Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. – World Health Organization
This is our 6th Annual Fitness Challenge, and we’re switching things up a bit this year! Our goal is to celebrate a more complete spectrum of health and wellness, and to give adults, kids, and families a chance once a week to learn and practice techniques to improve their health in many different ways.
Join us every Monday of our month long challenge at the Scout Hut from 6:00 – 7:15pm for an interactive, informative, and fun discussion on each of the following topics.
Monday, January 11: Social Health and Wellness
• “Hanging out with Friends – It’s Good for You!”
Monday, January 18: Physical Health and Wellness – Nutrition
• “Trust us, Healthful Food Does Taste Good!”
Monday, January 25: Public Health in Chaffee County
• “Being Healthy in Chaffee County – Let’s Count the Ways!”
Monday, February 1: Physical Health and Wellness – Physical Activity
• “Get Up, Get Moving, and Have Fun!”
These talks are FREE, and are appropriate for kids and adults. We will split up the kids and adults at times to keep topics relevant for attendees of all ages. Our goal is for the entire family to embrace health and wellness, and encourage you to bring along family members of all ages, young or old!
As an added incentive to attend these discussions, anyone who attends 3 out of the 4 talks will be entered into a drawing for a free budget pass (adult or youth).
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” – Linda Grayson
Did you know that our social relationships are as important to our health as other factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, and obesity? (NYT, 2010) Learn how to foster this important skill during our first Monday discussion, and perhaps meet some new people too! We’ll have an interactive discussion, and then complete a hands-on, art related activity that will explore the ways we can enhance our social relationships.
Physical Health and Wellness – Nutrition
“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.” – Orson Welles
The food we eat plays a large role in our health. Join us for a talk and presentation with Michele Riggio from Wellspring Nutritional Therapy. We’ll learn about nutrition, about how the food we eat affects us in the short and long term, and have a hands on demonstration about how to prepare some healthy foods.
Nutrition Challenge: Keep a log of the food you eat for the week prior to this discussion. Anyone who brings in their completed log will receive one free pass to the pool!
Note: In conjunction with the Fitness Challenge, Michelle will be showing That Sugar Film on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7pm at the Community Center corner of F and Third. Cost $5 donation.
That Sugar Film is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet a healthy body, consuming only foods commonly perceived as healthy. This entertaining and informative film will forever change the way you think about healthy food.
To dovetail on this Michele will be offering a month-long sugar detox challenge beginning Wednesday, January 13 through February 3, 5:15-6:15. The class will cover nutrient dense whole food nutrition, blood sugar regulation, the role of the adrenal glands and how to deal with cravings. Cost of the 4-week program is $20. Drop ins welcome $5 per session.
Public Health in Chaffee County
“If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” – Mickey Mantle
There are a lot of resources in Chaffee County that are available to us, our families, and our friends that promote health and wellness in a variety of ways. Join Andrea Carlstrom from Chaffee County Public Health for an evening of family oriented activities, and a fun and engaging discussion that includes information about making and promoting healthy decisions.
“My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already.” – Milton Berle
Participating in daily physical activity – there are so many benefits! Physical activity can add years to our life, decrease our risk of some cancers, increase our energy levels, and improve our mood. Jon Fritz from Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will lead this discussion on physical fitness. Be prepared to have fun and to get moving in this interactive talk and presentation!
Fitness Challenge: Keep a log of your physical activity for the week prior to this discussion. Anyone who brings in their completed log will receive one free pass to the pool!