Need a little kick in the pants to take charge of your life and your health? Check out Steven Rankin’s story. While serving as a sheriff’s deputy in south Georgia in 2006, he made what he thought was a routine traffic stop late at night. While simply trying to tell a driver to turn his music down, Steven was shot point blank in the face, the bullet destroying the right side of his jaw and fracturing his C1 vertebrae. It remained lodged in his spine for four years and led to a whole slew of health problems that his doctors wouldn’t acknowledge could be attributed to, you know, a bullet being stuck in his neck.
Plucking produce from your own garden is the only way to get real food that’s fresher than you’ll find in Atlanta’s farmers markets. If that whole green thumb thing isn’t for you, grab this guide to Atlanta’s 18 greatest grocery store alternatives and hit the road.
Feel that warmth in the air? That means it’s almost time for seasonal farmers markets to return. This Saturday at 9 a.m., the Freedom Farmers’ Market opens its doors at the Carter Center for its season opener featuring a restaurant pop-up tent with Terry Koval from The Wrecking Bar and a community table featuring Goodwill of North Georgia. The opening celebration, which lasts until 1 p.m. will also feature kids yoga, live music from Diego Bruno, oh, and lots of fresh produce from local farmers. All season long, FFM will be doubling foodstamp dollars and offering SNAP enrollment assistance on selected days.
Ah, the farmers market… the Saturday morning ritual that brings together early-risers, sipping coffee while perusing a bounty of fresh, bright produce, and friendly farmers, carefully placing the weighed selections into reusable grocery bags (that is, if you remembered to bring them this time). Sure, it seems idyllic. But if you’re on a tight food budget, it could also look expensive, even intimidating. Wholesome Wave Georgia is working change that perception by improving access to nourishing, locally grown food for our state’s SNAP recipients — all while supporting the farmers. WellATL had to hear more, so we caught up with WWG’s Executive Director Sara Berney for this week’s Friday Five. Here’s how WWG is bringing healthy, fresh food to more Atlantans.>>
When you first meet your nutritionist, they don’t know whether you need a massive intervention because you’ve been shoving Twinkies down your gullet 24/7 or you just need a few extra tips and recipes to complement your mostly clean and healthy eating habits. WellATL asked Decatur-based Nutrition Therapy Consultant Jenn Pilot which two questions she would pose to new clients to determine how well they are (or aren’t) eating — and what the answers reveal about our diets. Here’s what she said. >>