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5 Ways to Make Backyard BBQs Healthier This Summer

5 Ways to Make Backyard BBQs Healthier This Summer

America is a country that loves to barbecue. In fact, according to the National Barbecue Association, the country can trace its barbecue roots at least as far back as George Washington, who documented hosting barbecue events in 1773. Since then, people across the nation have barbecued on a regular basis, most often during the summer months, especially around Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. For those looking to make this tradition a little healthier, there are plenty of options.

“Many people are looking for ways to eat healthier today,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, the founder of CBS Foods and The Original Shrimp Burger. “The good news is that there are so many great ways to make healthier choices that you won’t be compromising. Small changes can pay off big.”

Here are 5 ways to help make a backyard barbecue healthier, this summer:

It’s ‘Match Point’ For Tennis Club at Local Retirement Community

It’s ‘Match Point’ For Tennis Club at Local Retirement Community

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Boost Your Resilience: What is Your Thinking Style?

How we respond to situations might be called our thinking style. It is similar to the lens we look through to view the world. We each have our own lens to look through, and we therefore have different styles which color the way we interpret events. People look through their own lens and interpretations can vary greatly. In fact, research has shown that how we analyze the events in our lives has a great effect on our resilience. So what can we do to boost our resilience?

Drs. Revich and Shatte, authors of “The Resilience Factor,write that it is  “your thinking style that causes you to respond emotionally to events, so it’s your thinking style that determines your level of resilience – your ability to overcome, steer through, and bounce back when adversity strikes”.

Here are three ways the authors suggest to use your resilience:

1. Overcome: Take responsibility for creating what you want by putting behind you what isn’t working.

Fresh Healthy Vending Takes Aim at the Nation's Looming Obesity Crisis

Fresh Healthy Vending Takes Aim at the Nation's Looming Obesity Crisis


Fresh Healthy Vending Takes Aim at the Nation's Looming Obesity Crisis

By the year 2030, 40 percent of Americans will be obese

Vending machines have traditionally been notoriously known as a "junk food haven."  For decades they have overflowed school campuses, business offices and shopping malls, giving customers convenient access to unhealthy foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a dramatic increase in obesity rates over the last 20 years, for both adults and children. In fact, they report that one-third of the nation’s adults are considered obese, and 17 percent of children are as well. This has lead to a lot of parents to re-think things like snacking.  

Greenspring Residents Honored for Their Dedication During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Greenspring Residents Honored for Their Dedication During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Greenspring retirement community has planned several activities for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May including a yoga alignment clinic and a nature walk near Accotink Creek, which runs adjacent to Greenspring’s campus.  Greenspring residents are known stewards of campaigns promoting a healthier lifestyle, as is evident through their partnership with the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life® campaign.  Greenspring held the first ever Go4Life® campaign event at the campus in Springfield in November 2011. 

The Impact of Resilience

Regardless of your how well you are doing at work, how your personal and professional relationships are going, and how much money you have, everyone benefits by increasing their resilience.

Think of resilience as a continuum. It is not an either-or trait. No matter where you are on the continuum today, you can always increase your ability to rise to challenges. Knowing that resilience is under your control is huge…especially when you realize how many things are not! This is where our self-talk, our internal chatter comes into play. We have to learn how to listen to our thoughts. They can steer us through the havoc that life often brings.

Are you having a rough time right now in a relationship, life in general, a career transition or are you facing health issues?

Try these two steps to begin to build your resilience by shifting your thinking style. Remember you control your thoughts, they don’t control you…unless you let them!!