Author: Kristen Klucas

Healthy job sites honored

By Karen Shideler The Wichita Eagle Posted on Thu, Aug. 19, 2010 Photos by Jaime Green The best workplace wellness programs are customized, comprehensive, integrated and diversified, according to new research from the Center for Studying Health System Change. Those attributes can be seen in the programs of this year’s Working Well Award winners. The Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita recognizes three employers each year that provide an environment that helps employees make healthy lifestyle changes. This year’s honorees — Bombardier Learjet, the city of Derby and Start-Thinking — will be recognized Tuesday as part of the sixth annual Working Well Conference. The conference …Continue Reading...

Conference to recognize local businesses for healthy initiatives

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 11:40am CDT Conference to recognize local businesses for healthy initiatives Wichita Business Journal – by Josh Heck Two local businesses and a municipality will be recognized next week for their efforts to create a healthier work environment. The Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita will honor Bombardier Learjet, the city of Derby, and Start-Thinking LLC during the 2010 Working Well Conference Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. The coalition says these entities have exemplified excellence in their health and wellness programs. The winners were selected by a committee and were ranked on a point system. The Working Well Awards are …Continue Reading...

Eating Seasonably

Nutrition is a big part of #ThinkingFit. It’s important to remember that exercise alone isn’t going to help you lose weight. I have to confess that I’ve fallen off the wagon this week. I think everyday I consumed Chinese food for lunch or dinner. I just love Chinese food; it’s my weakness. Also how can you blame me, the portions are big enough for two meals. Today I stumbled across Eat Seasonably, a website that guides you in choosing fruits and vegetables that are in season now. The interactive calendar lets you choose by month or type of produce to learn …Continue Reading...

#ThinkingFit program wins award

The Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita announced this week that Start-Thinking is the recipient of the 2010 Working Well Award in the category of Most Innovative. To see the winners of the small business and large business awards click here. We were awarded based on our innovative approach to incorporate physical activity in the work place. Through our ThinkingFit program we work out three times a week with a trainer who motivates us to stay on track and accomplish our fitness goals. We also have a company bike that we use for running errands, going to lunch or attending meetings. …Continue Reading...

Crispy Crunchy Green Delight

“Sugar snap peas and I don’t care.” When I found out we had sugar snap peas and asparagus in our CSA this week, I was singing this to the tune of “Jimmy Cracked Corn.” A first-timer to cooking sugar snap peas (I didn’t know you left them in the pods and just eat them whole) and my many failed attempts to making asparagus taste good, I found a recipe that incorporated both vegetables. I have to say this recipe is at the top of my list for cooking asparagus. The asparagus was just the right texture and the sugar snap peas …Continue Reading...

I Bike to Work

Cool breeze, sun shining and the smell of fresh cut grass start my Friday morning off right. I’m riding my bike down a street that I never take when I drive my car. I use the 20-minute bike ride to think about the day and reflect on what a great neighborhood I live in. Not only was the weather perfect for riding I had a good reason to ride: Bike to Work Day. Every year the League of American Bicyclists designates a Friday in May as Bike to Work Day. Start-Thinking encourages and supports this initiative. Some of the benefits for …Continue Reading...

“How do you eat this thing?”

We’ve been getting a lot of kale in our CSA (Home Grown Kansas) over  the weeks. The first week we got it I’m pretty sure I exclaimed, “That’s the biggest leaf I’ve ever seen. How do you eat this thing?” Not knowing what kale was or how to even go about cooking it, I started searching the Internet for recipes. From all the photos that came up, none of them looked that appetizing (because that’s how I choose what I’m going to cook.) Almost giving up and using it for a salad, one caught my eye with bright green kale and …Continue Reading...

Hope 4 Hana

A past colleague of mine gave me a call last month asking if our company would like to create a look for a fundraiser benefiting Hana Choi. Hana is the only surviving victim of the tragic March 15 automobile accident that took the lives of her twin sister, third-grade brother and mother. Hana’s injuries are so severe that she may never walk again. The fundraiser is a bowl-o-rama. After thinking through some names with her and others the Hope 4 Hana Bowl-o-Rama was born. For the identity, I took a trip back to bowling alleys from the 50’s. I love the …Continue Reading...

Mint Mama

I’m drowning in mint. Our CSA has provided us with a large quantity of mint over the last two weeks. I’ve discovered several ways to use mint so I hereby dub myself the “mint mama. 1) Dried mint: put in a brown paper lunch sack and hang upside down in a dark space for two weeks or until leaves are completely dry. Then put in an air-tight container to retain freshness. You can use dried mint for a lot of recipes as a spice or an add on. (Kris is famous for her mint brownies.) 2) Mint no-bake cookies: Unfortunately I don’t …Continue Reading...

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