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How One Gym is Strengthening an Entire Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 18:23

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“It’s not my gym, it’s our gym.” - Grieg Jameson, Founder, Upstate Nevada
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A Reno gym is removing barriers to fitness for those who are not catered to by most fitness facilities, and the entire community is befitting.

On a Thursday in June, Cisco Rodriguez leads a group through a series of boxing jabs at the Upstate Nevada CrossFit gym. The group includes an elderly white-haired man in blue jeans and suspenders who looks like he wandered in off a ranch and a fit middle-aged woman in a tank top and workout tights who could have been plucked from a local yoga studio. This is Rock Steady, a boxing fitness program for those with Parkinson’s.

Walking — It Does A Body Good

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 18:56

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“Walking in the forest surrounded by trees and singing birds refreshes and gladdens the mind, body and spirit.”” ~ Joseph G.
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Walking is so simple, yet so powerful when it comes to maintaining our mental and physical health.
When you’re looking to improve your health, there are endless exercise options — from CrossFit and mountain biking to hot yoga and trail running. But to the surprise of many, walking can be just as effective (and in some cases, more so) at getting us fit — both inside and out — as other forms of exercise.

Five-Star Physical Benefits

When it comes to losing weight, improving cardiac health, endurance, circulation and posture, walking gets five stars. The science supports it, and our Just the Positive (JTP) Facebook community agrees.

Seeing the Light — How Blue Light Can Benefit Us

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:14

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Blue light is key to a balanced circadian rhythm. Morning light exposure between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. is beneficial to our sleep/wake cycle.
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Exposure to blue light can positively affect us in many ways from better sleep to fewer skin blemishes. Find out how blue light can support your health and well-being.

Blue Light & Your Circadian Rhythm

Humans have evolved to rise with the sun and go to sleep after sunset. Also known as our circadian rhythm, this 24-hour cycle takes us from sleepiness to alertness at regular intervals. A well-functioning circadian rhythm helps us rise, get through our day effectively and fall asleep at night.

Take the #Positive30 Challenge!

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 05/01/2019 - 06:30

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“I try to text one friend in my contacts daily to tell them that I am thinking of them and hoping they are having a great day. My friends love it, and I love doing it. Pass on the love.” –Mariah E.
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JTP Facebook fans share their positivity suggestions to help you embrace our 30 Days of Positivity Challenge.

Positivity can and should (in our humble opinions) be part of daily life. But to make positivity a habit, you need to do it – deliberately and repeatedly – until it becomes second nature. Doing something positive for 30 days is a great way to change your outlook and positively impact your community, so we encourage you to embrace our 30 Days of Positivity Challenge this month -- or any month, really! 

Reno Food Systems is Bringing Tomatoes and Kale to a Park Near You

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 04/23/2019 - 15:20

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In 1948, 20 million backyard Victory Gardens produced 8 million tons of food, 41% of all vegetables consumed in the nation. Together we can transform our food system. – Reno Food Systems
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One group is working to turn underutilized public spaces into food-producing farms. The idea is taking root.

You’ve likely noticed the surprisingly “rural” piece of land at the corner of Mayberry and West McCarran. You may have seen cows or sheep grazing there over the years. And, more recently, vegetables growing in neat rows alongside a farm stand. What you’ve seen, in the midst of a suburban Reno neighborhood, is Reno Food System’s Park Farm at Betsy Caughlin Donnelly Park.

How Big Air and Big Smiles are Fueling a Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:49

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“Our bike park has a heartbeat. That’s what makes it special.” – Cortney Knudson, Co-founder, Truckee Bike Park
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In 2011, Cortney Knudson and Brooks McMullin began creating a dirt playground for their community.

Seven years and nine months ago, Cortney Knudson and Brooks McMullin, decided to go big — big air, big drops, big flow, big fun. They began creating a dirt playground for their community. It was the beginning of the Truckee Bike Park, the very definition of a passion project.

Humble beginnings

Growing up, Knudson and McMullin were both active, athletic kids. Brooks did team sports in school, and Cortney was a ski racer who later discovered bikes. But it wasn’t until they were well into adulthood that the bike-jumping bug bit them.

Sometimes a Name Says It All – Meet the Good Supply Co.

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 03/20/2019 - 16:42

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“Product philanthropy benefits the earth by reducing waste and the use of fossil fuels and benefits our community by getting essential goods to those in need." –Robbie Moen
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Reno is actively participating in product philanthropy thanks to the work of the Good Supply Co. By getting retail goods that would otherwise go to waste into the hands of those in need, Good Supply Co. is helping the local non-profits serve their communities while protecting the environment.

Reno is actively participating in product philanthropy thanks to the work of the Good Supply Co. By getting retail goods that would otherwise go to waste into the hands of those in need, Good Supply Co. is helping local non-profits serve their communities while protecting the environment.

Have you heard of product philanthropy?

Planting Seeds, Growing Life Skills

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 03/05/2019 - 23:54

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"We are definitely learning what works as we go. And the kids have a say. They love flowers, so we are planting flowers in addition to vegetables." –Melissa Gilbert
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Teacher Melissa Gilbert is bringing her passion for gardening to the classroom and things are really starting to bloom.

Melissa Gilbert teaches at Encompass Academy, a charter school in the Washoe County School District. In 2018, she decided to integrate gardening into her class Home Arts, where she also teaches sewing and cooking. She took over a garden project started by the school’s history teacher Edna Meza who started it in the fall of 2017. In a school where 83 percent of the students are considered at-risk, Melissa is not simply offering a fun elective — she’s providing students with relevant life skills they can use today and take with them as they develop into adults. 

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