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Easy Easter Desserts

Posted by Alicia Herzog on Apr 18, 2014 1:50:04 PM

Are you gearing up for a fun Easter celebration with the family this weekend? I will be traveling home to see everyone and one thing I look forward to the most is sharing a meal with the family. If you’re like me, you need to find something to contribute to the family feast. Most people in my family know me as the creative baker, so I always choose to make a few desserts. These easy Easter dessert ideas will help you find something delicious to bring to the table this year.

First off is a recipe I made last week. This one was a huge crowd-pleaser, as all my coworkers can attest. These shortbread bars are soft and moister than expected, with just a hint of citrus flavor. Then comes the glaze, this is where the citrus and sweetness really kicks in. These bars are easy to make and will help you look like a pro in the kitchen. 

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Topics: food, holiday, recipes, Easter

The Great Body Wrap Hoax

Posted by Nate Tobey on Apr 16, 2014 10:09:00 AM

Lately, I've noticed a lot of people discussing using body wraps on social media. Body wraps are diverse in their intended purposes but generally promise to detoxify or slim the person who is using them through tight compression. Body wrap spas are also popular for people looking for an easy but expensive way to lose inches. 

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Fish Oil Benefits

Posted by Becky Walters on Apr 15, 2014 5:23:30 PM

Working in the health and fitness industry I often get asked, “Do you take any supplements, and what do you recommend?”
Two words: FISH OIL. Massive amounts of research state that Omega-3 supplementation plays an important role in health and performance. Our bodies can’t make this on their own so it must be consumed. The two most important Omega-3’s are DHA and EPA. Omega-3’s are most well-known for their effects on inflammation and heart health, but they do far more than that.
Regular and consistent consumption of Fish Oil can benefit you by:
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5 Tips for Spring Running

Posted by Kay Wenzel on Apr 13, 2014 1:16:00 PM

The snow is all gone and the weather is starting to turn more spring like!  This has me beyond excited to get outside again for long walks and running with the jogger!  Over spring break, we went out for the first time this year.

While I am a fair weather runner and do not put in many miles during the winter, I’ve created a short list of 5 tips to start taking your workout off the treadmill and back out onto the road this spring!  

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Obsessed with Stupidity: Get over the (thigh) gap already!

Posted by Alicia Herzog on Apr 11, 2014 1:43:00 PM

I’ve had about enough of the fat-shaming, name calling, and anorexia inspired society that we live in. Do I want to be fat? No, I want to be healthy. In fact, I want to be fit and have defined, good sized muscles that people can see right away. I work out every day of the week and do my thighs have a gap between them? No, they don’t. Many girls, teens, and young adult women are obsessed with the notion of a thigh gap, bikini bridge, or some other missing body area that shows they can be morbidly thin. Yes, it’s a thing. While many focus on obesity being a morbid, the same can be said about being too thin. Haven’t heard of the thigh gap? Go ahead and read up on the insanity.

I’m going to tell it to you straight, starving and obsessing for a gap between your thighs that is not naturally present on your figure is stupid. Some people are naturally very thin, and that’s fine. Don’t shame them because they were born that way. All I’m saying is that for many of us, this is not a normal size. The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders found that only 5% of American women naturally have the body type ad agencies portray as ideal. 

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Hike Your Way to Health

Posted by Alicia Herzog on Mar 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM


Traditionally we think of spring break as a time to sit on the beach in some exotic, warm location with a cocktail in hand and a slather of sunscreen on your face. Here on campus we celebrated spring break last week, and I was lucky enough to take my first spring break trip. However, it wasn’t the traditional trip to Florida, Mexico, or any tropical location. Instead, I decided on being budget savvy and taking a road trip down to Hot Springs, Arkansas. How did I keep this trip budget savvy? Simple things like packing snacks, lunches and breakfasts instead of buying them, driving instead of flying, and only staying one night in a hotel all help cut spring break costs.

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Topics: healthy weight, healthy living, exercise, hiking, nature, spring break, cardio

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

Posted by Nate Tobey on Mar 26, 2014 2:25:00 PM

Because I have a kind of odd schedule this semester I've had to do more food prep. So far, my favorite thing to make each week has been shredded chicken. I've tried a few different recipes but my favorite one is below. I usually make two pounds of chicken at a time and this lasts me most of the week. I like to use tortillas, salsa/siracha, cheese, and black beans combined with the chicken. 

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Dirty Dozen vs The Clean Fifteen

Posted by Kay Wenzel on Mar 23, 2014 12:12:00 PM

A few weeks ago I blogged about the Dirty
Dozen when it comes to organic food.  And I know that buying
organic does cost a bit more…but it’s your health that is worth it!  It
pays to shop around and watch for sales.  However, not every piece of
produce is drenched in pesticides.  The Clean Fifteen is a list of fruits
and vegetables that typically have very low levels of non-organic chemicals
used.  This list can help you stick to a budget while eating
healthy! 

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Avoiding the Late Night Binge

Posted by Becky Walters on Mar 22, 2014 12:46:00 PM

Do you often find yourself standing in front of the fridge looking for something to satisfy those late night cravings? You are not alone.  This is a common problem for millions of Americans, myself included. 

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Kick Your Diet to the Curb

Posted by Alicia Herzog on Mar 21, 2014 8:43:00 AM

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Topics: fitness, healthy weight, nutrition, healthy living, women's health, dieting, healthy eating, anti-diet