health

Feeling Lost with Meal Planning?

Let’s take the guesswork out of it Each and every day we need to fuel our bodies. Many feel the only way to be successful and consistent with nutrition is to have some sort of weekly meal plan. If you’re overwhelmed at the thought, don’t worry. There are easy ways to shop and plan where…

Could Breast Implants Be Making You Sick?

Trisha Kalfell is on a quiet crusade to raise awareness Behind a fringe of jet-black hair, Trisha Kalfell’s eyes sparkle with life and vitality. She’s a devoted wife and a mother of three boys, a creative hairstylist and a small-business owner, and her passion for life creates an all-over glow that no one could miss…

Start the Year Without a Crash (Diet)

Why drastic dieting should never be a part of your healthy game plan New Year’s resolutions. Without a doubt, dramatic weight loss or drastic dieting tend to sit at the top of about half of Americans’ lists. I’m here to tell you why going to extremes to start off the new year is never a…

Breathing In Life

Nurse Cindi Hoiness takes her message on battling asthma to kids Writing a children’s book was never one of Cindi Hoiness’ goals. But she couldn’t shake the feeling that her story could change another life — in this case, a child suffering from asthma. Cindi, a registered nurse in Billings, has suffered from asthma all…

Don’t Fall for Fad Diets

Why a healthy lifestyle brings benefits for life It’s the time of year when people tend to eat, drink and be merry, only to wake up on New Year’s Day with a holiday food hangover and a strong desire to shed the pounds they gained since Thanksgiving quickly. We’re bombarded by ads and marketing gimmicks…

Melissa Fuller

Woman Advocate ‘Makes it Happen’ The exam rooms hum with activity at Fuller Family Medicine Center. Through the chorus of patients, nurses and office staff, Melissa Fuller talks medical lingo as she whisks into her office just in time for our interview. It’s been scheduled over her brief lunch break. The Scandinavian blond ponytail she’s…

Struggle with your relationship with food?

Maybe Intuitive Eating is the answer By Karli Bies, RDN We live in a world full of diet messages, telling us what we should and shouldn’t eat, what’s “healthy” vs. “unhealthy” and to “love your body, but only after you’ve lost weight.” A coworker is doing Whole30. Your mom is trying Weight Watchers, and your…

Strength Through Support

Billings MS support group offers compassion, camaraderie & connection Everyone has his or her own diagnosis story. For Pam Hofferber, it started with an eye exam. Her optometrist noticed an unusual spot at the back of her eye and recommended she see a neurologist immediately. Within the week, Pam underwent an MRI and was diagnosed…

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…

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