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Thursday Thoughts: Recycle Right

November 21, 2017

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS By Neyda DeJesus

Have you ever asked yourself the question, how many of us recycle? Unfortunately, not many of us recycle and we should be. Recycling reduces the size of landfills and also helps us preserve our wildlife. We need to work together to help reduce the pollution caused by our waste. Each of us can make a big difference by reusing, reducing, and recycling. The Central Landfill in Johnson offers free tours to individuals, families, and groups in Rhode Island to learn about recycling and composting. This will be a great opportunity for you and your family to learn why it’s important to recycle. If you would like to be alerted when then 2018 tour schedule is posted, please email education@rirrc.org for more information.

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Thursday Thoughts: What Are Your Wellness Goals?

November 15, 2017

What Are Your Wellness Goals?
By: Kelsea Dixon

With all the snow, freezing temperatures, and icy sidewalks, it has been hard to find the motivation to eat healthy and get moving this winter. I would much rather curl up on my couch with my dog and a cup of cocoa than go for a walk down the dark, slippery street after work. That is why I have begun reflecting on both my long term and short term wellness related goals in an effort to kickstart my new year.
Most of us have heard of creating a bucket list, right? You write down all the things you want to accomplish during your lifetime: Go to South America, ride an elephant, go skydiving. Recently I’ve discovered that we can put a spin on that and write down all of the things we want to do to make our minds, bodies, and spirits more healthy. This is called a Wellness Bucket List! Some of these may happen quickly, others may take a long time to a get checked off, and that’s okay!
So, what are the points of writing our goals down? Well, research shows that people who wrote down their goals, reflected on their importance, set action steps, talked to friends about them, and checked in on their progress regularly were 78% more likely to achieve the goals.** While you may not be ready to take all of these steps, writing the goals down is the very first step in this chain, and while you’re at it, you’ll probably accomplish reflecting on their importance, too. Even these can help your dreams seems more achievable. At the very least, seeing them on paper might give you the extra motivation you need when the winds are blowing and you don’t feel like going for a walk!
When I started creating my list, I wasn’t even sure what would be on it. Finally, I just started writing and soon the ideas were flowing! Keep in mind that your list does not have to focus exclusively on your physical wellness. Your mental and spiritual health is just as important!
Once you have your list, consider how you want to use it. I’ve decided that I’m going to post mine on the inside door of my closet so that when I get home from work and go to change into my pajamas, I’ll have a visual reminder of what I want for myself, and maybe this will help me put on my sneakers instead of my slippers.

I’m also going to share my list with all of you so that someone can hold me accountable! When you see me, don’t hesitate to remind me of my goals or tell me yours! Creating a system of support is important for achieving any goal! Good luck making your own list and I can’t wait to hear some of your ideas!

 

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**http://www.dominican.edu/academics/ahss/undergraduate-programs/psych/faculty/assets-gail-matthews/researchsummary2.pdf

Friday Four: October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017

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Friday Four is a weekly summary of our favorite articles, events, podcasts, blogs, infographics, and videos from across the web. Share your thoughts with us!

1)EVENT: DOUBLE DUTCH LEAGUE

2)EVENT: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

3)RESOURCE: DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM

4)THURSDAY THOUGHTS: CPR TRAINING

Thursday Thoughts: CPR Training

October 26, 2017

Community Health Workers receiving CPR training

Our Newport Health Equity Zone Fellows are not only capable of bridging gaps, but also capable of saving lives within their community! Here are a few images from the CPR training course: 

 

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Friday Four: October 20

October 20, 2017

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1) WORKING GROUP: TRANSPORTATION

2) LOCAL OPPORTUNITY

3)EVENT: TEA AND CONVERSATION

4) THURSDAY THOUGHTS

Friday Four: October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

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Friday Four is a weekly summary of our favorite articles, events, podcasts, blogs, infographics, and videos from across the web. Do you have something to share with the NHEZ community? Comment on our Friday Four post on Facebook.

1)WORKING GROUP

2)OPPORTUNITY

3)EVENT

4) EVENT

Friday Four: October 6, 2017

October 6, 2017

First Beach, Newport

Friday Four is a weekly summary of our favorite articles, events, podcasts, blogs, infographics, and videos from across the web. Do you have something to share with the NHEZ community? Comment on our Friday Four post on Facebook.

1)NEWPORT HEALTH EQUITY ZONE

2)EVENT: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT MEETING

3) EVENT: AQUIDNECK LAND TRUST HISTORY TALK

4)LOCAL RESOURCE: NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

Thursday Thoughts: October 4, 2017

October 5, 2017

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Is it autumn or fall?
By: Jeannette Oliveira; HEZ Resident Consultant

As the seasons change, my mind tends to wander in different directions. This year, the interchangeable use of “fall” and “autumn” demanded my attention. Why do people use one term versus the other? Since I was curious I googled it.

According to Merriam-Webster, both terms originated in England. Autumn is an older word, derived from the Latin word “autumnus.” The term “fall”, on the other hand, came into existence due to poets being fascinated by the “fall of the leaves”. When Englishmen settled in North America, they brought with them both terms. Over the years, one just happened to stick more than the other.

For me, this time of the year also brings a hint of sadness. The sun isn’t shining quite as much, trees are losing their leaves, Newport becomes a lot quieter, and memories of those lost over the years are heightened when attending family gatherings. For many, this time of year brings loneliness and depression. So while you’re out buying seasonal gifts, enjoying time off from work, and making New Year’s resolutions, please remember to look after one another. You never know what a seemingly joyous time means for those around you. Small acts of kindness go a long way. You are your brother’s keeper.

Friday Four: September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017

Friday Four

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1) ARTICLE: FOOD ACCESS

2) EVENT: FAMILY DANCE PARTY

3) HEZ RESOURCE: LENDING LIBRARY

4) EVENT: MLK FOOD EXPO

Friday Four: September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017

Friday Four

Friday Four is a weekly summary of our favorite articles, events, podcasts, blogs, infographics, and videos from across the web. Do you have something to share with the NHEZ community? Comment on our Friday Four post on Facebook.

 

1) EVENT: CONNECTING THE BEATS

2) LOCAL OPPORTUNITY: ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION WORKSHOP

3) NEWPORT HEZ EVENT: GRANDMA COMMUNITY CONNECTION

4)ARTICLE: ARTS AND CULTURE & HEALTH EQUITY 


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