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When I meet with patients, I often hear “I know what I should eat.” In my experience, I would agree that most people do know which foods are healthier for them. So why is staying on an eating plan so difficult, if weight loss is your goal? The majority of the problem, I believe, comes from our mindset and thoughts around food.

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As we move into a new year, we are hopeful the pandemic will slow. However, at this time, COVID-19 patient numbers remain high in all local hospitals. Our patients are our priority. Our OMC staff are heroes. They continue to rise up and provide quality, compassionate care for all patients. For over 20 years, the foundation has raised money to support outstanding patient care at OMC for you when you need it most. We invite you to view our story of that 20 years and learn why your giving matters and how it has made a difference in the Osceola area.

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Osceola Medical Center is partnering with the Osceola Trails Coalition to offer a series of Osceola Doc Walks that promote physical fitness and health in our community. Each walk will feature an Osceola trail and a local health care provider with a 10-15 minute health discussion at the beginning of the event. After a short Q&A, a trails guide will lead participants on a trail sharing stories and landmarks of our community's history. Estimated walk time 1 hour. 

Osceola Doc Walks are free and open to all. Please bring families and friends to join us as well. We hope to see you there! 

Date Time Topic Host/Speaker Trail Registration Link
9/11 9 a.m. Lyme Disease William Ryan, PA-C Simenstad Trail Sign Up Now
10/6 5:30 p.m. Breast Cancer Screening Rochelle Samarasekera, DO Brown Trail Sign Up Now
12/4 8 a.m. Yoga with a Doc in-person
or at-home edition
Amanda Tembreull, MD WRF Sign Up Now
2022
1/22 10 a.m. Bone and Joint Health Andrew Schmiesing, MD Ridgeview Trail:
Chisago Loop
Sign Up Now
4/28 5:30 p.m. TBD Eric Valder, DO Tewksbury Trail Sign Up Now
6/4 9 a.m. Anti-Inflammatory Diet Erika Helgerson, DO Brookside Trails Sign Up Now
7/9 9 a.m. TBD Tony Nguyen, MD Simenstad Trail Sign Up Now
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Childhood obesity has become a significant health issue in the United States, leading to high cholesterol or high blood pressure, prediabetes and depression in today’s youth. Children often learn how to cook and what to eat by observing the habits of their parents, so if you are a parent that overeats and rarely leaves the couch, you may be setting your child up to experience health problems later in life. Here are a few easy ways to get the entire family more active.

Indoor exercise

Although games consoles have been blamed for increasing childhood obesity and even for the reluctance of children to play outside, games consoles – such as the Wii or Xbox Kinect – can help your entire family become more active. For children who are used to playing video games, it should require only a little persuasion from you to make them stand rather than sit and play a game that involves exercise. There are plenty of exercise games on the market, including tennis, dancing and boxing, so just choose one that works for your family.

Use your garden or park

Exercise does not have to be carried out at a gym. Your garden or local park can provide all the space you need to complete a fast and fun circuit session. Research has discovered that the competitive nature of exercise undertaken at school can be off-putting to children, so avoid making your family exercise competitive. Instead, use your garden or park to run, perform star jumps, skipping games or ball exercises. It’s important to keep changing the exercises so your children do not become bored.

Walking

Walking is a very good exercise that the whole family can easily enjoy. Even at a slower pace, walking gets the heart working harder and therefore, improves the cardiovascular system. Ease kids into this activity by walking with them to school and to the local stores rather than taking the car. You could also incorporate a long ramble into a family day out. For a list of local beautiful walking trails in Osceola, visit MyOsceolaChamber.org.

Exercise that doesn't seem like exercise

Studies have shown that even household chores can burn a significant number of calories, sometimes even more than a workout at the gym. Get your family to burn more calories by involving them in the housework – like the vacuuming or dusting. Even better, and almost certainly more fun, is gardening. Digging up flowerbeds, raking and mowing the lawn will get hearts working harder. You could also use gardening to get your children – and the rest of your family – interested in eating healthier and growing your own vegetables and herbs, which will encourage them to eat healthier.

Whatever exercise you choose to encourage your family to become more active, ensure you keep all members motivated by trying different activities, setting each other achievable goals and above all, exercising together.

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With the CDC's recent Covid-19 guidance changes, masks will now be optional for fully vaccinated individuals at Wild River Fitness. We will not require proof of vaccination, but ask for your responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy. We also ask that you respect those who choose to wear masks. In addition, we will also be removing participation limits on programs and classes beginning Wednesday, but ask that you be mindful of social distancing.

A few important details about reopening that we’ll share now include:

  • Masks optional for fully vaccinated members, instructors and staff
  • Class sizes no longer limited.
  • Registering for classes is no longer needed

Finally, we want to say that we're very excited to reopen and see everyone again! If you have any questions for us, please don’t hesitate to reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (715) 294-2164.

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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.

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