Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Green City Market Launches Wellness Program with omstead Tomorrow

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  "Let food be thy medicine"
Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine

Green City Market will launch a new wellness program with omstead this September beginning tomorrow and running on subsequent Wednesdays through October 22 at the Lincoln Park Green City Market location.
 
According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (The CDC), chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.  The CDC states:  "Chronic diseases and conditions-such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis-are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems."
How do we teach people to prevent these health problems?
"By leading wellness programming specifically orchestrated to be in conjunction with a venue like the Green City Market, we can get hands on teaching people about basic, fulfilling and satisfying ways to utilize fresh, in season food to feel better.  One person, one plate, one family, one community at a time, says Amy Cox, certified health coach, owner of Western Springs-based omstead.

"It is no coincidence that sustainable farmers and food producers tend their land in a way that directly mirrors how a health coach teaches people to take care of their bodies.  The healthy, vibrant soil found on sustainable farmland holds natural properties that mimic healthy gut flora, the building block of a strong immunity system.  When we support local producers who focus on creating vibrant, healthy food, then we take an important step toward creating a less toxic environment for our bodies," says Cox.

If you have interest in learning more about this program, details and sign up can be found http://omstead.net/.  Programming is two tiered: there will no cost sessions offered, the first of which is on September 10 (Benefits of a Rainbow Diet); the second session will be held on October 15 (Sugar Busters).

Paid programming is available for those wanting to gain deeper, more specific knowledge. The cost is $225 for five sessions to be held at the Hotel Lincoln across from Green City Market. The package includes a one-on-one phone session with Cox and the remaining four are to be held in a group setting with up to 6 people. Group sessions are geared towards specific subjects including Flourishing Families where guests will learn strategies, group work and hands on training with simple lifestyle practices for feeding their families; the Sound Seniors sessions provides educational resources about the importance and benefits of implementing a low inflammatory diet to help alleviate health issues such as arthritis and heart disease. Both programs will incorporate useful information about how to use products from the market to make healthy lifestyle improvements.

Wellness Schedule
Wednesday, September 10: Benefits of a Rainbow Diet
Wednesdays, September 17-October 24th: Flourishing Families
Wednesdays, September 17-October 24: Sound Seniors  
Wednesday, October 15: Sugar Busters

To register, visit:
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=116375.

More about the program:

Flourishing Families
In today's fast paced world, keeping your family happy & healthy requires thought and planning. This five session group program is designed to provide busy moms with tools, resources and support to help keep their families thriving -- all with a specific focus on sourcing items from the Green City Market.

Session 1 -- a 45 minute one on one phone consultation with Amy Cox, CHC, AADP to define opportunities focused specifically to your family's needs. This will be scheduled for a mutually agreed upon time in September.
Sessions 2-5 -- are a 1.5 hour small group program that will meet on the dates specified below. The program will concur in conjunction with GCM hours. The exact class time will be determined based upon a poll sent out to interested participants:
September 17: Goal Setting & Basics of a Balanced Diet
September 24: Eating for Energy & Focus
October 8: Family Pleasing Breakfasts & Lunches
October 22: Simple Supper Solutions

Sound Seniors
You have worked hard to reach your golden years. Time devoted to focusing on your state of wellness can keep you feeling your best for many years to come. This five session group program is designed to provide seniors with tools, resources and support to help them thrive, with a specific emphasis on minimizing the body's inflammatory response and sourcing items from the Green City Market.

Session 1 -- a 45 minute one on one phone consultation with Amy Cox, CHC, AADP to identify your individual wellness needs for the program. This will be scheduled for a mutually agreed upon time in September.
Sessions 2-5 -- are conducted in a 1.5 hour small group program that will meet on the dates specified below. The program will concur in conjunction with GCM hours. The exact class time will be determined based upon a poll sent out to interested participants.
September 17: Goal Setting & Basics of a Balanced Senior Diet
September 24: Senior Benefits of Eating a Low Inflammation Diet
October 8: Low Inflammatory Breakfasts & Lunches
October 22: Low Inflammatory Suppers

A portion of the proceeds from the paid sessions will support Green City Market programming costs.
Amy Cox CHC, AADP -  omstead
Amy CoxA 15 year career in the cardiology medical device field made Amy keenly aware of the need for sustainable wellness solutions to address preventable disease. This awareness became heightened in 1999, after Amy was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease and was told there was no cure.  The irony of being at the height of a successful career in the medical field with no medical advice given other than to take a pill and bear it left Amy feeling unfulfilled.  She believed there had to be another way.

Steadfast in that belief, Amy took a leap of faith and quit her job.  She immersed herself in studying the basic aspects of wellness and was soon working collaboratively with renowned experts in the areas of sustainable farming, gardening, cooking, fitness, lifestyle and nutrition.

Amy's decision paid huge dividends.  Blood work performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center proves she no longer has autoimmune thyroid disease and no longer requires medication.

Wanting to empower others to feel their best, Amy sought professional training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she has been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and has studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.  Passionate about using this knowledge to create an organization where wellness information can be shared, Amy created omstead.   Onsite and offsite, omstead offers a wide variety of programs.

Amy has served as the President of Slow Food Chicago and was honored as a United States Delegate for the 2010 International Terra Madre Conference. She regularly collaborates with many wellness based organizations, such as The Edible Schoolyard Project, Wellness House Hinsdale, and Chicago's Green City Market.  Her spare time is spent in her organic garden, cooking beautiful fresh food, traveling, enjoying deep relationships with family & friends, appreciating nature and practicing Pilates and yoga.  Amy has been blessed with two thriving teenage daughters and a life giving marriage of over twenty years.
About Green City Market
Green City Market is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization celebrating its 16th anniversary. The mission of Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. Green City Market values education about quality food and its source. Green City Market is funded by individual donations, corporation sponsorships, grants and fund raising events. Learn more about Green City Market at http://www.greencitymarket.org and follow it on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/greencitymarket and Twitter at
http://www.twitter.com/greencitymarket. Post photos on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/GreenCityMarket.
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