Health & Wellness Section :: Page 10

  • Gardens yield more than green

    Some members of the loosely-networked community gardening group are shown in the FCC garden. Pictured from left to right are: standing, back row: Meranda Pelzl, Corinne Pelzl, Daniel L. Pelzl, Rob Content and Doug ‘Thor’ Bailey. Middle row, seated: Faith Morgan, Eric Johnson, Jenny Haack, Max Banaszak-Moore, Bob Moore. Front row: McKenna Banaszak-Moore and Christine O. Roberts, Sally Palmer and Paul Webb.

    Some say starting a garden is an act of faith, a passive act done best when the moon is right. Others, like a new local community gardening group, plan for a good crop by building beds of e-mail list serves and germinating ideas at community potlucks.

    This loosely networked bunch of area gardening enthusiasts and hopeful amateurs has scattered seeds of intention across the village and Miami Township that just might sprout up in the form of shared gardens, seed swaps and educational activities near you.

  • Marilyn’s story of wheel gratitude

    Longtime Yellow Springs resident Marilyn Van Eaton, after a long bout of illness, uses this recumbent bicycle to wheel around town and to regain her health. The bike was purchased after friends raised $1,000 from villagers so that Van Eaton could have a bike.

    “This will be a love letter to the village,” said Marilyn Van Eaton, her eyes filled with tears. The recent interview had to be stopped several times while she composed herself, describing the “long row to hoe” that has defined her life for so many years.

  • Women’s Threshold Choir sings for healing and for pleasure

    Local Threshold Choir members, from left, Teresa Sapunar, Sylvia Carter Denny, Paulette Olson and Mary Donahoe sing to each other when they rehearse.

    Their voices floated in with soothing softness and a power to calm the rumbles of anxiety. Sylvia sang as close as a mother to her baby, while Mary cooed her part and Theresa led the choral rounds from an arm’s length away.

  • Lawn art calls to Village Walkers

    There’s a secret club in Yellow Springs that’s been meeting for 10 years. Walking and chatting all over town, club members are almost indistinguishable from the rest of the villagers.

  • Blazing her own trail, with cancer

    In her fight with a rare cancer, Esther Damaser found she has had to become her own expert on the disease.

    In her 28-year journey as a person with cancer, Esther Damaser has learned many things. Like many cancer survivors, she learned to not sweat the small stuff, and to spend time doing what she loves, rather than what she feels obligated to do.

  • Wright State Center gives free wellness screenings

    Clinical psychologist Rose Mary Shaw and family physician Cynthia Olsen are increasing their effort to focus on “health for the whole person” in their practice at the Wright State Family Health Center. The clinic will offer free health screenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from May 22 to May 29.

    The road to wellness of mind, body and spirit should start at home, one that Wright State Family Health Center practitioners have begun to call a “medical home.” Forget trying to treat the belly ache separate from the cough and the anxiety…

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