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No White Christmas: protect the soul, reduce stress and get rid of the white sugar

The hypothalamus is a central player in how the brain reacts to stress and food. It is the “brain” of the endocrine system and regulates what it dumps into our bodies hormonally/chemically. If we prolong our stress, we release high levels of cortisol. When the high level remains in our bodies for an extended period […]

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Crispy Turkey Tostadas

Shredded leftover turkey tops homemade tostadas in this Tex-Mex favorite. Making your own tostada shells from fresh corn tortillas is easier than you might think—crisp them up in the oven while you prepare the toppings. Choose either regular petite diced tomatoes or those with added jalapeños, depending on your inclination for spicy food. Serve with […]

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Navigating Healthy Food Choices This Holiday Season

By: Sami Woolson, MS, ATC/LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center While the fall season means cooler weather and changes in the color of leaves, it also means the holiday season is coming. With that comes holiday gatherings and delicious fall foods and treats. At this time of year, it can be hard to stay […]

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Steps to drop a few pounds

Success will never be a big step in the future. Success is a small step taken just now. -Jonathan Martensson As you’ve heard, walking is one of the greatest and easiest exercises we can do. There are other simple steps that you can take to lose weight, get fit, and experience optimal health and be your […]

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Only the turkey should be STUFFED this holiday season

Written by: Tara Schmitz, Wellness Coordinator, Agnesian Work & Wellness Research from the Calorie Control Council says that the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during a traditional holiday meal. That’s three times the amount of fat and over double the amount of calories we are supposed to consume […]

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The three most important things to know about dry needling

Written by: Daniel B. Garcia PT, DPT, Agnesian Sport & Spine Center Dry needling has been used in therapy for nearly 15 years; however, it has grown in popularity recently due to its exposure with Olympic athletes using it regularly to maintain performance. People turn to dry needling because it is effective at alleviating many forms […]

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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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Steps to true change…

The greatest asset you bring to a rich, secure and satisfying life is a healthy and fit YOU! Take baby steps…or use SMART goals to plan out these steps. Each accomplished goal builds confidence. It’s a rung on the ladder that you can take to the next baby step. I have attached a SMART goals […]

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Intermediate plank challenge

Planking has become increasingly popular for core strengthening, and for good reasons. In my last article I gave you reasons and an easy plank challenge to get you started. Here are some progressed moves to try… or just to add something new to your existing program. These are not beginner moves so please don’t try […]

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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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