Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 4 (June 2016)

HealthMatters, Kentucky! Still Going Strong
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by Lindsey Mullis, MS
Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Kentucky was the first state to join the HealthMatters Program Initiative. To date, 15 organizations have participated and over 467 people with intellectual disabilities have completed the 12-Week HealthMatters Program and 5 more organizations are joining this Fall. This doesn’t even include all those who saw all the fun and benefits of healthy choices and joined in from the sidelines.The results have been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging with reports of increasing culture of wellness, community inclusion, cooking classes, walking groups, onsite gardens, and widespread weight loss with one individual losing over 100 pounds within one year of participating (see Stephen’s Poem). Check out these videos to see more about HealthMatters, Kentucky!

HealthMatters, Kentucky! Pilot Program Video
HealthMatters, Kentucky! Interview with A1 Case Management
HealthMatters, Kentucky! Interview with Stephen & Terry from Tri-Generations

The Way I Used to Be
By James Stephen Love

I used to be as big as a tree
Just like my whole family
They would fill themselves with cakes and pies
And never want to exercise
When I wanted to lose weight
They called me names and filled me with hate
You’re not going to lose weight you idiot You’re going to be fat like us you twit
But that drove me to work hard
I pushed myself from the start
I worked hard, fast, and quick
I was losing weight by the look of it
Now they look at me with pain
At the falsehood of what they say
You can do what you envision
You just need will and good motivation

Watch and listen Stephen recite his poem
HERE

Salsa Sundays

Salsa is a great way of getting in your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. There are many different kinds of salsa you can make.  All you need to do is finely chop the ingredients or use a food processor or blender and mix together.
  • Tomato based salsa ingredients can include: diced tomatoes, beans, cilantro, onions, garlic, cumin, salt (just a pinch), lime juice, corn, bell peppers and jalapeños if you like it spicy!
  • Make a fruit salsa! Use mango, kiwis, apples, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, pineapple, or any fruit of your choice. Mix fruit with veggies.
  • Salsa can be served with many other things than just chips: spoon over pasta or grilled meat such as chicken or fish, use to top grilled eggplant or zucchini, add in a breakfast burrito (with or without eggs/cheese), use in baked potatoes instead of sour cream/cheese, use in place of ketchup in sandwiches, add a dollop on soups.

Events
July 8-10, 2016
AADMD 14th Annual Educational Conference (
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