30 Minutes of Tranquility

MEDITATION - PINK LOTUS SIDE SHOT TUES AM PM

When

Tuesday, 12.30.14 // 12:15-1:00PM or 5:30-6:10PM

These are Denise’s last mid-day & evening meditations before her journey to India! Please join us to give her a proper send off in appreciation for her services here at Ellwood’s with a packed house for her last sessions!

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Ellwood’s Mindful Living & Relationship Coach Denise Dolan

Description

Easy, Guided Meditation

Busy schedules, everyday challenges and anxiety can put a strain on our health and our relationships. The daily grind can limit our expression of joy and even lead to depression. Discover how to slow down, chill, and renew yourself in this short meditation. It’s easier than you think! A direct student of Michael Bernard Beckwith, Denise will share three easy meditation practices that are proven to calm and refresh your spirit. Experience relaxation through a combination of brief guidance, silence, and participant sharing for those who desire. All levels are welcome to participate.

Cost

No Charge

Register for Program

Walk-ins welcome. More information about the program here.

Questions?

Want to know more about one of Denise’s programs? Visit www.DeniseDolan.com; email Info@DeniseDolan.com or call 800-804-2176.

30 Minutes of Relaxation

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When

Tuesday, 12.30.14 // 12:15-1:00PM or 5:30-6:10PM

These are Denise’s last mid-day & evening meditations before her journey to India! Please join us to give her a proper send off in appreciation for her services here at Ellwood’s with a packed house for her last sessions!

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Ellwood’s Mindful Living & Relationship Coach Denise Dolan

Description

Midday Meditation

Refresh yourself with mid-week serenity.
Experience a combination of brief guidance, silence, and participant sharing for those who desire. Join for 30 minutes of peace…it’s easier than you think!

Cost

No Charge

Register for Program

Walk-ins welcome.

More information about the program here.

Questions?

Want to know more about one of Denise’s programs? Visit www.DeniseDolan.com; email Info@DeniseDolan.com or call 800-804-2176.

THE FDA’S “LOST PLEASURE” INDEX AND WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU

ellwood thompson's, food advocate, kirk schroder, richmond virginia

What are the economic costs for the loss of pleasure? For example, what do you lose in economic terms when you choose that healthy apple over the less healthy sugar cookie? Who knows? Apparently, the federal government believes it knows. Recently, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rules on labeling requirements for restaurants, similar retail food establishments, and vending machines. Essentially, these new regulations will require nutrition labeling on restaurant menus and in other similar food vending establishments to increase consumer awareness and information of food choices. An overview of these FDA final rules is here.

However, Reuters recently broke the news that tucked away in these new FDA regulations is a “Lost Pleasure” analysis to determine the “loss of pleasure” when consumers choose healthy foods over less health foods. According to Reuters, the inclusion of such an analysis may be intended to make the regulations vulnerable to legal challenges. How? A new cost factor (e.g. the loss of pleasure) is being introduced as “legitimate” evidence to weigh the pros and cons of the labeling regulations. Thus, opponents of nutrition labeling requirements will argue that the loss of pleasure in economic terms is too great to justify some or all of the nutrition labeling requirements. If this is true, it is a pretty clever legal strategy. Hopefully, it’s too clever of a legal strategy when the new regulations come under judicial review.

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Obviously, a “Lost Pleasure” analysis is fraught with problems. For example, some people choose healthier food over less healthy food and derive great pleasure from those choices. How the federal government can put an economic value on something as subjective as the so-called “loss of pleasure” in food choices seems absurd. Yet, according to Reuters, U.S. health regulators estimate that consumers will suffer up to $5.27 billion in “lost pleasure” over 20 years when calorie counts on restaurant menus discourage people from ordering french fries, brownies, and other high-calorie favorites.

The Reuters story is a quick and easy read. It can be found here.

Here’s hoping that you get great pleasure from making healthy food choices in your life. That is priceless.

Kirk Schroder / Food Advocate / foodadvocate@ellwoodthompsons.com

Marathon // “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

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When

Wednesday, December 24th / 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Description

You have a presents to wrap, food to make, gingers to snap and fruits to cake. But amidst the hustle and holiday chaos ensuing, take a moment to laugh at the Grinch and his stewing.

All day long, this classic we’re showing, with Max, the Whos and the Grinch’s heart growing. Pick up your lunch or go snag a friend, watch from the start or just catch the end. Either way you do it, we hope its a treat as you pause your day to catch The Grinch on repeat!

Admission

FREE!

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Recycled Wrapping

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When

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd // 9am-Noon AND 2pm-5pm

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Description

Bring or purchase your holiday gifts in-store and we’ll provide space and recycled supplies for you to wrap it up! Kill two birds with one stone, or simply take the opportunity to leave your paper scrapes with us rather than at home. Your gifts will be wrapped in style and our planet will be a little greener thanks to your efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Wrapping not your thing? We’re also showing A Christmas Story all day as well, so pop in the Community Room and escape from the holiday hustle with Ralphie, Randy and the gang in this classic.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com.

Recycled Wrapping

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When

Monday, Dec. 22nd // 11am-2pm &

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd // 9am-Noon & 2pm-5pm

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Description

Bring or purchase your holiday gifts in-store and we’ll provide space and recycled supplies for you to wrap it up! Kill two birds with one stone, or simply take the opportunity to leave your paper scrapes with us rather than at home. Your gifts will be wrapped in style and our planet will be a little greener thanks to your efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Wrapping not your thing? We’re also showing A Christmas Story all day as well, so pop in the Community Room and escape from the holiday hustle with Ralphie, Randy and the gang in this classic.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com.

TAKING AWAY THE RIGHT OF STATES TO VOTE ON GMO LABELING

ellwood thompson's, food advocate, kirk schroder, richmond virginia

Over 60 countries (including the European Union and China) require labeling on products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). To date, more than 70 bills have been introduced in over 30 states to require GMO labeling or prohibiting genetically engineered foods. See the Center For Food Safety’s fact sheet on GMO labeling.

A number of states have conducted referendums to let citizens decide whether or not to require GMO labeling.  This past Election Day, GMO labeling in Oregon was narrowly defeated by only 812 votes in a campaign where GMO food manufacturers spent over $20 million to defeat the measure. Vermont voters passed a requirement for GMO labeling and GMO food manufacturers have filed a lawsuit to prevent Vermont’s implementation of GMO labeling in 2016.

Opponents of GMO Labeling no longer want citizens in states to decide this issue for themselves.  They have now introduced H.R. 4432 — the so-named “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014”.   If passed by Congress and signed by the President, H.R. 4432 would take away the rights of states to address GMO labeling and leave the authority solely up to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  Up to now the FDA’s position is that GMO Labeling should be done only on a voluntary basis.

We think it’s wrong to take away the right of states to decide whether or not to label GMO production.  Ellwood Thompson’s has written our Congressman (David Brat) to request a meeting to express our opposition to H.R. 4432.  If you agree with us, please contact your Member of Congress to express your opposition to H.R. 4432.  You can find out who your represents you in Congress along (along with their contact information) at http://whoismyrepresentative.com/.  Please join us in this important cause. Click here to see a letter we wrote to our Congressman.

Finally, Ned Potter, a former science correspondent for ABC and CBS News recently wrote persuasive commentary for Forbes magazine as to why, in his opinion, GMO food manufacturers, who are spending millions of dollars to defeat state GMO Labeling referendums, are ultimately losing the bigger picture. He argues that it is in GMO food manufacturers’ interests to give up on the fight against GMO Labeling.  See his insightful commentary here.

 

Kirk Schroder / Food Advocate / foodadvocate@ellwoodthompsons.com

Marathon // “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

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When

Friday, December 19th  and Wednesday, December 24th / 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Description

You have a presents to wrap, food to make, gingers to snap and fruits to cake. But amidst the hustle and holiday chaos ensuing, take a moment to laugh at the Grinch and his stewing.

All day long, this classic we’re showing, with Max, the Whos and the Grinch’s heart growing. Pick up your lunch or snag a friend, watch from the start or just catch the end. Either way, we hope its a treat as you pause your day to catch The Grinch on repeat!

Admission

FREE!

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.