Sunday, October 30, 2016

We May Not Realize Just How Important Issue 1B and 1C Really Are.

Location: Boulder County, CO, USA
Joe Gierlach and campaign mascot, Owlie in Boulder County
We are already seeing more extreme and unpredictable weather events associated with climate change.

This summer we saw record-breaking temperatures across the Front Range, accompanied by very little rain, which is an unfortunate formula for frequent and intense wildfires. Warming temperatures combined with increased development in the WUI, historic fire suppression, and careless recreators create more risks for firefighters on the ground.

Here is a link to a 12 minute film that my friend is involved with, called, "Unacceptable Risk, Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change."

I want to again thank our firefighters and emergency responders who have worked to protect our homes and keep our communities safe this past summer, but how quickly we all return to our busy lives not realizing that sustainability planning and programming still needs to continue without us thinking about it.

Perhaps it has to do with the way our human brains work, as described in this 7 minute Grist video featuring Joe Hanson of It’s Okay to Be Smart called, "Watch This Guy Explain the Science Behind Climate Deniers."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Vital Signs: The 9Health Fair

Helping me to keep the remaining blood in my body 
at the Nederland 9Health Fair.
At the onset, my expectation in training for the BolderBOULDER was to develop a weekly routine, but it has unintentionally increased my awareness of other health and wellness aspects which may include annual routines as well. Deciding to focus on health last year, I made the commitment to come to the 9Health Fair at the Nederland Community Center.

For the town to provide this venue, is a tremendously convenient resource for mountain folks in the entire Peak to Peak region.

This year's event was postponed for a week due to last week's four foot snow storm. I came back to get the same screenings, and see if the exercise program (that I have been on for the past year) has improved my well being from the inside out. The 9Health Fair is an ideal chance to get a blood screening to see what is going on in my bloodstream.

Last year, I also began inputing vital statistics into the Apple Health App. I started with the basics, and even moved on to find out my blood type for the first time in fifty years. So, if I ever get run over by a bus (even though I'd more likely be inside the bus) but as the expression goes, if I got hit by a bus, I'll feel better knowing that the paramedics can access the Health App, and know my blood type.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Nederland is Now a HEAL Town – Just Do It

Location: 1490 S Lafayette St #404, Denver, CO 80210, USA
Julie George from LiveWell Colorado discusses 
the HEAL Campaign with Mayor Joe Gierlach
Part of documenting my training for the BolderBOULDER is incorporating the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign through LiveWell Colorado. I'm inviting anyone in Boulder County to adopt my Training Schedule, and encouraging all the municipalities in Boulder County to adopt HEAL Cities & Towns Resolutions.

HEAL stands for Healthy Eating and Active Living, two critical components to a healthy lifestyle and the focus of LiveWell Colorado in its effort to prevent and reduce obesity throughout the state.

On March 15, 2016, the Nederland Board of Trustees unanimously approved Resolution 2016-07 Declaring Nederland a LiveWell HEAL Town, and Setting Forth Nederland’s Commitment to Obesity Prevention. Colorado municipalities that adopt similar resolutions with goals to increase access to healthy eating and active living are eligible to become a HEAL city or town, and receive free technical assistance, education, and marketing resources. Joining The Campaign designates Nederland as a leader in promoting healthy eating and active living among Colorado municipalities. I'm proud to say that the next action that the board took that evening was approving a full water fee waiver for the Nederland Community Garden which will be revitalized this summer.

For the past several years, we had incorporated LiveWell ideals into our town's goals, but due to limited resources, those goals were placed on the back burner by town staff until they found 'free time'. Similarly, I also had the desire to adopt a healthy lifestyle someday, when I had some free time. I realized that the only way to make this happen was to 'Just Do It'.
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