Issue date: Wednesday, August 05, 2009

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Ideas to save money, reduce waste, reduce stress and educate others

Back to school green ideas

Packing a lunch
Use a PVC- free reusable lunch box and reusable containers
·The average-size elementary school produces 18,000 pounds of lunch waste.
·By using reusable containers, you can contribute to the prevention of 67 pounds of waste per school from going to landfills.

Recycle printers ink cartridge
According to the Green Guide For Everyday Living, three gallons of oil are required to produce one new ink cartridge. Others such as report three quarts are required to produce one new ink cartridge. In either scenario it still makes sense to recycle. How can you help? By recycling. Encourage your school to arrange a cartridge-recycling program. Learn more at

Buy recycled paper
The average American uses an astonishing 730 pounds of paper product per year. According to Conservafree (a nonprofit organization), a scant 5 percent of our national paper consumption is made from recycled pulp.

When shopping for recycled paper, look for the following labels:
Post-consumer waste or PCW means that the product's pulp was made from paper once used by consumers; 100 percent PCW is most desirable, but rare.
Pre-consumer recycled refers to pulp made from scraps left over from the papermaking process as well as post-consumer content. The "% recycled" label represents the amount of both post and pre-consumer recycled content.
Green seal certified is awarded by a nonprofit that rigorously evaluates paper production with standards set for PCW content as well as inking, bleaching and other processes. See products at The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) can certify that the pulp used to make paper originates from well-managed forests with intact, healthy ecosystems.
Processed chlorine-free or PCF indicates that no dioxin-releasing chlorinated compounds were used to bleach the product. Additionally, PCF-labeled products must be 30 percent PCW. Totally chlorine free (TCF), for virgin (non-recycled) paper, is unbleached or processed without the use of chlorine or chlorine derivatives. Least desirable of these is ECF, or elemental chlorine free, which is applied to paper bleached with chlorine derivatives that reduce, but don't eliminate, dioxin emissions. These labels are regulated by the Chlorine Free Products Association (

Source: Green Guide for Everyday Living (


Nutrition essentials

Eating locally grown produce helps reduce your carbon footprint. Packed with vitamins and minerals, chard shines in value.

Chard, also known as Swiss Chard, is a leafy vegetable. Chard is in the same plant species as the garden beet.

Chard has shiny green ribbed leaves with stems that range from white to yellow and red depending upon cultivation. Fresh, young chard can be used raw in salads. Mature leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sautéed.

Chard is locally grown in Wisconsin. An abundance of chard is found in our local CSA (community supported agriculture) farm box each week.


Our favorite way to eat chard (teenagers included) recipe:

1 large bunch of fresh Swiss Chard
1 small clove garlic, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp water
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
1 tsp butter

Rinse out the Swiss chard Chard leaves thoroughly. Remove the toughest third of the stalk. Discard or save for another recipe. Roughly chop the leaves into inch-wide strips.

Heat saucepan on a medium heat setting, add olive oil, a few small slices of garlic and the crushed red pepper. Sauté for about a minute. Add the chopped Swiss chard leaves. Cover. Check after about five minutes. If it looks dry, add a couple tablespoons of water. Flip the leaves over in the pan, so that what was on the bottom, is now on the top. Cover again. Check for doneness after another five minutes (remove a piece and taste it). Add salt to taste, and a small amount of butter. Remove the Swiss Chard to a serving dish. Recipe by Simply Recipes

Aromatherapy essentials

Try our recommended sweet dream essential oil blend:

1-drop lavender (lavandula angustafolia)
1-drop bergamot
1 tissue or cotton ball

Place 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of bergamot on 1 tissue or cotton ball and place between your pillowcase and pillow

This is great for kids and adults. Sweet dreams!

To purchase essential oils, visit Aurora St Luke's Medical Center, For Your Well Being Store at 2900 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI. The phone number is 414-649-5925.

Essential power thoughts

To acquire knowledge, one must study, but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

Marilyn vos Savant


Gaining wisdom expanding consciousness through sharing

Web based access

Aurora Health Care

Energy Therapies Support Sessions
For all energy practitioners: such as reiki, therapeutic touch, healing touch and all other energy therapies. Come refresh and practice your skills. There will be a brief review and then live practice on each other.

Sessions will take place on the third Wednesday of each month at Aurora West Allis Medical Center, 8901 W. Lincoln Ave. West Allis, WI in the 3rd floor inpatient rehabilitation gym. Time will be 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
For more information contact Barb Ehlers,

Clinical Aromatherapy Certification Program for Health Care Professionals
Featuring Diane Ames, MSN, FNP, CCAP Clinical Instructor
2009 opportunity
Location: Aurora Health Center in Fond du Lac
Module 1: August 14 & 15
Module 2: November 13 & 14
Module 3: February 26 & 27, 2010
Module 4: May 7 & 8, 2010

This course is designed to educate licensed health care professionals on the use of clinical aromatherapy to enhance their practice and integrate this therapy into working environments. It is meant to improve the health and well being of the people we serve through the clinical use of essential oils in a safe and effective manner.

After completion of four modules of instruction, small research project and an examination, each participant will be certified as a Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner (CCAP).

For more information, or to get a copy of the conference brochure, contact Aurora Complementary Medicine, attention Karen Frank, 414-454-6703 or

Tai Chi Fundamentals Beginners
This program serves as a complete exercise program that is a simple, systematic approach to the fundamentals of Tai Chi. Tai Chi fundamentals have applications for everyone, from athletes to those with physical limitations. Instructor: Pat Culotti

Tai Chi (continuing participants)
This program serves as a complete exercise program that is a simple, systematic approach to the fundamentals of Tai Chi. Tai Chi fundamentals have applications for everyone, from athletes to those with physical limitations. You must be approved by the instructor to register for these sessions. Participant can call the instructor, Pat Culotti, at 262- 662-1060 for her approval. Once approved, you must register.

Outside Aurora Health Care

Enhancing Balance
Enhancing Balance, believes in helping individuals take responsibility for their own health. They offer classes in Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and Meditation in the Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Waukesha and surrounding areas. Enhancing Balance also specializes in Herbal Health and Nutritional consulting, Acupuncture treatments, Tai Chi Teacher Certification Programs and accredited Continuing Education Unit programs for health care professionals. Be sure to check out the Special Events page for important opportunities.

Tai Chi Fundamentals® schedule Fall 2009- Spring 2010
Brochures/ details available at:

Web based access
Complementary & Alternative Medicine Online Continuing Education Series
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering a new online Continuing Education Series on complementary and alternative medicine. This CME series is free.

For more information, visit NCCAM.

Save the dates: 2009 - 2010 national conference opportunities

August 7 -- September 11, 2009 or
October 2 -- October 30, 2009
HeartMath® Interventions Certification Program
The Program combines home study, interactive webinars and on-going technical and clinical support.

September 12 -- September 16, 2009
Mind-Body Medicine
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
San Diego, California
Learn the scientific basis for the use of mind-body techniques and their biological and physiological effects on stress and trauma. Discover the depth and power of this unique small group approach. Experience a range of the most effective tools for self-care and stress management including: meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and the use of drawings, journals and movement to express feelings and thoughts. Transform the way you live and work in an intensive, five-day training.
Hyatt Mission Bay, San Diego, CA

September 16 - September 20, 2009
International & American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists Scientific Symposium: The Effect of Gastrointestinal Integrity on Total Body Health & Well Being
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Arizona

October 4 - October 8, 2009
10th Annual The Science and Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Jointly sponsored with the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Optional ABHM Board Certification Exam October 9, 2008
Westfields Marriott Washington-Dulles, Chantilly, Virginia

October 12 - October 17, 2009
8th Annual Destination Health: Renewing, Mind, Body and Soul
Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club
The Garden Island of Kauai, Hawaii
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

November 5 -- 7, 2009
AHMA Holistic Health Now: The Future of Holistic Medicine
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Cleveland, Ohio

November 12 -- 13, 2009
6th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology
New York Academy of Medicine
New York, New York

January 21-- January 24, 2009
7th Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-based Update
Paradise Point Resort
San Diego, California
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

January 30 -- February 3, 2010
Advanced Mind-Body Medicine -- Save the date
Pre-requisite: Mind-Body Medicine introductory training
San Diego, CA

February 18 -- February 21, 2010: Module 1
March 25 -- March 28, 2010: Module 2
April 29 -- May 2, 2010: Module 3
June 10 -- June 13, 2010: Module 4
Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program
Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
For medical or allied health professionals looking to develop their capacity to help others attain their maximum level of health and wellness.
For more information, visit:

February 25 -- February 27, 2010
Integrative Healthcare Symposium - IHS
Hilton New York, NY

May, 2010
Integrative and Holistic Nursing Conference: Bringing Healing to You and Your Patients
San Diego, California
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

May 20 -- May 23, 2010
The 17th International Symposium on Functional Medicine
Cancer: Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment Approaches
La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, CA

October 17 -- October 22, 2010
9th Annual Destination Health: Renewing Mind, Body and Soul
Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club
Kauai, Hawaii
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

Inspirational transformations

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