Health & Wellness

The human body is a complex machine, and ensuring that it runs optimally is no easy task. Most of us can recite the basics of good self-care—drink lots of water, eat right, get enough sleep—but there are areas we all tend to neglect (or at least not think about as much).

The snow is deep and you’re tired of breaking through the crust with each step. Enter, the snowshoe! It distributes weight over a broad area, so each footfall doesn’t become an “ankle freeze.”

A Christmas party of tidings, tinsel and togetherness is coming to town. Jennifer Ebeling’s celebration conveys the warmth of the season like no other. The Maple Grove resident embraces sing-alongs and other family-style experiences with a live Santa, party games and more.

In 2005, when Chris Lower was 35, he contracted a flu virus that landed in his heart and left him with congestive heart failure. Doctors gave him five years to live. Lower, newly married and months away from becoming a father, committed to doing everything possible to prolong his life.

Children’s memories of the New Year can stay with them for years to come. So for the past decade parents have carried on a tradition of going to the Family New Year’s Eve Party at the Maple Grove Community Center.

As the weather changes, so does your pet’s skin; dryness is a common side effect of winter. Here are a few tips courtesy of Keith Miller at Bubbly Paws to keep your pooch ready and safe for winter.

Last February, the Osseo High School Orioles beat out 10 to 15 other schools to win the inaugural Minnesota State High School Powerlifting Championship. The team, formed by weight room supervisor and coach Daniel Prody, started as an informal group of student athletes training in the off-season.

With a new group fitness class schedule, Pure Barre opened in Maple Grove last December.

Looking for fun on a Friday this month? Look no further than the Lookout Bar and Grill. It’s warm enough to be outside on the patio, but you will want to move inside on Fridays to hear the band. Come before 9 p.m.

Stand-up paddleboarding is a new fad perfect for a day out on the lake in Minnesota. Three Rivers Parks District hosts a lesson for those hoping to try the activity out at Fish Lake Regional Park.

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