0037Empowerment, encouragement and enthusiasm. These three powerful words will come alive at the “She Is” Women’s Spring Weekend, May 18–20, at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center outside of Lanesboro.

    The all-women event (formerly known as the Women in the Outdoors program) offers indoor and outdoor activities. Fly fishing, canoeing, biking, rock climbing, firearms, crafting and of course Eagle Bluff’s Tree Tops Ropes Course are a few of the more than 20 activities offered. Instructors are knowledgeable, patient and safety-conscious, and they teach participants everything they need to know about a given class.


0015By now you’ve surely heard of it. Zumba®: the hot and spicy fitness class, with its unprecedented phenomenon of inspiring excitement about exercise.

    For the past 10 years it has been spreading exponentially worldwide, far from its humble beginnings in Columbia, where flustered instructor, Beto Perez, having forgotten aerobics music, improvised with Latin music he had in his backpack. From this “mistake” was born a modality with sexy music and steps that blur the line between working out and dancing at a club.


0014If you’ve only gotten to know Lori Nierman within the last couple of years or so, there’s something that you might not know about her.

    Nierman, 49, survived a heart attack in 2006. As the spokesperson for February’s American Heart Association (AHA) Go Red event in Rochester, Nierman is ready to tell her story.

    It starts on Easter Sunday in 2006. After returning home from a family event, Nierman noticed “a weird feeling behind my shoulder blades, kind of like a burning.” No stranger to recurring back pain, Nierman dismissed it.


Fitness Jana2copyDo you need help creating exercise goals? Are you intimidated by the gym and the myriad exercise and diet options that exist? Rochester is fortunate to have many personal trainers who can help you.

Let’s just move

Jana Janosik, Fitness Center coordinator at the Rochester Area Family Y, says trainers there might each have different methods of working with clients, but they are all “pretty low key.” They stand close to their clients, talking gently and encouraging them through exercises.


110531 kids1st 180copyThey don’t know it when they’re busy jumping rope, waving streamers and hula-hooping, but the children at Kids Come 1st are learning healthy movement behaviors—and carrying out a statewide health initiative.

Getting on board the SHIP

Teaching kids to engage in movement activities and a nutritious diet can help them fend off obesity and poor health habits as adults. To encourage those types of healthy behaviors, the Minnesota Department of Health awarded grants to 87 counties and 9 tribal governments as part of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), which was created by the 2008 health care reform initiative and signed into law by Governor Tim Pawlenty.


0015All right ladies! It’s time to take ‘em off and hang ‘em high!

   The third annual Bras for a Cause event is set for Saturday,
October 8, 3–5 p.m. Sponsored by Rochester Toyota/Rochester Ford and Clear Channel Radio, the event raises money to increase breast cancer awareness.

    For each bra collected, sponsors donate $1 to Join the Journey, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase awareness and provide support for newly diagnosed cancer patients through educational material, financial support and more. The donated bras then go to the charitable organizations in the community, such as the Women’s Shelter and the Salvation Army.


0001Judy Williams has enjoyed a life-long love of the water, whether canoeing in the Boundary Waters or taking a float trip down the Zumbro River. The water has soothed her soul, calmed her mind and helped heal her body.

    So when Williams was diagnosed this past December with breast cancer for the second time and her ailing daughter’s own health worsened, she found it more difficult to make her way to the water—just when she needed it most.

    But now, thanks to the Healing Waters Project, the water has come to her. In late July, Mike Otte, owner of Whitewater Gardens in St. Charles, and a volunteer crew constructed a pondless waterfall in the backyard of Williams’s Rochester home.



Whining, hitting and tantrums, Oh My

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Written by Raelene Ostberg

tantrumHelping young children manage emotions

It is difficult to fully prepare for the rocky emotional world of a young child. Despite an adult’s most concerted efforts, one-year-olds may still bite, hit or throw things; two-year-olds still experience tantrums and yell “No!” and “Mine!”; three-year-olds still doddle and whine; and four-year-olds still act bossy and demanding. Even the most skilled adults may experience frustration and feelings of failure.


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