Spending time outdoors improves our memory, productivity, creativity, and concentration! We discussed this in Outdoor Well-Being, making the summer months perfect for taking advantage of warm temperatures, bright sunshine, and fresh air. As with most things that can improve our overall well-being, however, there is a certain level of awareness...more
Last week, we painted a picture as to the importance our environment and the people in it play when we set our sights on a goal! We start with motivation, but it’s that big picture of intrinsic growth and satisfaction PLUS extrinsic support and common forward movement that significantly increase our chances of success. And as you may have experienced in the past at some point in your life, when those you love are also reaching and hitting a...more
As the number of deaths attributed to cardiovascular disease increased in the late ‘90s, the American Heart Association found a need to create a greater awareness and resource pool for what would soon become the number one cause of death in women. The Go Red for Women campaign launched almost twenty years ago to develop not only a more strategic approach, but also a more integrated, “big picture” approach to the care of women with...more
As we enter the holiday season, how would you like to CELEBRATE and IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH? January 3rd is 40 days away! WHAT IF…you weren’t starting yet another diet plan, but instead you were continuing to CELEBRATE HEALTH. You can quickly:
- lower blood pressure
- reduce arthritic and joint pain
- improve mood and sleep
- and of course, lose weight if you carry...
Imagine a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, some cheese, and a basket of fresh fruit, all set out along the French riviera for you and your family to enjoy the original “piquenique” al fresco in the mid-1700s. Sounds delightful, yes? Well, we may not have the French riviera outside our back door, but we do have so much of what it takes to create a beautiful picnic for family and friends. For you, it may mean the red gingham blanket strewn...more
Again, it is not as though we wake up January 1st and everything is different. BUT, it is a good reason to start a new routine or better yet, a new attitude toward a healthy lifestyle. There are so many areas of our lives we can change. Where does it start for you?
Exercise more and eat healthier hit the top 2 spots – as usual. Why do so many people consistently ‘need’ or ‘want’ to change these two behaviors? Interestingly, losing...more
Approximately one-third to one-half of the American population has experienced significant stress, anxiety, or sadness that was difficult to cope with alone over the last year and a half. Yet, in many instances, coping with these feelings alone seemed to be the only way to cope. In 2021, the spotlight shines on not only the value of healthy relationships in general, but also on the ways to nurture relationships, regardless of the external...more
2021 Here We Come!
There is something refreshing about a new year! It is an odd cultural thought pattern if you think about it–nothing changes on January 1st when you wake up that is any different than any other day… except your attitude and outlook, and that is EVERYTHING!
As a behavior change coach, we often simplify models to a triangle including 3 elements for successful change…. Skills and knowledge can be taught, but...more
Enjoy the Holidays!
Enjoy the holidays! This week, we would like to wish you ALL a happy holiday season as you continue to celebrate your family traditions–whether you have already celebrated your culture’s celebration, or it may still be upcoming. If anything, this has been a year of coming together, so let’s celebrate people, our health, and our relationships, and let us recognize that life is DEFINITELY a journey–there are twists and...more
Presence Over Presents: More ‘Being’ and Less ‘Doing’
With the many challenges we have faced in 2020, I would suggest we take a look at presence over presents this year. The question is, how do we do that knowing that we’re not necessarily able to meet in person? One of the many silver linings of the pandemic has included the focus on being present with others socially, even if we are physically separated. Here are some ideas...more
Farmers Market Safety Measures
Farmers markets are ESSENTIAL. They are essential for the local economy, supporting small businesses, promoting clean produce, and increasing accessibility to healthy homemade goods. Not to mention, they are a fun, happy, and encouraging environment to be a part of.
With the mounting economic, social, and healthcare pressures COVID-19 is imparting on the U.S., it is important we implement personal...more
We are excited you are joining Spring into Summer 2020.
Please complete the registration form below. You will also need to submit your Client Information and Consent form. You may complete electronically OR print, fill out and submit a picture. Click on the title below to download the form.
- 6 weeks until Summer! Shift your focus NOW!
- FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSION
- Saturday, May 9th 10:00am
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Spring into Summer 2020
Spring into Summer is a 6-week program getting YOU not only FIT, but
Inspiring You to Achieve Your Optimal Well-being
Balanced Wellness focuses on total well-being. What does that mean to you? Sustainable lifestyle change. We...more
Why Do Positive Family Relationships Benefit Our Well-being?
Under the right circumstances, family relationships are encouraging, reliable, and last a life-time. Especially in your parent’s case, they see you grow up through all the glory of your less-fortunate moments– sometimes when friends aren’t always there to count on. These enduring relationships– with your parents, siblings, grandparents, and otherwise– are of...more
Ways To Spend Quality Time With Others
Last week we addressed the five love languages that Dr. Gary Chapman has reported to be found among relationships. We provided a general overview, but we didn’t dive into much detail. So we’re back! We’re here to discuss ways to spend quality time, which was one of the commonly found love languages, with others.
Spending time with “loved ones” is not limited to your...more
Can you list the five love languages?
Did you know you can apply them at your workplace? Visit the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.
According to Dr. Gary Chapman, an American author and radio talk show host, the five love languages exist. They are words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, physical touch, and receiving gifts.
We’re only 23 days away from Thanksgiving! And after Thanksgiving, both Christmas and New Years are here and gone in the blink of an eye.
With the next couple months being heavy hitters in regards to high-calorie food, high stress levels, and a lot of time spent with family and friends, we just want to ground you with a few health & wellness reminders!
Eating together tends to act like a social glue. It is...more
October… a Month for Social Well-being
You know what’s just as important as exercising regularly and eating healthily? Being social! Scientists are finding that relationships and well-being go hand in hand.
Human touch and interaction can make your body stronger and healthier.
While on the contrary…
Isolation and loneliness have been linked to various health...more
Men’s Health Week,
celebrated annually during the week ending on Father’s Day, honors the importance of the health and wellness of boys and men. This week is a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier, but they don’t have to do it alone! Whether it’s your husband, partner, dad, brother, son, or friend you can help support the health and safety of the men in your life.more
When did exercise become a ‘chore’?
Maybe when we took chores OFF our daily activities list and added exercise to stay active! Our society then recognized that for some, exercise was a chore. In an effort to get people more active, we began to focus on physical activity – hence the use of trackers and counting steps. The bottom line, if it isn’t convenient and/or fun it will be more difficult to be consistent with our ‘movement...more
- Improve Your Musculoskeletal
- Health Through Mindful Movements
Mindful movement is an effective way to reduce stress and its physical consequences.
How you move throughout your daily life can affect your health. The way your bones, muscles, joints and connective tissue interact with each other all play a significant role in things like your posture and...more
- NOW is the time to improve your nutrition.
- What can you do to move toward a lifestyle change?
- AND have a dietary lifestyle consisting of proteins, fats, AND carbs?!
Let’s take a moment to look at the most common successful “diets” around the world and some of what they ALL have in common.
Do you see the glass
as half empty or half
full? Developing studies
suggest that positive and
negative outlooks on life can
affect your physical health.
One way to increase positivity
and emotional well-being is
showing kindness to others.
Showing kindness can trigger
“reward” pathways in your brain
and lead to feelings of happiness
and well-being. Continuous...more
Balanced Wellness is excited to announce our holiday ‘gift to the community’.
We want to give back to the community – and we need your help. Register for a Prevent T2 program and a registration will be donated to a participant in need.
AND it may be covered by your insurance company!
Do you ever try to ‘over complicate things’? Maybe….just maybe….we should stick with the things we know work to manage our weight! Yes, we need to adjust our mindset and create specific strategies during the holiday season- but they should be based on principles of a healthy nutrition plan.
Stand Up Straight
Most of us have heard this a time or two. Proper posture is important not only when you are standing, but also while sitting and exercising. When standing, proper posture helps us keep our balance and move more efficiently. Proper posture reduces our risk of injuries in everyday tasks that we perform such as sitting in a chair, climbing the stairs, lifting bags and packages, cleaning, mowing the...more
It’s time to start thinking about promoting HEALTHY nutrition at your organization. With all of the diet trends surrounding us each and every day…we need to ground ourselves in solid foundational nutritional principles.
Here are some foundational principles we can focus on:
- Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible
- Increase your consumption of vegetables and fruits
- Consume water to stay...
Some stress can be beneficial and may lead to actual problem-solving, but a lot of our stress is unnecessary and even harmful. Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. View our newsletter for 6 positive healthy habits you may want to develop. Read more:...more
The holiday season is called the most wonderful time of the year…it’s also the most stressful time of the year!
Between traveling arrangements, holiday parties and get togethers, present shopping, and meeting end of the year’s goals and deadlines, it can be easy to get worn out and not enjoy the essence of this magical time of year. Stress can take a toll on your mind and body, especially your immune system. So how can you combat stress...more
- ‘Tis the season for family, festivity,
- and food. Here are 5 tips to help
- you manage your weight this
- holiday season:
- Swap Out: Invited to a party? Offer to bring a healthy alternative side dish.
- Outsmart the Buffet: Start with vegetables to take the edge off your appetite.
Read more tips...more