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From The Blog

Monday Run Day 5: Staying motivated

Are you finding times when you look at the long road ahead and wonder how you’ll maintain this pace until you reach the finish line? A slight shift in perspective might help.

February 17, 2017

Healthy habits before and after bariatric surgery

Weight loss surgery is not the best option for every person, but incorporating healthful habits is good for everyone. We have some tips to get you started living more healthfully.

Wendy Payson, R.N. By Wendy Payson February 16, 2017

Monday Run Day 4: Recipe for recovery

Another week of training is behind you. Good work! You’re getting closer to your goal, and you can do it. Make sure you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs to recover between workouts.

February 10, 2017

What’s your Valentine’s Day weight management survival guide?

It’s Valentine’s Day — a day that may sabotage all plans for health improvement. Even if there isn’t a special someone, treats are all around. So what is a person to do?

Elizabeth Lindsay RN By Elizabeth Lindsay February 9, 2017

Monday Run Day 3: Enhancing athletic performance with nutrition

When an athlete fuels correctly with adequate nutrition, their athletic performance can be at peak. Whether you’re a dedicated athlete or an occasional weekend warrior, you can enhance performance by using whole foods you already may have in the pantry.

Anne Bauch, R.D. By Anne Bauch February 3, 2017

Monday Run Day 2: Training in cold weather

Preparing for a marathon takes months of hard work. Getting out and training during a Midwestern winter, when the air can make your face hurt, takes a little extra dedication.

January 27, 2017

Monday Run Day 1: Picking a training plan

You’ve thought about it for years, you’ve dreamed of crossing the finish line, it’s on your bucket list or it’s become a tradition. Picking a training plan for a marathon or other long-distance race depends a lot on your experience and fitness level, and it’s time to get real and be honest with yourself.

Michael Ramaeker, P.T., L.A.T. By Michael Ramaeker January 20, 2017

Brace for it: When to use an ankle brace

Using ankle braces to prevent ankle injuries is becoming more common, and I’m often asked by coaches, parents and athletes if wearing an ankle brace is worthwhile.

Kurt Jacobson, L.A.T. By Kurt Jacobson January 9, 2017

Avoiding injuries common in active women

It’s no secret that most women juggle many responsibilities, whether with work, family, friendships, volunteerism or all of the above.

November 25, 2016

Post-race recovery tips for runners

You’ve just finished a marathon or other running event — now recovery begins. So, let’s break it down into three different phases. Here's what you need to do after you finish, 12-24 post-race and  2-3 days post-race.

October 18, 2016

Hunting and heart attacks

Your gear might be prepared for hunting season, but have you stopped to ask yourself if your body is ready?

Anthony Furlano DO By Anthony (Tony) Furlano October 13, 2016

Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle can help prevent cancer

Compelling evidence shows that generous amounts of fruits and veggies as part of a healthy diet may lower the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Eating a healthy diet and adopting healthy habits have so much power in decreasing the possibility of developing breast and colorectal cancers in particular.

Grace Fjeldberg RDN By Grace Fjeldberg October 11, 2016