Indy Veg Fest

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

12 noon – 7 PM

Pan Am Pavillion

201 S. Capitol Ave.

Indianapolis, IN

Indy VegFest is free and open to the public, and will include local food vendors, speakers, cooking demos, healthy living and eco-friendly vendors, non-profits, fitness classes, kids’ activities, and vegan food samples!

Claim your ticket to ensure eligibility for goody bags filled with free samples, magazines, and coupons, given to the first 250 people through the door. **One goodie bag per person, and per Eventbrite ticket. If you are bringing multiple people, each person must register separately through Eventbrite in order to receive a goody bag.**

Our event is FREE and open to ALL. Donations to help cover the costs of the event are welcomed through PayPal or at the door. Our expenses are considerable, so a contribution of any amount helps, and donations are tax-deductible. (Tax ID #36-4846853)

Be sure to RSVP to the 2017 Indy VegFest Facebook event for updates.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-indy-vegfest-tickets-30910628522

Five Questions to Ask the Potential New Gym:

What are the terms of any introductory offers? Gyms often use special introductory offers to attract new members. Just make sure you understand the terms and what the price will be once the introductory period is over.

Will my membership renew automatically? Many times people who joined a gym didn’t realize that their contract would renew automatically and that they would have to take specific steps to cancel their contract often linked to certain timing and put in writing.

How can I get out of my contract? Getting out of a gym contract isn’t always as easy as getting into one, so make sure you understand what steps you would need to take to cancel your membership. Under New York State law, you may cancel your contract without penalty within three days from the day you signed it by giving written notice in person, or by submitting certified mail, return receipt requested. Make sure to keep a copy of your cancellation letter and the return receipt or obtain a confirmation for your cancellation.

What happens if I move? Gyms have any number of different policies when it comes to how moving will affect your membership. It might depend on how far away you’re moving and if they have other locations nearby.

What happens if you go out of business? Ask the gym to explain what will happen to your money if it suddenly goes out of business. In New York State, the Department of State regulates the health club industry. The health club services licensing includes rights of cancellation and other protections for consumers should a club go out of business.

Before signing up, BBB says do your research.

Visit bbb.org. Before signing a contract, research the gym at bbb.org to see its BBB Business Review. This will show any history of complaints, consumer reviews or additional information that can help in making a decision. If you don’t see a Business Review, ask BBB to develop one.

What is your budget? Most facilities charge an upfront membership fee to join and a monthly fee thereafter. In addition, some fitness centers charge an additional fee for certain classes or amenities. It is important to decide beforehand what amount you can comfortably devote to physical fitness. Regardless of the length of a contract, ask if you can pay monthly.

Check out the gym at the time you know you want to go. You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, so head to the gym for a tour when you are most likely to go. Make sure the number of people there at that time will not limit your productivity. Also, check the cleanliness of the equipment and the locker room area. See if the gym equipment is in good condition and maintained properly. Make sure the facility has the equipment and classes that interest you.

Do not give in to sales pressure. Walk away from clubs that pressure you to sign a contract on the spot. BBB recommends taking a sample contract home to review before making a decision to give you time to read all of the finer details of the contract. Make sure the contract lists all services and fees, and any promises made by the salesperson. Find out what is included in the monthly fee and what will cost extra.

https://www.bbb.org/upstate-new-york/news-events/news-releases/2014/10/bbb-hundreds-of-health-club-complaints-filed-annually-avoid-common-issues-with-bbb-advice-and-business-reviews/

Lighter Game Day Grub

Sneaking More Vegetables into Meals

sneaking more vegetables into meals

We all know we need to be eating more veggies. Some of us love them and eat them at every meal. And then there are those of us who can’t stomach the thought of chomping on something green that looks like a tree. And no, we’re not talking about four-year-olds — we mean adults, too!

National Institute on Aging Flexibility Exercises

ace, age 66, has found that stretching exercises have become an important addition to her new exercise routine:

outline of someone stretching“I grew up on a farm and continued farming after I married. So, I was used to hard work and plenty of physical activity. When my son and his family took over running the farm, I needed to start a new exercise routine. Now, I begin most mornings with a walk and stretches. Good thing, too! The stretching keeps me limber, and the walking gives me plenty of stamina to keep up with my seven grandchildren. Exercise helps me stay active in their lives, and that makes it all worthwhile.”

For more exercises check out web site at the bottom of the blog entry.

back leg muscle stretch. 

  1. Lie on your back with left knee bent and left foot flat on the floor.
  2. Raise right leg, keeping knee slightly bent.
  3. Reach up and grasp right leg with both hands. Keep head and shoulders flat on the floor.
  4. Gently pull right leg toward your body until you feel a stretch in the back of your leg.
  5. Hold position for 10-30 seconds.
  6. Repeat at least 3-5 times.woman doing Back of Leg (Floor) stretch
  7. Repeat at least 3-5 times with left leg.
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 back leg muscle stretch

  1. Lie on your back with left knee bent and left foot flat on the floor.
  2. Raise right leg, keeping knee slightly bent.
  3. Reach up and grasp right leg with both hands. Keep head and shoulders flat on the floor.
  4. Gently pull right leg toward your body until you feel a stretch in the back of your leg.
  5. Hold position for 10-30 seconds.woman doing Back of Leg stretch
  6. Repeat at least 3-5 times.
  7. Repeat at least 3-5 times with left leg.

THIGH MUSCLES STRETCH

  1. Lwoman doing Thigh (Floor) stretchie on your side with legs straight and knees together.
  2. Rest your head on your arm.
  3. Bend top knee and reach back and grab the top of your foot. If you can’t reach your foot, loop a resistance band, belt, or towel over your foot and hold both ends.
  4. Gently pull your leg until you feel a stretch in your thigh.
  5. Hold position for 10-30 seconds.
  6. Repeat at least 3-5 times.
  7. Repeat at least 3-5 times with your other leg.

thigh muscles STRETCH

 

 

  1. Stand behind a sturwoman doing Thigh (Standing) stretchdy chair with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees straight, but not locked.
  2. Hold on to the chair for balance with your right hand.
  3. Bend your left leg back and grab your foot in your left hand. Keep your knee pointed to the floor. If you can’t grab your ankle, loop a resistance band, belt, or towel around your foot and hold both ends.
  4. Gently pull your leg until you feel a stretch in your thigh.
  5. Hold position for 10-30 seconds.
  6. Repeat at least 3-5 times.
  7. Repeat at least 3-5 times with your right

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/exercise-physical-activity/sample-exercises-flexibility

Spring Has Sprung

Join Healthy Horizons and the CUE Farm staff tomorrow, Tuesday, March 28th for “Spring has Sprung.”  Gardening tips will be presented, including basics from healthy soil to building raised beds and more.  We will gather in Atherton Union 326 from noon – 1 PM. Bring your own sack lunch and join us.  A great gardening door prize will be available.. We look forward to seeing you.cue-farm-tour

What’s that you’re drinking?

We all have our favorite drinks we get when we get thirsty. But did you know that just like eating healthy food, we need to drink healthy drinks?

Look at this chart with your parent and check to see whether each drink is healthy, not healthy, or okay to drink sometimes. Post this chart on the refrigerator as a reminder and to encourage your whole family to switch to healthy drinks with you!

Type of Drink What’s in it? How does it help my body? Why should I be careful? Should I drink it? Is it healthy?
Regular soda It has a lot of calories* but no nutrients** (See the definition down below if you don’t know what a calorie or nutrient is.) Even though soda may taste good, it does not give any of the nutrients that your body needs. Soda provides more sugar than your body needs, which can cause not only weight gain, but also tooth decay and cavities.*** Yikes! The less soda you drink the better; try drinking water or fat-free (skim), 1 percent fat, or low-fat milk instead. YES

NO

Sometimes

Diet soda Diet soda doesn’t have any calories, but it doesn’t have any nutrients either. Diet soda does not provide any of the nutrients your body needs. Like regular soda, diet soda can lead to tooth decay and cavities too. Diet soda is okay to drink occasionally, but be sure to drink enough water and fat-free (skim) milk to make sure you are getting all your nutrients YES

NO

Sometimes

Fat-Free Milk
(Skim Milk)
Many good nutrients your body needs, like calcium and protein. These help you build strong bones and muscles. Calcium helps to keep your bones and teeth strong and protein helps you build strong muscles. Not all milk is the same. Some milk contains a lot of extra fat (like in whole milk and 2% fat milk) that your body doesn’t need. Make sure to grab ones that say fat-free (skim) or 1% fat.. To get enough calcium and protein, you will want to drink a few glasses of low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) milk every day. Try having a glass at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or for a snack. YES

NO

Sometimes

Chocolate Milk Many good nutrients your body needs, like calcium and protein. The chocolate and other flavors of milk are okay, but they have some extra calories from sugar that regular milk doesn’t have. Calcium helps to keep your bones and teeth strong and protein helps you build strong muscles. Make sure to get low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) milk so that you aren’t drinking too much fat! To get enough calcium and protein, you will want to drink a few glasses of low-fat (1%) or fat-free(skim) milk every day. Try saving chocolate and other flavored milks for occasional treats or desserts. YES

NO

Sometimes

Water, Just water! There are no calories in water, but it is something that your body needs plenty of. Water helps your body do its jobs like keeping your body temperature cool and helping you digest food. Also, water helps you control the number of calories you eat and maintain your weight. It is important to drink water every day. Our bodies are mostly made of water; it is in all of our cells, tissues, muscles, everywhere! So be sure to get your fill to keep your body from getting thirsty. YES

NO

Sometimes

Sugary drinks (Like flavored drinks and sports drinks) A lot more sugar than your body needs. Some sugary drinks (like sweetened juice, fruit drink, fruit punch) may have some of the nutrients you need, like vitamins and minerals, but should not take the place of 100% juice or water. Sugary drinks provide more sugar
than your body needs,
which can cause not only
weight gain, but also tooth
decay.
The less you have of these sugary drinks, the better. Look for drinks that have fewer calories and get nutrients from drinks like fat-free (skim) milk. YES

NO

Sometimes

Energy drinks Some energy drinks contain a lot of sugar or artificial sweeteners, caffeine and other chemicals that you can’t even pronounce. Even though  energy drinks may wake your body up for a while, they often have a hard “crash” after the effects wear off. Having energy drinks may increase the chances of developing an abnormal heart rhythm and it increases you blood pressure, which can strain your heart. Try drinking a full glass of water if you feel tired, or lay down for a 20-minute cat-nap. Both of those things can help energize you during an afternoon slump. YES

NO

Sometimes

100% Fruit Juice The 100% juice label means that everything in the bottle came from a fruit or vegetable, but not necessarily the fruit or vegetable you think you’re drinking. Drinking juice isn’t a substitute for eating fruit, but it can be healthier than some sugary drinks. Know what you’re drinking! Calories from juices can add up quickly. For example: 4 oz of 100% grape juice has 76 calories! Sometimes — and you can even eat it! Put 100% fruit juice in an ice tray and freeze it to make mini-popsicles. YES

NO

Sometimes