Healthy Concepts

Buying in bulk saves food shoppers money, but not everyone wants to buy a 50-pound bag of flour. That’s where The Bulk-Priced Food Shoppe in Greenville can help.

Brenda Hungerford, owner of The Bulk-Priced Food Shoppe, opened her doors at W6482 Greenville Drive 6 years ago on
July 1, 2004, after being a stay-at-home mom for 8 years. Having fallen in love with the concept of Amish food stores, and with no local grocery store between Appleton and Hortonville, she thought Greenville would be the perfect place for a bulk food store.

The concept of the store is "We buy in bulk, so you don’t have to." Stocking more than 3,000 items now in her newly remodeled 3,100-sq.-ft. store, products are purchased in bulk, broken down and repackaged into bags and recyclable containers, and the "bulk price" is passed on to the consumer — it’s like getting the freshest food at the very best price. However, any items in the store can be purchased in larger quantities, saving the consumer even more money.

While carrying many staples, the store strives to carry unique items that are hard to find anywhere else. Many customers now stop into this store first looking for the hard-to-find ingredients they’ve seen in recipes, such as the recently published "Ultimate Smoothie" recipe from Dr. Oz, which includes psyllium husk, chia seeds, whey powder, wheat germ and ground flax meal.

The store carries flours/grains, nuts, spices, candies, rice/pastas, unique snacks, baking mixes, soups, Rich’s frozen products, Lamers Dairy products and more. They also carry an extensive line of gluten-free, sugar-free and organic products. The store is known for its fresh ground nut butters including, organic, natural, no salt, honey, chocolate, almond, and cashew butters.

Many people refer to The Bulk-Priced Food Shoppe as the "sprinkle" or "candy store," because it carries more than 140 kinds of sprinkles and more than 300 different kinds of candies, including old-fashioned candies. More people are coming to the store with a gift in mind, taking advantage of the gift baskets, boxes, and bags that are offered. The store also carries private label snacks and candies for corporate and private gift giving.

While many local customers visit several days a week, the store is a "destination spot" on Saturdays. Customers have made the comment that going to the bulk food store is an "experience" and worth the trip. The staff is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the products — it’s the kind of service not found in a regular grocery store!

Museums have a passion for preserving what they collect. Think of your favorite museum and images come to mind of precious artifacts and beautiful works of art. There is no doubt that along with these images come emotional feelings linked to nostalgic memories and pleasant ponderings on how things came to be. You may feel compelled to share your thoughts with family and friends, educating them on why you feel the way you do.

At the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc, WI we have a passion for the important role visual arts play in education. We see a valuable link between this museum, families in our community, and schools. The National Art Education Association urges everyone to come together around a shared belief in the power of art in developing human potential. Visual arts are important in schools because they tend to develop the intelligence, as well as the overall personality of students. In fact, studies show that students who are exposed to visual arts tend to display above average intelligence when it comes to mathematics and science. Perhaps conversations inspired by a visit to the art museum exercises our most valuable muscle…the brain.

Using the Rahr-West collection to infuse art lessons, we see a richer experience for students, one they will carry with them for a life time. Imagine the impact of finally getting to see something real, seeing all the nuances of that reality and discovering the small details a book can never deliver. Many works of art deliver commentary on historic events and encourage thoughtful discussion among visitors.

This summer’s Buffalo Bill poster exhibition is a perfect window into the history of America’s Wild West. See the thrilling life of William F. Cody and his Wild West Show come alive through posters designed to propel him and his show to fortune and worldwide fame. These works symbolize the American frontier itself and will lead you to rich conversations with children of all ages on the history of our country. We have artists to thank for starting these discussions. They immortalized Cody’s historic actions into art. You will burst with commentary when you see what graces the walls of the Rahr-West Art Museum this summer.

Want a great way to end your summer? Come to our annual Sputnikfest celebration! This festival celebrates a little known historical event that happened in Manitowoc on September 6th, 1962 - right in front of the Rahr-West Art Museum. A glowing chunk of space debris from Sputnik IV slammed into the center of North 8th Street creating a 3" deep hole! On September 10th and 11th of this year we are going to celebrate this historic Space Age event! Tons of topics dealing with the Space Age and aluminum foil fashion sense will be open for educational discussions with your family. Get out, come down and exercise your brain. You’ll be glad you did.

"Amazing," "life-changing," "gratifying" and "refreshing" are a few of the adjectives participants use to describe the National Wellness Conference, a week-long event for health and wellness professionals held each summer at UW-Stevens Point.

"I live for it every year," says Tabatha Elsberry, a health professional from Montana who’s been attending since 2002. "I go for professional growth and renewal as well as personal growth. There’s a huge variety of offerings to meet everyone’s needs and you’re always going to find someone who does what you do, or in your field. It’s like summer camp for adults."

Carlin Daley, assistant director of wellness initiatives at the University of Southern California, will attend her third conference this year.

"I knew I had to go back after I went the first time," she says. "I would highly recommend it. It’s so great for your own personal restoration and it gives you the opportunity to talk with and meet other like-minded people. I feel renewed when I go and then I leave with all these great ideas to explore. You just learn so much and it’s a really neat network that you’re able to form."

2010 marks the 35th anniversary of the conference presented by the National Wellness Institute, an organization formed in 1977 to realize the mission of providing health promotion and wellness professionals a variety of resources and services to fuel professional growth. The conference, this year held July 17-22, is a "wellness immersion" experience, built on the premise that professional development and personal growth are interdependent and should be enhanced equally. The theme — "Wellness Solutions that Work NOW: Best Outcomes Through Innovation, Caring and Collaboration" — encourages health and wellness professionals to share their positive outcomes, tricks of the trade and implementable ideas that get results at a time when budgets are shrinking.

What distinguishes this conference from other wellness conferences is that it targets professionals in all six dimensions of wellness — physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and occupational wellness. It’s based on an interdependent model developed by Bill Hettler, M.D., a co-founder of the National Wellness Institute.

"It’s different in that we’re not only learning about wellness but we’re also experiencing wellness," says Betsy Barrett, Ph.D., education coordinator for the National Wellness Institute. "It’s a holistic view of wellness that not only lets us help others enhance their wellness, but also ourselves."

Prior to the main conference, pre-conference certificate programs are held. These highly selective, professional skill-building certificate trainings provide attendees an intensive learning environment to fuel professional growth and development in the areas of cancer survivorship, eating disorders, motivational interviewing, team awareness training, Tai Chi, wellness, stress management and much more.

A series of day-long pre-conference intensive programs presented by leading experts in the wellness field will also be held. Subjects explored include Qigong, full dimensional living, women’s wellness and how to create a wellness business, for example.

Then, an all-star group of keynote speakers will speak starting July 19 with Rovenia Brock, Ph.D., also known as "Dr. Ro," an award-winning health journalist and TV personality known for her easy-to-apply diet, fitness and health tips for women and families. The leading nutrition coach for more than two decades was recently named by More magazine as one of America’s top 5 nutritionists.

Martin Collis, Ph.D., one of the first four Canadians to be designated a "Pioneer of Wellness," will speak July 20 on "Healing, Humor and High Level Wellness." Collis co-developed the PAR-Q screening tool and his recent publication "Walking, Weight and Wellness" highlights the benefits of pedometer use.

Named in 2006 as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, keynote Richard Davidson, Ph.D., will present "Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind: Meditation and Neuroplasticity" on July 21. Davidson, a William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, is director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Each day of the conference is chock-full of things to do beginning as early as 6 a.m. with wellness activities including yoga, trail walks, Qigong and more. Breakout sessions, activities and exhibits occur daily as well.

"Each evening there’s a chance to build the community, what we would call networking" Barrett says. "That’s truly where some lifelong friendships are made. In fact, we’ve had people reconnect every year for 20+ years."

Activities planned for this year include a ‘70s themed dance, a 5K run/walk, a slideshow celebration and talent show.

Conference attendees can stay in nearby hotels or in residence halls on the university campus, which lends to the "summer camp" atmosphere.

Elsberry said that for many years she was the only person from Montana who attended, but as the subject of wellness becomes more recognized there are several from her state who can be counted among the more than 1,000 attendees expected.

"It’s nice to be able to be so completely comfortable in your own skin and then be around other people who really ‘get’ you," she says. "We’ve all said when you hit the ground in Stevens Point you feel like you’re ‘home’ for the week. Finally, you’re around all like-minded people. It’s a great feeling."

It is becoming increasingly clear that a host of illnesses — including heart disease, many cancers and Alzheimer’s disease — are influenced in large part by chronic inflammation. This is a process in which the immune system becomes off balance, and persists unnecessarily in its efforts to repair the body and repel pathogens. The prolonged process results in damage to healthy tissue as well. Stress, lack of exercise, genetic pre-disposition and other lifestyle factors can all promote inflammation, but poor diet is perhaps the main contributor, and the ideal place to begin addressing inflammation.

An anti-inflammatory diet is not a "diet" in the popular sense. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on scientific knowledge of how they can help your body remain optimally healthy. Along with influencing inflammation, an anti-inflammatory diet can provide steady energy, ample vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and dietary fiber. An anti-inflammatory diet completely eliminates processed foods (anything in a bag, box, jar or can) and emphasizes whole food nutrition with actual vegetables, fruits, healthy oils, meats and starches.

Processed foods have less nutritional value, are often depleted of normal nutrient levels, enzymes, phytonutrients and fiber. Processing itself eliminates the nutrition through heating & bleaching, thus allowing for the food items to remain on the shelves longer. This creates more profit for the producer and allows for mass food production. Unfortunately, our nutrition is sacrificed when items are processed. Remember, health is a choice. Start out the summer right by introducing your family to an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

Jolene M. Garvey Pintar D.C. is the owner of Garvey Chiropractic L.L.C., a chiropractic wellness center in Green Bay. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay & the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. She is certified in the state of Wisconsin as a chiropractor and for nutritional counseling. Further questions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://www.naturalchiropracticgreenbay.com for more information.

Plant a garden!

Plant a garden this year and make it a family affair. You can separate out the chores to each family member, save money on your grocery bill, eat more nutritiously and spend quality family time together! A helpful resource for any gardening questions or needs is the UW-Extension office locations.

Brown County UW-Extension Office: 1150 Bellevue Street, Green Bay (920) 391-4610 

Outagamie County UW-Extension Office: 3365 W. Brewster Street, Appleton (920) 832-5121

Jane suffers from chronic back pain and headaches as a result of a car accident several years ago. She’s seen a number of medical professionals, therapists and chiropractors to treat the problem, but has met with minimal success.

About two months ago she began seeing Dr. Andrea Armstrong of Armstrong Chiropractic. The Appleton clinic offers non-surgical and non-invasive chiropractic techniques to help patients recover from a variety of issues.

"We consider diagnosing and treating the cause of a patient’s pain our top priority," says Dr. Armstrong. "We use a conservative hands-on approach and state-of-the-art physiotherapy modalities to relieve or eliminate pain."

"I’ve been to many chiropractors in the past but never received the personal attention that I got with Dr. Armstrong," Jane says. "It seemed that other chiropractors I’ve seen just want to get people in and out. But right away I noticed Dr. Armstrong really listened to me and I could tell she cared about my experience there."

During Jane’s first appointment, Dr. Armstrong conducted a full health review. She asked about her concerns, where she was experiencing pain and manually adjusted her back. "It felt amazing," Jane says. Dr. Armstrong also opted to treat Jane with Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) which mimics the body’s nervous system by sending safe, low frequency electrical pulses to the affected area, causing the muscle to contract and increase temperature and blood circulation.

"By using and encouraging the body’s natural healing mechanisms, EMS can drastically reduce the dependence on medications and unnecessary surgeries while resolving the symptoms of underlying causes faster," Dr. Armstrong says.

Dr. Armstrong suggested Jane be seen twice a week for two weeks and then move down to once a week based on her progress in coalition with massage therapy from Gretchen De Dee, who also works at the clinic. "I didn’t feel like she was just rubbing the muscle, but actually digging deep into the problem that was causing me pain and that made all the difference," Jane says of De Dee. "She makes you very comfortable and really seems to know where the pain is.

Dr. Armstrong also used the Kinesio taping method on Jane. The elastic tape is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused and tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24-hour per day basis.

The adjustments, massages and taping worked well for Jane. Dr. Armstrong concluded that Jane can get maintenance adjustments to be sure she stays where she needs to be to live pain free.

"I’ll continue to utilize therapies from both Dr. Armstrong and Gretchen as I seem to feel healthier in general and, most importantly, pain free," Jane says.

Ingredients:

2 c. strawberries

4 6-oz. red snapper fillets, with skin

1/4 c. red onion, chopped

1 T. olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. lime zest

1 T. lime juice

1 jalapeno pepper, minced

1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced

Instructions:

In a bowl, combine jalapeno, strawberries (finely chopped), red onions, cilantro, lime juice, and avocado and toss gently.

Heat grill. Brush both sides of fish with olive oil. Sprinkle fish with lime zest. Grill fish, skin side down, without turning until cooked through; about 8-10 minutes. Transfer fish, skin side up, and remove skin carefully. Serve with strawberry salsa on top and a side salad (optional)! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy | Portion: 4 Servings

Calories 318

Total Fat 14g

Saturated Fat 2g

Cholesterol 63mg

Sodium 116mg

Total Carbohydrates 11g

Dietary Fiber 4g

Protein 37g 

The economy has hit people pretty hard! Many have been laid off, had their hours cut or the business they worked for went out of business. A job where you could stay home sounds really appealing. Be aware, however, as there are a lot of scammers out there who will take advantage of you.

Some of the more common scams are:

Envelope stuffing

When you respond to an envelope stuffing ad, you are required to pay $39 or $45 for a kit that includes fake business opportunity ads to place in your local shopping newspaper. Anyone responding to your ad is to send $7 to $10 for the information. These are not real opportunities and you are now defrauding others. This is not "stuffing" the envelopes but emptying envelopes from folks you are scamming.

Secret shopping

While there are legitimate secret shopper jobs, they are run through the corporate headquarters of chain stores or through legitimate employment agencies. The ads that you see on the Internet or get in the mail will ultimately ask you to forward a large sum of money via MoneyGram or Western Union. The check they send you to cover the transfer will be counterfeit and you are out the funds. The bank may actually cash the check, as the fakes look legitimate and the bank is required to release the funds within 5 days even if the transaction has not cleared. Never forward money for people you do not know!

Jobs that ask you to forward merchandise or money

Such jobs may make you part of a theft ring. Some overseas scammers will have merchandise sent to your home and give you some reason why they need you to forward it. The merchandise is stolen and you have now helped them. This merchandise can be almost anything, including gift cards. The scammers use you make the paper-trail back to them more difficult for law enforcement, thus making you the scapegoat.

Work at home jobs do exist, but most often they come out of a previous work experience where you have already proven your work ethic and dependability. The company may then allow you to work on a computer from home. Be very suspicious if someone you have never worked for before assumes you are a trustworthy employee and offers you this kind of an opportunity!

Jo Ellen Wollangk is vice president, northeast regional manager of Wisconsin BBB, 1047 N. Lynndale Dr., Suite 1A, Appleton. For more information call 920-734-4352 or visit http://www.wisconsin.bbb.org.

Cell phones. Computers. iPods. Microwaves. Today’s technologies bombard us constantly with waves of radiation and electromagnetic waves, negatively affecting the electromagnetic field of our bodies. One of the most effective minerals in absorbing these negative waves, grounding us and protecting us from these technological stressful effects, is fluorite.

Fluorite is a beautifully transparent mineral occurring in a rainbow of brilliant colors: purple, green, blue, yellow, pink, brown, orange, black, colorless and multi-colored. The coloring can be either a very deep hue of the color, a pastel version or banded with a variety of colors.

There is distinctive iridescence to the mineral and a glassy sheen adding both to the attraction of this mineral and its uses. Hence these features allow fluorite to be used in the manufacturing of high-end telescope and camera lenses, opalescent glass and ceramics. The phenomenon of fluorescence (which involves the electronic energy levels to be elevated by ultra-violet light and then returning back producing light) gets its name from fluorite. And in the manufacturing process of steel fluorite is used as flux to remove impurities. These properties help explain the many uses of fluorite.

Besides the general grounding properties that fluorite offers it is excellent to aid us in increasing our concentration and mental clarity. The "life force" to the brain increases, while balancing the hemispheres of the brain when exposed to the vibration of fluorite. It’s a great aid in the analytical process.

Other properties include:

Balances group dynamics by stabilizing the environment

Aids in meditation and focus

Highly protective, especially on a psychic level

Helps access psychic information opening the third eye

Cleanses the chakras & aura

Helps in the healing process

Protection from disease

Negates disorganization

Counters depression

Improves physical & mental coordination

Is it any wonder that with these properties fluorite helps us battle modern life’s technologies? So wear it. Or display it by your computer. Fluorite adds to the aesthetics of your surroundings and helps balance the energies in your environment.

Jesse Martinez and Jane Hamilton own Mystical Earth Gallery, 907 Oregon St., Oshkosh. For more information visit http://www.mysticalearthgallery.com or call 920-231-0907.

What is financial success? Some would say it means being out of debt and having enough money in the bank to live off the interest. Others might say it’s not worrying about having enough money to cover the bills. Still others would point to the American dream of owning a home, two new cars in the driveway, a cottage up north and lots of money to fall back on in time of need. Everyone has a little different perspective on the meaning of financial success.

As you craft your definition of financial success, keep in mind the words of George Horace Loemier, "It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to make sure you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy."

Oftentimes in the pursuit of piling up money we forget what really matters in life. Perhaps the very best place to start thinking about money goals and financial success is to ask the question; what really matters? What’s important to you? What are you hoping to accomplish? What are the things in your life that money can’t buy? I would maintain that true riches are built by focusing on what really matters in life. Once you have a clear understanding about what really matters, you’ll have a great foundation to move forward developing a good sound money management plan to help you on "your path to healthy living."

In the coming months we’ll be taking a look at the power of money, how to get going with systematic savings, the joy of owning a home, proper use of credit cards, best ways to plan for retirement, and more.

We’ll also spend some time discussing the dreaded "B" word: budgeting. But don’t worry; I’ll give you some ideas about budgeting that won’t make you feel like you’re buying a straight jacket.

Most important to me is that this column is helpful for you and your family. If you have any suggestions for financial matters that you’d like to see covered, please write to: Nature’s Pathways Attn: Let’s Talk Finances P.O. Box 2735 Appleton, WI 54912. I’ll make every effort to cover the things that are important to you.

Charles Schmalz is president of East Wisconsin Savings Bank, with locations throughout the Fox Valley. For more information, visit http://www.eastwis.com.

The trend of hooping is sweeping the Fox Valley and the entire globe. But this is not your traditional hooping around the waist. The hoopla now is about enjoying music, moving your body and having a visually stunning hoop to use around your waist, thighs, knees, neck, chest, shoulders, arms, elbows and legs. It’s about laughing, smiling and having a great time. It’s so much fun you won’t want to stop and because you’re moving your body, you’re burning calories, and lots of them — anywhere from 400-600 per hour, which is right up there with swimming and running.

Hooping is the hot, new, sneaky way to get in shape. It’s sneaky because time seems to stop while you are hooping and before you know it 10-15 minutes, 25-30 minutes, or even 1-2 hours have passed. The whole time laughing, having fun, burning calories and sculpting your body. Hooping is all about wellness and hooping in both directions around all parts of the body.

Who’s hooping? Everyone! Celebrities like Beyonce, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marissa Tomei are using hoops to sculpt their bodies. People that hoop on a regular basis see their whole body transformed.

How do you get hooping and why use professional hoops? Well, success is in the hoops! Using professional, adult-sized hoops guarantees success. A hoop, when standing on the ground, should come up to your belly button. If it is shorter than that, it’s probably too small. If you couldn’t hoop as child, you can as an adult. Believe it or not, there is a science behind professional hoops and everyone can hoop. Most people think they can’t hoop because they are using a small hoop. If you take a child/small hoop, cut it in half, gave it back to a child, they can’t hoop either. It is all physics.

Professional hoops weigh more because of the materials they are constructed of. They are professionally hand crafted and are heavier than the old Wham-O hula hoops. They come in different sizes for adults and children. Make sure you are not using a hoop that weighs more than 2 pounds. There are many myths that heavier is better and that is not backed by any scientific research. In fact, weighted hoops are more likely to cause injury to the back, organs and shoulders and other joints of the body. It is documented that the lighter the hoop, the more cardio the workout. It is about size, not weight, when purchasing and using a hoop for fun, wellness or fitness.

Stephanie Lynn Hall, MS, CSCS, is the president and founder of Hooptastic Hoop-Fit, Body Integration & Co-Owner of Fox Valley School of Massage. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine: Performance Enhancement Specialist & Certified Personal Trainer, National Strength and Conditioning Association: Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist & Certified Personal Trainer. Pilates Method Alliance-Gold Certified Pilates Instructor & is also a Certified Yoga Instructor with the Yoga Alliance.

For more information please visit: http://www.Hooptastic.com

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