Pelham - Windham News 12 - July 16, 2010
submitted by Dr. Holly Ruocco, Chiropractic First Center For Family Health and Wellness
Eat Local: Does Your Food Travel More than You Do? texture, and aroma of the produce.
When we shop at the grocery store today, we don’t bat an eye at the sight of strawberries in the winter or perfect tomatoes from Holland. In the space of a
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generation, we’ve become accustomed to eating food that’s never grown roots in local soil. In fact, most produce grown in the United States travels an average of 1,500 miles before it gets sold. Trucking, shipping, and flying in food from around the country and the globe takes a toll on the environment and on public health. Take grapes, for example. Every year, nearly 270 million pounds
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of grapes arrive in California, most of them shipped from Chile to the Port of Los Angeles. Their 5,900-mile journey in cargo ships and trucks releases 7,000 tons of global warming pollution each year, and enough air pollution to cause dozens of asthma attacks and hundreds of missed school days in California. The way we eat has an enormous impact on the health of the planet. By choosing to eat lower on the food chain and focusing on local and organic produce, we can curb global warming and air pollution, avoid toxic pesticides, support local farmers, and enjoy fresh, tasty food (www.nrdc.org/health/
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• Often, market prices are lower than at grocery stores.
• Our existing system of food transportation and distribution requires enormous amounts of energy and resources. Before reaching your table, the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 miles! In fact, only about 10 percent of the fossil fuel energy used in the world’s food system is used for production. The other 90 percent goes into packaging, transportation, and marketing of the food. All this inefficiency creates many environmental problems.
• Shopping at the Farmers Market benefits the local farmer and strengthens your local community.
• Since the produce is picked at the peak of the season, nutrients and phytochemicals will be more abundant. Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine.” There are many health benefits of eating fresh produce. Don’t get bogged down trying to include all of the different nutrients—just eat a rainbow of color! Farmers Market Fun • Try a new fruit or vegetable, or prepare your produce in a new way. • Ask the vendor his favorite way to prepare a particular type of produce. Many have recipes to share. • Check if there are any special events being planned at the Farmers Market. Many have cooking demonstrations, tastings, and fun activities for the kids. • Give your children each $2. Let them explore the world of produce and make a new selection. There is a much greater chance your child will try this new food since it belongs to them. (A mother commented, “When my daughter was three years old, she loved the color purple and selected a purple turnip. To this day, she still
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enjoys eating raw purple turnips with ranch dip!”) (www.sparkpeople. com/resource/nutrition_articles. asp?id=478). The Salem community will soon be
enjoying the benefits of their very own farmers market, providing families in southern New Hampshire an opportunity to purchase fresh produce, eggs, and cheese and herbs. Starting Wednesday, July 21, there will be a farmers market every Wednesday afternoon from 3-7 p .m. at Hedgehog Park, Lowell Road, Route 38. In the fall, it will move to Saturday mornings. All proceeds benefit the Salem Recreation Department. For more information or farms interested in participating can contact Jane Lang, Market Manager at salemfarmersmarket @comcast.net
. Salem Farmers Market At Hedgehog Park, Lowell Road, Route 38, Wednesdays, July 21 to September 1, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturdays, September 11 to October 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Holly Ruocco, owner of
Chiropractic First, PLLC graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1995. She is a member of, ICA, ICPA, NH Straight Chiropractic Society, NVIC, and Chirokeepers. Dr. Holly is a recipient of the BBG Chiropractic Excellence Award and the Chiropractic Humanitarian Award.
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“Can I keep Sam, my beloved basset hound?” “I loved going out to eat with my wife, how will we manage that now?” “I love shopping, but now how can I go to the mall?” “I used to love to ride bicycles with my family, how can I continue with that?” Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS/Ls) are licensed therapists who are there to answer these questions—and many more! These therapists have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreational Therapy, or Recreation, with a focus on Therapeutic Recreation, completion of an internship under the direction of a CTRS, and passing a national certification exam. But what does that mean to a patient in a rehab hospital? It means that there are people who are trained to help you return to the leisure activities that you previously enjoyed, or to help you find new, appropriate ones. The CTRS/Ls at Northeast Rehab are a part of the rehab team and work along with the physicians, nurses, and other therapists to help patients regain the healthy, active life they enjoyed before. These therapists may work with other members of the therapy team, or independently with the patients. CTRS/Ls may take patients on “outtrips” to the local mall, restaurants, or a bowling alley to help patients regain the skills and confidence necessary to engage in their recreational activities once they are home again. Patients who have deficits in certain areas may be encouraged to try a new activity that will help strengthen those areas. For example, a patient who is experiencing loss of function in one arm or hand may be encouraged to take up a woodworking or painting project that will help them use that arm/hand in a purposeful way. CTRS/Ls also work alongside with
physical, occupational, and speech therapists to increase the positive benefits of those therapies. Patients may find themselves working with their physical therapist on balance, and the CTRS/L will enhance that session by incorporating balance games on the Nintendo Wii/WiiFit that would provide many benefits to the patient—and add more enjoyment to the session as well. Patients who enjoyed sporting
activities may attend an Adaptive Recreation Clinic with Northeast Passage, a group that provides adaptive recreational equipment and training in adaptive recreational activities. Whether patients enjoyed golfing, tennis, cycling, kayaking, or even just a trip to the gym, Northeast Passage will work with these patients to adapt these activities to meet their current level of function (www. northeastpassage.org
At Northeast Rehab, we also realize that many patients have pets that are an important part of their life. The Animal Facilitated Therapy Program is run by a specialist who works in the Therapeutic Recreation Department, and helps patients learn to adapt their pet care needs so that they are able to care for their pets. The AFT specialist will also work with the physical, occupational, and speech therapists to enhance their effectiveness. For example, a patient may have a speech therapy session that involves one of our specially trained dogs. The patients will have to identify objects in certain locations in the room (cognition) and direct the dog to retrieve the object (communication). July 11-17 is National Therapeutic Recreational Therapist Appreciation Week. Join Northeast Rehab in celebrating these talented individuals who help people regain their function and enjoy their leisurely pursuits.
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