Blog Posts

  • Meeting in the Military

    Here’s a story of two of our own and how they met in the military. Melissa is a group exercise instructor for us at the RiverPlex and her husband, Steve, is a prior GRIT instructor as well. Melissa Fruendt: Melissa joined the 182nd Air National Guard in February of 1998, three days after her 1...
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    11/18/2018
  • Richard Dravis: A company. 3rd Battalion. 8th Infantry. 4th Division.

    October 6 1966. “This day doesn’t mean anything to anybody except for me. This was my 21st birthday and the day that I was deployed. “ Some of the stories Richard told me, we aren’t going to share in this blog but they were extremely emotional. “I graduated from Woodruff High School in 1964. 7 days...
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    11/14/2018
  • The Key to Happiness

    If I had the key to happiness wrapped up in one word, would you want to know what that one word was? In positive psychology research, GRATITUDE is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their h...
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    11/14/2018
  • Mindfulness 101

    In recent years the words “mindfulness” and “meditation” have become quite a bit more mainstream. But, what do they mean? Are they the same or different from one another? It’s funny to me that the concepts of meditation have been around for as long as thousands of years and it’s just now becoming po...
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    11/14/2018
  • Staying on Track for the Holidays

    As much as we love the holiday season, it’s no secret that it can be also be filled with stress, especially if you’re trying to stay focused on your health. The constant hustle and bustle doesn’t leave much time to focus on you or your wellness goals and health can often be tossed to the wayside, ho...
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    11/14/2018
  • Classes for Cancer Survivors and Those Going Through Treatment

    Are you a cancer survivor or know a survivor who deserves to get back into their daily routine but is struggling to figure out how? Sponsored by OSF cancer support services, OSF at the RiverPlex offers a Get Active class for any and all cancer survivors. This class is free for anyone of all ages, me...
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    11/02/2018
  • Get a Jump Start on Holiday Weight Gain

    Although the Holidays aren’t officially here, there’s never a bad time to start planning ahead to maintain your healthy lifestyle. We hear it time and time again just as the New Year hits; flocks of people start looking into joining their local gym. Most with the mindset of whipping themselves...
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    11/01/2018
  • Karen Saatkamp: Breast Cancer Survivor

    Karen, an avid distance runner, a longtime participant in RPM, SPRINT, and Body Pump, and long time member of the RiverPlex found out in February of 2015 that she had breast cancer. “Every year I have a mammogram. I’ve been doing that since I was in my thirties. In 2015 I went in for my annual mammo...
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    10/25/2018
  • Sue Wheeler: Breast Cancer Survivor

    Sue Wheeler, RiverPlex Supervisor since October of 2016, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. “Well first off, they followed me for years upon years upon years (at the doctor’s office) for fibro adenomas. These are like cysts. I had cysts all the time and surgeries all the time to remove these cysts....
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    10/18/2018
  • Why is it snowing already?!

    The summer season is coming to a close. For those of us in the Midwest, this means less 90 degree weather, less pool time and getting ready to scrape inches of ice off of our windshield before heading to work. When it’s easier to stay out of the cold, huddle under a blanket and sit by the fire at ho...
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    10/15/2018