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Friday, October 14, 2011
Local Resident Offers Tips on Living Long, Happy Life via Chelsea District Library
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Local Resident Offers Tips on Living Long, Happy Life
Elmer Greenwald reads The Blue Zones
October is Chelsea Reads Together month and our community read theme is health and wellness. We are reading The Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow who traveled the globe uncovering the best strategies for longevity in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. In his book he discloses the formula, blending unique lifestyle habits with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.
We did not have to look far to find Chelsea residents who have created their own unique formula for living long, happy lives.
At the Chelsea Senior Center we met Elmer Greenwald, age 92, who agreed to talk with us after his morning jog. Elmer has led an active life and started by telling us of the house he built by hand in his 30s. After completing the project, he was diagnosed with arthritis in his hands and became determined to find relief without injections. Elmer started reading everything he could find on arthritis and found a book that offered tips on how to relieve symptoms, advice he summarizes as "Do not eat the typical American meal: meat, potatoes and sugar."
In his early 80s, Elmer bought a farm in Chelsea. "I didn't feel like I was in my 80s," says Elmer, of taking on such a large project. Elmer contributes this to many things, one being his diet. "I don't eat much meat," Elmer says, "I buy a lot of meatless meals and eat grains and vegetables and a lot of apples." Elmer's story is inspiring and his lifestyle has mirrored many of the centenarians interviewed in The Blue Zones.
This month's 6-11 Club will feature activities centered around the Chelsea Reads Together youth book:Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera B. Williams. Learn to set up a tent, how to paddle a canoe, and make tasty camping snacks!
We'll also be doing some hula hooping! Hula hoops can help you stay fit while having a lot of fun! Kristin Kelly of AutheniKK Hoops will be here with her custom-made hula hoops to show us all the cool moves-don't miss it!
Chelsea District Library is excited to announce a new addition to our youth collection-Playaway View™, the latest innovation from Findaway World. The library will offer patrons Playaway View, the first portable all-in-one video player, available November 1, 2011.
The pre-loaded video player offers libraries and their patrons access to award-winning programs from top children's content providers such as PBS KIDS, National Geographic, Sesame Street and TumbleBooks, among others. With Playaway View, libraries can provide their patrons with portable educational and entertaining programming that was designed with libraries and kids in mind.
With over 100 titles available on Playaway View and more to come each month, each View is preloaded with multiple videos to entertain even the youngest patrons for hours at a time. Perfect for car rides!
A variety of popular television episodes, animated picture books, and curriculum-based learning is offered for pre-kindergarten through high school.
The library's collection will include:
Between the Lions: Fun animal stories
Math for Children
Sesame Street: Elmo's world & more
Using Playaway View
Click image below and use your mouse to hover over the Playaway View buttons and learn how they work.
The Chelsea District Library is nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people.The Library currently serves 14,000 residents in the Chelsea district - City of Chelsea plus Dexter, Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan townships and more than 20,000 individuals visit the Library each month.The Library's state-of-the-art facility is an access point for information including: books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, downloadable e-books, subscription databases as well as access to the Internet.In addition to providing dynamic services to complement and support local schools and other important community needs, the Chelsea District Library strives to present timely, interesting and high-quality programs and events to engage and enrich the Chelsea community.
Anna Cangialosi, Marketing Coordinator Chelsea District Library