Lettuce Live Well

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by Sarah Spohn While New Year’s resolutions are still fresh on everyone’s minds, chances are one of yours might be to lose weight or eat healthier. Unfortunately, for many of us, those resolutions are short-lived; they come and go like the fashion trends. Launched in July 2014 by Kelly Zielinski, Ashley Logan and Denise Loveless, Lettuce Live Well is a public charity, nonprofit organization 501(c)(3), established to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition. Equipped with board members, fitness, nutritional and life coaches, specialists, volunteers and sponsors, Lettuce Live Well provides healthy lifestyle programs to the tri-county area. Lettuce Live Well President Kelly Zielinski spoke about the goal behind the group. “We’re a health and wellness nonprofit and our goal is to provide people with unbiased health support free and on an ongoing basis,” she said. One of the group’s fun programs is the popular grocery store tours offered locally. “We take a tour of the grocery store and talk about unit prices, nutrition, answer any questions about foods they may not be familiar with or just in general questions that they have about food,” she said. “Then, we actually go shopping with them and have them take what they just learned and put it to use. The goal is to buy a meal using all five food groups with $10.” The educational aspect of the tours include ways to read nutritional labels and tips to find specific dietary needs and whether it be low-sugar, low-carb, high-fiber, etc. Lettuce Live Well also offers a host of programs including fitness coaches, fitness classes, online blog tips and more. There are group workshops perfect for companies, families, churches and groups as well as one-on-one coaching available online and in-person. A new program was just launched called the Little Lettuce League, a kids-based initiative. Teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club, the nonprofit hosted fitness coaching and provided healthy lifestyle tips to the younger generation. The organization is also launching their community-wide health challenge, “Lettuce Be Fit,” where people can sign up to participate as an individual or a group. Unique incentives will be offered to those who are eager to get healthier. “We’ll be giving away monthly prizes and incentives for people who were the most active, who lost the most weight and that participated in the most activities,” said Zielinski. Lansing Loses a Million Health Initiative is also spearheaded by Lettuce Live Well and encourages the metro-Lansing area to make healthier choices. Those interested can sign up at metrolansinglosesamillion.com.
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