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Minutes: The One with the Omega 3 Lesson (1/11/2012)

January 14, 2012

Editor’s note: Special thanks to Darren Doi for stepping in as scribe at this meeting!

Visiting Rotarians: Alexis Park of Boulder, CO

Guests: Jeff DeVine, Brady (Julie Joy Stilwell’s son)

Club Announcements:

  • Dana Goba reported that 60 Rotarians took tours at the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital last weekend.
  • David Velarde shared updates from the Group 8 presidents’ meeting. Stay tuned for more details about an upcoming zoo day. There will be a District 5240 gala on January 26.
  • Bill Wilmer and Gary Jensen will host a Fireside Chat on January 27 at 7 PM at the Jensens’ home. Contact Gary for the address.
President’s Announcements:
  • Tim Durnin had exploratory heart surgery. We wish him good health.
  •  India is polio-free.
  • The District will revisit its bylaws. The gathering is in Carpinteria.
  • Those interested in a district trip to Mexico in April should contact President Joe Weiland.
  • The Symposium to End Poverty Sustainably is still January 28 at UCSB. See past minutes for all the details or ask Bill Boyd.
  • The newest pair in the Rotary Lunch Lottery is Don Bennett and Andy Doerr.

Bill Wilmer won the raffle, but gave the prize to guest Jeff.

Program: Dr. Joel Rauch presents “Be Super Fit”

  • Rotarians should be happy because when you give a gift, your serotonin (happy chemical) spikes.
  • Precursors to serotonin are Omega 3 and fish oils
  • The #1 cause of death in the U.S. is cardiovascular disease, primarily because of cholesterol and saturated fat
  • Scientists studied eskimos because they have high cholesterol and a high-fat diet, but they have minimal cardiovascular disease. They concluded that this was due to their diet of deep sea fish with lots of omega 3.
  • How to get omega 3 in your diet: eat sardines; take omega 3 capsules at 2 grams per day — choose a brand with a Nordic/Scandinavian name so you get cold water fish
  • At the age of 60, 60% of our digestive juices are depleted. You can get non-prescription digestive enzymes at stores to help you.
  • You need fiber. Wheat bran is a non-soluble fiber. Oat bran is a soluble fiber.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz W permalink
    January 14, 2012 6:22 PM

    Sadly I missed this meeting. Can someone tell me the backstory on Joe’s comment that India is polio-free?

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