Community Greens

People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

A Friend of St. Nicholas Park

The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku, which can be translated as “forest bathing.” Developed in Japan during the 1980s, the practice of taking a stroll in a wooded area has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. One 2015 study showed that taking a walk in a natural environment increases people’s mood and decreases the number of negative thoughts they experience. People who walked through city streets didn’t show any of these benefits. If you’re a city dweller, think about changing your commute so it takes you through a park or a green space.

walking manI try to walk though St. Nicholas Park several times a week. I always feel better, regardless of the days demands, afterwards. – CZV

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Walking or Running

Our early milestone in life is learning how to walk. Our parents cant wait for the moment we take our first steps. They re-live the moment forever and often feel unfulfilled if they missed the first ones. It seems, however, in our late 20’s to early 30’s, after we have completely mastered walking, or when we buy our first car, we work as hard as we can to do as little of it as possible. A recent study suggests that’s a big mistake.

“Walking sends specific pressure waves rippling through the body  and this acts on specific arteries by increasing the blood supply sent to the brain.”

More brain blood supply naturally improves brain function and cell growth in many ways. But simply walking to the bus stop in the morning make us fit. We need to walk 3 times a week for about 40 minutes to get the best benefit. Can’t do 40 minutes? Other recent studies suggest breaking up exercise sessions to smaller units can be just as beneficial.

Where does running fit in? It seems the different pressure pattern on the foot doesn’t provide the same blood flow or pressure wave and is not a beneficial as walking. The best benefit seems to occur when you walk briskly enough to get your heart rate to about 120 beats a minute. This seems to create a rhythm that optimizes blood flow and breathing. And, yes, you should work at breathing smoothly and rhythmically while you walk. Hey, Get To Stepping! – The Fit Chick

 

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Dirty Dozen vs Clean Fifteen

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These days everyone urges you eat more fruit and vegetables to improve your health and well-being but if you don’t want to consume a chemical cocktail of at least 47 different additives, memorize and try to avoid the items below if they are non-organic:

The “Dirty Dozen”
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet Bell peppers
Spinach, kale, collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

You’ll be safer buying these fruits and vegetables even if they are non-organic:

“The Clean Fifteen”
Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

Always wash fruits and vegetables but understand washing will reduce the amount of pesticides that may remain, not eliminate them.

If it not on the list, a helpful rule of thumb may be buy produce that has thicker skin. When pealed it will have provided a better layer of protection.

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Free Rodent Training in the Bronx

ratYou can learn about safe and effective methods for rat prevention in your home and community at our free training. This short, two- to three-hour training is targeted to superintendents, building staff, property managers, homeowners, interested tenants, community gardeners and the local business community. We will host a training on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Boogie Down Grind Café (866 Hunts Point Ave., Bronx). To register, email info@majoracartergroup.com. Free rodent-resistant garbage bins will be raffled off to participants who register. More info: on.nyc.gov/2Nhcjtb

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Cogging Back to Good Health

bikeOkay, so I’ve had my share of health problems over the last few years. Unfortunately, sometimes as we get older we get sick and, figuratively and often literally, fall apart. The common cold seems completely uncommon and the flu can severely sideline and possiblely kill us. When we get a cold, we often ignore the warning signs until too late and when it’s full blown, we look for any port, which is usually some over-the-counter miracle. Or we believe doctors have magic bullets and we seek their help and hope the 2 pills they give us will make us better by morning.

I’ve decided to Cog Back to Good Health (CBGH). I’ve had my ups and downs and, recognizing I was never a gym rat, I’m going to ride my way back to good health. I am going to ride my bike every day (hmm, I really HATE riding in the rain and snow). Riding my bike is going to be the fifth thing I do every day. 1. Get Out of Bed 2. Bathroom 3. Drink Water 4. Get Dressed 5. Ride My Bike. Let’s start with the typical “30 Day Challenge” and for good measure the Tour De Bronx is Sunday October 28. I’m still a punk, so I’ve registered for the 25 miler. I’ll keep you posted!

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About Community Greens

It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view.

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Chuck Vasser

Blacks In Green

There are more of us people of color out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our concerns, ideas and sit at the table!

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Bronx River Sankofa
Smiling Bellies

Bronx Parks Speak Up

The 25th AnnualFebruary 23rd, 2019
The big day is here.

New York Cares Volunteers

2nd Saturday of the month thru NovemberApril 13th, 2019
20 days to go.

The CG Fit Chick

Jogging for 15 minutes a day, or walking or gardening for somewhat longer, could help protect against developing depression.

Upcoming Events

  • 35th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference March 30, 2019 at 8:00 am – 4:00 pm The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
  • Bissel Gardeners Meeting April 6, 2019 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • BCEQ Annual Meeting April 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Manhattan College Leo Engineering 3825 Corlear Avenue at 238th St, Bronx, NY 10463
  • Run, Pedal, and Paddle April 13, 2019 at 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (Rain date April 14). Assemble a team for this "triathlon-style" non-competitive relay race along the Bronx River Greenway that culminates in an after party
  • New York Cares Volunteers at Bissel April 13, 2019 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Citywide Stewardship Day April 20, 2019
  • Bronx Week May 9, 2019 – May 19, 2019
  • National Bike to Work Day May 17, 2019
  • First Day of Summer June 21, 2019
  • Harlem Rhythm 2nd Annual Community Dance August 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive, at 145th Street and the Hudson River, New York, NY, 10031 https://www.harlemonestop.com/event/27384/harlem-rhythm-2nd-annual-community-dance -- http://go.addtocalendar.com

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Community Greens Consulting

Green Tips!

Nutrition Content of Eggs

One extra large egg (whole with the yolk) contains:

  • 80 calories
  • 5.8g fat
  • 1.8g saturated fat
  • 216mg cholesterol
  • 80mg sodium
  • .4g carbohydrate
  • 0g fiber
  • 4g sugar
  • 7.3g protein
Aside from saturated fat, the yolk of the egg is actually nutrient dense, containing vitamin D, essential fatty acids, and protein. Eggs are naturally low in carbohydrate too.

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