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April 2017

Fresh Start to a New Season


Spring Clean Your Routine

Spring time is here! With an increase in temperature, expect an increase in energy levels as well as opportunities to get active. Spring cleaning isn’t just for the house, it can be for your routine as well! Here are a couple tips for jump starting or maintaining your fitness goals for a healthy and happy you this season.

  • Start Small. An easy way to start making a change is to tweak the activities you already do daily. Live near your job or school? Ride a bike or walk. If you must drive, consider parking further than normal to get a few extra steps in. Do you normally take the elevator? Try the stairs instead. According to the CDC, walking increases your overall health, and decreases the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Walking is a great way to get active without having to go to a gym or buy expensive equipment.
  • Go Explore! Make the park your ultimate playground this spring while you get some fresh air and soak up the sun. With an ample amount of space, there are plenty things to do to keep yourself active. Bring a ball and play a game with friends, fly a kite, go hiking on a trail, or gather a few friends and prepare a healthy meal for a picnic. Remember to choose lean meats, whole grains and colorful fruits and veggies.
  • Plant a Garden. If you enjoy nature, consider starting a garden. Standing up, crouching down, digging and pulling—it’s a great way to pass the time and get your heart rate going. By planting healthy foods, you’ll eventually have your own supply to use when making a healthy meal for you and yours.
  • Opt for Healthier Choices. Eating great doesn’t have to be over whelming. Spring time is the best time to trade in the junk food for quality fruits and vegetables the season brings. Take a trip to your local farmers market and stock up on fresh in season produce. Next time you have a craving for a bag of chips, make a bowl of fruit instead or replace the white bread on your sandwich for the whole wheat version.
  • Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need 2½ hours weekly of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. That’s equivalent to about 20 minutes a day. Grab a friend and try out a Zumba class, go power walking, or join a bootcamp program. Up for a challenge? Spring is a great time to do some 5Ks around the town. Check your local listings for other fitness events happening around the town to help maintain your fitness goals.

In-Season this Region

Depending upon your area, growing seasons and produce accessibility will fluctuate. Check out the Oklahoma Harvest Calendar or OSU's Availability of Oklahoma Grown Produce chart for information about what is available throughout the year in Oklahoma.

Sources: CDC, CNN, The Joint, Huffington Post

PICH Farm to School Raised Garden Beds

A Joint Partnership

A partnership between Brushy Public School and Brushy Community Organization has resulted in the installation of two raised beds and a greenhouse for PICH Farm to School. Pictured is some of the produce that was started in the greenhouse and later placed in the raised beds last month.

Farmers Market Spotlight

Sallisaw and Tahlequah

Sallisaw Farmers Market opens Saturday, April 1, to start the season. The market brings in local farmers with fresh produce all the way up to October.
In addition to the Farmers Market this year Brushy Public School will be selling starter plants grown in the Greenhouse purchased through Cherokee Nation Public Health. The greenhouse is a joint effort of Brushy Public School, Brushy Community Action Organization, and Cherokee Nation.

The Tahlequah Farmers Market opens Saturday, April 1, from 8 A.M. until noon, under the pavilion on Morgan Street. They offer fresh and locally grown produce, eggs, bread and baked goods, meats, jellies, honey, wine, fresh flowers, crafts, etc. and are open from April through October. The farmers market will be open every Saturday in April Except April 29, when it will be closed for The Red Fern Festival that weekend.
The Tahlequah Farmers Market is always accepting new vendors. More information is available on their website under the "Forms & Info" tab. You can check out their Facebook page here.

Redbird Smith Health Center

Get Your Run On


The Redbird Smith Health Center running group is on week 10 of their 12-week running/walking program. Way to go! The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays across the road from Redbird in the Richland estates neighborhood. This is open to all levels of fitness and anyone in the community can participate. Meetings are held at the Redbird Smith Community room at 12:10 P.M. to sign in, starts at 12:15 P.M. and ends at 12:45 P.M.

Upcoming Conferences

Registration is open!

10th Annual Preparing For the 7th Generation Conference

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of this collaborative conference between Native tribes and the state that aims to reduce the leading causes of death and disease among American Indian people living in Oklahoma.

Click here for more information and to register.

Community Calendar

Healthy Events Happening Across Cherokee Nation

Little Steps, Big Gains

Join this 12-week walking program on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 4th at the Complex. The group will meet at One Fire Field.

Date: April 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th,18th, 20th, 25th and 27th.
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 P.M.
Click here for more information

Bulldog Classic 5K

The Bulldog Classic 5K proceeds benefit the Jay High School Cheerleaders. Wings members get discount using code: WINGS. Deadline to register is 4/5.

Date: April 15th
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 A.M.
Online registration is available here.

Claremont Crayon Run

The Claremont Crayon Run is a COLOR RUN! Wings members get discount using code: WINGS. Online registration is available here. Deadline to register is 4/6.

Date: April 8th
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 A.M.
Click here for more information

Red Fern Half and 5K

This year marks the second annual Red Fern Half Marathon and 5K on April 29, 2017. The race takes place during the Red Fern festival. Deadline to register is 4/19.

Date: April 29th
Time: 7:00 A.M.
Online registration information is available here.

Run Jack Run PAAS 5K & 1K Fun Run

Proceeds benefiting: Home of Hope & Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter (PAAS). Deadline to register is 4/20.

Date: April 22nd
Time: 8:30 to 9:30 A.M.
Online registration information is available here.

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