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Your Digital Health


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

In this day and age, it seems everything can be enhanced with technology—even your health. We all know that figuratively within our own backyards, we have some of the most technologically advanced research labs and medical care facilities, thanks to the Mayo Clinic. However, at a much more personal level of health, you don’t have to be able to purchase the complex, thousand-dollar software programs and gadgets to track your individual diet, exercise/physical activity, sleep habits, and other components of personal health and wellness.

For the past eight months from my end-of-the-row desk in the Fillmore County Journal office, I have witnessed a great change from my co-workers and how they now take a more attentive approach to monitoring the health aspects of their lifestyles.

As their unwaivering determination and drive can be credited to do better each day, so can the help of their FITBIT Force Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristbands. The information compiled by the FITBIT can be detailed, but it is understandable. Information recorded includes:

•Steps

•Distance

•Calories burned

•Stairs climbed

•Active minutes

•Time

•Amount of time sleeped, sleep disruptions, and quality of sleep

•Can be linked with Android & Iphone apps to track diet

There are also numerous other features too great to list.

Motivation is another great accompaniment of the FITBIT (or similar fitness tracking devices) as you can connect with your friends and even have friendly competitions or share goals. Devices like the FITBIT range from $75-$150.

Granted, we do allow ourselves a brownie & ice cream afternoon break down or an all-out office potluck once in a blue moon, you can’t lie to the plastic microchip bracelet that is strapped to your wrist. Fitness trackers do provide knowledge as we try to improve our wellbeing as well as enforce motivation and accountability, benefits that are well worth the investment for our personal health.

A perfect winter day

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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I rose early to make scones and prepare an egg bake. Our company was coming at midmorning and our brunch must be ready to serve. It pleased me to realize that the eggs came from the neighbors, the uncured ham from over near Rushford, the milk from C ..... 
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Musings from the back porch - Cornish Pastie Pie

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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The frantic and hectic pace of Christmas, 2013 is but a distant memory, and cold, dark dreary January, February and March lie before us. Could I not be more gloomy and cheerless? Yeah, I probably could as I have to admit, these are not my favorite mo ..... 
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The urge to hide under blankets and wait for spring

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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January- the month of the hermit. Every January I am inclined to batten down the hatches, stock up on library books, and drink endless cups of coffee. This is preferably done while huddled under a blanket and anxiously awaiting spring. Cold weather ..... 
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It’s a love-hate relationship

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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Do you have many Love-Hate relationships in your life? I have a few and seem to find more everyday. I will preface this article by saying that I am truly grateful for everything and everyone in my life but am just acknowledging those “augh!” mom ..... 
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Editor’s Everyday Etiquette

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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Greetings readers, welcome to 2014... a new year filled with those difficult resolutions and so many opportunities to better yourself, right? One year to get in that daily work out that always makes it to the bottom of the to-do list, 52 weeks to cu ..... 
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Creamed Chicken

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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The Christmas tree is down, the Viking’s season is over (thank goodness) and New Year’s resolutions have been made and probably broken. Did you know that the month of January usually sees an increase in decaffeinated coffee sales due to New Year ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones; but words will never hurt me.” That old adage is only partially true. Sticks and stones might very well break your bones, but words really can emotionally wound you! Words are magical! Now I don’t mean ..... 
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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
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It’s a good day to sit back and have that second cup of coffee with a raspberry sweet roll (recipe in Tasty Temptations) and plan my favorite part of the Christmas menu...dessert. Even though temps have been just a “little” chilly, the scene ..... 
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