Finding Wellness Newsletter

Your August News & Updates
STAYING COOL THIS SUMMER?
Welcome to the August edition of our Finding Wellness newsletter.  Your health and well-being are our number one priority so let’s make 2017 our healthiest year ever!
In health and happiness,
The Finding Wellness Team
Amy, Nancy, Cheryl and Katie
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
925-931-5393

Finding Wellness Classes Starting in  

AUGUST
 
Join us for free, fun, interactive, and educational classes that meet weekly.
 

To attend a Finding Wellness class series, check out the current schedule below, give us a call at 925-931-5393 or visit our calendar online at 

FINDING WELLNESS SERIES 2 HAS ARRIVED!!!
If you have attended Finding Wellness classes before, you will love our new Finding Wellness Series 2!  This four week series will explore all aspects of your health and well-being as it relates to specific organs of the body…the brain, heart, gut and liver.  Expect the same enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff to facilitate the classes.
Classes will be held at the following locations and open to the public:

Livermore Valley Tennis Club

2000 Arroyo Rd.   Livermore
Every WEDNESDAY from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
August 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
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FINDING WELLNESS SERIES 1:
TAUGHT IN MANDARIN:
Josephine Lum Lodge
2747 Oliver Dr.  Hayward
Every THURSDAY from 10:30 am – 11:45 am
August 24th, 31st, Sept. 7, 14th and 28th
(NO CLASS Sept. 21st)
CLASSES ALREADY IN PROGRESS (Series 1):
TAUGHT IN ENGLISH:
Eden Lodge
400 Springlake Drive, San Leandro
TUESDAYS from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Last class: August 8th
THIS CLASS WILL BE TAUGHT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND MANDARIN:
Carlow Ct.
6880 Mariposa Circle, Dublin
Every THURSDAY from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Last class:  August 3rd
Here are some interesting facts about Summer:
1. Before the advent of artificial dyes, the most popular way people put the pink into pink lemonade was by adding a few drops of beet juice.
2. The top most famous summer blockbuster movie of all time was Jaws.
3. The month of August was named for Julius Caesar’s adopted nephew Gaius Julius Caesar Octavius, who held the title “Augustus.” He named the month after himself!
4. A ubiquitous summer treat is watermelon. Watermelon is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family and consists of 92% water. On average, Americans consume 15 pounds of watermelon annually.
Food for Thought from Katie
It’s Corn Time!
Summertime means sun, surf, and sweet corn! Sweet corn is a variety of maize known for its big, soft, yellow kernels. It grows in hot, humid, sunny climates with rich, dark soil. It is most commonly cultivated in Midwestern states like Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.
Sweet corn is an immature version of field corn. It is harvested before it becomes hard and starchy. The great majority of corn seen in the field will be harvested later in the season and fed to livestock. So, savor the flavor while you can! Farmers markets and roadside stands are the best places to purchase local sweet corn in June through August. In the United States, sweet corn is traditionally served at barbecues, clam bakes, hog roasts and baked into corn bread. Sweet corn is a good source of fiber and protein. It is naturally low-fat and high in potassium.
Simple Grilled Sweet Corn
Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 fresh sweet corn cobs, husks and silk removed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
Directions
  1. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Put the shucked corn on the grill and grill until all sides are golden and some kernels are slightly charred, about 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
  2.   In a small pot, combine the olive oil, salt and garlic. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat. Brush the garlic oil over the grilled corn.

Katie is Senior Support’s Healthy Lifestyles Program Nutrition Educator

Medications and Driving
While most medications do not interfere with the ability to drive safely, some common medications can have side effects that impact safety behind the wheel. Drowsiness, confusion, and blurred vision are examples of side effects that directly impact your ability to drive safely.
To learn if your medications are putting you at risk behind the wheel, log on to the following website sponsored by The American Automobile Association (AAA) to input your medications:
Roadwise Rx is a free, informative and innovative tool developed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that motorists can use to see how their medication can affect safe driving. Roadwise Rx highlights the potential driving effects of your medications, in addition to showing users the potential interactions their medications may have with other medications or with common foods.
Common Prescription Medications
  • Pain Medication
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Anti-inflammatory Medication
  • Stimulants
  • Antihistamines
  • Sedatives
Common Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Cold and Flu Medication
  • Appetite Suppressants
  • Sleep Aids
  • Fever Reducers
  • Stimulants
  • Allergy Relief

To learn more facts about medications and driving, click  HERE.

Thank you for being a participant in our Finding Wellness Program! 
Sincerely,
The Finding Wellness Team