Lutheran Home & Health Services Wellness Coordinator Discusses Kiwanian’s Health

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Monday Morning
We had 19 members and our guest speaker, Mary Jo Neumann, Wellness Coordinator at Fond du Lac Lutheran Home. Gary Miller announced that we had a successful InterClub to the Kewaskum Club last Monday evening. Steve Millin had a “Happy Buck” for a successful move to their new house last Saturday; unfortunately it was a cold day to move. Gary Ring announced that United for Diversity is holding their “Celebrate Comm-unity” on Saturday, February 16th at the Fairgrounds if anyone is interested. Bonnie Baerwald circulated thank you notes from Solution Center and United Way for our assistance in their fundraisers. She also noted that the Club Satellite was providing meals for the warming shelter on Tuesday and Thursday this week as well as promoting a “Linus Project” night at MPTC on Monday, February 25th from 4:00–8:00PM; everyone’s welcome to attend and help make blankets. Dave Twohig was the 50/50 Raffle winner and he drew the Four of Diamonds. Not a winner so the pot continues to grow. Next Monday’s game will have 36 cards, eight pay cards and a pot of at least $204.

Mary Jo Neumann – Lutheran Homes & Health Services
Mary Jo Neumann, Wellness Coordinator at Lutheran Homes & Health Services (LHHS) and Certified Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer, is an accomplished specialist in wellness and nutrition, serving individuals of all ages with a variety of exercise and total wellness programs. She has been involved in fitness and wellness for over 28 years. She started her presentation by making us all get up and do a couple of stretching exercises. She told us that a basic thing for us to remember is to stay active to improve and/or maintain our flexibility. Then Mary Jo talked about nutrition and how it is so important for our ongoing wellness. She reference a body of research that she’s been following that involves the pH of our body and our blood stream. She stated that our blood stream should have an ideal pH range of 7.35-7.45 on a scale of 0–14. She outlined foods that very acidic (low pH) and foods that are very alkaline (high pH). The highly acidic food group is made up of roots, seeds, muscle and processed foods. The highly alkaline food group is made up of foods such as water, lemons, fruits & vegetables, nuts & select seeds, and raw whole foods. Mary Jo passed around a bag of goji berries to taste as she noted that they were probably the best food that we could eat to help balance our pH.