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August 2016

Support A Local Farmers Market!

Check Out the Local Farmer's Market!

Thinking of visiting your local farmers market? Want to stock up on the best produce this season has to offer? There's no time like the present to reap the benefits of healthy produce in your community! Buying food at the farmers market is great for a plethora of reasons, such as:

  1. Boost local economies by supporting local farmers and businesses. Some small farms and businesses are just getting started and don’t have a lot of financial backing. The money you spend there is circulated within the local community. This has great long term effects like preserving and creating local jobs.

  2. Communicate with those who grow or create your favorite foods. It’s important to know what you’re eating! Farmers' markets allows you to talk to the people who grow and sell your favorite foods.

  3. Fruits and vegetables are fresher, and therefore, taste better. Fruits and vegetables at a farmers’ market are much fresher than those bought at a large health food chain. Did you also know that fruits and vegetables begin losing their nutrients as soon as their harvested? The fresher the produce, the better it is for you (not to mention tastier).

  4. It’s outside! Being outside and getting some sun can be a huge benefit to your health. The sun is the greatest source of Vitamin D there is — it boosts immunity, supports healthy bones and skin, and increases serotonin, therefore reducing depression!

  5. Support environmental preservation. Ever heard of "food miles"? Food miles is the distance your food travels from where it’s grown to where it's consumed. In the U.S., food travels an average of 1,500 miles before it gets to your kitchen table. This journey not only uses a large amount of natural resources like fossil fuels, it also requires a cocktail of harsh preservatives to keep the food from spoiling during transit. These factors are all significantly reduced when you buy from a local farmers markets.

So, there’s a lot to feel good about as you bite into that locally-grown-with-love apple! You supported a local business owner, minimized your carbon footprint, AND you’re ingesting a far more nutritious fruit than the apple that’s been sitting in the supermarket for a week.

Sources: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-advantages-to-buying-your-food-at-the-farmers-market.html, http://www.medicaldaily.com/farmers-market-benefits-how-buying-healthy-produce-helps-you-and-your-community-246818

Brushy Community Walking Group

A 12-Week Program Success!

The group started walking May 3, 2016 and completed their 12 week challenge successfully. In the beginning, they walked Tuesday and Thursday evenings but due to conflict with community meetings, Tuesday was changed to Monday. Come rain or shine, the group stayed committed! During rainy and hot days the group completed their walk at the Fitness Gym on treadmills. The group initially consisted of only 8 individuals, but it didn't take long before their family members started participating! Several other members of the community also walked but did not officially join the group. It was a truly great experience and Brushy Community looks forward to organizing more events like this in the future!

NEWS: Farmer's Markets


Vian
Vian Peace Center Farmers Market officially opened for business on June 18, 2016. They are located off of Hwy 82 directly behind McQuiks Convenient Store and are open from 8 am – 12 pm on Saturdays. However, vendors have been known to set up on Wednesday’s as well. As word gets out about the new market it is quickly gaining momentum. You can buy everything from fresh produce to fertilizer and they’ll even treat you to a fresh breakfast on Saturday mornings!

If you would like to be a vendor you can rent a table and canopy for $15 or if you supply your own canopy and table the fee is only $5.
Sallisaw
Sallisaw Farmer’s Market is in full swing with a number of vendors with a variety of produce and products. Sequoyah County Public Health distributed bags to the vendors to use for their customers to help promote the market.

Support Your Local Farmer's Market


Fairland Farmers Market
Saturdays 9 - 1pm
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Tahlequah Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
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Muskogee Farmers Market
Wednesday 9 - 1pm (May 4 - Oct.)
Saturdays 8 - 12pm (April 16 - Nov.)
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Ottawa County Farmers Market
Saturdays 4 - 7pm
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Vinita Farmers Market
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Jay Farmers Market
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Stilwell Farmers Market
Wednesdays 8 - 12pm
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
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Nowata Farmers Market
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Westville Farmers Market
Wednesdays 2 - 7pm
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
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Hulbert Farmers Market
1st & 3rd Thursday - June through August
Note: Vendors will set up a mobile market in Hulbert near Lake Region Electric Company from 4 - 7pm. For more information please contact Marla Saeger at tahlequahfarmersmarket@gmail.com



Sallisaw Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
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Vian Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
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WINGS is Here

Ready, Set, Run!

Remember to pre-register for each race. Healthy Nation does not accept any race day registration. Healthy Nation also keeps track of race attendance. If you miss 3 races (that you sign up for) throughout the calendar year (January-December), you will forfeit your race privileges for the next 12 months.

Check out the WINGS Race schedule here.
Apply for a WINGS Membership here.
 
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Community Calendar

Healthy Events Happening Across Cherokee Nation


Step 2 It Walking Program
"Get Healthy Together"
August 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 2016 

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Redbird Smith 5K
"Benefits the Ki Bois Community Action"
August 6, 2016 

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Nowata CAN Aquaponics & Irrigation Systems Class
"Learn Greener Irrigation Techniques"
August 9, 2016 

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"Fire Up the Lions" 5K
August 13, 2016 

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Bacone Wings Fall Invitational 5K & 1 Mile
August 20, 2016 

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