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Expert offers tips for beating the scale during Christmas season

Danielle Gainer has a strong passion and professional background for helping people overcome chronic disease, obesity, depression and unhealthy habits through healthy lifestyle change. She holds a bachelor’s in wellness from Oakland University and various certifications. What are challenges presented by holidays when it comes to nutrition? The biggest nutritional challenge during the holiday season is the temptation to overindulge in rich and sweet foods. The holidays present many ...

St. Joseph Today director loves Lake Michigan shore

Amy Zapal took over as the executive director of St. Joseph Today in February. The Chicago native worked as the event coordinator at Stage Flights of South Haven for a year and a half before being hired as the events coordinator at the Heritage Museum in St. Joseph in 2010. She became co-director at the Heritage Museum in 2011 and then executive director. St. Joseph Today is responsible for planning many of the events and activities hosted in downtown St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Visitors ...

SLR Pilates offers aerial yoga

Preparing for a pose, Nicole Kellogg, an instructor at SLR Pilates in Niles, takes a deep breath and leans backwards into a yoga position. Hanging upside down from a looped hammock attached to the ceiling, she is not doing regular yoga. She is taking part in aerial yoga, one of the biggest fitness fads to hit yoga studios in recent years. Trending in places such as Los Angeles and New York City, aerial yoga, which adds to traditional yoga by suspending someone mid-air using nylon hammocks, is ...

Cass Family Clinic CEO dedicated to Michiana

When asked what her favorite part of her job as CEO of Cass Family Clinic Network is, Mary Middleton does not hesitate. “I get to tell the story.” The story of her own journey with Cass Family Clinic Network began in 1981, but the story of the family clinic started with humble beginnings of a private practice in 1964. What began as a small facility with two doctors seeing patients eventually evolved into a rural health clinic that is known today as the Cass Family Clinic Network, employ...

Living like Proos: Senator’s home fit for family

As a state senator representing more than a quarter million southwest Michigan residents, John Proos’ commitments at the capitol in Lansing and across his tri-country district keep him on his toes. His responsibilities are far from over once he pulls his car into the parking lot of his two-story home in St. Joseph, though. On a warm, sunny Saturday in early May, John and his wife Kristy spent the morning busily tackling the usual early morning tasks — making a pot of fresh coffee, ...

Wonder abounds in St. Joseph: Coastal town a destination for adventure

The words from “The River Saint Joe” appear on one of the many outdoor sculptures that inhabit the coastal city’s downtown. Writer Ben King, or Benjamin Franklin King, Jr., lived a short life. Born on St. Patrick’s Day in St. Joseph, Michigan, in 1857, the piano prodigy and poet presented a baffling nature to his peers, But his words, which exude grace, humor and parody, will forever wrap an artful context around the pleasures that still abound. And why shouldn’t they? The ...

Why I love Michiana: History museum director passionate about community

Steve Arseneau has always had a passion for history. When he moved to Michigan to begin working at the Dowagiac Area History Museum, which was then located at Southwestern Michigan College, his plan was to stay for four or five years. Now, 18 years later, his passion for history is still strong. So is his affinity for living in a smaller community. Arseneau grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse. He met his wife Christina at conference at the ...

Health 101: Physician explains the importance of protecting skin

For many, summer means sitting on the beach, absorbing the sun’s rays and cultivating a summer glow. However, when the sun is out, it is important not to forget about proper skin health and protection. In the summer months, dermatologist Dr. Miles Andrew, of St. Joseph Health System recommends that everyone pay extra attention to their skin’s health. The immediate damage people feel after being out in the sun for too long is the most obvious, Andrew says. This damage includes hot, ...

Family turns viral Facebook photos into fundraiser for Save a Stray organization

When Kitty Schaub and her family responded to an ad for a free kitten, they had no idea the journey they were about to embark upon. Kitty’s daughter Amelie had been begging her parents for a cat for years, when Kitty finally decided to grant her daughter’s request and pick up little Luna. Kitty is a professional photographer, specializing in baby and family photos. Since Luna is a professional kitty, it only seemed natural that she would photograph the newest member of their family in ...

Ornish Program offers lifestyle, diet training

When life gets busy, developing heart healthy habits like exercising, preparing nutritious meals and managing stress may seem like the last of our priorities. According to Dr. Andrew Fiedler, a cardiologist at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, healthy lifestyle habits are key to keeping us from developing heart disease or other serious health problems. Heart disease refers to a variety of heart conditions, the most common of which is coronary heart disease, which is caused when plaque builds up ...