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Green is where the Heart Is for May 14th, 2014

"It’s not enough to have foods that aren’t bad for kids; we want foods and beverages to actually be good for them. Our motto is: No empty calories!!" — Dana Woldow, Parent and Chair, Aptos Student Nutrition Committee

Contributing Writer

Living Green embraces a mindset of taking responsibility for one’s own health and the health of the family. 
Information is at our fingertips with, “Ask the Google,” and informed patients realize that there are more ways to manage good health than popping pills recommended by TV commercials to “ask your doctor.” 
Cutting edge physicians promote a holistic approach to creating good health starting with the foods that are put into the body as fuel. 
Do you believe that the quality of the fuel used in any machine determines the efficiency of its output?  Well, Dana Woldow, a parent volunteer and middle school principal Linal Ishibashi believed it.  They created a pilot program in one of San Francisco’s most racially diverse middle schools where 36.5 percent of the students are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.
In a school of 860 to 900 students where this food may be the only meal available for some students, the question was raised, “Shouldn’t we make these meals as nutritious as possible?”
Creating this type of fuel for the children has been associated with improved cognitive function (especially memory), reduced absenteeism and improved mood. 
The San Francisco pilot program reported that since the nutrition changes were implemented, student behavior after lunch has improved. 
There are fewer afternoon visits to the counseling office and less litter in the school yard with more students sitting down to eat.  Aptos Middle School also reported higher scores on standardized tests.
Our local Island Montessori charter school has also embraced this way of thinking. Their school lunches are being provided by Tidal Creek Food Co-op and include local, fresh ingredients avoiding empty calories from added sugars and fats. 
A big thumbs up goes to the progressive leadership at Island Montessori charter school.  Helping children make smart choices on their food intake may be one of the most valuable lessons they learn to carry them through their lives.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.