Happy National No Brainer Day!
By definition, a “No Brainer” is doing something that is obvious, simple, and totally logical. That being said, today is the day to do all of those “no brainer” activities. If something requires any intensive thinking, then it’s not on the to-do list for today!
Are you trying to eat healthy but you’re going out to dinner with friends tonight? No brainer! Check out the restaurants healthy choice menu or the salad selections. Going out to eat doesn’t have to mean exceeding your calorie intake for the day!
Do you need a day off from reality to focus on you, your wellness, nutrition and fitness? No brainer! Attend the Women’s Health Conference in May. It’s a day devoted to YOU and your health.
Click here to sign up today!
“A group of health, public health and community minded experts serve to provide a practical, uplifting experience to help women grow emotionally, spiritually and physically. Meet Mikey.”
1. What are you most passionate about professionally?
Anything I can do personally or professionally to help make someone’s life a bit better makes me happy.
2. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My children and now two grandbabies
3. What is the best piece of health advice you have ever received?
Don’t compare yourself to others. Others have various gifts that you may not have; be happy with who you are.
4. What are your favorite activities to do to keep you physically fit?
Anything that keeps me moving and physically fit… even dancing with my grandbabies
5. What aspect of the Women’s Health Conference do you anticipate the most every year?
I love to see the smiling faces of all those in attendance every year. Making them happy makes me happy.
After a difficult 6-months to a year of treatment, breast cancer survivors can hardly wait to get back to a normal lifestyle. However, the journey with breast cancer doesn’t end on your last day of chemotherapy or radiation.
Kim Wagner, a keynote speaker at the Fargo Women’s Health Conference, will teach you about her experiences with breast cancer and how even being a survivor has its struggles.
The key to life after breast cancer is how you deal with it. It’s very easy to become distressed and irritated that your “normal” life isn’t as normal as it once was, but it’s important to learn that that’s okay. Change is okay – it’s a part of life that is inevitable – and that’s okay!
Kim speaks about how she coped with life after breast cancer and the way she turned a tragedy in her life into a positive new lifestyle. She’s cancer free, what’s there not to be happy about?
Join us on May 18th at the Women’s Health Conference in Fargo to hear Kim’s inspiring story!
Forget the miracle creams…we all have wrinkles and they, incidentally, make us REAL! What’s important about your character? Kim Wager's songs will encourage, her stories will make you laugh and your eyes leak. Her words will inspire you to be authentically YOU.
Kim Wagner has been writing and speaking professionally for 16 years. She encourages individuals to look at life as a series of celebrations and recommends that we not take ourselves too seriously. Diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in June of 2011, Kim delivers life-changing messages of joy and hope to parent and women’s groups, church gatherings, community events, cancer symposiums and health conferences across the nation. Well-known for her entertaining, energetic and dynamic delivery, Kim shares real life stories sprinkled with a song or two. Kim is a singer/songwriter, friend/fund-raiser for various organizations and fabric hoarder. However, the roles which bring her the most reward are that of wife to Lutheran pastor Dave, and mother to four adult children. She is grandma to three awesome little boys. The Wagners live in Fargo, North Dakota with their three dogs.
If my Mom taught me one thing, it was to love myself first.
Loving yourself doesn’t mean that you are selfish, it means that you are strong enough to accept your imperfections and embrace the person that you are – and most importantly to accept the person that you are. If you don’t love yourself first, how are you supposed to love somebody else? Or allow someone else to love you?
People become so caught up in finding someone to love and then being loved in return, that they forget about the importance of loving themselves.
As woman, we tend to be our own worst critic. Nobody else notices when your hair didn’t work out as planned, or the fact that your jeans don’t fit like they used to – just like you don’t notice those things about other woman. That being said, stop beating yourself up over it! Learn to love all of your imperfections and even embrace them! Be confident in who you are as a person, and love yourself for who you are and what you believe in.
Love YOURSELF this Valentine’s Day!
Have you meet the Women's Health Conference Committee? Meet Alyssa!
In what ways is your life remarkable?
My life is remarkable because someone greater than myself is working in and through me every day. My life is also remarkable thanks to the incredible people God has placed in my life. I continue to learn and grow through daily interactions with people doing amazing things, changing the world around them. My life is remarkable in the work that I get to do; I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve the community by creating healthier environments for our youngest citizens.
What quality or trait is most beneficial to you, your family, and community’s health?
A quality of mine that I feel is most beneficial to myself and the community is my compassion for others.
What are 1-2 lessons you've learned in how to live?
· Just be.
· “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Suess
· Every trial, tribulation, and failure we endure in life are equally as important as the triumphs, joys, and successes we celebrate in life; they are all woven into a greater plan, allowing us to fulfill our purpose beyond anything we will ever be able to predict or imagine.
Where do you work? How did you get into your line of work?
I work with CassClayAlive!, a healthy living initiative of Dakota Medical Foundation. We’re making Fargo-Moorhead the healthiest place in the nation to raise children. I interned with CassClayAlive!, in the spring of 2014 as part of my undergraduate program at NDSU and immediately fell in the love with the work I was able to do. I knew I had found my passion.
What lessons has your work-life taught you?
· Purpose is real; we don’t always know what it will look like, but we know what it is when we feel it.
· The status quo doesn’t have to remain the status quo, unless we let it.
· Convening and orchestrating others is an art and allows for possibilities that were otherwise unimaginable before.
· Every day is an opportunity to change the world around us. We all just play a different role in making that happen.
· Life is not busy, life is full.
How did you get involved in the Women’s Health Conference? If you could leave one message with the attendees, what would it be?
I attended the 2014 Women’s Health Conference to man a booth for CassClayAlive! and quickly realized what a wonderful event it is and how it plays a role in creating a healthier culture in Fargo-Moorhead. This event has the potential to impact the health of many women in this community and the surrounding area. Through conversations with Rachel and Anita about the 2015 Women’s Health Conference, we decided it may be worth me becoming more involved by representing CassClayAlive! and Dakota Medical Foundation on the planning committee. I’m grateful to be a part of the team and thrilled to see how this year’s event comes together.
How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as a patient, sincere woman of God, full of joy and with a servant heart; a woman who pursued her passion and used to the fullest the gifts and talents she was given. I want to be a relentless pursuer of excellence, challenging the status quo, and enabling people to achieve their full potential through improved health and wellbeing.
Join us for the Preview on Sunday May 17 and Monday May 18 in Fargo for the annual Women’s Health Conference. It is a great day to take time for yourself and to learn about wellness, nutrition, and fitness in a comfortable atmosphere surrounded by women who are there for the same reason. Registration can be found here.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, check out these new tips for eating healthy while eating out!
1. Don’t waste your precious calories on a sugary drink, order lemon water or unsweetened tea!
2. Start your meal with a salad filled with veggies, it will help control hunger and make you feel content sooner.
3. Avoid the deep-fried option and try something with more flavors such as a stir fry or a pasta with a tomato sauce.
Choosing what to eat can be a difficult process. Follow these guidelines to help you eat healthier.
1. Choose the right carbohydrates. Eating simple carbs like flour and sugar releases large amounts of insulin due to quick body absorption to combat the carb overload and should be eaten in moderation. Complex carbs such as whole-grain flour, hearty vegetables, oats, and unprocessed grains are slowly digested by the body and are usually higher in vitamins and nutrients which are better for the body.
Food to consider eating
2. Eat lean, mean protein. 10% - 35% of daily calories should come from protein. Protein helps you build muscle and gives you energy throughout the day.
Food to consider
3. Know the difference between good fat and bad fat. Trans fats and saturated fats should be avoided. They are found in processed foods and increase your risk of heart disease. Look at nutrition labels and if anything is “hydrogenated” it is a bad fat. Monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids are good fats and should be consumed regularly. They lower “bad cholesterol” by raising the “good cholesterol”
Food to consider
4. Stock up on super-foods. They may have the ability to fight heart disease, stave off cancer, lower cholesterol, and boost moods.
Food to consider
5. Watch your salt intake. Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and excess stomach acid. Use salt sparingly.
6. Practice moderation. Don’t over-consume any one food, but vary diet so everything is eaten in moderate amounts.
After being a little over a month into the New Year it’s common for people to start slip on their New Year’s resolutions. We’re all ready for some nice weather, and quite frankly comfort food sounds better than the salad’s we’ve been eating day after day.
But hey, that’s OKAY! We don’t think as woman, we tell ourselves that enough. Eating healthy is great – but so splurging every once and a while! Just because you’re paying attention to what foods you’re eating doesn’t mean that you are no longer allowed to indulge in some of your favorite foods. If you want a piece of birthday cake, eat a piece of cake! After all, food can be a celebration!
Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean that you can’t be eating tasty foods. Pinterest some fun “low carb” recipes and you’ll be amazed at all the yummy “healthy” recipes you will find!
Here are a few tips for keeping your resolutions in 2015:
Eating healthy should be looked at as a way of life – it’s part of taking care of your body. Do it for you!
Check out this yummy recipe for Zucchini Lasagna.