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Exercise Fit for Cold Days and Nights

Fitness Center expert offers tips for staying active during winter

February-1st-Franciscan---Article-1-PictureLeah Okner, wellness manager at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Schererville, says there are numerous ways to overcome the urge to become a couch potato.

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The Biggest Loser Returns to Indiana in 2017

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An exciting wellness initiative is launching across the state and you are invited to join the MOVEment!

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St. Mary Medical Center Helps Unveil New Addition at Valpo YMCA


The YMCA and the St. Mary Medical Center did it again. They came together to provide an excellent service to the people of Valpo.

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Thousands Continue Tradition of Kicking Off Thanksgiving with 2016 Valparaiso Turkey Trot


Before the turkey comes out of the oven and the pumpkin pie is devoured, families and friends of Northwest Indiana partake in a Thanksgiving tradition that promotes community-wide health. The 14th annual Turkey Trot, hosted by Porter-Starke Services, attracted 4,000 runners to Valparaiso High School this year. Runners of all ages took to the streets, competing in either the 5K or 10K. Though the race meant something a little different for each runner, the common goal of celebrating the holidays with family was shared by all.

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16th Annual Turkey Trot: Burning Calories Before the Feast

Portage-YMCA-Turkey-Trot-2016Families, runners, and walkers of all ages and fitness levels will gather at the Portage Township YMCA at 7:00 AM on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the 16th Annual Turkey Trot. The event kicks off with a free 1k Kids Fun Run at 7:45 AM for children 7 and younger. The professionally timed 4-mile competitive race begins at 8:00 AM followed by the runners and walkers participating in the 5K course. The registration fee of $25 includes a long-sleeved commemorative t-shirt and post-race snacks provided by Edible Arrangements. Medals for the fastest finishers of the 4-mile race will be awarded to three men and three women in each age category. The fastest overall King and Queen Gobblers will win a pie to share at their Thanksgiving dinner.

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JDRF Walk Raises More Than $100,000 For Diabetes Research


Mornings are a little different at the Larson household since their daughter Skyler was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes over four years ago.

Mom Danielle counts the carbs for Skyler. Dad Robert pulls a Dexcom CGM – a small device that monitors Skylar’s blood sugar levels automatically every five minutes and sends the results to the wireless monitor her father carries with him everywhere.

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Franciscan Alliance: 5 Reasons Why We Should Eat Like It's the 1950's Again!

rot6Having trouble figuring out what to eat? Don't know if you should be "eating clean," dairy free, gluten free, GMO free, carb free, high protein, organic, low fat, high fat or paleo? (No wonder people are always confused about what to eat or how to lose weight!)

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Shed Those Post-Vacation Pounds in 2016 with Franciscan Alliance, Inc.

Franciscan-Shed-Those-Pounds-2016Now that everyone is winding down their summer vacations and getting ready for the start of the school year, it is time to get back into the swing of things. Here are some tips on how to lose some of those pesky vacation pounds from Franciscan’s Kelly Devine Rickert, a registered dietician and health coach.

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Franciscan Alliance: Healthy Breakfast Recipes!

rot6Looking for a quick healthy breakfast idea? Check out two of my favorites below!

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Franciscan Alliance:To Snack or Not to Snack...What is the Answer?

Franciscan-Alliance-To-Snack-or-Not-to-SnackLooking to boost your energy levels and decrease hunger at night? A well-timed afternoon snack may just be your answer! While it is true that snacking too often, especially on salty or sugary snacks, can add pounds not shed them, a healthy snack (a combination of healthy carbs high in fiber and some lean protein) can help satisfy those mid-afternoon cravings and actually help you lose weight.

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Tour De La Porte Calls on Community to Race Against Cancer


Runners with pounding hearts, riders gripping their handlebars anxiously and families cheering from the edge of the trails are all participant experiences of the Tour de La Porte. An event that has been around since 2001, the Tour de La Porte has only grown, welcoming all ages, fitness levels and family sizes to enjoy La Porte’s many trails, lakes and smiling faces.

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