We Got Our Library Cards

Last month we put a call out to participate in “Library Card Sign-up Month“.  During the Gangplank Mile the crew stopped in the Downtown Chandler Library Branch and all signed up for their cards.

Gangplank3 We Got Our Library Cards

Gangplank Milers

Not only does supporting your community feel good, those that are hard work making it better appreciate it. Library manager Brenda Brown said it best, “We loved this!”

Eating Healthy While Eating Out

I’m a bonafide fat kid.  I like food.  Bad food.  The worse it is for my health, the more attracted to it I tend to be.  Dieting doesn’t work for me, but changing my lifestyle would.  That’s hard.  Why?  Because my environment influences my behavior.  I need to learn the art of eating healthy while eating out. I did fantastic when Gangplank Health did the Fat Off, largely because the enormous support of those around me.

I am desperately out of control surpassing 250lbs and climbing to 260lbs.  My wife and daughters have started doing Crossfit  Incite and are supportive of each other and radically changing their environments.  This week I have decided enough is enough and I plan to change too.  Step one was no more soda.  I have been drinking mostly water and sometimes unsweetened tea.  Step two stop gorging on calories, measure what I put in my body and be smart about my choices.  Step three start exercising.  I am still stuck on step three, but the Gangplank Mile yesterday certainly helped motivate me.
I fail biggest at work.  When I travel I am horrible at eating right, but even at lunches I struggle.  As a team we try to eat together regularly, but we are pressed on time and often times don’t pick the most stellar places for someone wanting to make healthier choices.  I am learning that with a little footwork that at most places you can make a huge difference without starving yourself.  Here are two experiences I had this week alone.

Eating Healthy While Eating Out My Experience This Week

El Sol Bakery: Local Mexican Eatery (calories estimated by ingredients)

Old Me
886 Carne Asada Burrito w/ Cheese
12″ Flour Tortilla (356)
10oz Carne Asada (267)
1/2cup Shredded Cheddar (228)
Pico (35)
200 Chips and Salsa
440 32oz Mountain Dew (8oz x 110)
1,526 Total Calories
New Me
503 Bacon, Egg and Potato Breakfast Burrito (minus tortilla)
3 pieces of bacon (130)
3 eggs (306)
1/2 cup potatoes (67)
200 Chips and Salsa
0 32oz Unsweetened Iced Tea
703 Total Calories
823 Calorie Difference
smashburger Eating Healthy While Eating Out

Copyright Vivian D Nguyen

Smashburger : National Burger Chain (nutrition guide)

Old Me
1,048 BBQ, Bacon and Cheddar Big Smash
520 Smashfries
500 40oz Dr. Pepper (20oz w/ refill) (20oz x 250)
2,068 Total Calories
New Me
525 Build Your Own Burger
Whole Wheat Bun (200)
Grilled Chicken x 2 patties (110×2 220)
Sharp Cheddar Cheese (80)
BBQ Sauce (25)
0 40oz Unsweetened Iced Tea (20oz w/ refill)
525 Total Calories
1,543 Difference
In both instances I walked away full.  I also didn’t feel “cheated” (important to fat kids like me) like I had some crappy meal.  I didn’t have to choose the horrible salad option.  I don’t know if I am disciplined enough to keep it up, but this week I proved to myself it is possible.
Where do you get your support from?  How are you coping with a world that is designed to over feed us?

Chandler Named “Playful City USA” Community For 7th Straight Year

We are proud to acknowledge that KaBOOM! has named the City of Chandler a Playful City USA community for the 7th straight year. Recognizing the effort to provide children ample opportunities for play.

playground Chandler Named Playful City USA Community For 7th Straight Year

Copyright Ronn Tan

Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being of children. We are proud to have our Health, Local and Junior initiatives working with the city to provide opportunities and guide policy that encourages play. It is fantastic to see the lack of play in this generation of children being addressed the mayor, council, staff, school district and community.

“Quality parks, playgrounds, and aquatic centers have been a Chandler priority for decades, because we value families and we want our children to have opportunities for fun and fitness,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “We are committed to developing healthy, fulfilled children and families, and that’s why we are honored to be recognized as a Playful City USA for the seventh straight time.”

Sometimes it is easy to forget that children spend nearly eight hours a day in front a screen, many have no or little recess time and one in five children don’t live within walking distance of a park. Chandler has been actively creating innovative programs and initiatives to combat these problems by developing unique local action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in their community.

Chandler is now eligible for grants via Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide.

Downtown Chandler Community Garden

We have been working with the City of Chandler, Chandler Christian Community Center and Harvest for Humanity for the last six months to get a garden situated in Downtown Chandler. The vision was a garden for the community with the surplus going to feed the homeless at Chandler Christian Community Center. We are proud to say that they broke ground this last week!

Many people ask “What is a community garden?” and what are the benefits?

Here are some of the benefits.

  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates Social Interaction
  • Encourages Self-Reliance
  • Beautifies Neighborhoods
  • Produces Nutritious Food
  • Reduces Family Food Budgets
  • Conserves Resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces Crime
  • Preserves Green Space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
  • Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections

If you want to find out more about community gardening happening at Gangplank, check out our Community Garden Forum. If you want to do some innovating gardening, check out the Garden Pool Story.

Fat-Off 2011

Looking to lose some extra pounds, but having a hard time finding the motivation? Join a group of people just like you that are going to dedicate themselves to eight weeks of weight loss.

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This year’s Fat-Off will include conditioning camps, nutrition workshops, mentoring, and weekly weigh-ins to keep you on track. Continue reading

Free Conditioning Class

On Wednesday, April 27, Andia Winslow will be leading a Conditioning Camp as part of the Gangplank Health initiative. Andia’s Conditioning Camps are designed to give participants an active port 08 198x300 Free Conditioning Classworkout using only their own body weight and common household items. The event will be free of charge and will begin promptly at 6:30PM. Participants should wear comfortable exercise attire. Here is video of one of Andia’s workouts:

Andia Winslow Workouts

Additionally, Gangplank Health will be holding its 2011 Fat-Off competition beginning May 11. If you would like to get fit, have fun, and meet new people, please enter your name and email address below.

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