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9 Nov 2016

Good Things Come to Those who Sweat – Part 2

Hello friends, and welcome! Last week I started a (several week long) series where I wrote about exercise and it’s health benefits. We began with the ways that it can help you mentally. I enjoyed learning more about the things that I already naturally feel when I exercise, and I hope you did as well! This week I would like to add on to that by diving into the physical and more importantly, medical health benefits you can obtain. We all know by now that exercise can help you feel better, boost your self esteem and relax you from the stresses you experience in every day life, but what can it do to assist in sustaining your life physically? Obesity...
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1 Nov 2016

Good Things Come to Those Who Sweat

Hello friends. This week (and over the next few weeks) I have decided to write about something that I have personally been wanting to know more about. Even though I do my best to eat healthy and educate myself about how to do so, the other half of that, exercising, has always eluded me a bit. I have never known much about it, how to do it, or what the benefits of each type of exercise are. I have also not really been one of those people who just naturally LOVES working out, believe it or not! Because of this, sometimes it’s tough for me to get motivated to get my body moving outside of my normal routine. I have...
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24 Oct 2016

Feeding Your Skin

Hello friends! For this week’s blog, I decided to take a suggestion from one of our staff. I love welcoming the ideas of others, as I think it’s important to be writing about subjects people want to hear about. Since I have mainly been focusing on medically minded foods and diet over the last month or so, I decided that writing about foods which are beneficial for your skin and beauty would be a perfect transition. When many of us are choosing our diet and the foods we eat, we often tend to focus on what will affect our physical appearance regarding weight and shape. I would be willing to bet that most of us don’t think about how what...
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20 Oct 2016

2016 Kansas City Table Tennis Fall Classic

Join us November 12th and 13th for the 2016 Kansas City Table Tennis Fall Classic! This 2-star USATT sanctioned tournament will take place at The Athletic Club of Overland Park. Date: November 12th & 13th Time: Play starts at 9:00 AM Saturday and Sunday Entry Deadline: Entries be received by October 29th Registration: Sign up online on the tournament website. Events include: Open, U2400, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1700, U1500, U1400, U120, Under, 18 Junior Singles, Under 16 Junior Singles, and Over 40 Singles. Players must have an active USATT membership to play in USATT sanctioned events. If you have questions, please contact tournament director Meng-Yu Wang at 217-377-9326.
11 Oct 2016

Diet and Lifestyle Trends – Plant Based Milks

Hello friends! Welcome to our fourth and final week of this series, where we have explored some very interesting, informative and valuable health trends. I don’t know about you all, but I have personally learned quite a bit. As someone who tries to eat healthy on a regular basis, I enjoy educating myself and sharing that information with others as much as I can. This week I have decided to focus on plant based milks, one of the most popular trends out there, in my opinion. In the last few years, I have made it a goal of mine to become not just more animal friendly, but more healthy inside and out. This includes doing my best to cut dairy...
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28 Sep 2016

Diet and Lifestyle Trends: Best (Laid) Diet Plans

Hello friends! Welcome to week 3 of our month long series where we explore current trends in the health industry. This week I decided to focus on some of the most popular diets for 2016. I chose the number one diets that I thought you all would be most interested in. According to, some of these plans are familiar favorites on their ‘Best diet rankings’ list, one specifically having been rated number one for the 6th year in a row! The MIND diet (and several others), is brand new to this list and has already nabbed a spot in the top three for ‘Best diets overall’! These diets get their rankings based on a few different requirements including sustainability,...
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20 Sep 2016

Diet and Lifestyle Trends: Functional Foods Part 2

Hello friends! Thank you for joining me for part two of this week’s discussion on ‘functional foods’! Let’s talk about Kombucha! So what exactly is this mysterious new (but also very old) drink, and how do you pronounce it?! Let’s find out together! Say it with me…[kawm-boo-chah] Koooommmbuuuchaaa. It’s actually really fun to say, and amazingly wonderful for you and your health! This fermented tea has actually been consumed for thousands of years, even though it has only recently been popularized by Millenials and health enthusiasts alike. Kombucha is abundant in probiotics, which are healthy bacterial micro-organisms that can be consumed for their beneficial and medicinal aspects. These probiotics grow during the fermentation cycle and can be helpful with digestion,...
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19 Sep 2016

Diet and Lifestyle Trends: Functional Foods Part 1

Hello friends! Welcome to week 2 of our month long series where we explore current trends in the health industry! My goal each week, is to enlighten you all about each topic that is discussed. I hope that you will find these ideas informative and thought provoking, inspiring you to share them with others! With so many new trends being discovered regularly, expanding our horizons and educating ourselves is the best way to keep our bodies healthy! This week we will be talking specifically about a few ‘functional foods’ and their remarkable benefits. Because there is so much information to be had on this topic, I will be splitting this week’s blog into two parts. Functional foods (or Nutraceuticals) is...
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15 Sep 2016

52nd Annual Heart of America Handball Tournament

Please join us September 30th – October 2nd for the 52nd Annual Heart of America Handball Tournament! Start times will be available online or by phone after 1 PM on Thursday, September 29th. For a list of divisions, complete pricing information, and online registration, visit the official handball tournament site here. Entry fees are $55 per player for the first event and $20 per player for the second event. For juniors, entry fees are $25 and $5 respectively. Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second places. Lunch and dinner will be served on Saturday to participants.  All players will also receive a free tournament shirt! The entry deadline is September 28th.  You can register online or by mail. Mailed...
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