health

Meet Us Halfway

12 weeks in, the Motivated to Move women reflect on their newfound lifestyle Editor’s Note: In our October/November issue, we introduced you to four women motivated to move toward a healthier life. All four women faced different challenges — hormonal shifts, stress, overworked schedules and a lifetime of unhealthy habits. You can read our first…

Wellness Coach on Wheels

Nich Pertuit fights chronic diseases with a little healthy advice Through the open door of a sleek and shiny Airstream RV, you can hear the hum of people talking. Peek around the corner and the rig looks like a doctor’s office on wheels. There are handouts designed to support healthy living, books on various nutrition…

Fab, Fit & 40

Resolutions to conquer the challenges and changes of mid life While every season of life brings joys and new discoveries, perhaps no season challenges us more than the decade of our 40s, described by journalist and author Gail Sheehy as “the old age of youth and the infancy of adulthood.” During this season, we might…

Motivated to Move

What 8 weeks and new habits mean to 4 Billings women Editor’s Note: In our October/November issue, we introduced you to four women motivated to move toward a healthier life. All four women faced different challenges — hormonal shifts, stress, overworked schedules and a lifetime of unhealthy habits. You can read our first story at…

Striving for Net Zero

How to enjoy the holidays without that dreaded weight gain Bring on the eggnog, the sugar cookies, the full holiday spread. Wait. What? Yes, you heard us right. If you ask our Motivated to Move fitness and nutrition experts, the No. 1 way to enjoy the holidays is to truly enjoy the things you love,…

Sharli Ziebarth’s Limber Tree Yoga Studio

A Lesson in Bending, not Breaking When Sharli Ziebarth first unrolled a yoga mat at the Billings YMCA, she was 22 and looking to relieve some pain she’d been experiencing during her pregnancy. That day, she had no idea she was starting a journey toward self-discovery, healing and entrepreneurship. Eleven years later, Sharli is the…

Family’s Mission to Fight Opioid Addiction

Remembering Mary Kate Carol and John Keenan always considered themselves somewhat private people. A series of events in the fall of 2016 changed that. It started with a powerful obituary, a call from a news reporter, and the realization that their 22-year old-daughter, Mary Kate, wouldn’t be coming home after an opioid overdose took her…

Motivated to Move

Four women take a journey toward healthier living Many women experience it. As the years go by, the number on the scale creeps higher. Hormonal imbalances kick into gear, making the struggle to lose weight and keep it off even harder. One pound turns into five and then into 10, 15 or even 20. After…

Brain Cancer Can’t Stop Her

Lisa Demarais is a Workout Warrior On any given day, you might find 36-year-old Lisa Demarais strapping on her rollerblades to hit the sloped trails on the Rims. Other days, she might be front and center at the YMCA taking a Cardio Kickboxing or Boot Camp class. She loves when instructor Jackie Claunch makes her…

Half Her Size

One Billings woman cut flour and sugar to trim the fat Today when Jan Iverson picks up her one-time favorite pair of black dress pants, she can fit both feet through one leg. It’s a picture that’s worth a lifetime of words and underscores a weight loss journey 40 years in the making. “I have…

Third Time is a Charm

Billings woman is proof a VBAC is possible, even after multiple c-sections   Before 26-year-old Krischel Moran even felt the flutters of her third child inside the womb, she knew she and her husband, Luis, wanted this baby to come into the world differently. With two prior Caesarian section births, she did her research, hoping…

Healing to the Beat

Brooke Wagner brings the sounds of music to Billings pediatric patients On a quiet morning in St. Vincent Healthcare’s neo-natal intensive care unit, monitors beep, keeping a digital eye on some of Billings’ tiniest residents. In a peaceful corner, Kim Strand sits, cuddling her 19-day-old granddaughter, Freya. The tiny little girl had a rough entry…

The Unstoppable Rebecca Douglas

Changing minds, bodies & lives one workout at a time Fit Body Boot Camp isn’t your typical gym. For starters, it’s not even called a gym. It’s a fitness studio, and newcomers will notice that it’s smaller. Instead of a room full of treadmills and stationary equipment, Fit Body Boot Camp has an array of…

100 Ways to Change your Wellness Today!

power packed promises for a healthier you When it comes to health, many times, it’s the smallest steps that deliver the biggest results. Adopt some of these small but mighty promises to your body. In time, you might just experience lower levels of stress, higher doses of happiness and better progress reports when you hit…

Moving from Illness to Wellness

The whole body approach of Functional Medicine Consider the last time you visited a doctor. If you are like most people in the United States, you spent between 13 and 16 minutes with your doctor. That’s the industry average according to a 2016 study. You were also probably one of about 25 patients your doctor…

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