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Hospital’s summer activities focus on wellness

June 14, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER - What does it take to create a trendy chopped salad? How can you determine the sodium and nutrient content of your favorite foods? How much physical activity is recommended for you for optimum health? Three events sponsored by Grundy County Memorial Hospital this month will provide the answers to these questions and much more.

'Chopped Salads 101' takes place Thursday, June 11 during the Grundy Center Farmers Market at the courthouse square, 4:30 6:30 p.m. A variety of fresh greens and other salad ingredients will be available for assembling into chopped salads, and hospital dietitian Crystal Petersen RD LD will share how a healthy salad can easily become one of your go-to summer menus. Stop by the hospital booth anytime during the market to make your own chopped salad.

Next Monday evening, June 15, hospital dietitian Wendy Brewer RDN LD will lead a class titled 'Just What the Doctor Ordered Nutrition for High Blood Pressure' at 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. "Our class session will focus on simple lifestyle changes, for instance, learning how to read food labels at the grocery store and using different ingredients in your kitchen that are proven to lower blood pressure," says Brewer. Sign up for the class by phoning or emailing Brewer at 319-824-4127 or There is no charge for the class, will be held in the GCMH Education Room.

Finally, as tens of thousands of Iowans join RAGBRAI next month, the hospital will feature its own 'Pedal Challenge' beginning at the Gladbrook Corn Carnival on June 25, 26 and 27th. A hospital display includes two stationery bicycles, courtesy of Bike Tech in Cedar Falls. The goal is to encourage carnival-goers to take a turn riding the bike to help accumulate 302 miles, or the equivalent of a ride across Iowa, during the Corn Carnival and other locations the hospital activity will appear this summer. "Our bodies are meant to move," remarks Crystal Petersen, the hospital's Food Nutrition & Wellness manager. "The amount of physical activity recommended for good health varies with your age, and we'll have information about what's recommended for each age group for optimum health." The 'Pedal Challenge will also appear at the Grundy County Fair in July.

For more information about any of the hospital's summer activities, contact Community Outreach Manager Keely Harken,, or check out the hospital's website,



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