Health & Wellness

Two women plank in a park

tudies show that outdoor workouts have multiple benefits, including boosting moods, releasing stress, improving self-esteem and increasing absorption of natural vitamin D, which takes a dive in the winter.

With the spirit of the Fourth of July flying strong this month, many will proudly wave the nation’s flag, but there are several important elements of the Flag Code.

Reeling in a whopper of a paddling opportunity is an easy catch. With its many waterways, the southwest metro abounds with padding possibilities for all ages and levels.  

Sonja Anderson enjoys hiking the natural wonderland in southwestern Eden Prairie that honors her late husband’s land preservation efforts.

About 5.3 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Of Americans age 65 and older, 11 percent have Alzheimer’s disease, and about 14 percent of people age 71 and older have dementia.

Once a month, second graders in Katie Tompkins’ classroom at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Eden Prairie peek excitedly down the hall, waiting for the North Star Therapy Animal (NSTA) team to visit.

Valleyfair’s Run and Ride is a one-of-a-kind event, for experienced runners as well as first-timers. The North Star 5K and Snoopy’s One-Mile Fun Run are on May 20; The Valleyfair quarter and half marathons are set for May 21.

When it comes to baseball, Dale Welter has all Chaska’s bases covered. For more than 50 years, Welter has stepped up to the plate in a variety of mostly voluntary positions to pitch the virtues of the Chaska Cubs and the amateur baseball team’s longtime home, Athletic Park.

Roxann Roushar learned a long time ago that the way to students’ hearts is through the lunch line. For more than 15 years, Roushar has served as the director of child nutrition for the Eden Prairie School District.

At Orangetheory Fitness, you won’t see members waiting for equipment, wandering around the floor or texting on their phones in between sets.

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