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Tricia Schmit, M.D.

Geocaching With the Family


I am so excited to see nice weather in the forecast, not only because I felt the cold had stuck around a little longer than I was expecting, but also because my boys were going a little stir-crazy and need to be outside! Lately we’ve been geocaching and we are excited to get started with exploring some new places with the Nebraska Great Park Pursuit. Both are great ways to get outside with your family and get some exercise in a not-so-“exercisy” way. Geocaching involves getting a location with GPS coordinates and hunting for the cache (we just call it “treasure” at my house).  Nowadays, many smart phones can utilize an app to do this, but you could do it … Continue reading

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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

Springtime Fitness


Who doesn’t love springtime?  What a great way to end the cold, gray days of winter!  As you can probably tell from my previous writing, I’m not a big fan of winter—especially in Nebraska, a state climate scientists visit to observe the effects of the ice age in action.  But now that spring is here all is well again in the world. There’s no better time than the present to get your body back into shape for bikini season.  For those of you who actually contemplate donning a skimpy bathing suit this summer there are plenty of body sculpting resources in the magazines that decorate the grocery store check-out line (along with numerous examples of airbrushing and Photoshop handicrafts). But … Continue reading

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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

Just Say No to Exercise


For the past couple of years I’ve written blog posts about the age-old New Year’s resolution game.  Two years ago it was how to set and reach reasonable (not overreaching) goals.  Last year I focused on how to help your loved ones get the health screening they need.  After spending countless hours refining my thesis, reworking my talking points, and tuning my arguments, I came to the realization that no one really paid attention to anything I wrote anyway.  My guess is that not a single person made a single change to a single resolution based on my expertly crafted recommendations. My first instinct was to work feverishly to come up with new insight on this subject—delve into the latest … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Journey to a Lean Lifestyle


It was interesting to read my fellow blogger Dr. Eric Van De Graaff’s recent blog post on The Lean Lifestyle. It is very timely as last July, a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation listed Nebraska as the 24th most obese state in the country. I was impressed by Dr. Van de Graaf’s observations and comments because they are very similar to the results from the National Weight Control Registry. In 1994, Rena Wing, Ph.D., and James Hill, Ph.D., recruited individuals who had lost weight and who had maintained their weight loss for five years. Currently with over 10,000 individuals enrolled, it is the largest prospective investigation of weight loss and maintenance. Using … Continue reading

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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

The Lean Lifestyle


A couple of years ago I had a discussion with a colleague of mine who exercises regularly, keeps herself fit, and watches her weight closely. She is a person who seems to effortlessly stay thin and whose size never varies by more than a few pounds. I was surprised to hear from her a relatively vitriolic tirade about her irritation with people who believe she doesn’t have to work hard to keep herself looking good. “You have no idea how many times I hear people tell me how lucky I am that I’m ‘naturally thin’ or have a ‘high metabolism,’ as if I don’t do anything to keep myself this way, and how I’ll never know what it’s like to struggle with my … Continue reading

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