It’s Your Community!

Part of the joy, I’m learning, living in a small community, are the many opportunities of standing in the gap for helping others.

It all started by connecting with Steve Russell, the Executive Director of The Saints’ Pantry this past February.  I had a wonderful conversation with him regarding the ability to bring quality nonperishable protein to help feed the hungry and homeless they serve through the ViSalus Community Challenge.  Steve was extremely grateful, as that’s one area they are limited in providing for complete nutrition for those they serve.

Steve shared the 30 year history of this organization and their mission.  What they are able to accomplish and reach even outside their walls is remarkable.

We need to let people know that we are here,
willing and able to help, with compassion and
without prejudice. All we need to know
is that they are hungry and we will feed them.

— Steve Russell, Director

  The Saints’ Pantry Food Bank214 S. 2nd Street, Shelton WA 98584Mailing address: P.O. Box 1064, Shelton WA 98584

Phone: 360-427-8847

Web:  www.saintspantry.org

Email:  webmaster@saintspantry.org

About The Saints’ Pantry
What we doSince 1981, The Saints’ Pantry Food Bank has been working to make sure that no one in the Shelton area goes hungry. Through a network of community partners, we collect, sort and store canned goods, fresh produce, and other household essentials so we can provide food to those who need it most.Food Distribution

Last year, The Saints’ Pantry provided 557,371 pounds of food to 13,471 families (and the 55,075 individuals in their households).

The Food Bank is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 12 noon. Because of the high unemploy-ment rate, demand is growing. Lines now reach around the corner and we sign up an average of 20 new families each week.

Nutrition Counseling

Food Sense Nutrition Program:   Dieticians from the WSU Extension Program prepare nutritious recipes with food available at The Saints’ Pantry. Samples and recipe cards in both English and Spanish are available to our clients.

Community Services Literature Rack

The Saints’ Pantry provides a literature rack at the Food Bank so our clients can learn about services available from local agencies including Mason County Literacy, Turning Pointe, and the Crime Victims Advocacy Network. WIC provides immunizations, health plans and dental care, and the Community Action Council provides housing, help with phone and electric bills, dental program, senior services, etc.

Community PartnersOur dedicated Volunteers sort and distribute food.Church Partners collect food from their congregations:

  • St. David’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Edward’s Catholic Church
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Calvary Fellowship
  • Shelton Presbyterian Church
  • Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Food Network Partners:

  • Northwest Harvest
  • Food Lifeline’s Grocery Rescue Program with area grocers including Walmart, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Healthy Benefits Market.

Local Organizations:

  • WSU Extension Program (Food Sense Nutrition)
  • School Food Drives
  • Empty Bowls event sponsored by the Shelton Arts Commission
  • U.S. Postal Service Food Drive
  • Curves for Women Food Drive
  • Edward Jones Food Drive
  • Mason County Public Hospital Food Drive
  • Food Bank Gardens sponsored by Master Gardeners
  • The Food Bank Garden at the Washington Corrections Center

We thank all our partners for caring
and for sharing to help
hungry families in our area!

The Saints’ Pantry is an approved recipient of ViSalus’s Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.  It’s packed with high quality protein and nutrients many families don’t have access to.   Individual’s can donate $24 to feed one child 60 meals (4-12 years old) or 30 adult meals (over 12 years of age).  ViSalus then matches that $24 contribution and sends it to a local approved community food bank/pantry.  For the Shelton Community, that charity is The Saints’ Pantry.

ViSalus Community Challenge

This video shares the nutrients (equivalent of foods)  in the Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix.

 Stay tuned for Part 2 of “It’s Your Community!”

One Meal ~ Making a Difference

I had the pleasure of attending the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for those who help our community feed the hungry and homeless.  It was a wonderful evening of praising God for His abundant blessings and recognizing those who have given so much of their time and resources to help ensure we take care of the poor.

We had this poem at each of our seats.  It has always touched my heart deeply, but reading it in the context of One More Meal, One More Life, One More Given Hope…it now became personal as I can see each face I have had the pleasure to serve, especially the children.

May you read this in a new light and be blessed.

One Meal Making a Difference

One Meal Making a Difference

Foods for a Healthier & More Powerful You!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!
Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!
Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!
Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!
Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!
Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!
Food for Better Health & a More Powerful YOU!

29 Ways to Better Fitness & a More POWERFUL YOU!

Some very helpful Fitness Tips:  Find 1-2 that you will focus on each week. Small baby steps will help you begin making lifestyle changes that will have a significant impact on your overall health…it’s NEVER too late!

How friendly are you with your scale?

Kids Say the Cutest Things….But So True!

The Shelton Challenge is about making small changes over a 90 day period with a GOAL in mind.  Possibly you’d like to lose some weight. Maybe increase your lean muscle (critical in our later years).  Could be cutting back on some unhealthy food choices….fast food, soda pop, etc.  Each step in one closer to the more POWERFUL YOU!

  1. Mix it up. Every little bit counts! Missed your daily workout? Don’t worry, you can still fit something in. Watch one of your favorite TV shows and do strength training moves during the commercial breaks: lunges, squats, crunches—mix it up. Giving yourself mini, achievable health goals can go a loooong way.
  2. Lift weights & your spirits. Studies show that even a little bit of exercise can affect the mood-controlling parts of your brain. Try a bicep curl by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Place your arms at your side and slowly bend your arm, bringing the weight up toward your face. Do 12 reps each and the next time you have a rough day remember to reach for a dumbbell instead of junk food.
  3. Change your scenery. Workouts getting a little boring? Trade the treadmill for some new terrain and explore a great path in your neighborhood. Tired of running? Go for a long hike or a swim. A new environment can breathe some fresh air into your routine.
  4. Be a team player. Join a recreational team at work or organize a day for you and your friends to play a game of kickball. Don’t worry about not being a great athlete—you burn calories whether you make contact with the ball or not.
  5. Leave the magazine on the coffee table. It might seem like a great way to keep yourself entertained during a workout, but if you can read captions in a gossip magazine, chances are you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. If you’re really into reading material, try downloading a podcast or listening to an audio book.
  6. Check your bags. Not your goals. Traveling these days will definitely get your heart rate up, but not in a good way. Take your gym clothes on your next trip and take advantage of hotel gyms and swimming pools. The equipment might not be state of the art, but there’s never a shortage of towels. Hotel with no gym? Try push-ups and lunges in your room.
  7. Make prime time your prime time. Instead of taking a seat on the sofa, find a spot on the floor and concentrate on strength training during the half-hour episode. Side crunches and leg lifts will help tone your core without blocking your view of the tube. At a commercial, take your heart rate up a notch with sets of jumping jacks, lunges and push-ups. You’ll stay caught up on your favorite shows and your fitness routine.
  8. Defy your desk job. More and more occupations require workers to sit in front of a computer for 6 or more hours. And that lack of movement can take a toll on your body. Make a point to move every hour, whether it’s to physically deliver a message or just to circle the office. It will break up the monotony of your workday, help you get to know your coworkers and restore some fitness to your 9-to-5.
  9. Take a class. Signing up for a spin or aerobics class at your local gym is obviously a great way to get into shape. But classes also come with more incentives to work out. The fact that you pay for it will push you to get your money’s worth and the energy from everyone in the room will help improve yours. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the steps at first—think of what a big step you’re making for yourself.
  10. Optimize your playlist. Music has an amazing power to pump us up and get us going. Rather than relying on shuffle to get you through a workout, organize your songs carefully. Put your favorite songs at the beginning, middle and toward the end of the time you’ll be working out to motivate you. Change it up every week by adding new songs or switching Mp3 players with a friend.
  11. Get your glutes in gear. Get on the floor on your hands and knees. Extend one leg and bend it to a 90-degree angle, raising it so that your toe points toward the ceiling. Bring the leg back down and repeat for 12 repetitions, then switch to the other leg. To maximize results, make sure you squeeze your glutes tight as you do it. Keep it up and pretty soon you’ll be working that backside into a smaller pair of jeans.
  12. Buddy up. Working out with a friend is a great way to stick with a fitness routine. Meet each other for a run in the morning or take an aerobics class after work. Just make sure you partner up with a pal you can count on to push you and help you reach your goals.
  13. Dress for success. Before you start any kind of exercise routine make sure that your body is well supported. This means comfortable shoes, a strong sports bra (or two), breathable fabrics, and even a cute little headband. The less you have to fuss with during your workout (i.e. tugging at your shorts, pushing hair out of your eyes) the more you can focus on achieving better results.
  14. Hop to it. Boxers aren’t born lean and mean. It takes dedication and a little help from an 8-foot piece of rope. Jumping rope provides such a great full body workout that an average sized woman (5’4”, 140 lbs.) can burn more than 100 calories in just 10 minutes. So, next time that gym membership starts to pinch your pennies, pick up a rope and start hopping.
  15. Be fear free. One of the main reasons people avoid the gym is they’re afraid of being judged by other people. The truth is, the majority of people at the gym are there to focus on their own bodies, not yours. The sooner you overcome that insecurity the sooner you can focus on your fitness performance.
  16. Every minute counts. Don’t eliminate your exercise for the day just because you have a full schedule. If you’re crunched for time, then crunch your routine. Simply decrease the frequency or duration to accommodate your workout. You’ll feel better knowing you did something rather than nothing.
  17. Feel the burn. As hard as it may be to believe, that achy feeling the day after a workout is actually a great sign. It means that your muscles are activated and responding to your activity. So, don’t mistake a little soreness as a cue to stop. Instead, use it as proof that your body is already changing.
  18. Exercise before you eat. Instead of heading to the kitchen when you get home from work, set aside a half hour to an hour to get your workout in. Not only will it help you let off steam from your job, but you’ll be less likely to overdo it with extra helpings and desserts at dinnertime.
  19. Get a good base. When you’re doing a standing exercise, make sure that your legs are a good width apart. Having a stronger balance will help you perform a move easier and help you get more results.
  20. Burn big calories. Work the big stuff STAT! You burn more calories when you work many large muscle groups simultaneously. The next time you hit the gym, try running, jumping rope, skipping, even jumping jacks!
  21. Use your weight. YOU are all you need! Your own body weight can provide a great workout and build strong, sexy muscles. Try sets of lunges, crunches, squats and push-ups to get yourself going when you can’t make it to the gym.
  22. Move it. Something is ALWAYS better than nothing. Missed your workout? Get in at least 10 minutes. Pop in a DVD and get in a quickie, turn up your favorite tunes and dance around, re-create something from your favorite exercise class, climb the stairs or take a quick trip around the block.
  23. Change it up. Get that metabolism going! Change up your workouts with a little high-intensity strength training. Increase the weight, reps and/or sets you lift (and decrease the amount you rest in between) and you’ll start to see some sculpted, lean muscles (and you’ll keep your metabolism humming post-workout!)
  24. Break it up. Hate doing abs? Break up the monotony by putting a set of abs in between each set of your weight-training routine. Since you never have a chance to sit still and cool off, you’ll keep your heart rate up and burn more calories and body fat. Hooray!
  25. Give me 10. Ten minutes are better than ZERO. Can’t stand the idea of working out? We all have those low energy days. When you’re feeling ho-hum, head to the gym or workout anyway and promise yourself you can quit after 10 minutes.
  26. Go for the burn. Squat your way to a better you! The squat is one of the best lower-body exercises to hit your glutes, hamstrings and quads. Try using a stability ball the next time you’re at the gym for an extra burn. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and put the stability ball between your lower back and the wall. Bend your knees 90 degrees—making sure your knees don’t go past your toes. Put your hands on your hips or hold hand weights if you really want to work.
  27. Use weights. Pick up those weights! Muscle burns fat, so the better your weight training sessions are, the less cardio you’ll actually have to do.
  28. Step it up. Wanna burn about 15 calories a minute? Jump on the stair climber (the machine that looks like an escalator) the next time you’re at the gym. It’ll help you blast the biggest muscles in your body: booty, hips, thighs and calves. Just make sure you stand up straight (no leaning, ladies) and use the handlebars for balance only (NOT to support your body weight).
  29. Skip the gym. Yep, you heard that right. It’s good to give yourself a change of pace…shock those muscles and make the most out of your workouts. Head to a hill with a friend and take turns running up (and down) it—see who’s “king of the hill”. Take a dance class. Play tennis. Play tag. Find a workout that re-energizes you and gets you excited about exercising again.
It's Not About Giant Steps...Many Little Steps!

It’s Not About Giant Steps…Many Little Steps!

Goldsborough Creek Run Walk Jog Saturday June 2, 2012 Benefiting Mason General Hospital Foundation

Goldsborough Creek Run Walk Jog Saturday June 2, 2012

Goldsborough Creek Run Walk Jog Saturday June 2, 2012 Benefiting Mason General Hospital Foundation
Goldsborough Creek Run ♦ Walk Jog ♦ Saturday June 2, 2012 Benefiting Mason General Hospital Foundation

 

 

The Shelton Challenge encourages everyone, young to old, to participate in this year’s Goldsborough Creek’s Run ♦ Walk ♦ Jog this coming Saturday, June 2, 2012.

Geared to meet everyone’s fitness level. A great way for the entire family to participate.

Goldsborough Creek Run course begins on the Shelton Valley Loop Road. The 7-mile stretch takes the loop around the valley, with the 2-mile start line leaving the valley and progressing down Railroad Avenue.  All participants will have completed their race on Railroad Avenue prior to the start of the Mason County Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Parade.

A fabulous way to get out and MOVE while supporting the Mason General Hospital Foundation.

Scroll Down for Ways to Get Registered…..Can’t Wait to See Y’All @ the Finish Line!

Three Ways To Register

  1. On-line registration powered by Active.com.  Requires use of credit card; a processing fee will also apply. Click here.
  2. Print the form below and mail with fee.
  3. Pick up a form from one of our sponsoring locations and mail with fee.  Locations:
    1. Mason General Hospital Foundation office (behind McDonald’s in Shelton)
    2. Anytime Fitness in Shelton
    3. Athletic Club in Shelton
    4. South Sound Running in Olympia and Tacoma

A reduced Early Registration fee of $20 applies if registering before May 14, 2011.
All orders for optional shirt must be completed by May 14, 2011.

THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS: THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER

THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS: THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER

by The Weight of the Nation on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 9:28am ·
The Weight of the Nation an HBO Documentary

The Weight of the Nation an HBO Documentary

FIRST IN A THREE-PART SERIES FOR FAMILIES,DEBUTS MAY 16, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

According to a survey published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2009, roughly 94% of schools served a lunch that failed to meet federal standards for healthy school meals, and 80% of the lunches served in those schools exceeded federal recommendations for total fat and saturated fat. Armed with these startling facts, a group of New Orleans kids – who dubbed themselves the Rethinkers – set out to make a difference in their community during the post-Katrina rebuilding period.  THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER shows how they transformed their school lunch menu when it debuts WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (7:00-7:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Other HBO playdates:  May 19 (2:15 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT), 21 (3:15 p.m.), 24 (9:00 a.m.), 27 (11:00 a.m.) and 30 (2:35 p.m.) HBO2 playdates:  May 25 (6:00 a.m.) and 29 (noon) THE GREAT CAFETERIA TAKEOVER is the first film in the three-part series THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS, which is a companion to the four-part, multi-platform documentary series THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, spotlighting the facts and myths about America’s obesity epidemic.  THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.  All three films in THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION FOR KIDS will air during back-to-school season this fall. In their campaign to change school lunch menus, the Rethinkers surveyed students at schools in their community and issued annual report cards to attract media coverage and capture the attention of decision-makers. The Rethinkers met with school officials and corporate executives from Aramark, one of the nation’s largest food service providers, to get them thinking about the quality of school meals and how they could be improved. Using the report cards and survey results, the kids negotiated with Aramark to provide healthier food choices. When a general agreement to provide more local, healthy food did not result in change, the kids held the school officials’ and the company’s feet to the fire and finally arrived at a specific agreement to serve fresh, locally produced food at least two times a week. Among the young people featured in the film are:

Lucy Tucker – A passionate student who is dedicated to presenting adult decision-makers with student survey data that they can use to provide healthier food options.

Victoria Carter – A student who cares deeply about the goals of the Rethinkers and wants adults to listen and act.

Ron Triggs – A younger student who is pleased to deliver the results of the report card at a Rethinkers’ press conference highlighting each school’s “grade.”

“Thirty-three percent of people within the State of Louisiana are obese,” says Johanna Gilligan, an adult advisor to the Rethinkers. “People are finally realizing that they have no idea where their food has come from, they have no idea what’s happened to it before it got to them.” “We, as Rethinkers, know that adults will listen to us if we have great ideas and solutions, instead of just complaining,” says Carter. “We are very excited about our new agreement,” adds Rethinker Jada Cooper. “We hope as the years go on, school food will continue to improve, and that every child in New Orleans will have a healthy school lunch with fresh local food, school gardens and food education.”

Three years in the making, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION offers an unflinching look at the severity of the obesity crisis, highlighting the groundwork for the societal transformations that must take place in order to slow, arrest and eventually reverse the prevalence of obesity and bring the nation to a healthier weight. It is one of the most far-reaching public health campaigns on this epidemic to date. The multi-part, multi-platform series comprises four documentary films, a three-part series for families, 12 bonus shorts, a robust website and social media campaign, a book published by St. Martin’s Press and the free distribution of DVDs and comprehensive discussion guides to more than 40,000 community-based organizations working to fight obesity around the country. To reach the broadest possible audience, HBO will use all of its services, including the main HBO channel, multiplex channels, HBO On Demand, HBO GO and more. All films will be available in English and Spanish, and will also stream free of charge on HBO.com, as well as on multiple platforms by participating TV service providers. For more information on THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION and the screening kits, please visit hbo.com/theweightofthenation.

 

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Twitter profile and hashtag: twitter.com/weightofthentn #weightofthenation

Promotional content: youtube.com/hbodocs