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Exercise and Fitness

Exercise is not just a weight loss tool - it's an effective "medicine" for disease prevention and treatment.

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Mankato, MN
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Speaking of Health at VINE

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Mankato, MN
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Activity Minutes Matter

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La Crosse, WI
Noon (25 min.)

Fuel Your Performance

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, WI
Noon (25 min.)

In The News

Free community wellness challenge in Fairmont

Participants complete a predetermined wellness activity listed on a challenge calendar and record minutes of exercise.

September 5, 2017
Camp Wabi registration open for kids who struggle with weight

In addition to traditional camp activities, kids entering grades six through 10 receive healthy lifestyle coaching for one hour a day by specialists. 

February 21, 2017

From The Blog

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

5 tips for fitting in fitness

Sometimes, finding time to exercise can seem like a bigger challenge than your workout itself. But with a little planning, you can fit fitness into your schedule. Here are a few tips to help you get on the right track.

June 22, 2017

Come on, get happy — and healthy — outside

You may not be able to hike the Appalachian Trail or climb Mount Everest this summer, but you still can take a walk on the wild side by seeking out trails and parks closer to home.

May 25, 2017

Monday Run Day 16: Recovery time

You did it — congratulations! Completing a full or half-marathon is no easy task, but we always knew you could do it. After months of discipline, it’s natural you may be tempted to spend your first day off training indulging in junk food and other guilty pleasures.

May 5, 2017

Monday Run Day 15: Last-minute tips

Are you breathless with anticipation? Finding it hard to sleep at night? It’s like waiting for a holiday or birthday celebration: race day is almost here. You have worked hard for weeks preparing for this big event. It’s finally time to put your feet to the pavement and show what you can do. Let’s go over a few last-minute tips as you prepare for the big day.

April 28, 2017