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This is your source for LHFS news. Our articles focus on the intersection of health, sustainability and local agriculture. We will also aim to highlight external media that focus on these areas.

Fit Together and Litchfield Hills Food Systems Fund Torrington Edible School Gardens

Bill Burgess (LHFS), Susan Fergussen (East) and Leslie Polito (Fit Together)

On December 17, 2014, Fit Together and Litchfield Hills Food Systems presented East and Forbes Schools with a $3,000 donation for the schools’  Edible School Gardens Program.  Their objective is to lay the foundation for sustainable health & wellness programs in Torrington’s public schools.  The funds will be used for Garden Coordinator stipends, mentoring learning experiences connecting healthy food choices and the health of the community, the environment and the daily lives of students.   The Edible School Garden Program allows students to participate in all aspects of growing, harvesting and preparing nutritious seasonal produce. The more kids are involved in learning by doing, the more likely they are to make healthy eating choices. Read more »

Litchfield Bancorp Sponsors Community Celebration June 7th

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Litchfield Bancorp (LBC) is partnering with Rod Dixon’s KiDSMARATHON® Connecticut and Litchfield Hills Food Systems, to sponsor a Celebration of Community on June 7, 2014 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Plumb Hill Playing Fields in Litchfield.

This year, attractions will include the KiDSMARATHON Final Mile event, entertainment by the Forbes Flyers jump rope team from Torrington, a bouncy house, inflatable slide, music and face painting. Bottled water and fresh fruit will be offered FREE to participants. There will also be a Healthy Food Drive booth, giving area residents the opportunity to bring and donate non-perishable food items to the Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH) of NW CT Food Pantry.


Waterbury Wins $120,000 for KiDSMARATHON-CT

Rod Dixon, right, a legendary runner who is both an Olympic medalist and the winner of the 1983 NYC Marathon, introduced the KiDSMARATHON program in Waterbury last Spring that helped the city win a $120,000 grant today in Washington D.C.. Dixon is shown here with Mike Dalton, left, who helped the KiDSMARATHON Foundation create the program in Waterbury. Dixon is encouraging seven-year-old Cameron Raver to run the final mile last year after Cameron fell at the start. When Cameron was unsteady, Dixon personally escourted Cameron the final mile to encourage the completition of the marathon. Photograph by John Murray

Today, Mayor Neil M. O’Leary accepted a first place award at the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) for Waterbury’s KiDSMARATHON-CT Program.  The Conference, held in Washington D.C., gave six awards to mayors of cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.

The grant awards were divided into small, medium and large city categories, with first place and second place awards given in each category.  In the medium city category, Mayor O’Leary and the city of Waterbury were recognized with the first place award for their collaborative efforts on launching the KiDSMARATHON-CT Program with the Rod Dixon Kid’s Marathon Foundation.

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“Family meals allow parents to be role models that create a supportive environment that promotes healthy eating.”

Want to encourage healthy weight for your whole family to prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke, all while having fun? Get outside and be active.

Kids who fuel up in the morning focus and perform better in the classroom. Get your clan to eat breakfast with these simple suggestions.

If you struggle to get your toddler or preschooler to eat at the kitchen table why not take it outside and enjoy a picnic?

Nearly three out of four Americans shop at one of the hundreds of warehouse club stores nationwide—and most of us could use some help when it comes to navigating the “do’s and don’ts” of buying in bulk!

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U R What U Eat

Food supplies the nutrients needed to fuel your body so you can perform your best. Go, Slow, Whoa is a simple way to recognize foods that are the smartest choices.

    • Foods: Eat almost anytime (Most often) — they are lowest in fat, added sugar, and calories
    • Foods: Eat sometimes (Less often) — they are higher in fat, added sugar, and/or calories
    • Foods: Eat once in a while (Least often) — they are very high in fat and/or added sugar, and are much higher in calories

Read on…terrific chart!

Litchfield Hills Food Systems launches new website focused on healthy eating, lifestyle

LITCHFIELD — Hoping to make a greater impact on healthy lifestyles, with a focus on active children, the Litchfield Hills Food Systems has launched a new website with the addition of social media outlets.

According to President and Executive Director Bill Burgess, the web page transition, funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, is part of the organization’s goal to reach as many people as possible — with easier accessibility — and to link them to more information regarding healthy eating and exercise, along with locally-grown foods. 

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Torrington YMCA receives grant; aims to combat obesity

TORRINGTON — Hoping to combat a rising trend nationwide and in the city, the Northwest Connecticut YMCA was awarded a $62,000 grant to help fight obesity.

The grant, funded by Sam’s Club, will allow the city to participate in the Pioneering Healthier Communities prgram, which is part of the YMCA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives.

Read full article: http://registercitizen.com/articles/2011/08/19/news/doc4e4d6e3cd012e145589764.txt?viewmode=fullstory

2010 White Memorial Conservation Award

2010 White Memorial Conservation Award

LHFS received White Memorial Foundation‘s award which,

honors an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the environment and to the quality of life in northwest Connecticut.

Along with the farmers’ market, the other LHFS programs were applauded for their commitment to and education about local agriculture, sustainability and active, healthy lifestyles. Read more »