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Stress
Posted Monday, September 22, at 11:51 PM
Stress is something we all experience at one time or another, whether it be financial, work, family or a combination of the three. Stress can play a significant role in one's health and wellness; in the most detrimental and mysterious ways. In order to reduce the amount of stress in one's life, it first must be determined what the stressor is. The next phase is determining how to reduce, eliminate or amend the cause...

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Getting back in the swing of things....
Posted Friday, August 22, at 10:33 PM

With summer coming to a close soon, many of us are getting back into the swing of school, homework routines, and bedtimes. My 3 weeks of summer didn't exactly pan out as I had planned; it did come with an apartment fire, an unexpected move as a result, and lots of chaos...

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Fruit Snacks
Posted Thursday, July 24, at 9:50 PM

My son is now 10 months old and has been eating solid foods for well into 4 months. He is now starting to taper off, as when we first started solids he would eat and eat and eat. On a recent outing to Toys R Us and the mall, I did not pack the diaper bag sufficiently, and it became apparent we were going to have to find a snack for Noah. ...

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2nd Challenge
Posted Wednesday, July 23, at 4:48 PM

Remember, as with any new diet or exercise plan, consult your physician if you have pre-existing health conditions that may limit your ability to safely reduce calories and participate in extended amounts of physical activity. This challenge is for those of us who may need to need to lose a little to a moderate amount of weight. Cutting out all the sugary, fatty foods all at once can be difficult. If you have tried to diet and have not been successful, I challenge you to try this approach...

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Fitness waters
Posted Monday, July 21, at 12:50 AM

We have all seen commercials and advertisements for the new "enhanced water beverages". Many of them claim to be full of energy, vitamins and nutrients, oxygen and above all, provide thirst quenching flavor. But do we really need to pay extra for these "super waters"?...

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Could it be an allergy?!
Posted Friday, July 18, at 10:39 AM

Last night late night TV star Jay Leno joked about people who are allergic to exercise. "Americans," he said, "are allergic to exercise." This came after an alarming statistic that only 6% of American children play outside on a weekly basis. All of us parents need to take this serious, and get our kids outside and moving; weekly, if not daily!...

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Mini Meals
Posted Thursday, July 17, at 11:24 PM

First of all, let me just say, this is not the end all be all trick...it is just another suggested way of getting fit, which some of you may have heard already, so take it as you see fit (no pun intended)! Experts suggest that for many reasons, including digestive health, it is optimal for individuals to eat six mini meals, rather than three bigger meals. With this in mind, consider trying the six mini meals and see if it:...

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1st Tips
Posted Wednesday, July 16, at 12:10 PM

The following scenarios demonstrate the impact of small changes. Make just a couple of these adjustments and you can easily cut 100 to 200 -- or more -- calories a day. Breakfast. Instead of two pieces of wheat toast with margarine, have 1 piece of toast. Instead of regular fruit-flavored yogurt switch to light or fat-free yogurt...

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Fit Flops
Posted Monday, July 14, at 5:18 PM

While waiting for the local news to start last Friday night, I turned the channel to ABC and 20/20 was on. I don't normally care for these programs, however, the very tail end of the segment were about a new sandal; a flip flop that claims to tone calves and glut muscles in the bottom. ...

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Sesame Street
Posted Friday, July 11, at 10:04 AM

Lazy. That was the word of the day Wednesday on Sesame Street. Throughout the program the characters used the word and explained its meaning. What better word to share with kids enjoying their summer vacation?! By showing children what it means to be lazy and placing a somewhat negative connotation with the word; kids will want to be more active (or that is the theory behind the idea)...

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What exactly IS occupational therapy?
Posted Thursday, July 10, at 10:35 AM

Hello again readers! Before I delve into the healthy living aspect of this blog, I thought I'd take a moment to introduce my future profession. Yes, I am aware that occupational therapy (OT) has recently received more exposure in McCook (YAY!) due to the addition of the wonderful rehabilitation facility, however, how many people actually know WHAT it is occupational therapists do?...

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First Blog
Posted Wednesday, July 9, at 2:22 PM

Hello McCook Gazette readers and fellow bloggers! My name is Sara Mashek, and I'm excited to begin a weekly blog! I avidly read the gazette online, as I moved to Omaha from McCook two years ago after graduating from McCook Community College. I am now attending College of Saint Mary, in Omaha, studying occupational therapy. ...

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