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ATLANTA HEAL NEWSLETTER

 February 2017

Published by the Atlanta Chapter of the Human Ecology Action League (HEAL), Inc.
P.O. Box 28116, Atlanta, GA 30358-0116www.atlantaheal.org

President: Andrew Heyward, First Vice President, Program Chairman: Sydna Fisher, Second Vice President,
Membership: Joyce Taylor, Secretary: Joyce Taylor,Treasurer: Andrew B, Webmaster: Ian Greenberg, Newsletter: Sydna Fisher


FEBRUARY MEETING

Our February 18th meeting will be a sharing session. The community room isn’t available for Saturdays or Sundays this month, so we’ll meet on the balcony at the top of the stairs at Johns Creek Whole Foods at 1 o’clock. We have met there before and the air quality is generally good. Make sure you and anyone you bring are fragrance free and please turn off your cell phone.


REPORT OF JANUARY MEETING

The speaker for our January meeting was Cate Larkin, instructor for Ageless Grace, a movement program developed by Denise Medved which incorporates everyday movements in 21 Tools, or groups of movements which have catchy names. All are done while seated with the exception of two, Balancing Act and Get Down, Get Up! which include standing. Cate went over her notes and demonstrated sample moves of each Tool. One activity that isn’t specifically addressed in the 21 Tools is foot tapping, which Cate recommends doing daily to stimulate nerve endings on the bottom of the feet. This newsletter includes Cate’s notes, information on Denise Medved, a little more on Ageless Grace, and a description of the 21 Tools.

Denise Medved was born with a mild case of Spina Bifida and suffered from pain all of her childhood and early adult life. Cervical spine damage from a car accident made matters worse. She was also born with foot problems for which she had eleven surgeries. At the age of 22 when Denise was facing surgery for an inflamed spine, the hospital chief of staff recommended against the surgery and told her the best thing to do was to go home and exercise every day for the rest of her life. Otherwise she would be facing years of pain and surgeries and possibly a wheelchair. Denise soon developed a passion for fitness, dance, Nia, the Jane Boutelle Technique for spinal pain, and almost every type of movement imaginable. After spending many years as a personal trainer, as a teacher for the Nia Technique, and eleven years of research and pilot classes, Denise created Ageless Grace.

Ageless Grace is a brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity that activates all five functions of the brain – analytical, strategic, and kinesthetic sense, memory/recall, creativity, and imagination, and simultaneously addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal function. Each of the Tools emphasize a different anti-aging technique such as joint mobility, balance, spinal flexibility, right/left brain coordination, upper body strength, development of new neural pathways, dexterity of the feet and hands, systemic health, oxygenation of cells, increased self esteem, confidence, and playfulness. For the most part, the movements are designed to be performed while seated in a chair, which works the core muscles, stimulates the systems of the body (digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, respiratory) and helps maintain optimal organ function.


SHARING

[] Provided there is an outlet on the balcony, we will be able to show some of the Ageless Grace Tools on a small DVD player for anyone who is interested.

[] For those of you who can’t come to the meeting, please share information on products, services, etc, which have helped you and would be of general interest. Email, call, or write. Thanks!


MEMBER NEWS

Welcome new member Parka Wearn.


BIRTHDAYS

February: Mary Ann Cullerton 22nd, Marycallie Laxton 23rd, Sydna Fisher 24th.
March: Carol Berman 5th.


FLORIDA VACATION RENTAL

Carla Cooper is offering a house near Cape Coral. The website for the house is www.pureparadisevacation.com


BUSINESS

[] Our March meeting will be on Sunday March 19th.

[] Thank you to everyone who has mailed in their 2017 dues. For those who haven’t, our treasurer looks forward to hearing from you!


Thank you to Mark Fisher and Ian Greenberg for their assistance in this newsletter.

This newsletter is meant for information only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional advice.

 


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