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Nutrition Building a Solid Nutritional Foundation


Outdoor Living

Local Hiking 22 Youth Diaries: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


MAY/JUNE 2018 On The Cover: The Official Start of Summer - Utah Valley’s Summerfest.

Culture Thanksgiving Point: Creating Memories for Families Behind the Lens 31


Obstructive Sleep Apnea 14 Simple Ways to Improve Mood

Financial Should You Stay or Should You Go? Pros and Cons of IRA Rollovers 18




Family Wellness

Understanding Transgender Children 24 The Multiple Sides of Child Abuse 26 Misconceptions Around Parental Alienation 27

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This is my favorite time of year! Long, sunny days leave me itching to get outside. Time spent outside has an amazing way of nourishing body and soul. Whether it’s a quiet afternoon in the garden, relishing in the feel of rich soil in my hands, or an afternoon at the park with the kids, life is full of opportunities to get outside. This issue features some great hikes and nutrition ideas, plus an event calendar full of possible activities for the whole family. Orem’s Summerfest and the festivals held in the surrounding communities are a great way to kick off the summer and to connect with other members of the community. There’s something about concerts in the park, Saturday morning parades and fireworks that fills me with nostalgia and brings a smile to my lips. There are also a multitude of organized, fun ways to get active. Did you know Provo has its very own bike ghost tour? Or how about participating in a 5K fun run or Utah bike month? I’m not much of a runner, but even I’m a little tempted by Provo’s midnight 5K glow run. What could be more fun than running around in the middle of the night with glow sticks? Then there are adventures for the truly ambitious. Mount Timpanogos, the Utah Valley Marathon and Ragnar are cherished Utah Valley traditions. Even if you’re not up to 26.2, volunteering is a great way to get out and get involved. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to take a jog around your neighborhood when you get back home! So, whether it’s a walk around the block with a friend, a hike up the canyon with your dog, an afternoon at a summer festival or training for a marathon – find a way to get out there and enjoy these beautiful summer days (and nights)! Your body and soul will thank you!

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Lisa Goff, RYT Editor

Stacey Bailey Creative Consultant

Kim Reynolds Author, Outdoor Living

Wendy Thueson, MH Author, Nutrition

Travis Lott, CPT, CNS Author, Fitness

Kelli Bettridge, CPT, FNS Author, Fitness

Phil Scoville, LMFT Author, Family Wellness

Charles Abouo Author, Athlete’s Corner

Triston Morgan, PhD, LMFT Executive Editor

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Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to let you in on a little summer secret: Utah Valley has a community college! There is a college with a funny name located within the UVU you already know that is dedicated to helping students succeed by providing all sorts of resources, and it is my job as dean to make sure that we produce results. The collection of degrees and programs, student support services, and academic departments organized under the umbrella of UVU’s University College is based upon a student-centered, best-practice, national model. University College fulfills an important community college function and makes open enrollment possible at the University by being a student’s connection to success. It is our primary focus to be inclusive and help each student feel welcomed and valued. We are here to ensure there is a way to engage all students as they successfully complete their coursework and obtain their desired degree. Put simply, we provide a place and a path for every student. The best possible measure of our success is for our students to earn a degree. I invite students to set their sights on earning a degree rather than just attending college! Connecting often with an academic advisor is the best way to make that happen. Students often struggle with math and writing. No worries, we have a plan for that. We pride ourselves in hiring master teachers to teach the courses in our Developmental Math and Literacies and Composition Departments. To support those classes, we have certified tutors standing by in our Math Lab and in our Writing Center where students can get help — at no cost — for all stages of writing a paper or solving a math problem. Free tutoring is also available for many challenging subjects like physics and chemistry, to name just two, in Academic Tutoring.

Forrest Williams, Ed.D. Dean, University College Utah Valley University Dr. Forrest Williams came to UVU in 1994 as faculty in the Department of Basic Composition/ESL. He served as Department Chair from 2002-2009. Prior to coming to UVU, he taught English in Provo School District at Timpview High School and was an adjunct instructor at UVU as well. After he finished being department chair, he was selected as associate dean in University College and held that position for two years. He became Dean of University College in 2014. He was born and raised in Wyoming and won’t let you forget about it. He has visited Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. He speaks fluent Italian with his wife, Lisa, who is an Italian citizen as are both of his children, Alex and Ashley. They make their home in Cedar Hills located near the mouth of American Fork Canyon.


I invite our students who speak one or more languages or who want to get to know people who do, to check out the English Conversation Club to interact with other students from all over the world who are learning English, often native speakers of the LDS Mission language in which they want to maintain fluency. It’s an amazing opportunity. I’ve only touched on some of what we offer to help students release their potential on their way to becoming an educated citizen in a democratic society. Please help me spread the word among your friends and accept my invitation to explore our website right now; it has been carefully designed to highlight what we can do for you! With encouragement,

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Springville Clyde Recreation Center The Springville Clyde Recreation Center is Utah Valley’s newest recreation center. The citizens spoke and we are delivering a beautiful facility with some of the most picturesque views of the mountains. We understand that a recreation center is not just a fitness and aquatic building, but rather a hub of wellness activity and community interaction. We want to drive the pulse of the community to a more active and social lifestyle. One way we intend to do that is by offering classes with the latest fitness trends.

We carefully considered the needs of our citizens throughout each phase of design and construction and genuinely want patrons to participate in every amenity...

We will be offering your typical ZUMBA, yoga, and spin classes while incorporating High Fitness, Barre, and Glide FitFloat – the latest in floating fitness mat exercise. We will have fitness classes for every skill level and age. If patrons are not comfortable exercising in groups then we have cardio, selectorized, and free weight equipment available to use at their own pace. One unique feature of the Clyde Recreation Center (CRC) is the CrossFit studio space in the mezzanine – complete with synthetic turf, SYNRGY 360, and TRX stations. In addition to these fitness spaces there is a gymnasium available for drop-in play.

All of these classes will be accessible by purchasing a daily pass or purchasing a 3, 6, or 12 MO membership. Additional fees will apply for CRC Swim lessons, Tiny Tot Sports, and Child Watch with pre-registration. We carefully considered the needs of our citizens throughout each phase of design and construction and genuinely want patrons to participate in every amenity which is why we have embraced the motto – #YouBelongHere. We are excited to see you in May 2018.

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By Orem City Staff Summerfest is a celebration of all the things that make Orem a great place to live, work, and play. And it is a celebration of coming together as friends and neighbors and building a sense of community. Summerfest 2018 has plenty of great activities to get the whole family involved. These activities are taking place at City Center Park and Scera Park again this year. With two parks, we can provide even more fun! This year, the Scera Shell Outdoor Theatre will play host to Jenny Oaks Baker and Family Four, Dallyn Vail Bayles, and the Utah Valley Symphony. Don’t miss out on this Grammy Award Nominated violinist. In addition to these amazing musicians, we’ll have other stage entertainment throughout Summerfest. Be sure to keep an eye on our website to see what else is in store. Another fun-filled activity that’s become tradition is the “Orem’s Got Talent!” competition. This event will take place on Thursday, June 8th. Come see who will take the title this year in a talent competition that features performers of all ages. The Car Show is also back! Come and see both old and new cars. We have fantastic participation from enthusiasts of all different types of car categories. This event is fun for all ages! We can’t forget our boutiques and business showcase! Come enjoy shopping at the Orem Summerfest Boutiques. We will have a little something for everyone, so come and see your favorite vendors from previous years and our new ones! We also have plenty of business booths this year, so come and see our local business. They will be handing out free stuff along with promoting their businesses in the area! The City will have many fun activities for the kids too! We’ll have Kid’s Crafts, reptile shows, Jugglenutz, pony rides, a petting zoo, and carnival rides at Scera Park. Freedom Vehicles are back this summer too! Families will be able to come see, touch, smell and learn about U.S. military history through rare and authentic vehicles and artifacts. 10

Schedule of Events Baby Contest | June 9th 10:00am – 2:00pm Boutiques | June 8th noon – 10pm | June 9th 10:00am – 10:00pm Business Showcase | June 8th and 9th Car Show | June 9th 10:00am – 3:00pm Cooper’s Run | June 9th 5K at 8:30am Fireworks | June 9th just after parade Food Court | Thursday, June 7th from 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday, June 8th from noon – 10:00pm Saturday, June 9th from 10:00am – 10:00pm Freedom Vehicles | June 9th 10:00am – 3:00pm Grand Parade | June 9th at 7:00pm Orem’s Got Talent | June 7th at 7:00pm Orem Rotary Pancake Breakfast | June 9th from 8:00am – 10:00am Rides and Carnival | June 8th @ 5:00pm-10:00pm June 9th @ noon – 10:00pm June 10th @ 10:00am – 10:00pm

The city staff work around the clock to make Summerfest Utah County’s favorite community event. One of the highlights of Summerfest is the Baby Contest. The Orem Summerfest and America’s Freedom Festival have teamed up to present the 2018 Great Big Baby Contest. All children ages 0-44 months are invited to participate. Categories for best costume, patriotic costume, siblings, twins, multiples, and individual will also be available. Winners in each category will get to ride in the Orem Summerfest Grand Parade that evening at 7pm. Last year, we brought in Cooper’s Run to the Summerfest line-up. Cooper’s Run was created in honor of Cooper Kofford, a celebration of community strength. There will be a 5K where runners, skateboarders, bike riders, strollers, joggers, and everything in-between are welcome. Also, the event will include face painters, music and dancing, balloon artists, carnival rides and games, and food. The Carnival is also full of fun activities! Come join us at Family Carnival Night when the carnival rides are just one ticket; yes, one ticket and all tickets cost only $0.75 each (regular price on Friday & Saturday is $1.00 per ticket). While you’re there, check out the food vendors too! You are certain to find your edible favorites so be sure to make your evening even more memorable by treating your favorites with their favorite things to eat! Another highlight of the week is the Grand Parade. The Parade will be filled with beautiful floats, smiling royalty, dignified city officials, marching bands and entertaining commercial entries. This year even has a few surprises planned, so be sure not to miss it! The parade begins at 7:00pm on 800 E at 400 S traveling north to Center Street and then west on Center to State Street. And of course you don’t want to miss the fireworks! Come celebrate with us as we conclude Summerfest in style at 10pm on June 9th with an amazing show. We hope that you enjoy your time at Summerfest! Summerfest is an opportunity for all of Orem to come together and celebrate summer and all of the great things that come with it! Utah Valley Health & Wellness Magazine | May/June 2018 11

About the Author

Stop Acting Insane!

Travis Lott is a certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, certified nutritionist, and certified weight-loss specialist at Leantrition. He has trained many diverse individuals and groups over the years including people of all ages, weight classes, and medical histories. Many of his clients have seen very successful results that have changed their lives. Travis is passionate about the health industry and takes pride in helping others achieve a new, healthy way of living.

By Travis Lott, CPT, Owner

What is the definition of insanity? It is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. If what you’re doing right now isn’t working, it’s time to change things up! Some of the most common solutions people lean toward when trying to lose fat are diet and exercise. Perfect. That’s the first step in the right direction. However, people who are out of shape or overweight, from very low daily activity, overeating, or a combination of the two, typically use diet and exercise as a weight loss method instead of adapting them as a way of life. Temporarily adopting these methods will be unsuccessful in the long term. Frankly, this is an unhealthy relationship with exercise and nutrition. To test and see if you fall into this, let’s see if you can relate to any of these situations or mindsets: • You exercise or change your diet because you are obsessed with the number on the scale • You dread going to the gym • You have an obsession about never having a cheat meal • You don’t enjoy working out or being active • You’re always crash dieting or doing unsustainable diets • Exercise is not a priority • Your exercise and nutrition routine drastically ebbs and flows constantly throughout life I’m sure there are more, but these seem to be most common. Behavior change is the hardest thing for ourselves, isn’t it? If you temporarily use diet and exercise to lose weight, then you’ll never really enjoy a healthy lifestyle and will always view it as punishment or torture. But the real torture is gradually becoming unhealthier as we age and becoming physically impaired. Let’s not let that happen to us. Think of exercise as your physical 401K or IRA. You need to invest the time and exercise now. 12

So where do we go from here? Why does it seem so impossible to just be healthy? I truly believe that it can’t happen all at once. It is a process. Through this process you should not have unrealistic expectations. It should not demand results driven by the wrong reasons. First, you must: 1. Light a fire. You must start thinking, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!” You need that kind of passion because that is the only way to ignite the start of a change from stubborn behaviors. 2. Game Plan. Decide what works best with your current situation. Make sure that it fits with your schedule, family, and any other responsibilities that you have. Make sure it is realistic, but challenging. 3. Execution. Now that you have a game plan, act on it! You don’t have to be perfectly executing the plan, just keep at it. If you feel this may be beyond your expertise or knowledge, get a coach, a personal trainer, or a workout partner. 4. Focus on habits, not numbers. This is the most important step besides having that fire! Your good habits will eventually get the numbers, so don’t focus on the numbers, the scale, etc. They are just a distraction when developing a healthy lifestyle. There are so many other little things that can help, but just focus on these four steps. The purpose is to change poor behaviors and develop a healthy lifestyle that you can appreciate and enjoy for years to come. Be patient and consistent. Good things come to those who wait!


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By Kelli Bettridge, CPT, FNS

High intensity interval training, we’ve all heard about it but have you jumped on board yet? The number one excuse I hear from clients and students is, “I don’t have time to workout.” High intensity interval training is where you alternate bouts of very intense activity with lower intensity activity. Turn up the intensity and the time you need to spend on a workout is cut in half! One way I like to implement HIIT training with clients is by using a timer. First, come up with 4 or 5 exercises; make sure at least one of those exercises is a cardio exercise to keep the intensity high. Set a timer for 8 minutes. Then do 10-15 reps of each exercise and keep repeating the circuit until the timer goes off. If you’re not out of breath after this, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough! Depending on your fitness level, that 8-minute circuit just might be enough for you, but work towards doing 3 different circuits for a total of a 24-minute workout. Record your progress each time so you can push yourself to do better each time! Here are a couple circuits for you to try! Circuit 1

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Jumping Jacks


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All of these exercises can be done at home or in a gym. Cater them to YOUR fitness level by doing them with your body weight or challenge yourself by adding some weight. Besides saving time, benefits of HIIT training include: • Boosted metabolism • Muscle tone • Increased energy • Reduced body fat • Fun Ok, that last one might be my personal opinion, but I love the way I feel after a good HIIT session! Give it a try and you might just love it too!

About the Author Kelli is a NASM CPT and is FNS certified. She currently trains clients at Vasa Fitness. Kelli earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Utah Valley University where she currently teaches Fitness for Life.

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About the Author Dr. C. Michael Bennett is Double Board Certified in Dental Sleep Medicine and Craniofacial Pain, and Director of the Vivos Breathing Wellness Center in Orem

Obstructive Sleep Apnea What Everyone Needs to Know By Dr. C. Michael Bennett, DDS

A Q&A with Dr. Michael Bennett, DDS, Double Board Certified in Dental Sleep Medicine and Craniofacial Pain, and Director of the Vivos Breathing Wellness Center in Orem What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? OSA “is a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breathe. It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway.” For some, an under-developed jaw narrows the airway, also causing OSA. In severe cases, the drop in blood oxygen saturation can be as high as 40%, which can be life-threatening. The brain then responds to the oxygen deficit by causing brief arousals from sleep in order to restore normal breathing; many people with OSA have hundreds of these low-oxygen awakenings throughout the night. Who has OSA and what are the signs? It is estimated that as many as 29 million American adults suffer from this condition and up to 22 million American children also are at risk. The most obvious symptoms include snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, but it’s also been linked to several chronic health 14

issues, including cardiovascular problems, cancer, diabetes, and dementia in adults, and serious problems including ADHD/ADD, bedwetting and lower IQ for children. Left untreated, it can even be fatal. Diagnosing and treating OSA should be a priority for anyone who thinks it may affect them or a loved one. How is OSA diagnosed and treated? Generally, a physician diagnoses OSA through patient history and sleep studies, which provide verifying data for the diagnosis. In recent years, dentists who are certified in dental sleep medicine have joined the efforts to diagnose and treat patients who are suffering from OSA. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) provides steady, pressurized air through a mask worn while sleeping. The airflow helps to maintain an open airway, preventing pauses in breathing. While the first-line treatment for OSA has been CPAP, it’s a lifetime treatment of the symptom, and few want to wear it every night like they should to make a real difference. Many people

find it intrusive, and compliance studies show that anywhere from 29% to 83% of patients aren’t compliant with their CPAP therapy. Other treatment options include a multitude of oral devices that look like sports mouth guards and help to maintain an open airway by stabilizing the jaw in a forward position. These mandibular repositioning devices are customized and fitted by dentists who are trained in sleep medicine. Like CPAP therapy, oral devices only treat the sleep apnea symptoms, and patients are required to use their device every night for the rest of their lives. Is there a cure? Up until now, the most common treatments such as CPAP and mandibular repositioning devices have only been able to treat the symptoms. What’s growing in popularity is a breakthrough technology that may be the first viable long-term solution because it actually addresses a major root cause of the condition. At my practice, we’ve seen excellent results in both adults and children as the Vivos System technology gently enhances the patient’s airway over about 18 months to restore healthy sleep and breathing that lasts. What to do? If you’re concerned at all that you or a family member might have OSA, don’t wait. Talk to your doctor and ask for a sleep study. These can be conducted in a lab or at home, which is easy, affordable and accurate. Both are also painless, safe and covered by most insurance plans. Getting diagnosed and treated as soon as possible, with the latest technology, can drastically improve your health.

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Simple Ways to Improve Mood By Alberto Souza, MSN, APRN, FNP-C We all have those days when it feels like we woke up on the wrong side of the bed. For whatever reason, we are just in a bad mood. Often times these bad mood feelings are associated with difficult or stressful events in our lives, such as trouble at work, financial problems, or disappointment. Sometimes these bad mood feelings last for only a few hours, but sometimes they might linger for days at a time. There are many simple strategies to improve one’s mood in spite of what it is that might be bringing us down. Be With People Often times when we are feeling low, just being with a trusted friend or family member and talking about our feelings can make all the difference. We shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about our mood or admit that we need help. In fact, many times isolating ourselves can be one of the biggest culprits in a lingering bad mood.

Get Out Whether it’s a brisk walk through the neighborhood or a trip to the grocery store, getting out of the house can do wonders for improving our mood. Sometimes we just need a little sunshine or to breathe in some fresh air. The sights and sounds of everyday life can get our mind off of things and be a beautiful distraction. Enjoy Yourself When a bad mood strikes we might find ourselves not even wanting to do the things we normally enjoy, but doing them anyway can take our minds off of negative thoughts and oftentimes will help us feel better overall. Think of simple pleasures like reading, exercising, cooking or baking, shopping or just watching a funny movie or show. Talk to a Professional Feeling sad or moody are normal human emotions we all experience from time to time. Depression is different from these emotions, primarily because depression is a pervasive feeling of sadness that impacts our entire life and doesn’t just go away even when things in our lives are good. We should not hesitate to reach out to a professional to help us understand our feelings and deal with them appropriately. Source: Psychology Today

About the Author Alberto has worked in healthcare for over 10 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Alberto has been been working as a Nurse Practitioner since April of 2013. In addition to his work as a Nurse Practitioner, he also teaches online classes for the Dixie State University Nursing Program. His genuine love for people and desire to continue to learn and improve has allowed him to experience a great deal of success as a provider, to establish a good rapport with patients and to develop lasting relationships with other medical professionals. Alberto is also fluent in 3 languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish) which allows him to better serve a more diverse population. He is currently pursuing further certification in Psychiatry and Mental Health in order to provide his patients with the most up-to-date services and treatments in the field. Alberto practices at the Center for Couples and Families.


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Should You Stay or Should You Go? Pros and Cons of IRA Rollovers By Todd Francis Johnson, Northwestern Mutual If you’re changing jobs or getting ready to retire, you may be considering an IRA rollover—which means transferring funds from a qualified retirement plan, like a 401(k) or 403(b) account, to an IRA. But before you move your stash, be sure to do your homework. While tax-qualified plans and IRAs are both retirement-savings tools, they’re different financial vehicles with individual rules. If you’re thinking about a rollover, you’ll want to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each option in the context of your specific situation. Reasons to Roll Over An IRA rollover is a great way to consolidate your funds in one location—and it could give you investment flexibility with potentially fewer penalties. Here are some things to list in the “pro” column if you’re considering making a move: • More investment options: An IRA could give you access to a broader array of investments than a 401(k)—including solutions that could help you reach your retirement goals. • Penalty-free withdrawals: You can take assets out of an IRA before age 59½ without penalty (although the distribution is still taxable) to covers costs for: • College education. Withdraw money from your IRA to pay for certain educational expenses, including college for your kids or grandkids. • First-time home purchase. Tap your IRA for up to $10,000 in funds to build a down payment for a home for yourself, your spouse or your child. A first-time home buyer is defined as someone who has not owned a home for two years prior to purchase. • Health insurance. Use your IRA to pay for health insurance premiums if you haven’t held a job for at least 12 weeks. • Estate benefits – While most 401(k) plans require heirs to take immediate possession of assets after the policyholder passes away, an IRA could allow them to take tax-deferred distributions over their lifetimes. Reasons to Stick With Your Plan On the “con” side of your rollover-readiness list, you’ll want to include the options you may have to give up if you convert your qualified plan to an IRA. Here are a few: • Borrowing power: If you need cash, you may be able to take out a loan against funds in your qualified plan (check your policy for details); IRAs don’t offer this feature.


• Protection against lawsuits: While both IRAs and qualified plans offer some safeguards against creditor claims and bankruptcy, qualified funds About the Author generally have greater protection from Todd Johnson is a Wealth Management Advisor with creditors. • Flexibility in divorce settlements: Northwestern Mutual. He is also the Managing Director Both types of retirement plans can for operations in Southern be split during a divorce, but qualified Utah. Todd has been with plans offer more flexible distributions. Northwestern Mutual Unlike IRAs, they allow the receiving since 2003; he began after spouse to access funds before age 59½ completing his Law Degree at Case Western University. without incurring a penalty. He is married to Erin Johnson • Early penalty-free access: If you retire and they are the parents of or leave your job after age 55, you can three beautiful girls. When access funds from a qualified plan at he is not working, Todd enjoys spending time boating, an earlier age than you can with IRA mountain biking, riding funds. Between the ages of 55 and horses, and spending time with 59½, you’ll pay a 10 percent penalty to his family. withdraw money from your IRA, but you can tap into your qualified plan without paying any extra fees. There are many factors to consider when deciding if a rollover is the right decision for you. A financial professional can help you weigh the options and choose a course that matches your specific goals and needs. You should consult your tax advisor to understand any tax implications. This publication is not intended as legal or tax advice. Financial representatives do not give legal or tax advice. Taxpayers should seek advice based on their particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor

Article prepared by Northwestern Mutual with the cooperation of Todd Francis Johnson. Todd Francis Johnson is a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and its subsidiaries. Wealth Management Advisor is an agent of NM based in St George, UT. To contact Todd Francis Johnson, please call (435) 628-8248, e-mail him at todd.johnson@ or visit his website at

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Athletes Corner:

How To Keep an Aging Body Young! By Charles Abouo I’m learning that my body isn’t quite the same as it used to be. As I get older my knees and ankles crack in the morning. A couple years ago there were no cracks or pops, and now they are as loud as ever. A physiotherapist recently told me that it is a combination of inflammation and arthritis due to overuse. Arthritis for a 28-yearold? I was surprised to hear that. I remember as a teenager, I was advised by basketball players I looked up to take care of my body. They would say things like “You only have so many jumps in those knees”. That really got my attention! Now, as a 28-year-old professional athlete, I can tell you, they were right. I couldn’t say that a couple years ago, but eventually, it just happens. Everyone’s body is getting more wear and tear every day. You can eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep, but the pops and cracks still creep up on you. I’m not saying that to discourage you from taking preventative measures. I’m reminding you about the reality of this real biological process called age, because it is inevitable and it will happen. I want you to start fighting it before the cracks and pops keep you from moving as well as you can. I definitely need to save as many jumps or sprints as I can, for my career now and for the rest of my life. Soreness, less energy, and inflammation are issues we deal with over time. Certain daily habits can delay the effects that time will have on your body. Slowing down is going to happen, but it does not have to happen soon. Take these measures to keep your body feeling good today and every day! What will keep you feeling young? 1. Don’t stay up late! - Sleep is the number one remedy for recovery. Get your 8 hours! 2.  Limit pain causing foods - Limit sugar, fried foods, processed meat, refined grains, alcohol, trans fats, fast foods. These foods are highly inflammatory. 3. Eat more of these foods - Green vegetables and berries are two anti-inflammatory foods most of us have access to that can decrease inflammation in the body. 4. Warm up, stretch and massage - Prevent injury by warming up the body, stretching to increase range of motion, and using a foam roller to keep the muscles working properly. Spend $20 on a foam roller, lacrosse ball for your feet and a softball for bigger muscle groups, and start working those muscles. 5. Core strength, mobility, and flexibility > weights - Unless you are a bodybuilder or participate in a sport that requires quite a bit of strength. How well we move and can transfer our force and energy becomes much more important than simply how much weight we can move. No matter how strong we are, without a strong core holding it all together, flexibility and mobility, we are at risk for lots of issues we do not want. Yoga, Pilates, and swimming are great low impact activities with tremendous benefits for aging athletes.

About the Author Charles is a former NCAA student and professional basketball player. He was an athlete at Brigham Young University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise and wellness.

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Building a Solid Nutritional Foundation By Wendy P. Thueson, MH Epigenetics is a hot topic these days. It is a new science based around our DNA. Scientists are finding that we can only blame about 2% of our health problems on the DNA that has been passed down from our parents and ancestors. The other 98% of health challenges we face has to do with our environment. This knowledge is quite empowering because we know that our bodies have been designed to repair and heal themselves with the proper tools. We can, therefore, make changes to improve the way our genes express themselves by making specific adjustments to these factors. We choose what to eat multiple times a day. The food we consume literally becomes the cells that make up our bodies. If we eat plenty of fresh plant-based, whole-foods, we are creating a solid foundation of health that lasts. We need foods that contain plenty of vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, amino acids, and phytochemicals. These come specifically from plants. Some of these nutrients have been synthetically created in a lab but are not as effective in supplemental form as what nature gives us through food. Killing the enzymes in raw foods by cooking them to death with high heats and processing is another factor that affects our health. We need a variety of enzymes such as metabolic, food, and digestive enzymes to help every system of our bodies function. These, again, come from the plants in their uncooked state. When we don’t get enough through our food, the body takes from our enzyme reserve that we’re born with, further depleting our energy and storage for later in life. This can affect us as we age, creating further health problems and digestive issues. There are other environmental factors to consider as well. Electromagnetic frequencies all around us affect our health as well as resistance indicators such as bacteria, viruses, molds, parasites and fungus. Environmental challenges such as radiation, chemicals and toxic metals are also hard on our health. So how can we determine what is going on inside our bodies? Blood tests can tell us quite a bit about various nutrients and other tests can pick up parasites, viruses, etc. Our bodies also display various symptoms according to deficiencies they may be experiencing so learning how to read what they are saying is very beneficial. I use a hair scanner that helps to see what is going on in the body nutritionally and creates a food plan according to each person’s specific needs relating to each of these factors described above. This information can help assess the needs of each person and tailor nutritional needs as well. Science, education, and intuition are all helpful for us to understand what we specifically need for optimum health. Clearing the body of these common environmental factors is imperative for good health along with regular exercise, drinking purified water, sunshine, fresh air, and loving relationships. As we create a healthier environment in which to live, we are practicing prevention from serious health challenges and saving money in the long-run. Even if there is a chronic illness or disease, given the right tools, we can often improve or even reverse these as well. Isn’t it time to improve and maintain your health for the better? To learn more about the Cell Well-being scanning machine or report, please visit: report and contact us for more information. Be sure to visit the home page as well for FREE recipes to get started. 20

About the Author Wendy P. Thueson, M.H. is also known as Raw Chef Wendy. She is a professional Chef, Master Herbalist and Raw Food Lifestyle Coach. She suffered from chronic fatigue for 28 years, debilitating neck and back pain, brain fog, stuttering, and Grave’s disease, to name a few. After eating a high amount of raw foods and using herbs medicinally, she now lives symptom, pain and medication free. She educates all ages through hands-on classes, speaking, on television, radio and in magazines. She is an author of several books and online programs and helps others learn how to create happier lives. Find her at


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HIKING By Kim Reynolds As we approach spring it’s time to get excited about visiting local, and not-so-local, hiking trails. The big question is, where do I go? As a seasoned hiker, it is hard to choose just one trail to write about. Especially when there are so many options right in our backyard. Let me start with a few options with varying terrain, length, and visitors.

Option #1 I want to hike with my dog, kids, or start with something easy. Stewart Falls: 3.5 miles This hike is a favorite for all levels. Park at Aspen Grove trailhead up Provo Canyon and plan on a few hours hiking in aspens and ending at a beautiful 200-foot waterfall. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Option #2 Feeling like I’m ready for an intermediate hike, would love to see some waterfalls. Grove Creek/Battle Creek Loop: 8 miles I love this loop due to the beauty of the waterfalls, meadows, and views all along the way. Start at the Grove Creek trailhead, make sure you get a detailed trail description before heading out for this one, it can be confusing is a few areas. If you hike in the summer months you will see tons of wildflowers and wildlife.

Option #3 I want to summit a peak, could I do Mount Timpanogos? Mount Timpanogos: 14 miles Do not let this hike intimidate you!!! It is a wonderful hike with so many highlights along the way. I recommend starting on the American Fork side, Timpooneke trail, it is less steep and has amazing wildflowers. If you are up for a steeper hike with waterfalls, go up the Sundance side, Provo Canyon, starting at Aspen Grove. You can turn it into a loop and shuttle cars. Both trails are well marked and very popular. There are also mountain goats that can be seen near the summit. You may also encounter deer, marmots, pikas, and moose. Plan on a long hike, but an amazing adventure!

For more detailed information on hikes, check out these resources: AllTrails You can sign up on this site for free, but you’re limited to a short trail description, driving directions, and reviews. If you want access to trail maps there is a fee. This site will also help in knowing if dogs are allowed on specific trails.

Hiking Project This site is super cool. I used it while trail running in Arizona on a trail I had never been on. It saved me because it mapped where I was while running and helped me pick up a connecting trail to make a loop. It is free, has available maps accessible from your phone, trail length and elevation, and popular trails not to me missed. There are many trails to choose from all over the U.S. Summitpost If you are into bagging peaks, reaching the summit, this is the site for you. It has a lot of options, posts are done by individuals so some are more detailed than others. I have found most of the information helpful. This site includes location, elevation, mileage, activities and seasons recommended for hiking, and directions to the trailhead. Some also have pretty spectacular photos. Did I mention it is free! Utah’s Favorite Hiking Trails by David Day This book is another great resource to have in your collection. The main reason I love this book is because the trail descriptions are true for everyone. Have you ever read a trail description that is so far from the truth you end up wondering who in the world wrote it? David Day lays it all out and the information is really what you find; distance, best route, hidden gems to watch for, and he also rates the hikes using a star system. This is also pretty spot on. You will need additional topo maps for some of the hikes, because the maps are very small and lack detailed information, but they give you a good idea of what to expect.

Always remember we are visitors to these beautiful places and practice Leave No Trace principles. For more information on the seven principles, visit

About the Author


Kimberly Reynolds is the Program Manager for the Utah Valley University Outdoor Adventure Center.

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Have you been contemplating how to help the environment through a change in plastic use? If so, there are three huge ways you can help. You have probably heard of them before, they are: 1. Reduce (avoid using single-use plastic materials) 2. Reuse (almost everything we use can be used again) 3. Recycle (only 5% of plastic that we use is recycled). Reduce Reducing the use of unnecessary plastic items can make a valuable contribution. Some ways to help include purchasing bamboo toothbrushes from Amazon, or other participating stores, or buying a plastic-free reusable water bottle. However, these aren’t the only ways, there are many ways to help reduce the amount of plastic consumed on our planet.

About the Author Oscar Scoville is a ninth grader who is passionate about the environment, all things football and baking macarons. This is his first article for publication.

Reuse Reusing plastic can benefit the Earth as well. When you use plastic bags from Walmart or other environmentally-friendly supermarkets, giving the no-longer-wanted bags back to the store is a simple way to reuse plastic. Washing water bottles and reusing them is another way to assist in the fight for humanity. Recycle I know we hear (and see) it constantly, but recycling is a last resort (in case you forget to reduce and reuse) to help avoid having more plastic than fish in our seas. Place your plastic in the recycle bin, instead of the garbage. It can aid the planet we have started to take for granted, in ways we can’t even imagine. It may seem like our efforts are futile, but I promise they will help. Everything helps, no matter if we do a little, or a lot. Everything we do makes a difference. Just remember to: Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!


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Do you know transgender people? It is likely that you do, even if you don’t know they are transgender. It is also likely that your children know people who identify as transgender or “trans.” You may be wondering what is happening to gender in today’s world. Gendered labels for human beings (“girl,” “boy”) are generally determined by visual examination of a baby either during a prenatal exam or at birth. (Less commonly, a genetic test may be done to identify sex chromosomes.) This generally happens long before the child is conversant, so it is only later that children About the Author recognize that their anatomy identifies them to others as Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen is belonging to a gender. clinical director of Flourish Between the age when children begin to talk and the age of Counseling Services, PLLC, puberty, some children protest being identified as a particular which provides clinical gender. Research suggests that between 50 to 80% of these children services at Encircle, a Provo LGBTQ Youth and Family will eventually resolve this and claim congruence with their gender 1 Resource Center, in Provo, or sex characteristics, while some children’s gender nonconformity Utah. will persist throughout adolescence and into adulthood. To make matters even more complicated, some children’s distress related to gender nonconformity begins after puberty, with no prior history of gender questioning. What is to be done with children who protest identifying as the sex or gender they have been known as since birth? Science tells us little about how sex chromosomes interact with sociology to create gendered experiences in the brain. However, most mental health professionals who work with children recognize that personal identification with a gender involves complex interactions of individual physiology and psychology. What recent research does tell us is that children’s mental health seems best served by our responding to their growing self-awareness with interest and acceptance rather than with our own certainty.2 Let’s meet Miles, a female-to male transgender 17-year old, and his mom, Wendy. Miles: My trans journey started in third grade. I started feeling really self-conscious about my body. Something felt very wrong about it. I just didn’t feel right about being a girl. When I turned 14, things got really tough. I felt depressed and anxious all of the time. I started cutting myself as a way to cope. Then I started binging and purging. With stronger questions about my gender, I started to become suicidal. I was hospitalized four times for suicidal attempts and ideation. Things started to get better when I started to accept myself. At By Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen, PhD, LMFT, with Wendy Gourley and Miles Gourley first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be transgender or agender [without any gender at all], but as soon as I tried being a boy, it felt perfect. It was super hard to “come out” as a boy, but it was a huge turning point in my life. I started to use healthy coping skills. I started telling myself hundreds of times a day, “I am worth it. I am enough. I am loved.” I still struggle today with self-esteem. But I am SO much happier today. Wendy: For many years, we were a typical family. I was a stay-at-home mom of four children. Miles is the youngest. We were all active in church and the kids did well at school. The biggest change in our lives was when we went from one boy and three girls to two boys and two girls. But we still love being together and are united in supporting each other – no matter what. In most ways, Miles is a typical kid. And in some ways, he’s extraordinary. This journey has turned him into the most courageous person I know. Next time: Part 2 -- What is Gender Dysphoria? Steensma, T. D., McGuire, J. K., Kruekels, B. P, Beekman, A. J., & Cohen-Kettenis, P. T. (2013). Factors associated with desistence and persistence of childhood Gender Dysphoria: A quantitative follow-up study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52, 582-590.


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The Multiple Sides of Child Abuse By Michelle Jones, LCSW Each branch of the mental health profession, including psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and social workers, has a code of ethics which outlines the values and standards which should guide the treatment they offer. For example, according to the Social Work Code of Ethics, “social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people (Code of Ethics, 2017).”1 Further, most exceptions to confidentiality are also based on the values of protecting the vulnerable in the population, meaning children and the elderly. Within the arena of high-conflict divorce, there are children who are truly being subject to physical, sexual, and emotional/psychological abuse, and at the same time, there are also parents who make false allegations of child abuse in order to gain an advantage in court. When a professional becomes involved with these families, they need to explore multiple possibilities, and see the bigger picture of protecting the children against all forms of abuse. Reflexively denying contact between a parent and child in order to err on the “safe” side is not always the “safe” thing to do. Unnecessarily disrupting a healthy parent-child relationship actually enables psychological abuse. First of all, therapists should take all claims of abuse seriously. Their obligation is to report it to the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). This agency will determine whether an investigation will be made, based on an assessment of risk factors. DCFS should be able to determine if the claim should be substantiated, whether it is a chronic problem, or a one-time incident, or whether there is no evidence for the claim at all. But when a parent makes false claims of abuse and unwarrantedly induces symptoms of anxiety or hatred in the child in order to destroy the child’s relationship with the ex-spouse, this is also an abuse known as parental alienation. It has been recognized as a form of psychological abuse, and is severely damaging to the child. A research Spinazzola, J., Hodgdon, H., Liang, L., Ford, J. D., Layne, C. M., Pynoos, R., . . . Kisiel, C. (2014). Unseen wounds: The contribution of psychological maltreatment to child and adolescent mental health and risk outcomes. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy,6(Suppl 1), S18-S28. doi:10.1037/a0037766 3 Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2018, from 4 American Professional Society Abuse Children | APSAC. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2018, from 5 Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders DSM-5. (2013). Washington: American Psychiatric Publ. 1



article published in 2014, called, “Unseen Wounds: The Contribution of Psychological Maltreatment to Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Risk Outcomes,” 2 examined the effects of psychological About the Author abuse. The lead author, Joseph Michelle Jones, LCSW, Spinazzola, PhD, of The Trauma Center graduated from Brigham Young University in at Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, Clinical Social Work. She Massachusetts stated, “Given the is the Director of Concordia prevalence of childhood psychological Families, a clinic specializing abuse and the severity of harm to young in family-court involved victims, it should be at the forefront of therapy and reuinification services. She has worked in mental health and social service training,” 3 Utah in several treatment (APA, 2014). centers, helping individuals The American Professional Society on and families for 17 years. the Abuse of Children (APSAC)4 defines She serves as a member of psychological abuse as five parental the executive committee of the National Parents behaviors, as measured by the PMM and Organization, whose mission CAPM-CV scales: is to promote shared parenting 1.  Spurning (In parental alienation, and family law reform. a parent withdraws love from the child to punish them when they connect to the other parent.) 2. Terrorizing (In parental alienation, one parent induces fear of the other parent in the child.) 3. Isolating (In parental alienation the child is cut off from the other parent and most likely the whole side of the family.) 4.  Corrupting/Exploiting (In parental alienation the child is encouraged to engage in behaviors that are cruel, disrespectful, and immoral in order to benefit the “favored” parent.) 5. Denying Emotional Responsiveness (In parental alienation, the child is punished for accepting love from the other parent.) In the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical manual, psychological abuse is defined as: “…non-accidental verbal or symbolic acts by a child’s parent or caregiver that result, or have reasonable potential to result, in significant psychological harm to the child.” (DSM 5, pg 719)5 If our fundamental value is to truly protect children, who are the most vulnerable in the population, then we need to raise the level of therapeutic competency through education and training, and do assessments which consider all forms of abuse, including parental alienation. Children should never be weaponized, and intervening systems should never enable it.

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Misconceptions Around Parental Alienation How Professionals Can Get it Wrong

By Carol Kim, MS, LMFT Divorce is hard. It is emotionally and physically draining for all people involved, including children. When a divorce becomes high conflict, children are caught in the crossfire and are treated as “prizes” to be won. Parents start pressuring their children knowingly and/ or unknowingly to choose sides. These behaviors can escalate to “alienation”. Alienation is defined as a parent teaching their children to reject the other parent using fear (Templer, 2). Due to limited research, professionals often mistake alienation for estrangement. This misdiagnosis can have devastating effects on a family. One misconception about alienation is that the alienated parent is responsible for being rejected by their child, whereas the alienating parent is considered to have little to no part in why their child is rejecting the alienated parent. Discerning whether a parent has been alienated or estranged requires specialized skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, many professionals who are assigned to such cases often have little to no training in this area. Misconceptions about alienation prevent families from getting the help they need and can even have legal ramifications. Here are some examples of harmful misconceptions: It is generally believed that if a child does not want to be with their parent it means they have done something to deserve it. However, the reason could be that the alienating parent programmed the child. It is generally believed that the child would not align with the abusive alienating parent. However, children are vulnerable to manipulation. The targeted parent often tries to enforce appropriate discipline and fill the hole left by the alienating parent. In so doing, the targeted parent is looked at harshly and viewed as not respecting their child’s wishes and feelings.

Enmeshment (blurred boundaries between two individuals) can be confused with healthy bonding. When children feel that they are not recipients of unconditional love they can be manipulated into doing what the alienating parents desires. Professionals who have these or other misconceptions may come to the About the Author conclusion that the alienating parent is Carol Kim is a Licensed stable, whereas the targeted parent is Marriage and Family not; this instability, real or perceived, is Therapist at the American often the result of depression, anxiety, Fork Center For Couples and Families. When she’s not and anger that’s developed from the working, she enjoys spending trauma of being alienated. Another time with her husband and example is if the targeted parent is two daughters. falsely accused of abusing their child; the parent may exhibit instability due to the fear being jailed, losing their children, or financial pressure. The unfortunate reality is that even strong, emotionally stable individuals may become anxious, depressed, and angry when under the pressures of alienation. Mental health professionals play a critical role in high conflict divorce cases and have the power to make things much worse or better. Given the high stakes, families are encouraged to carefully select a professional with the proper skills and training.

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June June 2-9 SPRINGVILLE ART CITY DAYS Springville celebrates the beginning of summer with a myriad of activities and events for all ages. Most are free to the public. There are concerts, contests, parades, a carnival, fireworks, hot air balloons, children’s art festival, and so much more! Springville Art City Days celebration is filled with fun for the entire family. June 4-9 SARATOGA SPLASH DAYS Saratoga Springs City Celebration is a chance to get together and celebrate the things that make our community great! Multi-day event includes concerts, food trucks, sporting events, family fun and fireworks!

May March 16 – November 17 PEDAL PROVO GHOST TOURS Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday Price: Tour: $10 Date Night Special: $16 Bike Rental: $10 Pedal Provo Ghost Tours invites you to experience the spooky side of Provo! Come out and discover the local haunts, whether as a solo ghost hunter or as group. Pedal Provo provides two different bike tours: The Cemetery & City edition and the Provo River Trail edition. You will need to bring your own bike for this tour or rent one directly from us. If you’re looking for a fun night out, try something unique. Try a Pedal Provo Ghost Tour! More information at May 2018 UTAH BIKE MONTH May is Utah’s bike month! Lots of fun rides, challenges and activities. There’s the Provo bike picnic, a cyclofemme women’s only ride, and the Provo bike challenge (complete with prizes and awards)! For all the details on these and other events (include a bike prom!) visit May 3-26 STEEL MAGNOLIAS Recurring weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Covey Center for the Arts 425 Center St, Provo, UT 84601 The Covey Center for the Arts presents Steel Magnolias! The gossip runs thick as shampoo in Truvy’s small southern beauty parlor where 6 women share the bittersweet moments of life with sass and strength. Tickets available online at

June 8-23 SHREK THE MUSICAL Time: 8:00 PM; Price: $10-$16 Come see Shrek the Musical, based on the Oscar winning Dreamworks Animation film. The musical is a Tony Award winning act. This will be an exciting and entertaining event as it brings the animated characters we all love to life! Tickets available at shrek-the-musical. June 16 STRIDES FOR STROKE 5K/1K 6th Annual Strides for Stroke event will be hosting stroke survivors from around Utah and is open to the public. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners in the adult and kids categories. We encourage all stroke survivors to come and participate in the 5K or the 1K by running, walking, or using a wheelchair. There is also a 1K victory walk for stroke survivors who would like to participate but are unable to or not interested in the 5K run. No cost associated, but participants should register. You will receive a stroke survivor t-shirt and a “goodie bag”. 100% of funds raised support the Utah Valley Stroke Association, a volunteer-led organization providing support and community events for stroke survivors and their caregivers. June 29 PROVO MIDNIGHT RUN – GLOW STICK HALF MARATHON, 10K, 5K This glow stick run races at night with Glow Sticks along the Provo River Trail System. This race has flashing finisher medals, glow stick cotton candy, L.E.D. water coolers and fun for all.

May 12 2018 HEART AND SOLE 5K Utah Valley Hospital is celebrating heart health with the race, free kids obstacle course, and a heart fair to help everyone understand how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Runners of all skill levels and abilities are welcome to participate. Everyone in the community is welcome whether they’re running the race or not! May 30 – June 3 PONY EXPRESS DAYS Pony Express Days is a town celebration that was established in 1968, 2018 will mark the 50th Annual Celebration. It is a weeklong community event which includes a Chili Cook-off, Barn Dance, Pancake Breakfast and Saturday’s Parade down Central Avenue. The parade rolls right into the big Family Festival in Pierson Park with a horse shoe tournament as well as lots of fun free activities for the kids, food and craft vendors and of course the Pony Express Saloon. On Saturday & Sunday there is a Gymkhana, which is a series of competitive games on horseback. For a complete schedule and entry forms, visit our website:

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Thanksgiving Point

Creating Memories for Families By Josh Berndt, Thanksgiving Point Communications Director Alan Ashton purchased the land for Thanksgiving Point on Valentine’s Day in 1995 as a gift. The creator of the groundbreaking software WordPerfect, Alan wanted to realize his beloved wife Karen’s dream of building a community gathering place to help preserve and cultivate a place where people can come to learn, enjoy, contemplate, and appreciate the beauty of nature and the miracle of life. Thanksgiving Point was first open to the public in 1996. The 55-acre gardens opened first, now known as the Ashton Gardens, followed by a working farm, called Farm Country, then a world-class natural history museum, the Museum of Ancient Life, joined the venues, and finally, in 2014 opened the Museum of Natural Curiosity. In early 2019, the Butterfly Biosphere will join the family as a fifth venue for families. Thanksgiving Point is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit farm, garden, and museum complex located in Lehi, Utah. Thanksgiving Point draws upon the natural world to cultivate transformative family learning. Thanksgiving Point is located at the center of Utah’s population growth equidistant between Provo and Salt Lake City metro areas. Throughout the year, Thanksgiving Point offers dozens of experiences that allow families to create long-lasting memories. Some of the most popular events each year include the Tulip Festival, Luminaria, Scarecrow Festival, and Jigglefest, just to name a few. There are a number of educational weekly events like Tales for Tots and Birdosity that take place across the property as well. One family activity takes place all the time at Thanksgiving Point’s very own dinosaur museum. At the Museum of Ancient Life is a path through geologic time using replicas of dinosaur fossils, interactive exhibits, and interpretative panels. The museum begins with a star tunnel walk and leads guest through Pre-Cambrian time into the imagined sounds of a prehistoric Jurassic world. Paleontologists cast, drill, and scrape in a working lab as well. The Museum of Ancient Life has one of the world’s largest collections of mounted fossils. While the future scientist and paleontologists of the future come and learn about our prehistoric friends, many families come for the museum’s gnome hunt.


Throughout the museum are 13 gnomes hidden in all galleries, nooks, crannies, and everything in between. The gnomes are small and also can be painted within the museum’s artwork. Visitors come from across the region to engage in this ever-changing tradition. You see, the gnomes are re-hidden twice a year so even if you find them once you’ll need to explore again. Upon completion, families get their photos placed on the “Wall of Fame” at the museum. The honor of bragging rights is the gift that keeps on giving! While the gnomes are a 12-month activity there are special summertime parties too. To celebrate Utah’s Pioneer Day, Thanksgiving Point features Jigglefest and the Utah Food’ Cook-off. This party highlight’s some of Utah’s most famous food, namely our Jell-O! Families can participate in the biggest Jell-O fight in the state and then join in a Utah food cook-off with funeral potatoes, Jell-O, Dutch oven, and fry sauce. Thanksgiving Point helps create memories, lasting and fond memories, for families. Come and see for yourself. About the Author Josh is the Communications Director at Thanksgiving Point and oversees all media and public relations for the company. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University. He worked as a radio host and sports play-byplay voice for nearly 10 years before moving into public relations full-time. He is a proud father of four children and resides in Saratoga Springs.

Behind the lens

Photojournalist Evan Cobb documenting hundreds of moments in Utah Valley The photography team at the Daily Herald is highly skilled at capturing the daily life of Utah Valley. For Evan Cobb, the paper’s newest photojournalist, this is a passion -- one born while serving with the Peace Corps in Cambodia. A psychology and peace studies graduate, Cobb traveled to Cambodia in 2012 to teach English in a rural high school. For the majority of his two years’ service he lived in the same small village with a Cambodian host family. “I fell in love with getting to know people, talking to them and taking their picture,” he said, explaining that his experience there was far more nuanced than the narratives Cambodia may be usually known for. “In Cambodia I captured daily life, quiet moments. I was interested in the normalcy of the day-to-day of Cambodians. It was a captivating way of life so different than what I was used to,” Cobb said.  Before this experience, Cobb, who grew up in Minnesota, wanted to be a therapist and work in treatment centers or possibly work in disaster response. While serving in Cambodia, though, he took about 26,000 photos - all with a simple point-and-shoot camera. Even so, he received very positive feedback about his images from friends, family and other photographers. “I felt that power an image has to convey information and get people to want to know more,” he said. Shortly after returning home, his father was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, with the prognosis of only a few months to live. Cobb put his future on hold while he and his family went through this with their father and husband. His father ended up defying the doctors and lived 13 months more. “It was a gift, but still too rushed,” he said.  His father was an amateur photographer, regularly shooting their hometown sports. During his father’s illness, the spark Cobb first felt in Cambodia for photography flared again, and he was accepted into a master’s of journalism program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Cobb joined the Daily Herald team Dec. 7, only a week after finishing his master’s degree. Cobb carries his love of capturing the small moments into his work at the Daily Herald. He loves covering community news, and believes the daily, normal moments covered by the Daily

Herald matter and affect the people here just as much as bigger issues. Just as his master’s project looked at a small community in Cambodia being displaced by wealthier development, Cobb looks for how bigger issues affect the regular people of this valley. “The similarities seen in an image - people can connect to that better. The same human themes are found in all cultures, from what I’ve experienced,” he said.  Cobb also loves the variety found in Utah County - everything from outdoors and agriculture to urban development, population growth and the tech industry. “There are a lot of topics wrapped up in this one county, and we’re the only print people who are here all the time. That’s a lot of opportunity and a lot of responsibility,” he said. 

Above, a young girls bikes in-between two rice fields in rural Kampot Province. Photo by Evan Cobb Below, Evan's host father prepares the dishes before the family prayer during Chinese New Year in Kampot Province, Cambodia. Photo by Evan Cobb

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Welcome to our magazine, Utah Valley Health & Wellness. This issue features the following articles: The Official Start of Summer; Stop Acti...

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