Volunteering for a beach cleanup program is one way to give back to the environment.
Think green: Give back to the environment When the subject of giving something back to a community comes up, many people forget about the environment. But giving back to the great outdoors is a great way to improve your community while enjoying some fresh air and soaking up some sun. For those who want to give back to their community while helping the environment, there are a number of ways to do just that.
Park cleanup State and local parks rely on volunteers to perform a number of tasks that are ideal for nature enthusiasts who want to give back to the environment while enjoying the great outdoors. Among the tasks parks often need help with are trail and campground maintenance which helps keep parks free of litter and debris. Some parks even enlist the help of volunteers to lead park visitors on guided tours. Visit the website of a nearby park or contact your local parks department to find volunteer opportunities in your area.
Beach cleanup Just like parks, beaches need cleanup, and communities often rely on volunteers to keep beaches clean, particularly in the offseason. Volunteers who love to soak up sun at the beach throughout the summer can help maintain and improve their local beaches during the offseason. Many people assume beaches are safe from debris and trash during the offseason when visitors are few and far between. However, trash travels to the ocean via storm drains and waterways throughout the year, and volunteers play an important role in cleaning up this trash. Visit Ocean Conservancy at www.oceanconservancy.org to learn more about protecting beaches and waterways.
Advocacy Environmental advocacy is another way eco-conscious men, women and children can give back to the environment. Nonprofit groups are always in need of volunteers
who are willing to help educate others about issues facing the environment. Groups are both local and national, and advocacy groups help inform people on issues ranging from global warming to something as simple as learning how to camp properly without leaving a negative impact on the campground. For those who don’t have much time but want to help educate their communities about national and local environmental issues, advocacy groups accept and often need donations.
Encourage One of the best ways to give back to the environment is to encourage young people to appreciate and respect the great outdoors. Teach kids how to fish or camp, and encourage them to join local Boy Scout or Girl Scout troops. Such activities are both fun and educational, and kids will develop their own relationships with the planet, no doubt instilling a sense of environmental responsibility at a young age.
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Mount Pleasant Hospital’s menu prescribes staying well Most people go to hospitals to get well. But have you considered the concept of staying well? In the spirit of living green and healthy a special menu is executed daily at Ropers St. Francis’ new Mount Pleasant Hospital. Chef Carry Neff wrote the menu and chef David Topping is the one who executes that menu on a daily basis for the patients. Mount Pleasant Hospital uses fresh ingredients, such as whole grains as well as proper portion sizes. That is a testament to RSFH “walking the walk” when it comes to health, according to Megan Fink, MMC, public relations manager, Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Hospitals nationwide have come under recent scrutiny for offering unhealthy options to their patients, visitors and staff. “This is a major step toward preventing many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke - all things that plague the Lowcountry,” she explained. The great living menu is designed to provide you with
the nutrition you need to heal in great tasting meals bursting with flavor. This new menu includes an abundance of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables that emphasizes healthy fats, provides the recommended amount of sodium, is based on sensible proportions and follows the American Heart Association guidelines. The same great tasting meals on the menu can be enjoyed by all patients, whether on regular, heart healthy and/or consistent carbohydrate diets. And, modifications can be made for patients on other diets. The idea is that patients enjoy the menu so much that they continue eating this way when they leave Fink explained. “It’s important that everyone make good food choices in order to continue the healing process,” said Fink. “Our goals is to provide excellent food and service during your stay here and best PHOTO PROVIDED of all, we provide a catering associate to help patients Mount Pleasant Hospital’s new menu includes an abundance of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables and emwith their menu selections,” phasizes healthy fats, provides the recommended amount of sodium, is based on sensible proportions and follows the American Heart Association guidelines. she said.
Let’s go barre hopping to tone and lose weight BY JESSICA KENNY SPECIAL TO THE MOULTRIE NEWS
If you’ve been in Charleston in the last year, chances are you’ve seen a lot of new barres surface. No, not your usual “bars.” This kind helps you tone and lose weight. Okay, we’re listening now. We’re talking about barre a fitness technique created in
London in the 1970s by Lotte Berk, a former ballerina, and since developed by many successors - which has exploded all over the Lowcountry similar to New York or Los Angeles. Famous for its graceful but challenging non-impact movements and fast physical results, barre is definitely the newest hot workout. “Barre fitness builds a tone, lean body without
having to be thin, young, a dancer, coordinated, female or in shape,” says local Nicole Wallen, co-creator of the Barre Evolution Method, Charleston’s first premier barre studio, who kicked off the craze. “Barre is for every body, from the super athlete to the injured to the never exercised before.”
end of class - in a good way. Besides helping reshape and strengthen the whole body, barre helps people recover from injuries, stay healthy during pregnancy, recover their pre-baby bodies, as well as increase flexibility, decrease blood pressure, and combat osteoporosis. “By increasing muscle den-
sity, classes help students burn more calories over the course of their day,” adds Wallen. “It’s typical for a student to see results after just five classes with the right instruction.” Your post-work stop at the bar might be looking a little differently, along with your body.
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Is pain your obstacle to fitness? Chiropractic can help Are aches and pains getting in the way of your weight loss goals? Dr. Latter, DC, a Charleston doctor of chiropractic can help. This fall, doctors of chiropractic across the country highlighted how they can help patients focus on getting past the roadblocks to fitness and better health during National Chiropractic Health Month. The theme for the observance was “Why Weight? Get Healthy!” More than 60 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, according to Center for Disease Control statistics, and obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and some types of cancer. However, many people are unaware that even modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of a person’s total body weight, could improve blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol and blood sugars levels. That’s only 10 to 20 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds. Yet losing weight can be a struggle, and many people wonder where to begin. The answer for some may be in the office of a doctor of chiropractic (DC). “Diet pills and extreme diets do not offer long-term solutions,”
A fusion of ballet, Pilates, and yoga, barre’s quick effectiveness lies in its working all the smaller muscles around the larger muscles through safe and controlled movements that tighten then stretch the whole body. The use of a ballet barre aids the efficiency exercises and legs usually feel like Jello by the
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Couple reclaims materials to build a Tiny House
Cedric Baele and Andrea Tremols are building a Tiny House with salvaged materials. Although the concept of people living in small spaces has been around as long as humans have sought out shelter, it is only in the last decade that it has become a movement of people consciously choosing to downsize and “go small.” These individuals and families have built, bought or borrowed small scale homes known as Tiny Houses. Aptly named, these structures are often just over 100 square feet, but can range up to the familysized 400 square feet. There are a number of people in Charleston who have begun this journey to a scaled back lifestyle. Oone couple is taking the concept even further by building the home on a
trailer using reclaimed materials. Cedric Baele and Andrea Tremols have spent the last few years on what they call “a path to consciousness.” From participating in the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farm or WWOOFing to backpacking overseas, the pair has sought out an experience-based lifestyle filled with hard-work and few possessions. They returned to Charleston in the hopes of starting an organic farm, but the challenges seemed mounted against them. When Baele started working with Rebecca O’Brien from the Sustainable Warehouse to deconstruct buildings he started to see the potential of
using the salvaged materials to build the perfect dwelling for a transient lifestyle: a tiny house on wheels. Together the couple began to answer their own question: Why not become more independent and less destructive? “We envision the majority of the house powered with solar and wind energy, a composting toilet that requires no plumbing and the application of water catchment methods to provide a water supply. I can not imagine a better way to live up to my ideals. A smaller space is not only less of a burden environmentally but economically it is extremely frugal. No rent, hardly any bills and minimal maintenance are among
other tantalizing reasons to choose this style of living,” said Andrea Tremols The project began in June of 2011 and with the help of friends, the Tiny House will most likely be finished by 2012. The pair have blogged
about the process, including many lessons learned from their experience. With the help of friends, they plan to raise the roof on Aug. 27, and from there start to make their Tiny House feel like home. If you would like to
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Charleston’s premier healthcare providers and wellness based businesses have joined forces to create the fourth annual Total Health Fair, a health and wellness expo for the Charleston area. Total Health Fair is a free community event that will increase awareness of all forms of healthcare and healthy living opportunities that are available to all residents of the Lowcountry. More than 80 healthy living businesses and several area non-profit organizations whose common goal is to make Charleston a healthier city will be represented at the event. Educational lectures, demonstrations and activities for all ages will be ongoing throughout the weekend. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about the wonderful and various ways you can maintain your health in and around Charleston. Come out to meet season eight’s Biggest Loser contestant, Antoine Dove. The fair will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Omar Shrine Convention Center, 176 Patriots Point Road. Parking is free. Activities include handon demonstrations, organic food, workshops, health screenings, lectures and product demonstrations. The first 200 attendees on Saturday and the first 200 attendees on Sunday will receive free goodie bags at the door. Also, the fair will be hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.. Those who donate blood will be entered into a raffle for many great prizes. For more information, please visit www.CharlestonHealthFair.com <http:// www.charlestonhealthfair. com/> or call 843-4020310.
MUSC resources focus on research involving sexual behavior A s 2011 comes to a close, the work at the new Sexual Behaviors Clinic and Laboratory in the Forensics Psychiatry program is just beginning. Directed by R. Gregg Dwyer, M.D., Ed.D, Medical University of South Carolina Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences associate professor and forensic psychiatry program director, the clinic-lab is one of only two in the state with a research certification. It is also one of the few on the east coast with the capacity to conduct clinical, psychological and
physiological assessments of sexual behaviors for use by the criminal justice system and treatment professionals. Personnel serve as consultants to several state agencies and the federal government on the topic of sexual offenses. Services also include offering educational presentations to legal and health care professionals on the topic of persons who commit sexual abuse. “MUSC forensic psychiatry researchers are working to identify causes, interventions and prevention strategies for sexually abusive
behavior. This is a difficult area of study because the majority of potential study subjects are in the custody of, or otherwise under the supervision of, the criminal justice system,” Dwyer said. “Our ultimate goal is to prevent sexual abuse victimization by understanding these abusive acts and the people who commit them.” As Thomas Uhde, M.D., department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences chairman, noted, MUSC is one of the few places with the scientific and laboratory expertise poised to answer
these questions by tapping into the multidisciplinary experience and specialized training of its staff. “This department is one of the few centers in the country both treating patients of sexual abuse and trying to find more effective ways to prevent it,” he said. “A concern we have going forward is the limitation of funding for development and implementation of more effective predator prevention programs. Perhaps the tragic news recently highlighted in the media will promote research in this area and
lead to more effective efforts to address this major public health problem.” According to the MUSC NCVRC, nearly 35 million adults come into contact with more than 70 million children in youth-serving organizations such as day care facilities, schools, recreational programs, churches and religious organizations, youth activity organizations and sports leagues each year. Estimates indicate that approximately one in four girls, and one in six boys, will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18.
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