This Week in My World of Wellness

1 Mar

Happy weekend, happy March, happy almost spring!

Journey Update:

On Wednesday of this week, I coached for the first time in my life! In the fall, I became a Matter of Balance coach certified to encourage older adults to not be afraid of falling. As an Intern, at my local Health Department, I shadowed one of the Health Department’s dynamic Public Health Educators teach a Matter of Balance class to the residents of a retirement center. I know I’m in the right field when I become excited talking about this. So, on Wednesday I met up with the same dynamic Public Health Educator that I shadowed. We’ll be working together and I cannot be more thrilled! She is so incredibly helpful and willing to help me grow in every way possible as a coach. I cannot wait to share what I learn about being a coach along the way.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. You may know of an older adult that has taken a fall and as a result, broke their hip or experienced a life threatening injury. Matter of Balance is there to teach participants to:

  • View falls as controllable
  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out MaineHealth’s website to learn more: http://www.mmc.org/mh_body.cfm?id=3498#mob

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Product Find:

On my way home from work this afternoon, I stopped at the grocery store to not only restock on some goodies such as sweet potatoes, yogurt (Fage was on sale $1!), and pumpkin seeds. They didn’t have any flax seeds…boo. Anyway, I stumbled across this bread:

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Alvarado St. Bakery California Style Complete Protein Bread 100% Whole Grain made with organic sprouted wheat.

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The nutrition stats are awesome! I’m really looking forward to my next sami. Has anyone tried Alvardo St. Bakery Bread?

Friday Night AKA Pizza Night:

I was really in the mood for tomato sauce and something with a nice zing. I had just bought sweet potatoes, and opted for a sweet potato pizza! I’m going to have to start calling my blog for the love of sweet potatoes pretty soon!

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Sweet potato with Fage Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt, tomato sauce, flax seed (there was still some on hand at home), a hickory smoked Primal Strip (these are delicious and a great vegetarian protein option!).

Cool tip to keep bananas fresh: Wrap the top of bananas with plastic wrap and they should keep 3 to 5 days longer. See more ways to keep groceries fresh longer.

Have an awesome weekend! πŸ™‚

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8 Responses to “This Week in My World of Wellness”

  1. cleaneatingveggiegirl March 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    That bread sounds fabulous, and I love the nutritional stats. Sprouted bread is the best! I especially love Ezekiel and Trader Joe’s sprouted breads.

  2. quartercenturysouthernliving March 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I love sweet potatoes! Sounds perfect to me! πŸ™‚

  3. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen March 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    What a smart idea for your pizza. I like that it looks good and it’s healthy!

  4. Cindy March 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Congrats on being a balance coach. Sounds like a fantastic program. πŸ™‚

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt March 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

      Thank you Cindy! The program has spread across the United States and is really picking up in my area. Hopefully with more and more programs being offered, less and less older adults will be concerned about falling and will be increasing their physical activity more and more each day!

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