Thursday, July 24, 2014

Choose Healthy Foods by Using ‘GO, SLOW and WHOA’

July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

Navigating the supermarket can be a challenge, especially when you’re shopping for healthy foods for the whole family. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute developed the terms GO, SLOW and WHOA to categorize foods that are lower in fat and calories and more beneficial all around. Use these categories the next time you go grocery shopping to help make smarter and healthier food decisions.

GO foods are the most beneficial.
These foods are lowest in fat and calories, making them less harmful to your waistline. They contain much less sugar than other foods, and they’re full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs. GO foods include things like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.

SLOW foods should be eaten in moderation.
Though these foods aren’t necessarily unhealthy, they’re higher in fat and calories and should be eaten in smaller amounts. Many SLOW foods provide some vitamins and nutrients, but their high calorie or sugar contents will make you gain weight if eaten in excess.

WHOA foods are the most harmful.
This category includes things like cake, cookies, and other desserts. These foods are the highest in fats and added sugar, and they’re much more calorie-dense than others. Because they provide little to no nutrients, they should only be saved for special occasions.

Choosing Foods for Your Family [National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute]

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Bushnell Park Brings History to Hartford

July 15, 2014 1:10 pm

Bushnell Park has existed for more than a century in Hartford, a 37-acre enclave from the busy city. It's the oldest public park in the country, and so culturally rich that it's claimed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, particularly as a result of its historic artwork.

The artwork shows up in several forms throughout the park, some of them functional. For instance, Bushnell Park's carousel is a work of art in and of itself. It was built in 1914 with 48 wooden horses and two chariots hand-carved by locally renowned carvers. Wooden roses sprinkle the horses and chariots.

Other masterpieces appear more traditionally, as statues. Once such statue pays homage to Horace Wells, the Hartford dentist who invented modern anesthesia, and another monument commemorates the local soldiers and sailors who have fallen in war. Visit the pumping station to get a peek inside a functioning anti-flood mechanism and explore the adjacent art gallery, or head to the brown-stone-edged pond for some time of quiet reflection.

Bushnell Park
100 Wells Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 232-6710

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Enjoy Live Performances or Peace and Quiet at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

July 8, 2014 1:54 pm

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza first opened to Hartford residents in 1999, and in the short time since, it's completely changed the landscape of downtown Hartford—both literally and metaphorically. The beautifully arranged and maintained park overlooks downtown and serves as the focal point of the entire Riverfront Park System. So its presence brings a piece of nature right into the city.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza has also refreshed the cultural landscape of the city thanks to the stage that sits right at the river's edge. It acts as a venue for live performances throughout the year and welcomes up to 2,500 audience members at a time. Nearby, the docks play host to the annual Dragon Boat Festival, a Hartford tradition, as well as boats that take the public out on tours of Hartford.

Of course, you can bypass the performances and festivals and simply go for a run around Mortensen Riverfront Plaza as well. It's home to lighted trails and many pieces of public art to see along the way. Residents also come to the park to go fishing.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
300 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103

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