Ladies First Newsletter
March 2016
Breast Cancer: What you need to know

Most of us have a friend or family member that has faced breast cancer. After all, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease at some point during their lives, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Sometimes a disease doesn't seem so scary when you know the basic facts. Read on to learn more about early detection and what to look for. Read More
Move U!
Lifestyle Programs, Motivation and more!
Ladies First is expanding its fitness partners across the state. If you've had your heart health screening and are interested in Jazzercise, Zumba, strength training, swimming or some other exercise option, we may be able to help you find that in a fitness center close to home for FREE. Contact us for more details...but don't forget to get screened first!

Looking for some motivation boosters to help get you started?
Find some terrific ideas here

Here are the physical activity recommendations for adults.
Are you meeting them?

Enjoy the weather by increasing your daily walking!

Start by taking this pledge and signing up for regular email updates from Every Body Walk!

Food Adventures
Check Out Chickpeas!

Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo Beans, are a nutritious food with many uses. Chickpeas are high in fiber, which is good for heart health and digestion. They are also high in nutrients such as iron, phosphate, calcium, and zinc, which are important for maintaining strong bones. Chick peas are also high in protein!

Here are some easy ways to reap the benefits of chickpeas:
  • Toss roasted chickpeas in a spinach salad
  • Puree them with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini to make hummus. Use the hummus as a veggie dip or spread on whole wheat crackers
  • Add chickpeas to veggie soup for more protein
  • Make a bean salad with other beans, veggies, and a grain like rice or barley
Good food- fast! 
Around Vermont
Sweet Enough: Sugar and your diet

Thursdays: April 28th, May 5th, and May 12th 5:30-7:00 pm

How sweet is your diet? The new USDA Guidelines now include a recommendation on maximum added sugar. The guidelines suggest that less than ten percent of your daily calories come from added sugar. For someone who eats a 2,000 calorie diet, that's only 32 grams or 8 teaspoons per day.
To help make sense of this, the Springfield Health Center is offering a free class. The first class starts with an introduction to sugar, where it is found in our foods, benefits and disadvantages, grocery shopping tips, and how to meet the new guidelines. The following two classes focus on eating the recommended diet with support from a dietitian and fellow class members.

Click here for more information and for free registration!

Here's to a healthier you!