The Bigger Picture: The Center For Healthy Living
Cafe Organic is part of a bigger picture: Drs. Frisbee's The Center for Healthy Living.
The center consists of a collection of individuals who have banded together in one location to provide all aspects of healthcare to the community. The center is an integrated health care facility offering chiropractic, postural correction, nutritional counseling, exercise prescription, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and massage therapy. The center is also the proud home of the Emerald Coast Non-Profit Organic Food Co-op.
Drs. Frisbee's Chiropractic Services offered: Chiropractic adjustment, Massage Therapy, Postural Correction
Dr. Edward Frisbee
Dr. Karin Frisbee
Dr. Cheryl Kracht
Dr. Matthew Frisbee
Contact: (850) 862-4313
Acupuncture and Laser Therapy
Services offered: Acupuncture, Laser Therapy
Dr. Sue Kracht
Contact: (850) 865-1995
Services offered: Dine In, To go, Catering, Private Cooking Classes
Contact: (850) 585-3645
Emerald Coast Organic Non-Profit Food Co-op
This following article appears in the July 2011 issue of NWFL Daily News and we feel does a great job describing the Center for Healthy Living.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to live a truly healthy life? According to a group of dedicated health and wellness practitioners and chiropractors in Fort Walton Beach, creating a village may also be just the ticket to embracing the changes needed to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. Enter the Center for Healthy Living, founded by a partnership between Chiropractors, Drs. Edward and Karin Frisbee, Drs. Cheryl and Thomas Kracht, and Dr. Sue Kracht, also a Certified Acupuncturist, teamed up with massage therapists Kim Johnson and Harrison Coles and Yoga Instructor and Nutritional Coach Amy Likins to create a synergistic approach to holistic living.
The Center, which serves as a hub of holistic health resources, consists of a unique collection of individuals who have teamed up to cater to the overall healthcare needs of their community. Guests of this integrated clinic benefit from chiropractic postural correction, massage therapy, acupuncture and yoga, exercise prescription, tai chi, laser therapy, Aqua Chi ionic foot baths, nutritional counseling, meditation and Reiki.
The Center for Healthy Living is also home to the Emerald Coast Organic Food Co-op, a 100 member, non-profit, volunteer run group which provides its members with year-round access to organic, locally grown produce. The initiative started with fifteen families and has grown slowly, but steadily, meeting the desires of area families looking to access high quality, organically grown produce, while also supporting the efforts of local farmers. Amy Likins, who holds a master’s degree in holistic nutrition and serves as the Center's health coach, does the ordering for the co-op. She says, “When we first started doing this we kept hearing from farmers that they wanted to offer a healthier product grown organically, but there wasn't a market for it. They were growing all this stuff and it was just sitting there, and they weren't making a living. So we made an agreement with the local, regional farmers; I told them 'if you will grow it, I will buy it.' It's a partnership we're forming.”
This partnership is also a critical component of the newest addition to the Center for Healthy Living, Cafe Organic, which opened in May 2011. The cafe serves as somewhat of an interactive classroom for individuals in need of guidance regarding how to prepare the items distributed through the co-op, as well as a dining hot-spot for people who have, as Likins puts it, “a different idea about what food really is.” Everything served at Cafe Organic is made in-house, vegetarian options abound and grain-free eaters can enjoy a wide variety of options on the ever-changing menu. “Our menu is seasonal and really reflects what we're getting for our co-op members each week. Just like with the co-op, when I order for the cafe I contacted our local growers first. Anything I can't get from them I order from a Florida based distribution company, but I select carefully and strive to choose items grown in Florida and within the regional area.”
Cafe Organic, the food co-op and the entire healthy lifestyle community contained within the Center for Healthy Living are the brainchild of Dr. Edward Frisbee, and the culmination of a goal over 25 years in the making. He says, “My motivation for starting our center is to help change the paradigm of health care in this country. We must bring back the joy to the lives of people in the U.S. We are currently ranked 37th in the world when it comes to healthy aging. We need a simpler way to get this country on the right course of health care.” Years of experience as a chiropractor demonstrated to Dr. Frisbee that simply explaining the necessary lifestyle changes was not an effective way to maximize his patients' health. Something more tangible seemed necessary to help him execute his mission of paving a pathway to a healthier life. Food that can be sampled, clear guidance on how to meditate and easy access to various fitness and holistic services provide that path and make incorporating these changes easier, thus creating a greater impact. Perhaps it does takes a village; that village can be found at The Center for Healthy Living.
Location: The Center for Healthy Living is located on Truxton Ave, off of Racetrack Road between Choctawhatchee High School and the fire department, in Fort Walton Beach.
More information about The Center for Healthy Living can be found by contacting the participating businesses. Dr. Edward M. Frisbee, Dr. Karin Frisbee, Dr. Cherly Kracht, Dr. Thomas Kracht call (850) 862-4313. Dr. Susan Kracht call (850)865-1995, Amy Likins regarding All-One-Yoga, Emerald Coast Coop, Organic Cafe (850)585-3645 or learn more when visit CafeOrganic.net. For general information visit CenterForHealthyLiving.com.