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A Mind for Fitness

DAN KENNEDY is working on his MBA at the University of Nebraska at Kearney when he’s not helping people learn how to lose weight and stay fit.

Fat fades as calories burn and hearts pump, says Good Sam trainer By MARY JANE SKALA Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — If you want to lose weight, you have to eat. That’s what personal trainer Dan Kennedy tells his clients at the Good Samaritan Wellness/Fitness Center at 3219 Central Ave. He helped one man lose 54 pounds in three months with a combination of lean, healthy meals and exercise. “The last thing you want to do is drop calories too fast,” he said. “A week or two of eating very little, and your body rebels. It wants more calories and access to whole foods. “I’m a believer in lean proteins, lots of vegetables, fresh fruits, seed, coconut oil and a little starch,” he said. “You have to eat to lose weight. It’s easier for the body.” Kennedy also monitored the diet of a man who was waiting for a kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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The patient needed to lose between 50 and 100 pounds, so Kennedy created a healthy diet and worked with the man’s nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic. The patient “lost a lot of weight,” Kennedy said. Still another client was taking 12 medications when he arrived at the Good Sam fitness center. Kennedy helped him lose 60 pounds and get off all his medications. Modestly, Kennedy added, “I

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Kearney earns high marks in fitness Continued from previous page saved his life.” Kennedy, 29, earned a degree in exercise science and sports nutrition at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Married and the father of an infant daughter, he calls Kearney a “fairly fitness-minded community.” He notes that combined memberships number 7,000 at the Kearney Family YMCA at 4500 Sixth Ave. and Good Sam’s fitness center. That’s nearly onequarter of the city’s 30,000 population. Smaller fitness clubs are numerous here, too, he said. Kearney people like to stay active. Right now, Good Sam has 1,970 members, a figure that has leaped 20 percent in the past two years. The city’s parks and hikebike trails are popular, too. Some 1,000 people participate in the Community Olympics every summer, competing in all kinds of activities, including volleyball, badminton and horseshoes. Kennedy enjoys the personal relationships that blossom as he helps people lose weight, shape up and become more fit. His program promotes muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. “This becomes their calming place,” he said. “Our clients become family. I become almost a lifestyle coach, not just a trainer.” He oversees 80 to 100 private and group sessions every two weeks. “The morning crowd is a bit older, while evening visitors tend to be younger. Many are Good Samaritan staff members,” he said. Along with fitness equipment is the Turttle pool, where people can walk or run, and a hot tub. “I like helping people,” he added, smiling. The center, busy now, will be become even more active as the holiday season approaches. Its busiest month is January. “Around March it drops off,” he said, but thanks to its air conditioning, the center is well-used all summer. “Anybody can sit down with a trainer and go over options,” he said. “We are here for the community.” email to:

YMCA of Lex expanding reach into community By JESSICA KOKESH Hub Regional Editor LEXINGTON — Although it’s been open for just two years, the YMCA of Lexington is well on its way toward a new home and an expansion. The YMCA is trying to raise more than $7 million for the first phase of a joint athletic facility that would also be used by the schools and the city. So far, the organization has raised $4.3 million — enough to start the first phase of the project. “I think the way the community has responded has been absolutely outstanding,” Amy Biehl-Owens, campaign co-chair, said in a press release. The first phase of the project will include a large gym, a suspended indoor walking track, a

construction location, no other work has been completed on the project yet. The second phase of the project — which will require an additional $2.5 million in funding — will add an indoor pool to the addition. No date for completion has been set. Lexington’s YMCA has been open since August 2010 and is in the old Lexington library at 103 E. 10th St. It shares some staff and resources with YMCA of the Prairie in Holdrege. YMCA of Lexington site manager Katie Bohnhoff said the organization has had impressive game room, a wellness center, a child watch area, locker rooms and fitness rooms. The new building will be attached to the Lexington Middle School addition. Groundbreaking for the first phase is set for Tuesday. Other than moving homes from the

membership growth since it opened. “When YMCAs come into a community, usually they take over an existing club so they have some members already,” Bohnhoff said. “Since we started brand new, we’ve gone from zero to 1,200 members now in a relatively short amount of time. That’s well over 10 percent of Lexington’s population.” Bohnhoff said that once it’s completed, the expansion will benefit the community overall. “As we get bigger, we can grow our programs and grow our impact on the community,” she said. “The new facility ... it’s going to definitely help us make a bigger impact on the health of the community.” email to:

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in 2003, Torres has been directing his passion toward promoting healthy lifestyle choices among KEARNEY — Ishmael Torres is UNK students. He and his team develop campaigns, programs, not a health nut. The first time he sat down at his desk as Peer Health videos, events and brochures that focus on alcohol awareness, healthy Education coordinator at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, he eating, healthy relationships, tobacco prevention and stress and anxiwondered why he got the job. “I didn’t know where to start. I ety management. “You could name any health remember thinking to myself, ‘Maybe they should have hired a topic, pretty much, and we cover nurse or something,’” Torres said. it,” said Torres. Resident halls, organizations, Although people with more classrooms, or those involved in health experience had applied, Greek life make requests to Peer Courtesy Torres’ knowledge of technology Health Education for programs. and communication set him apart. ISHMAEL TORRES runs the Peer Health Education programs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. According to their 2011-2012 “I had a passion for teaching “You could name any health topic, pretty much, and we cover it,” said Torres. and I have a passion for commu- report, Torres’ team receives the most requests for alcohol awarenicating well and, really, just ness programs (51 percent). truth in general,” he said. As coordinator, Torres has Peer Health Education is a stualso helped organize many camdent organization that relies on peers educating peers about making wise decisions. Since he was hired Continued on page 6

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Healthy Lifestyles More than half of Peer Health Education funding goes toward alcohol awareness Continued from page 4

Monday punches you in the mouth ... we are here for you.” The campaign raised awareness paigns. In 2006, after spending that on their toughest days — three weeks writing a grant, he helped initiate a three-year suicide both mentally and physically — prevention campaign at UNK. Dur- students had a place to find help. Torres’ team created T-shirts ing those three years, they saw a with the slogan and contact inforreduction in suicide-related issues mation as well as “Mr. Monday” and more students seeking help. punching bags. “(The campaign) had a direct “I think the students had a lot impact on changing ... campus,” of fun with (the campaign),” Torhe said. res said. Torres has also worked on a Torres is currently preparing for more light-hearted campaign: OkSOBERfest, which is Hal“When Monday Punches You in loween night from 8-11 p.m. on the Mouth.” Peer Health Educathe UNK campus. The event offers tion, part of the Department of an alternative to heavy drinking. Counseling and Health Care, “We won a regional award for reminded students that “when

(OkSOBERfest) a few years ago ... as the best program of the year in our region,” Torres said. Torres’ promoting has paid off. OkSOBERfest ranked No. 1 when his team did a survey on how aware students were of the different Peer Health Education programs. Torres hopes to see an even greater impact in the future. Peer Health Education took over the Safe Ride program, in which UNK students at bars and parties can call Kearney Cab Co. and get a ride to campus. Through an agreement with Kearney Cab, Torres’ organization pays the bill. To promote Safe Ride, Peer Health Education made coasters to

put in Kearney bars. Torres hopes that students will use the program and use up the funds Peer Health Education has set aside for it. “My hope is ... to see us deplete that fund. I want people to use it,” Torres says. Torres said he hopes that others, when they see the statistics on how many students use Safe Ride, will see the need for funding to provide students with a safe ride to campus. “The vast majority of students make wise decisions, but ... there are students out there who make poor decisions,” Torres said. Torres says one of his goals for his program is to see fewer stu-

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Satisfaction Despite Urges Don’t be too busy looking for the next ‘best thing’ to lose the present By BARTON GOLDSMITH Scripps Howard News Service Lately I’ve been thinking of getting a pre-owned car (don’t you love it that they are no longer “used” cars?). I don’t really need one; mine is just fine — very fine, in fact — but I still have this urge to look at every SUV or station wagon that I see on the road. I’ve even been to a few dealerships, but sticker shock sent me packing. I drive home in my perfectly good 1999 little red pseudosports car and am happy I still have some money in the bank. But the urge is there. Even now I can feel the pull to go to and look for a new ride. I ask myself why. And the answer is simple. We want things — or

Making wise choices in this world of many options can be one of the hardest tasks a human being has to face. Take an inventory of what you have before you start looking around. think that we want them — because we can easily forget that we actually like what we currently have. Many people aren’t aware of what they have because they are too busy looking for the next “best thing.” It is as though, once we have gotten what we desire and become used to it, the lure to find something better creeps in. This is a common life issue and is most damaging when it comes to relationships. For some people, when they

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Creamy Soup — But No Cream Pureed vegetables give traditional texture to healthy main dish By SARA MOULTON For The Associated Press Years ago, when I was pregnant with my kids, all the advice books swore that smart moms-tobe made sure to eat broccoli three times a day. It seemed a bit extreme to me, but I went with it. It wasn’t that hard. I’ve always loved broccoli, even if it does have an unfortunate aroma. It’s an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber and many vitamins and minerals. It helps that it’s easy to cook, too. Broccoli does well steamed, roasted, grilled or sauteed. You can also boil it, of course, as long as you don’t overdo it, which not only chases away all the nutrients and turns the vegetable to mush, but also amps up that funky

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Healthy Lifestyles Roasted florets give finished soup a bit of crunch Continued from previous page 2 pounds fresh broccoli (4 cups small florets set aside, the rest, including the stalks, trimmed of tough skin and coarsely chopped) 1 small Yukon gold potato (about 6 ounces), scrubbed and thinly sliced 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth Kosher salt and ground black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated Heat the oven to 450 F. In a large saucepan over medium, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until slightly golden. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a bowl and set aside. Reduce the heat to mediumlow. Add another tablespoon of the oil and the onion to the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened. Add the coarsely chopped broccoli (not the florets), potato and chicken broth. Bring the broth to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes, stirring every so often, or until the broccoli and potatoes are very tender. Meanwhile, on a rimmed baking sheet toss the florets with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Season with salt and pepper, then spread in an even layer. Roast in the top third of the oven for 5 minutes, or until lightly caramelized. When the vegetables in the soup are tender, transfer the soup to a blender and puree, in batches, until smooth. Be careful and only fill the blender a third full each time. Return the soup to the saucepan, along with the roasted broccoli florets and the Canadian bacon. Add the lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper. Add water, if necessary, to achieve the desired texture. Ladle the soup into 4 shallow soup bowls and top each portion with some of the cheddar.

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Healthy Lifestyles Illustrating old age with fit, wealthy celebs doesn’t help, but the reverse isn’t true, either Continued from previous page though the latter may be perfunctory — easier to tell a stranger than “I’m unhappy.” Also, researchers may overlook people in adverse conditions, such as those suffering from dementia,

thereby skewing the results toward peers in better circumstances. The studies generally focus on the “young old” under 85, sometimes entirely omitting the “old old” — among whom, she said, happiness tends to diminish sharply. “When people live physically

beyond a certain point, not only do occasional bad things happen, but bad things happen routinely,” Jacoby said in a phone interview. The chances of developing dementia, for example, rise to 5050. Optimistic baby boomers ignore this “train wreck coming

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feels with one’s life — is to a great extent influenced by genes,” started MacDonald. The University of Minnesota’s legendary studies of twins from the 1980s demonstrated this point: Researchers recorded similar levels of happiness in identical twins who had been separated at birth. Illustrating the concept of the set point, MacDonald compared a person’s capacity for happiness with his sense of sight. “If you walk into a really bright room you’re not dazzled forever. You’re dazzled for a few moments,” explained MacDonald. “Your eyes will adapt pretty quickly.” Likewise, when something positive happens in our lives — winning the lottery, relocating to a warmer climate — we receive only a temporary bump. “For the most part, people return to their previous level of happiness,” said MacDonald.

Step Two: Practice Gratitude Step One: Mind Your ‘Set Point’ “There’s a fair amount of data showing that the ‘happiness set point’ — the level of contentment one

But there’s good news, continued MacDonald — a person can manipulate her set point, but not without consistent effort and hard work. (Sci-

entists have compared cultivating happiness with maintaining one’s ideal body weight — it’s easier for some than others.) MacDonald suggested the rigors of a Buddhist meditation practice for serious happiness seekers, since a number of studies have demonstrated the benefits of fostering gratitude in one’s life. Or try setting aside some time each week to express your appreciation, perhaps by composing a list of everything you’re thankful for. “If you are grateful for something, that ties in back with the idea of adaptation,” explained MacDonald. “(Gratitude) may actually slow the process of adapting to a new good thing.”

Step Three: Nurture Relationships Here the evidence is weaker, said MacDonald, but there’s some science to support the boost people get from cultivating a circle of positive, loving companions. “If you obtain pleasure from the things a person says, or from the compliments someone gives you — those are the kinds of things you won’t adapt to,” argued MacDonald.

Research hints that strong, healthy relationships are more emotionally fulfilling than either money or career. It’s true that married people and churchgoers are, on average, happier than the rest of us. But that shouldn’t prevent singles and atheists from trying to boost their set point. A recent British study found that people over 50, especially women, are happiest when they have regular interactions with a wide circle of caring friends.

Step Four: Enough with the Stuff! Here’s a well-known saw of the happiness gurus: Happy people devote their resources to experiences — communal meals, vacationing with friends — rather than fancy cars or bigger houses. MacDonald sees some scientific evidence to support this thinking: “There’s a difference between liking and wanting,” he explained. “It is sometimes the case that you like what you want. It’s frequently the case that what you want are the kinds of things you adapt to quite readily.” MacDonald cites the stuffed animals his children repeatedly long for, then quickly aban-

don to the outer reaches of the bedroom floor. And besides, wanting and liking are associated with completely different neurochemicals and brain areas, added MacDonald. What’s the takeaway? Don’t bother buying or longing for every little thing you desire. Content yourself with enjoying the people, places and things you encounter every day.

Step Five: Give It Away “There’s been some interesting new research on charity,” added MacDonald, citing three fresh studies that replicate the same finding: “People who give back feel better in the shortterm,” he said. Here’s an important caveat for those on a fixed income: It’s not the amount of money that matters; it’s how you spend it. These studies, published in 2008, recorded spikes of happiness when subjects bought small gifts for family, trivial treats for friends or made modest donations to their favorite charities. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.

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Healthy Lifestyles Presenteeism — low productivity while at work because of stressors — is rampant Continued from previous page research, Merrill said presenteeism accounts for about 63 percent of wasted worker productivity, and absenteeism explains the rest. According to the study, productivity problems show up more often in women and in people who are separated, divorced or widowed. High-school graduates and people with some college experience also show lower levels of productivity. Service, clerical and other office occupations seem to give rise to presenteeism, he said. “Given the trends that we see in health and the economy, my guess is that presenteeism is getting worse and will continue (to worsen) unless employers are sensitive to the issue and are

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Tired of wine-and-dine? Get out in the swamp By JEFF HAMPTON Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk (Va.) CAMDEN, N.C. (AP) — As

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Healthy Lifestyles Step away and decompress — several creeks attract eagles and alligators Continued from previous page

forests, and some places feature stands of cypress trees more than 100 years old. blossomed commercially. Hunt“Once people know about these ing and fishing remain primary pastimes and farming a dominant places, they’ll come,” Manuel said. livelihood. A few spots have been discovExpansive swamp forests remain despite aggressive logging ered. About 500,000 people a year visit the Dismal Swamp decades ago, and today, large tracts of woodlands have been set Welcome Center from the highway and about 2,000 boats stop aside for preservation. Several creeks wind through the swamps by from the canal side. Nearly where bears are common, bald eagle sightings are routine and alligators occasionally turn up. “People are looking for new recreational outlets,” said John Manuel, an environmental consultant and writer who did the report. In the report, Manuel identifies three “Gateways to the Wild” in Camden County. Near the Chesapeake border lies the Dismal Swamp State Park with its 14,000-plus acres, hiking and biking trails, and access to the historic canal. Below South Mills is a launch point in the upper Pasquotank River. In south Camden, Indiantown Creek is accessible from Sandy Hook Road. All three locations offer miles of canoeing through swamp

80,000 people visited the Dismal Swamp State Park last year. The park hosted the inaugural Dismal Day on Oct. 6, offering a 5K run, canoeing and kayaking, exhibits and other activities. The North River Campground, south of U.S. 158, attracts more than 100,000 annually, said owner Everett Sawyer. “We have fishermen coming here from all over the country in

the spring and fall,” he said. “We had a group from Ohio stay a week and half just to do some bird watching.” Not far away are hundreds of acres of swamp land with creeks running through like arteries. Much of the area has been set aside as a nature preserve and bear sanctuary. “We have quite a few bears,” said Sawyer, who has to lock

down the dumpster at the campsite to keep them out. Manuel recommended the county promote the wild areas more and put up more signs. So far, the county has included outdoor attractions in its economic development brochures, county planner Dan Porter said. But plans are in the works to put up signs and better advertise the beauty of the swamp.

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