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Take Time to Smell the LiVe Well Roses...................................16 Desert Canyons.........................................18 Arts in April, Alfresco.............................20 Core Training for a Better Golf Swing................................23


Dining Guide........................................24 Restaurant Journeys: Magelby's.............25 Nutritional Daily Resolutions................26 Confusion in the Diet World.................29

Amino Acid & ADHD Therapy.............38 Overuse Injuries of the Foot and Ankle....................................40 Isn't it Time We Change the Way We Think About Dry Eye?..................42 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy...................43 A Tribute to Brad Stapley......................44 That Nasty "S" Word: Shingles..............45 The Realm of Wellness: Where East Meets West.....................46 Isn't it Time You Discovered the Benefits of eBiking?......................49 Hair Loss: Is There an App for That?......................................50 Spinal Cord Stimulator.........................53 Neuropathy Relief..................................54 Ready, Set, Spring!.................................56 Planet Beach: St. George's Newest and Only Infrared Fitness Studio & Spa.....57 Do You Know Why You Have Back Pain?.................................58 Is Lifestyle the Secret to the Fountain of Youth?..............................60


Funniness in Fatherhood........................30 Dixie State University's College of the Arts.............................33 Buy Local: Cakeology Bake Co. ...........34 Ending Homelessness in Washington County...........................36

MARCH/APRIL 2019 On The Cover: Red Fort Cuisine of India......................................14


In the Eye of the Beholder......................76 Saving Gabriel........................................79 The Rising Costs of Health Insurance Premiums..........................80 Stevens-Henager College: Putting Student Success First............81 My Brain Integration.............................82 Healthy Employees, Healthy Business....83 Where is Your Tollbooth?.....................85 Is Your Pet Suffering with Allergies?.....86 Separation Anxiety................................89 Spring: An Exciting, Energetic, Hopeful Time...for Most of Us.........91 Spring Cleaning Your Relationship House............................93


Healing Corner: Synergy Massage........62 The Mad Skill of Asking for Help.........64 Connection Through Meditation..........66

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FROM THE EDITOR We aren’t quite sure if the winter weather we just experienced here in southern Utah was typical or not, but it felt a little colder than the past two winters. Even though our winters are more mild than most, it definitely made us appreciate and look forward to warmer weather this spring. I know its cliché to talk about spring cleaning and the joy that comes from being able to do more outside, but it is true for us! With the warmer weather, the projects that have been waiting for us inside and outside our home are finally being completed. We couldn’t be more thrilled! For some reason, this time of year brings on a fresh and exciting attitude, motivating us to take advantage of the season and explore the opportunities in our own backyard. We are constantly amazed at the number of outdoor activities, hikes, and places to see that are available here in southern Utah. In March and April alone, there are so many fun and interesting events taking place in our community. Here are a few: • The St. George Art Festival is returning to Town Square April 19-20, showcasing great artists, delicious food, and local entertainment. This is an event you won’t want to miss. • The Home & Garden Expo is taking place at the Dixie Convention Center March 29-30. We are excited to attend this year for the first time. • The Dixie Power Kite Festival is being held at the Dixie State University Encampment Mall on April 13. The Kite Festival promotes reading and encourages family-oriented physical activity. We’ve been to this event a few times, and we always enjoy it. • The Kayenta Street Painting Festival is scheduled April 27-28. It includes street art, art galleries, food, and entertainment. With free admission, it promises to be a great experience for all who attend. Of course, this is also a good time of year to put your health first and to make an appointment with your doctors and specialists. Feeling healthy sometimes requires the advice and help of professionals who have an understanding of physical, mental, and emotional ailments. We have many professionals highlighted in this issue who can help, so let’s take action! When we proactively approach our health, we are much better off than when we react to a health crisis. Your commitment to keeping your New Year’s resolutions may have tapered off a bit by now. Yet, with summer just around the corner, it gives us a little more motivation and steam to renew our health and fitness goals. There is nothing like personal accomplishments and growth to help get us out of a slump, elevate our emotions, improve our self-esteem, and bring us joy. This issue of St. George Health & Wellness Magazine is full of articles and information that will help us on our quest to become well-rounded individuals. As you take the time to read the articles, determine which topics are pertinent in your own life, and apply them. As you do so, you will see the positive results that come from simple changes. Good things are ahead for all of us. We hope you’ll join us in committing—or re-committing—to prioritizing mental, emotional, and physical health so that we can enjoy an exceptional quality of life with our families, friends, and loved ones. Justin & Kristi Osmond Editors

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One of the main things we're known for in St. George is outdoor activity. As we enter spring, we'll once again see many residents and visitors outside playing, cycling, hiking, climbing, and participating in many other sports. Have you noticed how many vehicles are carrying bikes around town? It definitely seems like a large increase to me! With the new Snake Hollow Bike Park near Snow Canyon High School and the many paved and unpaved trails in the area, is it any wonder? Many of these folks are our neighbors. Some are visitors. Let’s be courteous and conscious of cyclists (and vice-versa) whenever and wherever we encounter them. Hopefully, we will always have a great reputation for hospitality and friendliness! Another great feature of southern Utah is the access residents and visitors have to a wide variety of the visual and performing arts. This spring, we will again host the St. George Art Festival at Town Square. St. George Musical Theater and Stage Door have incredible productions scheduled and have shows running throughout the year. Dance companies from the private and public sectors have wonderful performances by and for all ages and interests. The Heritage Choir and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra have incredible programs regularly. Art galleries and museums in the city and throughout Washington County provide amazing opportunities to enjoy and purchase exquisite art right here at home! I hope we all enjoy this beautiful time of year alongside our many visitors to Utah's Dixie!

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Game days are about to get a little more exciting in St. George now that Dixie State University has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference and begin the transition to NCAA Division I Athletics. Once we officially secure NCAA Division I status in June 2020, Dixie State will reap the many benefits that come along with this new standing. For example, Division I schools often experience increases in scholarships, enrollment, and completion rates. Other benefits like higher academic standards, additional national attention, and increased tourism revenues will be amazing benefits for the university and community as a whole. Another highlight of this transition for fans will be the creation of intense rivalries, such as one with fellow WAC member Utah Valley. Imagine the thrill—not to mention the bragging rights—that will come along with the Trailblazers’ first victory over the Wolverines. Additionally, we can pick up where we left off with Cal Baptist, with whom we were PacWest conference contenders just a few years ago. As a Division I school, we also will have the opportunity to play other nearby D-I teams such as Southern Utah University, Weber State, and Northern Arizona. The stands are definitely going to get loud as we show these schools what Trailblazer pride is all about. Start preparing your grill so it’s ready for the 2020 tailgate season; you won’t want to miss the fun of the full D-I game day experience.

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Since securing university status in 2013, Dixie State has made significant progress toward gaining full university stature. For example, academic programs have been added to increase the University’s total offerings from 60 to 200, and student enrollment has grown by 16 percent in the last three years alone. Other advancements, such as adding the 5,000-seat eastside grandstand to Trailblazer Richard “Biff” Williams Stadium and rebranding the University’s athletic identity to President of Dixie State University the Trailblazers, have specifically prepared the University for this monumental move. Today, the transition to Division I Athletics is the next step in securing full university stature. For more information about Dixie State joining the WAC, please visit dixiestateathletics.com. I am excited for the opportunity for our talented studentathletes to thrive on a bigger stage. Let’s pack the house and show our Trailblazer student-athletes our support! Go Trailblazers!

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At the beginning of the new year, most of us made some resolutions, right? Common New Year’s resolutions include working out, eating healthier, losing weight, and other health-positive behaviors. Do any of these sound familiar to you? They sure do to me. I am hoping that most of us are continuing to keep the fitness goals we set on January 1st. My own personal resolution this year is working out 4 times a week. I am just as busy as everyone else, and it is definitely not easy to find time to exercise. However, this cannot be an excuse! I know that exercise can improve mood, reduce stress, enhance sleep, and prevent disease. In this issue, I am proud to showcase Jared Wilson, one of our second year medical students, who has written an interesting and informative article on how the body and brain react to exercise. I invite you to read the article. Let’s learn together! For more information about our osteopathic medical school, please visit our website at www.rvu.edu. We are honored to be a member of this amazing community and look forward to being of service.

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Red Fort Cuisine of India

By Angel Naivalu Are you seeking to spice up your life? Do you find yourself making the same meals at home over and over again? When you go out to eat, do you tend to return to the same restaurant and order the same entrée every time? When was the last time you were genuinely wowed by a meal?

If you’re looking for a new and “wowing” experience to break from routine and you want masterfully crafted, deliciously healthy, and flavorful food, I recommend you set a date, invite some friends, and visit Red Fort Cuisine of India in St. George, Utah.

If you’re not familiar with Indian food, Red Fort is the place to experience it for the first time. Not only does this exotic food offer an array of pleasurable flavors, Indian food is also a very healthy choice. The dishes are created from fresh ingredients, loaded with vegetables and proteins from fish and meat as well as vegetarian proteins, such as lentils and peas. The traditional tastes come from popular Indian herbs and spices known to benefit the body: anti-inflammatory tumeric, immunityboosting garlic, ginger, and green chillies. Many of the dishes use spinach and tomatoes, which contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and most of the creamy sauces used at Red Fort are crafted using cauliflower and potatoes—a much healthier option then traditional creamy sauces, yet they taste just as divine! The chefs at Red Fort have developed their own recipes, creating uniquely blended flavors that are smooth but not too strong for the typical American palate. Red Fort opened in St. George in September 2018. Owner Shamsher Singh heard and heeded the call from patrons of all three of his very popular, family-owned Bombay House restaurants in Salt Lake City, Provo, and West Jordan. Customers at these locations frequently inquired, “When will you open a restaurant in St. George?” Singh relocated to St. George and brought experienced staff with him. He trains all of Red Fort’s chefs and maintains the quality and integrity of each of the items on the menu.

Red Fort is easy to find, located just off River Road near the Red Rock Commons shopping center. The interior of the restaurant is large, spacious, beautifully decorated, and laid out in a way that minimizes sound volume and creates intimate spaces for small groups. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted, seated, and served by friendly, turban-wearing staff—a uniform speaking of the traditions of their Indian heritage. 14 www.saintgeorgewellness.com

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that creates a flavor complement that I enjoyed combining with the creamy, tomato-based Chicken Tikka Masala. Tandoori dishes of chicken, lamb, or shrimp are marinated overnight and grilled on a skewer in the clay oven without touching any surface.

Originally only open for dinner, Red Fort recently expanded its hours of operation to include lunch. They are now open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, restaurant hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Sundays, the restaurant is closed. A reservation is not required, but it is helpful for groups of eight or more. Red Fort also has a banquet room that can hold up to 60 patrons, a delightful choice for your next corporate or family occasion, and catering is available.

Speaking of groups, Red Fort is a great choice for large or small group dinners. The range of satisfying dishes are sure to please varying tastes and preferences. The menu has something delightful for nearly every dietary concern: 95% of their menu items are gluten-free; they offer vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as fish, chicken, and lamb dishes; and any selection can be made vegetarian. The meats and vegetables often come smothered in decadent sauces. Their three flavorful sauces—masala, coconut and curry—range from sweet to savory and can vary in degrees of spiciness upon request, from mild to very hot. Each entrée includes a side of rice. From appetizers to entrées, ordering a variety of dishes among your group and sharing your selections offers an opportunity to explore a spectrum of Red Fort’s delicious combinations and discover your most favorite. As a fan of curry and coconut sauces, I was especially pleased with the Pineapple Chicken in coconut sauce. For anyone who loves island-style dishes, this entrée will delight your taste buds, giving familiar flavors an added flair.

Red Fort offers still more to dazzle your taste buds. If you are a connoisseur of fine beverages, the beverage menu is an experience in itself. In addition to the typical fountain drinks, teas, and coffee, the traditional Indian flavor of mango is served in a mango lemonade and a Mango Lassi, a refreshing blend of homemade yogurt and mangoes. The Taj Mahal beer, imported from India, has been a surprisingly popular drink with local patrons, as well. And if you leave any room for desert, be sure to try Kulfi, the homemade Indian ice cream with pistachios, cashew nuts, cardamom seeds, and cream. Take a cue from nature: With spring in the air and new growth all around, now is a great time to break out of your food rut and expand your dining experience. Visit Red Fort Cuisine of India, and be wowed!

In addition to the main dishes, there are several types of Indian flatbread on the menu. These breads are cooked inside a clay oven known as a tandoor. The popular garlic naan is a savory supplement for dipping into the sauces of your main dish. In contrast, the Peshawari naan is a sweet bread About the Author

Angel Naivalu received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from BYUHawaii followed by a Master of Social Work degree from BYU Provo. While home schooling her 5 Polynesian dancing boys, she has created several programs and businesses, including the Xterra Gunstock Ranch 1/2 Marathon Trail Run in Laie, Hawaii, and Angel’s Travel & Transform Vacations. She loves to create innovative disruptions, expand in conscious service and leadership, and breath life and love into others.

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By Joel Deceuster It’s March, and spring has sprung in St George. My roses are budding and getting ready for the big spring bloom in April and May. I wait all year for this grand display when my collection of 170 rose bushes shower my garden with color and scent. It’s a critical time of year: I need to inspect each bush to make sure it’s not showing signs of black spot, rust, or those ravenous aphids who can lay waste to the tender green buds of my garden. Now is the time to take care of it before any of it goes viral and wipes out the promise of another magnificent springtime show. I’ve shared this “March Madness” secret with hundreds of rose growers and point to my own garden as an example of what is possible if you put in the time and continue to persevere. Some listen and learn. Some don’t listen, and they learn the hard way. I’ve been watching the same thing happen at the LiVe Well Center these days. Now that the new year is well under way, people are showing a desire to return to the fitness levels of their youth. (For most, “youth” is defined as life before everything started to show signs of aging.) It’s never too late to start moving in that direction. The most important thing is to establish a benchmark, a starting point, for where you are right now. From there, your caregivers at the LiVe Well Center can put you on a trajectory and provide a personalized plan for your success. At the Intermountain LiVe Well Center in St George, we offer a variety of benchmarks at levels and costs that will be just right for you. These health assessments begin with our Functional Fitness Test. At $50, it takes 45 minutes and provides you with a preliminary read on your strength, flexibility, and balance.

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flexibility, and a certified dietitian will review your eating habits and design a customized nutritional eating plan for managing your weight and helping you feel energized again. The Lifetime Fitness Solution will keep you accountable to the recommendations and personal programs your LiVe Well caregivers provide. By taking advantage of this program, you’ll slowly begin to look, act, and feel functionally younger than you have in a long time. The Executive Health Exam is meant for those who live and work under a lot of stress and find themselves the victims of a sedentary lifestyle. They are the most susceptible to the ailments and accidents for which those over fifty are most vulnerable, but they don’t realize it until one (or more) of these risk factors strikes them. The Executive Health Exam can reveal early symptoms so that you can prevent this from occurring. Whether it’s the rose garden or the LiVe Well Center, we’re here to help you in a very committed and personal way. Take the time to smell the roses while preventing the conditions that plague us as we age. Contact me, and let’s discuss the direction and program that is right for you. I’d be happy to arrange a tour of the LiVe Well Center and introduce you to some of our caregivers, and if by chance you find yourself in need of rose growing tips, I can help you with that, too! For more information, call (435) 772-5712 or email Joel. Deceuster@imail.org

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Desert Canyons By Jay Bartlett St. George is becoming a bigger city every day. Land that was once open expanse is now full of housing tracts. So far, we’ve been lucky not to have lost much in the way of official trails because most of them are on public land, but I'm sure a lot of locals have seen a secret stash of singletrack in their neighborhood or in the once close-by desert sadly get plowed under. Some well-known and long-used trails will surely be lost in the fury of development that we’re seeing now. The Green Valley Race Course and surrounding routes are on private land and are currently for sale. They’re a prime example of what can and will be lost. Happily, the BLM is willing to let us reroute and rebuild on the land adjacent to the private land, but what is lost is lost. Some great St. George style trails as well as the history of the many races and rides that went down there will just be memories. There is a bright spot in my gloom though—one that I hope other developers will notice and follow. The Desert Canyons community near the airport has set aside some open space for a trail system, realizing that having close-by opportunities to recreate outdoors is an amenity that many people find important when choosing a place to live. On the northeast side of the parkway are the trails called Secret Sauce and Claim Jumper. On the south side is a connector trail that takes you west and through a culvert back under the parkway to Pushing Tin. There is also a connector that parallels Fort Pierce Wash between Secret Sauce and Pushing Tin. The connectors allow you the option of stitching trails together in different ways. Right now, there are roughly ten miles of singletrack. All of it, with the exception of the Secret Sauce loop, is two-way traffic, so running a trail in the opposite direction counts as an option if you’re looking for more miles or more variety. Excitingly, there is word going around that more trails are in the works!

Since the existing trails are intended for multiple users (runners, hikers, families, and cyclists), they are built to be a bit easier than most riding trails in Washington County. The property owners employed a professional trail builder and enlisted the aid of Dixie Mountain Bike Trail Association to build singletrack that is interesting, with good corners that flow from one to the next and features that challenge even the seasoned riders. Secret Sauce keeps the technical aspects to a minimum and has some climbing, but it pays off with a really fun, snaky descent. At the bottom, you can opt to go back to your car or climb back up Secret Sauce and hook onto Claim Jumper for a twistier corner-fest back to the trailhead.

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where you thread the needle through the rocks. It’s not overly difficult though; I like to think of it as a good introduction to Washington County riding. Once you’ve figured out the problems of Pushing Tin, you’ll be ready to try some of the more difficult trails in the area.

Desert Canyons has set a precedent that others should follow. People shouldn’t have to travel just to escape. A run, hike, or ride can be just the thing to help you unwind after a hard day, and it’s that much easier to do if it’s close to home. Now get out and ride!

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Arts in April

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By Marianne Hamilton Practically since its founding, St. George has been a mecca for artists and for the creation—and consumption—of art. With its spectacular scenery that draws international artisans by the scores each year, Dixie is a leading destination on the arts scene. Each spring, the community experiences newly-created art at a pair of events: the annual installation of the new Art Around the Corner (AAC) outdoor sculpture gallery and the St. George Art Festival, both of which take place in April this year. The 2019 editions of these events mark milestones for AAC and the Festival, with Art Around the Corner celebrating its 15th anniversary and the St. George Art Festival marking its 40th annual exhibit. Following AAC’s call for entries last year, more than 50 submissions were received from artists around the United States. This presented a unique challenge for Art Around the Corner, which normally installs approximately two dozen sculptures in the downtown area and in historic Town Square. “We were able to

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offer stipends to artists for the first time, which greatly increased the number of submissions,” said Susan Jarvis, AAC chair. “With the blessing of the mayor and the support of the wonderful City of St. George staff, we’re excited that in this, our 15th year, we’ll be expanding our footprint to a new ‘uptown’ location at City Hall. We’ve been given the go-ahead to install five to seven new sculptures there on April 6, the same day that our new downtown show goes in. We’re exploring other sites around town as well, where still more art can become available for the community to enjoy.”

textiles, and more, the event presents the very best work juried by a panel of professional artists from hundreds of entries from across the United States. Over 20,000 residents and visitors are expected to experience the art during the festival’s two-day run over Easter weekend, explained Shane McAffee, Director of Leisure Services. “This year’s festival is shaping up to be our best ever,” McAffee says. “With the city growing and lots of people here for the holiday weekend, we’re expecting a great, fun crowd. Plus, the dates are a little later this year, so the weather should be even better than usual.”

One of the most exciting aspects of the new collection will be its diversity of style and use of color, Jarvis adds. “We have several new artists participating this year, and their creations are very different from many of the pieces we’ve included in past shows. Plus, a number of them have finished off their bronzes with beautiful patinas in bright colors, so those will definitely create a very lively landscape in St. George this year.”

Live entertainment on two stages will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, and many enticing ethnic food options will be available. Additionally, a dedicated “kids zone” will enable the younger set to interact with and create art. “The Art Festival is my favorite event of the year,” McAffee says. “We always see a wide range of attendees, from people in chairs, to teenagers, to moms with babies, and everyone in between. It’s the perfect way to celebrate spring in St. George.”

Walking tour maps will be available in boxes at Town Square and along Main Street following the installation of the new sculptures. For full details and photos of the new sculptures, visit the AAC website at www. artaroundthecorner.org. On April 19 and 20, more than 100 booths will spring up in Town Square as the annual St. George Art Festival gets underway. With original paintings, photography, ceramics,

Presented by the City of St. George Leisure Services Department, the St. George Art Festival has been staged annually since 1980. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. For complete information about the 2019 St. George Art Festival, visit www. sgartfestival.com

About the Author

Marianne L. Hamilton is a veteran journalist whose work appears in regional and national publications, and a marketing writer for Fortune 500 corporate clients. When not race walking, hiking, or teaching water aerobics, she is a member of the St. George Arts Commission, serves on the board of Art Around the Corner, and is the Operations Manager for Docutah. She and her husband Doug are also co-administrators of the St. George Wine Club, and race directors for the Huntsman World Senior Games.

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By Tiffany K. Gust, MS, CISSN

Side Plank with Cable or Tubing Row This exercise benefits your core and back strength, which leads to a stronger drive. It teaches your core to stabilize when you move your upper body, a critical skill when maintaining a precise swing. How to do the move:

1) Lie on your side facing the cable machine or anchor point for the tubing. 2) Grab the handle at the appropriate weight or resistance and rise up into a side plank. Make sure that your shoulder is in line with your elbow. 3) Perform the cable rows while staying in a full side plank position.

Power Kneeling Cable Twist This exercise builds power in your core to help you whip the club through the ball. How to do the move:

To start, choose a lighter weight than you would think. 1) Facing the cable machine, kneel with either leg forward.

2) Grab the cable machine with both hands.

3) Quickly twist to the side of your lead leg. (This would be right knee forward, twisting towards the right.) The quick movement makes it more of a power movement, mimicking your golf swing. 4) Repeat with the other leg forward.

Perform: 4 sets of 14 repetitions on each side. These are advanced movements. If you wish to have a customized exercise prescription, you can contact the Intermountain LiVe Well Center (435-251-3793) to schedule an appointment for a functional fitness assessment with a qualified exercise physiologist. They will work with you to ensure safety and enhance your sports performance.


Perform 3 sets of 12 repetitions.

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Oblique Twists on Stability Ball with Medicine Ball By performing this twist on a stability ball, you improve your rotational strength and core. This is key to preventing lower back injuries. How to do the move:

1) Lie on your back on a stability ball and hold the medicine ball in both hands with your elbows straight. 2) Slowly twist to one side while balancing on the ball. 3) Brace your abdominal muscles.

Perform 3 sets of 10–15 repetitions on each side.


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Dining Guide St. George

Angelica’s Mexican Grill

101 E St. George Blvd - St. George UT 84770 | 435.628.4399 Mexican | Vegetarian/Vegan Options | Healthy | Family Friendly | $ Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-8:30pm / Fri-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm - Closed Sunday’s Located Downtown on St. George Boulevard, Angelica’s Mexican Grill serves fresh, made from scratch authentic Mexican food. The flavor driven and nationally recognized menu provides everything and more that you would expect from a Mexican restaurant, including street tacos, Mulitas, Tortas, Sweet Carnitas, Machaca, and their famous salsa bar. Vegan and Vegetarian dishes are always available. Seating is available inside and also outside on the spacious patio. Catering & To-Go ordering available.

The Painted Pony

2 W St. George Blvd. #22, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.634.1700 Steakhouse | Seafood | Contemporary | Healthy | $$$$ Lunch: Mon. – Sat. 11:30am – 4pm Dinner: Sun 4pm – 9pm | Mon. – Sat. 4pm – 10pm In the heart of Ancestor Square, the Painted Pony delights with an upscale menu, full beer and wine list, cocktails and exceptional service. Prepare for a sensory experience with complex flavors, top-notch presentation and a beautiful atmosphere. Evening ambiance complete with soft lighting, fresh flowers and patio dining. Locally sourced, organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available for every palate.

Benja’s Thai and Sushi

2 W St. George Blvd. #12, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.628.9538 Thai | Sushi | $$ Mon. – Sat. 11am – 10pm | Sun. 1pm – 8pm Hungry for sushi? Hungry for Thai curries? Benja’s Thai and Sushi, in the heart of downtown at Ancestor Square, will satisfy your craving with fresh sushi, curries, noodles and a great beer and wine menu. Stop in with business colleagues, friends, a date or the whole family, and be sure to come hungry – in addition to curries, noodles and sushi, Benja’s salads, soups and sticky mango rice are not to be missed.

Pizza/Pasta Factory


Pasta Factory: 2 W St. George Blvd #8, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.674.3753 Pizza Factory: 2 W St. George Blvd #8, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.628.1234 Pizza Factory Express: 1930 W Sunset Blvd, St George, UT 84770 | 435.634.1234 Pizza Factory – Pineview: 2376 E Red Cliffs Dr., St. George, UT 84790 | 435.688.2656 Pizza/Pasta/Dine-in/Take out/Delivery/Salad Bar | $$ Open Mon-Sat at 11am The Pasta Factory, with its year-round, climate controlled outdoor patio dining wows with custom-made pasta, soups, sandwiches and salads. The Pizza Factory offers three locations with the best and freshest salad bar in town; homemade soups, sandwiches, famous bread twists and Southern Utah’s favorite pizza combinations.

36 E. Tabernacle, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.986.4119 Italian | Steak | Seafood | Contemporary | $$ Lunch: Tues. – Sat. 11am – 3pm | Dinner: 5pm – 9:30pm Centrally located in historical downtown near Town Square, Cappeletti’s is a favorite for casual business lunches, friend and family gatherings and romantic evening dining. Authentic Italian pastas like gnocchi Bolognese or cannelloni will comfort and satisfy, but if you’re not in the mood for pasta, the fresh fish of the day, tender Black Angus flat iron steaks, market fresh meats and poultry are all prepared daily and presented beautifully. In this quaint and cozy family owned and operated restaurant, plan to settle in for warm, friendly Italian cuisine with an Argentinian flair, and leave satiated in body and soul.

Cliffside Restaurant

511 S Airport Rd, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.319.6005 Steakhouse | Seafood | Contemporary | $$$ Lunch: Mon. – Sat. 11am – 3pm | Dinner: Fri. 5pm – 9pm, Sat. 5pm – 10pm Perched on the old Airport road, overlooking the city of St. George, the Cliffside Restaurant’s menu includes steak, burgers, pasts, kids fare and delectable desserts. Upscale, yet friendly, plan to enjoy spectacular views whether you’re dining casually with friends or seeking a romantic dinner experience.

Red Fort Cuisine of India

148 S 1470 E, ST. GEORGE, UT 84790 | 435.574.4050 Indian | Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free Options | Healthy | Family Friendly | $$ Open Mon-Thur 11:30am-9:00pm - Fri-Sat 12:00pm-10:00pm - Closed Sundays Located in the shopping and dining hub just north of St. George Boulevard, Red Fort Indian Cuisine is the only authentic Indian restaurant in St. George. The flavors are unique and harmonious, and many of their menu items are vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. Stop by and experience the delicious flavors of authentic East India. The elegant and inviting atmosphere paired with their kind and friendly staff, is sure to provide for a relaxing, enjoyable dining experience.

Twenty-Five Main Café


1450 Hilton Dr, St George, UT 84770 | (435) 652-9600 American, Cafe | Healthy | $$ Mon-Sat 11am – 9pm | Closed Sunday

MAGLEBY’S HAS BEEN A FAVORITE FOR 30 YEARS! Enjoy your next meal with us at our original Springville restaurant or our new St George location. A Prime-Grade steakhouse with all of your favorite cuts including Rib Eye, New York, and petite Filet Medallions. Their hearty lunches are designed to make sure you don’t leave hungry. The old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day rings true at Magleby’s, with options like All-You-Can-Eat Gourmet French Toast and sides like homestyle homefries, they will make you a believer too!

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25 Main Street, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.628.7110 Café | Coffee Shop | Gourmet Cupcakes | $ Mon. – Thurs. 8am – 9pm | Fri. – Sat. 8am – 10pm Visitors step from the streets of St. George to an atmosphere reminiscent of a Soho cafe when they stop by this counter-style downtown gem for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Delectable salads, panini sandwiches done to perfection, and pasta are the featured menu items, but most diners frequent the café for its cupcakes. Twenty-Five Main is perfect for a business lunch or breakfast, a get-together with friends or a quiet spot to relax in the evening before absorbing the downtown art-walk in St. George.



MAGELBY'S By Markee Heckenliable

I love food, but I’m the type of person who is reluctant to try a new restaurant. I usually stick to a salad from Durangos or a simple sandwich from Einstein Bros. Bagels. After trying Magleby’s in St. George, Utah, I am reluctant no more. 

As I entered the restaurant, I was immediately impressed by the dark wood and gray design of the dining area, which was accented with photographs of the beautiful southern Utah landscape. Also impressive was Braxton, our courteous waiter, who greeted us with a smile and provided great customer service. 

The highlight, of course, was the food. For starters, I ordered two appetizers: Baked Brie and Spinach and Artichoke Dip. The Baked Brie, accompanied by an assortment of fruits, nuts, roasted garlic, sourdough crostini, and fig jam, was almost too pretty to eat. The smooth texture and taste of the brie pared well with the savory taste of the garlic and the sweet, tangy taste of the jam. This was my first time trying baked brie, and I admit I was hooked. Not to be outdone, the Spinach and Artichoke Dip, served with homemade tortilla chips and sourdough baguettes, was also mouth-wateringly delicious; I had to stop myself from eating all of it. Because the appetizers were so delicious, I found myself anticipating the main course meals I had ordered. I was not disappointed. The Filet Oscar, an 8-ounce filet mignon topped with hollandaise sauce and lump crab, and the Filet Medallion, served over garlic mashed potatoes, were beautifully presented and piping hot. Both were a fancy treat. The steaks were perfectly cooked—tender and juicy, east to cut, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. If you are going to spend money on a good steak, Magleby’s is the place to go. The next dish I tried was the Rustic Penne Pasta, penne pasta tossed with Magleby’s own salsa rosa, sprinkled with fresh basil, and baked to perfection. This delicious pasta dish is filled with five cheeses: gorgonzola, asiago, parmesan,

blue cheese, and mozzarella. It’s a cheese lover’s dream come true— sharp, robust, and full of flavor.

The last main course dish I ordered was the Pulled Turkey and Avocado sandwich. In true California style, it was simple in its preparation with a mindfulness for the health-conscious eater. There was no skimping on the flavor, though. It was very satisfying and offered a nice contrast to the decadent sauces smothering the steaks I sampled earlier. This sandwich makes a good choice when out for a lunch with friends, and the generous serving size practically guarantees you’ll have enough to take home for dinner. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a huge sweet-tooth, so nothing was going to stop me from trying Magleby’s AwardWinning Chocolate Cake. The cake was 4 layers tall and served with a complement of vanilla ice cream and sweet raspberry sauce. Scrumptious and moist, it was the perfect blend of the rich, the smooth, and the tangy and the perfect end to a wonderful meal. It took only one bite of this rich dessert for me to determine that Magely’s was the place where I would be coming for my next birthday celebration.

Main course meals are priced between $10 and $35, with appetizers priced between $7 and $12. The menu includes healthy options (some that are CrossFit approved) and an array of salads and sides. An added plus: the beef used by Magleby’s comes from grass-fed cows. Open Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Magleby’s offers a tasty adventure for everyone seeking a new a place to eat. 

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By Bentley Murdock, Certified Wholistic Nutritionist As we leave winter behind and head in to warmer weather, I am hoping that you have been successful in taking the four baby steps for good health that I listed in my last article (oxygen, sunshine, water, and sleep). This issue, I would like to add two more whole-istic “nutritional dailies” to this short list: apple cider vinegar and flax meal. Adding these two ingredients to your food on a daily basis is a small action that will reap big benefits and will keep you headed in the right direction. Apple Cider Vinegar Most of us are entirely unaware that we are either extremely acidic or extremely alkaline on the inside. Consider it this way: The body is like a swimming pool that gets either slimy-scummy or burning with chlorine. Surprisingly, there is only one ingestible liquid capable of regulating both internal extremities—apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has been working wonders for thousands of years and is an incredibly beneficial supplement to a healthy lifestyle. I recommend 2–4 tablespoons diluted into your water throughout the day, every day, for optimal pH balance in the body. Just as we balance chemicals in a hot tub, we must regulate the pH balance of the water in our bodies to avoid future extremity-induced symptoms and associated diseases. Flax Meal Americans are chronically deficient in fiber, which would explain why irritable bowel syndrome, digestion issues of all kinds, and colon cancer are so prevalent today. Ground flaxseed meal is one of the greatest sources of dietary fiber and also happens to be a phenomenal source of HDL (good) cholesterol, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients and minerals. 2–4 tablespoons daily added to a smoothie or bowl of oatmeal or baked into your pancakes or muffins will give your body an incredible boost of life-giving essentials the body needs. You can even use flax meal as an egg-replacer in baking, which cuts way down on the saturated fat & LDL cholesterol content of your baked goods. Among many other beneficiaries, your brain, eyes, heart, and joints will all thank you. These are just a few extra sustainable and simple changes you can make to your diet as you continue your journey of health in 2019.

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About the Author

Bentley Murdock is a certified wholistic nutritionist, transformational trainer, phlebotomist, and #1 national/ international best-selling author. With over twenty years experience as a wholistic lifestyle consultant specializing in disease prevention and reversal, Bentley regularly incorporates the critical role that plant-based, whole-food nutrition plays in the wholistic health and wellness of his clients. As owner and founder of Healistic Vitality Coaching, he works locally and remotely with private clients from around the world regarding health and wellness, nutrition, disease prevention and reversal, and lifestyle wellness customizations of every kind. Bentley has recently partnered with WellFit Zion and is currently serving as their on-site disease-reversal specialist. For more information, please call (866) 396-8742 or send an email to: HealisticVitality@gmail.com.


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Confusion in the Diet World

By Coleen Andruss, MD

Trendy or conservative? Quick fix or long term? Which diet is best? These are the question I am asked every day in my Healthy Lifestyle Wellness Clinic. If you are confused by the amount of conflicting information about what to eat and what not to eat, welcome to the club! Any “diet” will work because it restricts food choices and focuses awareness on better eating. However, when deciding which weight loss plan to choose, consider whether you can stay on the plan long term. I have no problem with a diet used as a plateau breaker or as a jump start, but you must eventually choose what you can do to eat healthy long term. If you don’t want to change your eating habits forever, don’t start dieting. The more often you lose and gain weight, the more likely you are of messing up your metabolism. I used to weigh close to 200 pounds but have kept the majority of my weight off for 25 years because I changed the way I thought about food. It is easy to eat clean and simple if you think of food as fuel.

The big rage right now is the Keto diet, which is a plan with very low carbs (5–10% of total calories), high fat (70% of total calories), and moderate protein. When our bodies need energy, we use carbs first, protein second, and fat last, but when we burn fat, it provides us with twice as much energy as carbohydrates and protein. Because low carbohydrates force the body to use fat as a source of fuel, the body goes into a state of ketosis, which is great for fat loss and energy. This is a good plan for people who want to get off sugar or for people with insulin issues. If you use the Keto plan, stick to healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds, salmon, and olive oil. It is very important that you keep carbs under 10 percent of your caloric intake, or you won’t burn fat. Because protein is not necessarily enforced in the Keto plan, there is also a risk of losing muscle mass if protein is not at the minimum of 90 grams daily. While Keto is good for decreasing inflammation in the body, it is a hard diet to maintain long term. The Paleo diet is the hunter-gatherer diet. Eliminate every processed food in your house, including dairy, grains, refined sugars, and flour. Eat like our ancestors used to eat. Eat from the land. There is no calorie counting, but all foods must be whole, nutrient-rich, and unprocessed. If the cavemen didn’t eat it, then you shouldn’t either.

Intermittent fasting has become popular and can be great for weight loss and insulin resistance. The current trend is to eat only within an eighthour window (noon–8:00 p.m.) and to go sixteen hours without food. When we are fasting, we do not produce insulin. This is a good thing because insulin stops the fat-burning process. With intermittent fasting, you are not cutting calories but just shifting them to a different part of the day. Women do not do well with this program because of their lower metabolism. Carb cycling enforces high carbs and low carbs on alternating days and can be used to break a weight-loss plateau. It is not as restrictive as many diets. However, fat loss is slow, and the diet can backfire on those who are more sensitive to carbs.

About the Author

Dr. Andruss practiced as an Internist for 14 years, and has specialized in weight management for 24 years. She and her staff have experienced obesity issues personally, therefore have compassionate understanding of patients in the Healthy Lifestyles program. Dr. Andruss’s internal medicine background helps her to see underlying medical problems when formulating individual plans that work.

Other current fad diets include the alkaline diet, the carnivore diet, the Mediterranean diet, and NOOM (a weight-loss program that uses a popular app). The common denominator of all these diets is that they eliminate sugars, preservatives, and processed foods and replace them with nutrient-dense whole foods. So what is the best plan for you? The best plan is the one that you will follow long term! The most realistic plan for long-term weight loss is to eat three healthy meals a day (with a minimum of 30 grams of protein per meal) going at least 6 hours between (to force the fat burning process to occur). Healthy lifestyle changes that you can maintain long term are your recipe for success!

The Whole30 plan is the Paleo diet on steroids. It eliminates all foods except vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, poultry, and healthy oils.

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Funniness in Fatherhood

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By Kelly B. Kendall A good sense of humor is an escape valve for the pressures of life. Having a sense of humor in marriage and in parenting makes life considerably more enjoyable. Someone once said, “We are here on earth to walk each other home.” Without a doubt, the walk together is certainly a much happier walk when there is laughter. When I was growing up, my parents often said, “Laughter is the best medicine.” It’s true! Whether we giggle, snicker, hoot, chortle, chuckle, guffaw, cackle, or LOL, laughter allows us to enjoy the journey through life a little more. The results of many scientific studies on the effects of laughter have led most experts to agree that laughter can be remarkably therapeutic. For example, laughter and humor have been shown to increase tolerance to pain, and one Japanese study found that laughter lowered blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes by altering gene expression. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine found that “mirthful laughter” increased vasodilation, reduced vascular inflammation, enhanced the immune system, and increased the activity of several critical antibodies essential to anti-tumor defense. Additionally, a recent article published by the University of Michigan School of Medicine, concluded that laughter can have a powerful effect on our physical and mental health. The article suggests that the simple act of laughing signals your brain to produce chemicals that “help your heart work better and pump more evenly, boost your body's immune system to help you fight off infection, give you more energy, lower your stress, help you make sense of your emotional experiences, improve your mood, and manage your feelings of pain.” No wonder we feel energized after a good belly laugh! Laughter actually facilitates physical health in our children! This fact alone should motivate fathers to maintain a sense of humor (even when parenting is difficult), to laugh at themselves, and to laugh with their children...often. With all of the pressures of being a provider, protector, and presider in the home, having a sense of humor helps us to enjoy the parenting journey and teaches our children to enjoy life, as well. Life has its share of personal challenges, family issues, sadness, and downright heartache. Through it all, fathers must be intentional about having a sense of humor in all of their relationships—especially in their relationships with their children. Modeling a healthy sense of humor is vital.

About the Author

Kelly B. Kendall is the CEO of Practice Partners, LLC, V.P. of Health & Wellness Solutions, LLC, and teaches in the DSU School of Business & Communication as adjunct faculty. He is passionate about helping empower fathers to be great dads in the lives of their children. He loves to travel, mountain bike, write, humanitarian service where he and his wife are the founders of the non-profit, Socks for Souls; and he loves spending time with his wife, Colleen and family. He is also the USU Fatherhood Education Coordinator in the School of Family, Consumer & Human Development & HealthyRelationshipsUtah.org.

For example, having plenty of baby wipes handy when a toddler has a diaper ‘blowout’ is just as important as having a good sense of humor while cleaning up the mess. Laughing at a difficult predicament helps us power through difficult moments with poise and finesse rather than simply surviving it. When children observe their father’s positive reaction to a trying situation, they often react in a similar fashion when the going gets tough for them. A healthy sense of humor doesn’t come automatically. Just as we exercise our muscles to develop strength and agility, we must also exercise our sense of humor—especially when life is harried, raw, unpredictable, and embarrassing. When our first reaction to a disappointing situation pulls us toward frustration and anger, taking a deep breath and digging deep to find the “funniness” will strengthen our “humor muscle” for the next go-round. Above all else, laughing with our children is one of the best ways we can show them that we enjoy their company. At the end of the day, our children want to know that we love being their parent and that we are happier traveling through life with them. Try this experiment: Instead of telling your child “I love you,” tell him or her “I love being your dad.” Watch this magical message take your relationship from good to great!

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Dixie State University’s College of the Arts Offers Dazzling Performances by Dedicated Trailblazers Upcoming Dixie State University Student Performances Jazz Concert: Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Mainstage Theatre Theme Festival: Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall Symphony Band Concert: Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall The Wake of Jamey Foster Theatrical Production: March 21–23 and 26–30 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Black Box Theatre

Early Music Ensemble Concert: Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 – Eccles Concert Hall Ballroom Dance Concert: Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Mainstage Theatre

New Music Concert: Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall Electro-Acoustic Concert: Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Black Box Theatre String Chamber Concert: Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall Piano Recital: Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall Chamber Music, Woodwind & Brass: Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall

String Recital: Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall Art Department Showcase: April 12–May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – DSU’s Sears Art Museum

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Dance Class Showing: Monday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Mainstage Theatre Piano Ensemble: Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall Symphony Band Concert: Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall Voice Recital: Friday, April 19 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall Dixie State Symphony Orchestra: Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. – Eccles Concert Hall

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By Alexis McClain After years of practice and dedication, Dixie State University (DSU) student Jessica Powell gives a heartfelt performance with her fellow DSU Symphony Band members. Her commitment to the flute sparks a Trailblazer spirit that resonates with the entire audience. They all rise, applauding the dazzling performance and the talented students who stand before them. “With Symphony Band, it’s so nice to have a full audience and get a standing ovation after working an entire semester on these hard songs,” says Powell, who also plays in DSU’s flute choir. DSU’s College of the Arts, which houses five different academic programs—art, dance, digital film, music, and theatre—is not only a cultural center for southern Utah, it’s also a place where all DSU art students can flourish. Every semester, the College of the Arts helps DSU students tap into their creative gifts and share their talents with others by participating in performances that are open to the entire community. Performances include everything from choir, orchestra, band, and jazz concerts to dance recitals, theatrical productions, and gallery displays of students’ artwork. Dr. Jeffery Jarvis, dean of the College of the Arts, describes the works presented by Dixie State students as performances that cannot be found anywhere else. “You go watch it, and it’s beautiful, special, and there’s a passion and an excitement to it because it is college students,” Jarvis says. About the Author Jarvis goes on to describe art Alexis McClain is currently as a valuable form of expression a student at Dixie State that is much more valuable when University. As a media studies it is the result of the hard work and communications major, she aspires to work in the field and the learning process that these of public relations. Originally students undertake, particularly from Southern California, when they perform publicly. Alexis has lived in St. George for three years. Her love To get a glimpse of St. George’s for writing is fueled by her finest emerging artists and creativity and her enjoyment creators, visit dixie.edu/ticketof books. She also finds joy in office and plan to attend any of swimming, hiking, road trips, the performances being offered visiting museums, music, and trying new foods. this spring. St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2019 33

Cakeology Bake Co. By SGHW Staff Cakeology Bake Co. owner and operator Erin Del Toro has been creating pastry art for fourteen years. Before becoming a pastry chef, she was intrigued by the idea of using her creativity and artistic ability to add something meaningful to the big events in people’s lives. Her time spent designing and creating cakes for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions has given her many opportunities to make that desire a reality. Erin bakes her cakes from scratch (absolutely no mixes) and insists that all Cakeology products use the highest quality ingredients possible. She has an all-natural, no-preservative policy, and her use of real butter, fresh cage-free eggs, and true vanilla extract sets her cakes apart from other companies. Erin combines these ingredients with artistic expression, inspiration, and originality for a finished product that is more than a cake: It is a beautiful work of art.

“When I create a custom cake, I do it for a uniquely-timed, once-in-a-lifetime occasion and with specific guests and guests of honor in mind,” says Erin. The look has to be impressive, so that’s always a primary concern, but I really work hard for the cake inside to almost outshine the aesthetics. My favorite thing in the world is to receive a thank you card from a bride and groom who are thrilled with how beautiful and delicious their cake was.”

This kind of customer awareness is important to Erin on every level of the services she provides. She enjoys meeting prospective clients at a “tasting,” where they are presented with an array of flavor combinations and beautifully decorated cupcakes or mini cakes. Erin expertly guides them through the pros and cons of each specific flavor, suggests the best cake pairings for their event, and advises them on their serving amounts. Once the flavors have been chosen, she sketches a design for the cake that is specific to the clients’ requests—one that also complements the event’s unique setting and nature. “I think most people aren’t sure how to approach the servings and the flavors, or how to split two flavors in a 3-tiered cake,” Erin explains. “I walk them through the process, fill in the blanks, and prepare them with everything they’ll need to be cake-ready for their big day.”

Erin is one of the original owners of Twenty-Five Main in St. George. After selling ownership in the small restaurant ten years ago, she opened another bakery restaurant in southern California before selling it and moving back to St. George to enjoy a quieter lifestyle. She now works from a studio kitchen in her home and is able to spend more time with her twin daughters. Clients can reach Cakeology via email or phone during regular business hours, but for consultations and tastings, appointments are required and specific hours are set aside each week to accommodate both.

If you want to try Cakeology out but aren't in need of a custom cake, you'll very soon be in luck. Erin is working with up-and-coming specialty coffee house Feellove Cafe, where her cakes will be sold by the slice. The boutique cafe will offer signature flavors created exclusively for them: Chakra Cake, Purple Velvet, Lemon White Chocolate, Gluten-Free Zucchini-Avocado, and Oreo Rose will be some of the flavors offered by Feellove Cafe. Cakeology Bake Co. specializes in wedding and large event cakes but also caters to smaller events and gatherings. For more information, visit Cakeology’s website at cakeologybakeco.com, email cakeologybakeco@gmail. com, or call 949-272-6406 to make an appointment or place an order.

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t Take s All of Us IEnding Homelessness in Washington County By SGHW Staff What does it mean to be homeless? The literal definition of homelessness is a person or family lacking a reliable place of shelter. However, if you were to ask the same question to someone who is currently experiencing the reality of homelessness, his or her experience would undoubtedly give more insight to what it really means. Often, it means the loss of dignity, safety, and respect.

the Switchpoint Thrift Store as well as Bed ‘N’ Biscuits Dog Care. Both businesses offer a skillsbased job training program for Switchpoint residents, and all net proceeds go towards providing a continuous funding source for the day-to-day operations of the shelter.³

There are many myths and stereotypes that contribute to the stigmatization of the homeless. A certain stereotype that they are “too lazy to get a job” might come to mind, but many individuals who are homeless often hold full-time jobs. Despite being employed, many individuals and families still cannot afford basic necessities like food and shelter. In 2018, HUD defined the average fair market rent in Utah for a two-bedroom apartment as $924 per month. The hourly wage needed to afford that rent was $17.77 per hour, but the average renters’ wage was only $13.92.¹ Illnesses, natural disasters, abuse, or divorce also contribute to financial strain, but for those whose income is hovering at or just above minimum wage, experiencing one or more of these unfortunate situations can catapult them into losing reliable, stable housing.

The motto of Switchpoint is “It Takes All Of Us.” This motto couldn’t be more true. Without the surrounding community and volunteers willing to donate their time and means, Switchpoint would not be able to function nor would it be as successful. The motivating factor behind all of Switchpoint’s work is the dream that one day families will no longer be struggling to make ends meet and that they will have the skills they need to be self-sufficient and thriving. By implementing the Switchpoint model of providing case management tools, community resources, education, and job skill training, we can stop the cycle of poverty in Washington County. We can end homelessness in our community, one life at a time.

The mission of Switchpoint is to empower homeless families and individuals in southern Utah by addressing the underlying causes of poverty.² Each year, Switchpoint helps over 1,200 individuals with emergency shelter, and every day, Switchpoint volunteers serve over 80 people through their food pantry. All those who come to Switchpoint are offered a case manager and a full array of services to help get them back on their feet, such as access to showers, a laundry area, a computer, and other social support services.³


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Amino Acid & ADHD Therapy A 90-Day Trial Changes the Life of an 8-Year-Old Child with Learning and Developmental Disorders A FUSION PHARMACY CASE STUDY

By Koby Taylor, PharmD, Fusion Pharmacy In August 2018, I had an amino acid therapy consultation with a mother who was managing her son’s ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Her research led to exploring the benefits of amino acids for children like her son. Ultimately, she found her way to me.

Managing children with disorders like her son’s requires a scheduled and predictable daily routine in and out of the home. It’s also important to try to maintain and structure their diets and their social and educational interactions. For those of you who do not have experience with ADHD or autism, this probably sounds a lot like what most parents already do, but for children with these particular disorders, life’s unexpected twists, turns, and changes to routines and schedules can feel catastrophic. Their very mental health and wellbeing rely upon predictability and structure. As you will read in a moment, a simple 90-day trial with amino acids improved both of their lives!

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Meet My Patient

My patient is an 8-year-old boy with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. He is in the third grade, and in many ways, he is a regular little boy on the outside; however, on the inside, he struggles greatly with everyday life. At the time of his consultation, his mother told me the following:

Every day, he plummets into an emotional (non-violent) outburst, lasting up to 45 minutes. He is unable to handle emotional stimuli or even the smallest change to his routine. Afterwards, it takes him hours to recover physically and emotionally. In school, he struggles with concentration and comprehension. The school support staff and counselors are recommending that he repeat the second grade until his reading and comprehension come up to grade-level.

Daily activities, such as preparing for school, playtime, outings with the family, mealtime, and bedtime, were all scheduled and structured. Meal restrictions included no processed foods, no red dye, low sugar, and no sugar substitutes (Note: In recent studies, it has been shown that children with learning and developmental disorders, should not consume or should have very limited access to processed foods that contain chemical preservatives and processed sugars and that are high in salt and saturated fat.) The patient was not allowed any screen time (TV, computer, smart devices). His mother reported that he could not cope with the over-stimulation. Engaging or getting engrossed with content from these devices caused him to react adversely. During our consultation, it became very clear to me that this little boy’s mother had About the Author done her homework. She was extremely Koby Taylor, PharmD, is knowledgeable about managing her son’s the owner and pharmacist of disorders and providing the best care for Fusion Pharmacy. Working as a retail pharmacist early in him. She was also very educated on the topics his career, Koby began to see of alternative medications, supplements, that pharmacy patients needed and therapies. Having said that, it was her to have access to available research that led her to Fusion Pharmacy for alternative medications. He realized that pharmacy in its an amino acid consultation. truest form is compounding, and he wanted to be able to provide patients with customized medications. He also desired more personalized interactions with patients in order to truly help their health and well-being. To fulfill his passion for improving the health of patients and educating them about compounding, Koby opened the doors of Fusion Pharmacy in 2013. Today, Fusion is nationally accredited with PCAB and FocusScript. It is licensed in and ships to 26 states. Fusion is proud to have two locations to better serve the southern Utah community. Koby graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in molecular biology in 1995 and from the University of Utah with his Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2000.

The Amino Acid Therapy Recommendation Every person is different and should be treated with careful and thoughtful recommendation. Because of this, the exact amino acid regimen will vary from person to person. Those of you who are struggling or have a child who is struggling with learning and developmental disorders deserve individualized treatment plans. At the time of this consultation, 5 amino acids were recommended and were to be taken daily: • Two essential amino acids

The 90-Day Follow-Up: “What Did You Do To This Kid?” In just three short months, our patient’s mother detailed the dramatic changes in his behavior. She reported that even the support staff and counselors at his school were wondering what changes were made to cause such a difference in him! • His concentration improved. • He is reading at grade level.

• His social awareness and his behavior during social interactions improved.

• His emotional outbursts, while still daily, were less severe in duration.

• Most importantly, it takes him a shorter amount of time to recover physically and emotionally from his outbursts. At the time of our November 2018 follow-up, my patient’s mother reported that he initially had trouble with accepting the new supplement routine. With time, however, they were able to come up with a regimen that was agreeable. Adding the contents of the capsules into applesauce seemed to help a lot. His mother also reported that, after a period of time, she began to decrease one amino acid at a time so that she could figure out a perfect supplementation schedule. During this process, she said that her son noticed differences in how he felt and asked if one amino acid in particular could be part of his daily routine. (Note: Amino acid therapy can be adjusted. Patients who are on an amino acid therapy frequently comment on their self-adjustments. When a deficient amino acid is introduced to the body, it does not take long for the body to process and utilize its many benefits. This may result in a decrease in need from daily to every other day or as needed.) My Child Needs Help. What Can I Do? Please call or come in and see me! The assessment is quick and easy, and the amino acids I carry are professional grade and pure. My strongest advice is to be very cautious about buying amino acids from the internet and from vendors you don’t know! This is why my team and I have done the work and the research for you. It is our mission to provide the best for every patient! Amino acids are essential nutrients found in food, and they are also made in the body. They are not drugs and do not require a prescription.

• Two non-essential amino acids

• One conditionally-essential amino acid

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By Aaron M. O’Brien, MD

About the Author

Dr. O’Brien is a boardcertified orthopedic surgeon and the only fellowship trained foot and ankle specialist in Southern Utah. After medical school at the University of Iowa, he did his orthopedic residency at the University of Texas San Antonio and a foot and ankle fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He loves the outdoors, hiking, mountain biking and spending time with his wife and four children.

We all want to be healthy. We are told to stay active and exercise regularly, which can help us feel better, have more energy, lose weight, and even live longer. The benefits of exercise are numerous, but too much of a good thing can also be bad for you. Foot and ankle pain is a common problem occurring with high impact exercises that involve running and jumping. With the weather starting to warm up and bringing with it the opportunity to exercise outdoors, overuse injuries are frequently seen in the doctor’s office.

Overuse injuries occur when tissues in the body are unable to adapt to the stresses placed on them. Mechanical fatigue within bones, tendons, ligaments, and nerves leads to changes in their structure. For example, when stress is placed on a bone, its density increases over time and becomes stronger. However, without appropriate time to heal between stress intervals, the tissues become injured, and pain ensues. Overuse injuries are the result of going too hard, too fast, too frequent, or too soon. Common foot and ankle overuse injuries include stress fractures, tendinitis, fasciitis, and neuromas.

Stress Fractures Stress fractures are usually seen in the metatarsals, calcaneus (heel bone), and sesamoids (small bones under the foot near the big toe). Anatomic variations can lead Figure 1. A:base of the fifth metatarsal; to certain bones B: Sesamoid, C: Second metatarsal; being placed under D: Calcaneus; E: Achilles tendon; F: higher stress than Plantar Fascia; G: Morton’s neuroma others. High-arched feet experience more stress on the outside of the foot, resulting in fifth metatarsal fractures, also known as Jones fractures (A in Fig 1), (Fig 2). Flat feet may distribute more weight on the inside of the foot, leading to sesamoiditis (inflammation around the sesamoid bones) or a stress fracture (B in Fig 1). When the second metatarsal is significantly longer than the first, it can be fractured under the ball of the foot (C in Fig 1). Inadequate cushioning in shoes can lead to calcaneal (heel) stress fractures (D in Fig 1).

Figure 2: 5th metatarsal stress fracture ( Jones fracture)

On the bottom of the heel, many athletes experience pain that is often worse in the morning after getting out of bed. This condition is likely plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the tough fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot (F in Fig 1). This accounts for 10 percent of running-related injuries. Tendinitis also commonly occurs on the inside (posterior tibial tendon) and outside (peroneal tendons) of the ankle. Neuroma Nerve tissue is usually well protected and less likely to be injured, with a couple of exceptions. Near the ball of the foot between the ends of the metatarsal bones (usually between the third and fourth metatarsal) the nerve is more susceptible to injury. This condition is named Morton’s neuroma (G in Fig 1). It’s at this point—right before the nerve splits and heads toward the toes—where it becomes compressed. The symptoms are usually described as burning, pins and needles, and electric shock type of pain.

Most all overuse injuries in the foot and ankle will heal with the right treatment, which usually includes rest, cross training, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and proper foot wear with orthotics (inserts). Correcting any vitamin and mineral deficiencies (such as calcium and vitamin D) and working with a physical therapist are sometimes needed to enhance the healing process. Occasionally, when these other modalities have failed, surgery may be needed in order for the injury to get better.

Staying active and engaging in regular exercise improves our health and makes life more enjoyable, especially when injuries can be avoided. Protect your feet with good shoes and orthotics and consider switching your activities up with cross-training to allow adequate time for healing.

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Tendinitis/Fasciitis The Achilles tendon and plantar fascia are some of the most common areas for inflammation to occur with overuse. The Achilles tendon has a poor blood supply and struggles to repair itself quickly. Pain and swelling are usually felt a couple of inches above its insertion on the heel (E in Fig 1).

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Isn’t It Time We Change The Way We Think About

Dry EyeS? By Dr. Paul Gooch With all the miracles of modern technology, the primary treatment used by most people who struggle with eye irritation is still artificial tears. However, this is finally changing, and here is why it matters.

About the Author

Dr. Paul Gooch grew up in Mona, Utah. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and University of Missouri–St Louis, College of Optometry. He started SouthWest Vision in January of 1998 and has grown his practice to include Dr. Ryan Robison as partner in 2006, and Dr Eric Drake in 2013. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Utah Optometric Association (UOA). He served Utah Optometry as a UOA Trustee for 8 years. He is currently an adjunct professor at Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Gooch is twice Past President of the Rotary Club of Dixie Sunrise, and Past President of the SouthWest Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen. Dr. Gooch has been the recipient of the Young Optometrist of the Year Award and the TLC Humanitarian Award. His loves include raising a family, training mules, dabbling in politics, and flying powered parachutes.

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First, understand the importance of your natural tears. We recognize that the human cornea is a powerful lens made from a delicate layer of living, breathing keratin-fiber tissue. Because blood vessels make terrible windows, it is avascular. Like all living tissue, your corneas need the same support that the rest of your body needs—support that your vascular system normally transports. All of that support has to come from the fluid behind the cornea (the aqueous humor) and the fluid in front of the cornea (the mucous/aqueous/lipid layers of your tears).

Human tears are more than just “wetness.” They are a rich complex of proteins, mucins, enzymes, glycoproteins, immunoglobulins, electrolytes, water, organic solutes, several classes of lipids, wax esters, triglycerides, free fatty acids, polar lipids, and neutral diesters. This rich brew of biochemistry is necessary to keep your corneas healthy. Additionally, the production of this cornea-supporting concoction is controlled by complicated nervous system feedback loops that rely heavily on the nerves in your corneas, the rest of the front of your eye, and even light receptors on the inside of your eye. With ingredient lists that rarely have more than three or four agents, is it any wonder that artificial tears do so little for us? They do offer wetness, but most dry eye isn’t really “dry” after all. We are searching for better diagnostic terms, but “poor quality natural tears” is the disease behind what we have called dry eye. The root causes of poor tears are only partially understood at this point, but they are likely related to factors like atrophied corneal innervation, a history of corneal surgery (like LASIK), individual body chemistry, diet, climate, genetics, exposure to environmental factors, lid positioning, and the integrity of a person’s blinking. Today’s cutting edge treatments are largely focused on helping your eyes make better quality tears. We have treatments that reduce inflammation, focus on improving the oil layer, stimulate the neurological inputs, and use regenerative therapies for the front surface of your eye using amniotic tissue.

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CAN HARMONIC LIGHT and HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HELP YOU GET WELL? f you or someone you love is suffering from a chronic illness or brain injury, you might be surprised to learn that drugs and surgery are not your only options. Harmonic Light therapy (Photobiomodulation) and Targeted Hyperbaric Oxygen & Light Center therapy are empowering people to take control of their health and overcome debilitating conditions in ways that are non-invasive and virtually free of side effects. In the past, brain damage was thought to be irreversible, and medical schools taught that the brain was not capable of forming new brain cells. Science now knows better, and numerous studies have shown that near infrared light is capable of penetrating the human skull and assisting the body's own healing process through angiogenesis and neurogenesis. This forms the basis of PhotobiomodulationTherapy, or PBMT. PBMT uses near infrared (NIR) light to reduce pain, inflammation and edema while stimulating repair and normalizing function at the cellular level. The therapeutic use of NIR light has been studied for nearly forty years, with over 600 Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) using PBM devices and more than 4,000 laboratory studies. In these studies, PBMT was shown to help conditions such as concussion, stroke, traumatic brain injury, arthritis, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, bone and bacterial infections, burns, and wounds that haven’t healed with other treatments. Vibrant You Hyperbaric Oxygen & Light Center uses the finest clinical grade lights by NeuroCare Systems. Targeted Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or t-HBOT, uses pressurized oxygen to help the body repair and regenerate itself at the cellular level. Each cell in the body needs oxygen to preserve, repair and enhance cellular function. Breathing oxygen-rich air at or above 1.3 Atmospheres Absolute enables the oxygen to penetrate the plasma, lymph and fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord, providing a

greater potential for healing. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels to locations in the body with reduced circulation. It reduces swelling, decreases inflammation, strengthens the immune system, and stimulates the production of stem cells. Finally, it creates an adaptive increase in superoxide dismutase, one of the body’s free radical scavengers, promoting the body’s ability to fight disease and infection. t-HBOT has very few contraindications and even fewer potential side effects. The combination of these and other cutting-edge therapies constitute what we call the Vibrant You Difference. Simply put, it’s the combination of therapies and our extensive training in implementing them that produces the positive outcomes Vibrant You Hyperbaric Oxygen & Light Center is known for.

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By Kelli Charlton, Stapley Pharmacy Director of Education, Public Affairs, and Marketing Kelli is a two-year employee with Stapley Pharmacy Brad Stapley had a vision for a better world. As his director of education, I was charged with executing that vision. His involvement with the community (sponsorships, scholarships, and scores of events to which he said “yes”) kept us running as we tried to keep up with his drive to make the world a better place. No matter what the circumstances, his generosity was unlimited. He taught all of us not to judge but to love and to find the good in every person. He hated being in the spotlight and would shake his head when I set him up to “say a few words” at an event or when I asked him to be the voice of his company. He wanted to allow others to shine. He encouraged us to better ourselves. He would purchase books quarterly that he would ask us to read. Then, he would show up unexpectedly with a $20 bill, asking us to tell him what we had learned from the book and how we planned to implement what we had learned. He sent all of his pharmacists to Toastmasters so that they would be prepared to educate the community. Most of us at Stapley Pharmacy felt like Brad Stapley was a brother, not a boss. He treated us with respect and demanded the same—always with a smile on his face that made us feel like we were family. We all thought of him as “the greatest boss we had ever worked for.” Anyone who knew Brad considered him to be a best friend, and judging from the outpouring of love since the announcement of his untimely death, he literally had thousands of friends. He never turned anyone away at the pharmacy counter. If someone asked to speak to Brad, he always took the time for a one-on-one discussion. As the author of this message, my observation is that he loved people more than things. He would set up golf dates, poker nights, and basketball games just to “hang” with the guys. His true love, one step removed from his beautiful wife Jana and his six amazing daughters (Brinley, Brooklin, Madison, Skylar, Kapree, and Darbi—yes, that is Brad spelled backwards) was snowmobiling. He lived for the snow and would get giddy when there was fresh white on the ground near the family cabin in the Beaver mountains. The staff had a running joke around late September and October when the giant Amazon boxes would arrive. We knew that inside were either our Christmas gifts or the newest snow gear for winter. I am writing on behalf of the Stapley Pharmacy family and would like to leave all of the St. George Health & Wellness Magazine readers with these final thoughts. Brad Stapley was the kind of person we aspire to be. Brad taught us that every single thing we do matters, that all of us have been created to make a difference in the lives of those around us, and that each of us has the power to change the world. His passing reminds us of what Brad taught us daily by example: Our actions cannot be saved, hoarded, or used selectively. We are meant to change the world one person at a time. What we do today will matter forever. This is Brad’s legacy to all those who knew and loved him.

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By Christopher Christensen, PharmD Imagine your sides burning, itching, and tingling with piercing, radiating, non-stop pain! This pain is often referred to as one of the worst pains in medicine, and it is only one of the symptoms of shingles. The outward symptom of shingles is a nasty rash that affects more than one million Americans each year. Current data projects that one in every three adults in America will experience shingles at some time during their lifetime. Shingles is a rash caused by the herpes zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes the chickenpox. In order to get shingles, exposure to the zoster virus must have happened at some point in a person’s life. Having chicken pox as a child or receiving the varicella vaccine (common since the late 1990s) to prevent chickenpox are both ways of being exposed to the zoster virus. After exposure, the virus lays dormant in a nerve that connects to the skin called a dermatome. When this virus becomes reactivated later in life, it travels up the nerve fiber to the skin, causing the rash. The virus can be reactivated due to any weakening of the body’s immune system and can be exacerbated by stress or illness. The most common symptom of shingles is a rash with small blisters that appears a few days after a burning or itching feeling occurs. The rash can last for up to 10 days but is usually resolved in 2–4 weeks. If the rash is extreme, long term nerve damage can occur. The only prevention of shingles is vaccination. In 2017, a new inactive vaccine called SHINGRIX was released. Amazingly, it reduced the incidence of shingles by 90 percent! Anyone over fifty who has had any previous exposure to the zoster virus is encouraged to get their SHINGRIX vaccine. This also applies to those previously vaccinated for shingles. Shingles is a horribly painful condition that can have long term effects. Vaccination is the only prevention that can help avoid this burning, stinging rash. The SHINGRIX vaccine is available at your local pharmacy and the cost is often covered by insurance and Medicare. Don’t wait! There is no time like the present to get vaccinated. Remember, your pharmacist is your most accessible medical professional. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Chris has been in the pharmacy profession for 12 years. He is the managing pharmacist for the Stapley "Dino" location. He loves spending time with his family and giving vaccinations! Contributing Author Kelli Charlton, B.S., LME Director of Education, Stapley Pharmacy

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WHERE EAST MEETS WEST By SGHW Magazine Staff The topic of healthcare practices among practitioners can be as polarizing as politics or religion. For those who view life in black and white, this subject of conversation can quickly become a point of contention.

One might wonder what would happen if the innovative advancements of western practitioners merged with the grounded and balanced practices of the east? Would healthcare finally breach the bonds of black and white and reach the colorful realm of wellness?

This is the philosophy behind East West Health. “Our practitioners work together to develop comprehensive plans for each individual,” says Cade Archibald, Director of East West Health in St. George. “So often in healthcare, clinicians treat the symptoms rather than the underlying cause, jumping right to prescription medications or even surgery. At East West Health, we believe strongly in a proactive approach to wellness—getting to the source of the problem and working as a team to reverse it naturally.” The practitioners at East West Health have developed a unique approach to wellness, working in harmony with one another to incorporate all elements of health into a team approach for the benefit of the client. They have built their practice upon what they refer to as the Five Pillars of Health: Digestive Health and Detoxification, Nutrition, Hormones, Exercise, and Brain Health. Digestive Health and Detoxification Chronic disease and inflammatory processes can be reversed by fixing your body’s bacterial diversity, removing what is not needed and replacing what is needed.

Nutrition Each of us is a unique individual who requires unique nutrition. Micro-nutrient and food sensitivity testing can determine what foods best serve you in your quest for health.

Using the Five Pillars approach, practitioners at East West Health evaluate each system to identify problems. “We ‘test, not guess’ with nutritional and food testing and with saliva hormone testing,” says Archibald. “We then design your program based on these test results and those of your Evoke brain scan, digestive stool analysis, and Chinese Medical Diagnosis.” Practitioners at East West Health also utilize stem cell therapy and acupuncture to promote the body’s ability to heal naturally.

Stem Cell Therapy Advancements in stem cell therapy are ever-expanding, allowing people to reap the benefits of natural healing with the innovation of modern technology through safe and effective treatments involving stem cells. Acupuncture The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has been used to treat a myriad of health issues— from headaches to chronic back pain and from anxiety to weight loss—by releasing the flow of the vital energy in the human body.

Practitioners at East West Health believe that symptoms of disease and illness are there to provide clues that will lead to healing. However, if only the symptoms are treated without getting to the root cause, totally healing will not occur, and symptoms will return.

If you identify with being stuck in a symptom-based treatment cycle and are ready to get to the source of your pain and problems, contact East West Health at (435) 773-7790 or visit their website at acueastwest.com for more information on stem cell therapy, acupuncture, and the Five Pillars of Health.

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Hormones In order for your body to function properly, your hormones have to be working together. Each hormone plays a key role in allowing your body to stay healthy.

Exercise Exercise is medicine and should be dosed according to your hormone levels and physical abilities.

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In this age of ever changing technology, is it surprising that there isn’t a more effective and easy way to address hair loss? Hair loss (alopecia)—or even a gradual change in hair quality—can have a significant psychological impact on both men and women. Both genders can suffer with thinning, greying, and less than stellar hair quality as early as their 20s.

There has long been a search for minimally invasive, safe, and effective treatments for hair loss. Many factors play into the causes of hair loss, but what can be done to help prevent and restore hair to the lustrous look we enjoyed in our youth? Typical options run the gambit from homemade concoctions, harsh topical medications, and prescription drugs to medicallyassisted robotic follicle transplants.

While there isn’t an app for hair loss yet, there is a non-invasive and costeffective option that has been researched and proven in a clinical setting: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Utilized around the world and considered an up-andcoming treatment, PRP contains growth factors and specific proteins that help to excite new tissue production. PRP has long been used in the medical field to treat joint, tendon, and tissue injuries by stimulating stem cells. In recent years, it has proven to be beneficial in skin and sexual rejuvenation as well. In hair restoration, researchers found that high concentrations of the platelets in plasma cells help to promote hair growth by prolonging the growth phase in the hair cycle. Treatments start with drawing a patient’s blood and then spinning it in a specialized centrifuge that separates the plasma from the red

and white cells. The platelets and growth factors are harvested from the sample and injected into the scalp in the areas of hair loss.

PRP therapy is more effective if hair loss is recent. It is more challenging and sometimes impossible to “rouse” hair follicles that have been dormant for over 5 years. Generally, Top: Before(left) and after(right) one treatment. 5–6 treatments Bottom: Before(left) and after(right) two treatments. are administered 6–8 weeks apart, depending on genetics, the amount of hair loss, age, the pattern of baldness, and hormone health. It takes between 2–4 months to see a significant enhancement, with even better results shown over ensuing months. Adherence to an after-care protocol, which includes topical treatments, vitamins, and diet suggestions, leads to enhanced outcomes. Both men and women can benefit from having their hair loss or hair quality concerns addressed by a professional. Getting to the root of each individual’s hair loss issues is key, and having a way to restore what has been lost or damaged is a marvelous option to have available.

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By Virginia Fischer, FNP-C Do you have back pain that radiates into your legs or neck pain that radiates into your arms? Has this pain become chronic, lasting longer than 3 months? Have you undergone routine treatments like physical therapy, injections, medications, and/or surgery, yet your pain persists? If this describes you, you may be a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator. A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is an implantable device that offers a different approach to pain management. It provides another treatment option for people who have persistent pain despite receiving routine treatments, such as conservative therapies, injections, and surgery. Spinal cord stimulation uses a technique called neuromodulation to reduce pain. Neuromodulation is the process of masking the pain signals sent through the spinal cord to the brain. It is an approved treatment option for several chronic neuropathic pain conditions. Neuropathic pain is a type of pain that is caused from nerve injury or dysfunction. Some examples of neuropathic pain include sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy, cervical radiculopathy, and complex regional pain syndrome. Prior to implanting the permanent SCS, a short trial is done to confirm that this device will be helpful in reducing pain. Only those with a successful trial will be considered for permanent implant of the device. The SCS is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure in which small leads are inserted into the spinal canal. These leads are used to deliver electrical signals that modify and reduce the pain signals being sent to the brain. The result is reduced pain and improved function. – Patient Experience – The following is a patient’s experience with spinal cord stimulation. Lola had great success with this technology and has agreed to share her experience. Lola suffered with chronic neuropathic pain for over 10 years. Her pain started in her low back and radiated down her legs to her feet. Initially, she experienced significant pain relief with a combination of physical therapy, epidural injections, and medication. Unfortunately, her condition worsened to the point that the injections stopped providing adequate pain relief. She ended up needing higher doses

of pain medication in order to tolerate her pain. As her pain worsened, her functional ability declined, and she became confined to a wheelchair because walking caused too much pain. During her course of treatment at Southwest Spine and Pain Center, SCS was recommended because Lola was no longer getting enough pain relief with her combination of injections and pain medication. She was educated about the technology and provided with reading material to take home for consideration. She was able to try out the SCS with a brief trial and found excellent pain relief, so she opted to proceed with the permanent SCS implant. She reported 80 percent relief of her low back and leg pain at her follow up visit two weeks after the implant. Following her SCS implant, Lola was able to significantly decrease her need for pain medication. Because her pain was reduced, she was able to regain much of the function she had lost over time. We were all pleasantly surprised to see her walk into the clinic as opposed to coming in her wheelchair as she always had prior to the SCS.

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Before obtaining her graduate degree, Virginia worked for six years as a registered nurse in medical oncology. She completed a portion of her clinical rotation at SWSP while she was in graduate school. After experiencing the passion the SWSP team has for their patient's well-being, she knew she wanted to be a part of this group. Virginia says the most rewarding aspect of her job is managing the pain of others and being able to enhance their quality of life. In her spare time, Virginia loves traveling the world with her husband and baby girl. She also enjoys participating in outdoor activities like wakeboarding, hiking and mountain biking.

Because of the reduction in pain, Lola was able to walk further than she had in many years. She was also able to start participating in a physical therapy program. At home, she was able to cook her own dinner, which she hadn’t been able to do for years. Spinal cord stimulation offers another solution for people with chronic neuropathic pain that has been unresponsive to the initial treatment modalities. It has been the answer for many people, leading to improved function and decreased pain. For more information, visit southwestspineandpain.com or call 435-656-2424 to schedule an appointment to discuss your pain management options.

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By Dr. Ward Wagner Historically, methods for managing pain have involved attempts to suppress what the brain perceives as pain. Most methods have revolved around changing chemistry, such as pain killers or nerve blocks. Their intent is to suppress or inhibit what the system is feeling. However, these methods lose their effectiveness over time.

A common story that I hear from patients is that they began to take something, such as Gabapentin or Lyrica, which initially gave some relief, but as time went on, their symptoms returned and so the dose was increased. Each time their pain returned, the doctor would prescribe another dose increase. In the end, the symptoms never abated, but the patient suffered from all the side effects of the high dose of drugs (memory loss, confusion, dizziness, etc.) and the adverse effects the drugs had on organs and other systems of the body. The real problem is that as a long term fix, these drugs are ineffective. In other words, they just don’t work. “I was on all the neuropathy drugs, and they made me stupid. One even made me suicidal…After Calmare therapy, my symptoms are gone, and I have feeling in my feet that I haven’t felt in 30 years!” –John William The best fix for any condition is for the body to heal it. Even though medicine is usually a symptom treatment only, the hope is that while symptoms are controlled, the body will heal. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, higher doses are needed. In the cases of idiopathic or diabetic peripheral neuropathy, most doctors (and their patients) have given up on the hope of a cure. While neither of these conditions has a “cure,” we have found that the symptoms of

burning, numbness, tingling, and pins-andneedles have been eliminated through natural methods. These conditions are representative of a significant loss of the body’s homeostasis or normal function. The good news is that with these conditions, the symptoms are the disease, so if the symptoms are gone, so is the need for addictive, dangerous drugs. “I was suffering with extreme facial pain that doctors thought was a TMJ disorder, but it was eventually diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia. (The doctors) prescribed an antiseizure medication to help control the miniseizures or spasms that would accompany the pain. The downside was that I would have ‘spins’ or get lost in a fog that was so bad that I thought I wasn’t going to be ‘me’ anymore and that I was going to lose my job. I met with a neurologist who told me I was going to be on this medication for the rest of my life. Within one week on Calmare therapy, I am back to ‘me.’ I have my life back. I’m back to work. I’m driving again. The pain has decreased tremendously.” –Shauna Smith Calmare therapy has been miraculous in bringing homeostasis (normalcy) to areas of abnormal neural feedback or in other words, reprogramming or rebooting normal neural signatures. It doesn’t inhibit neural transmissions from occurring but helps reprogram the brain to think that things are normal again.

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By Jared Wilson, OMSII - 2nd Year Medical Student at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah With the end of winter upon us, are you ready to spring into action for better health and fitness? Here are a few reminders about why physical activity is so important for both your physical and mental health:

Exercise can improve your mood. While we often focus on the weight

loss and physical aspects of maintaining a fitness regimen, it is important to note that exercise can also produce strong changes in our neurochemistry. Exercising produces change in regions of the brain that mitigate stress and anxiety. It has also been demonstrated to increase sensitivity to certain hormones like serotonin, which can help relieve feelings of depression.

Exercise is about more than just muscles. As we age, physical activity

promotes the ability of muscle tissue to absorb amino acids, leading to cellular growth. Even if you aren’t a bodybuilder, regular use and conditioning of your muscle groups will reduce the risk of injuries and disabilities. However, as muscles become stronger, they require a better anchor point with your bones. In response, exercise triggers a change in your skeletal system, promoting an increase in bone strength and density. Physical activity early and often can help to prevent symptoms of late onset osteoporosis.

Exercise increases your energy level. One study found that just six weeks

of regular activity reduced feelings of fatigue in patients who had previously complained of chronically low energy. In fact, physical activity has been shown to amplify the effectiveness of various treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome and other serious illnesses, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis.

Exercise improves the quality of sleep. Whether or not you are dealing

with chronic illness, regular exercise can help you not only relax but also sleep better. One trial found that just 150 minutes of moderate activity per week provided as much as a 65% improvement to the quality of sleep. Another study found that exercise increased sleep quality among patients with insomnia, allowing them to sleep longer and deeper than a control group.

decrease your health risks but it can also potentially provide a measure of symptomatic relief. For many years, patients have been advised to rest and recuperate, but recent papers have indicated that exercise helps to alleviate chronic pain.

Exercise improves mental health and memory. Regular activity that increases

blood flow to your muscles also elevates the level of oxygen molecules that make it to your brain. This, in turn, can stimulate the production of yet more hormones, which enhance both cellular activity and cell growth. In fact, some studies have even demonstrated that exercise can protect our brains by reducing changes seen in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other mental disorders. Self-help author and motivational speaker Tony Robbins said, “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. What matters isn't the size of the step you take; what matters is that you take it.” The same is true for all of us. Whatever your health goals may be, even a baby step is a step in the right direction!

Exercise has long-term benefits. Evidence suggests that the lack of

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Jared Wilson is originally from Richfield, UT. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Southern Utah University prior to matriculation at Rocky Vista University (RVU) in 2017. He enjoys working with fellow students as a peer mentor and lead tutor and participating within student and school organizations. Jared's love for RVU stems from the unique opportunity he has to work closely with fellow students and neighboring communities and from the emphasis RVU places on life balance and self care amidst the high academic requirements. His life balance is filled with the beautiful outdoors and is focused on fitness and nutrition.

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When did Planet Beach open? We opened about 14 months ago in October of 2017.

Wasn’t there a Planet Beach in St. George before? Yes. Many years ago, when Planet Beach was really tanning-focused, there was a location here. It closed down, and I’m not sure on the details why. I think many tanning businesses were dealing with a need to change their industry and focus. Planet Beach corporate made some huge shifts, stepping away from tanning and moving into health and wellness. It was a smart move.

Tell us more about infrared fitness. What is it? We have four medical-grade infrared saunas that deliver infrared heat to the body while working out. It is clean heat that is naturally antibacterial. Infrared heat increases the body’s metabolism by 130–180 percent, flushing out toxins and decreasing inflammation. With infrared, your cells are being put to work healing and rejuvenating, and your body is burning 600–900 calories in a 30-minute session. It’s a very direct and effective way to lose weight.

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Shelley Crow started Planet Beach in St. George, Utah, after visiting one of Planet Beach’s locations in northern Utah. At the time, she was suffering through the grief and depression of losing a baby, and her start-up of Planet Beach gave her the opportunity to channel her feelings in a positive direction. Shelley loves being a woman in business, but above all else, she loves being a mother to 9-year-old Ella and 7-year-old Osmond. She also enjoys her “me” time. Whether it is working out or attending a Vispasanna 10day silent meditation retreat, she loves to learn and grow.

Who can benefit from the services Planet Beach provides? There is something at Planet Beach for everyone! We have clients who are going on vacation and want a quick color. We also have clients that come to us with physical ailments—fibromyalgia, arthritis, or nerve damage—who benefit tremendously from our infrared services. I especially love the harder cases—people who come in limping a year after an operation who have internal scar tissue, decreased range of motion, and pain. We can really help these people! HotWorx helped me. A year after a meniscus tear and corrective surgery, I could barely walk. The pain was intense, and I had no strength or range of motion. I started cycling and rowing in the HotWorx on the easiest settings. I was able to rebuild my stabilizing muscles around the knee, and I am now mountain biking again, which is my passion. Does Planet Beach require a membership? No. We have members and customers. We love both, but members really get the best of everything. Our membership fees are super amazing: $89 monthly for unlimited services! Most people pay that amount in one or two sessions with a massage therapist.

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Do You Know Why You Have Back Pain? Here’s How You Can Find Out By Darren Marchant Is the source of your low back pain a mystery? You’re not alone: Nine out of ten patients don't know the primary cause of their back pain. The problem is that most people seek treatment after they’ve begun exhibiting symptoms of back pain. While this may seem logical on the surface, I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way. The key is to go to a physical therapist before you begin to see the signs and symptoms of back pain. I’m sure that right about now you’re asking, “Why would I do that?” There are two reasons: 1) Physical therapists are trained to recognize the physical dysfunctions that may one day lead to back pain; 2) Eight out of ten Americans suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives, so the chances are good that you could become a statistic one day. Seeing a physical therapist on an annual basis is one of the most effective ways to prevent back pain from occurring in the first place. Doesn’t that sound like the better alternative? Great! Now that you’re on board, let’s talk about what you can expect during that annual physical therapy appointment. The first time you go, your physical therapist will collect a complete picture of your medical history. During subsequent visits, it will be important to update your physical therapist about any changes to your health during the previous twelve months, but it won’t be necessary to review your entire medical history again.

Next, your physical therapist will perform an examination using a variety of tests and measures, including a movement screen. A movement screen is a screening tool that’s designed to identify imbalances in your mobility and stability that may contribute to limited function or other impairments. This gives your physical therapist the ability to see how your back, hips, core, shoulders, knees, and ankles perform during a series of carefully selected exercises. The information gathered during an examination helps your physical therapist to identify changes from one year to the next, a critical step in assessing your risk for back pain and a host of other debilitating conditions. If a problem is identified early enough, your physical therapist is better equipped to discuss preventive measures instead of designing a treatment plan. And that’s how you identify the root cause of back pain and derail issues before they even begin. Mystery solved.

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Is Lifestyle the Secret to the Fountain of Youth? By Cliff Holt, Hurricane Family Pharmacy The Fountain of Youth has long been sought by man. Ponce de Leon spent his life searching for the magical water that would extend life. We know that he did not find it. Otherwise, he would be writing this article. Modern science has shown that there are three factors that may act as a Fountain of Youth: lifestyle, diet, and hormone balance. This month, I will discuss the first of these three factors that may determine health as we age: lifestyle. Lifestyle begins with the amount of sleep we get each night. I remember in college that sleep was a luxury I could not afford. In our busy and distracted society, sleep is considered the time we have left over after we finish doing everything else. This may give us only 5 or 6 hours of sleep each night. Research has shown that humans need 7–8 hours of quality sleep About the Author every night to maintain proper brain function, physical health, Cliff Holt is a pharmacist and emotional well-being. Lack of sleep can have many and the owner of Hurricane negative effects, including decreased memory, diminished Family Pharmacy and Gunnison Family Pharmacy learning ability, and slower reaction times. It can also cause an & Floral. He is a graduate increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, of The University of Utah and stroke while also increasing the aging process. College of Pharmacy and has Many people complain of sleep disturbances and qualitybeen practicing for 29 yrs. He specializes in compounding, of-sleep issues. Several prescription medications that are used for diabetes, anti-aging, along sleep actually decrease the amount of deep (REM) sleep. These sleep with wellness and nutrition. aids will causes drowsiness, but they will also inhibit the good sleep that our bodies require. Most of the over-the-counter (OTC) medications contain diphenhydramine. There are better, more natural choices we can make to help us sleep. Magnesium glycinate is made up of magnesium (an essential mineral) and glycine (an amino acid). Magnesium is responsible for over 300 processes that occur in the body. It is easily absorbed and very effective in helping us fall asleep. Most Americans are magnesium deficient, so taking a supplement is a great way to increase magnesium levels. The dose for most people will be 600 mg taken in the evening after dinner. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates our internal clock and helps us sleep. When darkness occurs, our melatonin production increases for about twelve hours. We become less alert and more drowsy. Light will shut down our melatonin production. Think of how life has changed in the last few decades: Oncoming headlights, lights in our homes, TV screens, and computer, tablet, and phone screens are glaring in our eyes. Decreasing light before bedtime will increase melatonin levels. Melatonin can also be found at your local pharmacy. Dosage is varied and should be individualized. There are different qualities of these supplements, so it is important to purchase supplements from someone who has first-hand knowledge about manufactures and the products they sell. The price difference may only be a few dollars a month between a good and a great supplement. If you have questions, please call and talk to one of our knowledgeable pharmacists about the many supplements available. Lifestyle also involves what we put into our bodies. Science has proven the negative effects of smoking, alcohol, and drug use and abuse. These substances increase the body’s aging process by destroying collagen and elastin in the skin, decreasing the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and causing an imbalance of many hormones in the body by diminishing liver function. We will talk about diet more specifically next time. Exercise is definitely part of our lifestyle. I try to encourage my patients to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. I am not talking about training for a marathon. The 30 minutes can even be broken up throughout the day. The key is to start slow and gradually increase. You could simply park your car further from the store to increase walking distance. You could do some light lifting while watching your favorite television show. Exercise will decrease the aging process by managing weight, improving muscle tone, and increasing bone strength. It will also strengthen the immune system and positively affect brain function. Always talk to your medical provider before starting anything strenuous. Remember, the Fountain of Youth is in our own backyards! We have the ability to slow down our aging and increase our quality of life. Please call me or one of our pharmacists at Hurricane Family Pharmacy if you have any questions.

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Synergy Massage & Personal Fitness By Rhonda MacFadzen, LMT, CPT, Owner Synergy is the benefit that results when two or more agents work together to achieve something neither agent could have achieved on its own. It's the concept of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. This is the simple premise that has been the backbone of Synergy Massage & Personal Fitness. Our team of massage therapists and personal trainers work together to provide you with a unique therapeutic massage and fitness session to overcome a variety of issues. As a personal trainer and massage therapist, I saw the need to provide a dual environment where massage therapies and physical movement are applied to facilitate healing, recovery, and overall wellbeing. In this process, the client is educated in self-care techniques and provided with a plan that includes massage therapy, post rehabilitation, and personal coaching to facilitate the journey of wellness. Synergy Massage & Personal Fitness provides a place where individualized attention in a private atmosphere gives the client a sense of empowerment and partnership. Some of our greatest joys occur when someone walks without using a cane, recovers from a car accident, experiences relief from pain, or moves a limb in a full range of motion again. One recent case is that of a young girl, age 13, who had a kneecap displacement resulting in torn cartilage. When she came to Synergy after her surgery and six months of physical therapy, she still could not function without pain. Her goal was to dance again pain free. We began the process of testing and assessing. When she contracted her thigh muscles, her knee would “J” to the side, causing her great discomfort at the joint hinge when she ran, stood up, walked up and down stairs, and extended her leg. After meeting with our injury and prevention trainer Terese Schelling for assessment and initial functionality testing, she was treated by massage therapist Rhonda MacFadzen for tight vs. slack muscle tone and function. The assessment showed that the outer thigh was pulling the knee up and to the side while the weaker inner thigh was not strong enough to assist. The hamstrings were the opposite in function: the outer hamstring was slack and weak while the inner hamstring was overpowering. All this created a sort of torque in the leg that also contributed to an internal rotation. Treatment in massage therapy included trigger point release, fascial line release, massage cupping, and stretch. The first session resulted in some relief in painful knee extension, but the strength and movement to complete a knee extension was still lacking. Terese’s testing indicated that the girl’s left quad showed atrophy above the knee, and she was unable to engage the girl’s inner thigh muscle or the left buttock muscle. Pain levels ranged from 4–9 on a scale of 1–10 during ¼ squats and step downs. Knee extension over a soft ball was the most painful (at level 9), and the girl needed assistance in bringing her surgical leg back down towards the floor. After only 5 weeks of training, the girl showed improvements in range of motion, stability, and strength in the left knee. At 8 weeks, she was able to complete chair squats without pain, perform knee extensions without pain, and perform step downs and regular squats with a low level of discomfort. This success story demonstrates the many ways Synergy Massage & Personal Fitness uses its knowledge and skills to overcome a variety of complex issues. If you or someone you know needs our help, call our office, or go online to synergymassagefitness.com to schedule an appointment. 62 www.saintgeorgewellness.com

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By Brigit Atkin I’m writing this article as one who is recovering from Perfectionism. One of the traits that stems from being a perfectionist is adhering to the misguided notion that one has to do everything on one’s own, never asking for help. We live in a world where asking for help is often considered a sign of weakness. However, asking for help is actually a form of pride and/or arrogance. Ouch. I remember an event in my life years ago that taught me the value and importance of letting someone help. I was a harried, stressed mother with four young children. At that time, my husband worked out of town, and I did much of the parenting alone. I literally went through years without much sleep, with many days ending in tears of frustration and exhaustion.

One particular day, I woke up very ill. As is the case with many young and busy moms, I tried to convince myself I was okay. I managed to get myself out of bed, but I didn’t get much further. I was to a point where I couldn’t get off the floor, and I remember thinking, “I’m in serious trouble here, and I can’t take care of my kids. I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Even in this condition, it didn’t occur to me to ask for anyone’s help. I said a prayer, and that was all I could do. Just a few moments later, a neighbor called to ask me how I was doing. I told her I was really sick and unable to do anything. (Crazy side-note here: Even with someone checking on me, it still didn’t occur to me to ask for help!) I hung up the phone and willed myself to feel better. Then, a miracle happened: There was a knock at my door. With every ounce of my strength, I managed to get up and see who was there. It turned out to be the neighbor who had just called! She was there to pick up my three small children who weren’t yet in school. She didn’t ask me if she could take the children; she announced it, and that was that. She had her own small children to care for, and I knew this was a huge sacrifice for her to make. She saved me that day when I couldn’t save myself, when I wouldn’t even ask for myself.

We have a better outcome By allowing others to use their talents and skills to help us, projects become manageable, and the finished product is far better than if we tried to tackle it ourselves. We learn how to give and receive Every relationship in life is about giving and receiving. When we don’t allow ourselves to receive, we eventually become resentful. This is really harmful to any and all of our relationships. Allowing people to help us reminds us that we are worthy of assistance and affirms a healthy feeling of gratitude for all that we are given.

About the Author

Brigit Atkin – Brigit of Brightworks uses alternative healing methods to help improve the lives of others facing challenges and difficulties. She is certified in SimplyHealedTM method and was trained by founder Carolyn Cooper herself. For more information, visit www.brightworksbybrigit.com

After all of my life experiences, there are still times when I have to remind myself to ask for help. I’m learning to be patient with myself in this process, and I hope you are patient with yourself as well. My husband asked me last week about the topic of this article. When I told him it was about asking for help, he said, “Are you going to do it alone?” Ha! I need his mad skills as an editor. I get to write the article, but he gets to perfect it!

This was a turning point for me. Now, 22 years later, I still look back on that day with the utmost gratitude for someone who was inspired and willing to make such a sacrifice so my children could be cared for while I was ill.

I see so many other people making this same mistake. Yes, it is a mistake to believe everything is on your own shoulders. It’s a false belief and a self-destructive behavior. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years about the importance and value of letting others assist you in your journey of life: Each of us has a need to serve others We often ask loved ones if there is anything we can do to help them, and we usually stop there. I believe we do this NOT because we aren’t sincere, but because we don’t know what help is truly needed. Generally speaking, we genuinely want to help those around us, but we don’t want to intrude. Just as we want to help others, we should let others help us! Service blesses the giver and the receiver. Connection Each of us has unique gifts/talents that we need to share. As a person is given the opportunity to use his or her gifts to help others, not only are these gifts strengthened but the connections between friends, neighbors, family members, and associates are also strengthened. We appreciate each other more, and we grow together in friendship and unity. St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2019 65

Connection Through Meditation Find Balance and Peace Through the Art of Letting Go

By Jasher and Lisa Feellove, BeHot Yoga Yoga is the unification of mind, body, and spirit (breath). An essential part of yoga is meditation. Meditation can bring balance and peace into one’s life through the art of letting go. In the eight limbs of yoga, meditation encompasses three (concentration, meditation, union), which are known as Samyama. Meditation is something you know through experience; it cannot be taught. There are common themes in meditation, but each person must find his/her own way. You cannot help anyone until you find your own way, but once you have, you will give help without intending it and receive help without looking for it. Two types of meditation are Transcendental Meditation and Vipassana Meditation. Both offer unique ways to approach the art of meditation. Transcendental Meditation is a way to avoid harmful thoughts and promote relaxation by sitting with your eyes closed and repeating a mantra. Vipassana Meditation is the focus of breathing and contemplation through impermanence. The practitioner is 66 www.saintgeorgewellness.com

to make a conscious effort to mind their breath. Watching one’s breath allows one to gain insight into impermanence, which is an essential doctrine of Buddhism. In these practices, peace emerges preeminently. We forgive our past the best we can and meet the future with strength and poise. In the Diamond Sutra, the author discusses the causes of depression (living in the past) and anxiety (living in the future). When a person is younger, the tendency is to live in the future. When a person is older, the tendency is to live in the past, thinking of things that could have been done differently. Meditation focuses the mind on the present moment, not the past or the future; this is the secret behind meditation’s power. Meditation restores presentmind awareness, which weakens and disrupts disharmonious thoughts. The great Zen teacher, Shunryu Suzuki, whose most noteworthy student was Steve Jobs, stated, “If you desire any state, begin from the state desired.” There is no preparation: one must start from how they want to become. The practitioner must begin with forgiveness. It is not the depth of knowledge but our confidence in our original nature that is the most important thing. Even the Dalai Lama, with his 14 reincarnations, stated that the spirit, or the big mind we all share, connects us to wisdom that exists.

There are many forms and disciplines of meditation. However, all types share three common tendencies: Sitting or lying with a straight spine, going within (focused breathing), and having no attachments. The practitioner can begin in one of three positions: legs folded underneath, kneeling on a cushion, or lying full-length on the back in Savasana. People often tell me, “I don’t know how to meditate,” or “I don’t have time to meditate.” The first unit of meditation is only twelve seconds long. Babba G, my teacher, would often tell me, “Meditation is the only thing you cannot do. If you are lucky, the meditation would happen.” To live in the present is to know peace. Be Hot Yoga hopes to inspire and encourage others to take the first steps needed to begin to find their own way and to sit down, feel your breathing, forgive yourself, and connect to heart energy. Be Hot Yoga offers guided meditation classes that are donationbased every Friday from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. and every Sunday from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meditation is visceral. The only way to know meditation is to experience meditation—no definition can suffice. All a great teacher can do is share his or her experiences along the path, but one still must walk the path individually. Namaste.

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services for adult individuals. There are many resources and organizations that help children, which is very important! We want our children to have as many advantages as possible as they grow into adulthood. Unfortunately, as those children become adults, insurance coverage, in most cases, stops. It is very important for our adult and elderly community to be able to communicate and connect with each other and with the younger generations.


Hearing loss is an affliction that has a tremendous impact on a person’s quality of life. Not only does it impact the person who experiences hearing loss, it also affects his or her family members, friends, and neighbors. We are surrounded by so many people who are suffering due to hearing loss. At Sound of Life Foundation, our main goal is to bring hope back into the lives of people who live in our community and help them enjoy the world around them.


The truth is that our adult community is neglected in this area and the statistics are surprising: Nearly 25 percent of adults who are 65-74 years of age have disabling hearing loss. Nearly 50 percent of adults who are 75 years of age and older have a disabling hearing loss. Studies show that untreated hearing loss can lead to dementia, cognitive decline, and brain atrophy. Preventing or slowing down the early onset of these ailments is of paramount importance, especially since dementia—a very complex and lonely disease—is growing more and more common.

How does the Sound of Life Foundation work? Sound of Life applications can be found on our website (soundoflifefoundation.org) or at local audiology clinics: Intermountain Audiology, Precision Hearing, and Advanced Hearing and Balance. Applications are reviewed to ensure that applicants fall under the required federal guidelines. If applicants qualify, they are asked to complete 36 hours of community service. Twelve of those hours are to be completed before recipients receive their hearing devices. We require recipients to provide volunteer hours in order to get them involved in the community and to get them out of the social isolation that occurs with hearing loss. Knowing that they are working hard for their hearing devices is very motivating to recipients. After completing the required community service hours, many continue to serve in their community.

By Sound of Life Foundation Staff Springtime in southern Utah is something everyone should experience. Not only does the world fill with color and with the smell of blossoming trees, it also fills with the sounds of reawakened life: the vibration of a hummingbird’s wings; the buzzing of bees around a lilac bush; the gentle patter of rain on the sidewalk; the warbling of birds from a nearby tree; and the jingle of wind chimes in a gentle breeze. As you enjoy the warmer weather and the sounds of spring, take a moment to reflect on the ways your life would change if you could not hear these sounds, and consider the ways hearing makes a difference in your life. The Sound of Life Foundation believes in the power of sound to change the world for the better.

How can I donate or volunteer? The Sound of Life Foundation understands that for many individuals, hearing aids are simply out of reach because of their cost. We don’t believe hearing aids should be considered a luxury. Everyone deserves to hear and enjoy the sounds of life! However, the Sound of Life Foundation can’t provide these services without the help of our community. We are always looking for volunteers to help at our events, and donations are gratefully welcomed and appreciated. To donate or volunteer, please visit soundoflifefoundation.org. Donations can also be mailed to Sound of Life Foundation, 321 West Tabernacle Suite B, St. George, UT 84770.

Because spring is a time of rebirth and new growth, it seems the perfect time to explain the nature and mission of the Sound of Life Foundation. The following are answers to questions we are frequently asked: What exactly is the Sound of Life Foundation? The Sound of Life Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that provides hearing health care to adult individuals in the Intermountain Region who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Since 2014, we have helped hundreds of individuals enjoy the sounds of life again! There are many organizations that help the hearing impaired, so what makes Sound of Life different? The Sound of Life Foundation provides 68 www.saintgeorgewellness.com

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ACTIVE AGING By Richard K. Harder, MS What follows are some interesting, startling, unknown, overlooked, or undervalued facts about the human heart. Hopefully, these “heart facts” will help us to have a deeper appreciation for this lifesustaining organ and will motivate us to practice a heart-healthy aerobic lifestyle habit. As noted by the American Heart About the Author Association, the human heart beats an Richard K. Harder is average of 80 times per minute—about an adjunct instructor at Dixie State University in 115,000 times a day or 42 million times the School of Business and a year. During an average lifetime, the Communication, and senior human heart will beat more than three adjunct instructor at the billion times. College of Business and Public Management, University This 24/7 work-horse organ called of La Verne in California. the heart weighs about 10 ounces in He holds a master’s degree in men and 8 ounces in women, is about management from California the size of a fist, and circulates about State University, Los Angeles, and degrees in business and six quarts of blood throughout the body hospitality management from three times every minute. In one day, the San Francisco State University blood pumped by the heart travels about and the City College of San 12,000 miles, which is roughly four times Francisco. He is principal of the distance across the U.S. from coast to Richard Harder & Associates Leadership Development and coast. Consulting Services and Lead Give a tennis ball a good squeeze. You’re Smart Training in St. George. using about the same amount of force your His professional mission as a consultant/educator is to assist heart uses to pump blood throughout the leaders in their effectiveness at body. Even at rest, the muscles of the managing individuals, tasks heart work hard—twice as hard as the and teams, while improving leg muscles of a person sprinting. The quality of life for themselves production capacity of the human heart and their families. is staggering. We should strive to take as much care of our heart as it strives to take care of us. Before we focus on practical habits for a healthy heart, let’s first be reminded of the common causes of heart function inefficiency, damage, and premature death. According to the British Heart Foundation, smoking cessation is the best thing one can do to protect the health of the heart as well as to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Smokers are twice as likely as nonsmokers to have a heart attack. Additionally, the American Heart Association, cites excessive alcohol consumption as a risk factor for a healthy heart. It can raise the levels of some fats in the blood (triglycerides) and can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, obesity, diabetes, stroke, and sudden cardiac death.

These are widely known facts about the ill effects of nicotine and alcohol on heart function. I restate these facts in this article on behalf of anyone willing to be more proactive in practicing healthy heart habits. Along with the cessation of smoking and the limitation of alcohol, the following healthy heart habits are very basic and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: healthy diet, healthy weight, and physical activity. In this article, I emphasize the physical (aerobic) activity habit as a key action for improved heart condition by first sharing with you my own physical activity story. In high school, baseball was my passion. I was coached well and did exceptionally well as a pitcher. In order to improve my abilities, my coach encouraged me to run more. I did not like to run, so I didn’t do it as much as my coach recommended. The outcome (as made known to me by my coach) was a loss of throwing speed and control in the later innings of the games. Not many years later, following my undergraduate schooling, I learned to enjoy running every morning before breakfast during my eight-week basic training in the U.S. Army at Fort Ord, Monterey, California. I have been a regular aerobic exerciser since then. I enjoy running, walking, cycling, swimming, surfing—pretty much any aerobic activity that has the effect of increasing the heart’s capacity to circulate oxygenated blood throughout the body at higher efficiency. I have always been grateful I learned to enjoy aerobic exercise and its health benefits. It has been my lifestyle for over 50 years. As we greet the beautiful spring season in southern Utah, I recommend you do the same. You will quickly realize the physical and mental health benefits of starting this healthy heart practice. Aerobic activity strengthens your immune system, reduces the buildup of plaque in the arteries, improves the efficiency of the heart, boosts mood, increases stamina, and reduces cognitive decline in older adults. Need more convincing? People who engage in regular aerobic exercise appear to live longer. Check with your doctor. Start slowly, and enjoy this wonderful healthy heart lifestyle habit.

Heart Appreciation & Health “Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.” Thomas Freidman New York Times Commentator

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The Have and Have-Not of Group Disability Insurance By Todd Francis Johnson, Northwestern Mutual If you are one of the lucky workers covered by an employer sponsored group long term disability (LTD) income insurance policy, you are more fortunate than most. Even if you are covered, it is extremely important to make sure you are adequately protected. Becoming disabled due to accident or illness is a very real risk.

While the likelihood varies with age, during your income producing years, you are nearly twice as likely to become disabled as you are to die before reaching age 65.1 Yet few American workers are financially prepared to weather a disability. In fact, the Council for Disability Awareness reports that 65 percent of working Americans say they could not cover their normal living expenses for a year if their employment income was lost; 38 percent could not pay their bills for longer than three months.2 The question to ask yourself is whether your family could meet expenses for three or four months if the primary wage earner lost his or her income due to a disability. Given the current economic conditions, now would be an excellent time to review your assets and consider how long your family could make ends meet if the primary wage earner suffers from cancer, a heart attack, an accident, or some other disabling event. Even if you have employer provided group LTD coverage, such coverage alone seldom provides families with enough benefits to meet all their financial obligations. Limitations of Employer-Provided LTD Policies Here are some typical limitations of group LTD policies provided through an employer:

• Most group LTD policies cover only 60 percent of base salary, which leaves you with a 40 percent drop in income to meet your financial obligations.

• Typically, group LTD polices do not cover incentive compensation, such as profit sharing contributions, deferred compensation, or regular incentive bonuses. • When the employer pays the premium for group LTD coverage, any benefits received are considered taxable income to the employee. • Group LTD benefits are often reduced dollar for dollar by any Social Security benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, or auto nofault benefits received by the disabled employee.

• Group LTD policies often have low monthly benefit maximums which can reduce the amount of income replaced for higher paid employees. For example, if the group LTD policy replaces 60 percent of salary with a maximum monthly benefit of $5,000, anyone making more than $100,000 per year receives less than 60 percent when faced with a disability.

Calculating Your Income Post Disability Clearly, everyone who relies on a paycheck needs to assess how long he or she could continue to meet their financial obligations in the event of a disability, including any ongoing savings for education and retirement. As a first step, it’s important to consult with an experienced financial professional. Look for someone who is both knowledgeable and trustworthy. Make sure the insurance company is reputable and has financial strength, stability, and commitment for the future. A financial professional can help you assess your ability to meet your financial obligations in the event of a disability and help you determine how long you would be able to meet these obligations. If additional disability income coverage is needed, he or she can advise you as to what types of supplemental coverage would be appropriate. Underwriting rules by insurance companies often dictate how much coverage is available to an individual, but the wide variety of policies on the market today can suit many different income levels and budget requirements. What’s most important is having a solid, complete plan in place to get you through the “have not” periods of life.

About the Author

Todd Johnson is a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. Todd has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2003; he began after completing his Law Degree at Case Western University. He is married to Erin Johnson and they are the parents of three beautiful girls. When he is not working, Todd enjoys spending time boating, mountain biking, riding horses, and spending time with his family.

1. Society of Actuaries Individual Disability Experience Committee 1999 Preliminary Table, most recent update; Society of Actuaries 2001 Valuation Basic Table, most recent update. 2. Disability Statistics, Council for Disability Awareness, March 2013. 3. Social Security Administration, Disabled Worker Beneficiary Statistics, December 2012. Article prepared by Northwestern Mutual with the cooperation of Todd Francis Johnson. Todd Francis Johnson is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and its subsidiaries. Financial representative 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@nm.com or visit his website at toddjohnson-nm.com.

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What Every Real Estate Investor Should Know By Jessica Elgin, REALTOR There are many things to consider when deciding to invest in real estate. Every investor is different, and every investing plan is unique. Determine what type of property is best for you. Once you settle on the type of property you would like to purchase, you can consider what is available in your market. To help you get started, read through the questions and answers listed below. Remember, each person is different, and the answers should be considered as a whole before deciding which direction to take. What are your long-term goals? If your long-term goal is passive income, you want to consider holding properties for a longer period of time. If your long-term goal is maximum income regardless of how much time is required, you may be better off with short-term purchases that net higher returns.

Where is your financial situation today? How much cash do you have on hand and what type of credit do you have? Consult with a qualified lender to discuss the programs for which you are eligible. If you have the cash available, you need to decide if you would like to utilize the cash or leverage it with a loan.

Do you consider yourself a high-risk or low-risk investor? If you are a high-risk investor, you might want to consider leveraging your cash to buy multiple or larger properties. High-risk investors tend to enjoy larger deals: multi-family, vacation rental and/or commercial properties.Talk to your lender before deciding what is right for you. If you are a low-risk investor, you might consider a new home. New homes tend to come with home warranties in place, so there is less likelihood that repairs will be needed. When investing in new homes, you can build equity quickly, and you may find that new home investment are easier to rent or sell. Are you typically hands-on when things need fixing, or do you just want someone to take care of it for you? If you like to be handson and are good with repairs around the house, you can anticipate more income with rentals and fixer-uppers. However, just because you prefer to have someone take care of it for you doesn’t mean About the Author

you should rule either of these out. Simply take the cost of repairs into consideration when you calculate your net sheet for a particular investment.

Are you good with people, and do you like working with them? This is a tricky one. Many of us are good with people but do not like working with them. If you do not like working with people, for your own sanity, stay away from traditional rentals. Consider investing in a commercial property. Stick to properties that you can flip or properties for which you can use a professional to deal with buyers, such as a realtor or a property management company.

What is the market like? This is where you will need some help. Seek the advice of a local realtor, read the real estate sections of your ne wspapers, and research online. Markets shift quickly, so make sure you are using up-to-date information. Finding the perfect investment will take a little work. Be sure that you consider all factors to ensure that you are happy with your choice. Once you have set some parameters, put together a plan that spans several years. Research and planning make the difference between a successful investor and someone who just tries it out.

Jessica Elgin entered the real estate market in 2000 as an investor. After teaching classes to investors at a title company, she became a licensed agent and quickly obtained the illusive Double Grand Centurion Award for selling over 170 homes in one year. Jessica now uses her skills as a Realtor with Red Rock Real Estate to help her clients move through the transacation with as little stress as possible. She is also the local Residential Real Estate Expert for STGNews.com.

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Hire Your Children:

A Tax Strategy for Business Owners

By Jason Crowley, CPA, MBA As a business owner, there are many tax strategies you can utilize to minimize your tax liability. One of these strategies is hiring your children to work for you. It can give you an amazing opportunity to teach your children the value of work and the responsibility of managing personal finances—extremely valuable life skills not taught in most school systems. However, there is also another benefit for parents who employ their children. As long as the work is legitimate and your child is under the age of 18, their wages can be deducted against net income from your business while avoiding payroll tax expenses. Recent Increase in Benefits The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has increased the amount you can pay each child you employ to $12,000 per year (up from $6,350). This means you can deduct this same amount from your business while remaining tax-free for your children! Priority Entity Type This tax provision specifically applies to small family businesses, such as sole proprietors or closely held family partnerships jointly owned by the children’s parents. S Corps and Other Entity Types All other entity types aside from the two mentioned above are not able to get this tax treatment. However, there is a workaround by taking a hybrid approach. For this, look at paying your children out of a family management company. You can create a family management company run as a sole proprietor, separate from your S Corp or 74 www.saintgeorgewellness.com

other entity type. The family management company then charges the corporation a fee for your child’s services, which removes them from the corporate payroll. And yes, this is completely within the rules! Note that record keeping and documentation for this type of structure is critical to show you are not abusing this strategy. Make sure you keep thorough records and maintain up-to-date documentation. Legitimate Work When you employ your children, create legitimate work for them that is age and ability appropriate. Remember, the IRS could inquire about this strategy, and your defense is greatly dependent on how well you have kept proper documentation. Keep it real, and make compensation reasonable. Extra Benefits By employing your children, you can reduce your own taxable income while providing your children with tax-free income. Your children can learn to manage their own expenses, save for college, or even put this income into a ROTH IRA. Every individual and business has unique characteristics that require intimate knowledge to make the proper decision on these types of strategies. Please seek advice from your tax advisor before implementing any complex tax strategies to avoid potential pitfalls. If you wish to discuss how I may be able to help you achieve your future financial goals, please contact me at (435) 632-9156 or at jason@belikos.com.

About the Author

Jason Crowley, CPA, MBA, and founder of Belikos Specialty CPA Services, has lived in southern Utah for over 20 years. He is originally from the Bay Area in Northern California, where most of his family still resides. He is a proud graduate of Dixie State University, where he completed his undergraduate studies, and Southern Utah University, where he completed his MBA. He is a true lover of the outdoors and enjoys being physically active. During the summer, you will find him trying to spend every possible moment of his leisure time at the lake with his family. When it is not lake season, he also enjoys making memories with his family by traveling to exotic destinations and hiking the southern Utah landscape. His family consists of his beautiful wife, Lauren, and their two awesome children, Dax (8) and Capri (4).


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By Lyman Hafen As a child growing up in St. George, I was not exposed to much great art. Yet there are images from my youth that still burn brightly in my memory—even a half-century later. Because they do, and because they still haunt me these decades later, they must have been, by definition, great art.

My parents used to take me to my grandparents’ house on Tabernacle Street on Sunday evenings. It is the last house still standing on the south side of the street between First and Second East. We would enter through the front door into the neatly-appointed parlor where I would sit on a hard wooden chair while adult voices rose and fell around me. During the short intervals of silence, I heard the ticking of the ancient clock on the mantle, and then the voices would rise again. I heard no words, just the sounds of the voices. As the evening lengthened, my eyes would lock on a framed picture hanging on Grandma’s wall directly across the room. 76 www.saintgeorgewellness.com

It was an oblong painting in an ornate frame. As the voices continued to swell and fade, my eyes remained fixed on the scene, and at times, I felt almost transformed into it. Even now, as I think of it these long years later, there is movement and sound and the feel of cool air in that image. The painting was made at twilight and contained a boy on a boat or a raft holding a long pole. He was moving through a foreboding swamp. There were trees above the boy—tall, dark, looming trees. There was a yellow glint of fading sunlight across the dark water. It seemed to me the boy was coming home. I could feel the joy in his heart and hear the haunting echo of his whistle. I wanted to be there.

About the Author

Lyman Hafen is the author of a dozen books intent on connecting landscape and story in the American Southwest. He is executive director of the Zion National Park Forever Project, and is past president of the national Public Lands Alliance. He’s been writing and publishing for more than 35 years, with several hundred magazine articles in publications ranging from Western Horseman to Northern Lights, and was the founding editor of St. George Magazine in 1983. He’s been recognized on several occasions with literary awards from the Utah Arts Council, and won the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He lives in Santa Clara, Utah, with his wife Debbie. They’re the parents of six children and 15 grandchildren who live on both coasts of the United States, and in Europe.

Since those long-ago Sunday evenings, I’ve often longed for a chance to see that painting again. To see it again, I believe, would be to call back those piercingly real moments of youth. I would be there again, sink once more into the scene, and recall all the truths I knew as a child.

As an adult, that’s what the definition of art has become for me: work that speaks truth to my heart.

My other grandparents, who lived in San Juan County in the southeastern corner of Utah, had art in their house, as well. They might have thought of it more as decoration, but 50 years later, I define it as art because the images of those authentic Navajo rugs that graced the floors and walls of their home still burn bright and real in my memory. Whenever I’ve laid eyes on a brilliant Navajo rug as an adult, the absolute art of it connects in the deepest recesses of my soul, and I’m transported back to those days of discovery in Grandma’s house.

All my life, I’ve been drawn to art, to images that are transforming. I wasn’t taught to appreciate it, nor was

it ever talked about in my family. I’m surely not an expert at identifying it, and I am not, as you might otherwise suspect from all these words, preoccupied by it. I simply like it, am drawn to it, and appreciate the effect it has on me. I can’t imagine a world without it.

In the last 20 years, my work has taken me to Washington, D.C., many times. On nearly every visit, I’ve spent at least a couple of hours in the National Gallery of Art. There’s no place else I’d rather spend some free time in the nation’s capital, and every time, I walk out of that place in a daze. It takes me a long time to readjust to the actual aspects of the day. I’ve stood mesmerized in front of Maynard Dixon’s Zion paintings at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art. I’ve felt my knees nearly buckle as I looked at Thomas Moran’s masterpieces in Washington. My eyes have hovered two feet from van Gogh’s greatest works in Amsterdam, and I’ve muscled my way to the front of the crowd gawking at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. I’ve walked through Monet’s studio and strolled his gardens at Giverny in Normandy. I have stood drop-jawed in front of the great Korean art in Seoul, and I’ve sauntered down nearly every hall in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with my grandchildren.

I’ve been moved to tears by more images than I can count.

It’s reassuring to know that I can always come home to a wonderful exhibition in the St. George Art Museum, or another great show in the Sears Art Museum Gallery at Dixie State University, or the St. George Art Festival in Town Square, or the Zion Plein Air Art Invitational in Zion National Park, or any number of other wonderful art events and venues in the St. George area.

Not a week passes that I don’t step into Roland Lee’s studio and gallery on First East in downtown St. George. I know I’ll find the master artist of Zion there at his easel, creating something new, something that will make my heart soar. Most heartening is the fact that all the great images I’ve looked at over the years, including the ones most deeply tucked away from my childhood, are always with me. Though they might not be hanging physically in front of me, their power still swells in my chest, and their beauty shines in my eyes, and their truth will always resonate in my heart.

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By David John Cook, Public Relations and Funeral Director, Spilsbury Mortuary “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

As long as I live, I will never forget little four-year-old Gabriel and the summer of 1989. His story and that of his dear grandmother is a love story that transcends time and reaches deep into my soul. It reminds me daily what life is truly about and what matters. In the fall of 1989, I finished my education in mortuary science in California and began my internship at a mortuary in Sacramento, CA. It was a time when my textbook education became real and raw. I witnessed family after family coming into the funeral home to make final arrangements for their loved ones that had died. Some situations were easier to assist than others. The tensions and emotions varied depending on whether an elderly person died versus a child or teenager. Holding up a mother who collapsed in my arms from grief as she coped with the loss of her child was always the most difficult. The deep love a mother has for her child seems indescribable. I witnessed absolute true, pure, and unconditional love time and again. My heart will never be the same. And so it was on a beautiful summer day, a family set out to enjoy the beach at Bodega Bay in Northern California. This was Gabriel’s big day as he, his parents, his siblings and his grandmother settled in for a relaxing day at the ocean. This family was close, and their love for one another was apparent. That love was soon to be tested beyond what any family should ever have to endure. As the day wore on, the family played in the white sand. Gabriel became brave enough to wade into the water but only up to his knees. With his family near, he felt safe. His grandmother was sunbathing close to him. Suddenly, a riptide tore upon the shore, took hold of little Gabriel, and sucked him out into the much deeper water. As the waves crashed onto the shore, no one noticed. It happened so fast. It was not until his grandmother heard Gabriel’s screams that the family was alerted of the dire circumstances. Many started running toward the water. However, the waves continued to crash, almost defying a person to enter the water. It was then that the family saw grandma running into the water, swimming toward where she had last seen Gabriel. With all of her energy, she dove, gasping and trying to find her beloved grandson.

As other family members swam toward the area, another wave came crashing down on Gabriel’s grandmother, and she, too, was taken under the water. Neither Gabriel nor his grandmother survived. They loved each other in life. Now that love transcended death. The local news stations reported live outside the funeral home over several days. For a moment, hearts were turned outward as a community pondered the “greater About the Author David John Cook is the love” this grandmother had shown for her Public Relations Director grandson. For a moment, the pettiness of at Spilsbury Mortuary in this world, the things of this world faded Saint George, Utah. He is and relationships with family and friends also a licensed Utah funeral took center stage. Perhaps, just perhaps, director, embalmer, and pre-arrangement specialist. Gabriel and his grandmother’s sacrifice David graduated from helped remind us that life is fragile—and the San Francisco College so very temporary. of Mortuary Science and also holds a Bachelor The line of people wove around the block of Arts Degree in mass from the funeral home as those that knew communication from the the family and those that were strangers University of Utah. He were drawn to the visitation to pay their has worked in the funeral respects. There was only one white casket. industry for over 28 years in California, Oregon, and Grandmother lay in state with her dear Washington and recently little Gabriel right next to her with her arm sold his own family funeral wrapped around him. As people passed by home in Washington state to the almost sacred scene, they would leave be closer to the sun! David served by appointment flowers, stuffed animals…and tears. of the mayor of Citrus The pure love this dear woman had Heights, California, as a for her grandson blanketed all those in city planning commissioner attendance at the funeral. No one that for two years. He enjoys spending time with his attended left the same. Love triumphed in family, serving in his church, their hearts, bringing hope to what seems playing the piano, attending at times to be a hopeless world. the theater, and going to Love is the crucial remedy for so many of the beach and Disneyland. His family consist of his the ailments of this world. Mother Teresa beautiful wife, Doreen, and once said, “I am not sure exactly what their seven children and heaven will be like, but I know that when two grandchildren. we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' Rather, he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?’” I’ll let you answer that question for yourself as you review your own life’s journey.


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By J.R. Martin, Alive & Well Mobile Medicine Recently, I attended a meeting concerning health care coverage for all of us in southern Utah. The room was full. The presenter led the discussion by saying, “Well, we all know that health insurance premiums are going up an average of 30 percent or more.” The tone in the room turned from happy to solemn. Then it happened. Everyone in the room simply nodded. Not one person expressed a word of concern. I began to reflect on the devastating effects of skyrocketing health insurance costs. Many are forced to choose between paying their mortgage or their health insurance premium. Like a rising tide, the impact of rising premiums reaches far beyond individuals and families. For example, auto insurance is also increasing to help cover rising health insurance costs. I felt like I was in the middle of the ants in A Bug’s Life when Hopper swoops in and announces to all the ants that they will be giving most of their food to the grasshoppers. Is this announcement bothering anyone? What has brought us to this point? What are our options? Don’t we want to hold on to our hard-earned money? Do we just have to take this one in the shorts? Do we concede? Where is Flik? The idea of insurance was born in 1688 in Lloyd’s Coffee House on Tower Street in London, England—an establishment that catered to sailers, merchants, and ship owners. Originally, insurance covered only ships and their cargos. Before a merchant entrusted his goods to make a voyage on a ship, he had the option of visiting the coffee shop and placing a bet. The merchant would agree to pay some investors in the coffee shop a set premium amount. If the ship fell victim to the sea, the investors agreed to pay the cost of the goods. If the ship reached its intended destination, the old boys at the coffee shop would keep the premium. The bet was on. Insurance was born. In the United States, health insurance is relatively new. In fact, the first insurance plans began during the Civil War (1861-1865). The earliest plans were created to help cover the costs of railway or steamboat accidents.

However, these plans also helped pave the way for plans that covered all illnesses and injuries. In 1929, the first group health care plan was created for a teaching group in Dallas, Texas. In the 1930s and 1940s, Blue Cross offered decreased contract costs to doctors and hospitals in exchange for prompt payment and increased volume. Insurance plans proliferated in the 1950s. Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965. When health care costs rose sharply in the 1990s, fee-for-service payments morphed into managed care plans. Today, we are confronted with the Affordable Healthcare Act, which has never in our history been more unaffordable. So here we sit, all lined up like ants. What are we to do? Maybe it’s time to get back to the coffee shop. Maybe it’s time for health sharing. Healthshare plans are faithbased programs (with options for different religious denominations) which facilitate voluntary sharing among members for eligible medical expenses. Members send in monthly premiums, which are paid out to members with medical expenses. Healthshare plans are based upon the idea of people with similar beliefs and values joining together to share each other’s burdens, not unlike the risk-pooling nature of the merchants and ship owners at Lloyd’s Coffee House. Healthshare programs, such as Christian Healthcare Ministries and Liberty Healthshare, are available. Why not reduce to cost of your health insurance premiums by thousands of dollars a year?

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About the Author

J.R. received his bachelor of science in chemistry and exercise science and master of science in health promotion from Brigham Young University. Later, he received a master of medical science from Midwestern University and eventually became licensed a physician’s assistant (PA). He worked at Enterprise Valley Medical Center and later worked for the Emergency Department at Dixie Regional Medical Center in Saint George, Utah. He is the founder of Alive & Well, which began in 1995. J.R. currently works full time to provide individuals, families, and small businesses total solutions for their health and wellness needs. J.R. is surrounded by his beautiful wife and 4 beautiful daughters. He loves to golf, run and play the accordion, but not at the same time.


Putting Student Success First By Andy Stephens, Executive Director Stevens-Henager College, St. George Campus

About the Author

Andy Stephens is the Executive Director of the Stevens-Henager College, St. George Campus. Andy was born and raised in Idaho and first came to St. George with his wife, Natalie, to attend Dixie State University. He eventually graduated from DSU with a BS in Business Administration and later earned his MBA from Independence University. Andy has worked for the St. George campus since it opened in August of 2011, following a two-year stint as a football coach at DSU. Andy, Natalie, and their three boys live in the Little Valley area, and they love living in St. George away from the cold.

At Stevens-Henager College, our mission is to help our students graduate and get into a career that matches the training and skills from their program of study. As a private, career college, we are held to high standards by our accreditor to make sure that we do just that. Let’s face it, the main purpose of attending college is to graduate and find employment. At least that is how we see it, and that is our focus.

To meet our high standards and to ensure that our students graduate and find jobs, we must operate a little differently than other schools. Nonetheless, we believe that those things that make us different are the things that make us great.

For example, at Stevens-Henager College, our classes are much smaller than those at most traditional colleges and universities. By keeping our classes small, students receive one-on-one attention from their instructors, essentially turning those instructors into their mentor. By providing this type of one-on-one attention and by focusing on each individual student, we are putting our students in the most productive learning environment possible. We also believe students should be taught by people who have experience in the field they are teaching. At Stevens-Henager College, our instructors have that experience. Not only do each of our instructors have education and degrees in the fields they teach, they also have real-world experiences that they can draw from to help prepare our students for their future careers. They share their expertise based upon years of professional experience to create dynamic, hands-on teaching environments.

meet with each student individually to work on professional development, résumé writing, and interview preparation. The sole purpose of our Career Services staff is to make sure our graduates have a job in their respective field of study after completing our program. At the St. George campus, we recently underwent an evaluation visit from our accreditation body. During this evaluation, they surveyed our students to determine if we were meeting their expectations. The results were excellent. Of those students surveyed, 100 percent indicated they felt good about their decision to attend school at the St. George campus and 100 percent would recommend our school to a friend. We believe these results are a testament to the outstanding values and mission of Stevens-Henager College and to those things that make us different. I am constantly amazed at the high level of dedication our faculty and staff have for our students. I am proud to represent StevensHenager College, but more importantly, I am proud to represent a college campus that has so many great people committed to a common goal: the success of our students!

Beyond what takes place in the classroom, we support our students by helping them secure a job upon graduation. Our Career Services department works tirelessly to connect students with local jobs and organizations who are hiring. Our Career Services staff members

Find a degree program, learn more about financial aid, and apply for addmission by visiting www.stevenshenager.edu

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FOCUS | ATTENTION | DYSLEXIA | LEARNING | MEMORY | AUTISM | SPEECH | ANXIETY By Laneah Turley When I was little and learning to read, I would mix my letters up and could only see one or two letters at a time. I could not see the whole word together. I could not read well or comprehend anything, and it would never stay with me.

Then, I was in a head-on collision. I had a head injury and missed a lot of school, making things more difficult. When I learned something in school, I couldn’t remember it the next day. My mom did a lot of things to try and help. She hired tutors, and I attended summer school. I even tried homeschooling for two years. When my parents and I decided to go to middle school after homeschooling, I was still struggling and needed help.

As I started going to middle school, I found that some classes were easy, like computer and woodworking, but math and English were the most difficult. I would have a hard time reading a two-page story and answering the easy questions at the end of it. I could not focus on the story and would start to get sleepy. My mom would help by reading the story to me and asking me questions about the story, but I had no retention. With math, I was not able to retain anything I learned from day to day. I just had to be careful, pay really close attention, and stay after school for help. Then my mom told me about a treatment that could help me. She explained how it would help reconnect both sides of my brain. We traveled from Mesa, Arizona, to St. George, Utah, to go see Caden Jensen

who did my brain integration. It took 8 hours (with breaks), but I was lying down, and it was relaxing.

It took about 5 days before I really started to see big changes. I could read the stories in English class all by myself and answer the questions! When the assignments became more difficult and we were given a topic to write about, I was able to write a three-page paper in less than an hour without any help! Also, I could remember what I learned in math. I noticed directions were easier to remember and follow. Now, I can remember things and figure them out. My comprehension has also increased. The brain integration made a big difference in my grades. I can read without getting tired. I can read smoothly and fast. I feel like I can do well in high school and even go to college. I feel confident and at my best level. I’m so glad I had brain integration! Laneah Turley is fourteen years old. She is the youngest of eight children. She loves school, participating in athletics, nature, animals, and being outside.

To schedule an appointment for brain integration, contact the St. George Center for Couples and Families. For additional information, contact Caden Jensen at 435-669-3774 or adhdsolutions.cj@gmail.com

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By Monte Bambrough, Director of Marketing and Business Development St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Have you ever missed a day of work or had an employee or colleague miss a day of work? Sick time, workers' compensation, disability, and family and medical leave benefits are more of a regular occurrence and account for 893 million missed days of work. Additionally, health-related work losses cost businesses $530 billion per year and often cost companies more than direct medical expenditures. Health conditions and lifestyle risk factors are associated with workplace productivity loss and reiterate the value of maintaining a healthy population. When employees are healthy, they work more, and the hours they work are more productive. Your St. George Area Chamber of Commerce is focused on your business’s well-being and your employees’ health. The two are connected. Our annual Healthy Business Challenge, currently in progress and in its third year, pulls together our health and wellness chamber member organizations, allows them an opportunity for visibility, and reminds our membership to encourage and support healthy lifestyles among their organizations. We challenge each area business to improve Healthy Business Challenge 2018 Winner its individual and collective health by partnering with Intermountain LiVe Well Center. Working with mind/body specialists, dieticians, and nutritionists, the LiVe Well Center provides a wide variety of wellness tests, fitness classes, and personal consultations. As part of the Healthy Business Challenge, each participant visits the LiVe Well Center and engages in a Bod Pod analysis to determine his or her current state of well-being and to measure the following: certified body weight, body fat percentage, total lean body mass, and estimated resting metabolic rate. This analysis will serve as the baseline for a goforward improvement strategy ending in May 2019. The individual with

the most improvement will win this year’s Chamber of Commerce Healthy Business Challenge. Past individual winners include Fred Walker from InfoWest and Rebecca Box from Security Service Federal Credit Union, with Red Mountain Resort and Spa doing the best collectively. Understanding the needs of your body and the proper balance between lean mass and fat is essential for optimal health and fitness. That is why it’s better to measure your body composition rather than weight. Several Chamber members helped us kick off our Healthy Business Challenge by offering discounts, wellness tips, or information. These businesses include: Alive & Well • Concierge Clinic Appreciation Mindset Training Huntsman World Senior Games Jennifer Trella, EMS Safety Certified Trainer Laura Frei Energy Wellness • Novatio St.George Massage • Mary Kay Select Health/Fringe Benefits Shadow Mountain Detox Hospital Tea Thyme Boutique We plan to continue our efforts to improve the health of our area businesses and business employees. For our community to thrive, we must take a proactive position to drive good personal health decisions. We are committed to this effort. Join the chamber. Renew with the chamber. Support the chamber’s efforts to maximize our communities’ business and individual health. Thrive with us!

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Monte is an internationally networked senior marketing and business development executive. He has successfully coached and developed hundreds of sales professionals in 35 states and Canada. His experience includes general business management, small business start-up, field sales teams, inside sales, e-commerce, customer service, B2B, B2C, acquired business integration, SEO/ SEM, brand building, and CRM deployment. An entrepreneur, co-founding a successful business at the age of 25, he previously held sales VP and regional director roles at Eastman Office Products and Office Depot’s Business Services Division and was the VP of sales and marketing for Superior Plus Energy Services. Monte graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, with a BA in Sociology. He is a Utah native and thrilled to be in southern Utah.

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WHERE IS YOUR By Jack W. Rolfe


Mary Ellen Edmonds, a presenter at an educational seminar, told of an elderly woman who did a kind deed as she passed through a tollbooth on a busy expressway. When paying her toll, she also paid for the next ten cars in line. It took her a few moments to search for the extra money in her purse. As she did so, the drivers behind her became impatient. The woman maintained her composure and proceeded to pay their tolls. Imagine the varied responses of the next ten people passing through the tollbooth! Do you think the impatient, irritated people who were forced to wait in the cars behind hers had a change of heart? Do you think their lives were affected positively? On a trip to the east coast, my wife and I related this story to our children. They enjoyed it and asked if we could put it to the test. When we came to a tollbooth, we paid for the car behind us and instructed the attendant to inform them that we wished for them to have a nice day. As we drove on, we noticed the car behind us flashing its lights and gaining speed. As they passed us, they smiled, waved, and mouthed a thank-you. How gratifying this simple experience was. We then traveled several miles before reaching the next tollbooth. Upon arriving at the booth, the worker informed us that the car ahead of us had paid our toll and wished for us to have a nice day! It was so exciting for us. Because we had a positive experience, we chose to apply this principle at the next tollbooth. This time, we paid for ten cars. The operator taking the money had a big smile come over her otherwise expressionless face. As we drove on, a couple of cars passed us. The passengers were waving and smiling. We enjoyed the moment and took time during the rest of our drive to reflect upon what we had learned. We realized that our simple acts of kindness affected not only those we personally touched but also many people indirectly connected in this great human chain. We also noticed that providing service to others caused others to serve us. What would happen if only a portion of the people that received a free toll that day performed a similar service? Can you imagine how these simple acts of kindness could eventually multiply? If such a small deed can have a positive impact on people, can you imagine what larger acts of service can do? We decided that this principle of providing genuine acts of service to others would definitely make the world we live in a better place. In serving, we improve our own lives as well as the lives of others. Where is your tollbooth? How will you change the world into a better place? “When your dreams include service to others—accomplishing something that contributes to others—it also accelerates the accomplishment of that goal. People want to be part of something that contributes and makes a difference.” ~ Jack Canfield “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ~ Howard Zinn

“Being of service to others is what brings true happiness.” ~ Marie Osmond

About the Author Mr. Rolfe is the Founder and CEO of the School of Life Foundation. This 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has a mission to increase high school graduation rates.

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By Dr. Arden Gillespie, DVM Spring is upon us and with it comes allergy season. While you may experience sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes, your pet most likely will exhibit itchy skin. This can lead to scratching, biting, and chewing at the skin. Some animals may also experience excessive face rubbing, excessive grooming, and hair loss. Many will suffer from recurrent ear infections as well. What is allergy? Allergy is a disease in which the immune system reacts abnormally to everyday substance, such as pollens, animal danders, mold spores, mites, and certain foods. All of these allergic reactions are unpleasant, some are serious, and a few can be fatal. The offensive substances causing allergies are known as allergens. An allergic reaction may be caused by inhaling or ingesting the allergen but most often is the result of the direct contact of the allergen with the pet's skin.

When a pet suffers from allergy, the immune system reaction that occurs causes itching. The usual locations of the itching are the belly, feet, base of the tail, and face—especially around the eyes, mouth, and ears. Less commonly observed signs include sneezing, coughing, and asthma.

Most pets will itch and scratch on occasion, which can be a normal behavior as not all scratching is due to allergies. How can you know if your pet has allergies? Allergy diagnosis requires that your veterinarian first eliminate all other possible causes of the itching. Many owners erroneously diagnose a food sensitivity as their pet’s source of itching. Although many owners themselves may experience food allergies, dogs and cats are much less likely to be affected by what they eat. According to one report, only 0.2 percent of dogs and 0.1 percent of cats have food allergies, and proteins like chicken, beef, or dairy are the most common causes rather than grains. When allergies are not the cause of itching, infestation by fleas or lice, bacterial or fungal infections, or dry skin may explain the pet’s itching. These problems are usually easy to resolve. Allergy, on the other hand, is different. Your veterinarian will want to take a complete history of your pet's problems and perform a complete physical examination. The vet may

do some preliminary laboratory tests and may recommend a special diet and a food trial to eliminate food allergy as a cause for the allergic signs. A specialized blood test will allow your veterinarian to determine what environmental causes of allergy are affecting your pet. We at Washington Family Veterinary Clinic utilize the Heska Allercept IgE allergy test system. This allows us to determine which allergens your pet is reacting to in a simple and noninvasive manner by submitting a small amount of blood to the laboratory. Once a diagnosis of allergy is made, your veterinarian will work with you to determine the most appropriate course of therapy for your pet.

You may be wondering how your pet came to have allergies. Your pet inherited its ability to become allergic from its parents. After continued exposure to the offending allergens for months or years, the signs of allergy become apparent in the pet. The typical allergic pet starts with a short period of biting, chewing, and scratching, which may be mild or perhaps unnoticeable. With repeated exposure to the offending allergens, the pet gradually experiences prolonged periods of itching and changes in the texture and color of the skin. In most animals, the initial signs of allergy appear during the first 2 to 4 years of life. The last and most important question is how allergies are treated. There are several different ways or combinations of ways to treat allergies. If the allergy is mild, avoidance of the offending allergens in conjunction with environmental control may be all that is needed to control the disease. Your pet’s veterinarian may also prescribe medications or a special food to control the clinical signs. In pets with more severe allergies or in pets where allergies occur year-round, specific allergy treatments, such as immunotherapy (allergy shots or drops), may be needed as determined by the results of the Allercept test system results.

If you feel your pet may be suffering from allergies, please contact your veterinarian for more specific answers. As always, we at Washington Family Veterinary Clinic are committed to the most comprehensive care available for your pet. If you have any questions regarding anything you have read here, please feel free to contact us or your regular veterinarian today.

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Separation Anxiety

By Katie Growing up, I was never allowed to have sleepovers with my friends. My parents were just trying to keep me safe, and even though it was a good rule, it created a major problem for me because I now have separation anxiety.

As a young child, I was never away from my parents for very long, and if I was, my grandma (who also lived with us) was my babysitter. The first time this problem became evident was when I was six. My family was vacationing in Park City, and my two older brothers and I were invited to stay at my grandparents’ house in Salt Lake City for a night. It was just one night—less than 12 hours. We got in my grandparents’ car and started our journey towards Salt Lake City, but fifteen minutes into the 40-minute commute, I burst into tears. My grandparents had to stop, turn around, and drive me all the way back to Park City so that I could be with my parents. Needless to say, I was a great addition to the romantic dinner they had planned for the evening. They knew at that moment they had created a monster. A few years later, I wanted to try out my new-found courage and stay three days at my grandparents’ house with my cousin. I was treated fantastically. We went to Build-A-Bear, ate all our favorite foods, got makeovers, and had our nails done. But as soon as night rolled around, I called my parents crying, telling them they needed to come and get me right away. I wasn’t going to make it. They were three hundred miles away, and I demanded that they come get me right that second. Many tears later, I was able to pull out of my meltdown, but the next two days of cake-making, party-throwing, and water-ballooning fun were just awful for me. I wanted to go home despite my grandparents’ best efforts.

the mountain to get me. I was very glad they made the two-hour drive because another night on the mountain was not an option for me.

After nearly being scarred for life over the anxiety caused by these two experiences, I decided to keep the separation anxiety to a minimum. It’s not that I didn’t have opportunities to be away from home. I just wasn't up for it until...my best friend and I decided to attend a four-day summer camp at Dixie State University. I imagined all the fun I would have sleeping over in the dorms, taking great technology and science-based classes, and eating in the cafeteria. It sounded so exciting—at first. The moment I arrived, I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. This was not a good sign! Being the strong person I was, I held the tears in until my parents drove away. After the first night, I knew I wasn’t going to make it, and I made up an excuse so my dad would come visit me the second day. His visit gave me a boost, and I felt pretty positive about finishing the remaining three days of the camp.

I would have made it except for a field trip to Zion National Park. As the bus drove me further and further away from my parents, it was more than I could handle. I pretended I was sick so that my dad would pick me up from the park and take me home for the day. To my credit, I returned to the camp for the final day (although I made a silly excuse for my mom to come and visit me). In the end, I made it through to the end. If you ask me, it is one of my greatest accomplishments. This summer I am planning on going to a youth camp with a good friend for five full days...45 miles from my parents. I will be fine. No question about it. I hope.

A couple of years later, I was invited to a weekend camping trip on Cedar Mountain with my best friend and her family. After sleeping over one night, I called my parents and requested that they drive up

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Spring: An Exciting, Energetic, Hopeful Time...for Most of Us By Matt Eschler PhD, LMFT, AAMFT Spring has always been my favorite time of year. Sunshine opens my days earlier and stays around a lot later. Spring ignites the senses. Winter doldrums slip away, boats appear in driveways, joggers are more noticeable, and summer plans get underway. With all these hopes for renewal, the thought of people feeling suicidal is the last thing on my mind, but for people suffering from chronic pain, various forms of depression, or grief from loss, spring can be a reminder that being happy is elusive. Suffering people seek relief from the sadness and grief they feel. Those with depression hope that spring will lift their spirits and bring them feelings of energy and joy. Those who are grieving crave the profoundly positive effects spring seems to have on their neighbors. When spring doesn’t provide a magical boost of energy, heal the chronic pain, or elevate the depressed mood, it can send those who are afflicted spiraling deeper into feelings of helplessness. Helplessness, deep sadness, or relentless physical pain can drive a person to consider suicide. When someone you know is discouraged or depressed—even suicidal— you can do some amazing things to help lift their despair and give them hope. Help begins with opening your mouth and talking with them. So many times, I hear people say they don’t want to make things worse for sad loved ones, so they avoid discussing the grief, sadness, or pain their friend is feeling. Avoiding difficult subjects and hoping the issue will just go away is a large part of the problem. I know all of you want to be helpful. You want to serve others. The only thing holding you back is a desire to “do it right.” I’ll give you some ideas, but mostly, I challenge you to simply dive in, be bold, listen empathically, and ask good, open-ended questions. If a person hints at being suicidal or if you know they are suicidal, it is okay to be direct and ask about it. Ask: Are suicidal thoughts persistent? Is there a suicidal plan? Have items been gathered to carry out a suicide plan? If your friend or loved one is suicidal, they need to talk about it. Don’t be afraid you will make it worse by asking. When your friend or About the Author

Matt lives in St. George, Utah where he and his wife Chris are enjoying their life with each other. Matt received his PhD in Psychology, and is focused on the arena of resolving personal conflicts and improving interpersonal relationships. In addition to his doctorate, he earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, studied Criminal Justice and received a category I licensure with Peace Officer Standard of Training along with a degree in the Arts of Business Management. Matt is a professor at Dixie State University, and hosts his own radio show, Counseling Experience Radio.

loved one begins to talk about their suicidal thoughts, your task is to listen with empathy. You can help a suicidal person if you provide time for them to discuss the problems they face, knowing you’re not going to shut them down when it gets “real and scary.” One final thought for those of you who have had a friend or loved one disclose suicidal thoughts or plans: Don’t handle this information alone. Always get a team of loved ones involved. If you promised to keep another person’s suicidal thoughts a secret, don’t do it. Break that promise. Suicidal people need a team—not just you carrying a secret this big all alone. Things you can say: • I’m so glad you told me that you’re thinking of suicide. • I’m sad you’re hurting like this. • What’s going on that makes you want to die? • I hope you’ll keep talking to me about your thoughts of suicide. • Here’s my number. Call me any time, and I mean any time. • What can we do to help you regain your confidence? • That stuff must be very difficult. • Just let me know when you need a listening ear. • I’m not going anywhere. Sorry to hear you’ve struggled with... Things not to say: (Remember that shame is part of suicidal thoughts.) • How could you think of suicide? Your life’s not that bad. • Don’t you know I would be devastated if you killed yourself ? • How could you think of hurting me like that? • You don’t mean that. You really don’t want to die. • You have so much to live for. • You need to stop dwelling on your problems. • You are so young. You have your whole life ahead of you. • I hope you’re not planning on doing anything stupid. • Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. • Think of the damage you would do to your kids. • Hang on. I’m sure you’ll feel differently next week. St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2019 91

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Spring Cleaning Your Relationship House By Sarah Prince, CMHCI Relationship problems? Join the club! I don’t know of a single couple who hasn’t fallen into a savage disagreement now and then. Finances, sex, in-laws, parenting, and a myriad of other misunderstandings can disrupt the peace within a relationship. Such arguments all too often lead to feelings and complaints that attack the character of our intimate partner. Do these thoughts sound familiar to you? “She never listens to me so I give up,” or “He is never there for me when I have something important to discuss.” Thoughts like these lead to actions that cause one partner to pull away and the other to continue prodding for communication. What a mess!

Dr. Sue Johnson, an expert on love relationships, has spent the last three decades researching the attachment bond between lovers. Her findings… breathtaking! Dr. Johnson reports that bonding represents the most powerful drive of the human species. Being accepted by someone that shares our most intimate thoughts, values, mistakes, and dreams is the ultimate, innate goal of human existence (Mrozek, 2019). Perhaps this is the reason petty arguments can be so painful. On the flip side, having a healthy relationship can be the exact opposite. Did you know that people in healthy relationships live an average of five years longer, have fewer serious health problems, recover more quickly if they do experience a hiccup in their

health, and have physically and emotionally healthier children? People in healthy relationships are less likely to experience depression or PTSD and are more likely to succeed in business and other areas (Mrozek, 2019).

Sounds good, right? Dr. John Gottman describes relationships using the analogy of the sound relationship house in which a couple begins to build a life (or house) together. The main structure of a relationship, the walls, represent trust and commitment (Gottman and Silver, 2015). The work of building a relationship is an exciting experience. However, like any house, things get cluttered and damages to the interior or even to the structure of the home can occur. No need to panic; all this means is that it’s time for some home repairs and upgrades. With spring at our doorstep, there is no better time to begin spring cleaning your own sound relationship house. Begin with a thorough evaluation of where your relationship needs to be updated. Is your foundation cracked? Does your friendship need to be repaired? Maybe your shared purpose as a couple needs a modern revamp. Perhaps the décor in your home is no longer appealing to you, and you need to rediscover what each of your current styles are. Whatever the damage, take the time now to begin your spring cleaning. Create the fresh, vibrant, and thrilling relationship house of your dreams. Start today!

About the Author

Sarah Prince is a CMHCI at the St. George Center for Couples and Families. Sarah is completing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lamar University, a CACREP accredited program. She is passionate about her work with couples and individuals struggling with pornography and sex addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. Sarah followed this career path because of her desire to strengthen and support others through their challenges and adversity.

References: Gottman, J. and Silver, N. (1999). The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. New York, New York: Three Rivers Press. Mrozek, A. (2018). At the Heart of Health. Retrieved from http://www.drsuejohnson.com/love/at-the-heart-of-health/

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March 2019 March 7 Zombie Rampage Spring Break Paintball Hunt 6:00 PM-10:00 PM on Weekdays, 6:00 PM-11:00 PM on Weekends. Open for select dates: March 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 Location: Staheli Family Farm - 3400 S Washington Fields Rd., Washington, UT Staheli Family Farm 3400 S Washington Fields Rd., Washington, UT The Zombie Rampage returns to southern Utah for a Spring Break Zombie Paintball Hunt! Climb on board the 14' tall Zombie Rampage Monster Bus and hunt REAL blood thirsty zombies with paintball guns in the Staheli Family Farm Hot Zone!! This is the BIGGEST Zombie Hunt attraction in the world, and the one that everybody is still talking about from last October! We need YOUR help saving southern Utah from the Zombie infestation! Children under 5 not permitted, kids age 5-12 permitted with paid admission along with adult paid admission. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time! Discounted $20 tickets are available online at www.zombierampage.net! You can pick your day and time slot so no long waits! Fees/Admission: $20 per person March 9 Sand Hollow Marathon & Half All Day Event Location: Hurricane Rec Center - 63 S 100 W, Hurricane, UT The Sand Hollow Marathon runs in March. If you have not yet run this course, then you’re in for a treat! Our newly developed course, starting and finishing in the beautiful, small town of Hurricane, Utah. It is only twenty minutes from St. George, thirty minutes from Zion National Park, and just two hours from Vegas by car. 2019 will be the 9th Annual Sand Hollow Marathon, and as always, our goal is to provide the perfect venue. We believe we have the most scenic course of all; making this is a great race with a small town atmosphere. The scenery is fantastic, the volunteers are great, and our sponsors make it happen. We have listened to the advice of our runners and continue to improve and grow this popular event. Come see why many athletes choose to run in Southern Utah. We are known for warm weather that gives all of our northern Utah runners a great excuse to make the trip to St. George. We hope to see you soon! Fees/Admission: Entry cost varies. Visit www.cityofhurricane.com for more info. March 9 True Grit Epic Mountain Bike Race All Day Event Location: Santa Clara Town Hall - 2603 Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara, UT True Grit is a long, tough and technical mountain bike endurance race. It is hosted by the City of Santa Clara and takes place in the rugged hills south west of St. George. Racers have two course options- a single 50 mile loop or a double course for 100 miles. The race is the season opener for the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE) and sets the pace for those seeking the series title. In addition, Pro athletes from around the world will be competing for the True Grit Champion title and Pro Purse at both the 100 and 50 mile distances. Fees/Admission: Entry cost varies. Visit www.gropromotions.com for more info.

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March 9 -10 Crossroads of the West Gun Show 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: Dixie Convention Center 1835 Convention Center Drive St. George, UT During the last year, Crossroads of the West Gun Shows attracted more than half a million guests, more than any other gun show in America. Crossroads of the West Gun Shows are America’s Best Gun Shows. All of our shows offer hundreds of tables to meet the needs of everyone, from the once a year hunter to the avid collector. Ticket price allows entrance for both days. Kids 12 and under are free with a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket. www.crossroadsgunshows.com Fees/Admission: $9 per person March 13 - 16 Tri-State ATV Jamboree All Day Event Location: Washington County Regional Park Hurricane, UT I-15 Exit 16 and SR-9 Shake off those winter blues and spend 3 funfilled days riding through some of the most scenic areas in all of the Western United States. This year there are 28 rides planned for the Jamboree participants, including 5 brand new rides. Fees/Admission: Varies visit www. thetristateatvclub.com for more info. March 19 PAWS Quiz Night Fundraiser 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Location: 'Bout Time - 929 West Sunset Blvd., St. George, UT Want to show your smarts? Have fun? Win a $50 prize? If yes, then you are a prime candidate for the PAWS (Providing Animals With Support) Quiz Night fundraiser. All proceeds from Quiz Night go to fund PAWS, a non-profit animal rescue/shelter organization based in St. George.The quiz begins promptly at 6:00pm, come early to get your seat. The use of any electronic or other devices to help answer questions is prohibited. First place wins $50. Second place a $25 gift certificate to ‘Bout Time. Third place wins two $5 gift certificates to PAWS Thrift Store. PAWS Office: 435-688-9748 Fees/Admission: $10 per person, one to four person teams.

March 29 Musical Splendor with Cosmopolitan Baroque 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Location: Kayenta Center for The Arts - 881 Coyote Gulch Ct, Ivins, UT Cosmopolitan Baroque was formed in 2017. Its four regular members live in the geographical confine of the Mojave desert, but they come from all over the world, stem from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and sought training at musical institutions on three continents. Their collective diversity inspired the group’s name, as did the fact that the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were themselves ages that prided themselves on the cosmopolitanism of their musical cultures. Cosmopolitan Baroque hopes to continue this tradition of cosmopolitanism by blending its musicians’ various backgrounds and approaches, keeping this music of the past fresh in the twentyfirst century. Fees/Admission: $30 per person


April 2019 April 1 PAWS for Tales - Read to a Dog 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Location: Washington County Library System - 88 West 100 South, St. George, UT This is an opportunity for children to read to registered therapy dogs. Studies have shown the many benefits of children reading to dogs. Additional dates available, contact Washington County Library for more info (435) 634-5737 April 5-6 PBR - Professional Bull Riders 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Location: Tuacahn Amphitheatre 1100 Tuacahn, Ivins, UT The Professional Bull Riders was created in 1992 when a group of 20 visionary bull riders broke away from the traditional rodeo scene seeking mainstream attention for the sport of professional bull riding. The combination of raw sport and quality entertainment has propelled the PBR to strong growth in live attendance as well. The PBR attracts over 1.5 million live event attendees each year with its multi-tiered event structure. Professional bull riding is a fierce, rough, and grueling sport with roots deeply embedded in American culture. It's America's original extreme sport. For more info visit www.tuacahn.org or call (800) 746-9882 Fees/Admission: Tickets start at $29 April 11 Desert Community Strings 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Location: Saint George Medical Building (Basement Level) - 736 S 900 E, St. George, UT A new Community Orchestra is starting up in Saint George! Takes place each Thursday. All ages and abilities welcome. We play for the joy of music and it’s fun to get with others who enjoy getting together and learning new pieces. There is no pressure to perform; some possible small concerts may be at rehab centers or small community centers on a voluntary basis. Contact Bette Adams with Desert Strings Community Orchestra for more info zionmusicensembles@gmail.com Fees/Admission: Monthly fee $30.00 April 13 Dixie Power Kite Festival 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Location: Dixie State University Encampment Mall - 225 S 700 E, St. George, UT All are welcome to this community wide event! Enjoy the day with family, friends, and neighbors. Take advantage of all the activities, food, and entertainment the Festival has to offer. Free admission & free parking. The Dixie Power Kite Festival is designed to promote reading as a habit and encourage students to engage in family-oriented physical activity. Qualifying students earn a high-quality kite, book or $10 voucher for their reading efforts. Also, contributions are made to the Washington County School Foundation for distribution to schools most actively involved in the Kite Festival based on attendance. www.dixiepowerkitefestival.com Fees/Admission: Free

April 18 & 21 Adult Sewing Class 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Location: USU Extension - Washington County Office 339 South 5500 West, Hurricane, UT Additional Dates: Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm We will be creating quilted wall hanging 14x18 Skinnies for all seasons of the year. (Please sign up for each individual month on Eventbrite.) We will be using patterns from quilted skinnies by Margie Ullery. You will be learning basic piecing and machine applique skills. You will also learn machine quilting and how to bind your quilt. For information about an added teen sewing companion opportunity, please call our office at 435-634-5706. Fees/Admission: $12

April 19-20 St. George Art Festival 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Location: St. George Town Square - 50 South Main, St. George, UT The St. George Art Festival began in 1980, showcasing the many artists who call St. George their home. Since then it has expanded to include over 110 artists juried from hundreds of entries from throughout the United States. Festival goers enjoy thousands of original works of art, live entertainment on two stages, a vibrant children's area, and foods of all kinds. Over 30,000 residents and visitors from around the West converge in the beautiful town of St. George on Easter weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. The festival is set in the beautiful Town Square with its carousel, fountains and water features, flower gardens, and historic buildings. The Art Festival is known for consistently outstanding artwork, and treating artists as special guests. April 27 Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons 8:00 PM Location: Tuacahn Amphitheatre - 1100 Tuacahn, Ivins, UT Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have been delighting sold-out audiences with their unique sound since their 1962 breakthrough as one of the hottest bands of all time. From 1962 to 1978, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Frankie and his legendary group have seen countless waves of success, not the least of which stem from the Tony Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys, which highlights hit songs such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Rag Doll”. Fees/Admission: Tickets $60 - $90 per person

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QUICK RESOURCE GUIDE CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION Head Start St. George Center (435) 628-5641 494 East 900 South | St. George, UT 84790 Suu.edu/headstart The Head Start program services low-income, prekindergarten children and their families by helping them learn social, emotional, cognitive and physical development skills. Head Start families are often offered assistance in literacy training, parenting skills, nutrition and social services. The Learning Center for Families (435) 673-5353 2044 South Mesa Palms Drive | St. George, UT 84790 TLC4families.org The Learning Center for Families provides free child development screenings, infant and toddler mental health services and therapy programs for infants and toddlers with special needs.


DISABLED SERVICES Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (435) 986-0055 965 E 700 S, Ste. 202 | St. George, UT 84790 www.usor.utah.gov The VRBVI helps meet the needs of individuals suffering from visual impairments or blindness by providing vocational rehabilitation, as well as training and adjustment services.

Red Rock Center for Independence (435) 673-7501 168 North 100 East, Suite 101 | St. George, UT 84770 Rrci.org The mission of the Red Rock Center for Independence is to empower individuals with disabilities to live independently. They teach educational courses on personalized services and technology.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOVE Center (435) 628-0458 | St. George, UT | Dovecenter.org The DOVE Center in St George provides emergency support and case-by-case counseling support and group counseling for female and child victims of domestic violence, rape and emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse. Erin Kimball Foundation (435) 627-9232 455 West Vincent Lane | Washington, UT 84780 Erinkimball.org The Erin Kimball Foundation serves homeless victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse. The foundation strives to empower survivors in the healing process by assisting with employment opportunities and/or educational endeavors. Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment Center (435) 628-8075 N. Mall Drive, Suite VW-104 | St. George, UT 84790 Isatcenter.org ISAT focuses on the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse and other issues through comprehensive programs. Their goal is to aid families in the healing process and prevent further victimization.


focus on volunteers, sustainable programs and conservation efforts to supply decent housing to those in need. St. George Housing Authority (435) 628-3648 975 North 1725 West #101 | St. George, UT 84770 Stgeorgehousingauthority.org St. George Housing Authority’s mission is to provide assistance to low-income families by providing safe, affordable housing opportunities. The Housing Authority focuses on helping families achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. Switchpoint Community Resource Center (435) 627-4663 948 North 1300 West | St. George, UT 84770 Switchpointcrc.org Switchpoint provides homeless individuals in southern Utah with food, shelter and a stepping stone to independence.


Utah Foster Care (435) 656-8065 Toll Free (877) 505-5437 491 E Riverside Dr | St. George, UT 84790 www.UtahFosterCare.com Utah Foster Care (UFC) is a nationally recognized non-profit which finds, trains, and supports Utah families, who are willing and able to provide a nurturing home for children in foster care. In Utah, more than 2,900 children are in foster care at any given time because their own families are in crisis. Substance abuse is often a factor in cases where children are removed from their biological homes.

MENTAL HEALTH Dixie State University Health and Wellness Center (435) 652-7756 34 North 600 East | St. George, UT 84770 Dixie.edu/wellness The mission of the Dixie State University’s Health and Wellness Center is to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst all student and faculty members through education and self-improvement. The center provides mental health services as well as medical services.

RECOVERY AND INTERVENTION Alcoholics Anonymous (Dixie Central Office) (435) 674-4791 165 North 100 East | St. George, UT 84770 Dixieaaoffice.org The Dixie Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous provides a central office where people can meet or call for information on meetings, or to communicate with other locals battling alcoholic addiction. LDS Addiction Recovery Program St. George, UT Addictionrecovery.lds.org The LDS Addiction Recovery Program features 12-steps that promote healing and recovery while also incorporating LDS gospel principles. The program has regular meetings in St. George to cover pornography and general addictions for men and women. Narcotics Anonymous (435) 467-4403 | Washington, UT 84780 Nasouthernutah.org Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship that provides support for recovering addicts. All members follow a simple program to abstain from drugs and provide support to one another.


Doctor’s Volunteer Clinic of St. George (435) 656-0022 1036 East Riverside Drive | St. George, UT 84790 Doctorsvolunteerclinic.org The Doctor’s Volunteer Clinic of St. George provides quality health care and a mental health clinic M-F during normal business hours.

National Alliance on Mental Issues (NAMI) www.namiut-sw.org NAMI provides free classes to families and their loved ones coping with mental issues. Family to Family is a 12 week program for families who want to learn how to help their ill loved one. Peer to Peer is for the person who wants to learn how to better understand their mental issues. Both classes are held at the Washington County Library 88W100S. Every Thursday, from 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Classes begin September 7, 2017.

SENIOR SERVICES Five County Area Agency on Aging (435) 673-3548 1060 West 1700 South Bldg B | St. George, UT 84770 Agingcare.com The Area Agency on Aging provides seniors with a list of available services, respite care, counseling and mobility services. Senior Citizen’s Center (435) 634-5743 245 North 200 West | St. George, UT 84770 Stg.coa.washco.utah.gov The Senior Citizen’s Center offers seniors in St. George the opportunity to find new friends, take classes and enrich their lives.


Southwest Behavioral Health Center (435) 634-5600 474 West 200 North | St. George, UT 84770 Sbhc.us The Southwest Behavioral Health Center assists families and communities in the prevention and recovery from severe and persistent mental health illness and addiction.

Utah Behavioral Services (801) 255-5131 359 East Riverside Drive, Suite B | St. George, UT 84790 Utahbehavioralservices.com Utah Behavioral Services provides high-quality behavioral and mental health services to residents in southern Utah. The focus is on the family unit as a whole, working together to cultivate enduring change.


Division of Child and Family Services (435) 652-2960 178 North 200 East | St. George, UT 84770 Dcfs.utah.gov The Division of Child and Family Services works to protect children and adults from abuse, neglect and dependency while providing preventative education for families to protect their children.

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LDS Family Services (435) 673-6446 2480 Red Cliffs Drive | St. George, UT 84790 Providentliving.org LDS Family Services helps local church leadership care for the individuals in their community that suffer from social and emotional challenges. All resources and care provided are in harmony with the LDS gospel principles.


Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (435) 673-8974 1067 East Tabernacle, Suite 10 | St. George, UT 84770 Deafservices.utah.gov The St. George Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides interpreters, classes, camps, social activities and rehabilitation for those dealing with hearing loss.


Family Support Center (435) 674-5133 310 West 200 North | St. George, UT 84770 Thefamilysupportcenter.com The Family Support Center provides crisis care for children ages birth-11. Availability is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for parents feeling stressed and out-of-control due to personal or family situations.

PROGRAMS FOR THE UNDERSERVED AND HOMELESS Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah (435) 674-7669 ext. 3 835 South Bluff Street | St. George, UT 84770 Habitatswu.org Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah works to provide low-income families with safe, affordable housing. They

YOUTH CRISIS The Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (435) 414-4362 474 West 200 North | St. George, UT 84770 The Mobile Crisis Outreach Team’s mission is to provide support to families who are experiencing crisis in the home due to their children’s behavioral issues and/or a mental health diagnosis. Washington County Youth Crisis Center (435) 656-6100 251 East 200 North | St. George, UT 84770 Washington County Youth Crisis Center provides individual behavioral and educational health assistance to youth in a state of crisis.


Bicycles Unlimited 90 S 100 E (435) 673-4492 www.bicyclesunlimited.com Rapid Cycling 705 N. Bluff Street (435) 703-9880 www.rapidcyclingbikes.com


Stephen Wade Automotive 1630 Hilton Dr St George, UT 84770 (435) 628-6100 www.stephenwade.com


City of St. George 175 East 200 North (435) 627-4000 www.sgcity.org St. George Area Chamber of Commerce 136 N. 100 E. (435) 628-1658 www.stgeorgechamber.com


Corporate Alliance 1487 South Silicon Way www.knoweveryone.com (435) 256-6225


Boren Dental Implant & Family Dentistry/ Sleep Dentistry 444 E Tabernacle St #2 www.drdaneboren.com (435) 674-9476 Riverside Dental 368 East Riverside Dr. (435) 673-3363 www.stgeorgesmiles.com Johnson Pediatric Dentistry 772 N Dixie Drive, Ste. 101 (435) 628-0511 www.drcodykidsdental.com


Dixie Technical College 610 S. Tech Ridge Drive (435) 674-8400 www.dixietech.com Dixie State University 225 S 700 E, St George, UT 84770 (435) 652-7500 Rocky Vista University 255 E Center St, Ivins, UT 84738 (435) 222-1236 www.rvu.edu Saint George Academy 380 E 3090 S Washington, UT 84780 (435) 319-0105 www.stgacademy.org


BrightWorks by Brigit www.BrightWorksByBrigit.com (435) 668-0233


Tuacahn Center for the Arts 1100 Tuacahn Dr, Ivins, UT 84738 (435) 652-3200 www.tuacahn.org


St. George Center for Couples & Families Blackridge Terrace One 1173 S. 250 W. Ste. 208 www.stgeorgefamilies.com (435) 688-1111


BeHot Yoga 558 E. Riverside Dr. #210 (435)225-6529 www.stgeorgeyoga.com


Movara Fitness Resort 290 S Fitness Way, Ivins, UT 84738 (888) 870-2639 www.movara.com Summit Athletic Club 1532 East 1450 South, (435) 628-5000 446 S Mall Dr B-1, (435) 251-8800 1973 W Sunset Blvd. (435) 628-2151 www.summitathleticclub.com


Designer Furniture Gallery 170 N 400 E (435)673-2323 www.designerfurniture.com Wilding Wallbeds 1509 S 270 E #3, St George, UT 84790 (866) 877-7803 wallbedsbywilding.com

HEALTH Advanced Hearing & Balance 1490 E. Foremaster Drive #360 St. George, UT 84790 (435) 319-4700 www.HearingAidDoctor.com

Alive & Well Mobile Medicine (435) 669-9696 Myaliveandwell.com Desert Pain and Spine 617 E Riverside Drive #301 (435) 216-7000 48 S 2500 W #110, Hurricane (435) 216-7000 www.desertpainspecialists.com Dixie Chiropractic 10 North 400 East www.dixiechiro.com (435) 673-1443

East West Health 393 E Riverside #2B www.acueastwest.com (435) 773-7790

Intermountain Healthcare 1380 E Medical Center Dr. (435) 251-1000 intermountainhealthcare.org

LiVe Well Center at Dixie Regional Health & Performance Center 652 S. Medical Center Drive (435) 251-3793 Novatio Orthopedics 736 S 900 E Suite 202 (435) 688-1152 www.novatioortho.com

Revere Health Coral Desert Orthopaedics 1490 Foremaster Dr. #15 (435)628-9393 www.coraldesertortho.com Riverside Medical Arts 1068 E Riverside Dr. (435) 628-6466 www.riversidemedicalarts.com St. George Eye Center 617 E Riverside Drive #101 (435) 628-4507 www.stgec.com St. George Urology 1490 East Foremaster Drive Suite 300 (435) 688-2104 www.stgurology.com Snow Slade, Cataract & Glaucoma Surgeon 617 E Riverside Drive #101 (435) 628-4507 www.stgec.com Southwest Spine & Pain Center at Dixie Regional Medical Center 652 S. Medical Center Drive #110 www.southwestspineandpain.com (435) 656-2424 Southwest Vision 965 E 700 S #100 www.southwestvision.org (435) 673-5577 Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology 515 South 300 East Suite 206 www.valleyobgynutah.com (435) 628-1662

HEALTH (CONTINUED) Vibrant You Hyperbaric Oxygen and Light Center 352 E. Riverside Drive A6 (435) 218-7260 www.vibrantyousg.com Watts Wellness 348 N Bluff St #202 (435)656-4461 www.wattswellness.net WholeFIT Wellness for Life www.wholefitwellness.com

HEARING/AUDIOLOGY Intermountain Audiology 161 W 200 N #110 St. George, UT 84770 (435) 688-2456 Sound of Life Foundation 20 N. Main Street Suite 309 St. George, UT 84770 (435) 215-4898

PHARMACY (CONTINUED) Stapley Pharmacy 102 E City Center St. (435) 673-3575 446 S. Mall Drive #B8 (435) 673-3575 167 E Main, Enterprise (435) 878-2300 www.stapleypharmacy.com

PHYSICAL THERAPY Fit Physical Therapy 1490 E Foremaster Dr #110 (435)652-4455 1532 East 1450 South (435) 359-9200 617 E Riverside Drive #303 (435) 673-4303 www.fit-pt.com

RADIO Cherry Creek Radio www.cherrycreekradio.com


Jones Paint & Glass 122 S 1200 E, St. George, UT 84790 (435)673-9644 www.jonespg.com


Riverside Business Insurance 157 E Riverside Dr # 2A (435) 628-8738


Jones Waldo Law Firm 301 N 200 E # 3A (435) 628-1627 www.joneswaldo.com


Cherry Creek Mortgage 720 S River Rd, (435) 674-9200 www.cherrycreekmortgage.com


Spilsbury Mortuary 110 S. Bluff St. St. George, UT 84770 (435) 673-2454 25 N. 2000 W. Hurricane, UT 84737 (435) 635-2212 www.spilsburymortuary.com


Kayenta Arts Foundation 881 Coyote Gulch Court (435) 674-2787 www.kayentaartsfoundation.org

NEWS St. George News www.STGNews.com


American Red Cross Blood Donation Center 476 E Riverside Dr (800) 733-2767 www.redcross.org/local/utah School of Life Foundation River Road Plaza 107 South 1470 East, Ste 101 www.schooloflifefoundation.org (435) 632-2947 The Learning Center for Families 2044 Mesa Palms Drive (435) 673-5353 www.tlc4families.org


Oral & Facial Surgery Institute 1098 E Riverside Drive www.utahoms.com (435) 628-1100

PHARMACY Fusion Pharmacy 1100 N Canyon View Drive Santa Clara, UT 84765 (435) 703-9680 617 E Riverside Drive #104 (435) 703-9680 www.fusionspecialtypharmacy.com Hurricane Family Pharmacy 25 North 2000 West Hurricane, UT 84737 (435) 635-8200 www.utahfamilypharmacy.com

REAL ESTATE Jessica Elgin, ERA (918) 924-0055 Brandon Staples, ERA (480) 244-9002 Kayenta Community 800 N Kayenta Parkway Ivins, Utah 84738 (435) 628-7234

RESTAURANTS Cappeletti’s 36 E Tabernacle, St. George, UT (435) 986-4119 cappelettisrestaurantstgeorge.com The Painted Pony Restaurant 2 W St George Blvd www.painted-pony.com (435) 634-1700 The Pasta Factory 2 W St. George Blvd (435) 674-3753 The Pizza Factory 2 W St. George Blvd #8 (435) 628-1234 2376 E Red Cliffs Dr. (435) 688-2656 1930 W Sunset Blvd (435) 634-1234 www.stgeorgepizzafactory.com


Huntsman World Senior Games 1070 W 1600 S # A103 (435) 674-0550 www.seniorgames.net

SPAS Casa Blanca 950 W. Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV (866) 401-6021 casablancaresort.com


Southwest Healing & Wellness (435) 986-7100 www.southwesthwc.com

VETERINARIANS Washington Family Vet Clinic 969 N. 3050 E., (435) 627-1300 washingtonfamilyvet.com

VOLUNTEERS JustServe.org

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT Dr. Coleen Andruss 1173 South 250 West, Suite 110 www.drhealthylifestyle.com (435) 986-3800


Life Skills Recovery Ranch 9431 N 400 W Holden, UT 84636 (435) 253-1887 www.lifeskillsrecoveryranch.com

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Welcome to our magazine, St. George Health & Wellness. This issue features the following articles: Red Fort Indian Cuisine; A Tribute to Bra...

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