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The greatest wealth is HEALTH

The greatest asset you bring to a rich, secure and satisfying life is a healthy and fit YOU! If you’re not “there,” today is the day to take that first step… Take baby steps…or set SMART goals…each accomplished goal builds confidence and is a baby step to the next goal in life. Goals and dreams […]

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Mistakes to avoid on the journey to well-being

Sometimes when we decide to change our lives, we have grandiose dreams and unrealistic expectations of ourselves. I often hear this when someone wants to set up an exercise program. They may say, “I used to be a size (x) and I want that again.” We delve deeper into that, and they were a size […]

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Working out and gaining weight? HELP!

I get this cry every week…someone starts working out three days a week for about 30 minutes, starts eating larger portions than before, and is then frustrated with me for gaining weight. Hold the phone here…let’s go back. If you intended to eat – say 1,500 calories – and you ate 2,000 before you started […]

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Be on FIRE every day!

Do you ever feel behind your day before it even starts – too busy, too exhausted, too stressed?  Or that your life is a toxic mix of the above making you impatient, irritable or unfocused? I think many of you probably could answer yes to those feelings at some time in life…our society of constant distraction […]

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“Kick Butt” with Breakfast

Written by: Susie Riek, APNP, Agnesian Work & Wellness Our days are busy, we work hard. With high octane fuel in our tanks, we can get the energy we need. Here’s how:  Choose whole grains – Oatmeal and oat based cold cereals are best. Look for “steel cut,” muesli and Kashi brand. No instant oatmeal […]

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Cravings or hunger?

Are you having a hard time kicking your cravings to the curb? Does your desire for a fatty, salty or empty calorie food sabotage your workouts and activity level? Well, you’re not alone! Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, gives some great advice using what she calls, […]

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Stay hydrated and beat the heat

By: Amy Bohl, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Whether you’re a serious athlete or a recreational one, summer’s high temperatures can put you at risk for dehydration. Hydration is necessary for good health, and it’s important to make sure you consume the right amount of fluids before, during and after activity. Because the […]

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Know these stroke facts

What do you think of when you think stroke?  Many responses likely include half your body is weak, can’t talk  or can’t walk. But often, people experience slight numbness, tingling, dizziness or blurred vision and believe it will go away. Therefore, they wait to be seen by a physician for hours and sometimes days. For every hour […]

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Small steps to decrease stroke risk

Written by: Nicki Gritt-Franzen, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Did you know that the risk factors for stroke include heredity, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking. While this list looks daunting, one small change a day can add up to significant changes in a week, month […]

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Test Your Fitness

When was the last time you tested your fitness?  Well here’s a couple of quick test for you to do.  No equipment needed.  They are easy to do, and the beauty of them is, if you keep working on them your scores will improve and so will your function! Lower body – wall squat – […]

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