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Co-County Wellness Service marks 35th anniversary by observing World AIDS Day

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The Schuylkill County woman was distraught when she reached out to a hospital social worker in 1985.Her son was suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, and was coming home to die. She didn’t know where to turn for information, support or care.The social worker linked the woman with a variety of people and resources in the greater Reading area, leading to the formation of Co-County Wellness Services.

The nonprofit works to improve public health in Berks and Schuylkill counties.The county signed a one-year, $1 million contract with CCWS in June to operate a coronavirus contact-tracing program.The story of its humble beginning is often recounted by the staff and board of directors of CCWS. Begun as AIDS Service Organization, the agency celebrated its 35th anniversary Tuesday on World AIDS Day with a virtual toast and program.This year’s theme, Communities Make The Difference Think Globally, Act Locally, aligns well with CCWS’ vision for the community, said Carolyn M. Bazik, executive director of CCWS.

“Though COVID-19 has been a challenge,” Bazik said, “Co-County Wellness Services remains committed to optimal health for our evolving community by living our mission.”Since the first AIDS cases in the U.S. were reported in 1981, Bazik said, nearly 40 million people worldwide have died of AIDS-related illnesses. Another 38 million globally are living with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, she said.The organization continues to focus on services that help prevent AIDS and care for those …

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Plainview Wellness Center still open; awaiting judge’s decision following AG lawsuit

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — The future operation of the Plainview Wellness Center is now in the hands of a Wabasha County Court Judge.

In late November, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit for a restraining order against Brandon Reiter, for continuing to allow his members to use his gym. The gym also reopened in May following the first shut-down executive order from Gov. Tim Walz instructing fitness centers to stay closed.

The Plainview Wellness Center with curtains covering the windows and frontdoor.

“The doors are still open until we hear back with the verdict on today’s hearing,” Reiter said Tuesday.

Judge Christopher Neisen heard the case earlier in the afternoon.

Wabasha County Court staff told KTTC the judge has until Dec. 31 to make a decision. However, Reiter’s attorney believes the verdict may come earlier than that.

“We believe that Gov. Walz is overstepping the authority that he has and that the legislature should be dealing with these issues,” said Vincent Fahnlander, Reiter’s attorney. “So, we have really no option but to try to stay open and to proceed through the legal system, to try to stay open.”

Fahnlander added there are no COVID-19 cases related to his client’s business and Reiter is taking measures to prevent the spread of germs.

“He’s running a clean and well-kept gym, and taking good care of it, cleaning it, sanitizing it, making sure that his customers are safe while they’re working out,” Fahnlander said.

Fahnlander is not sure any ruling in Reiter’s …

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Wellness is the new watchword for Dallas-area office owners

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Office building owners have to offer more than plenty of parking and fast elevators these days.To attract and keep tenants, landlords are scrambling to put features in place to fight the pandemic.Dallas investor Gaedeke Group is just the latest owner to tout the health and safety features it’s adding to its buildings. Its WellSpace upgrades include high-tech air purification systems, infection-fighting cleaning protocols and social distancing reminders.“We know many of our customers have been anxious to safely return to their office environments this year, which is a testament to something we as a firm have always believed in­ — the power of community and collaboration,” Sabine Stener, CEO of Gaedeke Group, said in a statement. “It’s one of the many reasons we’ve dedicated ourselves to cultivating optimal spaces for growth and innovation.”One of the technologies the investor is using in its buildings is a mineral nano-crystal surface coating to “continually oxidize organic contaminants.”Gaedeke Group’s local properties include the 17Seventeen office tower in Uptown Dallas, the One Legacy West building in Plano, Millennium Tower in Addison and the Regency and One McKinney office towers in Dallas.With more than 50% of Dallas-area office employees still working at home, businesses and building owners are hoping to get more people back in the office next year. Landlords want workers to feel safe when they return.Plano-based building owner Granite Properties is spending more than $10 million make changes to its office buildings to reduce infection spread. …

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The role of coaching in motivating and creating personal accountability for better health

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We are a people of quick fixes and magic bullets. We want what we want, and we want it now. The same can be said when it comes to achieving health improvements. We expect fast results with minimum effort. Weight-loss diets are a great example. Who hasn’t heard of or tried the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, Keto, Biggest Loser and various cleanses? And that’s just the tip of the quick-fix iceberg. These fads are designed to promote fast weight-loss, but most of the weight lost is water. Once a person returns to regular eating habits, the weight quickly returns and often brings added pounds. In fact, studies show that frequent “yo-yo” dieting can actually cause weight gain and poorer overall health, including potential damage to the cardiovascular system. In short, a quick-fix approach to losing weight or improving one’s health can lead to a vicious cycle that lasts a lifetime.
The Missing LinkWhen individuals hit the easy button, they’re missing out on the benefits of taking it slow and having a coach for personal accountability and, ultimately, success. And without motivation and accountability, any efforts to change their lives—whether it’s enhancing their health, improving their finances, changing habits, or even learning new skills—will likely fall short. Think of professional athletes. A cross-country runner can’t train for a couple of days, then compete in a national competition. Not only is she likely to drop out of the race, but she’s …

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Free health exams in greater New Hampshire

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Appointments are now available for free breast and cervical cancer screenings at the Health First Community Health Center in Franklin and the LRGHealthcare Facility in Laconia, among others. Individuals aged 21-64 who have no health insurance, or insurance that doesn’t pay for screening tests, are invited to call the centers to schedule an appointment.To ensure the health and safety of patients and staff, all visitors are required to wear a mask at all times and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms when they arrive for their appointment.Regular screenings and follow-up care can help prevent or more effectively treat breast and cervical cancers. A screening test looks for signs of disease, such as cancer, before a person has symptoms. In its early stages, cancer is easier to treat.

“Preventive screenings can be literal life-savers,” said Adriane Burke, Cancer Programs Manager at the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services within the NH Department of Health and Human Services. “Early detection is critical.”When cancer is found at an early stage, people are much more likely to live, or survive. In fact, data shows a higher “five-year survival rate” — the percent of people who live at least 5 years after the cancer is found — in people who were diagnosed with early-stage breast and cervical cancer. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Cancer Society:

Breast cancer five-year survival rate is 99% when it is detected at an early stage. Breast cancer is the most common type of …

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Area wellness clinic lifts spirits with “Disco Day”

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -One local wellness clinic decided to step back in time today in an effort to lift spirits.Optima Health and Vitality in Eau Claire held a “Disco Day” Tuesday, which included disco lights and streamers and all of the staff were dressed in 70s themed clothing.Owner of Optima Health and Vitality William Bauer says it’s a small way the company can lift spirits.“We know a lot of people are having a difficult time you know lot of them are nervous and things with the pandemic and so we’re trying to be a positive force out there.”The company also had a contest for patients and staff where they brought in baby pictures and had to guess who was who.Earlier in the year, the company held a “Where’s Waldo Day” where all the staff dressed up as Waldo.Copyright 2020 WEAU. All rights reserved.

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Thank you

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Thanksgiving was last week, but I wanted to spend a moment looking at the expression “thank you.” What was it originally intended to mean? I think, to the pilgrims, it expressed more about gratitude, being grateful for — than anything else. It was originally a time when everybody was grateful for the harvest and grateful for the abundance of food and a desire to share that bounty with the community. What a happy and celebratory time! It was a coming together of loved ones and friends to share their goods, express their joyous feelings and renew fellowship with each other.I think some parents in their desire to teach their children good manners decided to teach their children to always say “thank you.” I for one was taught to say “thank you” almost before the present was given to me. My parents meant well, but the joy was taken out of the response because the emphasis was on performing a task — “saying thank you.” I was so focused on doing the right thing and being well behaved, that I lost focus on the spontaneity and joy of receiving a gift. If you didn’t say “thank you” quickly enough, you were going to be in hot water. This example may not apply to you, but I think it does for many; it certainly did for many of my clients who have told me about their similar experiences with it.This emphasis on saying “thank you” can very easily become a family …

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Health and Wellness Company Kyäni Names Katy Holt-Larsen as New President

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Health and Wellness Company Kyäni Names Katy Holt-Larsen as New President

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“I’m excited to see Katy use her unique experience and insights as both a distributor and corporate executive to work with Kyäni’s field leaders,” Carl Taylor said. “She has an impressive record of energizing the field, and I believe her leadership will help our Business Partners continue to grow and flourish.”
Katy Holt-Larsen has a Master’s in Organizational Behavior, which, combined with her years of experience, enables her to listen intently to the needs of the field, and align those needs with the overall corporate strategy. “I am very excited about Kyäni’s future,” says Holt-Larsen. “I’m looking forward to what we can do together to spread Kyäni’s vision and fulfill the mission of bringing hope to people all around the world.”Katy is married to Derek Larsen and has two children, Palmer and Meredith. She loves spending her free time with family and friends hiking, rock climbing, exploring different cultures, laughing, and eating great food.About Kyäni, Inc.Kyäni, Inc., founded in 2007, is a global network marketing company based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA. From its beginnings, Kyäni has been the globally recognized pioneer of the antioxidant movement by being the first to recognize the efficacy of the Wild Alaskan Blueberry. Since then, Kyäni has grown into the world’s leading provider of supplements that increase Nitric Oxide production in the human body, and the largest provider of Tocotrienol—the …

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City of Mission to host 26th annual Health Wellness Fair

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by: Elizabeth Gomez-Patino

Posted: Dec 1, 2020 / 02:43 PM CST
/ Updated: Dec 1, 2020 / 02:43 PM CST

Mission, Texas (KVEO)—The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC), in partnership with the city of Mission and Mission Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will host its 26th annual Mission Community Health and Wellness Fair on Dec. 3 and 4.

The event, which will take place at the Mission Event Center, will be free and open to the public.

According to the city, the event will provide free comprehensive blood screenings, awareness and education.

Free health screenings will be provided, as well as flu vaccines, a complete blood count, a comprehensive metabolic panel, QuantaFlow and more.

The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.

More information about the event can be found by clicking here.

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