Thursday, May 10, 2007

Newsletter 2

In a recent post I mentioned the second edition of our newsletter- The year is coming to a close and we have a couple of things that are happening for next year in the way of organized walks and health fairs. This newletter might be the last of the year and I would love for a few people to write about a couple of wellness tips for the summer about keeping active and eating right. Maybe even a piece on skin disease and or staying out of the sun.

Please let me know via the blog or e-mail- and soon to come a page on our SMS wiki- dare I dream of a paperless society?

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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Why Organic Gardening ?

I have been asked over the past 33 years, "Why grow your vegetables, flowers and lawn organically?"

I believe we have a relationship with the land. We use it to grow our food, build our homes; it provides a place for our children to play and cleans our air. For far too many years we have pillaged the land and have grown our food in earth loaded with chemicals and pesticides. I cannot argue with the fact that the chemicals work, but at what cost? It artificially stimulates the growth of the plants, kills a number of good as well as harmful insects, gets into our food chain, contaminates our water, and depletes and inhibits living organisms in soil.

Going organic is not just about non chemical usage. It is a philosophy and a way of life. It is a feeling that you are a steward of the earth. Land owners must utilize both science and basic values to build the soil and give our children, pets and communities a safe place to live and play.

The research shows that going organic: builds richer soil, stimulates humus, supplies trace elements, has a lasting effect on the soil, will not burn plants, releases slowly, is nontoxic, environmentally safe, and costs about the same as chemicals.

So I ask, "Why not go organic?"

Please feel free to discuss your gardening needs with me. I would like an opportunity to show you the organic way.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


I would like to start thinking about putting together May's newsletter. I would love any feedback on last month's newsletter and maybe some volunteers to write a couple of short blurbs for the next one. What do you think?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Morning Walks

Come join me for a morning walk. I start at 8:00 and complete 4 laps. This is not a race, rather a quiet cool way to start your day. You never know what you will see!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Some walking facts

Yes... I read Real Simple magazine once in a while..between issues of Sports Illustrated and Golf magazine. This is a great and informative article on the benefits of walking. Here is an article about creating a walking walking workout that works and that fits into your schedule.

Don't forget about those stairs on the sides of our building. Not only are they always clear, but you have to walk a ways to get to them.


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Monday, April 2, 2007

Walk your way to fitness

Some of you probably saw John C. this morning walking around the building, and some of you saw me in the afternoon doing the same thing. It was a beautiful day today and I wanted to get this started before the snow hits us again for Easter. (There goes the planting session I had planned next week) If you couldn't make it today, don't worry. We will continue with this for the rest of the year and maybe extend it to pick-up basketball or softball or even biking around the building if people want to bring in their equipment. I work out 3/4 days a week at Sparta Athletic Club, but I have been slacking on the off days. This is a great way to get a 30 minute walk in and just relieve some stress at the end of the day.

Feel free to comment on this using the blog or create a new post with other ideas you might have. I would love for this to extend to the kids in some way, because 30 minutes a day is really all it takes. Society is looking at this closely too. The statistics are scary. Take a look at this article and let's see what we can do in our community to help fight the good fight.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Walking club's maiden voyage

The "WALK your way to fitness" sessions will begin on Monday, April 2nd. There will be two sessions, one in the morning at 7:30 and one in the afternoon at 4:10. Each will last for 30 minutes or so. We will see if this catches on and we can eventually have races.

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