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Camp Wabi: Parent Q&A

Sending your child to a summer camp for a week can be frightening for you and your child, especially if it’s their first time. You may have questions, and we can answer them for you.

February 16, 2018

Cold weather exercises to try

Midwesterners know how to make the most of winter. We skate, ski, sled and snowshoe our way through the coldest months of the year. But if those standard “S” sports are starting to feel a little stale, there are plenty of other options.

January 18, 2018

Screen time and body weight — is there a connection?

Studies show that excess TV viewing in childhood predicts risk for obesity well into adulthood. For example, kids who have TV sets in their rooms are more likely to gain excess weight when compared to those who don’t have TVs.

November 21, 2017

How nutrients impact physical performance

Many physiological and nutritional demands occur within the body during exercise. The human body requires a continuous supply of energy to perform its many functions. As energy demands increase with exercise, additional energy must be supplied or the exercise will end.

November 7, 2017

Pump you up: Exercise with dumbbells

The CrossFit phenomenon has proven what Rocky Balboa always knew: You don’t need an expensive gym or sophisticated equipment to get in shape. If you’re willing (and able) to get pumped up, try these basic and effective moves for beginners.

October 16, 2017

How can I become a better runner and avoid injury?

People run for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s stress relief, weight loss, training for a race or simply so you can eat that delicious piece of cake guilt-free, it’s important to run smart to avoid injury. However, knowing how to run smart can be overwhelming for runners of all abilities. Here are some tips to consider the next time you go for a run.

Leslie Grommersch DPT By Leslie Grommersch August 29, 2017
Kimberly Olsen PT By Kimberly Olsen August 29, 2017
Desiree Essler PT By Desiree' Essler August 29, 2017

Record keeping can help you lose weight — and keep it off

Does it seem like you are eating all the right foods, exercising and your weight still isn’t going down? If you’re not keeping track of what you’re eating and what you’re doing for exercise, you need to start.

Shirley Shelley, R.D. By Shirley Shelley July 24, 2017

No matter your age or skill level, it's never too late to start weight training

Years ago, weight lifting was thought to be reserved solely for the likes of body builders and athletes. However, in recent years, there has been significant research on the medical benefits of strength training for people of all ages and abilities.

July 18, 2017

A new me: Making good habits stick (finally)

Like many people, Melody Reuter had an on-again, off-again relationship with healthy habits. That changed after she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.

July 5, 2017

Prevent boredom and injury during physical activity

Have you ever started a new fitness journey only to be plagued by boredom or new aches and pains? Boredom can lead to poor compliance, poor form and, in the long run, injury. Read on for tips for avoiding boredom and injury with physical activity.

Kaitlin Freienmuth PT By Kaitlin Freienmuth July 3, 2017

Pay attention to those aha! health moments

When it comes to making changes in our behavior, there are many opportunities to have aha! moments. As we become more aware of our thoughts and how they affect our decision making and choices, we then can experience some of these moments, which can be life altering.

Pamela Franz, R.N. By Pamela Franz June 30, 2017

A new me: Small steps lead to big changes

Pam Horlitz was in a place that’s familiar to many of us. She was tired and stressed. There were a few too many pounds on the scale. Many of us stay in that place. Horlitz, herself, had stayed there for years. But, two years ago, she decided to change, and she knew she needed help to do it.

June 26, 2017