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Make your New Year's resolutions a community affair

Bulk food section in Ypsilanti Food Co-op
Bulk food section in Ypsilanti Food Co-op
Photo by Donald Michael Schwartz, January 5, 2010
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Getting fit, losing weight, enjoying life more, getting organized, learning something new, spending more time with family, and helping others.  Does that list sound familiar?  It should.  It includes seven of the top ten New Year's resolutions for 2010.  And what better way to fulfill some or all of the above resolutions than to volunteer at the local food co-op.

Volunteering, or even just shopping regularly at a local food co-op will help make the "lifestyle change needed [to lead to a healthier life]," said Corinne Sikorski, General Manager of the Ypsilanti Food Co-op. 

It has to be about more than just diet, Sikorski continued. Shopping or volunteering at the co-op gives people a chance to be around other people trying to also change or maintain a healthier lifestyle.

"It seems that the 'green' and 'back to the land' movements of the Sixties and Seventies have come full circle," wrote Sikorski in an article in the co-op view, "as the community and media catches on to what the co-op has long held true.

"All along, [the] Ypsi Food Co-op has offered food that is organic or natural when possible.  Being part of the community has also been a major part of our strategy.  As a WIC vendor, we work with our local health department in presenting healthy eating plans, recipes, and samples to seniors and WIC clients."

The Ypsilanti Food Co-op can help supply a number of different health-minded lifestyles.  So whether one wants to go vegetarian, vegan, locavor, or even gluten-free, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op can help. There is a large bulk food section and tea selection at the south end of the store.  They also have a selection of healthier dairy and meat choices, among the variety of groceries offered.

The store is located on  312 N. River Street, adjacent of the Depot Town section of Ypsilanti.

There will be three new member orientations coming up this month. Call 734.483.1520 for more information.

Other ways to get more  involved in the community to check out healthier lifestyles:


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