Healthy Eating in Jeffco is a Snap!

(Lakewood, Colorado): It’s summer time in Jefferson, County and time to take advantage of some of the amazing Farmers Markets in Colorado. Our friends at Jefferson County Public Health have launched this years SNAP Program at Farmer’s Markets, and the Cloud is proud to be the official radio station of SNAP in Jeffco.

In her own words, here’s the remarkable and dedicated member of the SNAP team at Jeffco Public Health: Nikki Work (heard daily on 96.9 the Cloud).

Nikki Work from Jefferson County Public Health.

Tell Us About The SNAP Double Up Program in Jeffco?

Every time you go to a farmers market, you’re visiting a place that’s making a difference in your community. Farmers markets help tackle food insecurity by providing locally-grown food right in your neighborhood and, many markets in Jefferson County participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program.

Chelsea Situmeang (left), Market SNAP/Double Up Food Bucks intern, and Jenna Metzinger, Farmers Market SNAP Coordinator at Jefferson County Public Health.

How Does The Program Work?

When a customer spends $1 on any SNAP eligible item, they receive $1 to spend on Colorado-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a $1 to $1 match so if you spend $5, you get $5. If you spend $10, you get $10 — up to $20 every visit.

This program helps those who need it most, and at the same time, it supports Colorado farmers and keeps our local economy strong.

Nathan Brix of Star Acre Farms at the Arvada Farmers Market in 2017.

To learn more about Double Up Food Bucks or to find a participating market near you, visit us online at: www.doubleupcolorado.org 

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Find A Happy Map Today.

(Lakewood, Colorado):  Albert Einstein noted that logic will get us from point A to point B, but imagination will take us anywhere.

Today’s featured TED in the Cloud explores finding your Happy Map.

What exactly is a Happy Map?

It’s the little things we can all do to make big changes in our daily life.

For example, here in Jefferson County the difference between Wadsworth and the parks and local coffee shops along Garrison Street could be a Happy Map during your morning commute.

 

 

Another Happy Map might be the difference between leaving your home at 6:45, instead of 7:15 and capturing a breathtaking Colorado morning sunrise.

Morning View From Jeffco

Another, might be the simple choice between riding a bike instead of driving your car.

A Majestic View Trail in Arvada

In his own words here’s Daniele Quercia at TED from the other side of the planet (Berlin) about the discovery of Happy Maps.

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Just the two of us: Holding Hands Can Ease Pain and Sync Brainwaves.

(Boulder, Colorado): Reach for the hand of a loved one in pain and not only will your breathing and heart rate synchronize with theirs, your brain wave patterns will couple up too, according to a new study. The study, by researchers with CU Boulder published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week, also found that the more empathy a comforting partner feels for a partner in pain, the more their brainwaves fall into sync. And the more those brain waves sync, the more the pain goes away.”We have developed a lot of ways to communicate in the modern world and we have fewer physical interactions,” said lead author Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder. “This paper illustrates the power and importance of human touch.”

The study is the latest in a growing body of research exploring a phenomenon known as “interpersonal synchronization,” in which people physiologically mirror the people they are with. It is the first to look at brain wave synchronization in the context of pain, and offers new insight into the role brain-to-brain coupling may play in touch-induced analgesia, or healing touch.

Goldstein came up with the experiment after, during the delivery of his daughter, he discovered that when he held his wife’s hand, it eased her pain.

“I wanted to test it out in the lab: Can one really decrease pain with touch, and if so, how?”

He and his colleagues at University of Haifa recruited 22 heterosexual couples, age 23 to 32 who had been together for at least one year and put them through several two-minute scenarios as electroencephalography (EEG) caps measured their brainwave activity. The scenarios included sitting together not touching; sitting together holding hands; and sitting in separate rooms. Then they repeated the scenarios as the woman was subjected to mild heat pain on her arm.

Merely being in each other’s presence, with or without touch, was associated with some brain wave synchronicity in the alpha mu band, a wavelength associated with focused attention. If they held hands while she was in pain, the coupling increased the most.

Researchers also found that when she was in pain and he couldn’t touch her, the coupling of their brain waves diminished. This matched the findings from a previously published paper from the same experiment which found that heart rate and respiratory synchronization disappeared when the male study participant couldn’t hold her hand to ease her pain.

“It appears that pain totally interrupts this interpersonal synchronization between couples and touch brings it back,” says Goldstein.

Subsequent tests of the male partner’s level of empathy revealed that the more empathetic he was to her pain the more their brain activity synced. The more synchronized their brains, the more her pain subsided.

How exactly could coupling of brain activity with an empathetic partner kill pain? More studies are needed to find out, stressed Goldstein. But he and his co-authors offer a few possible explanations. Empathetic touch can make a person feel understood, which in turn – according to previous studies – could activate pain-killing reward mechanisms in the brain.

“Interpersonal touch may blur the borders between self and other,” the researchers wrote.

Don’t underestimate the power of a hand-hold. You may express empathy for a partner’s pain, but without touch it may not be fully communicated.

By: Lisa Marshall

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Falling With Style.

(Denver, Colorado): Puddles. Nothing but puddles. Colorado’s oddly warm weather during the day and freezing temps at night are creating little morning ice patches. If you’re like the rest of us, there’s a dog to walk, a paper to retrieve and simple navigation to your car or lite rail can be a slippery slope. The best advice is to make sure you are first, fully awake and wearing sensible shoes when venturing out in the early morning hours.

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Stay Limber and Alert

But if you should slip and fall. Take the fall like you might on your mountain bike. Roll into a forward fall and remember to tuck that chin in if heading downward on your backside. Our go-to personal health expert Jane Brody adds these suggestions from How to Protect Yourself from Falls in the this weeks New York Times.

Step One: Check your footwear. Shoes and boots should have slip resistant soles. Or slip something on like Yaktrax (which come off and store with ease).

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Available at Dicks Sporting Goods in Belmar

Step Two: Take smaller steps, bend forward slightly, go slow and sure footed as possible when it’s icy or snowy (good life advice too actually).

Lastly, always have a plan if you get hurt to contact help. If you fall? We suggest you take it all in (unless you need immediate medical attention). There might be a nice cloud up there in the open air to brighten your day.

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Life Is Better Aligned.

(Golden, Colorado) It’s New Years Weekend! The brand new year is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the year ahead. If your goals are leading you to keeping better care of yourself, there’s a team of advanced practitioners in Jefferson County at The Golden Well Being Collective that can help you live a better and healthier life.

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Golden Well Being Collective

From yoga to acupuncture, there’s something for everyone at the collective.

Today in the Cloud we visited with Dr. Kevin Holman the founder of Golden Health Chiropractic. Dr. Holman launched his practice within the collective and has established a positive reputation as a caring practitioner.

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Dr. Holman and his Wife Jacque

Tell us about you. Where did you grow up and get your degrees?

I was born and grew up in the small town of La Crescent, Minnesota.  I then headed to Minneapolis where I received my bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and my doctorate in Chiropractic.

Tell us about your practice?

While Chiropractic is known most popularly for serving people with neck and back pain, the scope of its practice achieves so much more than ridding the body of symptoms.  At Golden Health Chiropractic, we have made it our mission to let people know exactly how Chiropractic can help them, their family, and their friends.

How’s it coming?

GHC really took off this year giving the gift of Chiropractic to the masses.  We feel abundantly blessed.  We’re seeing more people than ever before as we continue to shape and serve a healthier community.

What would you advise our listeners about staying healthy?

I believe that created within all of us is an intelligent capacity for healing, and that we all deserve our highest expression of GOLDEN health from our first breath to our last.  To achieve this and more, a healthy functioning nervous system is paramount.  We should therefore live a life free of nervous system interference to fully express our human potential.

Meet Dr. Kevin Holman in the Cloud.

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Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.

(Golden, Colorado): There’s a big difference between being alone and being lonely. Tonight begins the official Christmas Week-end in Colorado. Candlelight worship services, romantic dinners for two and family gatherings with all the trimmings. From the Alpine Resorts, to our excellent shopping and dining districts, there’s something for everyone in our Colorado backyard.

But for some, the holidays are a trigger point for loneliness.

For many, holiday season becomes a mirror of loss. Lost loves. Lost family. Lost time. In a recent study published by The New York Times, Jane Brody highlighted the potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation.  In short, all sorts of medical mayhem, in perfectly healthy people, can be triggered by the effects of loneliness.

Be Caring + Kind

There’s a covenant of kindness at the alter of family, love and friendship. It’s promise is to be caring and kind. If you experience any degree of holiday blues, rest assured you’re not alone. One step toward reversing this feeling, is being present at family and social gatherings. Engage in conversation. Make eye contact, smile, listen and learn.

Lastly, remember the telephone works in both ways. You might catch someone before they fall.

A simple phone call or text might be the prescription to reversing some holiday blue, into a merry shade of red and green in someone’s life this Christmas.

There is magic in music too!

 

Pumpkin Spiced Everything!

(Golden, Colorado): Greetings Colorado, it’s Autumn! For some, it’s our favorite time of year. The weather is just right for those outdoor workouts, blissful mountain escapes, scarves and in case you missed the memo: pumpkin spice everything. Often we begin this fresh season with goal crushing gusto; the same winds of change that blow through the valley, sing in our soul. And then, right as we are soaring high with our meal prepping, our career and family plans for the next 5 years, and a 10K training program in full swing…the holidays are here. This time of would-be celebration, can also be the death of many of our health goals.

Well hey, maybe not this year!

Did you know that with some crafty preparation, cauliflower can pass for rice? It can also hide in a delicious gluten-free stuffing and no one’s the wiser. We live in a Golden age of gluten free options. Have you ever made a Mocktail using Perrier and Kombucha? Why, they’re delightful and hangover free!

Why not simply make all of those vegetables organic and significantly reduce your pesticide exposure? Prepare that holiday waissal using less sugar and more spices to warm your guests and sooth digestion. Now that post-Thanksgiving meal walk, can be a pleasant breath of fresh air rather than an attempt to not pass out.

Don’t let this holiday season railroad your health and wellness. Find your personal ways to be what I call “sneaky healthy” this holiday season and find out just how much more you may enjoy the time spent with family and friends.

Your 2018 self will thank you!

This is Jenson Olson with Natural Grocers in Golden, Colorado. Be well, Be awake and be loved. Welcome to the Cloud!

 

Firefly Voices in the Cloud.

(Denver, Colorado): If you’ve tuned to 96.9 the Cloud recently, you’ve heard a new set of friendly voices. These voices are from Firefly Autism in Denver. Firefly is a premiere autism center providing therapy and behavioral support programs.The center features Applied Behavior Analysis techniques, in the classroom and in the home. Executive Director Jesse Ogas has shepherded an effective program for families of Autism in Colorado.

Miranda Foley and Dave Sevick

The voices include members of Firefly’s clinical staff. Miranda Foley (MS-BCBA), Center Clinical Director. Dr. Amanda Kelly (PH.D. BCBA-D) Director of Home Based Services and Dave Sevick, Director of Marketing & Development.

Sheryl Crow – from the original Motion Picture Po showcasing Autism in American family life

The program airs daily on 96.9 the Cloud and is now streaming worldwide in the Cloud. The Radio that Matters series is part of the Cloud’s ongoing health and wellness radio series that has included Jefferson County Health, Natural Grocers of Golden and Mile Hi Church in Lakewood.