September 2017 Chair’s Corner

Happy Fall everyone,

As the air starts to chill and the kids head back to school, we are nudged into the routine of the non-summer months. As your Fall schedule starts to settle, please include the following on your calendar:

Save the Date: Our next general Coalition meeting is October 26 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Location details and agenda will be announced soon.

 

Our annual member survey will be sent out on September 15: Your feedback is key to knowing where the Coalition has been and where it should go, so please take the time to complete the 5-10 minute online survey.

 

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month: Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can increase your overall health and lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, some types of cancers, obesity, and high blood pressure. We are lucky to have many options throughout Milwaukee where fresh produce is readily available. Visit places like Pete’s Fruit Market, Cermak, Pick ‘N Save, and Piggly Wiggly to add color and variety to your diet.

1. Pro-Tips for Increasing your Fruit and Vegetable Intake:
a. Plan ahead: Readily available carrot sticks make for a quick and easy snack.
b. Don’t hide the fruits: A fruit bowl on the kitchen counter is a great visual reminder.
c. Start early: Adding fruits to your breakfast will help you meet your daily allowances.
d. Make it the easiest choice: Packaged, ready-to-eat fresh vegetables and fruits cut down on preparation time.
e. Be creative: Smoothies are a fun way to sneak those greens into your child’s diet.

2. Visiting your local farmer’s market is a fun family activity where you can get fresh, seasonal produce. By shopping at a farmer’s market, you are also supporting the local farm community. Take a look at the OnMilwaukee’s
2017 Farmer’s Market Guide.

Learn more about Sixteenth Street Community Health Center’s Healthy Choices program aimed at tackling childhood obesity through an emphasis on nutrition and active living. Through family education and community advocacy, Healthy Choices strives to improve the home and neighborhood environment for adults and children in Milwaukee’s Southside so they can enjoy a healthier life.

 

September is also National Yoga Month: Thousands of years old, yoga consists of a variety of postures to exercise the body, breath, and mind. For children, teens, adults, and seniors, yoga can help us relax, rejuvenate, strengthen, and increase flexibility. There are many yoga studios in Milwaukee. Core/El Centro offers classes in Spanish and MPS Recreation offers classes around town and at an affordable price. Registration is currently open for MPS Recreation Fall session classes beginning September 18th.

 

Stay involved and stay in touch on our Facebook page or by emailing mlhcoalition@gmail.com.

Warmly,

Caroline