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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

Staying Active Over the Holidays

Weight Management

With the cold weather rolling in comes less activity and lack of motivation for exercise.  When the days are shorter more of us want to go home after work, instead of driving to the gym in the dark.  I can absolutely relate.  However, far too often I see a client’s weight go up and health go down over the winter months.  You have worked hard to increase your exercise and keep weight off over the past several months, don’t stop now!  Getting in your exercise may be a bit more challenging, but still realistic.  Problem solve your way through it. Find motivation Build off past success Recruit a spouse, coworker or friend to exercise with you Remember why you started … Continue reading

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Jim Kleveter, MS, LIMHP, NCC

Commit Not to Quit – Tips for Wintertime Motivation

Mental Health, Wellness

Well, we are a month into a new year and the holiday season is behind us for another 9 months.  Whew!!! For most all of us, we are back to our “normal” lives and daily grind.  For some, the children are back to school and have homework to keep them busy each night instead of staying up late when we working folk still have to go to work in the morning.  Hopefully our sleep patterns have returned back to what they were before the holidays and there are no more goodies to snack on in the office.  With life returning to its normal routines we would think that we would feel more refreshed without all the holiday extras.  This may not … Continue reading

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Ryan Isherwood, M.D.

‘Tis the Seasonal Affective Disorder


So far this winter is much better than last year.  I believe at this time last year we had snow on the ground and little sun in the sky.  If I recall we went about 5 weeks with mostly cloudy skies and dreary attitudes.  I noticed a startling trend during that period, mostly an increase of clinical depression or an exacerbation (worsening) of someone already being treated for depression.  It was like I was running a special on treatment for Season Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs with the changes of the seasons, the most common being winter-onset.  SAD is thought to be associated with the changes in the amount of sunlight that … Continue reading

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CHI Health

Six more weeks of winter!? Tips to help you cope


It’s already been a long winter – and, to absolutely no one’s surprise – it looks like we’re going to have six more weeks of it! Punxsatawney Phil popped his head out of his hole on Gobbler’s Knob this morning, only to see his shadow (as the lore goes, that means we’ll have an extended winter). For most of us, the six extra weeks is just a minor annoyance. But for about 8 – 20% of the population, it can give rise to Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Dr. Lillian Stoller worked with KMTV on a story earlier this winter, explaining how SAD differs from the winter blues – and what you can do to help keep it all at … Continue reading

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