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Louise Mandt and her dog, Kenai, are part of the Olmsted Medical Center therapy dog program. Kenai is an 8-year-old border collie-husky mix. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Louise Mandt and her dog, Kenai, are part of the Olmsted Medical Center therapy dog program. Kenai is an 8-year-old border collie-husky mix. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:24 AM
"We visit hospitals, take any specific requests. We see inpatients at hospitals, visit a couple times a month, and we also go to the care center here in town. The dogs go to the Olmsted hospital and visit the birth center, too," said Louise Mandt of Chatfield.
  • Snowshoeing is a winter sport everyone can enjoy
    This winter has provided plentiful snow and cold temps that have kept the snow pack intact. What is one to do other than sulk inside about not being able to do much outside? Strap on some snowshoes and go explore the unique outdoor beauty that winter has to offer. 
  • Pet partners bring 
joy to area patients
    "We visit hospitals, take any specific requests. We see inpatients at hospitals, visit a couple times a month, and we also go to the care center here in town. The dogs go to the Olmsted hospital and visit the birth center, too," said Louise Mandt of Chatfield. 
  • Kingsland staff proves it is up to wellness challenge
    This may be Amber Uhlenhake's first year as Kingsland's wellness coordinator, but she is excited to whip the staff into shape. 
  • Rushford citizen enjoying being fitness coach
    It's always easy to say that today one is going to exercise for a half hour. But, it's a lot harder to get motivated to do it. 
  • Proper nutrition key to Preston man's weight loss
    It is only a month into 2013 and many New Year's resolutions have been tried, tested and maybe already abandoned at this point. That goal to lose weight may be looking like a mountain that is impossible to scale. However, there are still people who push forward, providing inspiration for those who need it. 
  • This family has a habit they don't want to break
    A fit family is fit to live a long, happy life together. Rob and Amy Gross of Spring Grove have made fitness and healthy eating habits a regular part of their daily routine, and they include their daughters as well. 
  • Exercise is 'golden' for Chatfield-area women
    "The Golden Girls class started in 2003," said Jackie Hrstka, of Jackie's Health and Fitness in Chatfield, describing her senior citizens' exercise class. "I just asked a few of the members if they would be interested in having a private class once a week to work on weights, stretching and a little aerobics, and they were all for it. We started with four or five women, but word of mouth increased the membership faster than I thought it would." 
  • With a little preparation, one can ensure that convenient and wholesome snacks are at the ready when it's time to head to out the door. 
  • The winter months mark the end of the outdoor training season for many active people, and the colder, shorter days can make it challenging to stay motivated and active. 
  • Get out and celebrate winter on the trails - sub head
    Trek it, climb it, paddle it, swim it, sleep in it.

    That's Chatfield. 
  • Racine mother goes from 'not working out at all' to fitness instructor
    Toni Higgins of Racine went from "zero to 100," dropping five pant sizes, 35 inches and 55 pounds over the course of a year by focusing on fitness.

    The 41-year-old noted that before the weight loss she had gone nine years without working out, hence starting at the speed of zero and went to 100, with her now being a fitness instructor with Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping at its location in Rochester. 
  • Surgery plus lifestyle change equals better health
    "Good things come to those who wait."

    This is an old, familiar saying and something that Liz Folstad of Mabel understands. Her personal journey with weight-loss has not been quick or easy. Throughout her life she has struggled with her weight, trying different fad diets as they became "the next best thing," but still to no avail. In early 2009 she went in for her annual physical exam that included a complete check-up with blood work. 
  • Sledding and skating - fun winter activities for the whole family
    Snow and cold temperatures abound because it is winter in Minnesota, but that doesn't mean all activities have to take place within the four walls of a home. It is time to embrace the area we live in and get out and enjoy the winter weather! 
  • Healthy changes are underway at the Kingsland School District thanks to the help of a grant from Minnesota Department of Health's Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) distributed through Fillmore County Public Health. 
  • Linda Means gets serious about weight loss through HMR program
    Linda Means of Preston has a special goal for her birthday coming up on March 6. She hopes to lose 100 lbs. by then. 
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