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smiling creek enterprises ltd. - Townsite of Redwood Meadows

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Wild Rose Resumes

Wild Rose Resumes Coffee and Muffins in mid-October You’ve been hearing for some time now about our celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of the Redwood Meadows Seniors Wild Rose Club. The celebration took place at the end of September. We are very grateful to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who have supported this special event: Bow Point Nursery, Ken & Pam Wright, Jeremy Broadfield Canada Safeway Elaine Fleming, club member and local artist Harder & Sons Exterior Maintenance Services Maverick Law, Dave & Carmen Ryan Maxwell Realty – Bragg Creek, Lee Edwards Redwood Meadows Community Association As always, residents 50+ are cordially invited to join 10 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, October 2012 us for Coffee & Muffins on Wednesdays at 10 am in the Wild Rose Room at Redwood House. The weekly event resumes October 10th. Plan to make this part of your Wednesday morning routine. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the delicious baking and great coffee at the right price! If you have any questions about the club, please speak to one of our members at Coffee & Muffins, (which by the way is an activity that dates back to the beginning of the club), or contact the townsite at 949- 3563 with a request to have one of our members get in touch. Plan to join us as we kick off the new season! Carol Scarratt, For RM Wild Rose Seniors Club

NUTRITION Eating together is a time-honoured tradition that allows people to interact socially and bond together as a group. This time can be rife with tension, but more often than not it is a time of sharing food and information, and simply being together. The Family that Eats Together Stays Together Research from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, suggests that eating together also promotes family health, especially in kids. The data compiled indicates that kids are more inclined to eat their fruits and vegetables, fibre- and calcium-rich foods, take vitamins and eat less junk food when they eat with their families. This seems like common sense. If parents are saying, “Eat your vegetables!” or, “Have a piece of fruit!” then the kids will more than likely eat up. On the other hand, as parents, we all know that kids, if left to their own devices, will eat whatever junk food they can get their crafty little hands on! This can lead to higher weight and body mass index, which can, in turn, lead to additional health and wellness complications in the future. Another benefit suggested by the Rutgers study is a lower incidence of depression. Kids who eat with their families are less likely to show signs of depression; they also feel more supported compared to those who eat alone. Feeling loved and connected is an important part of the human condition; we all need it, so eating together in harmony promotes a healthy body, mind and spirit! Eating together as a family also provides teachable moments. The shared information isn’t only about what happened during the day but can also be about new and exciting foods, table manners and etiquette. Parents can answer questions (better grades are also a benefit of the family meal), and kids can educate their parents in the latest and coolest “whatever” of the day. If we go beyond simply eating together, then we can look at the meal planning and preparation component of mealtime. A fun activity to get the kids involved is to have them pick a recipe, add the needed ingredients to the grocery list, employ the parents to buy said ingredients and have the kids prepare that recipe. More than likely they will pick a dessert loaded with sugar but at least they are making a homemade recipe that is free of preservatives, additives, and artificial colour (you get the message!). Kids, especially picky kids, are more inclined to eat something in which they are invested. Another activity is to have the kids pick something new at the grocery store. It may be something really unusual, allowing everybody to try a new food! Not only will you have fun at the grocery store, you will also save money. The last point is that eating out thins the wallet and can widen the waistline due to all the tempting and often unhealthy choices. Take a little time to plan your meals, get everybody involved, save some money and promote the good health of the whole family by eating together while holding the arguments around the dinner table. Cathleen Fisher Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Presenter www.fitnutrition.ca CHATTER IN THE WOODS, October 2012 11

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