Blog Posts

  • Andrea Steffens: Her Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle

    Andrea Steffens, the Recreation Manager here at the RiverPlex, decided two years ago that it was time for a healthier lifestyle change. After going through a few rough years of life, with little support on her decision, she made that change and hasn’t looked back. Since 2016, Andrea has lost 50 poun...
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    12/10/2018
  • 5 Steps to Get Out of Debt

    Everyone at some point in their life has struggled with debt. Maybe you’re sitting there reading this with no credit cards, no student loans, and your house is paid off. Good for you! I still guarantee you aren’t fully debt free. What we are talking about today is the number one cause of debt in peo...
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    11/30/2018
  • Member Success Story: Ingrid

    Ingrid Ruschienski, longtime member of the RiverPlex, born in November of 1943 first got into fitness in 1972. “I’ve always been into fitness, not like this though (small group and semi private training options here at the RiverPlex), since 1972 at the YMCA. We were part of the first aerobics class....
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    11/30/2018
  • Healthy Recipes to Use Over the Holidays

    The Holidays can be tough when it comes to staying on track. If you didn’t get a chance to read Jessica’s last blog post on some tips and tricks to help you this season, please click here. But, we thought it might be helpful to give you some recipes for your meal prepping or to take as a...
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    11/28/2018
  • 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