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Sunday, September 07, 2014
Green City Market Launches Wellness Program with omstead (Chicago)
Green City Market Launches Wellness Program with omstead
"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 Wednesday, September 10 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.