Fit Together in Action April News
Visit the Park Contest May 1- May 31
To welcome spring weather and promote our new Resource Guide, we thought it would be fun to have a visit the park contest!
Here’s how to Play:
- To Enter- follow us on FaceBook @ FitTogetherNWCT
- Post a Picture of you walking/hiking/biking in one of the parks on our Fit Together Resource Guide FT Resource Guide
- Share the post to your page with #fitogether5210
For every new park visited with picture posted- your name will be entered into a raffle to win a Gift Card !
Prizes will be drawn June 1
New Community 5210 Coordinator
Fit Together 5210 is pleased to introduce our new Community Coordinator, Kim Beal.
Kim joined us following her recent move from Hartford, where she worked in the non-profit sector at The Mark Twain House & Museum and most recently at KNOX, Inc., where she organized volunteer greening efforts such as tree plantings, community gardens and litter clean ups. Kim is thrilled to bring her skill set and experience to her new home in Litchfield County.
A native of Waterbury, Kim has fond childhood memories of hiking White Memorial with her grandmother and going on mushroom hunts in the woods at Lake Waramaug with her extended family. Her interests include hiking, gardening, skiing, yoga and travel. She also has a lifelong interest in the arts and says she plans to create a series of unique and varied Fit Together events to promote healthy living in our community. “I hope to work with our committees to build a calendar that reflects the wide range of opportunities for getting active and having fun in this part of the state. Ultimately, anyone should be able look at our events and quickly find something that resonates.” She is also looking forward to practicing 5210 in her own post pandemic life, having leaned a little too much on ice cream.
If you’d like to get involved or have ideas for future Fit Together events you can reach Kim at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Mini Grant Opportunity- Grant Deadline May 15
The Fit Together NWCT Steering Committee is offering a mini grant from $500-$1,500, to Northwest CT organizations that would like to support a project that aligns with Fit Together NWCT’s mission and strategies. How to apply: download and complete application (Cover Page, Project Narrative, and attachments)
Submit to: Fit Together c/o Northwestern Connecticut YMCA 259 Prospect Street Torrington, CT 06790 Attn: Greg Brisco.
Or email Carla.Angevine@hhchealth.org For more information, contact: Carla Angevine, Fit Together Executive Director, 860-496-6676 Carla.Angevine@hhchealth.org
Fit Together finishes it's first at Home Virtual Classes
Thirteen families attended the Fit Together at Home Virtual series this past winter. The six week classes featured weekly cook and learns and fun fitness classes.
Caitlin Vinuellas one of the fitness instructors said " it was a great opportunity to get kids moving from home, they would log into Zoom before we even got there."
There was a tie for their favorite recipe- No Bake Energy Bites and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Raisin cookies ( see recipe below).
Additional feedback from participants included:
- We have so enjoyed our Monday night cooking class with you- it has given us some special bonding time, thank you so much for your dedication to education and making healthy eating fun!
- The boys enjoyed the cooking lessons and the benefits of eating the food as well. It also made them responsible for helping clean up.
- Thanks for doing the cooking class, my daughter really enjoyed getting more comfortable in the kitchen and learning some easy recipes she can do herself. Our favorites were the waffles, and of course the cookies!
- Kids loved the fitness activities and looked forward to the mindfulness cool down.
We hope to support and promote additional healthy eating and fitness activities in person in the near future!
Chewy Chocolate Chip Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
PREP TIME: 15 mins COOK TIME: 15 mins TOTAL TIME: 30 mins YIELD: 15 SERVINGS
These Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are moist and made light by swapping out most of the butter for applesauce or bananas which works great!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups quick oats or 1 ¾ cups old fashion oats
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips ½ cup golden raisins
- Preheat oven to 350°F; line three baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silpat. Or spray regular sheet with cooking spray
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- In a large bowl, with a mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars on medium speed.
- Add the egg, followed by the applesauce and vanilla extract.
- On low mix in the flour mixture and then the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain; stir in the chocolate chips and raisins.
- Drop heaping tablespoonful (approx 1 tbsp each) of the dough onto prepared baking sheets, flattening each cookie slightly with wooden spoon.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies become light brown at the edges.
- Let cool on baking sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container so you don't eat them all in one sitting!
Makes about 30 cookies roughly 1 tbsp each. Serving: 2 cookies Calories: 190kcal, Carbohydrates: 34.2g, Protein: 2.6g, Fat: 6.3g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 19.3g