Kristi's Health and Fitness Page- May/June 2023 

Welcome to Spring! I hope this note finds you well and ready to usher into a season of new life as the grass turns greener and the flowers will soon start blooming! I had the pleasure of presenting at our National Conference at that American Occupational Therapy Conference in Kansas City, MO.  The tulips, daffodils and lilacs are in full bloom there so it was fun to see a glimpse of things to come here in Minnesota!

For those that missed recent events, we had a fun time at my dad's 90th birthday party and too are gearing up for another wonderful MS 150 with the Purple Pumpers. We will have some training rides prior to the event (second week of June) and will have additional rides throughout the month. All are welcome to join us!
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  Support the Purple Pumpers! 


This year the  28th Purple Pumpers again embark on our adventures to support efforts to combat MS through research and advanced technologies and therapies. As many know, our team has two people on it diagnosed with MS who still ride with us.  With your help, over the years we have raised over $190,000 (I posted last year's amount last month)!  I will match up to $250 donated to me, I will send the link via email. You may also donate to the whole team.  Here is last year's team:

               
             
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  Social Update! 

First Weekend of May- We will likely have a training ride
**There will be one to two more rides during May, I will send out an email
June 9-11  Purple Pumpers 28th!

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North Shore Fun!

I had the opportunity to visit former Lifetime fitness instructor and dear friend Julie Hukriede again last month. Lutsen was open well into May and given all the snow the conditions were amazing!



                                                                      

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Flashback Photos!


Left- Kristi and John enjoy the teaching spirit!                                                                          2013 Battle of the Sexes!
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Health and Fitness Information 




* The FDA recommends 2300 mg of sodium a day yet most Americans consume significantly more.... even up to 2 times the recommended amount!  For instance, a serving of a popular canned chicken noodle soup contains 890 mg and store bought Italian salad dressing 486 mg per serving.  It doesn't take long for excess sodium to build up! According to the Mayo Foundation over 75% of our consumed sodium comes from pre-processed foods.

* Although in the middle of the winter and onset of Spring we don't always think of upcoming races we may partake in over the summer, having an event to train for often provides a motivation.  In recent years "adventure races" such as the Warrier Dash, Tough Mudder and others, have become more popular.  Remember when considering the type of event, that you want to be sure to properly train so as not to risk injury due to ill-preparation for the event.  Sometimes partnering with a friend or two can enhance the motivation and training prior to the event.  Just a reminder, we have the Purple Pumpers 28 this year for the MS 150!

*According to Thrivant, the average U.S. household throws out almost 25% of the vegetables and fruits which can accumulate to more than $500 of waste.  Means to minimize such waste include (a) buying what you need, (b) using proper storage, and (c) making an effort to eat what you purchase

*Many people use prayer as part of their personal faith and as a means to find balance, unity and connection with God.  According to Pastor Peter Brown, using a journal is often a way to enhance prayer life and devotions.  Journals can help us keep track of prayers, petitions, and praises.  Journaling may also be used for many purposes including personal reflections, tracking of exercise and eating, or to maintain a diary of significant happenings in our life.  I personally have written poetry and have kept hard copy and online journals for over 30 years. I too have studied the role of writing in the development of the self as well as the healing properties of writing for persons with mental illness. The first part of my research is published in the Journal of Poetry Therapy (Haertl, 2014) and the final phase of the research was republished in 2019 in Arts and Health (Haertl & Ero-Phillips, 2019). If you would like to see my articles let me know! ...  Happy journaling!



*Many people know that I have worked in mental health, taught it, researched and been in author in this area for over 35 years (it is my primary area - mental health occupational therapy, that I teach in as a professor.  Since the pandemic there has been an exponential increase in mental health conditions and suicidality, especially among youth.  Be sure to write down and teach folks about 988- an important crisis/ suicide prevention number to know!
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May we each consider how to make a positive difference!
Blessings!
Kristi





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