There are many choices to be made each day in the pursuit of health and well-being.  My hope is that the well-being buzz can support and inspire your efforts to prioritize a healthy lifestyle. I want to ignite your do-it-yourself spirit for this creative and important project. I want to help you make informed choices that are right for you, as well as keep you in the conversation by providing information about health-related products, services, activities and research.   Join the movement and let’s do this together!

 

Should I exercise when I'm sick?

It’s that time of year. The cold and flu is all around us. And if you’re like many of us, you may be in various stages of a virus or recovering from one. This can really derail your New Year’s resolution of getting regular exercise. But should it? It can be difficult to determine when we should rest and when we should continue to exercise. The body’s immune response to exercise when it’s healthy gives us some valuable information that can help us make healthier choices when we’re sick. First, there is a difference between a “workout” and just physically moving the body. A structured workout routine — one where you’re breathing heavily, sweating, working hard, and feeling some disc

Welcome to the Well Movement

I grew up in Eugene, Oregon where my family lived a pretty wholesome life full of garden-fresh foods, outdoor play, camping, quality family time and active pursuits. My Dad had an abundant vegetable garden, my Mom grew her own sprouts and made her own whole grain bagels. We had family meals most nights and went camping for two weeks every summer. It makes sense that in my adult life, I would eventually seek out these healthy things that I knew from my family life growing up but it took my work in the natural foods industry to make those values and pursuits conscious. After college, I worked in advertising where I learned about consumer marketing and explored my ideas around health and well

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