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Vegetarian food plan takes a shift at Bethesda fire station

 Vegetarian food plan takes a shift at Bethesda fire station

This story was corrected Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. an explanation follows the story.

Lunchtime at Bethesda Fire Station 6 on Wisconsin Avenue seemed typical: five of the seven career firefighters from Shift a ate pizza and talked about food.

Not typical was the pizza — whole wheat crust, all vegetable toppings — and the conversation — about the vegetarian diet the men were about to begin.

Monday, the men officially began "the Engine 2 Diet," created by Austin, Texas, firefighter Rip Esselstyn.

Firefighter Leroy Isreal, 49, has been with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service for 28 years, 20 of them at Station 6. he signed on for the diet to lose weight and decrease his cholesterol and blood pressure.

"we have a physical every year, I had mine in December. my cholesterol was up, not bad, but higher than I want; my blood pressure was up, not bad, but high. I work out and run and exercise but I still have a problem dropping down to the weight I'm comfortable at," he said.

he would like to lose 25 pounds but thinks it is more reasonable to lose 10 during the 28-day program.

Capt. Stephen Snyder, 41, and Isreal estimate that in total the group would like to lose about 85 pounds.

That's a little more than the weight of the gear a firefighter wears into a burning building, according to Bill Delaney, program manager from MCFRS.

Snyder is the only man in the group who does not want to lose weight.

"I just want to do it for heart health, to maintain. I'm looking at it to extend my career. I've got 20 years in and want to do 20 more," he said.

the firefighters got involved in "the Station 2 Diet" at the invitation of Jill Ward, marketing team leader at whole Foods Market in Friendship Heights.

Last week's lunch was the first meal the men prepared using recipes from the book.

the men of Shift a work 24 hours, eating all their meals at the station. They are then off for 48 hours before returning for another shift.

"We'll have to be on the honor system when we are not here," Isreal said.

Park pals

Friends of the Cabin John Creek Watershed are seeking extra hands to help pull invasive shrubs and vines from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Hillmead Park, at the corner of Valley Road and Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda.

Interested volunteers should bring gloves and tools to tame the shrubs, such as shovels, loppers, hand saws and clippers. For details, call Steve Dryden at 301-656-0049.

one man's trash …

a puppet show made from recycled materials will provide a unique afternoon of fun for children in Chevy Chase.

Puppeteer Bob Brown will present his show second Hand Stars at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jane E. Lawton Community Center's social hall, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase. the show is the first of the town's Sunday Afternoons for Families events this year.

every part of Brown's show — from the puppets to the stage and curtains — is made from recycled materials. after the show, Brown will show children how to make puppets out of toys. For details, call the town office at 301-654-7144.

Story time for everyone

the Village of Friendship Heights will debut a storytelling series this month that will continue through may.

the series, "tales in the Village," kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 19, at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 North Park Ave., Chevy Chase, with three seasoned storytellers.

Featured in the premier "tales in the Village" program will be Noa Baum, an Individual Artist Award-winner from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and Linda Fang, who has made a career of telling stories based on Chinese folktales. the third storyteller and the program's producer, Ellouise Schoettler, has been a professional in the trade for more than 20 years.

the series will continue every third Wednesday of the month through may. For details, call the Village Center at 301-656-2797.

Pint-size yogis

find out how your child can benefit from yoga at a free demonstration from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 North Park Ave., Chevy Chase.

the demonstration of children's yoga precedes a four-week parent/child yoga course that will be offered in February.

Alexandra Bauer, a village resident and the class instructor, customizes yoga for children by modifying positions, focusing on breathing, and teaching positions with animal names.

the class is open to children ages 6 to 12 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Classes will be held 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays between Feb. 3 and Feb. 24. the course costs $80 per child/parent pair.

For details call the Village Center at 301-656-2797.

Share your good news! Send items to reporter Cody Calamaio at . Fax to 301-670-7183 or snail mail to 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

Corrections: a column item in the Gazette’s Jan. 12 edition misstated the date of a storytelling event in Friendship Heights. the event, “Tales in the Village,” will take place 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 North Park Ave., Chevy Chase.

A column item in this edition also misstated the date of an adult-child yoga demonstration in Friendship Heights. the yoga demonstration will take place 4 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 North Park Ave., Chevy Chase.

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