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March 14, 2018

Making mental health a priority in college

by Merritt Hays As a college student, it is easy to feel like a walking statistic when it comes to mental health. There is a plethora of resources on campus and off, overflowing with people who truly want you to succeed. It is also easy to become a victim of […]
March 6, 2018

How Girls on the Run impacts girls and communities

by Jill Shenkel Henwood Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion I am surrounded by girls – I have three daughters, two dogs and three cats – all female, and I run Girls on the Run – an organization that works with girls and has […]
February 27, 2018

CommunitiesThat Care – why youth voices matter

by Veniece Miller As a student, I see many adults wanting to help- our schools, our communities, our future. While well-meaning, most of these efforts fail to factor one important voice into the equation: the actual student. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into my first Communities That Care […]
February 20, 2018

Yoga now, ski with the grandkids later

by Sarah Johnson If you saw me today and I glared at you, I apologize. As I write this, it’s one of the best snow days of this powder-starved ski season, but I’m sitting in the lodge with ice on my ankle and a scowl on my face. I tweaked […]
February 15, 2018

Resolution reset: how to resolve for a better life, not just a better year

by Lindsay Maurer Resolutions?? What’s that??  We are officially 6 weeks into 2018 and for many of us, our resolutions for making 2018 a greater, healthier, more fulfilling year have gone by the wayside.  If I have learned anything in my career as a health and fitness pro and entrepreneur, […]
February 6, 2018

Youth sports, let’s bring back the fun!

One of my all-time favorite movies is The Sandlot. A classic tale of neighborhood kids, summer shenanigans, and life lessons learned from baseball. While the era of childhood has changed in many ways since the days of Benny, Smalls, Squints and Yeah Yeah, kids are still…well, kids. Looking back on […]
January 30, 2018

Making the nontraditional work

by Katie Goddeyne I’m getting married in four months. Obviously, I’m over the moon about it, but I’d be lying if I said planning this shindig wasn’t one of the most stressful experiences of my life so far. Approximately 525,600 details are involved in coordinating your big day ranging in […]
January 24, 2018

Dry January

by Anne Nederveld After a holiday season filled with get-togethers and travel, I felt like I needed a reset. I have been toying with the idea of a “dry January” for some time and decided to give it a try. I’m not a big drinker, but during the holiday season […]
January 16, 2018

Strong Women, Strong Girls

by Sarah Johnson Few things please me more than strong women raising strong girls. As the parent of a teenage female, I witness every day how much the women around her have an influence on her understanding of herself. I want those women to be strong, confident and kind. Luckily, […]
January 9, 2018

Healthy Family, Healthy Home! How to make Fitness and Food a Family affair

by Lindsay Maurer EP, LMT, CKTP It’s the New Year, and everyone is wanting to make changes toward leading a healthy lifestyle.  For some reason, these new year resolutions are always an individual goal…”I want to lose weight”, “I want to eat healthier” rather than a whole family affair. Studies […]
January 2, 2018
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Businesses should stand for something

by Amy Weitzel Chasing the almighty dollar has been the ultimate goal for business for … well … ever. When I started my MBA studies, my professor and textbooks emphasized that the goal of finance was to “maximize shareholder wealth.” I felt my inner volunteer recoil the first time I […]
December 26, 2017

Define Your Life

by Jennifer Stoll Nine weeks ago I had two ligaments in my ankle reconstructed forcing me to take some time away from the chaos of work. Needless to say, I’ve had a little time to think and have been prompted by my Entrepreneurship class to consider mission statements. I’ve always […]
December 19, 2017

A Different Kind of Resolution

by Sarah Johnson We’re at the height of the holiday season, which means it’s time to decide if 2018 will be a year with or without New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve heard a lot of people dismiss resolutions – they say it just sets them up for failure. I guess there’s […]
December 5, 2017

Social media struggles

by Anne Nederveld It seems like my “new to middle school” son has been the prompt for several blogs! Maybe I wasn’t paying close attention when my daughter made this transition – somehow it seems like things are happening differently for my son. In any case, the issue at our […]
November 28, 2017

Have a healthy, happy holiday

by Ciera Colson When thinking about the holidays the first things that come to mind are the dinner parties, gift giving and the sweet taste of holiday treats.  All of this can lead to a stressful season in which you may not have a chance to focus on yourself. Even […]