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					Clearwater Healthy Choices Challenge
Many Clearwater residents have already signed up to take the Healthy Choices Challenge by promising to make at least one healthy choice each day. This month’s prize-winning challenger is Karen Beard who will receive a free massage from Active Chiropractic & Rehabilitation – 2551 Drew St. Fill out and send in your application today, or visit www.myclearwater.com and fill out the application online. Prizewinners will be drawn each month. Also, be on the look out for businesses displaying the Healthy Choices for a Healthy Clearwater apple logo. These businesses will provide discounts to those who show their Healthy Choices for a Healthy Clearwater Card.

Clearwater Healthy Choices Challenge Card Application
Name: _____________________________________________ Date of Birth: _________ Mailing Address (Must be a Clearwater Resident):_______________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ E-mail Address: __________________________________________________________ Would you like to receive future editions of this newsletter by e-mail? _______________ Mail to: Healthy Choices -- P.O. Box 4748, Clearwater, Florida, 33758, or sign-up online at www.myclearwater.com. Click on Latest Information and look for the Healthy Choices for a Healthy Clearwater icon.

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Clearwater is a HealthyPlace to Live
How to Build a Healthy Home

July 2008 Volume 2, Issue 7

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Clearwater Free Fitness Day: July 17
Any Clearwater resident can bring the adjacent coupon into participating fitness centers for a free workout. Please call for facility location and operating hours. • Cheek-Powell Wellness Center at Morton Plant Mease, 462-7656 • Clearwater YMCA, 461-9622 • Countryside Recreation Center, 669-1914 • Long Center, 793-2320 • North Greenwood Recreation Complex, 462-6276 • Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 462-6025 • Gold’s Gym,1580 McMullen Booth Rd., 791-8550 • Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center, 736-1494

Healthy Choices for a Healthy Clearwater Free Fitness Coupon
Good for a free workout at participating facilities: City of Clearwater Recreation Centers, Clearwater YMCA, Gold’s Gym, Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center or the Cheek-Powell Wellness Center at Morton Plant Mease Good on July 17, 2008 only Must show proof of Clearwater residency.

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Is your home healthy? If your family is like most Americans, you have multiple people under one roof going in different directions and possibly bumping into one another for breakfast or at the end of a busy day. Most families care about health but have developed bad habits in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and family time. According to the YMCA of the USA, “the family home is the place that defines, creates and predicts a family’s lifelong health and wellness.” The YMCA has developed a great Healthy Family Home Starter Kit full of ideas and ways to help families develop healthy habits. Our own YMCA of the Suncoast Clearwater Branch is a leader in this nationwide initiative and is even providing a series of free or low cost programs all summer long for parents and children. Classes this summer include: Family Shape Up, Health Family Cooking Classes, Family Water Aerobics, Family Tai Chi, and Family Swim Night. For more information on the times and dates of these classes or to pick up a free Healthy Family Home Starter Kit, call the Clearwater YMCA at 461-9622. Other opportunities to get your family more active and healthy are listed in this newsletter. Remember … healthy children come from healthy homes. Set a goal to make your home a healthy home!

Inside This Issue:
• Healthy Living • Healthy Learning • Healthy Activities for Everyone • Healthy Summer Recipe • Healthy Place to Play • Tips from the Trainer • Free Fitness Day Coupon • Healthy Restaurants

Clearwater Healthy Choice Restaurants
Clearwater restaurants that offer healthy alternatives for their customers are designated “Healthy Choices Restaurants” through a program sponsored by the Pinellas County Health Department. Look for the Step Up to the Plate sticker on your favorite restaurant, and enjoy a meal that is delicious and healthy. For a full list of “Healthy Choices Restaurants” visit www.pinellaswellness.com.
Boston Market O’Keefe’s Restaurant Tucson’s Restaurant 4001 East Bay Drive 1219 S. Fort Harrison 13563 Icot Blvd.

For more info about Healthy Choices for a Healthy Clearwater, log on to: www.myclearwater.com
Produced by: City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation

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Clearwater is a Healthy Place to Learn
• Healthy Family Cooking Class – Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout July, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Clearwater YMCA. Kids are more likely to try new foods if they play an active role in choosing and preparing them. Learn how to make meal time, family time. Kids must be 8 or older. Call 461-9622. • Yoga for Weight Loss – Tuesdays July 8 – 29, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., Cheek-Powell Wellness Center. Participants in this four-week series will learn techniques to help reach weight loss goals. Call 462-7685. • Free Dental Exams and X-rays – July 9. The Pinellas County Health Department is offering free dental exams for children 4 – 17 at their Clearwater location, 310 North Myrtle Avenue. Call 469-5800, ext.121.

P.O. Box 4748, Clearwater, Florida 33758 Phone: 727-793-2339 Fax: 727-793-2328

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Healthy Choices for a Healthy Clearwater

July is Blueberry Month: Blueberries have been associated with positive physiological and cosmetic benefits for centuries. For more information visit www.blueberry.org

• Ballroom Dance Lessons – Thursdays July 10 – August 14, 5:30 – 6:40 p.m., CheekPowell Wellness Center. This is a six-week series is designed for individuals who would like to learn new dance moves and feel at ease dancing in any social setting. Beginners are welcome. Call 462-7685 to sign up. • Teen Weight Training – July 11, 4 – 5 p.m., North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex. Teens: Here’s your chance to learn proper lifting techniques and make new friends at the same time. Call 462-6276 to register. • Fitness Orientation: July 14, 11 a.m. – noon, Countryside Recreation Center. Learn the proper way to use the fitness center equipment from a qualified personal trainer. Call 669-1914 to register. • Free Cooking Class “Raw Nut Milk and Green Smoothies” – July 19, 11 a.m., Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., 443-6703. Learn how to make your own and save money. These smoothies are so good even the kids will love them. • Free Lecture: Massage Therapy – Not Just a Luxury, But a Necessity for Good Health – July 24, 11 a.m., Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., 443-6703. Find out reasons why to incorporate massage therapy in your health life. Massage helps the immune system, is a mood elevator, jumpstarts the nervous system, circulatory system and the lymph system, and helps in your joint flexibility, longevity, and quality of life. • Children’s Health Fair – July 26, 9 - 2 p.m., Long Center, Kiwanis Club’s 15th Annual Children’s Health Fair. Free school physicals, immunizations, dental exams, hot dogs, and much more. Show your Healthy Choices card at the Healthy Choices booth and get a free Frisbee.

Tennis Foundation and USTA. All ages are welcome. Tennis wheelchair available for use It’s important to stay while at the clinic, first come, first served basis. The only difference between wheelchair and able body tennis is the wheelchair athlete gets two bounces. Wheelchair athletes can hydrated in Florida’s play with their able bodied peers in Up Down Competition. summer sun. •	 Therapeutic	Recreation	Swim	Lessons	– In addition to inclusion opportunities for swim Chainwheel Drive, lessons, small group lessons and private lessons specifically for children and adults with 1770 Drew St., is disabilities are available. For more information on these programs, please contact Dawn at 793-2339, ext. 238. giving a 10% discount

Clearwater is a Healthy Place to Play
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on the purchase of any nutrition Night Hike: July 9, 8 p.m. Hike through Moccasin Lake Nature Park with an experienced product to Clearwater guide and discover Florida’s nocturnal creatures. Call 462-6024 for more information. residents who bring Argentine	Tango	Dance	Lessons: Thursdays July 10 – 31, 6:40 – 7:40 p.m., Cheeka Healthy Choices Powell Wellness Center. Enjoy the exotic music, while getting a wonderful mind and body workout learning the popular Argentine Tango. Class designed specifically for beginners. membership card and Call 462-7685 for more information or to sign up. proof of Clearwater Morton Plant Mease Triathlon: July 13, 6:50 a.m., Sand Key Park, 1/3-mile swim, residency at time of 13-mile bike, 3.1-mile run. Visit www.altavistasports.com for more information. purchase. Family Splash Night: July 11, 8:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to Morningside Pool for

Healthy Summer Recipe – Blueberry Muffin
In honor of Blueberry Month, try this delicious recipe. 3/4 cups low fat milk 1/4 cup healthy egg substitute or 1 egg 1 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 cup natural applesauce 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt

July 7 - 11 is National Therapeutic Recreation Week. For information on Therapeutic Recreation activities in Clearwater, call Dawn at 793-2320, ext. 227.

Preheat oven 400F degrees. Spray muffin pan with high heat cooking spray. Blend milk, applesauce, egg substitute in a small bowl and set aside. Stir flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center and pour wet ingredients into the well. Stir with a spoon just until the flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Fold in blueberries. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake until golden brown; regular size muffins bake in 18 to 20 minutes, mini-muffins bake in 10 minutes. Immediately remove from pan. Makes 16 regular size muffins. Source: www.cajun-recipes.com

some fun and fitness under the stars. Call 507-4064 for more information. • Tennis Social: July 11, 6:30 p.m. Come to the McMullen Tennis Complex for a mixed doubles round-robin social. Bring a healthy dish to share. Call 669-1919 for information. • Dive-In Movie: July 12, 8 – 11 p.m., The Long Center. Enjoy an evening of movie watching in the pool. Bring the whole family. Call 793-2320, ext. 107 for more information. • Youth Fishing Tournament: July 17, 11 a.m. Clearwater Beach Recreation Center. Kids 6 – 12 can try to reel in the BIG one this year. Bait and fishing equipment provided; prizes awarded for biggest, smallest, and most fish caught. Call 462-6138 for more information. • Splash Party: July 18, 7 – 10 p.m. Bring the whole family to North Greenwood Pool and enjoy music, hoops in the pool, refreshments, and fun. Call 462-6276 for information. • Free Family Swim Night: July 19, 4:30 – 6 p.m. All ages are welcome. The Clearwater YMCA hosts a free night of fun and physical activity. Call 461-9622 for more information.

Tips from the Trainer
Summer is here and thoughts turn to swimsuits and rock hard abs, then drift to countless crunches, sit-ups, stability ball exercises, and planks in order to achieve this goal. There is nothing wrong with these exercises. Indeed, they have been proven successful at sculpting the perfect abs. But, if we move past the aesthetic of the abdominals and take a closer look how the abdominal muscles actually function in our daily lives, we need to take our workouts in a whole new direction. We live in a three-dimensional world, moving forward and backward, side-to-side, and we rotate as well. The abdominals help the body perform these twisting, bending, reaching, lifting, grabbing, throwing, catching, and swinging movements. And what position are you in when you perform these activities? Standing up! In order to train for stronger, more functional abdominals, training while standing will provide much more bang for your efforts. To train effectively, we need to consider movement in all three planes of motion. This approach prepares our muscles for the way they actually work, helps to prevent injuries, and develops the strong aesthetically pleasing “six-pack” we want. Instead of getting down on the floor, take a cue from your daily activities and add some abdominal exercise in the standing position. Use exercises that will train your abdominals in all three planes of motion. Finally, train by loading the muscle eccentrically first before you do the concentric contraction. (Lengthen, load the muscle before you shorten, explode) Our Trainer: Jeanmarie Scordino, M.Ed, Certified Personal Trainer, Morton Plant Mease

Healthy Activities for Everyone
Therapeutic Recreation assists citizens and visitors with illness, disabilities, and other conditions through the use of recreation and education services. The City of Clearwater’s Therapeutic Recreation office coordinates specialized programs and facilitates inclusion at various Clearwater locations. Public inclusion seminars will be starting in fall 2008. •	 Fit	Class	– Thursdays, 3 – 3:45 p.m., Countryside Recreation Center. This class gives persons with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn new activities and ways to be healthy. •	 Abilities	Golf	– Golf is offered June through September in conjunction with the Special Olympics. To participate or volunteer, please contact Dawn at 793-2339, ext. 238. •	 Power	Soccer	Program	– Countryside Recreation Center, ages 5 and up. Power soccer is a four-on-four sport played by individuals in power wheelchairs. This sport is on its way to being part of the Paralympics, and will become the first sport for power wheelchair users to reach that level of international recognition. Participants must have their own power wheelchair. •	 Wheelchair	Tennis	– Program is offered on Friday nights from 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. at Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex. Sessions I and II are sponsored by the Suncoast

Adults have a tremendous impact on the eating habits and physical activity of the family. Help your family make at least one healthy choice each day.

Send your questions, comments, or suggestions about this newsletter to sandra.clayton@ myclearwater.com

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