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Fall Football + Brain Injury?

Whether you are a fan or not, Fall = Football. Football is in full force from middle school athletes through NFL but have you ever thought about what contact football can do to ones body?

Football is a physical sport where collisions between players are part of the game.  Even for those athletes who do not play football from middle school through college/professional level, the number of physical contacts from practice, scrimmages, tournaments and games, that one

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Health and Yoga

Wife, mother, employee, employer, husband, father, writer, artist, or exercise enthusiast, what we do during an average week is surmountable.  For instance, if I think of who I am and what I do during a one week span my list seems never ending.

I am an: Employee, Business Owner, Blogger, Marketing Chair of a non-profit, Running Coach, Nutrition Consultant, volunteer, wedding planner of my own wedding, daughter, and doggy mom.

Even though everything on this list of “who

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Herbs a Plenty

One of my parents’ hobbies is gardening. For as long as I can remember my parents have not only planted flowers but fruit and vegetables of every variety.  At first, they started with a garden in our backyard. Next, was an additional garden on the family farm plots. Finally, there was the community garden behind the church.  With such a hobby I was fortunate to consuming home grown, local food every year.  Not only do I continue

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

In case you haven’t heard, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released this January.  For those that do not understand what the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are or their implications, let me break it down. The Dietary Guidelines is the go-to source for nutritional recommendations.  These recommendations aim to promote health, prevent chronic disease and help people reach/maintain a healthy weight .  For this to occur, the Dietary Guidelines are reviewed and updated every 5 years.  A Dietary Guidelines committee

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What you need to know about Lead

Just the other night I was meeting a group of fellow running coaches to discuss our 2016 half-marathon schedule.  During our initial “chit-chat” one of the running coaches brought up what he was currently doing at work, understanding and screening for lead poisoning.  Even though I know what lead poison is I didn’t know it was still a large issue.  Then, I started doing some research just to learn about lead poisoning problems in Michigan.

According to USA

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Social Media and Body Confidence

Happy 2016! 

A new year means many things to many people.  For several, it means new resolutions to be a better version of yourself.  Whether you are trying to be more positive, read more, volunteer more, spend more time with your family, or just trying to get back into shape, new years resolutions take time, planning and commitment.  Usually, I am not one that makes a new years resolution.  In part because I have not been able to

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The “Spices” of the Holidays

The winter holiday season is one my favorite times of year for several reasons.

  1. Spending time with family and friends
  2. Holiday parties galore
  3. Smell of holiday baking
  4. The holiday music that fills every store, restaurant, car and building
  5. Shimmering house and tree lights
  6. Greetings cards a plenty

Fortunately for me, this past weekend I was able to enjoy all of my favorite things.


  1. I was close friends,
  2. At a holiday party,
  3. Where we ate delicious food,
  4. While listening to holiday music in the background,
  5. Followed by attending the

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Pumpkin Parade

Nothing screams fall like the smell and sight of pumpkin. Pumpkin dip, pumpkin latte, pumpkin flavored coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin enchiladas, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cheese cake, pumpkin flavored M&M’s…when will the pumpkin madness stop!


The one, not so frightening thing about pumpkin is that it is healthy!  In fact, 1 cup of cooked pumpkin and 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin are only 50 calories.  Pumpkin is also high in antioxidants, which helps prevent cell damage, and beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene comes from

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Are Essential Oils….Essential?

As I prepared for a presentation I gave at a Nutrition Conference a family friend stopped by my parents house for what else but to pick up some kale.  This now retired school nurse and current yogi and I not only caught up on life, as I do not still live with or in the same town as my parents, but talked about nutrition and essential oils. The nutrition part was natural for me but the essential oils, that was a different story.  I have known

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