health

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…

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…

Silver Sneakers

Fitness is medicine in older adults, building health & friendships At about 9 a.m. on most weekday mornings, Susan and Rick Shotwell get together with a few friends for coffee. There are anywhere between five and 15 guys and gals in their 70s sharing stories, laughing and leaning in for a little gossip. At first…

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