Aspenites, as a whole, are pretty healthy and active people, but they are always looking for ways to be more healthy and to live longer. Not only does the Aspen Center for Integrative Health hold several workshops a year, but now the Given Institute’s Given Foundation is giving lectures and workshops on health and diet.This fall, the Given Foundation brought to town nationally famous author and physician Dr. Steven Pratt, who gave a lecture on his book “SuperFoods RX.” The book is based on a simple but profound premise that some foods are dramatically better than others for our health and longevity. Dr. Pratt has singled out 14 super foods that he says will change your life: beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, salmon, soy, spinach, green or black tea, tomatoes, turkey, walnuts and yogurt. The Oct. 24, 2005, issue of Newsweek wrote up Dr. Pratt in its Tip Sheet because he has named some other super foods. He has also written another book, titled “SuperFoods HealthStyle,” due out in January. He will have to come back to Aspen to talk about his new discoveries, which include kiwis, dark chocolate, spices and cold-pressed olive oil.
This summer I was pleased to see Phil C. Weir, who lived in Aspen for many years and is currently selling real estate on Roatan in the Bay Islands of Honduras. Phil is now married with children.Backpacker magazine recently wrote up Mount Sopris as one of the best ridge hikes in the country. And then the article advises to wind down from your hike by soaking in the world’s largest hot springs in Glenwood Springs. Barbara and Dick Moebius were in Nova Scotia recently and discovered the tiny town of Aspen in Guysborough County. The only thing there is a Tradesman Museum with antique tools and machinery from vintage trades – and a highway sign. Aspenite Jessie Morss has also visited the “other Aspen” because she had family living near there.Winning the prize for Best Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York recently were filmmaker brothers David Eckenrode of Durango and John Eckenrode, who also grew up in Durango, as well as John Sheedy of Tucson. The film is titled “El Inmigrante” and tells the story of Eusebio de Haro, a young Mexican migrant who was shot on one of his journeys north. The film includes his family, the community of Brackettville, Texas, where he was shot, vigilante border militias, and the horseback border patrol in El Paso. The Eckenrode brothers have family ties in Aspen. Their mother is Peggy Marolt-Mancos and their grandparents are the late Opal and Mike Marolt, who all lived many years in Aspen; their father is Tom Eckenrode of Durango.Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame on Oct. 15 were locals Lou Dawson of Carbondale and Ed Lucks, now of Grand Junction who used to run Crossroads Drugs in Aspen. Lou was honored for his ski mountaineering – he has climbed and skied down all of Colorado’s fourteeners and is known as one of the world’s top ski mountaineers; he has also written several books about the subject. Ed was honored for his years of teaching disabled people to ski – he was an instructor with the disabled from the mid-1960s until he retired and moved to Grand Junction in 1995.The First Baptist Church of Aspen will hold its “Just For Me Toy” project for the children of inner-city Denver from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. A list of toys wanted for children ages 5-16 is at the front of the church. The most wanted items are basketballs. People are asked not to spend more than $25 per gift and not to include anything with batteries or that is electronic. Unwrapped new toys can be taken to the church in garbage bags. For more information, call project leader Sharon Briggs at 925-8901.Undercurrent … Clouds of white on the smoke bushes.
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