Monday, January 2, 2012

Blue Zones in Iowa

So this year there are many different pushes to make us healthy.  One that I have joined is the Blue Zones in Iowa. You too can join it at: Help Make Iowa the Healthiest State! 
At that site it will ask you to make a personal pledge and to print out your list. You are given some choices to pick in different categories. One of the categories: Right Outlook did give me some pause. It was either sign up for  MeYou Health℠ - something new for me, go to church 4 times in the next 90 days (my church is on-line Church of the Larger Fellowship (the site is called Quest) and I already do this, start a new hobby (I have enough hobbies) or volunteer (I already do this). The reason it gave me pause is that in the last month I have seen a lot of my UU friends and many are telling me they don't go regularly any more.  I didn't press the issue, but this does disturb me. I know that going to church, synagog, mosque or a fellowship is not for everyone but these people were pretty regular attendees. So why aren't they attending? Like me did they not feel welcome there anymore by those in charge? And is anyone doing anything about the problems? Fortunately I have found a solution for me and will pass it on to them. I urge my Iowan readers to take the Blue Zone Pledge and make your city Blue!

My Personal Pledge Summary
I will use my current bicycle and a bike helmet. (& my Prius during the winter)
I will sign up for the FREE online MeYou Health℠
I will replace dishes in my kitchen with 10-inch plates, smaller bowls, and skinny glasses. (making this change over time - begin by replacing the plates, then the glasses, and then the bowls.)
I will continue "Family Dinner Nights" on three nights each week.
I will designate my home a "Smoke-Free Zone."

Love to you all.

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