develop the brain connections that pave the way for continued learning and growth. Asking children open-ended questions is an easy way to start serve and return. If a child draws a picture, parents and teachers should do more than compliment the picture. Asking the child “What is happening in your picture?” or “Why did you draw that?” creates an opportunity for back and forth dialogue. Praise is important for young children, but serve and return is essential to their development.
Serve and return and language development Serve and return also plays an important role in developing literacy skills. Here’s an example: a baby points to a ball and a parent or teacher says, “ball.” This helps the child make a connection between the word and the corresponding object. Through this process, early literacy skills form. And as children grow older and adults read to them, asking children to react to what is being read or to predict what might happen next in the story also helps develop new connections in the brain. >> SERVE AND RETURN CONTINUED ON PAGE 15
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The absence of serve and return Without serve and return, the development of brain circuitry and learning can be impaired. And without meaningful interactions with responsive adults, even the youngest children show signs of distress. Adults who simply satisfy a child’s physical needs without providing serve and return interactions don’t adequately support the healthy development of the child. Neural pathways that may be important to a child’s future may never be formed or will fade away through a process called “pruning.”
The foundation for all learning Ensuring that children engage with caring adults who consistently engage in serve and return, beginning in infancy, builds the foundation for learning into adulthood. “Serve and return is the fundamental difference between custodial care and high quality early childhood education,” said Yalow. “Vibrant serve and return should be the goal in every home and classroom, something that every parent and teacher should practice.” Engaging with young children in intentional, meaningful ways not only helps them build relationships, it impacts their ability to develop language and cognitive skills.
Serve and return is a crucial base on which all future development is built; it is the foundation for learning. The next time you smile or wave at a baby in the
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