Community of Practice

Community of Practice
Healthy Eating Ideas
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A project has begun at my local arts centre called ‘Camden Communality Conversations’, with the aim of meeting, talking and keeping the garden healthy.

The galleries are empty but one or two people are sitting outside drinking coffee and eating croissants. A gallery worker sits in the garden drinking a mug of tea and reading a book, a young boy races across the grass, stops to look at a toy car left on a log, and races off again, a couple of long-tailed tits squabble in the Acacia tree, and next to the raised garden Ilana Mitchell is watering the vegetables.

How do communities come about? How should they be sustained? How do we hold on to our conversations? What role does learning need to play in sustaining communities? These are some of the questions I want to explore. Ilana introduces me to a couple of books; On Dialogue by David Bohm, and, Conversations Before the End of Time by Suzi Gablik. I make a note to check them out … and contemplate the idea of Flickr offering some answers in relation to sustainable community conversations!?

As I cycle back down Finchley Road heads turn as a cackling Ferrari flashes past me and grinds to a halt at the traffic lights next to the Holiday Inn. Opposite, people stream into the o2 centre to eat at one of the half dozen restaurants, or drink in Witherspoons and tears come to my eyes as the hay-fever and pollution clash.

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Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food

Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food

Get the most out of your grocery shopping with this innovative shopper’s guide and cookbook rolled into one. In Eat Good Food, former chef Sam Mogannam,
owner of San Francisco’s popular Bi-Rite Market, guides you through the grocery store one department at a time, and explains how to identify incredible ingredients, decipher labels and terms, build a great pantry, and reconnect with the people and places that feed us.
Eat Good Food gives you a new way to look at food, not only the ingredients you buy but also how to prepare them. Featuring ninety recipes for the dishes that have made Bi-Rite Market’s in-house kitchen a destination for food lovers, combined with Sam’s favorite recipes, you’ll discover exactly how to get the best flavor from each ingredient. Dishes such as Summer Corn and Tomato Salad, Spicy String Beans with Sesame Seeds, Roasted Beet Salad with Pickled Onions and Feta, Ginger-Lemongrass Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce, Apricot-Ginger Scones, and Chocolate Pots de Crème will delight throughout the year.
No matter where you live or shop, Sam provides new insight on ingredients familiar as well unique, including:
• Why spinach from open bins is better than prepackaged greens
• What the material used to wrap cheese can tell you about the quality of the cheese itself
• How to tell where an olive oil is really from—and why it matters
• What “never ever” programs are, and why you should look for them when buying meat
With primers on cooking techniques and anecdotes that entertain, enlighten, and inspire, Eat Good Food will revolutionize the way you shop and eat.

List Price: $ 32.50

Price: $ 19.92

The Stop Community Food Centre

The Stop Community Food Centre
Healthy Food For Children
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"Located in Toronto’s west end, The Stop works to increase access to food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality.

"From its origins as one of Canada’s first food banks, The Stop has blossomed into a thriving community hub where neighbours participate in a broad range of programs that provide healthy food, as well as foster social connections, build food skills and promote engagement in civic issues. Among the busy initiatives are community kitchens and gardens, cooking classes, drop-in meals, peri-natal support, a food bank, outdoor bake ovens, food markets and community advocacy.

"In 2009, The Stop opened The Green Barn, a sustainable food production and education centre with a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse, commercial kitchen, classroom, sheltered garden and composting facility. School visits and an after-school program offer hands-on opportunities for children to learn about the food system. Underlying all of The Stop’s efforts is the view that food should be a basic human right."

1884 Davenport Rd
Toronto, ON

Martin County Community Calendar Updated Jan. 29

Martin County Community Calendar Updated Jan. 29
Martin County Community Calendar
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CNY Biggest Loser? Follow Darryl’s journey
It is a program that has changed lives and literally saved them.

David Buer: 3 Fitness Tips to Look and Feel Sexier
Three tips to improving your health, strength, endurance and appearance.
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Healthy Living Academies Announces Creation of Wellspring Community Programs, Launches First After-School Weight Loss Program

Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 7, 2007

Healthy Living Academies, the leading organization of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents and young adults, has taken the fight against childhood obesity into local communities. Today it announced the creation of Wellspring Community Programs, an after-school weight loss program for children and teens that partners with local schools and communities across the nation.

“Education and community leaders recognize the growing issue of childhood obesity and want to do something about it,” commented Lev Kaye, Managing Director of Wellspring Community Programs. “By offering a proven immersion weight-loss program in an after-school environment, now these community leaders and local parents have a solution to help their kids.”

Based upon the highly effective residential weight-loss program of Healthy Living’s Academy of the Sierras boarding schools and Wellspring Camps, Wellspring Community Programs will reach thousands of students with this community weight loss program.

Wellspring’s comprehensive and intensive approach fosters a sustainable, healthy lifestyle in students by combining diet management skills and physical activity with cognitive behavioral therapy. By focusing on behavioral change and extensive family outreach rather than solely education, Wellspring Community Programs aim to be the most effective outpatient weight-loss program for teens and young adults.

Wellspring’s first after-school weight loss and fitness program is with The Woodlands, a community in north suburban Houston, Texas. Wellspring has the support of local medical and mental health professionals, as well as faith-based organizations in and around The Woodlands. By partnering with the Community Association of the Woodlands Department of Parks and Recreation, local adolescents will be given the opportunity to learn and adopt a new, healthy lifestyle.

“We recognize the physical and emotional toll being overweight has on the youth in our community,” said Linda K. Hughes, Recreational Superintendent for The Woodlands Department of Parks and Recreation. “By working with Wellspring Community Programs, we can offer our local kids a real solution to improve their diet, activity, and self-confidence.”

Healthy Living Academies is a division of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Wellspring Community Programs is the community treatment alternative of Healthy Living Academies, the leading organization of treatment programs for pediatric and adolescent obesity. Other Healthy Living Academies programs include Academy of the Sierras California, Academy of the Sierras North Carolina, Wellspring New York, Wellspring Adventure Camp, Wellspring Adventure Camp California, Wellspring Texas, Wellspring Hawaii, Wellspring Family Camp in Michigan, and Wellspring UK. To learn more about Wellspring Community Programs, call 866-364-0804 or visit; to learn more about Wellspring Camps or Academy of the Sierras, call 866-364-0808 or visit


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Helping hands for animals
Pilar Thorn keeps a handful of worn photos close to her at all times. Some of the dog-eared images are hard to look at: Large cancers growing on the breasts of mama dogs, gaping neck wounds on playful pups, hairless dogs whose skin appears thick and malformed.
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Vt. Health Department suggests healthy gifts
The Vermont Department of Health is offering suggestions for healthful holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.
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Serve up a Healthy Holiday Brunch with Ideal® No Calorie Sweetener
INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Treat your holiday guests to a healthy and delicious brunch featuring Chef Ozzie’s recipe for Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake made with Ideal(R) No Calorie Sweetener.
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North Central Community Calendar ? Sept. 30

North Central Community Calendar ? Sept. 30
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Create a Retirement Paycheck With a Total-Return Approach
If you’re looking to establish a sane, sustainable withdrawal plan, then follow these tips.
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Holiday kitchen shocker: the chef shakeups
Someone forgot to tell the restaurant industry that December is supposed to be a slow news month. Of the recent flurry of chef shuffles – Oliveto , Cafe Des Amis and Redd all made news last week – perhaps none caused…
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