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Benevolence Farm CSA

csa1Join the Benevolence Farm CSA this fall and support formerly incarcerated women as they transition into our community. Benevolence Farm is an innovative social enterprise non-profit located in Graham, NC. Our mission is to provide women leaving prison with the opportunity to live and work on a farm where they grow food, nourish self, and foster community. Our CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is one way to support residents and their re-entry process.

Instead of buying produce at a farmers’ market or a grocery store, CSA members purchase a share of a farm’s harvest up-front. This model is beneficial to farmers because they can use CSA profit to purchase supplies, make plans for crops before the season unfolds, and anticipate harvest yields. Once Benevolence Farm residents move in and take ownership of the farm enterprise, the CSA will be a way for them to practice business management, customer relations, and a number of other transferrable business skills that they can apply to future careers. By becoming a Benevolence Farm CSA member you are not only purchasing fresh, locally grown produce but also supporting residents in their re-entry journies.

The fall CSA season runs from approximately September 19-November 21. A full share costs $250 ($25 of produce/week for 10 weeks) and a half share is $150 ($15 of produce/week for 10 weeks) Pick up locations in Graham, Elon, Burlington, Durham, and Chapel Hill available. More information and CSA sign up can be found here.

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Be Grateful All Year

Be Grateful All Year: Good For the Heart, Good For Your Health

The holidays are a time of giving and thankfulness, something we keep in mind from November through the New Year. But what happens when the season ends?
Well, keep thinking gratefully! As it turns out, science has proven that thankfulness is good for you no matter what the season.
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First-Ever Cooks for Kids Benefits Needy School Children

First-ever Cooks for Kids benefits needy schoolchildren

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Randy Orwig, senior pastor at Elon Community Church, is painfully aware of the fact there are children who go without proper nutrition when school’s out of session.

Randy’s wife, Beverly, is a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Turrentine Middle School and she has seen firsthand how a few days off can impact children who receive free and/or reduced lunch.

“Following the bad winter we had, a lot of kids were out of school and some of these kids, we discovered, went without meals,” he said.

Sixty percent of the 23,000 students enrolled in the Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) are enrolled in the free and/ or reduced lunch plan this year; that’s a 3 percent increase from last year, said Danielle Woodall, lead school social worker for ABSS.

“As a community, we can do better than this,” Orwig added.

The Alamance County Backpack Program provides nonperishable meals to schoolchildren on the weekends, holidays and other days when they may not be able to receive a hot meal. Elon Community Church is involved in the program but Orwig said, “we had some church members who were very moved by the fact this is a real need in our community and they wanted to do something.”

Bob Martin, May’s Cook of the Month and an area attorney, attends Elon Community Church and pitched the idea to the Times-News of uniting the Cooks of the Month for an event to benefit the Alamance County Backpack Program.

Cooks For Kids will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Community Life Center at Elon Community Church, 271 N. Williamson Ave., Elon, and is presented by the church and the Times-News.

Food will be prepared by current and former Cooks of the Month including Eddie Boswell, Anita Davis, Times-News $2 Dinners columnist Penny Hawkins, Rebekah Barringer Kaczmarek, Times-News classified inside sales consultant Angel Little, Bob and Connie Martin, Susan Osborne, Debbi Kennerson-Webb and members of the Alamance Community College Culinary Department.

The Haw River Pleasure and Social Club will perform and Martin said “there will be presenters and videos about the problem of food insecurity in Alamance County.”

Tickets are $14 (pays for one weekend of food for two children); $28 (pays for a month of food for one child) and $56 (pays for a month of food for two children). Tickets can be purchased at Fired Up Pizza, 3243 S. Church St., Burlington; Roasted Coffee Depot, 131 W. Elm St., Graham; Tickle My Ribs, 1183 University Drive, Burlington and the Times-News, 707 S. Main St., Burlington.

Woodall said the selection process for participants in the backpack program is done in a discreet and confidential way.

“There’s a lot of need,” Woodall said.

Funds, Orwig said, will go to seed money for churches to establish their own backpack ministries for area schoolchildren.

“This is a community-wide event and we welcome support from other churches and the community,” he said. “This city and area is a patchwork of care and we’re getting the chance to come together and help each other. We’re hoping this seed money will help us get full coverage of as many schools as we can.”

For more details on Cooks For Kids, call (336) 584-0391 or text “KIDS” to (336) 656-2022.

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Weight Watchers Open House at Faculty Wellness Center

Unknown-1Looking to lose some weight before the hot summer months, but don’t know where to start? Join us for the Weight Watchers open house at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 at 301 South O’Kelly Ave. This event is free for all faculty and staff. Contact Belinda Day with any questions.

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Neuroscience Day at Elon

images-1Join the Neuroscience Club for an exciting day of neuroscience-themed events around Elon’s campus on Monday, May 4.

Students and faculty will have the opportunity to engage Dr. Adam Kaplin, a scientist and physician visiting from Johns Hopkins, during the day on Monday.

Later on, be sure to visit a meet and greet in the LaRose Digital Theater followed by two guest speakers on health and neurological disease, Craig Edwards of Burlington and Dr. Kaplin from Hopkins.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn about the biggest mystery of all – the human brain.

 

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Acupuncture Healing Center Workshop

unnamedThis workshop from the Acupuncture Healing Center in Chapel Hill is the perfect way to shed some extra pounds!

The workshop will include:
– 3 classes that will teach about Wood, the element of the season in Chinese medicine, and the diets that supports this season.
– Acupuncture treatments, at the end of each class, to curb cravings and aid in detoxification.
– Reduce cravings and reduce stress through changes in diet.
– Learn recipes attuned to the spring season.
– 3 weeks of individual and group support in your nutritional and
healing needs; this I have found to be one of the most beneficial
components of the workshop!

Workshops Dates: Thursday April 16, April 30 and May 7
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $35 non-refundable, due at registration.
Spots are limited, so reserve soon!

http://www.acupuncturehealingcenter.org/

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12th Annual Family Caregiver & Senior Resource Fair

imgresIt’s that time of year again! The 12th Annual Family Caregiver & Senior Resource Fair is just around the corner. Please click here to access detailed information about registration. Print the ad, choose which mini session you would like to attend and mail the ad back to Alamance ElderCare.

If you choose to you can also scan it into the computer and email it to Jessica.peschon@conehealth.com or fax is also an option at (336) 538-8577.

We hope to see you there!

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Take a LIMO to your next mammogram!

image002Women’s Health- Breast Cancer Screening

Event Date: Wednesday, April 8

Event Location: Alamance Regional Medical Center, Norville Breast Center

Click here to register.

This is a fun way to get your mammogram done and take a Limo ride with your friends. You will be picked up at the Wellness Center parking lot by a beautiful limo and chauffeured to Alamance Regional Medical Center for your mammogram, and returned to Elon within 1 1/2 hours. The limo can accommodate groups of 8, so bring your co-workers and make it a party!

You qualify for this program if you have not had a mammogram within the past year.

Mammograms are covered under Elon’s health insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield) so there is no charge.
If you are covered under a different insurance you may wish to check with them to determine your coverage.
Most insurance companies cover a screening mammogram at 100% for preventive care.

Your physician may fax your screening mammogram order to 336-278-5122 or you can mail it with your paperwork.
You may also schedule an appointment at Elon Wellness for a breast exam and mammogram order.

Any questions, please feel free to call ext. 5569.

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Borrow these life-changing reads from the Wellness Center

RenewalThe Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life by Renée Peterson Trudeau

Mothers of all ages can take control of their lives again with this valuable year-long guide. Many women feel overwhelmed and out of touch after giving birth to their children. This guide, organized into monthly themes, will help you renew your commitment to yourself—as a unique individual and as a mother.

 

Good Night Sleep

Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health by Michael Breus

This life changing Amazon Top 100 Best Seller offers a step-by-step plan to remedy your restless nights. Written by sleep expert Michael Breus, this book offers both immediate solutions to your bad sleeping habits and a 4-week program to help you develop a rejuvenating sleep schedule. If you regularly feel sleep-deprived or worn out, this book is a must-read!

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Natural Triad Health, Wellness and Green Living Show Saturday, April 18

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Mark your calendars! Don’t miss this great opportunity to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle. The show offers hundreds of booths with wellness products and services, door prizes and your favorite local TV and radio personalities. We hope to see you there!

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