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Making smart, sensible choices about what we put in our bodies is important when trying to maintain or improve our health. However, it's equally as important that we don't let the desire to maintain a healthy weight keep us from having a healthy relationship with food. For some, healthy eating is something that just comes naturally, but for others it is a learned behavior that takes practice.

  1. No type of food is “off limits”.
    With a positive relationship with food, there really aren’t “good foods” and “bad foods”. Instead, take each food on a case-by-case basis and believe that all foods can be enjoyed in moderation. Devouring a plate of chili cheese fries every day is far from healthy, of course, but you should be able to enjoy one with friends once in a while without obsessing over how many calories you’re consuming.
  2. Understand the value of timing.
    Having a healthy relationship with food means understanding when to indulge as well. As a mindful eater, save higher calorie indulgences for times when you're not ravenously hungry. As a result, you consume a lot less of the food than you otherwise would. This also allows you to simply enjoy the experience that comes along with eating a favorite treat. Also remember that food should nourish the soul to the same extent it nourishes the body.
  3. Let your body tell you when it's time to eat.
    Many people who overeat wind up doing so in response to emotional arousal in an attempt to make themselves feel better. Others eat because they're bored or because everyone else around them has chosen that exact time for a snack. Those that enjoy a healthy relationship with food have learned to listen to their bodies, and will only eat when they're physically hungry. They also have learned to recognize the signs of comfortable fullness and choose to stop eating at that point.
  4. A treat and a snack are two different things.
    Depriving the body of nourishment to the point where it's ravenously hungry is one of the easiest ways to wind up overeating. That said, mindful eaters understand the value of snacking to stave off hunger in between meals if necessary. However, remember to make healthy, modest choices in regards to snacks. A slice of cheese or a few roasted almonds makes an excellent snack while a cookie or a square of chocolate should be considered a treat, consumed only for the sake of enjoyment.
  5. Don't skip breakfast.
    It's a proven fact that eating breakfast is linked to a wealth of health benefits including higher energy levels, lower cholesterol levels and improved memory function. Those that eat at least a modest breakfast every day also tend to be healthier overall than those that don't. Consuming breakfast provides the body with necessary fuel and nutrients first thing in the morning when needed most. And, as mentioned earlier, it’s important to make healthful choices to start your day right. Choose a balance of lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains instead of sugary alternatives like doughnuts or pastries.
  6. It's OK to enjoy the act of eating.
    Eating is one of life's great pleasures, and it's not only normal to enjoy it, but healthy as well. People that enjoy a healthy relationship with food don't rush through mealtimes or view food as an enemy to be conquered. Mealtime is an opportunity to slow down for a moment and truly take a break from life. It also gives you ample time to consume your meal instead of wolfing it down quickly to rush from appointment to appointment. Meals are important and they ought to be treated as such.
  7. Don't let worries about weight or calorie intake take over their life.
    Balance is key to remaining healthy on all levels. Understand where the boundary is between discipline and disordered thinking. For instance, it's fantastic and even recommended to schedule regular workout days to make sure you stay fit and trim. However, you shouldn't be turning down important opportunities to meet up with a family member who's in town for the weekend or failing to get enough sleep in favor of spending more time at the gym.

Developing a healthy, balanced relationship with the foods you eat isn't just a good idea when it comes to staying healthy and happy. It's actually an essential part of not only meeting your health goals, but maintaining them as well.

Join us for the 25th Annual Women’s Health Conference, with featured presenter Elizabeth Reis, Host of Twin Cities Live on KSTP, and Co-host of Margery & Elizabeth on myTalk 107.1. There will be presentations, vendors, health screenings and much more. Watch for more information.

Women’s Health Conference
March 28, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Hazelden Betty Ford Cork Center

Baby & Me is a play and discussion hour for infants and their parents. Babies can observe, interact and explore with other babies, while parents connect with other moms and dads.

Group Support: Baby & Me

Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Osceola Medical Center's Physician Education Room

Get Fit for Life is an 8-week program that promotes healthy eating and increased physical activity, whether your goal is to lose weight, maintain current weight or gain more muscle. Cash prizes based on attendance. Registration deadline February 28.

Get Fit for Life Program
March 7 - April 25
Thursdays, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Wild River Fitness
Cost: $50 member or $150 non-member

Download the registration form in PDF or call WRF for more details, 715-294-2164.

Each year, the Partners of Osceola Medical Center provide financial assistance for education beyond high school for those pursuing a degree in a medical-related field of study. OMC Partners will award one high school and one post-secondary student a scholarship in the amount of $1000. See below for more details about all of our scholarships.

Continuing Education Scholarship

The Partners of Osceola Medical Center (formerly the Osceola Medical Center Auxiliary) established this scholarship to provide financial assistance for an adult student beginning or continuing education in a medically related field of study. To learn more and apply, download the Continuing Education Application (in PDF).

High School Scholarship

The Partners of Osceola Medical Center has established this scholarship to provide financial assistance for education beyond the high school level for a student entering an accredited school pursuing a medically related degree. This applies to a four-year program resulting in a Bachelor’s degree, three-year college or vocational associate degree. To learn more and apply, download the High School Scholarship Application (in PDF).

A small group of students ages 15-18 will learn how to properly execute free weight lifts and use safety techniques such as spotting, under the guidance of Kayla, Certified Athletic Trainer (younger youth who have previously been in Youth Fitness Training will be considered with Kayla’s approval). Class size limited. 

Youth Weight Training
Thursdays in March
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Click here for more information.

*Bus 29 will transport children to Osceola Schools from Wild River Fitness.

Summertime is supposed to be full of adventure and fun! Whether you work full time, part time or are a stay at home parent, you will find something at Wild Kats Summer Camp to keep your child’s summer full of exciting experiences. Our summer camp is a full-day program that emphasizes healthy living, healthy lifestyles and healthy community. Through fun activities, field trips, physical fitness classes, volunteer opportunities and other learning experiences, your child will have an amazing summer to remember.

For more information and registration, visit our Wild Kats Summer Camp.

The Fit2Walk six-week program, hosted by OMC, is designed to reduce you or your loved one’s risk of falling through education and exercise programs.

    Fit2Walk includes:
  • Personalized land and water based exercise programs designed specifically for seniors.
  • Balance and strength assessments.
  • Education and resources that include home ergonomics, walker types and getting up after a fall.

Fit2Walk Program

Wednesdays, starting April 3
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Wild River Fitness (Weeks 3 and 5 at Osceola Aquatic Center)
Cost: $50/participant

Registration Details

Mail in the completed registration form (in PDF), along with payment to Osceola Medical Center’s Rehab Department at P.O. Box 218, Osceola, WI 54020.
OR Call 715-294-1927 to complete the registration over the phone.

Wondering if this program is right for you? Contact our Rehabilitation Department to discuss at 715-294-2111.

Each month, your child Kindergarten to age 13 will enjoy the fun, hands-on learning from our experts in fitness, nutrition, and nature right off the school bus.

March Class Openings:

  • Little Detectives: Body Works (Ages 8-13)- Mondays

For more information and registration, visit our Wild Kats Series Classes .

A small group of youth (age 10-15) will be lead by a personal trainer as they explore the fitness equipment in the main gym at WRF right off the school bus.

Youth Fitness Training
Wednesdays in March
after school - 4:45 p.m.
Click here for more information.

*Bus 29 is available for transportation from Osceola Schools to Wild River Fitness. Please send a note for students to ride the bus.

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