Author: Sara

Wellness Tip of the Week

Appreciating the relationships in your life will bring both you and your friends and family happiness. Be vocal about your appreciation.

Added Sugar – The Food Industry’s Role

In an interview with NPR, author Michael Moss discusses how the food industry engineers our food to be sweeter and, thus, creates food cravings and expectations for sweeter and sweeter food products. Michael Moss is author of Salt, Sugar, Fat.

Check out the interview at NPR’s website.

Wellness Tip of the Week

In the next week, you’ll likely spend time with family and friends. Make sure you also allow yourself personal time alone.

RMTTS-C Program Training – May 16-19, 2015

Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Program   REGISTRATION CLOSED   Monday, May 16 through Thursday, May 19, 2016   Training Schedule: Monday, May 16, 2016 8:00a–5:00p Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Newsletter 2015 – Nov/Dec – Physical Wellness

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Serenity

Susan Young, Research Director

As I continually read nutritional science materials and shape my family’s eating habits accordingly, I’ve developed a reputation at home as the sugar sheriff. It’s not that I have banned pancakes with maple syrup or the occasional trip to Ben & Jerry’s, but I have been trying to sneak in those teaching moments about healthy snacks after school and desserts that involve berries picked from the back yard. In September, I was pleased to learn that my daughters’ 5th grade curriculum included a lengthy unit on wellness. Small teams of students studied and presented information on topics including sleeping habits, ‘screen time,’ concussions, stress, exercise, steroids, and the toxicity of SUGAR. My girls began to bring home facts and tips including what to look for on packaged food labels and nuggets of wisdom like, “Mom, did you know that chronic stress causes your brain to shrink? You’ve got to relax more!”

New Trend Shows Schools Buying More Local Food

The FDA has submitted some new stats showing a trend towards purchasing more local food for school cafeterias. The FDA is reporting that 42,173 schools purchased nearly $600 million worth of local food, a $212 million increase from the previous year. The results are self-reported by schools and schools are still reporting. Preliminary results show, however, that 75% of schools saw “more kids choosing school meals, lower food costs from buying local, great support from parents and the community, and less food waste thanks to more delicious options.”

For more information, read NPR’s article.

BHWP Approved to Offer CEUs for Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training

BHWP has received approval to offer the following CEUs for its Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification (RMTTS-C) Program:
– 20.75 contact hours from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
– 21.5 entry-level contact hours from National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)
– 20.5 (approx) continuing education hours from the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

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Newsletter 2015 – Sept/Oct – Environmental Wellness

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Serenity

Susan Young, Research Director

I’m on a quest for enlightenment. I’d like to say this is a spiritual path, but the truth is that my quest is rather earthly. Let me explain. Because I have always been very sensitive to my surroundings, I have aimed to make my home an environment that is both nurturing and inspiring. The challenge for me has been to recognize and respond to my ever-evolving definition of these characteristics. My husband and I designed and built our home in 2006. At that time our daughters were not quite 2-years-old, and we were up to our necks in diapers, toys, and chaos. We chose color schemes and furnishings that felt compatible with our collective emotional state. Whether consciously or not, we created our spaces to be calming and simple, juxtaposing the daily rollercoaster ride. Looking back, I wonder whether our deeper color scheme grew out of a need to soothe our over-stimulating home life!