It’s finally summer! And you know what the best thing about summer is?! ROAD TRIPS! Have you been working on your summer body? Want to go on a road trip or vacation and still eat healthy? Here are some tips and tricks on how to road trip the healthy way! When I took a road… Read More

Ideas for Healthy Road Trip Snacks

It’s finally summer! And you know what the best thing about summer is?! ROAD TRIPS! Have you been working on your summer body? Want to go on a road trip or vacation and still eat healthy? Here are some tips and tricks on how to road trip the healthy way! When I took a road… Read More

The Scoop on Dairy

June is National Dairy Month. To honor our hard-working Wisconsin Farmers, today’s blog will highlight some of the important nutrients found within dairy products. If you are looking for ways to incorporate dairy into your meal plan, check out the ideas below. Protein: Dairy products are an excellent source of casein and whey protein. Most… Read More

Five Recipes for your Memorial Day Menu

Five Recipes for Your Memorial Day Menu Memorial Day marks the start of summer here in Wisconsin. (Yay!) If your family is anything like mine, you probably celebrate Memorial Day weekend with time outside, tasty food and delicious drinks. As a foodie, I love trying super easy recipes that taste great and feature fresh, seasonal… Read More

How to Incorporate a Workout on Vacation

VACATION. The single greatest word in the English dictionary. Most Americans plan their entire lives around their next vacation. They plan out months in advance, schedule time off from work, save up funds, and exercise to look or move better to further enjoy the experience. What about when they finally reach their destination, tropical or… Read More

Debunking Common Myths about Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month. Although there is thankfully much more understanding and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorders than there was in the past, there continues to be numerous myths and misconceptions about Autism. Myth #1 Autism is very rare. Autism impacts about 1 in every 59 people meaning that more than 3.5 million Americans… Read More

Liz’s Journey to Become a Personal Trainer

My journey to become a personal trainer started in 2009. I had attended a dance studio for the majority of my life, which always served as an emotional outlet for me and guaranteed weekly exercise. In 2009 I was living in a suburb of Chicago attending Veterinary Technician school. When I was in Illinois I… Read More

Mike’s Fitness Journey May Have Saved His Life

Recently, Bellin Psychologist Tiffany Born had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Mike Pribek and his mom, Jane. “Mike is an incredible person with an inspiring fitness journey. He also has Autism Spectrum Disorder. I enjoyed hearing about Mike’s health journey, his passion and skills with numbers and dates (he could tell me the… Read More

Choose Consistency

Choosing CONSISTENCY over (MOTIVATION, BUSY SCHEDULES, INSERT REASON HERE ___________! ) Do you have trouble being consistent with fitness in your life? What do you blame? • You start out great but then lack motivation to stick with it? • Too much to do and not enough time to do it all? • Insert your… Read More

Six Ways to Burn 100 Calories in 10 minutes

What is a calorie? It’s a unit of energy. As a trainer, I had to ponder the question of how does one burn 100 calories. There are many variables to consider when answering this question because one strategy does NOT fit all! Those variables range from the weight of the individual, effort and ability to… Read More

Give the Gift of Fitness this Christmas

Picking the right gift for those special people in your life can be challenging. Here is a list of fitness gifts that will surely impress a seasoned fitness guru or help a beginner get started. Fitness equipment can be costly so there is a little something for every price range. MINI BANDS – These little… Read More

Your Financial Health is Priceless

Financial health is important to your overall well-being and, ultimately, your physical and mental health. Without question, your financial situation impacts your health, from your ability to afford nutritious food options to your decisions about when to seek medical care, and not to mention the stress it can cause. Creating financial wellness requires attention and… Read More

Cold Weather Training

The season is upon us and the temperature is decreasing. One thing that doesn’t have to decrease along with the temperature is your workouts and physical activity done outside. With a few tips, tricks and pointers you can enjoy training outside in the cold until the springtime sun warms us back up again. The first… Read More

Holiday Meals: Do’s and Don’ts

The holidays are fast approaching and for many of us this is a time to relax and enjoy a variety of tasty foods. However, some of us may be worried about the extra pounds that often are associated with the holidays. It’s estimated that an average American gains 1-2 lb. each holiday season. This doesn’t… Read More

Nutrition Tips for Vibrant Skin

Our skin is the largest organ in the body. Individuals spend hundreds of dollars on creams and specialty soaps in hopes of improving their complexion. However, most individuals overlook the types of foods that they’re eating on a weekly basis. Nutrients found in certain foods can have significant impacts on skin health. Let’s dive into… Read More

Men’s Health: Building a Better You

Did you know that men, on average, die nearly five years younger than women? Even with all of the advances in technology to detect and treat disease and the developments of more effective medicines men are still dying way too young. So attention all you men out there…your wife, your sisters, and your children don’t… Read More

Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer through Exercise

Have you ever considered that exercise could help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer? According to the National Cancer Institute, regular exercisers have a 12% reduced risk of getting breast cancer. The science behind this theory is pretty simple. According to the Susan G. Komen website, studies show higher blood levels of the estrogen… Read More

Training: Time vs. Distance

When working with athletes the question often comes up “should I train by time or by distance?”.  This is a legitimate question but doesn’t have the simplest of answers.  Like many endurance athletes my mind works off of miles best.  Knowing how far you have gone is a key component in training but this is… Read More

Dieting vs. Healthy Eating

Ditch the Dieting; Head toward Healthy Eating.  Fad diets are out of style. There are all sorts of different diets that people are willing try and it is actually quite scary. It’s frightening that so many people are misinformed and fall for the conflicting information, testimonials, and hype of what turns out to just be… Read More

Celebrate Women’s Health and Fitness Day!

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is a nation-wide effort to focus attention on the importance of regular exercise and healthy living for women so take time to celebrate with these 10 good-for-you healthy tips: 1. Try a new class. Barre Blend? Why not? Mixing up your workout can be good for your body and your… Read More

Love is Action

Want to let someone know they’re loved? Try using actions, rather than words. Love is an action verb…to really feel the love, the other person has to feel the message in nonverbal ways.  Your love for someone may not be felt until you really make an effort to put your love into action. If you… Read More

Family Fitness Fun!

Exercise with my family?! How do I do that?  How many times have you heard the “I’M BORED!!!”?  Or you think to yourself that your kids need to get off that couch and do something!  Exercising as a family is a great way to have fun, connect with each other and do positive things for… Read More

Fall into Great Nutrition

Ring in September by celebrating National Whole Grain Month. Ancient grains have made a resurgence over the past several years. Many are finding ancient grains a nice alternative to their regular staples. For those of you who may not know what ancient grains are, below, is a list of different ancient grains and how to… Read More

Four Ways to Increase Post-Workout Hydration

Do you ever wonder what you should drink after workouts? If so, you’re in luck – we’re going to clear up some of that confusion today. Consuming the right amount of fluid can help your body maintain a normal temperature, get rid of toxins and waste, exercise better, and keep your joints lubricated. A reasonable… Read More

To Learn is to Grow

The need to learn and grow is a natural instinct for human beings. We can learn and grow by finding more efficient ways to do our jobs and live our lives. Where there is growth, there is innovation and discovery, and this is a breeding ground for more positive and refreshing perspectives toward ourselves and… Read More

10 Tips to Become a Morning Workout Person

Finding it difficult to get to the gym after work? If so, you may want to consider switching to morning workouts. With fewer distractions and unexpected plans to get in the way, it’s often easier to fit in exercise at the start of the day. If you’re naturally a morning person, this should be an… Read More

Meet Me at the Barre

The Benefits of a Barre Workout If you’re looking for a focused, effective core workout, Barre Blend is absolutely the class for you.  It may look like ballet, but it’s not. Barre fitness classes are simply ballet-inspired, mixing elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training.  The beauty of the barre is that we emphasis… Read More

Five Tips to Prevent Exercise Injury

Exercise is great for your body, mind and spirit. But it also comes with some inherent risks. Whenever you push your body to perform, there’s a chance you could end up injured. Injuries can be acute, such as scrapes, strains, muscle pulls or tears, or joint dislocations. They can also be chronic, such as overuse… Read More

Three Moves for Strong Hips

Athletes (particularly runners), listen up! Maybe you’ve gotten away with avoiding hip-strengthening exercises in the past, but working out with weak hips is an injury waiting to happen. Our bodies – including the muscles around our hips – work synergistically, and if one muscle outperforms another, trouble lurks. Hip weakness can throw off stability and… Read More

Put Your Strengths to Work

Many people believe the best way to achieve success is to focus on eliminating weaknesses and limitations. But a better strategy is to put your strengths to work. Recognizing and exercising your strengths can better equip you to meet life’s challenges. It can even increase your happiness and reduce depression. We all have skills that… Read More

Signs Your Workout Needs a Refresh

It’s easy to fall into a fitness routine that doesn’t offer much variety. Ask yourself the following questions to find out if you’re in a fitness rut. Are you getting results? By sticking with the same exercises, reps and weights, the body adapts and a workout becomes easier to perform. This means you might eventually… Read More

The Power of Protein

Do you often suffer from prolonged soreness after your workouts, or have you noticed a recent decrease in strength? If so, you may want to review your recovery nutrition. It’s important to consume enough protein daily. That’s because protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks for body tissues such as… Read More

Five Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know just how challenging it is to take off a few pounds. So today let’s explore five things that can sabotage your weight loss goals: 1. Sugary Breakfast Cereals Cold cereal is one of the most popular breakfast choices. But if you’re not careful about measuring out… Read More

Help – I’m Addicted to Junk Food!

Picture this: You open a bag of your favorite potato chips with the intention of only having a few. But the next thing you know, half the bag is gone. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Most of us have succumbed to a food craving at some point or another. It could be salty… Read More

Top Health Concerns for Men

Men – it’s time to start taking better care of your health. The sad truth is that men die at higher rates than women. Experts believe this may be due to the fact that women are 33% more likely to visit a doctor than men. For example, heart disease can often be caught and treated… Read More

Tips to Running Safely

Running is a fairly safe sport. You aren’t traveling at high speeds, climbing vertical rock faces or taking hits from a 350 pound lineman. But even though running is relatively risk free there are still some dangers out there. Here are the top ten ways to improve safety while running: Carry ID – One of… Read More

Good Health Is Blooming

Meet Jean Bricker! When I asked Jean what her age was she said that she always says she’s 66 because that’s Ray Nitschke’s number…which tells me she’s an avid Packer fan.  Jean actually just turned 73 on Friday… happy birthday to her!  She currently shares her life with her two rescue cats…Sally and Cleopatra.  Cleopatra… Read More

Eat and Drink Your Way to Better Sleep

Do you often feel tired or lack energy during the day? According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 Americans report getting fewer than seven hours of sleep each night. This can lead to a number of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. Fortunately, there are steps you can… Read More

Together Everyone Achieves More

Meet Janet Christl and Pam VandeHei! Janet (66 in July) and Pam (70).  Not only are they best friends but they make the best workout team!  Janet has been coming to Bellin Health Fitness for over 10 years.  She has two grown children, Dean and Leah and three grandchildren: Lucas 5, Dylan 3 and Jose… Read More

Find Time to Exercise

Do you find it difficult to squeeze a workout into your day? If so, you’re not alone. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50% of Americans do not meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic activity. But it’s important to get enough exercise because of the many health benefits. Here are a… Read More

Kick Your Technology Addiction

In this day and age, technology is an integral part of our lives. But to truly reap the benefits you should moderate how and when you use it. The average smartphone user checks their device 150 times a day. But burying your face in a screen for a large part of the day can negatively… Read More

Reasons You Should Take a Break From Technology

If you’re not careful, your technology use can spiral out of control and impact your quality of life. Cell phones, tablets and computers have the potential to make your life easier – but they don’t always make it better. Here are a few reasons to take a break from your devices: More time for yourself… Read More

Be the Owner of your Own Health

Meet Sue Theodoru! Sue (67) has been married to her husband Alex for 45 years!  That’s amazing!  Together they have two grown sons, Mark and Nick and three grandchildren, Blake, Ava and Bryce.  Another amazing realization for Sue is the fact that she’s been a member at Bellin Health Fitness for over 25 years.  She… Read More

Find Time to Exercise

Do you find it difficult to squeeze a workout into your day? If so, you’re not alone. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50% of Americans do not meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic activity. But it’s important to get enough exercise because of the many health benefits. Here are a… Read More

Eat and Drink Your Way to Better Sleep

Do you often feel tired or lack energy during the day? According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 Americans report getting fewer than seven hours of sleep each night. This can lead to a number of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. Fortunately, there are steps you can… Read More

Seven Expert Fitness Tips

We’ve all received advice at one time or another in our life, often from family members and friends who share their perspectives to show their support. While it’s great to get advice from those who care about you, it can also be helpful to get an expert’s take. Here’s some helpful fitness advice from a… Read More

Transition Between Long and Short Races

The Bellin Run is one of the largest 10K races in the nation, and a lot of people use it as their big goal race to kickoff summer. But what happens after they cross the finish line? Many will spend the rest of the season running shorter distances while others will make the jump to… Read More

Tips to Improve Emotional Health

Being healthy is about more than eating right and getting regular exercise. It’s also about thinking positively and working to improve your mental and emotional wellness. Being emotionally healthy improves your self-esteem and helps you feel secure and relaxed in everyday life. Improving your emotional wellness starts with being in touch with your feelings and… Read More

Strategies to Stay Fit With Age

There’s an old saying, you’re only as old as you feel. But perhaps it’s more accurate is to say you’re only as old as you function. Even in today’s medically advanced world, our bodies age at an alarming rate. That being said, there are simple exercises that can help you feel and function better regardless… Read More

Work in Progress

Meet Robert Grignon! Bob (72) has a full life with a family of four children and seven grandchildren that he shares with his wife Arleen. Bob’s fitness journey began when he started physical therapy to recover from having a severe stroke. His Physical Therapist at Rennes suggested that he work with a Personal Trainer in… Read More

Make Exercise a Way of Life

Meet John Kabele! John (70) is married to his wife Karen and they have one son, Andrew, who they are very proud of.  John has been a Bellin Health Fitness member for over 11 years.  He is one of the hardest working and most dedicated members we have. John didn’t really need motivation to get… Read More

Ways to Prevent Exercise Injury

Exercise is the best medicine, but only in the right dose. Just like a prescription, if you take too little you won’t get the maximum benefit. If you take too much, you may suffer unnecessary side effects. So it’s important to determine the right amount of exercise to achieve maximum benefit while minimizing risks. Any… Read More

Motivation + Commitment = Success

Meet Mitch Babe! Mitch (27) is the son of Customer Service Representative Janet Babe.  He spends lots of time with his family which includes his mom, dad and sister, Jackie.  A recent addition to his family is his dog Bogart who is going to be six this year.  Mitch rescued Bogart 3+ years ago, takes… Read More

Keep on a Schedule

Meet Roger Schmitt! Roger (71) is happily married to his wife Barb and has been a Bellin Health Fitness member since 2012. Roger’s motivation for beginning his fitness journey was wanting to just stay active. When he initially started coming to Bellin, it was hard to maintain a consistent workout schedule because he was on… Read More

Tips to Stay Hydrated

Your body needs water to function properly. You need it to transport nutrients through your body, to help regulate body temperature, and to keep your joints lubricated. It can also help prevent muscle cramps and fatigue. The average person needs to drink eight, 8oz glasses of water to stay hydrated for regular day-to-day activities. When… Read More

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Meet Mary Berg! Mary (71) recently had her knee replaced and her goal was to walk better – not waddle- and improve her balance. Mary came to Bellin Health Fitness after going to the Learning in Retirement class and attending the presentation “Know Your Body”. The trainers demonstrated six different screens that she should have… Read More

Make Every Step Count

Our bodies are meant to move. When you feel stiff and tired it may seem hard to imagine, but it’s true. Your body enjoys moving and actually perceives sedentary living as stress. Working out is great but avoid thinking about exercise only as a means to burn calories or lose weight. This type of thinking… Read More

Building New Relationships

Meet Carol Landwehr! Carol (87) has a family full of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Carol started her fitness journey because she just wanted to see what she could do. The hardest thing to do was just getting started but once she did she felt success! Her goals were to keep limber and active. Carol… Read More

Here’s Why You Should Work with a Dietitian

Whether you need help cleaning up your diet, losing weight, managing chronic disease or just have questions about the best ways to maximize your nutrition, a dietitian can help. There are two types of dietitians: Registered Dietitians (RD) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). Although they use different credentials to identify themselves, they hold the same… Read More

Skinnified Sweets

Today we are celebrating National Pi Day by sharing our favorite “skinnified” desserts. These recipes are packed with flavored, but light on the guilt. Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Ingredients: 15 oz. can pumpkin puree 2 whole eggs 1/4 cup maple syrup 8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese 1.5 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. pure… Read More

Top 10 Foods for Fitness Enthusiasts

Staying active is an important piece of the health and wellness puzzle. However, if you are looking to get the most out of your training, then you want to ensure that you are taking in the right types of food. These top ten foods will help support your health, energy levels and recovery from training…. Read More

Be Proud of Yourself

Meet Christine…that’s me! I will be 54 this month (but I feel 40!) and will be married to my husband, Mark, for 29 years this September.  We have two grown children (Andrew and Taylor), two dogs (Chica and Lola), two grand dogs (Bentley and Tank) and one grand cat (Charlie). My husband and I love… Read More

Tips to Stay Hydrated

Before, During and After Your Workout Your body needs water to function properly. You need it to transport nutrients through your body, to help regulate body temperature, and to keep your joints lubricated. It can also help prevent muscle cramps and fatigue. The average person needs to drink eight, 8oz glasses of water to stay… Read More

Staying Active for Life

Meet Lucy Stahl. Lucy (74) is another one of our many active senior members at Bellin Health Fitness Bellevue. Her fitness journey began 34 years ago when she began running because she noticed cellulitis on her legs. “Not pretty”, Lucy stated.  But she found that running took care of that problem. Another problem that Lucy… Read More

Get a Healthy Heart with Interval Training

  WRITTEN BY:  Eydie Strand, Bellin Health Fitness Certified Personal Trainer Happy National Heart Health Month! You’re now more than a month into attacking your New Year’s resolution to get fit. Are you getting closer to achieving your fitness goals? If you’ve hit a plateau – or just need to switch things up a bit… Read More

Spring Training

It’s still cold outside but spring will be here before we know it. With spring comes warmer and longer days which allows us to get outside and be more active. But once spring hits, will you be ready for an increase in activity? Right now, your workout might include running, strength training and biking indoors…. Read More

Ways to Benefit From a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. Getting adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind and more. Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. For example, sleep is involved in healing… Read More

Staying Healthy Every Day

Meet Jan Vankauwenberg. Jan (72) has been coming to Bellin Health Fitness for over 8 years.  She is one of our early morning regulars who is always ready to greet you with a smile. Jan started her fitness journey, after having triple bypass surgery in 1999.  She knew she needed to get routine exercise into her life…. Read More

Tips to Improve Your Pre and Post Workout Nutrition

When preparing to workout, you’re likely completely focused on the exercise to come.  But a good workout is more than just the physical movement.  Many people miss the most important ingredient in a successful workout –  nutrition.  When challenging your body with an intense workout, you must fuel the engine properly.  This includes being mindful of… Read More

Find a Way!

Meet Betty Jameson! Betty (92) has two children, her son, Brad and her daughter, Brenda. She also has one grandson, a granddaughter and three great granddaughters. Another member of her family is her little Yorkie Poo dog named Bella who is spoiled rotten. Betty was motivated to begin her journey with encouragement from Melissa Sperbeck,… Read More

Impact Your Swing and Further Your Game

Are you satisfied with your golf game? Would you like to hit the ball farther? Hear from Dave Groop, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Physical Therapist about how to impact the efficiency and consistency of your golf swing by incorporating our Golf Assessment into your game plan. Learn what each Golf Assessment includes and what the… Read More

Benefits of Working out with a Partner

Your goal to live a healthier, more active lifestyle was set by you. But that doesn’t mean you’re in it alone. There’s an easy solution to help you have fun, work out harder and stay motivated: Find an exercise partner! Here are six reasons working out with a partner is better: Accountability and Support | If you… Read More

Live Wholeheartedly

Open your Heart to Connecting with Others Recent research shows that loneliness and isolation can be as harmful to your health as smoking or obesity. It’s important to nourish your soul through supportive relationships. Those connections can serve as positive role models, keep you accountable, and provide encouragement and motivation toward your goals. Here’s how… Read More

Action is the Key to All Success

Meet Judy Schuchart. Judy (70) is one of our many active senior members at Bellin Health Fitness. Her story is short and sweet.  She was motivated to begin her journey because of her inability to do anything physical without huffing and puffing. Her obstacles were having no stamina at all and she couldn’t walk without… Read More

Just do it and you will succeed!

Meet Karie Czapanskiy. Karie (57) is a Registered Nurse at Bellin as well as a Team Facilitator for Nursing Services.  She has been married for over 34 years with three grown children, one granddaughter and two Weimaraner dogs. Karie was motivated to begin her journey because she wanted to be able to participate in the… Read More

Live Wholeheartedly

Open your Heart to Connecting with Others Recent research shows that loneliness and isolation can be as harmful to your health as smoking or obesity. It’s important to nourish your soul through supportive relationships. Those connections can serve as positive role models, keep you accountable, and provide encouragement and motivation toward your goals. Here’s how… Read More

Are You a Wimp or a Warrior?

When it comes to early morning workouts are you a wimp or a warrior? Let the New Year challenge you to be the warrior you knew you’ve always been and own the morning workouts. This will make a difference in your body and your TO-DO list. Not to mention, there’s less distractions and unexpected plans… Read More

Make a Time Investment in Your Health

Meet Todd Patton. Todd (49) is the father of two teenage girls; Hailey 16 and Emma 14. Todd has run the Bellin Run several times in the last few years which probably helps him to keep up with his daughters. Todd was motivated to begin his journey when he decided he wanted to work on… Read More

Take Action and Find Your Passion

Did you know that there’s a national movement to “find your passion?” Do you feel the pressure to find yours? Well no need to worry, you’ll be relieved to learn that discovering your passion in life is not the beginning (or even the end!) of the road…it’s a process that happens over and over throughout… Read More

Two heads are better than one!

Meet Marsha Sommers! Marsha (57) lives with her sister, Bette Anderson. Not only do they live together but they work out together as well.  I love seeing the two of them come in…sometimes wearing the same color – which to me says great minds think alike and that they are part of the same team!… Read More

Healthy Holidays

Written by Jana Derer, Dietetic Intern The holiday season should be a time to enjoy good food and great company from family and friends, but it is also a time that can throw us off track a little bit. The average person gains about one to two pounds during the holiday season – which might not seem like… Read More

Financial Health Matters

Did you know that just over half of workers say they are stressed about their finances, and 45 percent say their worries have worsened over the last 12 months? It’s true. These statistics are according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey taken in 2016.  When survey participants were asked about overall financial concerns, the most frequently cited… Read More

If it matters, make time

Meet Karie Czapanskiy. Karie (57) is a Registered Nurse at Bellin as well as a Team Facilitator for Nursing Services.  She has been married for over 34 years with three grown children, one granddaughter and two Weimaraner dogs. Kari was motivated to begin her journey because she wanted to be able to participate in activities… Read More

Ways to Eat Environmentally Friendly

The sustainable food movement is sweeping the nation. Farmer’s markets, organic produce, cage-free eggs have all become part of the current culture. While a lot of this focuses around whether organic foods are better for people’s health, let’s not forget that these trends are also good for the planet. Sustainable eating doesn’t have to be… Read More

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Meet Donna Jahnke! Donna (59) has been married to her husband, Mark, for 25 years. They have a daughter, Lydia (23), who with their son-in-law, Trent, gave them their only granddaughter, two-year old Madelyn.  They also have a son Jon (20) and finishing off the family is their pet dog, Pearl.  Donna’s biggest and most… Read More

Tips to Improve Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness is an awareness of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment. It is maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes harm to the environment. It includes being involved in socially responsible activities to protect the environment. Stop… Read More

Beware of the Sugar Monsters

Written by: Dietetic Intern, Jamie Freier Halloween is just around the corner and with this spooky holiday comes plenty of tricks and plenty of treats! As spooky as ghosts and goblins are, there is perhaps none more frightening than the sneaky sugar monsters. But not all sugars are created equally and no fear is necessary… Read More

Independence is Happiness!

Meet Rick Price! Rick (67) is married and his wife’s name is Carol. He has been a member of Bellin Health Fitness since January 2016.  Rick started his journey when he needed to recover from suffering from a stroke.  He had to get his left side working again, be able to move/walk easier and also… Read More

Mindful Eating

Written by Dietitic Intern, Jamie Freier Mindfulness is the practice of paying acute attention to what is happening in our present moment. The key to mindfulness is to free yourself from judgmental thoughts while also thoughtfully experiencing what is currently going on around you. Whether your observations are mental, physical, or emotional, the tricky part… Read More

Making Big Strides

Meet Tom Karjala! Tom (84) is married to his wife Molly and they have three grown children, Matt, Thomas and Anne, a Dog (Texas) and a Siamese cat (Sarabelle). Tom’s Bellin Health Fitness journey began two and a half years ago when his Physical Therapist at Rennes Health and Rehab Center suggested that he continue… Read More