The 12th week of the Healthy Appanoose Challenges are printed below. The free program can be joined anytime throughout the year. Log in at the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at www.centerville-ia.com to record challenges completed. At the end of Phase 1 on April 18, the 50 participants who logged in the most will be entered into a drawing for $100 in chamber gift certificates.
Day 78 — April 2 —Who gets the bigger slice? Evaluate your priorities by drawing a pie chart of your life. Think about the major areas of your life, such as parenting, work, chores and hobbies. Next, draw a circle and assign a slice equivalent to the percentage of time you spend in each area. For example, if you devote 50 percent of your time to work, the slice of pie labeled “work” should take up half of your circle. Balance is critical for a healthy, happy life, but it can be hard to achieve. Seeing your life as pieces of a pie can help provide a reality check, and may motivate you to look more carefully at your priorities. Are there some pieces that are too small? Are there ways to increase the size of those pieces, and cut down on others?
Day 79 — April 3— Eat one source of epicatechin, such as apples, cherries, pears, blackberries or green tea. Today, eat one food that has a high concentration of epicatechin. Your fruit bowl is a great place to start: apples, cherries, pears, blackberries, raspberries and black grapes are all good sources. You can also drink it up in some tasty green tea, or get it from fava beans at lunch or dinner. Epicatechin is a compound that’s found in catechins, compounds that are known to have antioxidant properties in the body. With so many delicious choices, it’s easy to get epicatechin into your day and reap the health benefits at the same time.