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Omaha woman turns 50 and makes up her mind: It's time to change, lose weight

There just comes a time when you have to change – that’s how Machel Perry sees it. The Omaha woman didn’t like the way she looked or felt when she turned 50.

Updated: September 03, 2015 - 12:54 pm
Tailgate food showdown: Choose this, not that

Deciding on what to include at a tailgate rather than focusing on what you can’t have can help you stay positive when making lifestyle changes. Limit empty calories from fats and sugars by considering the following comparisons.

Updated: September 03, 2015 - 9:46 am
Workplace wellness helped save my life, Blue Cross employee says

So if I didn’t believe before that wellness makes a difference, as a workplace wellness coordinator, I really do now. Being healthy saved my life.

Updated: September 01, 2015 - 6:59 pm
New moms' top 5 breastfeeding concerns and how to solve them

Successful breastfeeding comes with time, patience and practice – and sometimes a little extra help from those in the know.

Posted: August 27, 2015
The unwanted side effects of healthy eating and how to avoid them

When you switch habits quickly and drastically, side effects such as bloating, gas, and bowel trouble can leave you wondering if it’s worth it! Here are some tips to make sure healthy eating gives you the results you are looking for.

Posted: August 26, 2015
Why 3 Omaha women – including 2 Boston qualifiers – slowed down to run with me

I tend to think of long-distance running as an individual pursuit where someone gets time alone with their thoughts and enjoys the peaceful solitude. All of that changed when a few of my friends convinced me to run my first marathon.

Updated: August 30, 2015 - 9:20 pm
Are you breaking these 4 gym etiquette rules?

Sometimes it only takes one person who has bad gym etiquette to create an atmosphere that discourages everyone from reaching their goals.

Posted: August 24, 2015
13 tips to prepare for competition, whether you're a CrossFitter, triathlete or runner

The things that are most commonly overlooked by an athlete are often the most important.

Updated: August 20, 2015 - 9:38 am
9 things you should know about sugar

You may think you don’t consume much of it, but the average American consumes a whopping 152 pounds of sugar a year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Posted: August 20, 2015
These creative, cost-effective grocery shopping tips aren't just for college students

Learning what tools to have on hand, and how to make a quick, healthy and tasty meal can take some time. Read these tips and tricks to make dinnertime a breeze.

Updated: August 19, 2015 - 9:36 am
How to get your kids back on track when it comes to a good night's sleep

School can be an early wake-up call for many school children. How can we get our kids back on track when it comes to a good night’s sleep?

Posted: August 17, 2015
Tips to pack a healthy school lunch

Depending on whether you have a kindergartner, a senior in high school, or a student in between, use these ideas when packing lunches.

Posted: August 05, 2015
Heard of cord clamping? Why expectant moms should discuss it with their doctor

Cord clamping usually occurs within 30 seconds of delivering baby. But now there’s growing evidence that babies benefit greatly if you wait several minutes longer to clamp the cord.

Posted: August 04, 2015
How to get back on track after a string of unhealthy meals — plus 3 'reset' recipes

We’ve all been here. We have all fallen off the healthy dinner train… and that’s OK. So what do you do to turn things around? Take a deep breath and find your way back to the middle. Here's how.

Posted: August 03, 2015
Three ways to kick-start your morning

There are benefits to a morning bowel movement, morning sex and morning meditation.

Posted: July 31, 2015
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

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