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The Power of Getting Healthy: How I Made My Transformation

The Power of Getting Healthy: How I Made My Transformation

Baker Harrell

When Baker Harrell was 11 years old, he had an epiphany that not only inspired him to change his life, but those of countless others. An overweight child, Baker decided one day to take charge of his health – not an easy task in his community, where unhealthy habits and obesity were the norm. But with the help of his family, Baker transformed his health and spurred his family and eventually his neighbors to do the same. And Baker experienced firsthand the profound motivating power of one’s social circle.

Fast-forward a few decades: Baker is the founder of ACTIVE Life, a social change nonprofit organization that seeks to make healthy the new normal. Read more about Baker’s personal story and how empowered communities and individuals can truly create change. 

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Six Tips from Curves to Stay on Track during the Holiday Season

Six Tips from Curves to Stay on Track during the Holiday Season

While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, with cooler weather, family gatherings and delicious foods, they can also be a minefield for those looking to maintain their weight-loss and fitness goals. Katie Mitchell,director of fitness, and Amanda Turner, registered dietitian (RD), with Curves International, Inc. offer the following tips to help stay on track with food and health goals:

1.) Eat before you go to a party: Never go to a party hungry. Eating a high-fiber or protein-based snack like a turkey rollup and an apple will help fill you up and ensure your blood sugar levels stay consistent – preventing over indulgence in calorie-laden party foods. Simply take 4oz. of turkey slices and 2 tsp. of whole grain mustard, spread the mustard on the turkey, roll and enjoy! Slice up an apple if you are still hungry.Once at the party, make sure to drink a glass of water before you grab a plate.

Avoid the 7 Placer County DUI Campaign this weekend

Avoid the 7 Placer County DUI Campaign this weekend

Source: Chris Forman, Auburn Police Department

Six Tips from Curves to Stay on Track during the Holiday Season

Six Tips from Curves to Stay on Track during the Holiday Season

While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, with cooler weather, family gatherings and delicious foods, they can also be a minefield for those looking to maintain their weight-loss and fitness goals. Katie Mitchell,director of fitness, and Amanda Turner, registered dietitian (RD), with Curves International, Inc. offer the following tips to help stay on track with food and health goals:

1.) Eat before you go to a party: Never go to a party hungry. Eating a high-fiber or protein-based snack like a turkey rollup and an apple will help fill you up and ensure your blood sugar levels stay consistent – preventing over indulgence in calorie-laden party foods. Simply take 4oz. of turkey slices and 2 tsp. of whole grain mustard, spread the mustard on the turkey, roll and enjoy! Slice up an apple if you are still hungry.Once at the party, make sure to drink a glass of water before you grab a plate.

Sutter Dietitian Shares Tips for Getting Healthy in the New Year

Sutter Dietitian Shares Tips for Getting Healthy in the New Year

Vicky Bourdaniotis, registered dietitian with Sutter Options for Success, a 12-week course to create a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, shares tips how to get healthy and stay healthy in the New Year.

4 Ways to Stay Healthy This Season

4 Ways to Stay Healthy This Season

By Randy Bergen, MD

As the winter months arrive and viruses begin to circulate, you may wonder if there are tricks to avoid getting sick.

Colds and influenza, or “the flu”—which has similar symptoms to a cold but is more severe—may be unavoidable, but you can still minimize the seriousness of an illness or how often you catch a bug with a few simple germ-fighting strategies.

There are a lot of urban legends—almost equal to the number of viruses—about how to beat common illnesses, so you have to sift through fiction to get to the facts.  Here are a few widely accepted ways of fortifying yourself this season:   

Is it too much turkey or is it GERD?

Is it too much turkey or is it GERD?

After seconds or even thirds of turkey, stuffing mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, your stomach may begin to make some strange noises.  But when are those noises something to worry about?  Gastroenterologist Ronald Hsu, medical director of Sutter Roseville Endoscopy Center, has some tips that may help explain the racket your belly is making.

“People may be surprised to learn that those gurgling noises coming from your abdomen don’t actually come from the stomach,” said Dr. Hsu. “They’re generated by the intestines when food particles, gas and other substances move from one end to the other.”

A gentle rumble is usually considered normal functioning. But overindulging during the holidays can cause additional discomfort.