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Restore Healing Event February 23, 2010

Filed under: Complementary Therapies,Events in Minnesota — aprasek @ 1:35 pm

I’m getting amped for this event:

And I’m not just amped up because I’m one of the directors and a sponsor for the event. I volunteer my time (as does the founder of the event and all of the other directors) because we are so passionate about empowering individuals in their own health. The event is an invitation to explore what true healing can really offer. Check out the Restore website for more info and be sure to purchase your tickets ASAP to save some money.


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Looking For a New Workout Video? February 21, 2010

Filed under: Physical Wellness — aprasek @ 7:53 pm

I’m sorry, I had to post this. I have no words…


 

Let’s Move Campaign February 16, 2010

Filed under: Nutritional Wellness,Physical Wellness — aprasek @ 11:01 pm

I’m lovin Michelle Obama’s new initiative to improve the health of our kids:


http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/all/modules/swftools/shared/flash_media_player/player.swf

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend about the cutting of music, art and physical education in schools. We started to talk about what we remembered in grades K-12… I remember paper-macheing my face in 1st grade to make a mask that we later painted and bedazzled– and I’ll never forget the poor kid who forgot to put the vaseline on his face before the paper mache–  that stuff seriously dries like concrete. I also remember playing TV tag in gym class, having jump rope contests, running around crazy in recess… I remember playing a recorder and a ukulele in music class. I can’t say that I remember anything about my geometry or calc classes… physics was a blur… I hated civics and social studies during those years… typing class was a complete joke…

The impersonal, sedentary, emotionally-devoid style of education we are pressing on our children is likely sucking away much of their later passion for learning. This stage of life should be an opportunity to enliven and enrich the many ways of knowing, begin healthy lifestyle behaviors, develop a passion for learning and an ability to think diversely and compassionately about our life on this earth.

Sorry, that was a tangent. What I love most about this campaign is its focus on attending to the real issues that are contributing to childhood obesity. This isn’t some lame “Exercise More!” campaign. Part of the mission of the campaign is to actually improve the quality of food served in schools, create more opportunities for physical activity in schools and to make healthy foods more accessible and affordable to families. Right on.

Check out the campaign website for more info.

I’m curious to know… what classroom experiences do you remember best from your K-12 days?


 

Wellness Gossip future… February 11, 2010

Filed under: Miscellaneous — aprasek @ 11:33 pm

Hey friends,

It has been a wild couple of months for me and I’ve definitely been MIA on the blog lately. Lots of changes and shifts in my world. On a good note, I was accepted into the PhD program that I had my heart set on. So, 90% of the time I’m really ecstatic about this and the other 10% I switch back between exhaustion and disbelief (seriously, 4 more years of school?).

I have found that the perfect academic respite for me is maintaining this blog (even if I’m just talking to myself). It keeps me sane as I vent my frustrations and passions for everything health. So, looks like 4 more years of WG! And hopefully more frequent updates 🙂

And for those of you reading this, thanks for reading this far down. I want to send my most sincere thanks to you. It’s so fun to have comments and discussions with so many amazing people. Thanks for reading, contributing and sharing your wisdom.

On a completely unrelated note, I saw Avatar today and was blown away. The movie is amazing. The integration of Gaia theory was brilliantly communicated. And the social metaphors are so relevant and powerfully depicted. Props to Cameron for his film genius. Anybody else seen the film? Thoughts on it?


http://www.avatarmovie.com/player/player.swf?t=us&dl=0&ap=0
Official Avatar Movie

 

This Sh.. is Bananas. February 4, 2010

There’s a new documentary about bananas. Well, more like conspiracy-deadly-fraudulent bananas. Here’s the quick summary:

“In the film BANANAS!*, twelve Nicaraguan banana plantation workers are suing Dole for concealing the dangers of a pesticide that they claim made them sterile.”

Check out the trailer for the film:


http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=4497137&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

The chemical pesticide used on the bananas is Nemagon. There are valid concerns that this pesticide may cause reproductive issues and increase cancer rates. The film’s website also writes:

“Even as early as 1961, an internal Shell report recommended using impermeable protective clothing to prevent contact with the skin, because the product could have undesirable consequences for human reproduction.”

Obviously, Dole said the whole lawsuit was bananas. AND THEN, the attorneys for the plantation workers and other plaintiffs were charged with fraud. Watch Dole’s response video to all of this:


If you have time, also check out “The Facts” section from the film’s website and “The Timeline” to learn more of the sordid details.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Dole was being “loose” with the use of the pesticide. I mean really, we see this with TONS of other chemical and food companies. Unfortunately, the fraud charges are making the truth pretty impossible to reveal.

What do you think? Is Dole in the wrong? Could they have influenced the fraud charges? Or, are the plantation workers trying to take advantage of Dole (and wouldn’t that be horrible since I’m sure Dole has paid and treated them so well throughout the years)?