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Running with pain? Signs that it's time to see a physical therapist

Do you need to see a physical therapist if it hurts when you start running? Not necessarily.

Posted: July 30, 2015
Don’t waste your calories on these foods and drinks, dietitian says

The good news is that most of these "calorie wasters" have a lower-calorie or more nutritious version.

Posted: July 29, 2015
What an Omaha personal trainer thought of his first Zumba class

I've always avoided these types of classes because they are typically full of women who have skills with moving their bodies and keeping up with uptempo salsa-style music. All qualities that I don't possess!

Updated: July 27, 2015 - 10:03 am
The weird reasons we spit

In the last century, spitting was as common as waving to a friend, now it’s as repulsive to some as urinating in public.

Posted: July 24, 2015
What you need to know about carbs and choosing the 'right' ones

It’s said a lot that eating carbs isn’t so bad if you choose the “right” ones. To determine which carbs are right for you, and which ones to limit or steer clear of, read this.

Posted: July 22, 2015
Signs you might be suffering from silent reflux; how to avoid it after a summer barbecue

You overdid it at the neighbors’ barbecue and now you’re paying for it. You feel stuffed. You can’t find the Tums to ease the burning in your chest and throat.

Posted: July 22, 2015
Omaha woman fighting cancer wins $10,000; event organizers' gift was seeing her reaction

Earlier this month, I received $10,000 from the organizer’s of an annual mud volleyball tournament that benefits women fighting breast cancer. The sea of pink and being surrounded by nearly 3,000 supporters that day was breathtaking.

Posted: July 21, 2015
From farm girl to ocean swimmer, local athlete embodies 'suck it up and go for it' attitude

Mental toughness is your ability to keep pushing forward when the going gets tough. It’s also the ability to bounce back after you experience failure. When things don’t go your way it is especially crucial to stay motivated.

Posted: July 20, 2015
8 grilling tips to avoid food poisoning, ruining your summer meals

In the summer, we talk a lot about the bugs that bite. But have you thought much about the bugs inside your favorite summer feasts?

Updated: July 20, 2015 - 10:35 am
'Iron Cowboy' doing 50 triathlons in 50 days in 50 states, stopping in Nebraska on Sunday

James Lawrence, a 39-year-old triathlete from Canada, is known as the Iron Cowboy because of the cowboy hat he wears during races. He will be in Nebraska on Sunday for what he’s calling the 50-50-50 challenge

Posted: July 17, 2015
5 simple ways to improve your health

Research shows eating right, exercising, avoiding bad habits like smoking and too much alcohol may lead to longer life. Unfortunately we have a long way to go to turn around present lifestyles.

Posted: July 16, 2015
10 tips to solve your child's bedwetting problems

Most kids are potty trained during the day between the ages of 2 and 4, but some children might not be able to achieve night time dryness until they are older.

Posted: July 14, 2015
How to make a nutritious and delicious summer smoothie

The ingredients in smoothies are flexible, making them appropriate for almost anyone, but getting the nutrients right can be a challenge.

Posted: July 08, 2015
Before you shoot off fireworks read these safety tips

We all want to celebrate, but we also need to remember fireworks are dangerous. A few minutes of fun isn’t worth the risk of suffering a life-long injury or serious burn.

Posted: July 02, 2015
8 reasons for summer weight gain and how to avoid it

The shorts and tank tops are calling, but it is still hard to stay on track in the summer months.

Updated: July 01, 2015 - 7:31 am
What it's like to run a 5K through 20 muddy obstacles with no training

If you’re new to obstacle course races, like me, this could be a struggle. But it’s also a great and dirty way to spend an afternoon.

Updated: July 01, 2015 - 7:31 am
Keep these tips in mind when you start a new exercise routine

Sprains and strains are among the most common sports-related injuries, so if you’ve been relatively sedentary, don’t go from zero to 60 right away.

Posted: July 01, 2015
Runner who was told to give up sport she loves wouldn't quit

Physical therapy looks at the patient from head to toe and evaluates areas of weakness to improve your full body function. Physical therapists find out why you have a problem and help you fix it.

Posted: June 30, 2015
4 reasons why prescription drugs cost so much

Consumers are often unaware of how much their prescriptions actually cost.

Posted: June 30, 2015
Omaha CrossFitter passes out while lifting weights, learns dangers of overtraining

Just like a car, you have to pay attention to your body’s warning signs. My body was trying to tell me something, and I didn’t listen.

Posted: June 29, 2015
Hey ladies: There's a reason for your low sex drive

A panel of health experts recently recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve what some have dubbed the first “female Viagra” to help women who struggle with low libido.

Posted: June 25, 2015
Former college athlete overcomes knee injury to be better, stronger

Athletes often experience injuries that hinder them from competing at the next level, but with determination and proper rehab techniques there is potential to recover even stronger than before.

Posted: June 23, 2015
Seven signs you have a positive body image

Instead of waiting for the media, the culture or the world to change, let’s help ourselves and our children make peace with our bodies.

Posted: June 18, 2015
Beware of posting weight-loss, workout info on social media

When we post our own results to social media, we're more focused on how people react to our progress than actually making progress. If we stop focusing on our progress, we'll stop progressing.

Posted: June 17, 2015
What teens should expect at their first OB-GYN appointment

It's recommended that young women first see an obstetrician-gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Posted: June 15, 2015

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