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 12 Quick Things

  1. Amy Kimmes

    It's not a sprint, it's a lifestyle

    Oh, geez. Your pants have tightened. Your buttons threaten to sever their ties with the threads that tether them to your blouse. And you can't get the ring of your betrothed on your finger any longer.

    • Dec. 30, 2013
  2. Brett Weinfurter works out Nov. 29 at the South Wood County YMCA in Wisconsin Rapids. CASEY LAKE/ 13 for 13

    Losing pounds doesn't strike out teen

    Brett Weinfurter has a tattoo on his arm: 'Don't give up, don't ever give up.'

    • Jan. 12, 2014
  3. Courtney Seidl has lost more than 40 pounds since this photo was taken in October 2011. Contributed photo

    Spurred on by engagement, Seidl took control of her health

    When Courtney Seidl got engaged two years ago, she wanted what every other bride-to-be wants: to look stunning at her wedding.

    • Jan. 12, 2014
  4. Harold Peterson works out at his Weston home. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    'I feel better and I know I look better'

    Harold Peterson knew he was overweight, weighing in at 297.5 pounds. But it wasn't until he was found to have type 2 diabetes in 1992 that he committed to improving his health.

    • Dec. 30, 2013
  5. State Representative Mandy Wright of Wausau goes for a run Dec. 6 in Wausau. T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    Job poses challenge to balance

    Mandy Wright was an English teacher at Horace Mann Middle School when she took advantage of a free health care assessment through the Wausau School District's health insurance package.

    • Dec. 31, 2013
  6. Sarah Zuelke, left, and Katie Oelig are sisters who banded together to lose a combined 95 pounds in less than one year. Contributed photo

    Two sisters find weight loss success together

    As a member of her middle school cross-country team, Katie Oelig always came in last place.

    • Dec. 30, 2013
  7. 10 fitness facts

    Need help getting off the couch? These tips might inspire you.

    • Dec. 30, 2013
  8. Easy tips to stick to your healthy living New Year's resolutions

    Only 8 percent of people who make New Year's resolutions actually achieve their goals, according to a recent study by the University of Scranton.

    • Dec. 30, 2013
  9. Donna Hayes walks along Wildwood Station Trail on Dec. 16 in Marshfield. Megan McCormick/News-Herald Media

    One step at a time

    Donna Hayes, 54, of Marshfield started her weight loss journey in January 2012, but the timing of her resolve had nothing to do with New Year's resolutions.

    • Jan. 12, 2014
  10. Celia Eron, 65, of Stevens Point says the Diabetes Prevention Program at the Stevens Point Area YMCA has helped her develop healthier eating and exercise habits. She now enjoys riding bike and working out on an elliptical machine, has given up soda and tries to incorporate vegetables into every meal. Jamie Jung/Stevens Point Journal Media

    'A wake-up call'

    Celia Eron says diabetes runs in her family ó both her mother and sister were found to have the disease, so when her blood glucose levels started to increase, she knew she needed to do something.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  11. The Central Wisconsin Country Dancers kick up their heels during a summer event. Contributed photo

    Have you tried ... dancing?

    Janice Moen has a membership to a gym, but that's not where she gets her exercise.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  12. Five tips to avoid holiday weight gain

    Who doesn't love the smell of a warm kitchen during the holidays? They're designed around food and bringing family, old friends and new friends together.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  13. Adding in, not just cutting out, is key to better eating habits

    When you think of eating right, does your mind immediately turn to what you should cut out of your diet? The list of things you might consider giving up can be long and daunting.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  14. Runners battle chilly weather as they run down First Avenue during the first-ever Eastbay Turkey Trot 5K in Wausau. About 480 runners took part in the event. Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    November Fitness Calendar

    Nov. 16: This run/walk will be held at Camp Alexander, south of Wisconsin Rapids. It's great for competitors, leisure runners, joggers and walkers. Chip timing will be available, and prizes given out to top-placing participants.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  15. Cathy M. Mueller T'xer Zhon Kha/Daily Herald Media

    September checklist winner

    Cathy M. Mueller of Merrill received a $50 grocery gift card after her name was drawn from the completed September Commit to Change checklist.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  16. Quick tips: Tips to avoid diabetic complications

    Don't smoke. Diabetic smokers are three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than nonsmokers who have diabetes.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  17. People with diabetes should get an annual dilated eye exam from an eye doctor experienced with diabetes. Brandpoint

    Living with diabetes and maintaining healthy vision

    In 2012, diabetes health costs in the U.S. were $245 billion, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that by 2020, one in every three health care dollars in the U.S. will be spent on diabetes-related care.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
  18. Actor Tom Hanks in 2012 in New York City. Getty Images

    Tom Hanks reveals his role in growing diabetes 'epidemic'

    Tom Hanks' recent disclosure that he has Type 2 diabetes spotlights one of this nation's most troubling health dilemmas: a national diabetes epidemic.

    • Nov. 12, 2013
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13 for ’13 - Monthly Themes


January - Overcome nagging injuries


February- Improve your dental health


March- Learn to cope


April- Get out: Central Wisconsinís best places to be active


May- Exercise safely


June- Health issues for men vs. women


July- How obesity hurts


August- Stay active, alert as you age


September- Get fit on a budget


October - Live healthier than your parents


November- Fight diabetes in your family, community


This month - December- Take your workout to the next level


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