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New Weapons in the Fight against Depression

The Struggle to Survive Dark, overwhelming and heavy doesn’t even begin to describe the depths of despair that seemed to shackle 45-year-old Gretchen Ulrickson for stretches at a time. She would spend days in bed, unable to crawl out to face the world. Depression would settle in and its choke hold on her mood brought…

6 Surefire Ways to Stay Safe This Summer

Tips to protect your family when you hit the great outdoors Ahhhh, summer. It’s a time when the daylight hours last a little longer and the sun’s rays are a little hotter. While these precious, sun-kissed months make for great family memories, there’s no question you have to think about safety along the way. From…

The Healing Power of Yoga

Building a body of strength Watching Yoga Therapist Pam Havig lead students in her Slow & Gentle Yoga class, you’d think that she’s been fit and flexible her whole life. As she calmly guides those present through each stretching and bending motion, breathing deeply along the way, her movements are fluid and graceful. She bends…

Training Your Brain to Take a Break

Stepping off the emotional treadmill I’m not a runner. I view people who run as a bit mad. I can’t imagine being driven to run from one place to another, pounding pavement as your ankles crack and your knees creak, all while pitting out expensive, specially-designed clothing. It’s just not for me. But there is…

Be a Lean, Mean Machine in ’16!

Launching resolutions that stick It never seems to fail. As the New Year approaches, you mentally try to prepare yourself for a change in the landscape of your life. Sure, it’s just 24 hours after the previous year spent its last minute, but suddenly, you feel that life can and will be different as you…

A Natural Line of Defense

Helping your skin, hair and nails battle the elements When the chill of winter delivers its sting, you don’t have to just cross off the days on the calendar, knowing you’ll suffer dry skin, brittle nails and damaged hair. If you ask some of the natural beauty experts, there are ingredients born from nature that…

The Secrets Behind a Great Snooze….

An eye-opening look at sleep We all know the symptoms of a lousy night’s sleep – heavy eyelids, a cranky attitude, a lack of motivation, and an inability to focus on everyday tasks.  As you order that second triple-shot latte, maybe it’s time to consider sleep and the impact it has on your life. We…

Healthy By Design & By Choice

Banding together to keep our community at its best By Sarie Mackay What if it was easy to make the right health choices? Find the best foods, exercise several times a week, quit smoking, get help with depression – if all these were, well, a walk in the park, the world would be far different—and…

Health: Life Interrupted

One Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery Krissy Wong’s determination to attend college started on a high note this past January. She decided that even though she was a mom of three youngsters and worked full time, she had a strong desire to earn a college degree. With her mother watching the kids, Krissy lined up…

Why Medical Weight Management is Gaining Ground

The Doctor Is In When it comes to the weighty issue of obesity in this country, seven out of every ten are either overweight or obese. It’s the very reason why Dr. Kathleen Baskett, the Medical Director of St. Vincent Healthcare’s Weight Management, has this to say about the topic. “It keeps me very busy.”…

You’re Never Too Old

Ada McKeen keeps on running Dr. Cheryl Cook ran her first half marathon when she was 51.  The months of training paid off, and she felt solid during the race until Ada McKeen, then 80, sailed past her. “Are you kidding me?” Cheryl recalls saying to herself.  “Here I thought I was doing pretty well…

An Internet Weight Loss Sensation

Jennifer Redinger loses 160 pounds & takes on the world Tucked within the Himalayan mountain range sits an awe-inspiring beauty of nature. Its rugged landscape and rigorous incline attracts thousands of climbers each and every year hoping to scale even a portion of its 29,000-foot elevation. Twenty-six-year-old Jennifer Redinger of Billings always dreamt she’d be…

You’re Not Alone

Counselors team up to shine the light on mental health Right now in America, one out of every four adults and one out of every five children is touched in some way by mental illness. Depression or anxiety might creep in. These individuals might have a parent or loved one who suffers or, worse yet,…

Melting Away the Winter Fitness Blahs!

Baby, It”s Cold Outside   When the snow started to fly at the start of 2015, did you growl like a bear in hibernation, or grab the kids and their sleds to take advantage of every inch? Instead of staying inside and watching it fall, why not enjoy the “white stuff” and burn some calories…

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