Redlands resident forming Supper Club to encourage healthy eating
Local food writer and speaker Paula Anderson is seeking to form a Supper Club with neighbors from her Redlands Village subdivision who are interested in improving their health with nourishing food and walks around the neighborhood.
For six weeks, participants will meet weekly at Meadowlark Garden, 2259 Broadway, for potluck dinners of dishes prepared with healthy foods.
The supper series is open to 15 to 20 Redlands Village residents who are interested in changing eating and exercise habits for the better.
“I will ask people to record their blood pressure and weight at the start,” Anderson said. Participants won’t need to share those numbers — it’s information for themselves so they can monitor their own progress as they modify habits, Anderson said.
Participants will also be encouraged to keep a journal of the changes they notice by the end of the supper series.
“We’ll see if this particular vehicle can significantly change their health profile,” Anderson said.
Anderson will give guidance on healthy ingredients, lead discussions of strategies and tips for the next week, and talk about an exercise plan built around walking neighborhood routes.
Doctors often recommend changing one’s diet and exercise, but people sometimes need help and support implementing those changes, Anderson said.
“Food can dramatically change what’s going on in the body. Bodies will respond to bad things we eat. And, the reverse is true,” she said.
Anderson has long been passionate about food and nutrition. She’s been a nutrition columnist, and currently writes a blog (paulaandersonsfoodblog.blogspot). Anderson also recently completed a 12-week “Well Coaches” training for advising people on health matters.
During the day she is marketing director for Primary Care Partners, a physicians practice in Grand Junction.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m well aware of the need for prevention and how it can affect some of our more costly health conditions,” Anderson said.
“Healthy eating is affordable health care.”
Once people get into the habit of eating healthy foods, they start preferring those because “that’s what we really need, and we feel better and are more in control,” she said.
If I can inspire neighborhood networking as a tool to help people get healthier, it may inspire other groups.
Anderson hopes to start the first Supper Club Tuesday, June 11.
For more information, contact Anderson at 970-242-5410, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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