Volume IV, Issue 1   January 4, 2018  
January Editor: Shaun Hathaway
In this addition...
  • "Eat Well, Move Well, Restore and Connect - A Presentation on Creating Your 2018 Health and Wellness Goals" by Dawn Shepard. 
  • Winter drought fun facts
  • Announcements 
  • Happy Bucks
Thursday, January 4, 2018
"Eat Well, Move Well, Restore and Connect - A Presentation on Creating Your 2018 Health and Wellness Goals" by Dawn Shepard.
With the start of a new year, it’s time to make your health and fitness goals.  Statistically by February 80% of us forget these goals.  The presentation on Thursday provided new information that should easily increase motivation to boost health, which is a state of equilibrium that an individual has established within him/herself and his/her social and physical environment. 
Communities throughout the world that produce a high number of centenarians (Blue Zones) are characterized by the following attributes: Regular physical activity, life purpose, stress reduction, moderate calorie intake, plant based diet, moderate alcohol intake (especially wine), management of spirituality or religion, and management in family and social life. 
Diet plays an integral role in improving health.  It is recommended that we should eat mostly plants (especially beans), and eat meat in small portions (3-4 ounces).  Specifically diets should be 95% plant based and 5% animal based.  Research has shown that high plant intake was inversely associated with mortality, while high animal protein intake contributed to a higher rate of mortality.  Meatless Modays are a great way to reduce animal protein intake. A healthy diet should consist of 65% carbohydrates (fruits, veggies and nuts), 20% fat and 15% proteins.  To maximize good health, eating should stop when 80% full, foods should contain very little added sugars, and water should dominate the drink of choice. 
Physical activity is equally as important to diet.  To maximize health, 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week should be accumulated, along with two strength training session per week.  Prolonged sitting is extremely problematic, as it causes pressure on the spine and discs, affects breathing, and causes the gluts stop firing.  Additionally prolonged sitting is attributed to an overabundance of insulin production.  Moving every 30-40 minutes is very helpful. 
Sleep is another important factor to promoting a healthy body.  During a normal sleep cycle, DNA is repaired, inflammation is decreased, the stress hormone cortisol is decreased, and glial cells are active sweeping away toxins.  Finally, forging and maintaining strong friendships is extremely important to maintaining a healthy body.  Research has shown that close relationships increases life span at a rate equal to that of quitting smoking. 
For more information on this topic, please attend a free lecture this Monday night at the Aspen Library, and remember—motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going!
Captain Hillary Klug JAG (Warren & Kathy Klug)
Nathalie Crick (Susan Gomes)
Fun Facts about the current winter drought presented by President Scott Russell:
Although Aspen is suffering from an unseasonable drought this season, it isn't the worst.  The worst snow drought on record was 1976/77, the second worst was 1980/81
  • In 1980/81 only 26 of 32 ski areas remained open with only 25 acres of snowmaking capability
  • In 1979/80 there was only 25 acres with snowmaking; after that season snowmaking increased to 2,000 acres, now there is over 5,000 acres
  • In 1976/77, a Colorado Senator held a press conference urging President Carter a declare the mountains a disaster area.  During this season, Crested Butte experienced a 100% hotel cancellation rate before Christmas, and Steamboat residents spent time shoveling snow from trees to place on ski runs.
  • Aspen currently has a 15" mid mountain base, with the last snowfall of 3" coming on Christmas day.   
Sadly Carolyn Scheer passed away peacefully at home in Carbondale on December 28, 2017, at the age of 75.  She was surrounded by her family and husband of over 48 years, Tony Scheer.
A resident of the Aspen area since 1969, Carolyn was originally from Richmond, Virginia.  After attending St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, she ventured to Denver, Colorado, in 1967 where she met Tony.  They married in 1969 and moved to Aspen shortly after their wedding. 
Carolyn’s life was filled with adventure, community, and volunteer service, but she will be most remembered for her love of and dedication to her family.  She was known to travel far and often to visit her children and grandchildren, rarely missing a sports game or important family event.  Carolyn loved playing golf, was a sharp bridge and canasta card player with friends and family, and enjoyed travel and road trips across the US.  She loved being near the water, with many family reunions to the Outer Banks in NC and whale watching trips in Hawaii. 
While raising her family and in recent years, Carolyn served as a regular volunteer at Aspen Valley Hospital, always a friendly face in Same Day Surgery, Radiation and other departments for over 38 years. She worked at the Aspen Skiing Company for 19 years, and was very active in her local community, including with Christ Episcopal Church, P.E.O., and through the local schools. 
Carolyn is survived by her husband Tony, children Susan Ward (Glenn), Chris Scheer (Keri), and Courtney Truesdel (Max); her grandchildren Mackenna and Connor Ward, Braeden and Macy Scheer, and Graham, Jessen, and Brooks Truesdel; and her sister Susan Norton (David), as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She will always be loved and missed by her family and friends.
A memorial service for Carolyn will be held on Saturday, January 20, at 11:00 am at Christ Episcopal Church, 536 West North Street, Aspen.  The family has requested that any donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1901 Grand Avenue, Suite 206, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
Carolyn Powell Scheer
June 5, 1942 – December 28, 2017
Upcoming Speakers
January 11: Steve & Mike Marolt,  "Climbing & Mountaineering Adventures of the Aspen's Twins!"
January 18: Greg Lewis, "A day in the life of an Olympic Commentator"
January 25: Christina Medved, Watershed Education Director, Roaring Fork Conservancy 
Member News
Happy Bucks (benefitting the Aspen Homeless Shelter)
  • Charles C. is happy to be going to Charleston where there is 5” of snow.
  • Jeanette D. is happy to be back from the Midwest.  She also reminded members to visit Aspen Chapel Galley for the Small Wonders exhibit, which will be available through this weekend.  The Hall of Fame deadline is next week.
  • Norm B is happy that there is a homeless shelter.
  • Robin S. is happy for a great holiday season and to see friendly faces here in town.
  • Sam J. is thankful for the homeless shelter, and happy to be leaving for a trek to Kilimanjaro in Africa.  She was hoping for milder weather but now Kilimanjaro is being pounded by snow as summer in Africa begins.
  • Susan G. is happy that two dear friends are at the breakfast – Nathalie Crick and Dawn Sheperd.
  • Steve W. is happy that his daughter Tara got engaged.
  • John K. is happy to see the play School of Rock, and happy that his grandson Patrick is the lead actor.
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