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The weather is starting to warm up and the flowers are blooming. It is the perfect time to push yourself to get outdoors and start moving your body. Below are some fun ways to exercise and get active! Don’t be afraid to try new things and expose your body to different types of movement.

1. Dance
-Blast your 5 favorite songs (Recommendations below)
-I wanna dance with somebody - Whitney Houston
-Footloose - Kenny Loggins
-Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
-Just Dance - Lady GaGa
-Dance around your living room
-Try different styles of dance
-Swing Dancing
**Here is the rule of thumb of dance fitness; always dance like no-one is watching you, because they are not.

2. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
-Forces you to get active while giving back to the community!

3.Kayaking or Canoeing
-Waverly Canoe Company - Martinsville
-Engage your core and arms while enjoying the scenic route

4. 5K Fun Runs & Walks
-Register today and invite your friends and family!
-May 11 - 25th Annual Run with the Foxes
-May 11 - Morgan County Fallen Officer 5K
-Aug 3 - Morgan County Fair & Square 5K

Final Advice:

Say YES before you can say no!
-Stop using “I don’t have time” and “I can’t afford it” as excuses
-Make your body and health a priority!
-Say YES to exercising before your body starts to say ‘No’ to you

Commit in advance
-Block out time to exercise at least 3x a week
-Invest in your body
-Make plans with yourself and DO NOT stand yourself up

Invite friends
-This makes exercising more social
-Hold each other accountable


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Hi Everyone! Meet Danielle Koenig, a 2017-2018 Kendrick Foundation Scholar.

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Self-care and stress go hand in hand. If you start to slack on yourself, the daily stress we all endure will begin to consume your life. We are so quick to break promises we make to ourselves, but the truth is if we do not take care of our bodies and minds we will not be able to uphold all personal responsibilities. Incorporate these activities below into your daily routine to help relieve stress and practice self-care.

-Helps release endorphins and lower stress hormones
-Improves sleep quality
-Confidence boost which overall impacts your mental well-being
-A body in motion stays in motion! (Benefits long term health)

Reduce Caffeine Intake
-Caffeine = Stimulant
-Coffee can cause some individuals to be more anxious and jittery
-Recommended safe amount of caffeine ~ 400mg which is about 4 cups of coffee

Meditate and focus on your breathing
-A fun way to learn more about focused breathing is through yoga. Check out Yoga with Adriene on Youtube for an easy place to start!
-Release tension that is subconsciously held within
-Increases flexibility and strength
-Incorporate aromatherapy with candles and essential oils
-Read this great article by Gayle Golike to learn more about conscious breathing.

Be grateful & decompress
-Keep a gratitude journal to help remind your of all the good things in life
-Forces you to find the good in each day -- Helps cancel out the negative and stressful thoughts
-Gives you a better perspective and can emphasize what is important in life
-Dump all your thoughts and allow your mind to relax
-Focus on the moments that impact you positively
-Helps you identify your stress patterns

Although stress and anxiety may arise in your workplace and personal life, there are many simple ways to reduce the pressure you feel. Find what works for you and run with it. Allow your body and mind to let go of all the tension by celebrating the small accomplishments and savor every good experience. Lastly, don’t forget it is okay to let loose and just dance it out. Sometimes all it takes is blasting your favorite song and dancing like nobody's watching.

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Where are We Now?

In 2007 The Kendrick Foundation became it’s own privately held foundation.

However, it maintains a close relationship with the Community Foundation of Morgan County and both foundations continue the desire to care for our neighbors and provide leadership to improve our community.

The Community Foundation of Morgan County staff also shares the responsibilities of the Kendrick Foundation.

Holding assets over $29 million, the Kendrick Foundation provides grant and scholarship funds to medical and health programs, support to community health care outreach programs, healthcare education and financial support to programs for the medically indigent.

Each month Kendrick is focusing on a particular healthcare issue on Public Health initiatives to help Morgan County stay informed.


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