Posts Tagged 'Farmer’s Market'

SNAP Benefits

Hello everyone, yet another beautiful summer week has passed. It’s August already! It’s also my 21st birthday today and I am so glad to be here writing today. I am coming to you with some great information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). I know I write a lot about how it’s important to eat well in order to live a life of wellness, but I don’t often talk about how difficult eating well can be, for so many different reasons.

Well I am here to say that there is a way! SNAP benefits offers nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families, senior citizens, those with disabilities, and others. The program delivers monthly electronic benefits that can be used just like cash to purchase food at authorized retailers. The program allows individuals and families get the food they need. If you even think you could be eligible for SNAP benefits, don’t hesitate to go through the pre-screening eligibility process. If you qualify, all you have to do is contact your local SNAP office or apply online. You can find more detailed information on how to apply here.

There are so many different retailers that will accept the SNAP benefits in their stores so you are bound to find a store that you love with products you can enjoy and that will hopefully help you get a start on mindful eating. The Near West Side is starting a farmers market and they want people to be able to use their benefits there. This is such a fantastic opportunity to use the benefits on delicious, local, healthy produce. There are so many great benefits to eating well that everyone should be able to enjoy. Being healthy and happy goes hand in hand, but you don’t have to do it alone. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is here to help.

Any and all information about the SNAP benefits can be found here. I hope you all have a great last month of summer vacation before we’re back at Marquette for the fall semester. And again, don’t be afraid to look into the SNAP benefits program, they are here for you.

Alicia Diedrich

Local produce for a healthy you

Hello everyone! I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating first few weeks of summer vacation! I am back to bring you some awesome blog posts for the rest of the summer! Summer is such a great time to make sure you are living a healthy lifestyle. With the beautiful, warm weather and plenty of summer produce, there are so many ways to take great care of your body through exercise and eating right.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer to take care of myself is to go to farmer’s markets! It is the perfect opportunity to look for some delicious and nutritious foods, get some exercise, and support your local farmers all at the same time. You can load up on fruits and veggies to eat as a snack, or plan to make a healthy recipe with the colorful, fresh produce. There are farmer’s markets all over Milwaukee on four different days of the week so there are plenty of options to make it fit into your schedule!

You can find a list of the times and locations here. If you aren’t located in Milwaukee you can just search for farmers markets in your area, you are bound to find something. Hope to see you out at the markets!

Alicia Diedrich

March Employee Profile- Connie Knoll, Graduate School of Management

Connie Knoll, assistant to the dean of the Graduate School of Management, strives to make healthy choices whether she is at home, work, or on the go. Every morning she starts her day with an activity such as swimming, biking, yoga, or walking the dog.  Even when she is on vacation at her cottage she enjoys staying active by water skiing or kayaking.  Not only do these exercises keep her active, but she also enjoys them because they have been part of her life for such a long time.

Along with her exercise routine she  eats a variety of nutritious foods.  Connie takes the time to pack a lunch and snacks to bring to work as well as cooking dinner instead of eating out.  She recently set a goal to eat more fish which was a challenge for her, but attending a cooking class here at Marquette proved to her how easy it is to prepare and what to look for when purchasing it.

Connie has attended a number of employee wellness programs, but her favorites are the cooking classes and going to the farmer’s market.   These cooking classes have given her useful tips to sneak more nutrients into foods such as adding peanut butter into a smoothie for protein.  She has also enjoyed going to the Westown Farmer’s Market  in the spring, summer, and fall seasons on Wednesdays during her lunch break to purchase fresh produce.

This healthy lifestyle has benefited her in numerous ways, but her two favorites are only having to take one pill a day which is a multivitamin, and getting a confidence boost after a yearly check-up since her blood pressure and cholesterol levels are always where they should be.

Being active has always been a part of her life and her suggestion to make healthy changes is to go outside for a nice walk, “…when the weather is nice, you will get a natural boost from the sunshine along with vitamin D”!   As everyone knows, it is not always easy to get the motivation to eat healthy and exercise if you are tired from work, but her enthusiasm comes from the desire to grow old and healthy with her husband so they can continue to enjoy each other’s company and travel together.  She is also inspired from her father-in-law who still wants to snow and water ski at 77 years old!

Connie’s active lifestyle and participation in the wellness program has had many benefits, as the 2012 Marquette Be Fit Challenge Grand Prize Winner, Connie won a year-long Rec Center/ Plex Membership!

Think of how a healthy lifestyle will benefit you and the loved ones in your family, and come on and participate in a group fitness class or get cooking tips at a Marquette Employee Wellness Program!

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