Archive for May 5, 2009

Your Year of Vibrant Health

This is a story I wrote in January encouraging readers to become proactive and green with their health.

By Julie Gengo, HealthWalk™ Marketing Coordinator

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As we move into the New Year, many of us have set certain goals or requirements upon ourselves in the form of resolutions. However, our commitment to our resolutions often fades quickly and we are once again living or finding ourselves in situations that do not suit us. My yoga practice tells me how to plant the seed, root it down and nourish it when I want to accomplish a goal. It is important to uncover the root cause of our choices. Understanding why we make our choices helps us to determine why we haven’t been able to break old patterns.

Why are we really eating that piece of cake before bedtime? What are the feelings associated with this not so healthy choice? If we first tap into the sensation that triggers our initial choice, then we can make conscious decisions that allow us to live up to our highest self.

If you choose yoga as a means to take care of your physical self, it is important to connect to the root feeling which will dictate how you approach your yoga practice on any particular day. When we pinpoint this Bhava or intrinsic nature of the self, we can then allow our practice to unfold in a beneficial way. According to yoga master, Shiva Rea: “Bhava is a deep yogic concept that extends to all of life as the feeling state of being, sometimes translated as mood, that forms the inner soil from which all yoga experience arises”. The first step to creating lasting change is to apply this concept to anything we undertake.

Yoga has taught me some essential lessons about how to live a more integrated wholesome life. The true state of yoga is the balance of self. Balancing ourselves takes into account all aspects of how we flow as humans. One of the most important aspects of self is the health of our outer and inner body.

The Buddha said: “Every human being is the author of his health or disease”. We are given a package to house our souls, investing in our bodies is the best commitment we can make today.

Aliyah Marr, author of Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity makes a very poignant statement in her book: “If you have a choice of living for twenty to thirty more years in disease, disability or pain, or living those years in health and pleasure, which option would you choose? Would you make the necessary change in your habits to achieve your goal? Change your habits and alter the course of your life.”

For many, creating a path to change habits that may increase the risk of disease is a daunting process. Taking measures to reverse already acquired chronic illness can also lead you in circles, especially if you chose an allopathic path that only addresses the symptoms. At HealthWalk, our holistic approach to achieving wellness goals allows our practitioners to find out what is causing the symptoms by analyzing the root cause. We can also set you on a path of prevention that empowers you to lead a healthy, vibrant life and will save you money in the long run.

It is predicted that healthcare spending in the United States will top $2.8 trillion by 2011 with the cost of prescription drugs reaching all time highs. Statistics are showing that the average American, aged 19 to 64, is now on taking close to 11 prescription drugs, and to get to the average life expectancy age of 72 that number increases to 18 prescription drugs. What is even more shocking is that in 2008, in the first three months of the year, the FDA received nearly 21,000 reports of serious drug reactions, including over 4,800 deaths. Does this sound like a safe and cost effective option to you? Is this really the way you want to live?

In this New Year, instead of making another resolution that will not last, why not make a commitment to a life-altering decision that will create a perfect place of being – a wholesome and healthful lifestyle for the rest of your life? Choose to live mindfully and be proactive about your wellbeing so you can live your life in health and pleasure.

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Trayless Cafeterias – Another Way to Save Energy and Keep the Pounds Off

I’m sharing this story that I found on Treehugger.com because it showcases easy ways we can all reduce our energy consumption. Tray manufacturers may not like this concept, but I’m certain that you will.

Almost Half US Colleges Go Trayless. Why? by Kristin Underwood, Sacramento, CA on 05. 4.09 Food & Health (food)

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When I started hearing that colleges were going trayless all I could think was, “how is saving plastic by not using a couple of trays going to cut down on the environmental footprint of a campus that is the size of a small town?” Well actually, according to the New York Times, several studies have been done now pointing to rather large savings, and we’re not just talking waistlines. As almost half of the 300 schools with the largest endowments across the US go trayless, we thought we would take another look at this latest method to save some green. So how does not using a tray benefit the environment? Apparently using that tray allows students to stockpile food like they’re in a depression era – the same food that many of the studies found also ends up completely uneaten and in the garbage. If you only have your two hands to hold your dinner, then your eyes are suddenly not bigger than stomach and you mentally weigh getting up repeatedly to get more food with just eating what you have and only going back if you’re actually still hungry. Going trayless also helps save water because as students conserve plates, silverware and cups, it also means extra water isn’t being used to wash all of those items. Some students report that the trayless dining halls make the area feel closer to home and less like an institution. Another benefit – students are less likely to gain the freshman 15 because they don’t have a way to just pile the tray high with food and sweets and breads and cakes and several drinks. Benefits of Colleges Going Trayless Williams College saved 14,000 gallons of water last year by changing one dining hall to a trayless system. They plan to change their other 3 dining halls to trayless due to the successful program. Rochester Institute of Technology noticed a 10% drop in food costs by going trayless, despite rising food prices during the same period. Moravian College (PA) is going completely trayless starting this fall after they had such a successful “Trayless Tuesdays” program. Their studies showed a 25% savings in food waste and as many as 25% of the student body now voluntarily chooses to go trayless every time they eat in the cafeteria. Moravian College has also committed that all financial savings they achieve through the program will be reinvested into the cafeteria and food programs. American University (DC) environmental science students conducted their own research on going trayless and found that there was a 47.1% savings of food waste during the dinner hour and a 30.8% reduction in plates and bowls. Both sectors also had savings during the lunch hour, though the percentages were lower. One casualty of going trayless: the loss of automatic sleds when the first snow of the season hits. As a student on the east coast who had never seen snow before college, and who also remembers vividly clambering for a cafeteria tray for both shield and shovel during the school snowfight, this is a big loss. A big loss indeed. :New York Times:Moravia College :American University More on Colleges Going Green Top 5 Colleges Going Green Focus on Focus Earth: Colleges Making the Green Grade 7 out of 10 College-Bound Students Prefer Green Universities Sororities Can Green Their Lives Through Sharing and Eco-Friendly Group Initiatives

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