Jan/Feb
2015

Fitness Trackers: Fight sitting disease

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Written by Caitlin Summers

 

Experts agree that being more active simply means moving more during the day.1 Moving makes us healthier and even more productive.

“After reading a few articles about the health benefits of getting up from desk jobs and moving a little more throughout the day, I chose the Garmin vívofit and have been tracking my steps ever since,” comments Terri Crist. “My husband, parents and sister all have the vívofit and even though we live in different states we’re able to encourage each other to keep walking.”   

Fitbit Motivation

For a long time, the pedometer was the way to track all of the steps required to stay healthy—ten thousand per day to be exact. The problem with old pedometers is that they were inconsistent, fell off of clothing and were easily misplaced. Enter the Fitbit, which comes with catchy names such as Zip, One, Flex, Charge, ChargeHR and Surge. It’s sleek look and ease of use while tracking steps, calories and distance is a major attraction for its users. The Fitbit also has a digital clock, a silent alarm and can tell how many floors you’ve climbed. Some versions can tell when the user is sleeping. 

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Living in Comfort and Peace: The Value of Hospice Care

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Written by Trish Amundson

 

This article is an additional feature in a series covering important topics about caring for aging parents. To view previous articles on this topic, please visit RWmagazine.com/read.

When a parent or family member faces a terminal illness or injury, hospice care can improve quality of life—and provide support for your family. 

As parents age, there may come a time for decisions about end-of-life care. Before that happens, take time to learn about hospice care. Early planning will allow you to better understand your parents’ wishes and provide your parent and family the opportunity to receive a full complement of hospice benefits and services.

Three local women share how hospice care makes a compassionate difference in end-of-life care: 

  • Jacquelyn (Johnson) Gosse learned about and experienced hospice services when her father quickly became terminally ill.
  • Beverly Hayne, executive director of Seasons Hospice, provides hospice care to patients through the community-based, nonprofit organization.
  • Sherry Rengstorf, RN, patient care coordinator and nurse for the Mayo Clinic Hospice program, considers hospice care the most rewarding work she has ever done.
 

Nov/Dec
2014

Olmsted Medical Center Opens Women’s Health Pavilion

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Written by Jennifer Gangloff

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Olmsted Medical Center Opens Women’s Health Pavilion

The new Women’s Health Pavilion at Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) brings the best of medicine and the comforts of home together under one roof. Patients at the new care center find gently curving walls, spacious rooms, luxurious soaking tubs, customized regional art displays, gourmet coffee service and yes, even a fireplace. “This is going to be a family environment, like a home away from home,” says James Hoffmann, D.O., medical vice president of hospital and surgical services at OMC. “People will feel comfortable through the whole process when they step inside.”

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Exercising Women's Rights

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Written by Pat Garry

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Title IX Celebrates 40 Years of Supporting Women in Sports

Early feminist crusades measured equality in sport as one of the fronts by which women could validate their equality to men. While the collective population proclaimed that women were incapable of coping with the rigors and physicality of competitive sport, 19th-century women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton quashed this myth by arguing, “We cannot say what the woman might be physically, if the girl were allowed all the freedom of the boy in romping, climbing, swimming, playing hoop and ball.”

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Beyond "Nip/Tuck"

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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Dispelling Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Procedure Myths

Plastic surgery. The term conjures visions of frozen foreheads, distorted celebrities and glossy TV dramas. But what is it really? Is it the quick and painless beauty of a television makeover? Is it a weight control solution? Is it self-care or extreme vanity? The answers might surprise you.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

Complimentary Calisthenics

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Written by Bob Freund

complimentaty-calisthenicsRemember gym class? A calisthenics warm-up followed by drills filled with jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, knee bends…and maybe a few short jogs.

This year, Rochester Phys Ed brings back—or acquaints you with—the benefits of weekly calisthenics in the open air of Soldiers Memorial Field Park every Saturday morning. It’s an informal, sociable, go-atyour-own-pace hour of invigorating exercise to get your heart pumping. And it really is free. The only “must” to join is a signature on a legal waiver.

 

May/Jun
2013

Taking a Mental Health Break

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Written by Michelle Kubitz

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Slowing down and finding coping strategies in a frenetic world

Imagine the carefully organized chaos of your typical day—the balancing act of commitments and loved ones, crossing off items on the never-ending-to-do list. Couple that with our increased connectedness to the world around us. Is it any wonder that all of these factors can make a person anxious?

But what if your anxiety doesn’t let up?

 

May/Jun
2013

Exercising Friendship

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Written by Bob Freund

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Running groups that fuse training with the pleasantness of a social club

Two women planning to move to Rochester contacted local fitness business Moms on the Run after locating it on the Internet. They signed up for runner’s training in advance of their arrivals because they wanted to hit the ground running socially.

Unlike book clubs that are social but sedentary, Moms on the Run and several other running groups in town are taking their gatherings on the road to offer participants fitness with friendship.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Healing Waters Project

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Written by Rochester Women Magazine

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The Healing Power of Friends and Flowing Water - Let us help you honor a woman you admire who is living with breast cancer

The 8th Annual Healing Waters Project, Call for Nominations
The Healing Waters Project honors a woman living with breast cancer with the gift of a water garden for her yard. RochesterWomen magazine, Whitewater Gardens, Reinders and Christine's Landscape Design are privileged to sponsor this tradition, but we need your nominations.*

 

Mar/Apr
2013

Getting CrossFit

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Written by Bob Freund

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Don’t expect treadmills, mirrors or tiny TVs when you step into a CrossFit gym. Instead, you’ll find what CrossFitters call “the box” — large, open buildings that are more like warehouses than gymnasiums.

With rubber tiles covering the floors, gymnastics rings hanging from the ceiling and kettlebells lining the walls, the three Rochester CrossFit gyms—CrossFit Credence, CrossFit Progression and CrossFit Unshackled—are all Spartan spaces by design.

 

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