Wellness Walk Wrap Up!

Over two hundred community members toddled, bounded, and strode their way around the two-mile trail at Cumberland Park on Sunday September 10th to support eating disorder awareness, treatment and recovery with RoundTable Wellness. The crowd drew such attention that the event was featured on WLFI news! This is an incredible feat, as each year RoundTable Wellness aims to draw a greater crowd for greater community involvement and impact.
Funds from the 3rd Annual RoundTable Wellness Walk – over $3,000 – were all donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, West Central Indiana chapter (NAMI-WCI). Executive director of NAMI-WCI, Astrid Hastak, Ph.D., was present to explain the impact of the event’s efforts. Astrid has personally witness the power of peer-to-peer support groups for those personally struggling with or caring for someone with mental illness, especially with eating disorders as the stigma can be stifling and the mortality rate is higher than any other form of mental illness. The funds raised at the event support the development and implementation of free support groups, educational presentations, and other mental health programs offered by NAMI-WCI throughout Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties.
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Key Ingredients

We receive so many messages about weight loss – that losing weight will improve one’s health, self-esteem, and social acceptance. In that case, thank goodness there are SO MANY weight loss options out there! But do they work? Could weight loss from the juice cleanse diet provide the same benefits as weight loss from the Mediterranean diet? In other words, is all weight loss healthy and sustainable? On that same note, does weight loss really improve self-esteem and/or social acceptance?

These are all questions I posed to my audience at the Food Finders “Key Ingredients” presentation yesterday evening. The audience expressed feeling flooded with conflicting education and media messages focusing on weight loss and healthy eating. For this reason, the audience shared their tendency to find answers to their weight loss goals in diet plans, and not necessarily diet plans supported by research or credentials of any kind.

National Nutrition Month, 2017

It is easy to be overwhelmed by cooking nowadays. Do we all need to be professional chefs and spend hundreds of extra dollars to make a decent meal? Making the Pinterestperfect meal is such an effort! What about when we ambitiously grocery shop and realize we cannot eat so much fresh food before it goes bad? GUILT. FRUSTRATION. NOT WORTH IT. might come to mind.