Getting in the Work Out

How to conquer your fear of group fitness classes For those who aren’t familiar with group fitness, breaking a sweat with a bunch of strangers might sound beyond daunting. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try that Zumba class at your gym, but you’re afraid of being laughed at for your two left feet. Perhaps you’re interested in Bikram yoga, but you’re terrified of toppling over during tree pose. Have no fear; ...

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Feel the Burn

Orangetheory Fitness gets hearts racing   Story and photos by Eric Newman 85085 residents looking to get in shape — or those who are just tired of a boring workout routine — have an innovative option for exercise classes at Orangetheory Fitness. There are numerous Orangetheory Fitness locations throughout the Valley, part of a national chain that boasts over 1,000 studios nationwide (the 85085 facility ...

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Shades of Style

How to wear Pantone’s 2018 fall/winter color palette By Madison Rutherford   It’s officially fall – the leaves are changing and so are the styles. So what’s this season’s fashion forecast? According to the color connoisseurs at Pantone, it’s an eclectic palette of sophisticated neutrals, posh pastels, vibrant citrus hues and rich, resplendent primaries. Each season, the style-savvy team at the Pantone ...

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Smoothie Operators

Lifestyle 2 Nutrition makes transformative shakes and teas By Eric Newman At Lifestyle 2 Nutrition in Anthem, visitors can sip on a chilly “Blue Monkey,” drink some sweet “Cake Batter,” or even consume a little “Elvis” (peanut butter and banana, anyone?). The nutrition store, owned by Lanie Sybouts and her brother, Wes Mason, specializes in low-calorie protein shakes and green tea drinks aimed at helping pe ...

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Superhero September

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski   ‘Average guy’ Sean Reavie makes a difference in abused children’s lives Sean Reavie frequently uses the word “cool.” He says it’s because he’s a “nerd.” “I was a skinny, pimply kid who was picked on all the time,” Reavie says with a laugh. “I was 6-foot-3 and 100 pounds in school. When I went home, I resonated with Spider-Man, who was a skinny, pimply teenager who was pi ...

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Adjust what you eat during the hot summer months

By Brittany Thomas   The weather's not the only thing that heats up in summer. So do our bodies, and if we aren't careful, foods we eat during the summer can affect our bodies and digestion through Thanksgiving and beyond, says Dr. John Douillard, a leader in the natural health field and author of Eat Wheat.   John recommends we adopt a summer diet consisting of foods that are sweet, bitter, cold, ...

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Dr. Lisa Bienstock turns a visit to the dental chair into a positive experience for children

Every Kid’s Dentist Dr. Lisa Bienstock turns a visit to the dental chair into a positive experience for children.  By Kristin Caliendo North Valley pediatric dentist Lisa Bienstock, DMD, is the sort of doctor that most adults wished had been around when they were kids. With a kind, caring, and compassionate manner, Lisa instantly puts not only her young patients at ease, but their parents too. An Arizona na ...

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Red Cross Summer Heat Safety

Red Cross Summer Heat Safety  Arizona's temperatures regularly hit triple digits in July and August. “Excessive heat can be deadly; we want everyone to stay safe during hot weather and have some important reminders for them to follow, says Beth Boyd, Red Cross regional disaster officer for the Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso region. To help prepare you for the onslaught of high heat, here are some guidelines for ...

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Registered dietitian Kelli Morgan on the benefits of working with an R.D.

What's in a title? Everyone has an opinion on what you should do––or not do––about your diet and nutritional well-being. Between what you hear on television and read in the news, eating right can seem like a daunting task. Worse, whose opinion is the right opinion? Which one should you follow? The good news is that a registered dietitian can help! Whether you want to become healthier, deal with food allergi ...

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Keep the Back-to-School Bugs at Bay!

Dr. Clifford Gazda offers suggestions to reduce the risk of your children contracting and transmitting disease. Back-to-school time for students means taking new and exciting classes; signing up for sports, clubs, and other extracurricular activities; and catching up with old friends and making new ones. For parents, it means new schedules and a break from the summer activities. It’s an exciting time, no ma ...

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