St. George Health & Wellness Magazine March April 2014

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M in d / B o d y



The Billy Casper Golf Academy comes to St George (See page 8)

Photo by Cody Wood

INSIDE: Spring Produce The Future of Fiber A Family that Plays Together, Stays Together

MAR/APR 2014


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From The editor

Happy Spring!

Spring in St. George is unlike any other – warm sunny days, flip flops and shorts, early blossoms, desert flowers scattering the landscape. . . The awakening of the earth seems to pull us outside to bask in the sun and explore the world with fresh new eyes. I never tire of spotting the bright patches of desert marigold and globe mallow that cover the hillsides each spring. As nature puts on a show of colors, it also brings a renewed sense of hope and possibility. Just as I get excited to dig in the dirt and plant seeds in my garden, I also get energized about planting those fresh, new proverbial seeds of possibility - like imagining my next creative project. . . Or how much lighter I would feel if I made more time for fun! We can consciously plant these seeds for our own growth by doing more of the things that bring us joy and peace – or we can get swept up in the mad dash of schedules and forget to appreciate the little things that add up to make a beautiful, meaningful life. Either way we will grow, and either way what we focus on will grow. What do you want to grow this season? As you approach your own goals for this spring, I invite you to explore your wellness goals with curiosity and imagination. Focus on what really gives you a sense of well-being: enjoying nourishing foods, moving your body, pursuing your passions, belly laughs. . . Let go of judgments, criticism and guilt. Focus on what you want to grow – and keep an open mind so you don’t miss something unexpected! This issue of St. George Health & Wellness magazine is packed with inspiration and insight, personal stories and helpful health advice. Let those stories that are most meaningful to you inspire you to keep moving toward your dreams. Let them remind you to express yourself often and live as fully in the present as you can. We are very fortunate to be able to share such valuable content from our amazing community of contributing authors, and we hope this issue leaves you feeling invigorated, supported and ready to get out there and enjoy your spring!

Alesha Sevy Creative Director


Table of

Contents Family Wellness A Family that Plays Together, Stays Together 80 Dreams Do Come True 82 Are You a Leader? 86 Dancing through Heaven 88 Building Trust 90 A Daughter’s Tribute 92

MAR/APR 2014 On The Cover: Nick McKinlay, Billy Casper and Byron Casper. Photography by Cody Wood.


Financial Wellness

The Billy Casper Golf Academy Opens in St. George 8 A Tribute to Sheila Brown 10 Health Coaching: A Personal Journey Freedom to Ride 16 No Pain, Just Gain! 18 Family Fun and Fitness! 20 A Conversation with Athletic Director Jason Boothe 22 Bicycles Unlimited Celebrates 30 Years in Downtown St. George 24

Nutrition Spring Produce 26 Anatomy of a Salad: Q&A with Executive Chef Greg Fresh Spring Salad 29 Springtime Potted Herbs 30


Conventional Loan, Cash, or Reverse Mortgage? 62 How Are You Doing Today? 64 The Future of Fiber: Why it Matters to Southern Utah 66 Are You Doing Enough to Keep Your Identity Safe? 68

Cultural Arts

Mind/Body What is Energy Work? 72 Cultivate 74 Increase Energy and Boost Your Happiness Factor with Chiropractic Care 76 Rest*Relax*Renew: Experience the Miracle of Massage Dynamic Silence Meditation 79

Planting Seeds and Growing Culture WCSD Foundation Reaches Out to Kids in Need 96 Calendar of Cultural Arts Center 98


Departments 78

Intro to Cycling 99 Featured Directory Listings Calendar of Events 101



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Health Infertility Etiquette 37 Heart News from Heart of Dixie 39 Prenatal Ultrasound 42 Getting the “Straight Talk” on Orthodontics 46 A Healthy Colon is a Happy Colon 49 Still Living with Back Pain? Time to Decompress! 53 Finding Hope in Infertility 58


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Meet our


Robert Benson, MD Medical Editor

Terrin Parker, PT Associate Editor

Alesha Sevy Creative Director

Emily Fonnesbeck, RD, CD, CLT Author, Nutrition Section

Tiffany Gust, CPT Author, Fitness Section

Chad Olson, MS, LMFT Author, Family Wellness Section

Brigit Atkin Author, Mind/Body Section

Chef Greg Reith Author/Executive Chef

Myke Bush Photographer/Video Editor

“What a wonderful time of year! Spring represents a time of new beginnings, hope and life. St. George is experiencing its own growth with what seems like a greater sense of hope for what the future holds. Myself and the staff of St. George Health & Wellness Magazine hope you enjoy our current issue! We have worked hard to provide you with information and articles that can help us all. We especially are excited about the announcement of the Billy Casper Golf Academy opening here in our community. I interviewed Billy myself and learned more about the great man that he is beyond the amazing golf career he holds. I’m also impressed with Terrin’s article this issue in the family section. She often reminds us of what is important in our lives. There is much to be thankful for! We wish you a wonderful Spring with much hope for a bright future.” W. Jared Dupree, PhD, MBA Executive Editor

Sincerely Dr. Jared DuPree

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The Billy Casper Golf Academy Opens in St. George By Jared DuPree After more than twenty-one years of offering summer golf camps to adults and youth (over 4,000 to date), Billy Casper is excited to announce the first Billy Casper Golf Academy worldwide located here in St. George, UT at the picturesque Ledges Golf Course. “I run into grown-ups all over that went to my golf camps,” Billy said in a recent conversation about the upcoming academy. “I thought, why don’t we create a very elegant golf academy in the St. George area. People love to come to St. George! Beyond the beautiful golf courses, we can offer a wonderful experience to participants with the national parks, Tuacahn, and the beautiful weather!”


Many golf academies throughout the world are associated with a big name, but seldom, if ever, do the guests get to see or have an experience with that particular professional golfer or instructor. At the Billy Casper Golf Academy, students at the premier schools will have an experience like no other, as they will get to interact with and learn first hand from one of the greatest players in the history of the game! Billy enjoys the intimate relationship with the guests, combined with cutting edge technology that they will be able to offer to each golfer. “Modern day teaching technologies provide golfers with readouts and visual aids on their swing.” He says. “A professional can instruct all day, but until the student can see it, they often can’t correct it. I’m really excited about the potential for learning we will have at the academy with the visual technologies we will be able to use to teach.”

At the Billy Casper Golf Academy guests can experience half-day golf schools, 1-3 day golf schools, corporate groups and retreats, as well as individual lessons. Academy Instructors Nick Mckinlay and Byron Casper (Billy Caspers son) are the head golf instructors at the Billy Casper Golf Academy and bring over forty years of experience. I was excited to learn more about Billy’s career as a golfer, as he reminisced about his many accomplishments. “I have five important memories that really impacted me as a golfer. My first win in 1956 at the Labatt Open was important, as it was my first win on tour. Then, winning the 1959 US Open at the Winged Foot Golf Club in New York really opened the door to the rest of my career.” Billy recounted his third important memory describing a hand injury in 1963 that took him off tour for three months. “I faced a lot of questions in mind when I returned: Can I hold up for 72 holes? Can I handle the rough? Would I be the same golfer? Well, I played in Hartford, CT and won the Insurance City Open Invitational. All my questions were definitely resolved!” His fourth important memory occurred in 1966 when Billy

came back from seven shots after 54 holes and caught up to Arnold Palmer, eventually winning his second US Open after an intense playoff the next day. The fifth and final memory he shared with me was winning the Master’s Tournament in Augusta in 1970, after another playoff against Gene Littler. Over the life of his career, he had a total of 69 professional wins and 51 PGA tour wins making him the seventh all-time winner in PGA history. “If you could pin me down,” Billy says, “winning the open in 1959 was the most important event in my golf career. It opened the doors to everything else. It also led me to the Utah Open where I found my home, in more ways than one.” Billy spent quite some time with me discussing the lessons learned beyond the game. “Golf is much like life. You have good days, and your hazards, and you have to work yourself through it. It teaches you patience, love, and understanding. It is a game that builds and continues to build,” Billy exclaims. “Just like in life, you keep learning as you progress. You are opened up to more and more--you never stop learning, in golf or in life. You learn little things, and those little things are so important to become better golfers, and better people.” Billy finished his book a couple years back, The Big Three and Me, describing the trials and tribulations he experienced as he became one of the greatest golfers of all time. In the end, Billy has come full circle. “You know, the two most important pictures in that book are of my wife of 62 years, Shirley, and a picture of four generations of my kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.” For more information on golf schools, corporate groups and retreats, and lessons with Billy Casper and the Academy Instructors, please contact the Billy Casper Golf Academy at the Ledges at 435-272-1774 or visit their website at:

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By Alesha Sevy “Sheila Ilias Brown was the Magnum Opus, the Masterpiece of our Eternal Father. To me, she is most the beautiful being whose feet have touched this earth. Being with her was an eternity. Her love could never be measured in time, it was the love of God emanating through her soul.” - - Jt Brown The sorrow and disbelief were palpable upon the news that Sheila Ilias Brown, the embodiment of vitality, humility, kindness and love, had sojourned from this earth on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Sheila’s impact on our community was powerful, and her legacy will continue growing through those she inspired and empowered. Sheila (pronounced Shy-la) co-founded BE HOT Yoga and BE University with her husband, Jt Brown in 2010. Wildly passionate about cultivating a vibrant “yoga family” community, Sheila’s vision quickly materialized, bringing together first-time and long-time yoga students in a nurturing space that fostered self-acceptance, compassion, togetherness and growth. When students showed up for the first time feeling uncertain of their abilities, Sheila, exuding a strong but gentle confidence, met their apprehension with a reassuring smile, “You’ve got this. You can do it.” And they did. Droves of students left the BE HOT studio with a profound sense of peace, calm and strength. It didn’t take more than a class or two to become hooked on hot yoga. “Look into your own two eyes,” Sheila’s soothing voice would carry through the warmly lit studio. Each class offered a new opportunity to practice compassion, kindness and build strength, and often this was the only time of day people gave themselves permission to slow down and just be. That was Sheila’s deepest desire: to help others learn how to simply BE. 10

Sheila and Jt soon began training new yoga teachers, and yoga lovers flocked to the various teacher trainings offered through BE University. In July of 2011, Jt and Sheila welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Shiloh into the world. Sheila took some time away from teaching in the studio. She cherished being a mother first and foremost. Meanwhile, the yoga family was outgrowing the studio – and quickly. Immensely grateful for the community support, the couple began planning for new studio space – an expansive space that would continue to offer a solid foundation for the current students, but with room to welcome many more. After deep thought and planning, a new studio three times the size

“Sheila Ilias Brown was the Magnum Opus, the Masterpiece of our Eternal Father. To me, she is most the beautiful being whose feet have touched this earth. Being with her was an eternity. Her love could never be measured in time, it was the love of God emanating through her soul.” – Jt Brown “In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.” – Rumi of the current space was secured. Plans were drawn up, construction began and a soft launch date was set for February of 2014. The studio buzzed with excitement – not only for the new space but because people were genuinely happy to see their dear friends reach new levels of success in the flourishing St. George yoga community. Just weeks before the target open date for the studio, the unthinkable happened. Sheila fell ill with a case of pneumonia. Jt soon learned his beloved wife also had a rare form of leukemia and within a few short days, despite her fierce will to survive, Sheila’s life on this earth came to a close, surrounded by her loving family. The news was beyond devastating. But amidst the pain and mourning a beautiful thing happened. The community rallied around to offer support to a heartbroken Jt and their daughter Shiloh, now just two years old. Sheila was clear in her final days about moving forward with the expansion of BE HOT. Her love and passion for sharing yoga inspired Jt to continue moving forward even more diligently to bring their dream to life – now with the purpose of honoring the life of St. George’s matriarch of yoga, Sheila Ilias Brown. The BE HOT Yoga family is elated to invite our community to celebrate the opening of this sacred new space; a space dedicated to the memory of Sheila Brown; a space for all of us to rejoice and just BE. Join together on March 15th from 5pm – 8pm for a celebratory grand opening and dedication ceremony held at the new BE HOT Yoga studio at 558 E. Riverside Drive, Suite 209. In honor of Sheila’s dream, and the BE HOT mission statement, to make yoga accessible to everyone, join the movement and BE a part of our family! BE HOT will be offering individuals a three year unlimited membership for just $497. BE HOT will also offer the first 50 families (partnerships, couples & traditional families) to sign up, a one year unlimited family membership for just $497. Come as you are to celebrate and honor Sheila Brown’s legacy. All are welcome. Namaste. St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2014 11

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A Personal Journey By Caitlyn Brooksby, MPA When Colleen Conley made the decision to visit with health coach, Teri Koenig at the LiVe Well Center, she wasn’t expecting what transformed over the next year. “I wondered what someone could truly tell me that I didn’t know,” Conley said. “Health coaching wasn’t what I expected.” Originally from Fairbanks Alaska, Conley calls St. George her home in the winter months. She had tried to quit smoking on several occasions and had been unsuccessful. Conley realized, after meeting with Koenig, that every area in life deserves attention and is connected to create the whole person. “Teri had me look at the emotional side of my life as well as the physical aspect when

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No Pain, Just Gain! By Archie Romney, ATC It is currently estimated that at some point in their lives approximately 90% of Americans will experience some sort of myofascial (muscular) pain. At the Summit Athletic Club, we have some techniques and machines that have been successful in reducing or even eliminating this specific type of pain: Acceleration training, Power Plate machine, and Aqua Stretch. With Acceleration training, your body’s muscles contract between twenty-five and fifty times per second as you make gentle body movements. It’s this constant muscle tensioning that increases muscle strength. A near-total muscle fiber employment translates into a higher intensity workout, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Acceleration training enhances your performance while it increases the efficiency of your workout. The massage and myofascial release that it provides is amazing, to say the least. With the Power Plate machine, you get a complete, full-body workout incorporating stretching, balance, core strengthening, and massage, with myofascial release all in as little as twenty to forty-five minutes. Using myofascial release procedure and a full or half foam roller and hand pressure with vibration on massage settings of the power plate produces amazing muscle release. Some other benefits of Power Plate are: 18

• I mprove bone mineral density to help fight bone loss and osteoporosis. • Reduce pain to enhance quality of life and overall function. • I mprove proprioception and balance to prevent falls and improve reaction. • Increase circulation to enhance cardiovascular health enhance nerve pathyway. • Encourage hormone release, particularly Human Growth Hormone (HGH), to promote recovery. • Improve core strength and stability to prevent injury and restore functional movement. Aqua Stretch is a progressive assisted aquatic stretching technique, and considered by many to be a breakthrough in pain management and preventive medicine, provided primarily by massage therapists, athletic trainers, and physical therapists. It may quickly restore flexibility lost from accidents and surgeries more than three months old, significantly and immediately reduce chronic pain or movement pain, and/or create profound relaxation that may help improve sleep. Aqua Stretch theoretically breaks down fascial adhesions that inhibit flexibility or may cause nerve impingements, muscle tension

or soreness, vascular insufficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and pain. It may also be potentially used in athletic conditioning and fitness programs to increase flexibility. It is a new form of individual and facilitated aquatic exercising which may be used in wellness programs and also as an aquatic therapy. This assisted stretching and myofascial release technique frees the body of restrictions that limit flexibility and may cause pain with movement. It has proven results in conditioning, rehabilitation and athletic performance. If you are fed up and want the pain to end, these methods may be your answer. Read the following testimonials. You, too, just may find the relief to your pain, and finally become pain free! TESTIMONIALS: On August 28th 2003 I suffered a stroke. I was living a “sedentary” lifestyle and decided it was time to make a change. I began to work with Archie Romney, I can remember sitting in my wheel chair with my heels on a vibrating machine called a power plate. Archie explained to me how the power plate worked and how the different settings affected muscles in different ways. After several days of repeated use, I began to notice an improvement in the way that I walked. The power plate allowed my muscles to work or “fire” when I needed them to for the effect that I wanted. Together with the power plate, Archie and my own persistence, I have

regained a quality of life that would not have been at all possible without the use of the power plate. – Brian T. Ledbetter Archie was a Godsend in my recovery from hip replacement surgery. Previous surgeries and arthritis left me in bad shape and I had to walk with the assistance of a cane. It was Archie’s gift for finding the right treatment and his AquaStretch sessions that relieved me from pain and liberated me from the cane. I am a member of a privileged group of people that have been healed by Archie. His persistent spirit, knowing touch and tireless will to help others is proof that this work is his life’s calling. – Eva Czajkowski Give Archie a call at Summit Athletic Club 272-3301.

About the Author Archie Romney was a high school teacher for thirty years. He also taught at Dixie State for five years prior to retirement. After retiring, he decided to become a personal trainer. He is now certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a certified personal trainer and works at Summit Athletic Club in St. George, Utah.

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Family Fun and Fitness! By Tiffany Gust Spring is upon us and everyone is excited to get outside and play! Well, hopefully they are – with all the electronic games and new technology, more and more kids aren’t doing what they need to and should do. Here are some fun ways to get your kids outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! Move It Program – A program currently in the Washington County Schools run by volunteer mentors in association with the City of St. George. Their goal is to get kids moving for better health and encourage participation in a non-competitive environment. Students get “move it tokens” in either P.E. class or during recess. They can also get tokens for tracking their movement on a calendar. These tokens can be redeemed for prizes during Expo’s or the kid races. Find out more at http://briannarosia2.!theprogram/c66t SHAC Spring Triathlon and Tuff kids Triathlon – This family fun event is held on April 5th. It’s a great way to spend time together. My daughter and I have done this race for over four years together. They even offer relays so that everyone can participate. If you want to get inspired and can’t participate, become a volunteer. This would be a great way to serve in the community with your family. Don’t turn down a great opportunity to be truly inspired. running/shactri.php Tuff Kids Family Bike Ride – This FREE event is held at Elks Lodge on April 12th. There are two distance options: 1.9 miles and 4.4 miles. For the younger kids they have a bike safety course. This is one that you shouldn’t miss. The memories you create from this event are sure to last a long time. Spring Break Family Fitness Challenge – This one is for your family to design and personalize. Here are some ideas: Let each family member pick a fitness activity for the family to do each day. Do a mile a day walk or hike and add it up to show your kids what a 10K (6.2 miles) 20

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Exciting Times for Dixie State University Athletics:

A Conversation with Athletic Director Jason Boothe By Jared DuPree

Recently, I had the chance to catch up with Jason Booth, Athletic Director of Dixie State University. I’ve personally been impressed with the caliber of student-athletes and the level of play in various sports at Dixie. Q: What were some of the most exciting athletic stories of Dixie State University this past year? We have more to come I’m sure, but, so far, here are some of the highlights: women’s volleyball received first ever bid to the NCAA Regionals, we dedicated the field at Hansen Stadium as Sark Arslanian

Field, Joe Don Duncan was awarded 1st Team All-American in football, men’s golfer Kenny You won the Western Washington University Invitational, our overall fall student-athlete GPA was the highest ever for one semester at 3.08 (326 student-athletes); of the top five team GPAs, four were teams that were in-season during the fall with women’s cross country finishing at the top with a 3.51, and men’s basketball ranked as high as #7 nationally in the polls. Q: What are you looking forward to for the 2014-2015 academic year? I am excited to see the continued growth and development of all of our programs. We have made tremendous strides since joining the NCAA eight years ago. Each year we get better and I don’t expect next year to be any different. Q: Where do you see the future of Dixie State Athletics going? I see the future of this program being very bright. We have tremendous facilities, coaches, trainers, student-athletes, and administrators here. We are very fortunate. We need to continually increase our fundraising abilities in order to put us on a more level playing field with the other top programs in our conference. We are a top program and we’ve been able to accomplish that very efficiently. Additional funding will open a few doors for us to achieve even greater things both academically and athletically. 22

good our teams are. The more we can get that message spread to more individuals throughout the community the quicker we will meet the fundraising needs I mentioned above. Further, the amount of time and energy our student-athletes put into their academic and athletic efforts is amazing. Most people do not understand that. From a full class load, to practice, and in a lot of cases a part-time job keeps them very busy. Throw in the travel required during the season, and that shows just how proud we are of our high GPA in the fall.

Q: What do you wish the community and others knew about the studentathletes at Dixie? Our community support is fantastic. Our loyal fans know how talented our teams are and just how difficult the competition is for us in the West Region. Without fail, every time someone comes to a game for the first time (or the first time in a long time), they comment on how incredible the level of play is, and how they had no idea how

I would highly recommend catching a basketball game as the season finishes up, or baseball and softball. You will be impressed! For more information on Dixie State University sports and athletics or how to support studentathletes, contact Jason Boothe by visiting www.

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BICYCLES UNLIMITED CELEBRATES 30 YEARS IN DOWNTOWN ST. GEORGE By Gregory Pine When Mark McLaughlin established Bicycles Unlimited in 1984, his reasons were twofold. First, he loved cycling. And second, he loved business. Having just completed an associate’s degree and series of business courses at Dixie State University (then College), McLaughlin found the idea of opening his own store both exciting and appealing. At age twelve, he took his first job working in retail, and says he discovered early on that he enjoyed working with people in a one-on-one setting. Also, he enjoyed riding his bike to and from work, and would save money from his paychecks to upgrade his bike parts. “For me, cycling has always been a lot of fun and something I want to do,” McLaughlin says. “As a kid I remember most days riding my bike from right after school until dinner time or later.” Putting himself through college, McLaughlin worked as a mechanic at Larry’s Spoke & Pedal, the local bicycle shop established in 1973. When it came time to make a career decision, he says it made sense to him to open a bike shop. However, in 1984, McLaughlin was given the opportunity to purchase Larry’s Spoke & Pedal where he had been employed for the past four years. With young entrepreneurial aspirations, McLaughlin decided this was the path he would take. With McLaughlin taking over in early spring 1984, the old Larry’s Spoke & Pedal bike shop received a springtime facelift and a name change to the current Bicycles Unlimited. Although the store has been through a few upgrades and remodels since then, the name, owner, and location have remained the same for the past thirty years. 24

And so has the owner’s love for cycling. “It’s just really fun to be part of an industry that contributes to people’s happiness and well-being,” McLaughlin says. “Over the years the technologies have improved, building and maintaining riding trails have become a priority in our community, and the number of cyclists just keeps growing,” he says. “It’s a business where customers are happy, and I really like that.” McLaughlin recalls making his first top-of-the-line bike purchase in 1972 of a Schwinn Continental Road bike with European parts. The bike was a sought after model in the day and weighed in at thirty-nine pounds. Today, his bike of choice is a Cervelo road bike that weighs in at thirteen pounds, twenty-six pounds less than his state-of-the-art bike purchased forty-two years ago. “A lot has changed over the years in terms of materials and streamlining for speed and safety,” he says. “But working with great customers in a great community is still the same, and we enjoy being here every day.” This March, Bicycles Unlimited will begin celebrating their thirty-

Mark McLaughlin, owner of Bicycles Unlimited. Photos courtesy TCS Advertising & Public Relations. year anniversary with customer appreciation activities, discounts and a series of celebration events. From February 27 through March 1, bike manufacturers Cannondale and GT will bring their brand trailers filled with demo bikes to St. George to allow customer fittings and trial riding. Demo rides will take place at the Bearclaw Poppy Trail parking lot (historic Green Valley Trail). From 11 a.m. to dusk, Southern Utah bike hobbyists and enthusiasts are invited to try out top-of-the-line, full-suspension bikes riding the trails and testing the latest in bike technology and performance. “This is a really neat opportunity for anyone interested in bikes to experience the newest models and the latest in technology,” McLaughlin says. “We are excited to be providing this kind of experience for our community.”


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On April 11 and 12, Trek Bicycles will bring its demo bike trailer to the downtown Bicycles Unlimited store at 90 S., 100 E., St. George. Again, customers will have the opportunity to ride the latest and greatest road and mountain bike models offered by the Trek brand. McLaughlin says that today Bicycles Unlimited has earned a reputation for its friendly customer service; huge variety of inventory, skilled mechanics, bike rental program, and that they have sameday repair service available by appointment. “We even offer pick up and deliver for repairs at a reasonable fee, and our customers have come to know and appreciate us for that,” he says. “As a store owner, reliability and friendly service are a lot to be proud of.” McLaughlin says he finds joy in serving customers from their first bike all the way through their hobby, sport and various levels of interest. Over the years, he has sold bikes to first, second, and now third-generation customers. “It’s really pleasing to see a customer walk in with their kids and grandkids ready to share the experience of buying and owning their first bike,” he says. “There really is something that is both meaningful and magical about the experience.” To find out more about Bicycles Unlimited sales, service or their bicycle rental program go to or call (435) 673-4492.

The first 30 bikes purchased in March include a gift card valued at 20% of the price of the bike!

Special Events » Feb 27, 28 & Mar 1 - 11AM to Dusk Bearclaw Poppy Trail parking lot Cannondale and GT demo bikes

From trikes to TRI Bikes, we have it all!

» April 11 & 12 Trek demo bike trailer at our store


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Spring Produce By Emily Fonnesbeck

Spring is here! I love the warmer weather, flip flops, tulips, blossoming trees and especially‌spring produce! If I had to list my favorite fruits and vegetables, most of them would be on this list. Spring produce always seems so refreshing after a long cold winter. Here are some fruits and vegetables you will be see popping up in grocery stores and on produce stands. I have tried to give you tips on what to look for when purchasing them as well as how they can help you nutritionally. Apricots: Try to purchase these ripe or just underripe. If ripe, try to eat within a day or two or if they need to ripen, do so in the refrigerator. Fruit with a green tinge will not ripen properly so avoid those. Wash apricots just before eating to preserve quality. Apricots are good sources of vitamin A and vitamin C for immune function and maintaining healthy cells and tissues. Artichokes: Most people are familiar with artichoke hearts, usually canned in brine or marinated, but the petals of the artichoke are edible and tasty as well. The best preparation is usually to trim the sharp petals and then steam it. Once cooked, the petals can be torn off and run along your teeth to remove the “fleshâ€?. Beneath the petals is the artichoke heart, which is delicately nutty and tender. Artichokes are very high in vitamin C for immune function, folate for reducing heart disease and cancer risk 26

and fiber for digestive health. Arugula: Arugula should be fresh, crisp and free of brown spots. Ideally it should be eaten immediately but kept no longer than two days. Arugula has a spicy flavor similar to spinach. It is high in vitamin A, which is helpful in immune function and in maintaining healthy skin, eye and bone tissue. Asparagus: There are two varieties of asparagus, white or green. White is kept out of sunlight, otherwise the stalks would turn green. Both are excellent sources of vitamin C for immune function, folate for reducing heart disease and cancer risk, and glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant to promote health. Look for asparagus that is firm and dry. The ends are tough and may need to be trimmed before cooking. Use within a day or two after purchase. Avocado: Avocado is a fruit! It is different than most fruits as it is very high in fat and calories. The fat is monounsaturated, making it a healthy choice. Monounsaturated fats will lower total cholesterol while raising HDL (or good) cholesterol. Avocado is also high in fiber and vitamin E. Pick those that are unblemished, heavy and slightly soft. Berries: All berries contain a generous amount of vitamin C. Most are a good source of fiber as well due to the skin and seeds. Berries are best used immediately as

they spoil quickly. Their deep colors indicate high levels of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. They are also lower in calories--1 cup is 50-60 calories; the same calories in a 1/2 cup portion for other fruits. Look for fruit with uniform color, un-bruised and firm. Carrots: Carrots should be firm and brightly colored. Carrots can keep in a refrigerator up to a month, making them a great vegetable to always have on hand. As most people know, carrots are high in vitamin A, which will aid in immune function and maintain healthy bone, skin and eye tissues. Cherries: Cherries can either be sweet or sour. The sour cherries are higher in vitamin C and vitamin A (and other powerful antioxidants!) than the sweet varieties. All cherries contain terpenes, which are antioxidants to help prevent cancer. Choose cherries that are firm, bright or shiny. Soft or shriveled cherries are a sign of poor storage condition or old age (and decreased nutrition). Store covered in refrigerator up to one week. Kiwi: Kiwi should be plump and slightly soft. It can be stored up to two weeks in the refrigerator but will ripen more quickly on a countertop. Kiwis are high in vitamin C and fiber, especially if you eat the skin. It is edible! Spinach: Look for spinach leaves that are crisp and bright dark green. Flat leaf

About the Author Emily is a Registered Dietitian and received her degree at Brigham Young University. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and belongs to the Vegetarian Practice Group, and the Weight Management and Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition practice groups. She has a Certificate in Adult Weight Management and is a Certified LEAP Therapist.

spinach is more common due to its milder flavor. Spinach is high in vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. Although it is high in calcium, the absorption is poor due to oxalates that block absorption.

Enjoy eating these fruits and vegetables this spring! If there are any on this list you haven’t tried, don’t be shy! You might just find a new favorite.

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Anatomy of a Salad Q&A with Executive Chef Greg By St. George Health & Wellness Staff SGHW: Chef, what makes a great salad? Chef G: Have I ever mentioned trusted sources before (wink, wink)? If you are fortunate enough to have access to locally raised, natural, all natural or organic leafy greens, it will always act as the “secret sauce.” I have experimented, safely, with this and know that no matter how great the dressing is, the leafy greens as the base make or break a salad. A blend of bitters, savory, herbs, weeds, edible flowers, super crops and citrus zest is the base formula for all of the salads I create for the cafe. Assembling a great, healthy salad is like preparing your body for a nutritional Olympics. Don’t compete against yourself by saturating your salad with a fatty, creamy, fructose, gluten filled dressing. Let super foods and super crops do their super job. The cleaner and more seasonal the base leafy greens that make up your salad are, the more remarkable your body’s reaction will be. As far as dressing is concerned, here is a short list of my secret ingredients: great Extra Virgin Olive Oil (XVO), quality vinegar, cracked pepper, ground nutmeg and a reliable whisk (and elbow). Here are some ingredients you can use as a wow-factor in making great dressings: non-alcoholic wine, pickling brines, organic jams and jellies, and your favorite barbecue sauce. My personal favorite is a Mediterranean inspired dressing using XVO, fresh shaved garlic, Meyer lemon juice, Sherry vinegar, cracked fleur de sol and cracked pepper. Pair this dressing with your favorite home made dressing and let new traditions begin.


Chef Greg Reith is the executive Chef to St. George Health & Wellness Magazine. He has a passion for healthy lifestyle choices, great food, the LA Dodgers, comic books, and golf.

Now on to the accompaniments. Less is more. The accompani­ments should not weigh more than the salad. My formula is to use the freshest ingredients, select vibrant colors, use robust flavours, and lean towards sliced (not smashed or run through a food processor), raw (not blanched) and salted (not seasoned) ingredients. For instance, if you add chicken to this salad keep it healthy and light by steaming the chicken, dust with salt, and then slice and place on top of the salad. Remember, let the dressing be the hero. SGHW: What is a super crop? Chef G: As a Chef, a super crop is some­thing available in abundance that is high in micronutrients but only available for a short period of time. A few examples are kale, kohlrabi, chard, strawberries, raspberries and select varieties of squash. Clearly, all food grows seasonally, but there are specific categories of fruits and vegetables that are notorious for short supply with abundant return. These are the most exciting foods for me to handle because they yield the highest nutritional returns. We focus on sharing this information with our dining patrons of the cafe and it seems to be much appreciated. SGHW: Chef, there seems to be a lot of talk about kale. What’s your take? Chef G: I jumped on that bandwagon two years ago after I tasted fresh kale we had grown for the first time. I too was aware of its nutritional buzz. Given ideal conditions, kale stores an abundance of key nutrients and not just a singular or dominant nutrient. For instance, the pith between the orange peel and the orange contains the most valuable nutrients to your body and is often discarded and thrown away, leaving the most dominant nutrient like Vitamin C. When broccoli is cut or trimmed, it immediately and rapidly begins to lose nutrients. When an apple is cut or peeled, it immediately begins to oxidize and lose nutrients. Kale preserves the nutrients that it stores while growing after harvest longer than almost any fruit or vegetable. Many vegetables lose a third to a half of its nutrients when boiled or baked. Kale holds on to much higher quantities of its original nutrients longer than any leafy green when exposed to extreme heat or cold: eaten raw or cooked. The Cafe has designed a Kale Campaign unlike any other you have seen or tasted! It will be introduced throughout this year.

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Chef Greg’s Mediterranean Dressing

Fresh Spring Salad Instructions: Combine leafy greens, kale, micro greens and hand torn herbs, toss lightly; sprinkle fleur de sol, cracked pepper and freshly grated nutmeg; add leek, fruit, tomatoes and dressing; using a wooden spoon, open fingers or closed tongs toss gently but thoroughly (bruising the leaves and breaking the stems will depreciate micronutrient quality and release bitter tannins when combined with your accompaniments and dressing); garnish with toast points. For toast points: warm non-stick sauté pan, butter three slices of your favorite bread, place butter side down in warm pan, cook until golden brown; remove and sprinkle with salt, nutmeg and pepper; cut diagonally in halves.

Ingredients 1 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 T. Sherry vinegar 3 large garlic cloves, shaved 4 T. Fresh Meyer lem on juice Zest of one half one Me yer lemon Cracked fleur de sol Cracked pepper

Combine ingredients in a glass jar with a lid, shake vigorously until emuls ified; should not take more than 15-20 seconds; do not process or ble nd. Serve immediately.

The Market Café is located at 490 W. St. George Blvd #2, St. George, UT 84770. Chef Greg can be reached at (435) 862-4765.


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Springtime Potted Herbs

By Emily Updegraff

Early spring is a great time to start gardening in Southern Utah, and anyone with a small patch of sunshine can enjoy the beauty and convenience of home-grown herbs. Mixing herbs with flowers provides an opportunity to use your creativity in more than one way: you can arrange complementary plants to show off their beauty as well as have herbs on hand that will inspire your cooking all summer. continued on page 32 30




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continued from page 30 Start by making a list of herbs you use already, especially herbs you like to use in the summer, rather than going to the home and garden store without a plan. In the past I’ve bought herbs on impulse and come home with things like sage, which I never use in summer cooking. It’s better to grow multiples of herbs you will use than a pot of something you’ll never use. Also consider how long-lasting your plant will be. Thyme, rosemary, and oregano provide a lot of flavor for a small cutting of the plant and will last all summer. Basil and mint grow quickly and will also provide a lasting source for months, but be careful to keep mint in a pot, because it spreads! On the other hand, a cutting of cilantro or parsley large enough for your recipe may render your plant unusable for quite some time, which is why these are herbs I prefer to buy at the grocery store. For fun, add something to your list you may not have tried before like anise, lavender, or fennel to prompt yourself to discover new tastes this summer. Once your herbs are chosen, it can be fun to pair them with edible flowers in pots of different sizes. For each pot, choose plants of various heights, keeping the taller plants to the center or back of a pot. For example geraniums mixed with a low-growing herb like thyme or oregano make for a nice combination in a small pot. Dill matched with low-growing violets and pansies also contrast well. Nasturtiums and marigolds are also edible. Chives are both edible and attractive, and make a good centerpiece in a large planter filled with other


medium-to-large herbs and flowers. I would recommend starting with plants rather than seeds, unless you have time and a sunny indoor space to nurture seedlings. Small herbs and flowers are generally inexpensive at home and garden centers, and are easy to transplant. The shape of your pot doesn’t matter, but Emily Updegraff teaches biology size does! A large volume of soil will hold at Northwestern University. water better than a small pot, so it’s better She studied plant genetics in her doctoral work and now to put two plants in a large pot than to use enjoys reading about food. She two small pots. When purchasing soil, look was married in St. George and for “potting mix” rather than “potting soil.” lives with her husband and two The “potting soil” is likely to be a sandier, children near Chicago. poor quality product with poor drainage. “Potting mix” contains peat and compost and is an ideal texture for plant roots. At least initially, check your soil daily, and add water if it feels dry an inch beneath the surface. In very hot weather you will need to water daily. As your herbs grow, harvest the older leaves and stems first to keep the plant growing. Working with herbs and flowers in containers is a rewarding way to start gardening because given minimal care with enough water and sunlight, your potted garden will thrive.


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Restaurant Journeys


The Hottest Spot in Town By St. George Health & Wellness Staff Randy Lovell of St. George Health & Wellness visited with Irmita’s owner, Jack Lancaster, to get the scoop on “The Hottest Spot in Town!” St. George Health & Wellness: I understand you purchased Irmita’s from the previous owner. What led to that decision? Jack Lancaster: The first time I walked into the restaurant, I fell in love with the concept; the atmosphere was great--it took me into a little piece of Mexico. Then... the food. I loved it! The owner at that time invited me to be a part of the team. Later, I had the opportunity to purchase the franchise, and take over all the operations, so my wife and I jumped at the chance! SGHW: What are some of the things that we can look forward to in the future? JL: My goal is to make this an even bigger success! We have a great team that works hard and has a love for our guests. They are professionals who care about serving great food for our loyal and new customers. We are planning to have many quality additions, like a kids menu, pozole (traditional Mexican soup, made with pork and hominy, and lots of 34

love--very delicious!) salads, new meats like al pastor, machaca, and fish tacos. We want to enlarge our dining room to make our costumers more comfortable in the cold of the winter and heat of the summer. We stay open as long as the customers come to eat, it is not uncommon to stay open long after our closing time to take care of the hungry folks who are looking for a place to satisfy their hunger. SGHW: Tell us more about the food: What is the most popular item? JL: It is authentic Mexican food; that makes us unique here in town. It is hard to say what is our most popular dish, every dish is made with love, our costumers love everything they try! My favorite is the mulita, fajita-style.... delicious. A mulita is a crispy corn tortilla topped with melted cheese, beans and meat like carnitas, then the fajita-style grilled onions, bell peppers, and cabbage, topped with another crispy corn tortilla and melted cheese. You kind of have to see it to believe it! And of course we have our famous Giant Torta sandwich, a fresh baked loaf of bread grilled with mayo, three thin strips of seasoned grilled carne asada or carnitas, stacked on top of sliced onions, tomatoes, and avocado. It is by far the best steak sandwich you will ever eat!

SGHW: What do you wish people knew about the restaurant? JL: Even when the weather is too cold to eat outside, we can make it to go. Our Irmita’s is unique. I know there are other restaurants that share the same name, but ours is different, and I know you will love our food. We have customers that come to eat several times a week. SGHW: What are your hours? JL: Our winter hours are: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 8:00. We are closed Sunday. Summer hours are Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 10:00. Closed Sunday. SGHW: Do you cater? JL: Yes! We are invited every year to different events, like art festivals, culinary festivals, etc. and private parties like weddings, Christmas and company parties, or just for fun! St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2014 35




By Diane Fletcher

About the Author

Infertility Awareness Week is April 21-27

With one in five couples in our nation struggling with infertility, chances are you know someone affected by infertility. Dealing with infertility is a very sensitive issue. Feelings can range from feeling like a failure, to worrying about the future and about finances. Emotions sway from optimism to hopelessness and back and if you do seek treatment your hormones can run amuck. For those four out of five couples, looking in from the outside, here are a few suggestions to help you be supportive and considerate of your not so fertile friends and family. • Think before you speak. (Good rule for any topic!) • Let them know you care – be supportive. •D on’t tell them to relax. Relaxation does not cure infertility, nor does stress cause it. • Validate their challenge. It is a big deal! • Keep your reasons why this is happening to yourself. Infertility is a medical condition, not a punishment from God or Mother Nature. • Offer a listening ear, but let them bring it up.

Diane is UFC’s practice Liaison. She attended Utah State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. She works to increase community awareness and share UFC’s message and mission for hope and achievment to those struggling with infertility. Diane helps patients who are traveling from a distance to make their arrangements and stay as seamless as possible. She enjoys spending time with her boys 5 boys (including husband) in the great state of Utah.

• Realize their understanding and comprehension of parenting. Talking about the woes of parenting is like telling a blind person they should be happy they don’t have to buy sunglasses. • Be sensitive to sharing your pregnancy and baby news. People suffering from infertility can be happy for you but choose a private and personal way to tell them.

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Atrial Fibrillation By Kent Gleed, MD Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a very common heart rhythm that affects millions of people of all ages. It is usually not a dangerous heart rhythm in and of itself. It can, however, cause some very serious complications if not managed appropriately. For this reason it is important to seek medical help if you think you might have it. The good news is that with new medical advances, A-fib can be managed in a way that allows people to have a normal, productive life. WHAT IS A-FIB? A-fib is a condition where the top chamber of the heart (the atrium) beats in a very rapid, disorganized manner. This causes the bottom chamber of the heart to also beat in an irregular, disorganized way. This results in a patient feeling an irregular pulse and in some people, a fluttering sensation in their chest. Other symptoms could include: shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, weakness, or fatigue. In some patients, there may be no symptoms. Causes of A-fib could include: high blood pressure, sleep apnea, excessive alcohol intake, stress, thyroid problems or other heart conditions. WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? Treatment is aimed at preventing the two most severe complications of A-fib: a stroke and congestive heart failure (CHF). Blood thinners are used to prevent a stroke. Sometimes this can be as simple as an

aspirin, but usually requires more About the Author Dr. Kent Gleed, MD and Board potent blood thinners. These can Certified Cardiologist, graduated include medications like Coumadin from the University of Utah and did his internship and residency (warfarin), Pradaxa, Xarelto, or Eliquis. at the University of Iowa. He To prevent CHF, medications that completed fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology, and has served slow the heart rate are used. If these as the clinical assistant professor at medicines do not control symptoms the University of Nebraska Medical well enough, then medications to Center, and the medical director at the Alegent Health, Heart & control the heart rhythm are used. Vascular Institute, in Omaha, NB, When these medicines are unsuccessful and now practices cardiology at Heart of Dixie in St. George. at controlling or eliminating symptoms, there are other procedures that can be To Schedule an appointment with a Heart of Dixie provider call done to control the heart rhythm or the 435.251.2900. heart rate. These are called “ablation” procedures. This is where catheters are placed in the heart through IV’s and positioned in areas of the heart that cause A-fib. Energy is delivered through these catheters that eliminate the heart tissue responsible for causing A-fib. Because there are several treatment options available, it is important to discuss all options available with your doctor. Your physician may decide to refer you to a cardiologist that specializes in the management of heart rhythms, or a cardiac electrophysiologist to help you decide which treatment option is best for you.

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Do You Have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)? By Blake Gardner, MD If you have any of following symptoms: • Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activity such as walking or climbing stairs • Leg numbness or weakness • Coldness in your lower leg or foot • Sores on your toes, feet, or legs that won’t heal • A change in the color of your legs • Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs • Slower growth of your toenails • Shiny skin on your legs • No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet • Erectile dysfunction (if you are a male) You may be one of the many who suffers from peripheral arterial disease. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is a potentially dangerous condition that many are not familiar with. Surprisingly, many studies have found that less than 50% of patients with PAD and their physicians know that they have the diagnosis. We now know that one out of three patients over seventy years of age (or over fifty years with diabetes or smoking)


About the Author

Dr. Blake Gardner, MD, and Board Certified Cardiologist, graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and did his residency at the University of Utah before continuing his training at the University of Rochester. He completed his cardiovascular and interventional cardiology fellowships and currently practices cardiology at Heart of Dixie in St. George.

has PAD. At times, PAD is confused with other lower extremity ailments, such as diabetic neuropathy. What exactly is PAD? PAD is a condition of plaque build-up in the arteries outside of the heart and brain. This plaque build-up causes narrowing or blockage of the artery. Why should I care? The diagnosis of PAD should not be overlooked for two important reasons: First, patients with PAD may experience many of the symptoms above. This can lead to future hospitalizations and potentially limb amputation. Also, patients with PAD tend to have a poor quality of life and a higher rate of depression. Second, patients with PAD have a significantly greater likelihood of experiencing a heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death. Can anything be done? YES! First of all the diagnosis must be made. This can be accomplished by a simple test called an ABI. If the diagnosis is made, treatment options include lifestyle changes, exercise programs, medications and minimally invasive procedures to open up the arteries.

Heart Disease Prevention By Jamison Jones, MD Cardiology has made incredible advances in treating vascular disease over the past few decades. Many lives are saved or improved on a daily basis here in Southern Utah because of these advances. Yet many of us do not take the time to consider how to prevent heart disease before it takes hold. I have two suggestions, simple lifechanging concepts that have been proven to make a real difference in both quality and quantity of life. First, follow the Mediterranean diet. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published the results of a randomized controlled study of 7,447 people. The results of this study demonstrated a significant reduction in stroke, heart attack, and death in those that follow the Mediterranean diet. In addition, the Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and inflammation; it can even prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. The Mediterranean diet consists of a balance of foods that are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, essential to good health. This includes eating a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, fruits, beans,

nuts, olive oil, seeds, herbs, and spices. About the Author Dr. Jamison Jones, MD and It also includes healthy protein sources Board Certified Cardiologist, did such as fish, poultry, eggs and yogurt, his residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ after while limiting foods that are processed, graduating from the University high in sugar, or saturated fats. of Utah School of Medicine. He My second suggestion is to adopt completed his cardiology fellowship in 2009, and since then has been an active lifestyle. This means find practicing with Heart of Dixie in time to exercise on a daily basis. This is St. George. a dedicated time for exercise- beyond the normal routines of life. The minimum goal is thirty minutes a day, five or six days a week. The benefits of exercise are widely studied and proven to reduce heart disease and its causes, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, obesity, and stress. Like the Mediterranean diet, exercise has been shown to reduce the damaging effect of inflammation. Choose an activity that you enjoy doing, and do it at a pace that makes it difficult to carry on a conversation. Both the Mediterranean diet and exercise are helping us fight and prevent heart disease, leading to a happier and healthier life!

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About the Author Dr. Tracy Winward works at the Southern Utah Women’s Health Center, P.C., which provides quality care for women. They provide obstetrics, gynecology, infertility, minimally invasive surgery, Her Optiontm cyroablation therapy, and evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence. For an appointment, call 435-628-1662. Located at 515 South 300 East, Suite #206, St. The physicians at Southern Utah Women’s Health Center, P.C. are Board Certified and Fellows of the American of Obstetrics and Gynecology. George,College Utah 84770. The practice has been serving the community for over 25 years and we look forward to serving you many more!

by Dr. Tracy Winward, Southern Utah Women’s Health Center, P.C. Craig D. Astle, M.D. Jeffrey G. Rogers, M.D. The first images of a baby can be a powerful bonding experience for the woman and her family. These images can be obtained through a prenatal ultrasound, which has become a valuable tool in obstetrical care. Most women have at least one ultrasound during their pregnancy and the optimal time for a single ultrasound is around twenty weeks. There are many medical reasons why a woman should have a prenatal ultrasound, such as confirmation of early pregnancy, evaluation of bleeding, determining the age of a fetus, diagnosis of some fetal malformations, and assessment of the placenta and amniotic fluid volumes. Not all pregnancies are perfect and some may require additional evaluation. Ultrasound can assist in the diagnosis of chromosome abnormalities. It can also be used to asses fetal well being. A 3D ultrasound can provide additional information if a problem is suspected on the regular 2D scan. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures in motion of the developing pregnancy. Unlike x-rays, ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation and the general use of ultrasound for medical diagnosis is considered safe.1

TracyThe W. Winward,American M.D. Brady N. Benham, M.D. Joan Vann Eggert, M.D. Pamela J. Sorensen, Institute R.N. P.A.–C of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) “encourages all patients to make sure that practitioners using ultrasound have received specific training in fetal imaging to ensure the best possible results.” The physicians and sonographers at Southern Utah Women’s Health Center, P.C. have achieved accreditation by the Ultrasound Practice Council of the AIUM to perform prenatal ultrasounds. We have achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. The physicians at Southern Utah Women’s Health Center, P.C. would love to assist you during your pregnancy and delivery. Please call 435-628-1662 to schedule an appointment.

(Although ultrasound for medical diagnosis is considered safe, ultrasound energy does have the theoretical risk to produce biological effects and therefore guidelines caution against unnecessary exposure to ultrasound for non-medical indications). 1

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Getting the “Straight Talk” on Orthodontics By Dr. Wayne Christian William Arthur Ward once said, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” In the world of orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a warm smile. It’s heart breaking to us when we have parents bring in their children and the biggest concern is that their child won’t smile in pictures or that their child doesn’t like to smile at all. We are here to change that! It’s also common to have our adult patients come to us with the same concerns, telling us of things that have always bothered them about their teeth and smile, and say they are finally ready to get it corrected. Orthodontics or braces has become the fun thing to do! We find our patients come in excited to get started. A confident smile is only one of many reasons Orthodontics is so important. Other benefits include improved facial shape and profile, better chewing function and speech, freedom from jaw/joint pain and improving the ability to clean one’s teeth. A healthy and nice looking smile is as important at age sixty as it is at age sixteen. The history of tooth movement is over two hundred years old, with the first attempt to straighten teeth documented in the 1700’s. The first “braces” were made of pure gold, as that was the only metal available that didn’t corrode or rust in the mouth. Orthodontics has come a long way since then! Thankfully, braces today are much more comfortable, efficient, and certainly far less expensive than pure gold braces would be. Now, with all the latest technology in orthodontics, the choice is yours. Orthodontics is for everyone, no matter the age. It’s never too late to create the perfect smile! Here’s an update on what’s new in Orthodontics:

The Invisalign System The Invisalign system is a modern, high-tech approach to orthodontics. It uses a series of clear, comfortable, and removable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth without metal braces. Invisalign is a cutting-edge manufacturing technology to provide you with a removable and nearly invisible solution for straightening teeth.


iTero Digital Scan Technology Traditional impression techniques are now a thing of the past. The iTero scanner is all about keeping you comfortable while delivering precise imagery, without the goop or gagging associated with traditional impressions techniques. Not only is iTero more comfortable, but taking a digital scan for your Invisalign aligners is quick, which allows you to spend less time at the dentist’s office and more time enjoying your new smile!

The AcceleDent System The AcceleDent system is a lightweight oral appliance, similar to an athletic mouth guard, which is worn for only twenty minutes per day to help Invisalign and braces treatment work 30-50% faster. It accomplishes this by generating small vibrations called ‘micropulses’ to gently accelerate tooth movement by stimulating a biological response of bone. These micropulses also make your orthodontic experience even more comfortable from start to finish, and patients have reported significantly less tooth tenderness and discomfort. About the Author

3D Imaging X-rays: X-rays are also changing with 3D imaging being used to better orthodontic treatment planning. Now with 3D imaging, we are able to see images not seen with the traditional 2D x-rays. This gives us the ability to see hidden developing extra teeth, anatomical anomalies, as well as discover the actual room needed for specific tooth movement.

TAD’s (Temporary Anchorage Devices): Headgears are also becoming a thing of the past with the development of TADs, Temporary Anchorage Devices or miniscrews. These new devices may be used to eliminate the need for the cumbersome and unsightly headgear.

Whatever your orthodontic concerns, rest assured we will do our very best to make the treatment for you and your family comfortable and affordable. At the office of Dr. Wayne Christian we make it our mission to make you feel at home and welcome. You will experience the best care in orthodontics!

Dr. Wayne Christian is a native of St. George, Utah. He received his bachelor of science degree from BYU and his general dentist degree from The University of Kentucky. He continued his education at St. Louis University and received a Master of Science degree in Orthodontics. He has seven children, and enjoys golfing, racquetball, movies, skiing, and boating. His favorite thing to do is spend time with his children, visit family, go to the movies, plays, and any sport. Dr. Christian has been bringing smiles to the southern Utah community for 28 years.

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is a great start to cleanse the body. Other fiber-rich whole grains include brown rice, whole-wheat and whole-wheat breakfast cereals. Fiber keeps food waste moving along your digestive track, which helps your intestines stay squeaky clean. If only broccoli smelled like bacon, we’d all be healthier. However, increasing fiber a few grams a day will pay off quickly, and you (and your colon) will notice a difference. Caution! Gas can increase initially, but will subside as your body adjusts. Vitamin D The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that a steady intake of Vitamin D is advantageous when trying to prevent colon cancer and maintain a healthy colon. You can get Vitamin D from a variety of sources including the sun. Fifteen to twenty minutes of daily exposure is sufficient. The controversy of sun verses diet/ supplements is that we have also been cautioned by the American continued on page 50 St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2014 49

continued from page 49 Cancer Society to limit sun exposure and to use sunscreen. Therefore diet and supplements can be helpful. Foods like bread, fatty fish, milk and cereal contain vitamin D. If your foods do not supply enough Vitamin D, taking a supplement may be warranted. I recommend D3 as it also may help prevent osteoporosis. Lately you may have seen that Vitamin D is added to orange juice and other foods which is also something to consider. Don’t hold it If you feel a bowel movement coming, head for the bathroom and let it go. If you try to hold it in, built-up fecal matter can release toxins into your body, which has the potential to cause diverticulosis and IBS. Regular bowel movements are one of the ways your colon keeps itself clean and healthy. And, remember my advice... “never strain, eat more grain.” Water Inadequate hydration can lead to a build-up of toxins in the body. As those toxins accumulate, the risk for constipation, bloating, gas, IBS and fatigue increases. If you’re trying to keep your colon healthy, try to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water in a day to cleanse your body. Soups and juices also count as hydrating fluids, however I’d warn you that caffeinated beverages are a mild diuretic and can deplete your body of fluids. So, limit your caffeine, or increase fluids.


Probiotics Although they are still being studied, probiotics may help several specific illnesses. In 2011, experts at Yale University reviewed the research. They concluded that probiotics are most effective for: • Treating ulcerative colitis • Preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea and infectious diarrhea • Preventing pouchitis, an inflammation of the intestines that can follow intestinal surgery • Treating and preventing eczema associated with cow’s milk allergy • Helping the immune system The Yale University panel of experts concluded that probiotics may be helpful in other ways, although the evidence is less convincing. These include: • Treating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome • Treating diarrhea caused by C. difficile bacteria • Treating Crohn’s disease Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines, however if you’re one of 30 to 50 million people who suffer from lactose intolerance be careful about the probiotics you choose. In addition to naturally occurring probiotics in foods, such as yogurt, there are also liquids, pills, capsules, and pearls. Lactose intolerance results from an inability to digest the natural sugar (lactose) found in milk and milk products. Lactose intolerance symptoms can include bloating, diarrhea, gas, and cramping. So, if you choose a lactose based probiotic and you are (or may be) lactose intolerant, you end up worsening your symptoms. Read the labels carefully or consult your pharmacist. Exercise When you’re trying to keep your colon healthy, exercise is a huge part of the equation. It’s a great way to start the day and start your digestive system into “motion.” By increasing blood flow and circulation through exercise, your colon (and entire gastrointestinal system) gets more oxygen. This may help ward off colon cancer and other diseases. Your fitness routine doesn’t need to be extreme. Stretching, doing yoga or walking for ten to fifteen minutes a day is sufficient to help keep your colon healthy. Colonoscopies Although a colonoscopy is by no means a fun experience, it’s essential in the prevention and early detection of colon cancer. For individuals over fifty, a colonoscopy is a necessary step in maintaining colon health. Also, come in and see me if you are experiencing ongoing diarrhea or constipation, as these can be signs of colon and intestinal problems. A colonoscopy can aid in proper diagnosis of your condition. My team and I work hard to make the process comfortable, so don’t put off making an appointment to see me. Call our St. George Surgical Center Office at (877) 523-4695 to “get things moving.”

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Still Living with Back Pain? Time to Decompress! By Ward Wagner Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. continued on page 54

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continued from page 53 This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure. The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over three to four weeks, the results are quite dramatic. The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal. For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back or stomach on the decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and in some cases, another set around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/ her back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated.


Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care. This treatment is enhanced by our Class IV Laser therapy which helps heal the involved tissues and speed recovery time. Laser gives physiological benefits that no other modality can deliver and is safe when performed by a properly trained technician. This is how we help many people avoid spinal surgery. More than 2,500 published studies exist worldwide involving laser therapy and over 100 double-blind studies have been published. See or for more information. For more information about Pain Relief Centers of Utah, visit their website at or give them a call at 435-673-1443.

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Finding Hope in Infertility By Kristy Ann Pike Nearly four million babies are born annually in the United States. But for many couples, bringing home their own newborn remains a dream. Dr. Robert Strebel of the Intermountain Southwest Fertility Center at Dixie Regional says there are a number of possible causes for couples being unable to conceive, including irregular ovulation, blocked fallopian tubes, problems with the uterus or pelvis, and low sperm counts. Increasingly, couples are turning to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to conceive. In fact, over one percent of all infants born in the U.S. every year are conceived using ART. (Centers for Disease Control 2011 ART Fertility Clinic Success Rates Report.) “In the past, we have spent a lot of time and money looking for reasons behind infertility and then treating them,” says Dr. Strebel. “While that may still be appropriate in some cases, we now know that some couples will have the same chance of getting pregnant whether we treat the problem or perform in vitro fertilization, and the expense may be similar or less with IVF.” That has especially become the case at Dixie Regional since in vitro specialist Dr. Matthew Peterson of the University of Utah Medical Center has begun consulting with couples at the Southwest Fertility Center. “Dr. Peterson is one of the nation’s leading experts in in vitro fertilization,” says Dr. Strebel. “Everything for IVF can now be done here at Dixie Regional except the retrieval of eggs and transfer of the embryo. Couples can usually accomplish that in one or two trips to Salt Lake. Reducing travel has brought down the cost substantially, and made it more convenient for patients.” continued on page 60 St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2014 59

continued from page 59 Stephanie and Ryan Slack of St. George conceived last year using in vitro fertilization and brought home their baby boy in December. For the Slacks, the reasons behind using IVF were a little different than many people, since they already had two children; both of the Slack’s previous babies were born with ataxia telangiectasia (AT), a rare genetic disorder. “It’s basically a combination of all the worst diseases,” said Stephanie. “It progressively destroys part of the motor control area of the brain, leading to a lack of balance and coordination. A-T also affects the immune system and increases the risk of leukemia and lymphoma in affected individuals. Most are in a wheelchair by the age of twelve, with a life expectancy of twenty-five.” (For more information about living with A-T: www. Stephanie and Ryan opted for IVF for their most recent pregnancy because it allowed them to screen out the possibility of this baby having A-T. The cost of their in vitro procedure was covered by private donors through the University of Utah’s Miracle Fund, making it financially feasible for the Slacks. Dr. Strebel and Dr. Kurt Hales at Dixie Regional cared for Stephanie before and after her in vitro, thus reducing costs associated with travel. When complications unrelated to the IVF


caused Stephanie to deliver seven weeks prematurely, her baby was able to stay in Dixie Regional’s newborn intensive care unit until he was ready to go home. Today, the Slack’s newest addition is healthy and content to let his big sister fuss over him. “She is over the moon to Robert Strebel, MD FACOG have a little brother, and enjoys feeding, Dr. Strebel serves as the physician lead at the Southwest bathing, and choosing clothes for him,” Fertility Center. He completed said Stephanie. his OB/GYN residency at Dr. Strebel urges couples who haven’t Creighton University of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. had success conceiving on their own Dr. Strebel has been practicing to visit the Southwest Fertility Center. as an OB/GYN for more than “We can do most things here at Dixie 20 years. Regional, and with a good success rate. It is exciting to see people taking babies home.” The Intermountain Southwest Fertility Center is located on the 400 East Campus of Dixie Regional Medical Center. For more information please call (435) 688-4848.

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Conventional Loan, Cash, or Reverse Mortgage?


By Brandon Hansen I recently recently received the following inquiry from a client: My wife and I are buying a home and we are so confused with the options for homeowners over sixty. Should we rent? Should we pay cash? Should we finance and just make long-term payments with the tax benefits? Or should we look into the senior reverse purchase that so many others are opting for? Can you give me a quick simple answer? Well, I wish I had a simple answer. As a senior mortgage banker and a registered investment advisor representative, this question is asked of me weekly, if not daily. The truth is, there is no such thing as a black and white answer, just like there is not one universal financial plan or investment plan for everyone. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself:

• How long do I plan on holding on to the home? • What is my income today? • What would happen if I lost my spouse? Would my income drop? Would I lose social security? • What is my savings like? • Do I have a long term care plan? Paying cash for a home is a luxury that not all can afford. If you have plenty of funds that will never outlast your retirement (including health long-term options) you’re one of the few. Even if you have the funds to do so, many will ask: why would you ever pay cash, when your investment funds can do better than holding it in your home? For example, if you can finance at 4.5% long-term and write off the interest (depending upon your tax bracket) you are borrowing at 3.5%. If your investment or retirement funds are doing better than 3.5% why pay cash for the home? You can grow your estate, retirement, and legacy faster and stronger by carrying a long-term mortgage for life. Conventional loans have some benefits, like low interest rates, a tax deduction with no pre-payment penalties, and the flexibility of paying it down and re-casting the note to lower the payment at any time. They have great interest rates (historically speaking) and low down payments. That is why 50% of our clients still choose this option. The HECM or reverse purchase is great for any homeowner that is buying a home for the long-term. They may not have any kids or they may have many kids and they are securing their home for life with no mortgage payment for life. You put half down on any home you want and you’re done. Free and clear, for as long as you and your spouse are alive and want to live in the home. The home is bullet proof and no one can ever put a lien or encumbrance on your home for life. You can also purchase other homes, cars, autos and the

reverse loan does not show on credit as a liability. With the reverse purchase, you pay half the cash and there are no payments to boot. If you have the down payment, and are looking at the long-term with any concern about losing income from a spouse and/or outliving your assets, this is a perfect option for many. It is not a great option for anyone that does not have a large down payment or essentially half the price of the home, or likewise a homeowner that does not think they will hold onto the home long-term. The down side to this loan is that it carries a higher interest rate because of the mortgage insurance and higher closing costs. So, if you end up selling the home, then you would have accrued higher interest and higher fees along the way. My clients often ask how that affects them. They don’t have to pay any of the interest or fees--it is paid at the time of death by the heirs with the sale of the home. It will never affect you and your spouse, but it will have less equity in the home for your heirs when you have died and they sell the home. To make things simple, there is no such thing as simple! Clients need a mortgage planner that is not selling anything, but rather educating them on all of their options, and involving them in their financial and investment planning. Unfortunately, many mortgage brokers and mortgage bankers do not know how to analyze long-term plans to help cover long-term retirements. For a free consultation, please contact our office today to review in more detail what is available, and which option is best for you. Brandon Hansen is Senior Mortgage Banker and Registered Investment Advisor Representative for Cherry Creek Mortgage/Investment Advisors International and can be contacted at 435-668-2840/435-674-9200, or visit the website at

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How Are You Doing Today? By Jeff Sherman

Consider the awe-inspiring human body; the beauty and complexity. The resiliency. When healthy, the body is capable of achieving optimum fitness and agility. ’’Lifestyle changes that include healthier diets, regular physical activity, and weight loss of 7%-10% have shown phenomenal health benefits that can be more effective than medications,’’ says Katz, author of the best-selling book What to Eat. In like manner, a healthy business can accomplish much through cultural changes. Consider a visit to a physician. Your abdomen hurts. Upon checking-in at your local clinic, you are asked a set of initial questions regarding your past and present health. This early assessment will come into play as the doctor reviews your case. Next, you see a nurse or assistant who invites you to stand on a scale to ascertain your body weight. She charts the findings. Your blood pressure and pulse are taken. Your body temperature is recorded. Remember that your purpose for the visit is to relieve an aching stomach. What does body weight, blood pressure, pulse, and temperature have to do with stomach disorder? A lot. The body is made of systems comprised of organs formed by groups of organized tissues which are made of cells. Within cells


are additional components. Complex interactions are taking place at all levels. Health assessment is a process beginning with systems analysis. As the doctor enters the room, she asks, “How are you doing today?” Again comes the response, “My stomach hurts.” Through a series of review questions, further analysis of your physical wellness is conducted. Again she listens to your heart and your lungs seeking information and clarity. Wouldn’t it be easier to just blame the stomach, and get it over with? But in the body, like in well run businesses, systems work in harmony to support health. This homogenous environment fosters vitality. Great leaders of companies, much like physicians, gather comparative information before stating cause. They ascertain the pulse of the company. They invite people to weigh-in on issues. They document their findings. Before attempting to discover things at a cellular level (the individual office cubical) leaders must first consider systems that may have broken down. They determine which, if any, organizational level issues are arising. Great leaders do not assume that by simply removing the pain they have alleviated the cause. We have all witnessed it. Someone gets fired over an issue only to discover upon their absence that the problem still remains. Instead, leaders foster health at all levels, they determine where and why breakdowns are occurring. And most importantly they aim to celebrate good business health.

I asked local business leaders what it is that makes a leader successful and a business healthy. The answers are as insightful as they are reliable:

great quarterback, the strong linemen, the team and coaches.”

“Leadership is delivering on what you say. A leader must balance the most important things, or all things fail.” — Mike Thompson, Skywest Airlines

“Egocentric drive is horrible for companies.” — Andy King, Pinpoint Marketing

“The actions of leaders speak louder than their words. They lead by example.” — Nick McKinlay, Billy Casper Golf Academy at the Ledges.

“Leaders build leaders. I judge the success of a leader based on how well the company performs after the leader has moved on. Leaders empower others and take ownership of the success of their team. — Chris Babcock, Les Olson Company.

“It is as true to marriage as it is leadership, self serving individuals or those seeking self interests only, typically have problems with relationships. While those who strive to make others feel connected or needed or who validate others seem to have healthier relationships.” — Jared Dupree, St George Health and Wellness Magazine. George Graff of Hafen Buckner, Everett & Graff, PC said the following: “Successful companies have a process. They provide the right product at the right time,” referring to the book The World is Flat by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Dr. Will Plumb, of Plumb Dental responded to the leadership question by referring to recent bad press about Seahawk Richard Sherman (no relation), “Rather than seek credit, a great football player will extend gratitude to his teammates. Consideration is given to the

About the Author Believing that “Beyond mediocrity dreams are found,” Jeffrey T. Sherman, Principal of ShermanSpeaks LLC is a public speaker and consultant utilizing a relationshipbuilding blueprint to drive fledging companies and individuals to the next level: Defining 2.0™.

You have likely taken notice of a positive disruption taking place in business cultures around the globe. Seeking a more vibrant and productive workplace, leaders shun fault finding and placing blame. Instead, current trends shift negative energy to more healthy outcomes. Blame and success share nothing. Empowerment and collaboration, however, are limitless. Check your systems. Improve processes. Create vitality. Remember to ask “How are you doing today?”

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The Future of Fiber

Why it Matters to Southern Utah By Matt Heaton “Why are there so many internet options in such a small market?”. We have heard this sentiment throughout our area. It’s true, there are many choices when it comes to your service provider and having those options definitely brings advantages to our area. In fact, that’s how Tonaquint was formed - bringing additional fiber optic options to Southern Utah back in 2000. The major advantage Tonaquint brings to Southern Utah is that it is the only local provider that can offer a true “fiber to the customer” experience all over the region. We are not new to the market - but our name is. Certainly you have heard of the Tonaquint Data Center and that is part of our business as well. With the combined effort of these two companies, Tonaquint can provide the most robust network and a fully integrated solution for businesses. Whether it be Internet services, transport, colocation, cloud storage, or voice, Tonaquint is southern Utah’s premiere network and data provider as we have Fortune 100 companies using our services.


Typically, people think of some of the larger names when they think of “internet”. The reality is that a majority of these other carriers use our fiber infrastructure and then resell/upsell it as their service. This was our business model in the past -- to provide the secondary service and hand-off the Internet services to other ISP’s (Internet Service Provider). We know how to maintain the high quality service and experience, it is now time to offer businesses the opportunity to use our services directly. A major advantage Tonaquint has is we own the fiber infrastructure and it is one hundred percent redundant unlike any other network in the area. Tonaquint also provides 24/7/365 local support giving our clients peace of mind.

The power of the Internet is amazing and has become an absolute necessity in life and in business. The available speeds are so fast that its unimaginable the amount of information that can actually be pushed across these lines all at once. As society continues to advance, technology is ten steps ahead of it. Tonaquint Networks is not only one of the largest fiber providers in the area but we are forward thinking about the needs of our local market. We have plans to improve and grow the infrastructure, implement new technologies, and remain the preferred network for Washington and Iron counties. So how does “fiber” and “internet” even co-exist? As you see the large machinery trenching up the ground along the roadsides, you also will likely see a big huge spool right behind the trencher. There is a good chance there is fiber being laid inside a conduit and then placed in the ground. One fiber cable can hold dozens of actual fiber strands, each thinner than a human hair. Fiber is simply made of glass and with a

special laser we can transmit a light signal over a single strand providing internet connectivity from our data center to the customer. As technology advances we all need to be up to date on the changes that are taking place. To learn more about us or just the technology in general, we are happy to have that conversation. You can contact me directly at 801-930-0444 or visit our website www. tonaquintnetworkscom.

About the Author Matt Heaton, Vice President - Network Sales, has a B.S. Degree in Technical Sales from Weber State University. He is an entrepreneur and has fourteen years in the technology and telecom industries. His experience and knowledge allows him to understand the industry needs within the local market. You can reach him at

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Are You Doing Enough to Keep Your

By Dustin Schofield

Identity Safe?

Every year, thousands of unsuspecting individuals are targeted for fraud and identity theft in a number of ways via mail, telephone, the Internet, conversations – even sifting through victims’ trash. We’ve all heard the horror stories resulting from these scams. Hopefully, the gruesome details convinced you to heed warnings from financial institutions, credit card companies and government agencies to take basic necessary precautions for protecting your good name and credit. But are you doing enough to keep your identity secure? Storing personal records in a safe place, shredding financial documents, protecting passwords, and not opening suspect computer files or email from unknown sources are a good start. But there are also less obvious suggestions you may want to consider to safeguard your personal information. Monitor credit history, inquiries and changes by ordering a free credit report once a year. With the passage of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT) in December 2003, you are entitled to receive one free copy of your credit report from each credit reporting agency (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) during any 12-month period. Order your free annual credit report online at , by calling 877-322-8228, or by completing the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mailing it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105283, Atlanta, GA 30348-5283. Destroy hard drives or memory cards with personal information before disposing or donating personal electronic equipment or devices. Wireless devices such as PDAs and cell phones should have the internal memory reset to ensure that all personal data is removed (most devices of this nature have a reset button – simply removing a


battery from devices does not always delete the information). Be sure to check with your waste management service/recycling company to follow proper environmentally safe guidelines for disposing of this type of equipment. Be cautious and limit your access to your personal and confidential information on public computers. Malicious software may be installed to obtain your account number and sign-on information, leaving you vulnerable to fraud. And whether you are on a computer at home, work or in a public facility, always remember to log out of online sessions that require you to use a password or login process and close out the browser. Unauthorized transactions and activity can occur if you leave your online session accessible to other people. Whenever possible, particularly in public facilities, reboot the computer to clear out any additional traces of your information that might be in memory.

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Assistance to victims of identity theft Contact your financial institution immediately if you suspect that someone has had unauthorized access to your account(s), or access to your personal identifying information such as your Social Security Number or credit card information. In addition, you should also report the crime to your local law enforcement agency and to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). To speak with a trained FTC telephone counselor, call toll-free at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1877-438-4338). To enter information about your complaint into a secure FTC online database, sign onto The site also provides links to numerous consumer education materials. For more information or suggestions on how to protect your personal data and financial records, contact your Financial Advisor today. This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Dustin Schofield, Vice President of The Schofield Group Investment Management in St. George at 435-674-3601 or These suggestions are not all-inclusive and should not be considered nor interpreted as legal, accounting, financial or technical advice. You may wish to consult your attorney, accountant or other advisor for specific advice, guidance or recommendations concerning these topics. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANKGUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2014 69

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What is Energy Work? By Brigit Atkin Many have heard the term “energy work”, but because it is unfamiliar to them have feelings of apprehension about it. To others, this may be a new term. I find that people are somewhat leery of things they don’t quite understand, so I’d like to shed some light on this subject. Let’s start with what energy work ISN’T. It isn’t: magic, mystical, or scary. It isn’t even weird (unless of course your practitioner barks like a dog and dances like a chicken – get a new practitioner immediately!). Kidding aside, it also isn’t a substitute of any kind for prayer or any religious beliefs. I had a client make the following brilliant observation: “Prayer is what invites positive circumstances, and the energy work is what clears the inner resistance to help receive it.” Energy is the capacity of a physical system to perform work. Energy exists all around and within us in several forms such as heat, kinetic or mechanical energy, light, potential energy, electrical, or other forms. Because our bodies have an electrical system, defibrillators are used to restart the heart after a heart attack. We also have an electromagnetic system, which allows all kinds of communication to occur within and without the body. This is the system that is used with muscle testing (also known as kinesiology) to find blocks or weaknesses within the body. A polygraph test also uses this system and can be compared to muscle testing, as it is used to measure the body’s subconscious response to a true or false question. Because there are so many methods out there, I will stick with what I know – the SimplyHealed Method®. This modality uses kinesiology to find blocks, glitches, doubts, even generational issues (traits that run in a family – addictions, abuse, etc) within a person’s being. Oftentimes this is happening subconsciously, so the person is aware only of the effects of these blocks, in whichever way they manifest in the mind or body –illness, anxiety, depression, etc. Once all these are found they are cleared.

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla Carolyn Cooper, the founder of SimplyHealed™, uses a great analogy to explain how this works: Think of yourself as a biocomputer. As such, you store information, some of which is not serving you well – old programs, viruses, false information, etc. Just like a computer gets slow and tired over time, so do you! Especially when you are hanging onto hurtful things from the past. These things fester over time and become something much bigger and more complicated. So just like you call a computer expert to come clean up your hard drive and software, an energy work practitioner cleans out the old programs you are holding onto. With all the debris gone, the mind, body, and soul are now able to heal and function as they were designed to – and you are well on your way to being your best self! I once had the privilege of working with a client who was visiting from the Salt Lake area. We worked on many things during the 72

session, and when we were finished he commented on how good his back felt. He never mentioned back pain to me before, and indicated that he had experienced the About the Author pain for so long that he didn’t think about Brigit Atkin – Brigit of it, and didn’t bother treating it – it was just Brightworks uses alternative a part of him. He left my office, went to healing methods to help a movie with a friend, then drove the five improve the lives of others facing challenges and hours to his home. When he finally got difficulties. She is certified there late that night, he called to let me in SimplyHealedTM method know that his back still felt great. He had and was trained by founder energy, and felt like he could do anything Carolyn Cooper herself. For – he had forgotten how it felt to not have more information, visit that pain. So something that we cleared for his emotional well-being also helped him physically. It’s amazing how capable the body is to heal itself when its blocks are out of the way! People ask me all the time what I do, and how it all works. In a nutshell, I refer to Will Smith, who sums it up best as a professional matchmaker in his hit movie “Hitch” – “I just help people get out of their own way.”

AVOID END OF CRUISE BLUES WITH REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES By Celece Seegmiller, Travel Connection On the final night of a cruise, most passengers dread getting off the ship. We get accustom to someone else cooking gourmet meals; cleaning up after us; and entertaining us. As if the thought of leaving all of the wonderful service for our return trip to reality is not hard enough, the final night also brings something else: the dreaded final bill. At some point during the night, a lovely piece of paper (or multiple pages in many cases) arrives under the door with the grand total of your charges throughout the cruise. It all seems so simple upon arrival when you receive the “sign and sail” card at check in. A simple swipe of the card is all it takes to purchase shore excursions, beverages, gratuities, and everything else you could think of. I know many passengers (myself included) who failed to realize just how fast all of those drinks and shore excursions can add up. Many passengers find themselves

suffering from a condition I commonly refer to as “End of Cruise Blues” as they exit the ship. There have been times when I wish that I could combine the all inclusive resort and the cruise experience. If you find yourself in the same boat (no pun intended), then look no further than Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Regent is a true all inclusive cruiseline and recently voted World’s Best Cruise Line from Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. An all inclusive cruise on Regent features: 2-for-1 Fares plus additional bonus savings, FREE Roundtrip Air with FREE Upgrade to Business Class Air in Penthouse Suites and higher on Europe Voyages; FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions, FREE Luxury Hotel Package ( concierge suites and higher); FREE Beverages including fine wines and premium spirits; FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities; FREE Ground Transfers; FREE In-suite mini-bar replenished daily; Welcome bottle of champagne; FREE gourmet restaurants at no additional charge- including the iconic steakhouse Prime 7, and Signatures, featuring French inspired cuisine, Compass Rose, La Veranda, Sette Mari at La Veranda (in the evening) for Italian Regional Cuisine and always al fresco Pool Grill each day.

As if that is not enough, Regent sets itself apart with a staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.5 and capacity varies on their ships from just 490 to 700 guests. Regent features all-suite accommodations, 97% with private balconies. Because the ships are smaller, Regent offers voyages to more than 250 ports of call with access to some ports that large ships are unable navigate. Although Regent is upscale, it is not uptight. The dress code is elegant casual with formal and semi-formal attire optional on sailings of 16 nights or longer. I know, you may be thinking this all sounds too good to be true and the price must be sky high. While the initial cost of a Regent cruise is higher than traditional cruises, a little mathematical calculation proves that Regent is competitive. After all of the additional costs of airfare, shore excursions, hotel, gratuities, beverages, etc. are totaled, Regent actually came in less expensive per day than some of its competitors (based on a similar stateroom category). If you are a discerning cruise passenger that wants to sign before you sail, then Regent is for you. “End of Cruise Blues” will only set in because you have to leave an exceptional cruise, not because your final bill looks like a version of the Sunday paper.

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By Niki Warner Have you ever seen one of those time lapse videos of seeds germinating? They begin with a small hard kernel and some dirt. Add a little moisture and the process that is set in motion is fascinating, explosive, magical even. The seed splits open and roots push down, tender shoots sprout up. That cold dense little pod is destroyed in a violent chaotic fashion, and yet, if given the right conditions, will be transformed into something amazing, large, and gorgeously complex in comparison to what it first appeared to be. Spring is a season of radical and beautiful metamorphosis. We are drawn outdoors and many of us plan or at least dream about the flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees we would like to raise. This got me thinking about the parallels of successfully cultivating gardens and successfully cultivating our own personal development. Both require labor and attention to detail. Both require an understanding of the conditions that surround us, and by extension, realistic expectations of how those conditions will help or hinder the direction of growth we want to achieve. Both are well served by having a plan or a vision


of what we really are striving to accomplish, balanced with a measure of creativity and flexibility. Both will be filled with unexpected challenges and joyful surprises. I wonder how often we hold ourselves back from the process of cultivating our dream gardens or our dream lives because we are afraid we don’t know enough, that it will require too much effort, or that we will never be able to achieve the ideal. The constant lessons of an attentive gardener are those of observation, nurturing, patience; the seasonal nature of planning, planting, growth, harvest, and rest; the need to weed out distractions or harmful elements, and the helpful process of review and pursuit of greater understanding. This winter brought Southern Utah some unusual and unexpected cold snaps and storms that make the prospects of spring planting and summer harvesting all the more appealing. This winter also brought my life a few unanticipated squalls; lessons in love and loss that at first glance appear much like the chaos and destruction of a seed. In reality it is the presentment of an opportunity to be observant, to weed out the distractions, to be patient, to create a plan and vision for new growth; to cultivate and nurture a gorgeously complex, beautiful metamorphosis that will undoubtedly be full of unexpected challenges and joyful surprises. Spring comes early here, and the season for designing what we hope to enjoy and harvest later is upon us. Join me in planting things that are colorful and delicious to add beauty and enrichment to the world we are all lucky enough to share and learn from.

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Increase Energy and Boost Your Happiness Factor with Chiropractic Care By SGHW Staff with Dr. Tom Johnson Most of us are aware of the obvious benefits of chiropractic care, such as improved alignment, pain relief, and increased mobility. But did you know that spinal alignment can also help improve your happiness factor? It’s true! Chiropractic care is a complimentary medical treatment that can improve your moods and mental clarity by improving nervous system function and sleep quality, as well as boosting your overall energy. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research found that upper cervical chiropractic care could also help lessen anxiety and symptoms of depression. Often, problems in the spine also affect your nervous system functions, creating a ripple effect in all areas of physical and emotional wellbeing. By using a variety of spinal and soft tissue adjustments, chiropractors can help relieve some of the built up joint pressure, align the spine and increase circulation, leading to a healthier nervous system. When your nervous system is functioning properly and muscle tension is relieved, there is a natural increase in blood flow to the brain, which improves mental


clarity and, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, help lessen anxiety and symptoms of depression. Chiropractic patients often report feeling a boost of energy and more mental clarity after treatments, which is sometimes attributed to relieving chronic pain and tension. Relieving tension also contributes to better quality sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in every area of our health and well being because it is during this time our bodies replenish, repair and rejuvenate. When we are experiencing poor posture, tension and difficulty relaxing, our sleep patterns suffer, which leads to a cascading effect in our bodies. When the spine is aligned properly, pain is reduced and tension is relieved, people report feeling much more rested, waking with more clarity and fewer aches and pains. Chiropractors can also offer expert advice in other areas that help patients get a few more “Z’s” such as: • Sleep on a supportive mattress and use a pillow that supports your neck • Avoid sleeping on your stomach and when you rise, roll to your side before getting up to relieve low back pressure • Sleep in a comfortable room and place a small pillow under your knees to relieve low back pressure if you prefer sleeping on your back Feeling well rested, having heightened levels of mental clarity,

and experiencing the soothing effect of a “well-oiled nervous system” all contribute to a boost in physical and mental energy. And let’s face it, when we’re feeling better mentally and physically, especially if we’ve been feeling pain and depression, it’s natural to experience improved moods and even more happiness. At My Family Chiro, our goal is to understand our patients’ needs, not only to help relieve pain and discomfort but to help them discover one more way to feel better emotionally as well. When the body is in balance, the mind can achieve better balance also. And when the mind is more in balance, we are better able to manage our emotions and boost our personal happiness factor. Come visit us today! First time patients will receive an exam, consultation, x-rays, an analysis report and their first adjustment for just $39, valued at $280.

About the Author

Dr. Tom Johnson graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, the founding college of chiropractic, and also received additional upper cervical training. He enjoys helping his patients with whole body care, serving our community, and seeing the benefits that chiropractic care offers the whole family. Dr. Johnson can also be found enjoying time with friends and family, and hiking in our breathtaking red rocks.

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Experience the Miracle of Massage By Janine Housley Ancient records indicate that touch was recognized as one of the earliest forms of medicine used for calming the spirit and easing physical discomforts. It seems miraculous that one could go from a state of feeling overwhelming stress or pain to a state of feeling calm and physically at ease in the relatively short span of a massage session, yet over and over I have witnessed the mystery of relief that clients experience. Current research shows that massage encourages increased oxygen flow which carries blood, body fluids and nutrition throughout the body. This opens passage ways that might otherwise be blocked, and allows for the potential renewal of soft tissue relating to our organs, skeletal system, muscles, and even the nervous system. It’s kind of like having a sliver that festers with infection and pain until the sliver is pulled out, and we experience immediate relief. The body is now able to begin its natural process of mending itself. Getting a massage is similar to pulling out the sliver. So much of the time it is the festering of an emotional trauma, mental anxieties, stress, or a physical pain in the neck that compels us to seek massage for relief. One of the benefits I have experienced as a GIVER of massage is pain relief for those RECEIVING. This alone can open the gate for relaxation and stress relief. It sometimes seems miraculous that even after simple gentle compression, range of motion, Swedish massage, a hand, foot or chair massage, the RECEIVER will report feeling relief from pain, and deeply relaxed with a sense of renewal. During the actual massage, both the GIVER and the RECEIVER are having a very tangible experience of the RECEIVER’S sliver or pain, and the process of relief. The profundity of the massage experience for those RECEIVING is that it allows the chattering of the mind to diminish, while the body/mind system gets a 78

chance to do what it knows how to do without interference. With the intuitive and ‘educated therapeutic touch’ of an experienced GIVER, the RECEIVER’S awareness seems to be heightened as it is drawn to, and in support of the different areas of the body being worked. At the same time, the RECEIVER’S consciousness About the Author oftentimes drops to a much deeper Janine was in her forties with five children when she had her level of REST, RELAXATION, and first massage. At age fifty-two RENEWAL! she attended the Sensory At the end of this type of session Development Institute at the Green Valley Spa, here in St. the RECEIVER will often feel a sense George, and became licensed as of relief, like a weight has been lifted a massage therapist in 2003. from their shoulders or neck or low Since then she has worked professionally for chiropractors, back, etc. and literally it has. Science yoga retreats, bed and confirms that we hold physical as well breakfasts, hospice, and as an as mental stresses and tension patterns instructor of massage, teaching many modalities. She loves in our tissues. Effective therapeutic sharing the miracle of massage touch involves soft tissue repatterning. with students and clients. When a client receives regular massage the whole body system begins to undo or peel off, layer by layer like an onion, thus relieving the build-up of mental, emotional, and physical stresses or pains or patterns, in the tissues. My personal experience as both a GIVER and RECEIVER of therapeutic touch, tells me it is possible that massage of all kinds can provide a silent retreat that allows for complete mental, physical, and emotional relaxation and rejuvenation! Receiving a well-timed massage could be a maintenance tool that keeps you feeling great.

Dynamic Silence Meditation

By Brian Hughes Dynamic Silence meditation is a simple mental technique, easily learned and practiced by anyone, which provides a host of benefits. When one practices daily meditation (usually twenty minutes morning and evening), one’s stress levels go way down. This leads to enormous health benefits, more lightness of spirit, greater happiness, and ease About the Author Brian Hughes began his 44 in all areas of life. year practice of meditation When we meditate, we relax deeply. Many while earning a degree in scientific studies have confirmed this. One Philosophy in college. In 1972 he was certified as a teacher of experiences a level of rest deeper than in deep sleep. Transcendental Meditation Thus, deeply rooted stress is released from the in Europe. While raising a system. Stress is a real culprit in modern life and it family and operating a cabinet business in L.A., he continued is often difficult to detect, but we all carry its effects teaching and studying various around within our bodies. When people learn to forms of meditation. meditate properly, they inevitably report that they feel calmer and more at ease. Stress burns up energy. Meditation, the great de-stressor, brings us more energy. Stress inhibits our ability to feel happiness and joy. Want more of those? Learn Dynamic Silence meditation. Want more love? Its source is within you. By a daily dive into the silence within, one’s heart opens like a rose in the sun; it’s quite miraculous and quite simple. Studies have shown that meditators’ brains work more coherently, student’s grades improve, the effects of aging start to reduce, and memory is enhanced. In fact, there is no single practice as beneficial to human life as Dynamic Silence meditation. I have taught hundreds of people to meditate since 1972. I taught my wife to meditate about three years ago when we were dating. Her main interest was reducing her high blood pressure. It normalized within six months of practice and remains normal. She looks and feels years younger and has never felt happier. When couples practice meditation together, it is a great blessing to their lives. All religious traditions emphasize the value of meditation. They instruct us that if you want to feel closer to God, to look into the silent core of your own heart. The direct way to do so is via meditation.




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A Family that Plays Together, Stays Together By Chad D. Olson, LMFT A few months ago on my way home from work I was listening to the radio and the show’s host posed an intriguing question: “Do you live to work, or do you work to live?” This question really made me think about the importance of balancing work and play. I have always found satisfaction in being a hard worker and want to instill that characteristic in my children; however, I also realize that playing together as a family is critical to my relationship with them. Work and play should not be seen an either/or proposition; we should view it as an and/both opportunity. The income I receive from my employment is not an end in and of itself; it is a means to provide opportunities for my family to strengthen our relationships with each other. I’ve heard it said that a common lament uttered by people at the end of their lives is the regret of spending too much time at work and not enough time with their family. In order to see the value of play, we may need to consider it through the eyes of a child. You might be familiar with the story about Charles Adams (President John Adams’ grandson) who had very little free time because of his professional and political career. However, one day he took his boy fishing and recorded in his diary, “Went fishing with my son today – a day wasted!” That same day his son Brooks wrote, “Went fishing with my father today – the most wonderful day of my life.” There may be some perceived sacrifices to making time to play as a family, but I believe that anything you choose to give up will be compensated by the memories, satisfaction, and relationships you will build with your family. So, where can you start? Here are five ideas that you could do this week to strengthen your family relationships through play:


1. Go on a hike. Dixie Rock and Snow About the Author Chad Olson, LMFT, is Canyon State Park are two of our the Clinical Director of family’s favorites. the St. George Center for 2. Go to a park. St. George takes Couples & Families, pride in their parks and does a wonderful job maintaining them. There are dozens of parks, so find one you haven’t visited and go play! 3. Attend an event at Dixie State University or one of our high schools. Whether your preference is an athletic event, a play, or a concert, there are events going on regularly. 4. Play a board game. Research suggests that playing board games can improve cognitive abilities, provide an opportunity to teach important values (e.g., cooperation, honesty, sportsmanship), and strengthen family relationships. 5. Learn a new skill together. This suggestion could include learning a new sport, learning to play a musical instrument, building something together or dozens of other things. Be creative and use this idea to build self-confidence in your children. Did you notice that “Watching TV” didn’t make the list? That’s not to say that all TV is bad, but we shouldn’t rely on TV/movies/ video games to bring our families together because the focus is primarily on the screen – not each other. So, let’s enjoy this beautiful spring weather in Dixie and have fun playing!

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Dreams Do Come True By Darwin Evans DMD My brother Derek and I were raised in a family of twelve. Our mom was a dental hygienist who loved dentistry, and regularly spoke of its advances and the opportunities it provided to serve her patients. When we were young, we had many opportunities to accompany our mother to American Dental Association conferences in San Francisco. It was at these dental conferences that we both learned to love dentistry and began our discussions of a dream that would one day see us practicing together. Derek graduated from UNLV in the inaugural class of 2006. At that time I was working as a technical engineer for Intel Corp, but changed careers and shortly after, graduated from UNLV in 2010. Derek’s wife was raised in St. George, and our parents also retired here, so Derek made the decision to buy Gentle Dentistry, put down some roots, build his practice, and raise his family here. I soon followed with my purchase of Advanced Dental Concepts in July of 2012. This was the next step in seeing our future goal of practicing together. In August of last year, we made the long awaited decision to bring our practices together and see this goal that we had talked about since childhood come to fruition. It was an exciting and fun transition as Derek and I have always shared this goal. We have come to the realization that dreams really do come true as we continue to work towards them. Now that we have come together, our future goals include providing the highest quality dental care to our patients like they were our own family. In our waiting room we have a plaque that reads, “Enter as a patient, leave as family,” and this perfectly exemplifies our feelings of how we think of our patients. We invite you to come in and experience the warm smiles and caring attitudes of our staff and become a member of our dental family here in St George. Have a great day and keep smiling! 82

About the Author Darwin Evans is married to Lori Ann Evans and the father of five boys (Colby, Jake, Austin, Blake, and Drew) he has an AS degree in pretechnical biology from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho), a BS degree in physiology from Portland State University , and a DMD degree in dentistry from UNLV School of Dental Medicine. He is the owner of Advanced Dental Concepts.

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By Jack W. Rolfe My first understanding of leadership was formed when I was eleven years old. I was with a group of my peers participating in a scouting activity at our church. The individual conducting the meeting asked if everyone in the room would move closer to the front row. I remember looking at my buddies and seeing that no one else was moving. We were all frozen in place, thinking, “It would not be cool to do what the leader asked us to do.” Then a sharp impulse came into my mind. I stood up promptly and stated, “Come on guys, let’s move up.” Everyone followed and the task was completed. After returning home that evening, my father, who was also at the meeting, said to me, “That was amazing what you did today.” I had no clue what he was talking about and stared at him like only an eleven year old can. He repeated to me what he witnessed in the simple act of moving with my friends to the front of the class. He stated, “You are a leader.” His statement touched my soul deeply and has remained with me throughout my life. In his book Executive Instinct, Nigel Nicholson of the London Business School suggests that there may be a leadership 86

gene—that some people are just driven to be in charge. But in The Leadership Engine, the University of Michigan’s Noel Tichy declares that leadership style and abilities emerge from experiences. I propose that leaders emerge from a combination of both these declarations. I believe that inside each one of us there is a leadership gene and experiences are necessary to bring this gene into action. Have you discovered your leadership gene? In the movie Facing the Giants, actor Alex Kendrick plays the role of high school football coach Grant Taylor. In one scene Coach Taylor instructs his team and specifically counsels his player Brock to remember that Brock has been gifted with leadership and he should not waste it! Coach Taylor increased his own leadership capacity by teaching Brock to be a leader. I have concluded through my life experiences that there is one sure way to develop leadership: by assisting others to become leaders in their own lives. When you help someone to find and use their leadership gene, your leadership gene blossoms. In our organization, the School of Life

Foundation, we accomplish the mission of increasing high school graduation rates by teaching students to be leaders. We assist each young person we work with to reach their full potential in life. When these youth begin to see who they are and what talents they have, they discover their leadership gene. Even if the only thing these young people lead is their own life, we have all gained success. I ask you to picture a planet in which everyone is taking control of their life and helping others to do the same. The miracles that would be accomplished would truly change the world. The School of Life Foundation is accomplishing this goal one person at a time, one family at a time, one school at a time, one business at a time, one community at a time and one nation at a time. I invite you to begin or continue your leadership journey. Reach out to someone this week and guide them in their personal leadership growth. My father’s simple statement to me when I was young influenced me strongly—and you, too, can touch someone’s soul deeply for a lifetime. Remember you have been gifted with leadership. Do not waste it!

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.� ~ John Quincy Adams

About the Author

Mr. Rolfe is the founder and President of the School of Life Foundation. This 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has a mission to help youth reach their full potential in life.

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Dancing through Heaven A Story of Love and Loss By Ted Spilsbury My article today in this issue of the St. George Health & Wellness Magazine is intended to touch your heart. I would like to reflect on a most tender moment in the lives of LeGrande and Betty Spilsbury. They, like you, have weathered first hand the sting of death. I, their son, Ted Spilsbury write these words with love in my heart for my dear mother. She is now ninety-five years old, somewhat fragile, but still very much in charge. We love her so. May I suggest that each of us have a purpose and calling to perform in life. My dad, myself, and my daughter have chosen to be funeral directors, who will serve mankind with kindness and compassion, who will dedicate our lives to tenderly caring for friends, neighbors and family, and who will suffer from the heartache and sorrow of death. This is the reflection of our sister, Susan Francis, a beautiful red headed nine-year-old, a most precious and delightful princess, who fell out of her father’s custom made Dixie Sunbus to her death.

The sunbus was an old Studebaker funeral coach that my father had cut the top completely off of. He called it the “Dixie Sunbus” and would moonlight giving tours throughout the Dixie area during the summer tourist season. When my sister died I was seven years old. My mother was heartbroken and my father… words cannot describe his sorrow. I asked my Mother’s permission to share the following story from her journal, and she kindly consented: Susan, darling, these last three days seem to have been endless, but now it’s nearly time to go to the church for the funeral. The minutes seem to fly. As the hands of the clock approach two, I seem to grow panicky inside, for this will be the last time I will be able to look upon your face in this world, maybe forever - for who knows if I will ever be good enough to ever reach your exalted sphere in the Hereafter. I simply cannot bear the casket to be closed, for even your still little body is some consolation. Soon, all the concrete evidence of my precious baby will be gone. Yet,

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Ted Spilsbury is a lifetime resident of St. George and Southern Utah. He joined his father, LeGrande Spilsbury, in the family business in 1968, at which time, the family served the communities of Washington, Kane and Iron Counties. Today the family business is still flourishing. Shortly, Jody Spilsbury Snow will be a fully licensed funeral director and technician. She will represent three generations of funeral service over a 75 year span. Ted and Vivian Spilsbury congratulate and welcome their daughter into the family business. She will be a breath of fresh air.

as I look around, I know that I am not the only one who is grieved. All your little friends are here, sick inside, as I am, that this is the last glimpse of you. They have all come to see you, Susan; Bonnie, Claudia, Maurine, Kay, Beverly, Carol Ann, Judy, Kathy, Sharie, Donna Lou and Sharon. Everyone loved you so much. I guess I will just have to be happy that I had the chance to love you for nine years. The time has come and though I can’t bear it, I must memorize every little detail of your face to carry in my heart forever – your freckles and the tan you brought back from Long Beach. The little arch the chicken pox left, the cowlick in your hair. You can never wrinkle your little nose like a bunny at me anymore. You don’t ever need to “feel funny”, darling, because you look your best. Your fingernails have been polished, and you even have lipstick on. I know you will love the little blue satin gown and will feel real grown-up in the lovely white negligee. Your dancing shoes are on, all ready to dance your way through heaven. No more corrective shoes for you, baby.

There isn’t a single snarl in your hair for I spent all Sunday morning undoing the tangles. Braids, to me, look the best on my baby, but you even have curls on the ends. Yes, you are a picture of perfection, and I didn’t forget your perfume because I do so want to return you to God smelling nice and fresh. Susie, darling, I am returning you even better than I received you. Goodbye, my darling, till we meet in the next world. Be good to all the babies on the other side, and, as Aunt Teddy Sue says, help all the kids over there with their arithmetic. I’ll have to leave now because I can’t see them shut the lid of the casket. The reason I decided to share this tender experience is because regardless of the age of our loved one that has died, it is a most beautiful and overwhelming experience. We cherish my mother’s notes. Some deaths are more emotional than others, but nevertheless we take our calling very seriously. Every family, like my mother, deserves our very best performance, because we know firsthand the tenderness of the occasion. St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2014 89

Building Trust By Renae Stucki and Logan Leavitt Let’s be honest…It can be pretty hard to trust people! How hard is it for you to trust? We rely on many professionals each day, and that requires a great deal of trust. We trust doctors with our health, and lawyers with our personal and legal matters. Are builders any different? Finding the right professionals can make all the difference, and selecting a home builder ranks right up there at the top! The National Housing Survey recently published a survey listing the top five reasons people bought homes. Are you surprised that family was the top motivator for homebuyers surveyed? Real estate agents and economists can give you hundreds of reasons to buy or sell a home, basing their advice on sound research. In fact, it’s a great idea to seek and advise with industry professionals. In the end, determining the best location, plans, and builder is ultimately up to you. You know better than anyone the needs of you and your family. For those of us who are native to Southern Utah, we know that this

area is an amazing place to raise a family. This area can be fruitful for visitors, retirees, and young people alike. Recreational activities, weather, and great people make St. George and surrounding areas a superb place to call home. Southern Utah has received and continues to receive an influx of visitors and full time residents. This has created a wider range of homebuyers than ever before. It can be difficult for homebuilders to offer and execute a full array of plans and features that appeal to all types of buyers. Because of this, many builders will choose specific types of homes to build, knowing they can only win so many battles all at once. Even though local home styles can be similar in many ways, there are huge differences when you look close. Everyone wants their home to be a unique representation of them. Our mobile devices have applications like Pinterest and Houzz that help us identify things that speak to us, thus making us different and unique. Dreams of what “Home” can look like are brought to life, by combining all things “you” and showcasing them within the application or online to share. These photos sit on the forefront of our minds every day and can be very invasive in our decision-making. It is important for homebuyers to understand that value is only achieved when the features and benefits of a particular item or idea creates a higher value that its cost. Value, in most cases is simply OUR perception of value. Creating value is where professionals separate High Grade Standard Features Consult Professional Designers 50 Years Construction Management Experience Your Lot or Ours Northern & Southern Utah

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Logan Leavitt, a St. George Utah native, played on the traveling golf team at Dixie State after graduating from Pine View High School. With a general contractor for a father, Logan has worked in construction and sales nearly his entire life. He, and business partner Dustin VanGilder, started laying tile flooring together at the age of twelve, and have been working together ever since. In 2007 he earned a real estate license and has done real estate sales, marketing, and management for eight years in Southern Utah. He is currently engaged to Christina Delgado and has plans to be married in the historic St. George Temple in November 2014.

themselves from everyone else, and finding a great deal is only the cherry on top, of the home buying sundae. There are really tough decisions to be made when deciding what’s most important as you build the ideas you have into the construction of your home. That is where experience and industry professionals come into the picture. It is no coincidence that nearly all owners and employees of VanGilder Homes are native to Southern Utah, combining for over fifty years of construction management experience. With the most knowledgeable new construction sales staff in Southern Utah, paired with two award-winning designers placed at your beckon call, VanGilder Homes has confidence that your ideas will become a reality. VanGilder Homes feels that these key elements

Renae Stucki was born and raised in St. George Utah. She attended Dixie State College before moving to Las Vegas and working for KB Homes. Upon relocation back to Utah she took a position as the business development manager for Nicholas Development Group until becoming a realtor. She has recently settled back in St. George to raise her family and enjoys working with clients to help them find and purchase a home!

are vital to their success with homebuyers. “We understand the big picture,” said owner Dustin VanGilder. Everyone’s motivation in buying a home can be different. However, the commonality that you are investing in your future and the future of your family remains with everyone. You can feel confident knowing that you collaborated in creating the investment you will stand behind for years to come. After all, it’s more than just a house you’re building. It’s a home. St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2014 91

A Daughter’s

T rib u te By Terrin Parker

My father turned sixty this past year. Often dignified, sometimes silly, and always affable, my dad has been a light in my life, all my life. From the time I was small enough to climb up his long legs and flip around as he held my hands, to the time he gave my hand to another, to the time he held my babies in his hands, he has enriched my life and filled its shelves with volumes of love and memories: “Daddy-daughter dates” and fancy food. Subway sandwiches and Sandies for lunch after a long morning in the saddle herding cows. Oatmeal cookie dough on Sundays. Pack trips up Pine Valley mountain. Jumping waves at Newport Beach. Camping and Dutch-oven dinners. Weekly “interviews” to discuss life, sans judgement. My dad is and has always been a source of comfort and strength to me. I once attended one of the “Cowboy Poetry Gatherings” he often goes to, and since I know he enjoys them I decided to attempt to write a cowboy poem of my own about him for his 60th birthday. It was a bit of a challenge to compose verse in western slang, but I did my best.


About the Author

Terrin Parker is the associate editor of St. George Health and Wellness magazine and a physical therapist from Cedar City, Utah. She graduated from Loma Linda University in California, and has lived in Denver, San Diego and St. George. She loves to surf, snowboard, write, travel, play the guitar and spend time with her husband and their two young sons.

Ridin’ the Range He’s out ridin’ the range, like his fathers before Pushin’ a herd of two hundred or more Wearin’ the brand that’s been worn through the years Backwards G S on their hide has been seared His buckle and hat ain’t changed much all this time And he ain’t made much more than a nickle or dime But a cowboy he is, in his bones and his blood And he wears the land well, the sage, sap, and mud His gait has slowed some, and his horse’s has too But they still ride the range, ‘cause they love what they do See this cowboy’s been ridin’ since he was real small Ropin’ and brandin’ and doin’ it all Life ain’t so easy, and challenges come So it sure does help to know where you’re from Good roots grow deep in the soil of life To hold your course steady ‘mid the winds of strife Well he’s had his fair share of ups and of downs But out on the range, as he looks all around At the sun coming up and the valley below Peace fills his heart, and joy fills his soul This life wasn’t meant to be rode on a track Where the soil is soft and the ground is all flat See, true beauty lies past the rocks and the brush And along the journey, if you happen to look up So this cowboy rides on, sitting tall in his saddle Learning the ways of men and of cattle A better man each day than the one just before And tomorrow he’ll be out ridin’ life’s range once more

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Planting Seeds and Growing Culture By Lani Puriri Spring is a time for a fresh new outlook and an opportunity to plant a garden that will harvest everything from beautiful flowers to fresh herbs and vegetables. Fresh cut flowers can embellish the dinner table or bring love to a dear friend. Garden vegetables provide nourishment and satisfaction to the body. As we anticipate the garden harvest we must also recognize the harvest of a well-cultured life. Culture can be defined as patterns set by human interests


that give significance to activity. We experience culture through a variety of ways including tradition, dress, religious beliefs, laws, and social standards. These experiences enrich our lives and generate opportunities to grow and gain knowledge in a vast array of categories. A few of the seeds of culture that help to stimulate emotional and intellectual growth include gastronomy, literature, performing arts, and visual arts.

Seed Packet #1 - Gastronomy This packet of seeds contains the study of food as it relates to culture. The main focus is on gourmet cuisine. Just the words gourmet cuisine denotes a feeling of enriching food that takes skill to prepare and special appreciation to consume. This time-honored cuisine might include dishes such as lasagna, simmering soups, or smoked meats that take several hours to prepare. Every bite fills you with delight as you experience the satisfaction of healthy eating. Seed Packet #2 - Literature Reading is essential to the existence of life. At first dawn we read a medicine bottle, a cereal box, an email message or a post on Facebook. While this is reading, it is not the deep reading that can be classified as cultured reading. The seed packet of literature includes novels, poetry, scholarly articles and other kinds of information that can be appreciated by readers interested in training their brain to enjoy intellectual discussion. Every seed in this packet will delight the reader and bring new insight into daily experience. Seed Packet #3 - Performing Arts Seeds of performing arts have been planted in the garden of society for many years as this form of entertainment encourages people to come together and enjoy a delightful presentation. As a part of the audience you may experience the beauty of ballet or the

strum of the violin string. The sound of the operatic voice singing the Italian Aria may bring a tear to your eye as you connect with the music. Beyond being a spectator you may have children involved in dance and music recitals or you may be a participant yourself. Becoming engaged in performing arts stimulates the emotional energy within.

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Manager with DSU Cultural Seed Packet #4 - Visual Arts Arts Community Outreach This packet of seeds does not contain and a television, DVD or video game. It does however engage the mind by visually stimulating the creative senses and a desire to participate through tactile practice. The paintbrushes, the crayon, the chalk, the oil, all are mediums used to create masterful pieces of art. Strolling through the art gallery you might experience a beautiful sunset on canvas or a shimmering bronze sculpture. Beyond the walls of a gallery there are trips to experience and art classes to be taken. The seeds of the visual arts packet will harvest a connection to color.

This spring consider planting a garden of culture, and enjoy a bounty of harvest for years to come!

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WCSD Foundation Reaches Out to Kids in Need By Pam Graf


It is hard to imagine that right here in our warm, safe and cozy community, there are children living in circumstances that are not what we would hope for them. Washington County School District Foundation is working closely with Bob Green, Coordinator of Child Services for WCSD, to help provide necessities to homeless and at-risk children. Currently, we have approximately 800 students About the Author classified as homeless who are registered Pam Graf is the Foundation Director for Washington in Washington County School District County School District and Schools. Homeless can be categorized as is actively involved in the living in a motel, a home with more than community. She was born one family, Dixie Care and Share, or living and raised in St. George and in a car. These and many other students moved all the way to Santa Clara which she calls her who have needs for food, clothing, home. shelter, eyeglasses, and medical needs are considered at-risk. The Foundation has set up an at-risk account where individuals in the community can help with these needs by donating to the Foundation in their behalf. Abraham Lincoln said, “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.� Our students deserve to have the best education possible, and taking care of their basic needs will allow them that opportunity, because having those basic necessities will allow them to be more prepared to learn and absorb what they are being taught . If you would like to donate to the at-risk account, please contact Pam Graf at or call 435-673-3553, ext. 5161.


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Intro to Cycling When getting started in the the sport of cycling, the cost may get a bit over whelming so start with the basics: If you are a minimalist, you can get by with less, but please make sure you have a helmet. BIKE: Old, new, green, red, pink, blue, it is a simple machine with few moving parts. Somewhere between free, $10, and $100 will get you on the road. The Deseret Industries has a great selection of used bicycles that need little to no work to get you on the road. A GOOD new bike from High Knees Cycling will start about $250-700, the differences from a $59 Wal-Mart bike are many: it will last longer, work better, need adjustments less frequently, and be more fun to ride... but for now, just get started with what you can afford. There are only a few things you need to take care of on any bike: keep air in the tires, a little oil on the chain, and adjust brakes and seat so it fits you right and everything moves without rubbing (you AND the bike). If you can’t get anyone to help you and you’re not mechanical, High Knees Cycling has a full service staff willing and ready to get you riding. High Knees Cycling is owned and operated by people that love bikes and love to talk bikes; they will never try to sell you anything you don’t need. They will understand your situation and give you good advice. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t understand, they will explain. If you want to ride your old bike at the lowest cost possible, let them know, and they’ll treat you fair. When you get more serious and start thinking about a new bike, they will know where you’ve come from and steer you right.

START RIDING: Start small, and have a destination! The thing I’ve found with beginners is, if you have fun, you’ll want do it more. In the beginning, one to two miles (five to ten minutes) each way is plenty. Try riding to the grocery store or a little errand to give your ride purpose. If it’s a “fitness ride”, start out with five, ten, or fifteen minutes, and build up a minute or two the next time. Your body is amazing--you will advance quickly, and in about a month you will be stronger and faster than you started just by getting your muscles fit. Group rides and clubs are good ways to get started too, they have all levels of riders so you can get with a group going just your speed. The most common mistake people make is over-doing it. I hear stories all the time... “Man am I sore!... I was having so much fun I kept going but didn’t realize I’d have to double the distance to get back home.” So, have fun, take short routes with detours or stop offs, take photos of your adventures, and as you gain experience and fitness you will naturally go further with less effort.

HELMET: A must! 80% of serious bike injuries involve the head. Your odds of avoiding brain trauma are good if you wear a helmet every time. Cheap is OK. I’ve cracked a few helmets now..... pretty badly. Without them, head meets pavement at 18-20 mph... I’ve met quite a few people by now that have been hurt much worse, and of course the many ghost bikes I’ve seen are a constant reminder. St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2014 99

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March 1 Lake to Lake Team Relay and Ultra. A 50-mile team relay from Gunlock Reservoir to Sand Hollow Reservoir. Gunlock State Park March 8 Spring Art On Main Gallery Stroll, St. George Art Museum (start) and Main Street, Admission to the museum is waived the evening of the Gallery Walk. Make sure to pick up a free “punch card” at the Art Museum that is marked at each gallery attended. March 15 Spectrum 10K, Ivins City Park, Come enjoy a beautiful, scenic run through Snow Canyon State Park. Transportation to the start line will leave at 8:15am from Ivins City Park. Runners MUST ride the bus provided. Pre-registration is accepted until Friday, March 7th. Late registration accepted until Wed., March 12th for an additional $10 late fee. NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION! March 20 Mini Indy. Sponsored by SkyWest Airlines, Dixie College and the City of St. George, Mini Indy 2014 will bring together teams from international & local businesses, community leaders and various civic groups to race miniature Indy-style cars through a twisting course. Dixie Center Parking Lot & Exhibit Hall, Dixie State College

March 29 Sandhollow Marathon, Hurricane UT.


April 5: SHAC Triathlon. Beginner: 200 yard swim, 5 mile bike, 1.5 mile run. Sprint: 400 yard swim, 10 mile bike, 5K run. Kids Beginner: 50 yard swim, 1 mile bike, 1/2 mile run. Kids Sprint: 100 yard swim, 2 mile bike, 3/4 mile run. NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION! April 11 & 12 3v3 Live Streetball. All age groups are invited to the Lifetime Store & Team D Auto parking lots to compete in 3 on 3 Live Streetball. Up to 4 players is $100, add a 5th player for an additional $25. Register online by April 5 at, check in on April 10 at Lifetime Stores. April 19 Bubble Run, Ridgetop Complex, The BUBBLE RUN™ is 5km of frothy goodness! At each kilometer, participants will run through Bubble Zones, and come out covered head to toe in colored bubbles and foam! Early Bird – $40, After Mar 5 – $45, After Apr 9 – $50. Team members save $5. Kids 6 and under race for free with fully paid adult registration.


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