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Friday March 22, 2013

We Choose Health Updates

Complete Street ExampleComplete Streets for YOUR Community

Complete Streets is a movement that strives to make streets more accessible for all users of all abilities – walkers, runners, bikers, as well as vehicles. Communities designed with complete streets are safer and more livable for YOU! To learn more about complete streets, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Could your community benefit from complete streets? Now is the time to act! Get Up & Go is helping communities in St. Clair County learn about and plan for Complete Streets. Encourage your mayor to take advantage of this opportunity and contact us by e-mail.           

Clean Air Bookmark Contest for Students

We Choose Health, Get Up & Go!, and other local agencies and organizations are sponsoring a bookmark contest for St. Clair County students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

Students’ designs should show ways to improve air quality and health such as carpooling, biking, walking, public transportation, no-idling, and renewable energy. There are three grade categories for the contest: K-2, 3-4 and 5-6.

The first place bookmark designs will be printed with the winner’s name and school and made available to the winning student’s school library.

To enter, print a copy of the official entry form (you may make copies of the form on white paper to distribute to students). All entries need to be postmarked by Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing Surveys Residents
Jan Douglass (We Choose Health) and Mary Miller (St. Clair County Ombudsman) worked together closely to encourage multi-unit housing developments to become smoke-free.

Ms. Douglass and Ms. Miller held a meeting with the tenants of Amber/Gwen to let them know about a survey they would soon receive in the mail. The purpose of the survey was to assess their interest in Amber/Gwen becoming the next elderly housing development to become smoke free. The meeting was held on February 12, 2013.

The residents of Amber/Gwen received the survey in the mail a few days later. Along with the survey, residents received Quitline smoking information. 

Many residents have already returned surveys to the St. Clair County Health Department and the results are being tabulated. Jan will share the results with the We Choose Health committee, and the St. Clair County Housing Authority.  

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How to Find Local Biking, Walking and Nature Trails

Bike trailCheck out the online trail map from the Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD). It shows trails throughout all of St. Clair County. MEPRD's online map can also be customized to display trail parking locations, drinking fountains, public parks, and nearby restrooms.  

Don’t see a trail that should be listed? Let MEPRD know via Facebook


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How Many Fruits and Veggies Do You Need?

Fruit BasketDo you know how many fruits and veggies you need every day? Visit the Fruit and Vegetable Calculator to find out! Just enter your age, gender, and activity level into the calculator. You’ll get a recommendation for how much fruit and vegetables to eat based on your calorie needs, along with photos of what a serving size of each looks like.

Once you know how much you should eat each day, make a point to try these fruits and veggies that are in season in the Spring:

Collard Greens
Green Beans
Green Onion
Swiss Chard
Vidalia Onions


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Kale Chips

Kale ChipsKale is a powerhouse of nutrients rich in essential vitamins and minerals. It’s also a good source of fiber. Try this healthy and delicious recipe for Kale Chips.
A guilt-free treat!


1 bunch of kale (preferably Lacinato or “dinosaur” kale (pre-chopped, bagged kale works, too)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For easy cleanup, line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove the tough center ribs from the kale and cut into large pieces. Wash and rinse and add to a salad spinner to remove all the water. Be sure that the washed leaves are completely dry before baking. If the kale is wet when you place it in the oven, it'll steam and turn soggy.
  3. Place leaves in a large bowl and, using your hands, toss with olive oil, salt and black pepper until coated.
  4. Arrange leaves in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet (you may need two baking sheets). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the leaves are crackly when touched yet still dark green. Remove from oven and eat while they're hot.

(Makes 4 servings)


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