Tag - nutrition

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TRUE Fitness Studio Launches Give Back Program for Moms in Need
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Growing Green Schools inspires school gardens and nutrition programs
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Enter spring! Prime time for environmental advocacy
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Real Food for Kids brings young chef competition to Williams-Sonoma
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Winter into Spring: gardening, health and wellness events at a glance
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Super Food Cards debut! (+ giveaway)

TRUE Fitness Studio Launches Give Back Program for Moms in Need

 

When I spoke with Nina Elliot about her vision for expanding TRUE Health & Wholeness wellness studio, she was excited to tell me about the new TRUE Gives Back Program to offer fitness and wellness services to moms who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

The long-term vision for the business she co-owns with her husband, Christian, is to change people’s ideas about health. “You don’t transform your world until you transform your city, your block,” Nina said. She and Christian, parents of three with a fourth due in November, wanted to effect change among local Arlington-area residents. They came up with the Give Back Program to invite people in the facility who might not otherwise enter because of the cost of personal or group training and wellness services. Read More

Growing Green Schools inspires school gardens and nutrition programs

For anyone looking to start or expand a school gardening or nutrition program, the Growing Green Schools event at Fairlington Community Center was the place to be Monday afternoon. Aimed at providing parents and school staff in Arlington with the necessary resources to promote gardening and nutrition education, the event was a treasure trove for anyone in Northern Virginia. Read More

Enter spring! Prime time for environmental advocacy

What a relief to have some warm temperatures and sunshine to start off the week. It was no fun to have such a warm day last Thursday and then shiver back into our winter coats again on Friday. This week is spring break for many around our area. Others’ breaks will start on Friday. If you’re anything like me, the biggest “break” about a break from school is not having to cook so much that you have enough leftovers to send in your child’s lunch the next day! I normally feel like I could never hack it as a homeschooler, but whenever I get a break on food prep, I can see the appeal!

Still, there are a lot of reasons why I have my children in public school, and one of them is because I want to be an agent for change and an advocate for healthy living for all children. Next week, two events will showcase efforts to expand the reach of gardening and nutrition programs and outdoor learning in Northern Virginia.

Growing Green Schools is a first-time event in Arlington to showcase gardening and nutrition efforts in Arlington Public Schools and out-of-school time programs for children. Read More

Real Food for Kids brings young chef competition to Williams-Sonoma

Parents who care about Real Food couldn’t have asked for a better display of enthusiasm for cooking than that shown by the poised and skilled young chefs who participated in the finals of the Real Food for Kids “KIDS COOK” competition Saturday. The six contestants, children in grades 4-8, took turns claiming the kitchen at the Clarendon Williams-Sonoma to whip up their own creations in front of a huge crowd.

The winner of the competition was Haven Clare Townsend, a 6th grader at White Oaks Elementary School in Burke, Virginia, with Thai Shrimp Noodles with Broccoli including homemade oyster sauce using gluten-free Tamari and organic ramen noodles.

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Winter into Spring: gardening, health and wellness events at a glance

During this season of hibernation, bulbs are awaiting warm weather to shoot up through the earth and expose their colorful glory. So am I. I’m working on gathering some great material to push out come springtime while I spend these cold months conserving my energy.*

While the air is cold and the predominant colors brown and grey, there is a lot going on under the ground and under protective cover!

winter kale and greens

We’ve got a lot of great upcoming events listed in the calendar but wanted to compile them into this quick list so you’re sure not to miss them!

Thursday, February 19: Moms Clean Air Force Virginia Mama Summit, Virginia General Assembly, Richmond, VA, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Note: Mindful Healthy Life is a partner in this event

Thursday, February 19: “Raising Non-Toxic Kids in a Toxic World” presentation at Holistic Moms Arlington/Alexandria chapter, UUCA, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, February 21: Traditional Foods daylong seminar with Sally Fallon Morell – just a few spots left!

Saturday, February 28: Rooting DC gardening conference, Wilson High School, Washington, DC, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

March 4-7: Green Schools National Conference, Virginia Beach, VA

March 17-29: Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

Thursday, March 19: “Family Biking 101” panel, Holistic Moms Arlington/Alexandria chapter, UUCA, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, March 28: Grow Your Health gardening, health and wellness festival including screening of GMO OMG, Woodson H.S., Fairfax, VA, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, April 6: Growing Green SchoolsFairlington Community Center, Arlington, VA, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 9: School Environmental Action Showcase, George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax, VA, 9:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16: “Screen Time” presentation with Lisa Guernsey, sponsored by Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria Chapter and Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool, UUCA, Arlington, VA, 7-9 p.m.

April 17-19: Mind-Body Week, The Mindfulness Center, Silver Spring, MD

Sunday, April 26: DC Birth and Babies Fair, The Hill Center, Washington, DC, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 11: NoVA Outside Networking meeting, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 16: Peace Love and Yoga Fest, Washington, DC, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 21: “Real Food with Nina Planck,” Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria Chapter, UUCA, Arlington, VA, 7-9 p.m.

 

*I am working on my health and looking for support in this website venture! Click here to learn how to join the Mindful Healthy Life team!

Super Food Cards debut! (+ giveaway)

Long before launching the new Nourish Schools Super Food Cards this past October, Katherine Sumner has been an inspiration on the Real Food front. While a parent at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, she organized Farm to School events that inspire me today, now that I have two kids in elementary school. We met seven ago during a cooking class after which Katherine went on to complete her holistic health coach training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York and then to co-found Nourish Schools.

Katherine and Nourish Schools co-founder Casey Seidenberg (whose great nutrition articles you’ve probably seen in the Washington Post’s Local Living section) are both moms. Katherine has two boys who have adjusted well to life in Colorado, and Casey has remained local with her two sons and daughter. After a few years of helping schools assess and improve their health/wellness scorecards, the two decided that the time had come for them to create the product their clients needed to help them be successful at implementing wellness protocols.

Katherine Sumner Casey Seidenberg

Katherine said, “Over the years when I would do either cooking classes or we’d do talks, we just kept hearing people say there was so much information out there. The people we were working with, this was so new to them; they hadn’t heard about soaking grains. They just felt overwhelmed. So we started putting together these cheat sheets, and one of our clients said to us ‘you need to get these out there.’ We realized there was a need for a resource that was both user-friendly and sustainable.”

And thus were born Super Food Cards.

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For this first set of cards, Katherine and Casey decided to focus on basic categories of nutrition – Greens, Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts & Seeds, Beans, Whole Grains, Protein, and Stocks (broths) – and to keep the product to a card with a front and back. The cards are geared toward wide audiences; they can be used by people new to nutrition and as cheat sheets for those who already soak their grains and beans.

The cards are folded so that they have four sides, each 7.5 x 10″. Each card includes how-to (prepare, store, etc). information as well as explanation of why you’d want to eat each food and quick tips for integrating them into your diet. On the back of the Greens chart, for example is a chart describing which stems to eat (or not), which are good in a smoothie, and which to eat raw. Read More

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