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COVER STORY: Weedsteam: Eco-Friendly, Chemical-Free Weed Control / 14 INSIDE: Three Tips To Improve Your Health / 21 Cancer Treatment: Know Your Options / 51 EMDR Therapy For Healing Trauma / 85

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TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S

Fitness

There's Something for Everyone at the Health Fair................................16 Ten Percent Tour de France.......................18 Three Tips to Improve Your Health........21

Nutrition

Dining Guide........................................22 The Truth About Food and Supplements...............................24

Culture

Health

Lack of Amino Acids could be Stressing You Out!..........................34 Five Principles of Healthy Weight Loss....37 If Life Hands You Lemons, Make Some Lemonade!......................38 Staying Current with Diabetes Education.............................41 Answering Your Questions About CBD........................................44 Brain Health: Healing Mind and Memory from Alzheimer's Disease.....45 No Need to go Under the Knife............46 Should I use Marijuana to Treat my Glaucoma?...........................49 What a Pain! Causes of and Treatments for Lower Back Pain.......50 Cancer Treatment: Know Your Options............................51 Tired of Having Old Knees?..................53 Preventing Kidney Stones........................54 Ozone Therapy: Pill-Free Pain Relief.......56 Little Mermaid has Nothing on These Heros...................................58 Slow Down, Be Still, Listen, and Respond to Your Conscience..............58

Power In Unity: St. George Celebrates Pride Week.......................26 Celebrate Dixie State University During Homecoming Week .............29 Buy Local: Finney Farm........................30 Make-A-Wish Utah..............................32

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 On the Cover: Eco-Friendly, Chemical Free Weed Control......14

Family

Discovering Greater Zion.......................70 Are You a Champion?.............................73 Dads and School....................................74 Elf the Musical.........................................76 Connecting Health and Family History...................................77 The Villas at Ovation Sienna Hills Breaking Ground Soon.............78 Youth Diaries: Scrunchanies....................79 Playing for the "L" of It!.........................81 Is Your Pet Overweight?........................82 EMDR Therapy: A Talk Less, Process More Approach to Healing Trauma.....85 A Sense of Gratitude Helps Businesses Thrive..................................87

Mind/Body

Celebrate Dixie State University During Homecoming Week .............59 Healing Corner: Tea Thyme...................60 The Incredible Power of Love.................62 The Other Side of Fear..........................65

Economics

What Might be Missing From Your Financial Strategy?....................66 What is the Big Deal About Mold?.......68

Departments

County Commisioner Message..................8 Trailblazer Nation – Letter from the President....................10 Rocky Vista Message – Letter from the Dean...........................12 Calendar of Events..................................88

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Jasher Feellove Author, Mind/Body Section

Brigit Atkin Author, Mind/Body Section

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Todd Johnson Author, Economics Section

Jessica Elgin Author, Economics Section

Richard Harder Author, Health/Active Aging Section

W. Jared DuPree, PhD, MBA Executive Editor

Author, Family Section - Fatherhood Series

Author, Family Section - Stories from our Past Series

Author, Culture Section - Community Focus Series

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FROM THE EDITOR

Are we the only ones who are glad that it’s fall? Don’t get us wrong; it was a great summer, and we sure got in a lot of play time. However, there’s something nice about being back on schedule and enjoying more time close to home. We had a great summer spending quality and quantity time with family and friends. But from a health and wellness standpoint, there’s nothing like getting back to a daily routine. We are both pretty addicted to self-improvement, and we look forward to this time of year as a time to re-evaluate our progress and to get back on the trajectory of working toward our goals. Sometimes a vacation helps us wake-up to and appreciate just how much we need consistency, better health, and self-reflection. One of our realizations lately is the importance of having a balanced life. This seems to get trickier and trickier as our girls get older, yet it is also becoming more crucial. When we are on a schedule, we thrive and so do our little girls. A schedule helps us to know what to plan on each day. Our bodies like to be nourished with healthy food, rejuvenated through sleep, mentally-stimulated through learning and improvement, and de-stressed with the enjoyment of life’s little pleasures. We are always searching for ways to improve our life balance. Finding Individual time and setting goals are two ways we’ve found that help. Justin will be participating in an upcoming half marathon with his brother and sister-in-law. Preparing mentally and physically has been beneficial for him, especially since he’ll be running in honor of his brother Troy, who passed away last year. In a recent issue, we explained how Troy’s passing motivated our family to adopt Troy’s optimistic and determined attitude. Our motto became “Troy harder.” Justin has been doing things to “Troy harder,” so the challenge of preparing for this half marathon has been done with his brother in mind. One of these days, we’d love to participate in the St. George Marathon. Each year as we watch the marathon runners, we are inspired and motivated to push ourselves harder—physically and mentally—toward the goals we have set. It seems that the goals we appreciate reaching the most are the ones for which we sacrifice the most. By struggling to reach a difficult goal, we learn mental toughness and persistence, and we learn that we can accomplish things we never thought possible. Additionally, watching others conquer difficult challenges and experiences is often life changing and a pleasure to witness. The weather this time of year is perfect for hiking, enjoying nature, and spending time with friends and family. We were recently with family in Zion National Park. The scenery was breathtaking and peaceful, making us want to return and explore that area more often. Now that our girls are three years old, it makes these hikes and drives so much more fun as they discover and adore the outdoors with us. We have made it our goal to have a new experience in southern Utah this fall. A relaxing trip to spend time outdoors may be just what we need to keep our lives balanced. We hope you’ll join us! Justin & Kristi Osmond Editors

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MAYO R A L M E S S AG E

There has been a beehive of activity at the St. George Regional Airport (SGU) as employees from JP Excavating dig down seventeen feet to replace a length of runway stretching more than one mile. What’s the cause? Well, the soil under some parts of the runway expanded more than others. This created what our airport manager Rich Stehmeier called “moguls.” Moguls are fine for experienced downhill skiers. Moguls and airplanes? Not so much. We had been patching the more troublesome spots—and were willing to continue doing so—but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told us we needed a new runway, and we needed it immediately. This resulted in the SGU Runway Project, a fix that involved removing the expansive soil, filling to a depth of five feet with a neutralized clay plug, and adding approximately twelve feet of suitable fill material. Additional work required adding a water barrier with miles of underdrains covered by four inches of specified drainage rock and finished with six inches of road base and pavement. JP Excavating is doing a remarkable job on this very complex project. I can’t say enough about how thorough and conscientious they have been. SGU will reopen with good news on September 26: Regular service to Dallas-Fort Worth airport via SkyWest will begin that day. While the airport is closed and the runway is under construction, some minor renovations to the terminal are being made, including a second TSA check line and large fans to cool waiting passengers. A building is planned to house existing snow broom equipment, and SGU will soon look to expand the jet apron and terminal building. While we regret that the scope of the SGU Runway Project required a temporary shutdown, taxpayers can take solace in the fact that none of the City’s general fund dollars have been spent on the project. Money from the FAA and federal grants have combined for the lion’s share (approximately ninety-one percent) of the funding. The rest of the funding has come from local passenger facility charges. As Stehmeier says, “If you’re not flying, you are not paying for the repairs.” This airport means so much to us. St. George has world class healthcare, mild winters, and an active vibe. Recently, it was ranked among the most secure and best places to live in the United States and was rated among the top ten best small cities in the country for business and careers. We also attract high-profile events such as IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 races. In 2021, we will welcome the world to St. George with the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Because of the SGU Runway Project, the airport will be ready to play an integral role in making these events successful and in expanding access to our great city.

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This fall, Dixie State University will celebrate the opening of our state-of-the-art Human Performance Center. In doing so, we will highlight the powerful partnership between the community and University that is allowing for the melding of academic and recreational facilities in a truly unique way. I hope you join in on the festivities. The 155,000-square-foot facility, located at the intersection of University Avenue and Trailblazer Boulevard, perfectly exemplifies DSU’s “active learning. active life.” approach to education. By offering students space for hands-on learning opportunities as well as recreational activities, the center allows students to stretch their minds and bodies in one convenient location. On the academic side, the Human Performance Center holds the specialized classrooms and labs DSU needs to offer health and human performance programs such as Recreation & Sport Management, Population Health, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Athletic Training. These programs prepare students to address the growing needs of our community. Additionally, the center houses the University’s Campus Recreation programs, such as intramural sports, as well as a student fitness center, basketball courts that convert into an indoor soccer venue, the largest climbing wall on a Utah college campus, and an indoor track that connects to an open-air rooftop via a suspended sprint track. The rooftop also holds two basketball and four pickleball courts—perfect for taking advantage of St. George’s 300 days of sunshine.

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On the ground floor, the Human Performance Center features a 56-meter swimming pool complete with a spectator deck that can accommodate 750 fans, making it the only pool in southern Utah to meet NCAA requirements to host swim meets and only the second in Utah to do so. Beyond the University’s requirements, the facility caters to the needs of southern Utah’s event-based tourism industry. In fact, it is equipped to host local, regional, and state high school Richard “Biff” Williams swim meets, Huntsman World Senior Games competitions, President of and other community-sponsored sporting events. Dixie State University We are so excited to celebrate this addition to campus. A dedication will take place later this fall to give community members an opportunity to tour the facility, learn about the academic programs it houses, and try out some of the fitness activities and equipment in the center. Be sure to visit hpc. dixie.edu to get all the details. I can’t think of a better way to experience Dixie State’s unique brand of “active learning. active life.” See you there!


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ROCKY VISTA UNIVERSITY MESSAGE

Another academic year has started, and we now have three classes of students at our medical school. This

is an exciting year for us as our first inaugural class has left the familiar environment of the medical school

campus in Ivins and has moved to various regions in Utah to continue their clinical training with real patients

in clinics and hospitals. You may come across one of them during a healthcare interaction and get to play a

role in their education as a future physician. Maybe that student will be taking care of you five years from now! Our brand new first year students were able to take a short study break on September 21st as their families

and friends joined them at the amazing Tuacahn Amphitheatre for our third annual White Coat Ceremony. We

are truly blessed to have such a majestic venue for this special ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony signifies

the beginning of our students’ medical careers and is viewed as an induction into the medical profession. For

many of our out-of-state students, this event was the first opportunity for their families to visit the beautiful St. George area and tour the medical school. Many have remarked about the stunning views and the friendliness of the people they met while here. Thank you for making our students and their guests feel so welcome!

In this issue, one of our third-year medical students, Emily Jensen, writes about the importance of gratitude

and how it can impact your life. Please spend some time reading her article to expand your knowledge of how gratitude can affect your mental and emotional well-being.

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WEEDSTEAM: Using Hydro-Thermal Technology to Create Organic Landscapes By Diane Del Toro

Before (Top) and After (Below) Weedsteam Treatment

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Last fall, I pulled out a row of oleanders in my backyard. When I was finished, there was a wide swath of empty ground. “It’s perfect for a small flower garden in the spring,” I thought. But within no time at all, weeds had overwhelmed and completely filled the empty patch of land. I had not planned on removing one eyesore only to have another spring up to take its place. Weeds have no boundaries when new territory opens up, and if given the chance, they will grow where they are not wanted, competing with cultivated plants for water, air, and sunlight. Isn’t this what designates them as weeds? They are nothing if not opportunistic! Of course, a chemical herbicide could have taken down the weeds in no time at all. These types of products, used to control and kill weeds in flower beds, crops, gardens, and lawns, were considered a godsend when they were first introduced in the 1940s, almost doing away with the backbreaking chore of pulling weeds by hand. Recently, however, the use of chemical herbicides for both commercial and private use has been harshly criticized. Herbicide manufacturers are now embroiled in controversy (and lawsuits) as both the public and the private sectors begin to understand the negative and long-lasting effects these products have on people, animals, and the environment. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that glyphosate (the active ingredient in a popular chemical herbicide) was a probable cause of cancer in humans. In 2017, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer. And in 2016, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers, analyzing samples from a prospective study, determined that human exposure to glyphosate has increased approximately 500 percent since the introduction of genetically modified crops; seventy of the one hundred people participating in the study had detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine. Average consumers are left perplexed and confused as to whether they should continue using glyphosate and other chemical herbicides or find an alternative method of weed control. However, before using chemical herbicides for


personal or public use, consider the following risks of chemical weed control: Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals - Herbicides create a hazard to people and animals and can cause sickness in both. Repeated exposure can lead to a buildup of glyphosate or other chemicals in the body. Water Contamination - Chemical weed killers translocate easily from paved surfaces and other chemically-treated areas and can contaminate groundwater, streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes. Contamination of the Ecosystem - Most commonly used weed killers have the potential to damage the habitats of sensitive populations. Bees and butterflies, essential to pollination, are especially susceptible to the negative effects of herbicides. Damage to Surrounding Foliage and Plants - Chemical weed killers sprayed in even a slight breeze can damage or kill desirable vegetation and horticultural crops. It is clear the chemical herbicides can pose a risk to people and to the environment, but nobody wants to go back to the days when keeping gardens, farms, sidewalks, and streets weed free meant long hours of manual labor. Thankfully, there is a safer, more effective alternative to chemical herbicides that has been used very successfully in Australia and Europe for over twenty years but is relatively new in the United States: hydro-thermal technology. Hydro-thermal technology is the use of saturated steam heated to a temperature of 200–250 degrees fahrenheit and delivered through a specialized machine and wand to kill weeds effectively and safely without the use of

chemicals. Home owners, hospitals, schools, local governments, and municipalities in the United States and across the world are using hydrothermal technology to diminish weed growth while eliminating the harm to the environment, animals, and people by the use of chemical herbicides. Even large-scale organic vegetable and fruit farmers, vineyards, and orchards have had success using this method. Luckily, the southern Utah area has access to this environmentally-friendly hydro-thermal technology for killing weeds. Weedsteam St. George, owned by Mike Feuerstein and Nick Mckinlay, is offering this non-toxic, chemical-free organic weed control service to municipalities, businesses, and residents in southern Utah and the surrounding communities. Founded in 2018 and currently operating in Colorado, northern Utah, Hawaii, and southern Utah, it is a long-term weed control solution that protects the environment and helps ecosystems return to their proper state, eliminating superweeds that become chemically resistant. “I wanted to feel good about providing a service to the community that would also have a positive impact on the environment,” said Feuerstein. “Weedsteam fulfills both of these goals by delivering a lethal temperature of steam to weeds that is perfectly safe.” Weedsteam is the perfect solution for municipalities, government agencies, HOAs, water reserve systems, and businesses who are trying to preserve and protect the environment, ensure a safe work environment for their employees and patrons, and maintain chemicalfree and weed-free recreational facilities and landscapes for public use. Weedsteam’s hydrotechnology method for killing weeds can be used on commercial and public building sites, public playgrounds, parking lots, city and government flood and fire restoration sites, and more. Weedsteam also serves private homeowners who want to reduce their impact on the

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF USING WEEDSTEAM?

environment, keep pastures and yards safe for children and animals, and create a more healthy environment for their families. “I’m thrilled to find a natural alternative to herbicides,” said Weedsteam customer, Helen Parker. “I don’t have to worry about my dogs on the grass anymore.” Marci Tipper, another Weedsteam customer, also voiced her enthusiasm. “I have been concerned about having my horse pasture sprayed with RoundUp® to control the thistle and hounds tongue. Now I don’t have to (worry),” she said. “The WeedSteam technology targets undesirable weeds and plants but does not harm desirable plants,” explained Feuerstein. “It destroys weeds quickly and effectively, exploding the plant cells right down to the root. It can be used year round in any weather condition without the fear of contaminating the air or nearby areas.” “Our vision is to be an instrument for good and positive change,” said Weedsteam Inc. cofounder, Robin Proctor. “We are passionate about reducing the use of dangerous chemicals in the world, and we have a revolutionary way of doing this. Killing weeds with steam is so exciting to us; we hope it moves others to want to join us. Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” With the current heightened awareness of environmental safety, governments, leaders, groups, and individuals are searching for—and finding— strategies that will help them do their part in maintaining environmental sustainability. WeedSteam offers an innovative and beneficial way for everyone to do just that. For more information, to get a quote, or to schedule an appointment with Weedsteam St. George, call

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• It is eco-friendly, uses no toxic or harmful chemicals, and does not destroy soil structure or leave a mess. • It depletes the seedbank and kills most root systems and seeds; next-year’s seeds are destroyed this year. • It is significantly faster than hand weeding and other environmentally-safe methods for killing or removing weeds. • It poses no threat to humans, animals, waterways, or vegetation and provides safe accessibility to treated areas immediately. • It helps businesses and government leaders improve public perception and creates positive media exposure. St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | September/October 2019 15


By LiVe Well Center Staff Each year, Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center is proud to put on our annual LiVe Well Health Fair. The health fair provides an opportunity for health providers and other nonprofit community groups to gather together under one roof in the name of helping you live the healthiest life possible. This year’s health fair returns to the Dixie Regional Health and Performance Center on September 28, 2019.

There’s Something for Everyone at the

Health Fair

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This year’s health fair kicks off at 8:00 a.m. with the first annual LiVe Well Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by the Intermountain LiVe Well Center. The event will start in the Health and Performance Center parking lot and take you around the hospital. “We are excited to be a part of the health fair this year by encouraging exercise,” said Allen Christensen, Health Promotion and Wellness Operations Manager at LiVe Well Center in St. George. “There could not be a better way to start out a day dedicated to living well than going for a morning walk or jog with friends.” All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the free fun run, but participants will need to fill out a liability waiver the morning of the event. At 9:00 a.m., the entire health fair opens with booths located on each level of the Health and Performance Center. “Another new addition to the health fair that is sure to be a hit is a robotics exhibit,” said Mitch Cloward, administrator of Dixie Regional Medical Center. “Our same day surgery department has acquired a da Vinci Surgical System that will help perform minimally


LIVE WELL HEALTH FAIR SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH @9:00AM HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE CENTER 652 S MEDICAL CENTER DR - ST. GEORGE invasive surgeries and improve care. Once up and running, this system will be able to assist doctors in performing surgeries in urology, general surgery, gynecology, and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) using the most up to date technology.” A model of this system will be available at the fair so attendees can experiment with it to get a feel for how the surgeon will use it during surgery. “One of the great benefits of the health fair is the involvement of our community partners who are dedicated to helping you get a snapshot of your health,” said Jordan Merrill, Community Health Specialist at Dixie Regional. “We are excited to return this year with

a screening team to provide you with information about your blood pressure, potential for depression, and more.” The community health team will join other volunteers from Intermountain Healthcare, Southwest Utah Public Health Department, Dixie State University, Community Nursing Services, and other health businesses to offer more than a dozen services, which include flu shots (most major insurances accepted; $20 fee with cash, check, or credit card), skin cancer screening, cholesterol tests ($25 fee; fasting for at least eight hours prior to test required), musculoskeletal information, body composition, hearing and balance, and more. Other booths will be available to provide information on community programs and services that partner with Dixie Regional to help make our community a better place for everyone to live. Family friendly exhibits like the Teddy Bear Clinic will also be available. We hope you will invite a friend or family member and join us at the health fair. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 435-251-2159.

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Tour de France

Ten Percent

By Jay Bartlett Riding your bike should ultimately be about having fun. Yes, it’s a workout. Often, it is challenging and can even be hard and painful at times. But at the end of the ride (or within a day or two after finishing a big event), you should be able to say you had fun. It’s the reason most people ride bikes, and if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong! Fun obviously comes in different forms for different people, and accepting a challenge that can potentially be hard and a bit painful can still be filled with many fun moments. A couple of months ago, my girlfriend Steph came up with the idea of riding ten percent of the miles of the Tour de France each day. That averages out to be about ten miles a day, the longest ride being fourteen miles and the shortest ride being two miles (the day of the individual time trial during the Tour de France). Not big miles really, but the challenge is the frequency of the rides: twenty-one days in a row with only two rest days! “Have fun with that,” I thought. But as we talked about the “rules” of the game, I became hooked. This did sound like fun. After all, I’d be watching the Tour on television anyway, so what better way to get motivated to ride every day? We thought about doing all of the stages on mountain bike trails, which would be a cool way to do this “grand tour,” or trying to throw in ten percent of the climbing as well (there was a lot of it in this year’s race). But because of the logistics of our jobs, the care of our dog Penny, or just the vagaries of daily life, we decided to keep it loose and hit the miles in any way we could manage. Some days were indeed on dirt and some were on pavement. We even rode several of the short mile days on our old-school Schwinn three-speed cruisers to add to the challenge and to keep it fun. That’s the cool thing about a project like this; it’s so unofficial! Make your own rules. Miss a day? Make it up at the end or add the miles to the next day. Do it in the dirt? Do it all on the road? Ride your fastest or just go for a ride? It’s your tour and your rules. As I write this on day twenty-one, the pro peloton is making its way into Paris for several laps around the Arc de Triomphe on the 18 www.saintgeorgewellness.com

Champs-Elysees for one last sprint finish to end this year’s Tour and crown its winners. We’ll be waiting for the evening temps to cool a bit so we can finish our Ten Percent Tour in St George’s slightly less historic and glitzy downtown, where we’ll ride through several roundabouts and climb a parking garage or two to simulate the final stage and our victorious finish of Le Petite Tour, as I call it. Unfortunately, it’s also Sunday, so we can’t get any champagne to celebrate, as is the tradition. I suppose sparkling water will have to do!

About the Author

Mountain bike veteran, amateur filmmaker, and endurance racer Jay Bartlett has been riding trails in the St. George area for over twenty years. Jay has nearly a decade of experience as a bike mechanic at Bicycles Unlimited, St. George’s oldest bike shop.


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By Tiffany K. Gust, MS, CISSN LiVe Well Center Exercise Physiologist Are you looking for ways to step up your game and improve your health? Small changes can bring BIG results. Sometimes feeling healthier isn’t about making drastic changes. It’s about adding one more serving of vegetables or eight ounces of water to your daily intake. Here are some simple tips that you might want to implement: Add more veggies. Vegetables are loaded with fiber and water and will help you feel full longer. If you don’t love them, add them to a smoothie or an omelet. Choose a variety of colors, and try preparing them in a variety of ways (roasted, steamed or stir-fried).

Drink plenty of water. Water is essential to weight management and good health. Track what you are currently consuming, and try to add eight more ounces. Build on this pattern until you are drinking half your weight in ounces per day (a good rule-of-thumb for proper hydration). And yes, you will track more steps per day with all your trips to the restroom.

Get in a good sweat. This will help you burn more calories, and if you have hit a plateau with your weight loss, this can be your ticket. Here is a sample workout to try that can be done while walking, cycling, swimming, water walking, or exercising in any way you choose:

HIGH-INTENSITY WORKOUT STEP ONE: 5–7 minutes of warm up

STEP TWO: 5 minutes of all-out effort STEP THREE: 5 minutes of recovery

STEP FOUR: Repeat steps two and three an additional four times, substituting 4 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes, and 1 minute for the 5-minute interval. STEP FIVE: 5–7 minute of recovery and cool down You did it! Great work!

Work with your accountability buddy. Tell your buddy what your plan is for the week, and follow up by telling him or her if you accomplished what you committed to doing. An accountability buddy can offer support, motivation, and a high-five for your efforts. Best of luck! “The difference between I can and I can’t is what you tell yourself. Either way, you are right.”

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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.

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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.

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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.


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NUTRITION By Bentley Murdock Over two thousand years ago, a wise philosopher (who also happened to be a master herbalist and wholistic nutritionist) gave the world a timeless key for unlocking the treasure of perpetual healing: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates understood the critical importance of granting our bodies the About the Author daily essential nutrients, vitamins, and Bentley Murdock is a certified minerals they desperately require. And wholistic nutritionist, transformational trainer, furthermore, he was well acquainted with and #1 best-selling our most trustworthy source of those same author. With over twenty nourishing gems: clean, whole plant foods. years of experience in wholistic lifestyle coaching Unfortunately, “food” is far too relative (specializing in disease a term in our highly processed world. Just reversal and prevention), because something is being eaten doesn’t Bentley regularly incorporates deem it nourishing or nutritious. Even the critical role that plant-sourced, whole-food calling a certain food organic is only as nutrition plays in the healing credible as those making the claim. In of his clients. Locally, his my opinion, the majority of America’s disease reversal and unique booming “food” industries are simply wholistic healing programs food-like substances that are carefully are currently available at Red Mountain Resort & engineered to taste great, last forever, and Spa in Ivins. As owners and cost almost nothing. Thanks to America's founders of Custom Coaching growing and insatiable appetite for and Healistic Vitality, he these so-called “foods,” our once reliable and his wife Michelle work with private clients from healthcare system has slowly turned into around the world. For more a multi-trillion-dollar “sick-care” industry. information, please call 866The largest missing piece from most 396-8742, email Aloha@ eating habits is the essential presence of HealisticVitality.com, or visit HealisticVitality.com clean, whole plant foods. Most people are under the grand illusion that they can somehow replace all the fruits, veggies, legumes, herbs, grains, nuts, and seeds that they should be eating every day with powders, shakes, pills, and gummy vitamins. The first question to ask yourself is, “How much of the food I eat every day is coming from clean, whole plant foods?” A sobering moment that can help you answer this question is to take a picture of all your groceries right before you put them away and simply survey in your mind what you and your family consume on a regular basis.

Most of what the body needs can be obtained by eating a balanced diet of plant foods: fruits, veggies, legumes, herbs, grains, nuts, and seeds. Keep it simple, and get back to the basics (the kind of meals with which your grandparents were likely very familiar). Surviving turns into thriving when we finally get back in touch with doing more of our own “food processing” in our own kitchens. When it comes to nutritional supplements (another multi-billiondollar industry), there is an overwhelming presence of fad-driven, trendy, social-media fueled hype. To be honest, it wasn’t that long ago when the only supplements available to any of us were the herbs and spices we could either grow or find. The sad reality about the industry today is that, in order to cut costs, the majority of the products out there are loaded with synthetic filler ingredients and toxic chemicals of every kind. As a direct result, we are the ones who have to deal with symptoms such as liver and kidney failure. There are wonderful products out there, and it’s up to each of us to do our own research and find companies with owners who care deeply about the health and well-being of their customers. If you start with a comprehensive blood panel, you’ll know exactly what you currently have stored up and what’s missing. There’s no sense in taking supplements you don’t need or avoiding supplements that could be saving your life. Here are a few phenomenal (un-sung hero) vitamins and mineral supplements which I confidently recommend: • Lyposomal Vitamin C (Simply Potent brand) • Vitamin B Complex (Garden of Life/Vitamin Code brand) • Vitamin B12 (MaryRuth Organics or Garden of Life brand) • Vitamin D (MaryRuth Organics or Garden of Life brand) • Collagen Builder (Garden of Life /MyKind Organics brand) • Omega 3, 6, 7, 9 EFA (Mary Ruth Organics brand) • Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc (Living Calcium/Garden of Life brand) • Liquid Minerals (Floradix brand) I love Michael Pollan’s simple take on achieving physical healing and overall wellness: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Living by this daily regimen as a foundational start would create a whole world of difference for those who choose. And when supplementation is necessary (which it is), choose the cleanest, most reliable plant-sourced brands you can find. Your body deserves to be running with all of its vitals and essentials topped off.

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Over the Rainbows: St. George Celebrates Pride Week, Launches Encircle Center Construction

By Marianne Hamilton This fall, these two phrases will resonate throughout St. George as Pride Week kicks off on September 15, and the new Encircle Family and Youth Resource Center continues its construction. With a full slate of family-friendly activities on tap during the annual Pride event, organizers hope every resident will be a part of the celebration. At the same time, the Encircle team looks forward to welcoming local LGBTQ+ youths upon their new facility’s completion next year.

Since Pride Week was first observed in Dixie four years ago, the event has expanded dramatically, said Stephen Lambert, director of Pride of Southern Utah. This year’s edition, being presented under the banner of “Power In Unity,” offers a number of new ways for the community to come together in support of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. From an interfaith service kicking off the festivities on Sunday, to a bowling night on Tuesday, to a “silent dance party” on Thursday, to the gala festival in Vernon Worthen Park on Saturday, there’s sure to be an event for everyone to enjoy.

“It’s really important to us to have that sense of ‘family’ at our festival,” said Lambert, grandfather to three children under the age of five. “Many of us, especially those of us who were raised in the Mormon faith in Utah, got married and had kids and then came out later in life. So we want to make sure that everyone feels like this is a place where they can bring their families, be safe, and have a good time.” 26 www.saintgeorgewellness.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, Board Chair of Art Around the Corner, and is the Special Events 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.

While planning Pride Week, Lambert adds that he and his team received extraordinary support from the City of St. George. “They have been unbelievably helpful in all of this,” he confirms. “Support Services Director Marc Mortensen, City Attorney Shawn Guzman, Special Events Coordinator Karen Roundy, the Parks Department staff, and most especially Mayor Pike— we couldn’t ask for a more supportive staff. They’ve all gone out of their way to help us.”

“Ultimately, people matter most!” St. George Mayor Jon Pike noted. “It’s important to me that everyone feels welcome, safe, and included here in St. George. Organizations and events that focus on helping people, including our LGBTQ+ friends and family members, are deserving of our support.”

Local residents wishing to demonstrate their own support for Pride Week can enlist the aid of the Rainbow Project: In exchange for a fifteen-dollar donation, Rainbow Project volunteers will journey from Salt Lake City to St. George and install an iconic rainbow flag in each donor’s front yard for the duration of the week, with all proceeds directed to Pride of Southern Utah. (At press-time, Lambert said more than 150 flags had already been ordered.)

In addition to the Pride Week activities, members of the LGBTQ+ community seeking resources now can find a new page on the Pride of Southern Utah website. Listings will be updated frequently and will include links to counseling services, LGBTQ+-friendly businesses, and other information. “We are so excited and hopeful,” Lambert said. “The people of St. George have been extremely welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community. We’re very grateful to everyone for their support.” That gratitude is echoed by the team spearheading the construction of the third Encircle Family and Youth Resource

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Center, scheduled to open its doors next Valentine’s Day. Following on the success of prior Encircle sites in Salt Lake City and Provo—where the latter center served more than 10,000 LGBTQ+ youths last year—Founder and Chief Executive Officer (and former Capitol Hill attorney-turned-child-advocate) Stephenie Larsen said she also has found a welcoming environment in St. George and feels the timing is ideal for the new center’s construction (its slogan: “No Sides, Only Love”). “ The mayor, the city attorney...e ver yone here has been amazing!” Larsen enthuses. “When we started the demolition of the historic house downtown that will become the Center, people came out of the woodwork to help us. We’ve been thrilled at the community’s participation; there are just wonderful people here.”

The nonprofit Encircle centers offer a range of services to LGBTQ+ youths and young adults, including free and subsidized counseling, support groups, opportunities to create communities, and more. Their greatest value, Larsen said, is that the facilities offer a place where those coming to terms with their sexuality can feel safe and understood and know they’re not alone. “We never turn away anyone who needs therapy,” she said, citing the sobering statistic that LGBTQ+ youth are approximately four times as likely to attempt suicide as their peers. According to the Utah Department of Health, Larsen adds, Utah has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the nation with St. George above the state’s average. “We make sure that our counseling services are affordable, and everyone is seen on a case by case basis,” explained Larsen. “Ultimately, we hope the new center will be a safe place for LGBTQ+ kids to hang out, do their homework, and eat out of the fridge.”

Then laughing, Larsen concludes, “Our Provo center sees sixty individuals a day in what used to be an 1,800-square-foot home. When it’s packed full of noisy, happy kids…that’s the sign of a really good day for us.”

For the complete schedule of Pride Week activities, visit prideofsouthernutah.org/events For more information about Encircle, visit encircletogether.org/stgeorge St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | September/October 2019 27


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Celebrate Dixie State University During

HOMECOMING 2019 By Brett Coleman Beginning with the age-old tradition of turning the “D” on Black Hill red, Dixie State University is excited to invite community members and alumni to campus to celebrate Homecoming 2019 with a variety of time-honored activities.

“Homecoming is a time to reconnect with people who made an impact in our lives,” said John Bowler, Dixie State Alumni Director. “They may be friends, professors, or community members who helped us in some way. Remembering the people, places, and things that made us who we are is always worth our time.” To foster this reconnection, there is so much going on during Homecoming Week, which will run October 20–26. Let me give you a student’s insights into some of the events on campus you don’t want to miss.

The week will kick off on Monday, October 21, with the Classic Car Show and Carnival hosted by the DSU Alumni Association. Held at Atwood Innovation Plaza from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the event is great for families, alumni, and students. There will be plenty of food, tons of games, and really cool cars. The 2020 Miss Dixie State University competition will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, in the Cox Performing Arts Center. I’m always amazed by the incredible talent, initiative, and drive of my classmates who compete. Admission is $10, and tickets are available to purchase at the DSU Box Office.

Special this year, Dixie State will celebrate continued growth, innovation, and progress with the groundbreaking for our new Science, Engineering & Technology Building on Wednesday, October 23rd, at 11 am at the Fountain Amphitheater on Dixie State’s campus. This building will enable the University to expand its academic offerings in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, physiology and genetic counseling.

Friday, October 25, ushers in a weekend rich in heritage and tradition. At 10:00 a.m., the annual Homecoming Assembly will be held in the Eccles Concert Hall, where past and present students will share their love for Dixie. Following the assembly, my favorite event of the week, Rock the Mall, is held at noon on the Encampment Mall. What is Rock the Mall? It’s a show, a spectacular, and a great laugh. Mostly, it’s good old-fashioned Dixie State pride! Student organizations and clubs take the lyrics to the school song and use them to create musical parodies and dances to popular songs. They are sure to entertain with their vocal takes, high kicks, and group routines. I’ve seen performances done to songs from The Greatest Showman, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, and even the ’70s classic, Grease. Friday night, the DSU Student Association will host a drive-in movie on Tech Ridge. This is a family-friendly event with free admission. It will be a double feature with the first film beginning at dusk.

Prepare for a full day of fun on Saturday, October 26! The annual Homecoming Parade will run down Tabernacle Street (between 900 East and Main Street) and feature Dixie State athletes, departments, alumni, and (I’m hoping) plenty of candy. Directly after the parade, the DSU Alumni Association will host a pregame tailgate party complete with food and fun for all at Atwood Innovation Plaza. The Homecoming football game will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Trailblazer Stadium. Kids eighteen and younger get in free, so bring the whole family to enjoy the afternoon as the Trailblazers take on Chadron State. Homecoming is a time of celebration, reflection, and fun. I hope to see you on campus as we celebrate Dixie State. For a full list of Homecoming event details and updates, visit homecoming.dixie.edu.

About the Author

Brett Coleman is currently a proud Trailblazer at Dixie State University. Originally from Midway, Utah, Brett is majoring in communication and aspires to work at Disney Theatrical Group in New York City. He can be found enjoying #thedixielife on campus, performing and touring with Raging Red,or exploring his passion for being a french fry connoisseur at local eateries.

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While most dairies pasteurize their milk to minimize the potential risk of bacteria, the milk produced at Finney Farm is unpasteurized. Pasteurization, the process of heat-processing milk, kills the probiotics, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes naturally found in raw milk. Lactose sensitivity, an increasingly common condition in people, can also be a byproduct of pasteurization. However, at Finney Farm, a state-certified lab is housed on site where milk is tested daily! This type of quality control keeps products free from unwanted bacteria and eliminates the need for pasteurization. What is more, Finney Farm’s unpasteurized milk and cheese comes from a preferred Brown Swiss breed of cow that produces milk with a higher butter fat and a higher casein content (the main protein in milk), giving the milk a sweetness that can’t be found in milk from other breeds of cows. The result is milk, cheese, and yogurt that is better for digestion; often, customers who have difficulty digesting standard commercial dairy products can successfully tolerate products from Finney Farm. Taste the Difference Although Finney Farm is located in Hildale, Utah, their products can be purchased at any of their three permanent locations in southern Utah: 511 East St. George Boulevard St. George, Utah

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Granting Life-Changing Wishes for Washington County Childre n By Make-A-Wish Utah Make-A-Wish Utah is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that grants wishes for Utah children with life-threatening medical conditions. Founded in 1985, the organization has granted over 3,600 wishes for Utah kids and is on track to grant 230 wishes this year. From a dream vacation to a far-away land to a custom-built playhouse in a child’s backyard, each wish is as diverse as the child who requested it. A wish is an important component of a child’s treatment plan and takes kids to a place where anything is possible. Make-A-Wish Utah Drive for Wishes Powered by Strong Auto This coming October, Make-A-Wish Utah will launch its largest fundraising and media campaign in its nearly 34-year history. Follow us as we traverse the state of Utah in an effort to further our mission of granting wishes to children battling critical illnesses.

Our Drive for Wishes initiative will be a month-long campaign that will focus on wish activities in four Utah cities: Logan, Ogden, Park City and St. George. Make-A-Wish Utah grants a fair amount of wishes in Washington County, but we’re receiving wish referrals at an unprecedented rate. The purpose of the campaign is to raise enough funds to grant every wish request for Washington County children over the next year; currently, seven children are waiting for their wishes to be granted. Community Wish Granting Campaign sponsorship dollars will be matched with community fundraisers that will grant wishes in each target city. Our intent is to create a community buzz where we leverage the Make-A-Wish Utah brand with community engagement. During the last week of October in St. George, we will hold what we call a Wish Proclamation where our community partners plan a large-scale community event to bring hope to children by telling them their wishes will be coming true. 32 www.saintgeorgewellness.com

Media Opportunities This campaign will focus on bringing wish experiences to the St. George community to generate excitement about the opportunity to transform children’s lives through the power of a wish.

The Make-A-Wish Utah Car, generously donated by Strong Automotive Group, is a large SUV that will be the focal point of the campaign. The car will be specially wrapped for Make-A-Wish Utah and will highlight our campaign sponsors.

Make-A-Wish’s Utah media partners will showcase the car during the campaign and will invite the public to follow the car during the month to see where it stops. Viewers will learn about wish kids and their stories of hope as they battle their illnesses. They will also learn about the communities that rally around them.

Storytelling will be a big part of this campaign, and our media partners will have access to personal interviews with wish families, donors, and volunteers. Social media will be a big component of storytelling, and we encourage our partners to tie these opportunities with their social media accounts.

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A Lack of Amino Acids Could Be

Stressing You Out!

By Fusion Pharmacy Last year, I had the pleasure of assisting in a case involving a patient who thrives in a packed, high-pressure life and work schedule. If she doesn’t have a puzzle to solve, somewhere to go, or someone to help, she doesn’t know what to do with herself. Her life is like an adventure movie, moving from one thing to another, and she loves it! Meet Jessica, the Queen of Thriving Under Pressure and Stress Jessica is one busy lady. She’s a single mom, an entrepreneur, a St. George Chamber of Commerce Sunshiner, a broadcaster, a writer, a developer, and a real estate agent for one of St. George’s top agencies. Jessica’s schedule is one that would make most people exhausted just thinking about it, but not her. She thrives in it! Because Jessica is constantly on the go, she is well-aware of doing little things that help to sustain her energy and her health. She takes her vitamins, eats well, and tries to get a good night’s sleep. As far as exercise, we are both in agreement that her daily routine more than fulfills the recommended step count.

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It’s Not a Good Feeling Jessica was under a lot of stress, so she was experiencing certain “physical symptoms” that came and went. She had become so used to these feelings that she simply shrugged them off as nothing more than a passing moment or nothing that a good meal and night’s rest couldn’t cure.

The feelings I’m referring to are stress responses that come on both mentally and physically. Sometimes, these feelings present as anxiousness or nervousness, brain fog, melancholia or depression, anger, and dramatic outbursts, even hyperactivity and an inability to stay focused. These stress responses can also bring about changes in body temperature as well as vision and hearing impairment. And let us not forget the big ones, the stop-you-in-your-tracks responses of a heart attack or stroke.

Jessica’s mental and physical response to stress presented as a feeling of being flushed with sensations of numbness in her face. She experienced moments of hyperactivity. She felt anxious that something needed her attention. In addition, there were times when she would see spots and become dizzy or fatigued, and migraines were a common occurrence. If any of this sounds familiar, you need to pay close attention because these are signs that your body is in need of something!

How Jessica Found Out She Needed Amino Acids A year ago, Jessica was sitting in a meeting with Jared DuPree, owner of St. George Health & Wellness Magazine. Jared noticed that Jessica had suddenly zoned out mid-sentence, and he knew this was not normal for her. As a wellness provider, Jared had witnessed this behavior in others before, so this was a clue that Jessica was in need of something. Jared called a stop to what they were working on at that moment and had her take an amino acid assessment test. Jessica took the test and found out some interesting news: Her symptoms were directly related to an amino acid deficiency! Jessica waited three days before showing up at Fusion Specialty Pharmacy to start her amino acid therapy. She explained that she had experienced a total crash that had forced her to realize she couldn’t wait any longer. Earlier that day, she had experienced “that feeling,” a flushed face and inability to hold a thought. She had decided to lie down for a few minutes and let it pass. Four hours later, she had awakened to find that a dear friend had been worried sick about her because she had not been able to get ahold of her for hours. Jessica was surprised to learn that she had lost the better part of an entire workday! Jessica’s assessment revealed that she was depleted of three amino acids. Her protocols were as follows: Two of the three amino acids were to be taken in small increments for a short period of time and then as needed; the third amino acid was to be taken every four hours for three to four weeks then twice a day for thirty days and eventually tapering

down to two capsules once a day and then as needed. Jessica was instructed on how to regulate her amino acid supplementation according to her symptoms. The Happy Side Effects of Jessica’s Amino Acid Therapy When speaking with Jessica for this article, I asked her how long it took before she started feeling better. She said she started feeling better almost immediately. She reported that “the feeling she gets in her face” was gone. She also stated that she didn’t experience the “I need to be doing something” feeling that kept her from finding moments of relaxation and mental rest. What I also loved hearing was that the migraine headaches that had been plaguing her (between nine or ten a month) were totally gone!

It has been a year since Jessica started her amino acid therapy. At our follow-up visit, she remarked that there had been a few times when she had failed to keep up with her amino acid therapy routine. She also said that when she notices that her symptoms are returning or that she starts to crave sugar, she runs right for her amino acids, which she keeps in her purse.

Jessica happily admits that presently she feels migraine-free and more focused. She hasn’t had another episode of crashing and losing time and feels calmer when dealing with high-stress situations. This is such great news! Awareness About Amino Acids This year, my team and I have been doing a lot of writing, and I’ve been lecturing in public forums about amino acid therapy. It is important for every reader to know that amino acid therapy is unique to every person. Therefore, I don’t go into a lot of detail about specific amino acids or amino acid combinations. They are as unique in the way they work as you are unique as an individual person. If you are curious about an amino acid therapy regimen for yourself or a loved one, please come in and see us! The amino acid therapy test will take you about twenty minutes. My team and I have done our homework to find reputable and trustworthy manufacturers, and we only carry the best pharmaceutical grade supplements available. Amino acids don’t require a prescription from your doctor, but we highly advise you to let your doctor know of any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and/or supplements that you are taking.

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FIVE PRINCIPLES OF

Healthy Weight Loss

By Edward Prince, MD It happens to all of us. The summer ends, and we become less active. Then the holidays arrive, and we overindulge in that gift bag of chocolate-covered superfruit. By the time January rolls around, the scale is showing some bad numbers, so we resolve to hit the gym (and Costco subtly fills the isles with exercise equipment). As spring arrives, the weight is still with us, and we About the Author vow to get swimsuit ready by summer. Dr. Prince is a board-certified The weight gain/weight loss cycle I just orthopedic surgeon. He trained described is sometimes difficult to break. at university of Nebraska and However, if you are carrying around did a hip and knee fellowship extra pounds, losing weight is one of the at the University of Utah. He loves the outdoors and best things you can do for your overall is an avid cyclist who is health. Let me illustrate this point with trying to avoid becoming as an orthopedic example: Research has old and "round" as his kids shown that the forces experienced across accuse him of being. the knee joint with simple stair climbing can be as high as seven times your body weight. Ten pounds of extra weight can lead to seventy pounds of extra stress on knee joints! This eventually takes its toll, wearing out the protective cartilage in the joints and leading to arthritis. Excess weight also raises blood sugar, raises cholesterol, and increases your risk of diseases, which can lead to a number of health complications. In today’s fast-paced and social-media driven world, losing weight can often seem confusing and perplexing. Last week, a woman asked me, “With so many diet plans available, which one do you recommend?” As a physician and surgeon, I am frequently asked this same question by many of my patients. Here are my key principles for losing weight and becoming healthier: 1. Consume fewer calories than the energy you expend each day 2. Exercise daily (or six times a week) 3. Use technology devices and apps to keep you on track 4. Reduce portions and limit snacks 5. Change your lifestyle If you want to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take into your body. Plain and simple, right? However, this requires some effort. You need to look at each food you eat and add up the

calories. Although this process takes time, it is well worth the effort as you learn what ingredients are in the foods you eat and what you can safely consume each day to lose weight. (Unfortunately for me, chocolatecovered superfruit is not a low-calorie food!) Counting the number of calories you burn each day is a little more complex, but there are various tech items available to help with this. Activity trackers (think Fitbit or other similar trackers) measure your heart rate and account for your height, weight, and age to determine an accurate calorie output. I use mine every time I workout. It helps me gauge my effort as I watch my heart rate go up and down. Apps can help track your successes or point out your shortcomings. One app I am familiar with is My Fitness Pal, which allows you to enter calories from food and exercise and does the math for you. The My Fitness Pal app will help you set a weight-loss goal and tell you how much of a calorie deficit you need each day in order to lose a set amount of weight. Strava is an app that will track you as you walk, run, or cycle. It will tell you how far and how fast you have gone and will keep track of where you have traveled, comparing your time with previous times you have traveled the same route. It also estimates calories and automatically communicates with the My Fitness Pal app. Here are a few additional tips that might help you out: • Reduce your portion size at home by filling your plate as usual. Then, remove twenty percent of the amount on your plate. • Leave the table a little early so that you don’t pick at the extra food. • Hydrate. It fills your stomach with a zero-calorie substance. • Exercise in the morning. This sets your metabolism a little higher and helps burn more calories throughout the day. • Eat plenty of vegetables. No one gains weight eating vegetables. • Eat the low-calorie foods on your plate first. If you don’t finish it all, you will be leaving the high calorie foods on your plate. Finally, when you lose the weight, you absolutely must adopt new habits as a lifestyle in order to keep the weight off. You cannot go back to your previous habits and expect to keep the weight off. This is why people who have lost weight gain it all back. Making a lifestyle change is worth it! Once you’ve lost the weight, you are going to look better, feel better, and be healthier. What is more, you may never have to come to my office to discuss joint pain issues! 1490 East Foremaster Drive Suite #150 - St. George, UT 84790

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By Emily Jensen, OMSIII and Fellow for Rocky Vista University

“Be grateful.” “Count your blessings.” “Look on the bright side.”

About the Author

Emily Jensen, OMSIII is a current medical student and OPP fellow at our Southern Utah campus. Emily is a third year medical student who has added the fellowship to her education, where she spends an extra year with hands on training, teaching & learning new techniques.

Do these quotes sound familiar? I don’t know about you, but I have heard or seen quotes like these many times, and they especially affect me when I am going through a difficult time. Whether difficulties exist in our lives or not, gratitude should become a daily part of our lives. Why? Well, keep reading to find out.

Gratitude is intimately linked with positive well-being. Think about it. When you are focusing on the good in your life, how do you feel? For me, my mental state is redirected and begins moving in a positive direction. I believe the mind breeds thoughts similar to the ones it is currently creating or on which it is focusing. Therefore, by taking a few moments to think of the positive things in our lives, we are able to influence our outlook on life in a positive way. Is there anyone who could use a positive boost in their day? I think we all could! There are numerous research articles available that have studied gratitude and its impact on different life situations. Below, I have summarized a few that I found insightful:

Relationships. In social settings, those who practice gratitude take less personal offense during conversations compared to those who are ungrateful. In marriages where both partners are grateful, marriage satisfaction is higher. In comparison, if one partner is ungrateful, both partners experience less marital satisfaction.

Illness. People who suffer from various illnesses are able to cope better with their ailments and disorders and to utilize more fully a support system of family and friends when they incorporate gratitude in their daily lives.

Loneliness, Depression, Stress. Completing daily gratitude practices helps protect against negative feelings associated with loneliness, depression, and stress. One research article in particular showed how gratitude helped lower suicide ideation in adolescents. Where do you fit in the above categories? Where do you see gratitude impacting your life or those around you?

Since we have established that gratitude is important and necessary for healthier living, it is now time to start practicing. Practicing gratitude isn’t something that takes a huge chunk of time out of your day. You can easily do it while waiting at a stoplight, while brushing your teeth, or while trying to fall asleep. There are many opportunities to practice gratitude, so dedicate yourself to a moment that works best for you. Let me give you an idea of how easy it is to practice gratitude. If you are able to read this article, think about how amazing it is that you are able to understand the words on this page as well as see all the letters. More than thirty million adults in the United States cannot read past a third-grade level, and according to the World Health Organization, about 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Education is a beautiful thing and so are your eyes. Now, take a few minutes to consider (or write down) a few more things for which you are grateful. It is easier than you think, and we can all use a boost of positivity in our lives. Ready. Set. Go!

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By Brett Peterson, PharmD - Contributing Author Kelli Charlton, Director of Education and Community Engagement Both type I and type 2 diabetes have the same final result: an increased amount of sugar in the blood. This increase in sugar is harmful to the body. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and irreversible kidney disease. Type I diabetes is caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to mistakenly attack the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. This is the molecule that signals to the cells in the body that sugar is available. Type I diabetics can no longer make their own insulin. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes occurs when the cells in the body become resistant to the messenger (insulin) telling them that sugar is available in the blood. This means that a type 2 diabetic can still produce insulin but often has elevated levels of insulin because the cells in the body just aren’t listening. Because of this distinct difference, type 2 diabetics have more treatment options.

When treating type 2 diabetes, the goal is to: + Increase the amount of insulin in the body + Increase the sensitivity of the body’s cells to insulin - Decrease the amount of sugar in the blood

While we have many new and exciting medications in the treatment of diabetes, one of the first medications found to increase sensitivity to insulin was metformin. Metformin was used as a medication in France starting in 1957, so we have forty years of data on it. To this day, Metformin is still considered a first line medication. First line medications are the first line of treatment. Other medications that have great track records are glipizide, which focuses on signaling the body to create more insulin. The drawback with these medications is that they signal the body to make insulin whether it needs insulin or not. Newer medications increase insulin but have a much lower chance of causing low blood sugar or of helping the body get rid of sugar that is already in the blood. New medications that increase insulin include injectable medications such as bydureon, victoza, and trulicity and oral medication such as januvia, onglyza, and tradjenta. The other main class of medication prevents the reuptake of sugar from the kidneys. This allows the sugar to be excreted in the urine and therefore lowers the amount of sugar in the blood. These medications include farxiga, invokana, and jardiance, to name a few.

While we have many new and exciting medications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, the most effective treatment in combating the effects of diabetes is still diet and exercise. In fact, type 2 diabetes is one of those chronic diseases that sometimes can be cured with diet and exercise alone. Each pound that we can lose has a profound effect on our body’s control of its sugar level. As a pharmacist, I always tell my patients that we should use medications after we have explored all other options. The best part is that we don’t have to choose between medication or diet and exercise. I honestly can’t think of one diabetic medication that interacts negatively with diet and exercise! Type I diabetes differs from type 2 in that the body can no longer make any insulin. This means that the only option we have is to replace the insulin by injection. Type I diabetics must count every carbohydrate they eat so that they can inject the correct amount of insulin in order to keep their sugar level normal. Many type I diabetics are not-sopatiently waiting for their “artificial pancreas.” This is a combination of a continuous glucose (sugar) monitor (known as CGM) and an insulin pump. When the sugar in a type I’s body goes up or down, the CGM signals the insulin pump. The insulin pump then either increases or decreases the amount of insulin that is being delivered to the patient in order to keep their sugar level within normal ranges. This technology has the potential not only to improve the health of these patients but also to drastically increase their quality of life. Through advances in medicine and technology, both type I and type 2 diabetics are experiencing an improved quality of life. Please don’t hesitate to contact your favorite pharmacist about your diabetic health concerns, and remember, your pharmacist is your most accessible medical professional.

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About the Author

While attending pharmacy school, Brett developed a sudden and intense interest in diabetes prompted when his wife was diagnosed with type I diabetes, a diagnosis that changed their lives and was a catalyst for focusing his studies. Brett is the pharmacist-in-charge at the Stapley Pharmacy downtown location. Contributing Author Kelli Charlton, B.S., Director of Education and Community Engagement

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By Cliff Holt, Hurricane Family Pharmacy Our team at Hurricane Family Pharmacy is getting lots of questions about CBD products. There is no shortage of information and misinformation when talking about CBD. In this article we will explain what CBD is and how it can be used. Many people are confused about the differences between CBD and marijuana. CBD stands for cannabidiol and comes from the hemp plant. The active ingredient in marijuana is THC. Hemp is completely different from marijuana in its function, cultivation, and application. Marijuana is used for medicinal or recreational purposes. Hemp is used in a variety of other applications for which marijuana couldn’t possibly be used. These include healthy dietary supplements, skin products, clothing, and accessories. The most commonly asked question is “Will I get high from hemp?” The answer is no, and here is why. While there are at least 113 known cannabinoids produced by the hemp plant, cannabis is identified by its two active ingredients: THC and CBD. THC is the only molecule in the cannabis family with a psychoactive component. It’s the only one that will get you “high.” CBD, even at extremely high doses, will not make you feel “high.” There are hundreds of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients present in the cannabis plant that are beneficial to overall health and wellness. CBD research is advancing rapidly. Clinical research on cannabidiol includes preliminary studies for anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, inflammation, and pain. The strongest evidence, according to a comprehensive review of cannabinoid studies from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,

shows that cannabinoids can be effective in improving two conditions: patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms and short-term sleep outcomes in individuals with sleep disturbance associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and multiple sclerosis. It’s also safe to use as an adjunct with opioids. With little to no regulation, CBD products are easily susceptible to fraud. When buying CBD online or in general retail stores, there is a huge risk that you could end up with products that don’t contain CBD at all, contain less CBD than claimed, contain too much THC, or contain contaminants. It’s important to use a professional grade CBD that undergoes rigorous third party testing. It’s also important to use a full-spectrum CBD— one containing over 100 different cannabinoids—in order to obtain the best health benefits. Pharmacists are medication experts. Our team of pharmacists are also supplement experts. Since all CBD is not created equally, we have studied many different brands and dosage forms so that we can confidently recommend the best product. We have noticed that our patients are looking to reduce the amount of traditional medications in favor of natural products. We are here to help! Reach out to any of our pharmacy team members at Hurricane Family Pharmacy to answer any health related questions you have.

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Brain Health:

Healing Mind and Memory from Alzheimer’s Disease

By Dr. Werner Vosloo, Restore Bio+Clinic Conventional wisdom used to hold that Alzheimer’s was an essentially hopeless condition with no cure and no effective interventions. However, thanks to the work of countless researchers, we now know that there is hope not only for people who already suffer from cognitive decline and but also for those who have a genetic predisposition for it. While no one can change their genetic makeup, we each can create an internal environment that promotes healthy brain cells and connections where neurons thrive. The key to avoiding and healing Alzheimer’s is “good housekeeping”—starting today and continuing into old age.

Good brain housekeeping means preserving and maintaining the nerve cells that process and store memory. It takes a lot of energy and resources for the body to maintain proper brain function. You need specific fats and nutrients, healthy hormones, and a non-toxic environment with no inflammation. Under such ideal conditions, your brain can easily maintain healthy neurons well into old age.

About the Author

Dr. Werner Vosloo is a Naturopathic and Homeopathic Physician. He is board certified in both Oregon and Utah. He received a master’s degree in Homeopathy from the Durban University of Technology in Durban, South Africa, as well as a doctorate in natural medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Vosloo also has extensive training and experience in studying cell membrane therapy at the renowned Clinic Villa Thal in Bad Grönenbach, Germany.

However, under circumstances of stress, inflammation, chronic infection, toxicity, hormone and nutrient deficiency, and insufficient sleep, the brain has to downsize by pruning neurons and synapses (the connections between neurons). This is especially true for those who are genetically predisposed to cognitive decline. Plaque buildup, which is clearly visible in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, is merely a protective mechanism the body uses to survive and cope with inflammation, toxicity, and infection. At Restore Bio+Clinic, we use a holistic root-cause approach to address the inner environment of the body and brain in order to support and heal cognitive function. The key to success is in the interaction between the environment and your specific biochemistry, including the very specific nature of your own genetic predisposition.

We know from experience dealing with countless individuals suffering from degenerative disease that thorough, precise testing leads to personalized therapy that works.

Restore Bio+Clinic offers cutting-edge testing to identify the known causes of cognitive decline and, most importantly for people who wish to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, which specific controllable and environmental risk factors they have. Our treatment approach differs from one person to another based on a personalized risk profile that includes nutrient and hormone status, sleep cycles and melatonin status, inflammation, infections, insulin resistance, blood-brain barrier integrity, toxicity, and specific growth factors that support good brain housekeeping. This method is obviously much more involved than a “silver bullet” single pill approach. Treating the whole system as it relates to brain function is more complex but far more effective. Obtaining a thorough evaluation is the most important first step toward understanding what your risk factors are and what you can do to clean up your inner environment in order to support healthy brain function throughout your life. Contact Restore Bio+Clinic today to schedule a visit so that we can start you on a path to prevention, healing, and hope!

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EXERCISE: Moderate, regular exercise is one of the most important stimuli for brain-healing hormone production and blood flow.

BRAIN TRAINING: Programs such as BrainHQ or Lumosity can help you start exercising your brain for better overall function.

DIET AND NUTRITION: A diet that decreases inflammatory agents and allergens, increases healthy fats, and promotes digestive health is vital. Be sure to consult your health care provider before altering your diet.

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By Carolyn Hansen, FNP-BC Invasive facelifts are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Women and men are opting to treat facial and body aging concerns with the many phenomenal, non-invasive procedures that are now readily available. When performed by a licensed and well-trained provider, many of these non-invasive procedures can either stave off a future face lift or closely mimic the results of a face lift or other more invasive body surgeries.

BEFORE

AFTER

One of the procedures gaining recent popularity is the thread lift using EuroThreads. EuroThreads are an FDA-approved treatment for addressing skin laxity through building collagen and filling or lifting the skin. Thread lifts are a great way to “prejuvenate” or rejuvenate and restore a youthful appearance. Specific treatments are indicated for many areas in the face, neck, and body, and often, you can see instant results. Original Contour lifting threads received FDA approval in early 2006, but the approval was revoked due to the nature of the thread’s permanence and overall performance. These threads were not “absorbable” and could not be removed once they were inserted. EuroThreads are biodegradable, resorbable surgical sutures (PDO or PLLA) that have been FDA approved for decades in cardiovascular and pulmonary surgery. In 2015, the FDA approved these same sutures for aesthetic treatments.

How They Work EuroThreads are inserted subcutaneously or hypo-dermally into areas suffering from the loss of elasticity. They simultaneously stimulate the body's natural production of collagen in the area inserted and provide a plumping or lifting effect.

BEFORE

AFTER

A typical treatment involves a single needle or cannula (thread) individually inserted into the dermis. Upon removal of the needle, the thread is left in place. Depending on the thread type used (smooth, twisted or barbed), either the thread is left in place to promote collagen production or facial tissue is pulled in a specific direction to produce a lifted About the Author appearance after placement. The insertion Carolyn Hansen, FNP, was of threads causes blood flow and lymphatic raised in southern Utah. She circulation to increase, enhancing the attended nursing school at production of collagen and elastin. Dixie State University and received her master’s degree Smooth threads can be inserted in family nurse practice beneath the skin individually or a mesh at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She specializes or web-like pattern can be created, which in aesthetic injections, skin acts as a support system while promoting renewal, sexual rejuvenation, collagen production. Restoring this and will soon be adding collagen and elastin creates youthful hormone balancing and texture and tone. This meshing technique weight loss to her repertoire. Carolyn is married with four can be performed throughout the body children and resides in Green to restore healthier, tighter, and brighter Valley, Utah. Her passions lie skin. Twisted or corkscrewed threads are in enjoying her family and similar to the smooth threads and are continually learning about all things pertaining to beauty used in areas where additional volume and aging gracefully. is needed. Barbed threads placed within the hypodermis allow the clinician to lift and contour lax and sagging skin in the face and/or body’s problematic areas. Threads are often used in lieu of filler in the forehead and glabellar (between the eyebrows) area as these specific areas of the face are not suitable for facial fillers. For treatment on the face, EuroThreads can be used in conjunction with injectable fillers and/or neuromodulators like Botox or Dysport. The threads can also be used to treat areas of the body such as the knees, abdomen, décolleté, back of arms, and derriere. Threads can improve the appearance of wounds, surgical scars, acne scars, stretch marks, and neck bands. They are a convenient rejuvenation alternative that requires no general anesthesia, hospitalization, or extended recovery period.

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SHOULD I USE MARIJUANA TO TREAT MY GLAUCOMA? By Nicholas L. Behunin, MD

About the Author

Dr. Behunin is a boardcertified ophthalmologist at the St. George Eye Center. He specializes in the treatment of eye diseases including cataract, glaucoma, corneal transplants, and refractive surgery.

Glaucoma is an ugly disease. It damages the optic nerve, the communication pathway between eye and brain, resulting in permanent, progressive loss of vision. There is no cure. For decades, physicians and scientists have worked diligently to solve the problem of glaucoma. Still, the only effective treatment is to lower eye pressure (referred to as intraocular pressure or IOP) with eye drops, laser procedures, or surgery.

In 1971, scientists first reported that smoking marijuana could lower IOP.1 This led some to view cannabis and its derivatives, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinoid (THC), as potential treatments for glaucoma. As excitement grows around shifting marijuana laws, many patients are wondering if cannabis is a safe and effective treatment for glaucoma. The short answer is a resounding NO! The longer answer provides insights for the larger debate about medical marijuana.

EFFECT ON PRESSURE(S) As mentioned above, studies of cannabis and THC performed in the 1970s and 1980s did show a reduction in IOP. However, the effect was very short-lived, lasting only three to four hours.1 In order to reduce the risk of vision loss from glaucoma, IOP must be consistently lowered twenty-four hours per day. Cannabis use also lowers the blood pressure. Low blood pressure can reduce blood flow to the optic nerve, resulting in further damage.2 Finally, a recent study reported that CBD use actually increases IOP, making glaucoma-related vision loss more likely.3

six to eight times daily in order to have the effect of one drop of latanoprost (a common glaucoma medication).4 Depending on the potency of pot available, that is the equivalent of smoking eight to ten marijuana joints per day.5 This level of cannabis use would affect a patient’s mental clarity and mood, impairing their ability to work, drive, operate machinery, and perform many functions of daily living. If smoked, lung health would be impacted. Aside from the health risks, the financial impact would be prohibitive. According to Oxford Treatment Centers, the average cost per joint of “medium quality” marijuana in Utah is $5.68, making the annual cost of this regimen over $20,000.4 UNKNOWNS More research is needed in order to determine the safety and efficacy of cannabis in the treatment of human disease in general and glaucoma specifically. Unknowns include teratogenicity (birth defects), carcinogenicity (cancer-causing effects), levels excreted into breast milk, and many others. Currently approved medications have undergone extensive vetting. Marijuana and its derivatives have not seen this level of scrutiny. THE BOTTOM LINE Current formulations and delivery vehicles for cannabis and its derivatives are NOT effective or safe in the management of glaucoma or other eye diseases. They are not endorsed or recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology or the American Glaucoma Society.6,7 Do not attempt to self-medicate glaucoma with marijuana or its derivatives. CONCLUSION It is important to note that patients who suffer from glaucoma have never had more options for safe and effective treatment. Talk with your ophthalmologist about which therapies are right for you.

COST AND OTHER SIDE EFFECTS Due to the short IOP-lowering effect of cannabis, a glaucoma patient would need to ingest eighteen to twenty mg of THC

1. Hepler RS, Frank IR. Marihuana smoking and intraocular pressure. JAMA 1971;217(10):1392; 2. Novack GD. Cannabinoids for treatment of glaucoma. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2016;27(2):146-150; 3. Miller S, Daily L, Leishman E, Bradshaw H, Straiker A. Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabidiol Differentially Regulate Intraocular Pressure. Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science, 2018; 59 (15): 5904; 4. The average cost of marijuana by state. Oxford Treatment Center. https://www.oxfordtreatment.com /substance-abuse/marijuana/average-cost-of-marijuana/. Accessed July 30, 2019; 5. Barreda A, De Leon K, Urmas S. A simple guide to pot, thc and how much is too much. Los Angeles Times. 2018; https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-weed-101-thc-calculator/. Accessed July 30, 2019; 6. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Marijuana in the Treatment of Glaucoma CTA - 2014. https://www.aao.org/complimentary-therapyassessment/marijuana-in-treatment-of-glaucoma-cta--may-2003. Accessed July 30, 2019; 7. Jampel H. American glaucoma society position statement: marijuana and the treatment of glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2010;19(2):75-76.

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By Dr. Rodney Smith A staggering eighty percent of adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. While the severity of back pain varies widely, according to the National Institute of Health, it is the top contributor to missed work days. Back pain does not discriminate by gender either, affecting both males and females equally. While most low back About the Author pain is acute, which is pain lasting less After receiving his bachelor’s than twelve weeks, low back pain can degree from Brigham become persistent and long lasting. Young University, Rodney So why is low back pain so common? Smith, M.D., attended the University of Virginia In order to understand this, it is essential School of Medicine. Upon to know some of the structures that graduating in 2013, Dr. make up the lower back. These structures Smith completed a residency include five bones known as lumbar in anesthesiology in Temple, vertebral bodies as well as a larger bone Texas, before completing a known as the sacrum. The vertebral fellowship in pain medicine bodies wrap around and protect the at the University of Utah spinal cord and nerves. Between each of in 2018. Dr. Smith is board these bones are soft, fibrous structures certified by the American known as disks. The disks act as shock Board of Anesthesiology and board eligible by absorbents and help the back with the American Board of bending and twisting. Muscles attach Anesthesiology–Pain to the bones, produce movement, and Medicine. help with stabilizing posture. The back is made up of so many essential working parts that it is easily susceptible to injury. For example, the vertebral bones can develop arthritis, fracture, or slip on top of each other. They are also a common location for metastatic cancer to spread. All of these can result in pain. Disks can tear, rupture, bulge, or weaken. When this occurs, it can “pinch” nerves, limit motion, and cause severe pain. Muscles can also cause pain if strained, pulled, torn, or overworked. These are just some of the many different ways in which the spine can be injured or cause pain. So who is at risk for low back pain? While anyone is susceptible, we do know there are certain risk factors that predispose individuals to low back pain. These include advancing age, decreased fitness level, weight gain, genetics, pregnancy, and even certain occupations. Low back pain, especially acute low back pain, often can be treated with conservative management, which includes medications, physical therapy, spinal manipulations, massage, or acupuncture. When should you see a doctor for low back pain? Some red flags include: • back pain due to a recent injury • back pain associated with fever or chills • weight loss that is unexplained • weakness or numbness • a current or recent diagnosis of cancer

• the loss of bowel or bladder control • a history of osteoporosis • back pain that limits your daily activities • back pain that lasts for longer than a month Your doctor may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as lab tests, X-ray imaging, a CT (CAT) scan, or a MRI. The doctors at Southwest Spine & Pain specialize in back pain and are able to offer various non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures. In more serious cases, surgery may be indicated. Regardless, there have never been more options to help control or treat your back pain. If you are concerned about your back pain, speak with a physician at Southwest Spine & Pain to discuss what your treatment options may include.

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Dr. Richards was born in New York City. He graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in chemical engineering and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Utah in 1985. Dr. Richards completed an internship in internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and then trained in radiation oncology at Loma Linda Medical Center in California. Dr. Richards has practiced in St. George, Utah since 1989. Dr. Richards is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology.

At Gamma West Cancer Services, this is our goal and our founding purpose. How do we do it? We start with highly-trained physicians using the best technology. Then we follow our patients, confirm the outcome, report any side effects, and publish our results in peer-reviewed medical journals. Very few groups, if any, can provide this kind of evidence. It is said that ”the best predictor of future outcome is past performance.” OUR RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to investigate your options. Factors your investigation should consider include training, experience, confirmed results, and patient satisfaction. We welcome your in-depth investigation. Get a second opinion!

Prostate cancer can be treated with outpatient procedures, which in one of our earliest studies produced a ninety-four percent cure rate at eight years with minimal side effects, including a complete absence of urinary incontinence. Most patients also preserved sexual function. These two things are important!

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Esteya® electronic brachytherapy allows shallow, penetrating X-rays to treat skin cancers around the facial area in a total of eight two-minute treatments. There is no need for lengthy surgeries, plastic surgery repairs, and an unsatisfying cosmetic appearance. So many patients have expressed relief and gratitude that a small skin cancer on their nose was cured so easily with no residual deformity. These good people send us their family and friends. Far too few people are even aware of this mainstream option offered exclusively at Gamma West Cancer Services. Please visit our website to find more information on cancer treatment options and related success stories as well as direct links to the published studies mentioned. With cancer, taking time to understand all of the options is a wise investment. Our friendly and caring cancer team can help. If you choose to have your care with us, we will do everything possible to make a very difficult experience as smooth and pleasant as possible.

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ARE YOU TIRED OF HAVING OLD KNEES EVEN THOUGH YOU AREN’T THAT OLD? By East West Health Team Just the other day, I had one of my patients tell me, “Regan, aging is not for sissies, but I’ll take it over the alternative!” I couldn’t agree with him more. As children, we heal very quickly, but it seems that the older we get, the harder it is to bounce back.

Aging typically impacts our joints first. Lately, have you noticed that your knees make noise when you squat down? Have you felt the lack of stability walking up and down the stairs? Have you felt more pain when you’re hiking, running, or even walking, and do you wonder why? The noise and pain in your knees can be one of the earliest signs of accelerated aging, which might also be osteoarthritis or bone-on-bone from a loss of cushioning. Until now, the only options you’ve been given are an injection to ease the pain and inflammation or a surgical operation, such as a knee replacement. What if we could put new life into your knees?

The good news is that you have master cells in your body called stem cells that replace cells when they die. If you have enough healthy stem cells, you will slow your aging process and speed up your ability to heal and recover. With new scientific breakthroughs, there are more ways now than ever before to reverse various aspects of aging in your knees or other joints in safe, effective, and non-invasive ways. Here’s what John and Alison had to say: “Wow! This is the best decision we’ve made. My knees are better than ever before. I honestly can’t remember my knees feeling this good. This is a miracle. May God bless you all for what you are doing for humanity.”

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Preventing Kidney Stones By Greg Taylor, MD Each time I drive somewhere, I take my large water bottle. Often, I take two. My wife hates that my bottles are too large for the cupholders in her car. One time my dad asked me if I had diabetes because he noticed how much water I drank. I just respond that I had seen too many people suffer with kidney stones (including my dad). Those nasty crystals, some the size of a grain of sand, can bring humans to their knees. I have seen countless people in the emergency department with stones mostly one millimeter to ten millimeters in size. That is not very large; it measures between one twenty-fifth to slightly less than one-half inch long. The big problem is that these little buggers can get stuck in a small but freakishly-important tube. About the Author Dr. Taylor is a board-certified This tube, called the ureter, is ten to twelve inches long and only three to four millimeters (onediplomat of the American eighth of an inch) wide. You have two of these. Each ureter connects a kidney to the bladder. It Board of Urology, and a has a muscular wall that contracts in a coordinated way to propel urine to the bladder. When urine member of the American travels properly, you feel no pain, your kidneys filter your blood properly, and you live. When the Urologic Association. He tube is blocked, your body senses a potentially catastrophic problem and hits the panic button. received a resident research Think Three Mile Island. award in 2006 for work done regarding testosterone Generally speaking, when a kidney stone gets stuck in the upper ureter (near the kidney), it deficiency and replacement causes severe, knife-like pain in the upper back. If the stone becomes lodged further downstream, in older male. He has pain can also be felt in the abdomen, in the groin, and, for men, in the testicle. The severe pain can published articles in the be constant or intermittent. Journal of Urology and other peer-reviewed journals. He Physical pain is not the only result of kidney stones. These little guys are pricey. If you consider enjoys spending time with the costs of the emergency room, missed work, and potential surgery, one little kidney stone could his family in the beautiful cost thousands of dollars. It is critical to do all you can to avoid kidney stones. outdoors of southern Utah. The best way to prevent kidney stones is to hydrate well. Stone-formers lower their risk of making another stone by fifty percent if they drink enough fluid to produce at least two and a half liters of urine per day. That means drinking a lot, but it is worth it. For the average person, that would mean having to urinate about ten times per day. Water is best. Citrus-containing drinks may be helpful in preventing stone formation. This includes lemonade and orange juice. I highly recommend flavoring a large amount of water with lemon juice from a lemon wedge. In general, drinking carbonated beverages will increase stone risk. Cola drinks that are acidified with phosphoric acid increase the risk of kidney stone formation. The general rule is to drink less soda and more water. If you pass a stone, keep it in a dry container and give it to your doctor. The stone analysis will reveal additional, more specific preventative measures. If you have had more than one stone, you should see a urologist or nephrologist for more extensive evaluation. If you are passing a stone and having fevers, chills, and uncontrollable shaking or if you cannot keep liquids down, you need to go to the emergency room. Proper hydration will reduce your risk of kidney stone formation. Now that’s something we can all drink to.

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By Dr. Ward Wagner When we are young, we tend to take our youth for granted. We don’t wake up each day thinking, “I sure feel wonderful. Not an ache or pain in my body.” It isn’t until our bodies begin to age and arthritis begins to set in that we look back on those youthful years and wish we could have our young bodies back and have that spring in our step once again. Many people suffer the aches and pains that come with age on a daily basis. Some feel like their medicine cabinets are beginning to look like a pharmacy. Most folks believe they have two choices: pill popping or living in constant pain. However, there are opioid-free options that not only relieve pain but also restore the body’s natural healing properties. One such treatment is ozone therapy. Though it may sound a bit futuristic, it has actually been around for a hundred and fifty years and was even used during World War I to disinfectant wounds, increase blood flow, and reduce inflammation.

So what exactly is ozone? Most of us are familiar with the term “ozone” as it relates to the planet. Ozone is a colorless gas made up of three oxygen atoms; there is a layer of ozone gas in the earth's stratosphere. Its primary purpose is to protect the earth from the sun's ultraviolet radiation, most of which it absorbs.

Although ozone is a gas, developments in technology have made it possible for ozone to be injected. This method is especially effective in treating joint pain due to arthritis. It has also helped in the healing and reduction of scar tissue resulting from surgery or injury. Studies have shown that intra-articular injections of ozone significantly decrease pain intensity in patients with mild to moderate arthritis and improve their function. We live in a time where technological advancements make it possible for us not only to live longer lives but also to live stronger lives. Never in the history of mankind have we had a greater level of understanding or more advanced abilities than we do right now, endowing us with the capacity to tap into natural sources for the healing and benefit of our bodies. If you suffer from joint pain, inflammation, or scars that are a result of injury or surgery, ozone therapy could be the “anti-aging” agent you’ve been waiting for. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your options to see whether ozone therapy is your ticket to a long, healthy, pain-free life. Contact my office, Dixie Chiropractic, at 435-673-1443. J Clin Diagn Res Published online 2017 Sep 1. Therapeutic Efficacy of Ozone Injection into the Knee for the Osteoarthritis Patient along with Oral Celecoxib and Glucosamine. Xu Feng and Li Beiping; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320759.php

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The Little Mermaid Has Nothing on These Heroes By J. R. Martin, Alive and Well (Retold by J. R. Martin as witnessed by Mr. David Wright) Not so long ago in a land not so far away lived some local hometown heroes‌ Like most fantasies, this story involves magic and other supernatural elements. However, unlike a fantasy, this story is true. The events are fact. The heroes are real. The setting was a high school swimming About the Author competition at our very own Southern Utah J.R. is the founder of Alive & University Natatorium in Cedar City, Utah. Well. He received his bachelor of It happened just a few years ago. The story science in chemistry and exercise science and master of science in began as each lady swimmer stepped on health promotion from Brigham the platform and took her lane. Onlookers Young University. Later, he could easily identify each athlete. From received a master of medical outward appearances, each seemed equally science from Midwestern qualified to win. All swimmers were poised University and eventually became licensed a physician’s but anxious. Obviously, the goal was to swim assistant. He has worked at faster than the others and win the event. Enterprise Valley Medical Center as well as IHC in St. The event was the individual 400-meter George Utah. J.R. currently medley, a race requiring 100 meters of works full time to provide four different strokes: butterfly, backstroke, individuals, families, and small breaststroke, and freestyle. Rules for this businesses total solutions for competition clearly stated that at the end their health and wellness needs. J.R. spends his time with his of the race, all swimmers were to remain in beautiful wife and 4 beautiful the pool at their posts at the end of the lane daughters. He loves to golf, run until all the swimmers had completed the and play the accordion, but not race; any participant leaving her post would at the same time. be automatically disqualified. When the starting whistle sounded, the anxious friends and family members of the swimmers watched with interest. It didn’t take long for the crowd to clearly see that the swimmer in the middle lane was falling behind. As the race progressed, the gap between this swimmer and the other swimmers grew wider and wider. In fact, the fastest swimmers

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completed the entire 400 meters before this struggling swimmer had completed the first 100 meters. She paused at the turn,obviously embarrassed, and requested to quit. Poolside, her coach and a loved one encouraged her to press on. So reluctantly, she swam on. After completing the second lap, the struggling swimmer gained more support. Now her competitors and the spectators began to join together and cheer her on. The cheering intensified, and the lone swimmer began to gain momentum. Then the magic happened. An athlete in an adjacent lane left her post! She began to swim side by side and stroke by stroke with this struggling athlete. This heroic action catalyzed the other athletes. One by one, each athlete left her post and took her respective position in pace with the middle-lane swimmer. Each lane glided in perfect unity. The crowd rose to their feet and cheered as never before when all swimmers finished the event together. Hearts pounded as the crowd witnessed a finish line of heroes. Ironically, every swimmer except the slowest one was disqualified. The slowest swimmer won! As I see it, every athlete in that event rose out of the pool a victor! Good prevailed. I am confident that with the attitude and effort they demonstrated that day, every one of those ladies will live happily ever after.


By Richard K. Harder, MS I recently heard a song performed by the internationally acclaimed Norwegian-born singer Sissel. The song that she sang so beautifully is titled “Slow Down, Be Still.” I address the theme and message of the song in this article-slow down, be still-as well as the invaluable attribute of listening and responding to our conscience. Why slow down? Why be still? What is the benefit of About the Author doing so? Is it practical to slow down and be Richard K. Harder is still in our fast-paced lifestyles? Or are we so an adjunct instructor at Dixie State University in busy with pressing schedules and lifestyles the School of Business and that we have no time to do so? Communication, and senior In her song “Slow Down, Be Still,” adjunct instructor at the Sissel refers to times of confusion, times of College of Business and Public Management, University desperate need, times when we may not be of La Verne in California. thinking too clearly, times of tribulation, He holds a master’s degree in times when we are feeling insecure, or times management from California when things are pressing in around us. Do State University, Los Angeles, and degrees in business and these feelings sound familiar? hospitality management from If so, consider slowing down, being still, San Francisco State University and listening carefully for the feelings and and the City College of San promptings that can come to you. Based on Francisco. He is principal of Richard Harder & Associates one’s beliefs and values, such very personal Leadership Development and promptings can come from a higher divine Consulting Services and Lead source and/or from a valuable attribute that Smart Training in St. George. is possessed by all humans: our conscience. His professional mission as a consultant/educator is to assist According to Dr. Amit Sood, MD, leaders in their effectiveness at director of research in the Complementary managing individuals, tasks and Integrative Medicine Program and chair and teams, while improving of the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at the quality of life for themselves and their families. Mayo Clinic, our “conscience is the inner light that illumines the truth telling us right from wrong. Conscious helps us do the right thing when no one is looking. It isn’t swayed by greed of pleasure or fear of pain. It isn’t selfish. It is objective, true, pure, and dependable. “There is one problem though,” explained Dr. Sood. “Although conscience always has an opinion, it speaks in a humble, low volume, easily drowned by the vortices of the mind and senses. When the majority of the world muffles the voice of conscience, we become unkind to each other.” Unless we find quiet moments to slow down, be still, and listen, we may miss some of the most timely, valuable, and life changing prompts available to us from our conscience—that “inner light that illumines truth.” At an earlier time in my professional career, I held a senior management position as director of human resources in a large medical center. I recall leaving for work one morning shortly after acting like a complete jerk of a husband and father, expressing anger and unkindness to both my wife and three daughters. I was not pleasant. Essentially, I left for work to demonstrate kindness and benevolence in my role as director of human resources shortly after creating havoc with my family. I ask this question: When we make mistakes and errors in judgement or treat others with indignity and disrespect, does our conscience speak to us? Yes, it does. And my conscience spoke to me that morning during my drive

to work. The voice of my conscience sent me a clear message: “Turn the car around, go back to your home, and apologize to your wife and children. You were wrong in what you said and how you behaved, and you know it.” For a time, I attempted to justify my behavior. After all, the kids were late for school and misbehaving, and they were deserving of the harsh treatment they received. Because of the negative mindset that I initially carried out of the home and into the workplace, I felt a limited ability to handle any people problems that day. I was not on my A-game. Rather, I would have preferred to close my office door for the day so that I could sort paper clips and pencils and blow dust out of my desk drawer. After setting my pride and ego aside, I responded to the message and drove back home to make amends for my harsh behavior. I sincerely apologized to my wife and children and shared a big (family tradition) hug. Then I went back to work. The shift in my mindset was dramatic. I felt settled for allowing my conscience to be my guide. My office door was open. I was mentally energized. I felt I could confidently solve the most complex people problems by noon that day. Our conscious helps us to do the things we do and think the thoughts we think that are consistent with our strongest held beliefs and values, especially when we are alone. So take time to slow down, be still, and allow that wonderful faculty of the mind, your conscience, to guide you in your actions, decisions, and thoughts. It is a great gift that is too often underutilized.

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By Wade Bohrn and Mindi Jensen of Tea Thyme Boutique Most of us know that drinking fresh tea is a healthier option than drinking soda and other sugary alternatives, but how can we keep it interesting and more enjoyable throughout the entire year? One trick is to buy quality tea in amazing blends. Tea comes in thousands of delicious flavors! Here are a few examples: Cotton Candy, Raspberry, and Rhubarb Green Tea

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There are so many more! Be creative and muddle some limes, strawberries, blueberries, mangos, peaches, or herbs into your concoction! Or add cream to make your tea rich and savory. Herbal, non-caffeinated tea is a perfect way to stay hydrated! We all struggle with keeping hydrated in the summer heat, and in the winter, we forget to drink as much water as we should. Herbal tea is a satisfying way to flavor your water. Additionally, herbal tea is nature’s medicine. Made with brilliant blends of wildcrafted and sustainable herbs, teas can be carefully crafted to fit your body’s needs, whether you are experiencing insomnia, inflammation, decreased immune function, constipation, skin disorders, and more.

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Years ago, I had the privilege of working with at-risk students in a local middle school. It was one of the most challenging yet fulfilling jobs I’ve ever experienced. There was one boy in particular who will forever stand out in my mind as a student who cried out for the love he craved—love that was missing in his young and troubled life. This boy was literally thrown into my classroom one day. He was in trouble for drawing gang symbols on his paper during class. He was hostile and put in a corner by an officer where he was isolated from everyone else. Even though I couldn’t see him, I could feel his loneliness as well as his desperate need to be loved. It was an overpowering feeling, and I wrestled within myself about how to best help him. I noticed that this boy’s lunch account had no money in it. I also deduced that his parents were newly divorced and seemingly preoccupied with new romances. This teen had been forgotten at one of the most vulnerable times of his young life, and his behavior showed how much he needed to belong and to be loved. That day, I reached out in the only way I knew how; I went outside to some vendors and bought him lunch.

At first, he wouldn’t accept it, but after some time, he ate the lunch that was offered. I could feel his protective emotional walls come down a bit and silently prayed for


further opportunities and success. On my end, it felt good to make a difference in another person’s life. I could feel my own heart grow and my ability to love increase.

Love heals the core of our being, our very soul. Love heals the mind and heart and helps them work together. Love heals the

perception of ourselves as well as the way we see others.

We are designed to love and to be loved. Without it, we will literally die from the inside out. Many times we withhold love from others without consciously being aware of it, and this is usually because we are hurting emotionally ourselves and not receiving the love we need. We cannot give from an empty well, so we first start with loving ourselves. One way to start loving yourself is to go back in the timeline of your life and forgive old hurts. You might do this through therapy, energy work, prayer, or meditation. Forgive yourself for the dumb things you’ve done, and forgive others for the hurt they have caused you. It’s so important to remember that other people hurt us because they themselves are hurting. This might help in the forgiveness process.

his path and will have the opportunity to extend love to him in a way that will break down his walls and heal his heart, allowing him to see his true worth. I know this can happen, and I know that if it does, it will change his life.

Seek opportunities to love others. Start with yourself and your family members. The one who is acting out the most is very likely the one who needs the most love. Be patient and diligent, then watch for all the ways they become who they are truly capable of becoming. Love is that powerful!

Because love is always an act of giving and receiving, make sure you are reaching out to others. I promise that everyone

around you is in need of something you have to give, whether it’s a kind word, a sincere compliment, or any other act of service and love. Just assume they need it! Love, especially patient love, can thaw the coldest of hearts, can break down the thickest of walls. Love heals the core of our being, our very soul. This is where we feel, think, and make decisions. When this part of us is injured, it doesn’t function properly. Love heals the mind and heart and helps them work together. Love heals the perception of ourselves as well as the way we see others.

The power of love can even heal the body! In certain circumstances, hospitals often hire people to hold and rock newborns in their nurseries. There are many documented cases of newborns who were born prematurely, who were struggling with physical ailments, or who were failing to thrive but were brought from near death to a thriving state because of consistent, loving touch. Never underestimate its power!

The story I mentioned at the beginning doesn’t have a happy ending. The boy was removed from the school before I had any more interaction with him, and it haunts me still. I see him on the arrest list from time to time, and my heart breaks each time I see it. That boy had potential, and at a time when he needed love most, it wasn’t aptly given to him. He is a valuable soul, and I hope and pray that he is given the opportunity to know that one day. Maybe there is someone out there who will cross St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | September/October 2019 63


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By Jasher and Lisa Feellove, BeHot Yoga

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Fear. The word triggers a physiological and emotional response. We may fear failure, or we may fear success. In either case, we fear the unknown.

High performers refer to fear as stress. The media uses fear to garner attention: “If it bleeds, it leads.” To psychologists, fear speaks to the instinct of “flight or fight,” but the way of the warrior is to make peace with fear and death since our deepest heartfelt desires and greatest hopes are on the other side of a little thing we call fear. Fear is an emotional process. It cannot be be resolved through intellectual means. Because humans have the propensity to experience such great polarities of emotions, we must cultivate a practice which can pacify and hedge us—as best we can—from the destructive nature of opposing forces. In yoga, this practice is referred to as the Namaskar: making peace with all polarities.

The only way to stop reacting to fear is through incessant practice. It is import to practice and maintain a healthy equilibrium of body and equanimity of mind. Nevertheless, training and practice create stress proactively in order to retrain one’s reactions. Rooting out fear by constantly placing oneself in uncomfortable environments is a powerful way to live a life of choice. In this, one chooses their course predicated on preference, not as a reaction to fear. Some weeks ago, while in Malta, I decided I wanted to go cliff diving on the island of Comino. The beautiful island’s position in the Mediterranean Sea made for an idyllic view. Looking down into the ocean, my legs became numb and my palms became heavy. “Why bother?” I thought to myself. “I can always come back and do it on another trip.” I began reasoning within my mind: “Then you will have a reason to come back!” Other thoughts, dreadful thoughts, started to sprout. Yet the desire to jump persisted within me. A flicker of courage shone through. I came to the realization that I had to make a decision—to take a leap.

My situation was similar to that of an inexperienced diver who instinctively feels a fear of crushing his body by the impact of the water after a leap from a high springboard. However, after a few dives, his fear disappears. This is what a diver-student must know well if he wants to make any real progress: Take a leap. There is no algorithm for

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experience. Meditation is good. Prayer is good. Taking action is best.

Just for a moment, let your body take the stance of feeling fearful. What is your posture? Most people hunch their shoulders forward, fold their arms across their chests, or assume a similarly contracted position to shield the heart, fear having triggered the need to be on the defensive. Sit up straight. Stand up tall—even when you don’t feel like it. Emotions follow state. State not only is where we live physically but also is our state of consciousness.

As long as we deny or ignore fear, it will hold us captive, emotionally frozen, and unable to move forward. Trying to run away from, ignore, or stop fear will simply create more tension. It is transformed only when we can turn around and face it, get to know it, release resistances and fixed ideas, and speak with our own voice. Get outside of your own comfort zone and habitual state by doing the following:

1. Do a small act of kindness every day. In other words, go out of your way to serve another person, creating a positive karmic deposit. 2. Once a week, do something that frightens or terrifies you. Go outside of the realm of usual experience, and plunge into the abyss of the unknown. Fear holds us back but only until we set into it with the full weight of our being. The first step is taking one. Love opens up all possibilities where no path was visible before. Courage lives in the heart. Namaste.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

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By Todd Francis Johnson, Northwestern Mutual While the ’90s were a time of growth and prosperity, more recent economic events have reminded us of the importance of protecting what we have, which is why it may be time to consider a product that’s often overlooked in the financial planning process: life insurance. It may not be trendy, but life insurance brings a lot to the table when it comes to About the Author stability and peace of mind. Of course, Todd Johnson is a Wealth there are the obvious benefits. If you pass Management Advisor with away, it can help your loved ones pay off Northwestern Mutual. Todd has been with Northwestern funeral expenses and debts, maintain your Mutual since 2003; he began family’s lifestyle, and pay for your children’s after completing his Law college educations. But some policies offer Degree at Case Western other features that can help you later in University. He is married life, too. These policies can be used to to Erin Johnson and they are the parents of three supplement retirement income, pay off beautiful girls. When he is debt, or create a legacy when you’re gone. not working, Todd enjoys So why don’t more financial spending time boating, mountain biking, riding professionals recommend life insurance horses, and spending time as part of a financial strategy? Well… with his family. it’s a bit misunderstood, and there’s a tendency to oversimplify it. It’s a common misconception that term and permanent insurance policies are your only choices. Although these are the two basic types of life insurance, it doesn’t mean it’s an either/or situation. With permanent life insurance, the death benefit is paid to your beneficiaries whenever you pass away. The premiums don’t increase over time, and it accumulates cash value that grows on a tax-deferred basis. That cash value can be used for anything you want. You could purchase more insurance, help pay for a college education, or supplement your retirement income. The possibilities are endless. Term insurance, on the other hand, provides a payout only if you pass away within a certain period of time. The premiums typically increase whenever you renew your policy, and it has no cash value. Initially, the premium for term insurance is considerably lower than permanent insurance, but in the long-run, the net cost may eventually be lower with permanent insurance.

What do you want to protect? How long will you need the insurance (just a few years or as part of the legacy you leave your children, grandchildren, or charity)? How will your life (and insurance needs) change over time? What can you afford? It’s also very important to remember that no one product can cover all possible circumstances. While it might make sense for some people to have all term or all permanent life insurance, it’s possible that you’d be best having a combination of both. You could split evenly between them, have more of one than the other, or plan to convert term to permanent in the future. There are a lot of possibilities and no one-size-fits-all solution. So, what’s the best way to figure out what life insurance options are best for you? Get help from a financial professional. A good one will help determine what role insurance should play in your personal financial plan and won’t just push a product on you. They’ll realize that your financial security is a big deal and that their relationship with you is long term. They’ll ask you what goals you’re working toward, they’ll help you figure out a strategy to reach them, and they’ll keep working with you year after year to make sure that your plan is keeping up with your ever-changing life.

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What Might Be Missing From Your Financial Strategy? How do you know whether you should have term or permanent life insurance? What meets your needs depends on many factors: 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 at todd.johnson@nm.com, or visit the website at toddjohnson-nm.com.

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Mold?

What is the Big Deal About By Jessica Elgin, REALTOR Mold is one word that can strike fear in the heart of any homeowner. So what is the big deal about mold anyway? And is it really necessary to have it removed? You may encounter what appears to be mold when you are fixing a plumbing leak, remodeling a home, doing general maintenance of gutters and bathrooms, buying a home, or selling your home. There are many products on the market that can clean and remove mold, and there are even more do-it-yourself videos on YouTube. However, it is important to first understand the type of mold with which you are dealing, the risks involved with the mold itself, and the products and techniques used for mold removal. Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. It can be black, white, orange, green, or purple in color. It thrives on moisture and reproduces by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. Mold is naturally occurring and present in our air, so it is not possible to completely eliminate it from our lives. For those with normal immune systems, mold may not cause any issues, but for those with compromised immune systems, some types of mold can be deadly. There are many different strands of algae, mildew, and mold. These may appear similar, but every strand has very different medical consequences. As a general rule, algae will have a green appearance and is less toxic, while mold and mildew will have About the Author

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a black or brown appearance and have a wide variety of medical consequences. Beyond color, it is almost impossible to tell the difference in the various strands of mold, mildew, and algae. When exposed, mold may have a musty or wet smell, but when covered, it may not be detectable. Newly remodeled or newly built homes can have elevated levels of mold that are masked by the smell of new drywall, paint, or flooring. Black mold (stachybotrys chartarum) is the most notorious strand of mold. This strand can cause internal organ damage, respiratory illness, and mental impairment. Unfortunately, it looks very similar to less deadly strands. A mold test can identify the different strands of mold that may be present and measures the number of spores in the air inside your home versus the number of spores outside your home. If you suspect there is mold in your home and you choose to have a mold test, you need to understand that every test will identify multiple types of mold in your home. This is not alarming unless the number of spores is significantly higher inside than outside. Use a licensed inspector or remediation company to perform these tests and give you the best advice on how to proceed. If you do find mold, you may be tempted to use one of the over the counter products or do-it-yourself techniques easily accessible on YouTube. Be cautious. Do your research and determine the risks you may encounter using any of these products and techniques. Remember, mold is airborne, and if you inhale the spores, you may cause yourself irreversible damage. For a list of common molds, the symptoms of mold exposure, and the steps for mold removal, please visit our Facebook page at Jessica Elgin–Red Rock Real Estate, or call our office at 435-414-1724.

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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By Lyman Hafen

Discovering Greater Zion

I recently stopped at a store on Telegraph Street between the cities of St. George and Washington. As I waited at the sales counter, I looked out the glass door to the east and caught a perfect view of Zion’s West Temple standing majestically on the far horizon. Though I’ve looked at the West Temple thousands of times before, something about this new and fresh perspective made my jaw drop and my blood race.

After the sales transaction was complete, I pointed out the view to the store manager and told him what a unique and amazing vantage he had of Zion right out his store window. “I’ve never noticed that before,” he said. “It’s the West Temple of Zion,” I said.

“That’s nice,” he said. “I’ve never been there.”

As I walked out the door, I was tempted but did not tell him how many hundreds of people I see every day who have travelled halfway around the world to see what was standing right in front of him.

When I was growing up in St. George in the 1960s, our town park was just three blocks up the street from my house. Today, it’s known as Vernon Worthen Park. Back then, we just called it The City Park. And that’s exactly what it was, although we weren’t exactly a city at the time. It was a full square block of open space covered by a bright green carpet of grass and shaded by a canopy of countless towering trees. That block once contained the municipal swimming pool, tennis courts, an artfully designed barbecue area, swing sets, slides, a merrygo-round, and teeter-totters. It was a kids’ paradise, and you could play there from sunup to sundown, breathing in the magical moistness of

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that cool green carpet at your feet, running and rolling and yelling and shading-up for a rest with a sharp blade of grass between your chapped lips—until your mom drove up and called out from the car window, reminding you of your chores still unfinished at home. As a kid, I had no idea of the financing, the politics or the foresight that went into preserving and maintaining that special place in the middle of town. It was just there. Mine for the taking. A kind of birthright.

I remember our family driving through Zion National Park when I was very young. Dad would have been behind the wheel of our turquoise Ford Fairlane and mom in the front seat with him. And my little sister and I would have been up on our knees (in the days before seat belts), wide-eyed, in the back seat taking it all in. As we passed through Springdale, I remember watching the buildings pass by—the houses, the motels, the curio shops, and the service stations. And I remember the feel of my father’s fingers under my chin as he reached his arm back over the seat and lifted my point of view from ground level up and up to the towering sandstone ledges of the canyon and even further up to where the high horizon broke against the purple sky. Along that stark skyline, I saw, for the first time, the turrets, towers, and spires of those magnificent castles in the clouds. Even today, a half-century later, I still feel my little-boy heart swelling in my chest.

“Whose place is this?” I asked my dad as we drove up the switchbacks in the canyon. “It’s yours, and it’s mine,” he answered. “It belongs to every American.”

Though I didn’t understand it then, that was my introduction to the concept of public space, to the idea of parks set aside for the benefit of all. I took that concept for granted much of my life.

Perhaps when it finally hit home for me was the day I rode an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City. From the viewing deck near the top of that amazing building, I looked up and down Manhattan Island and saw perhaps the greatest concentration of human activity on earth. I was overwhelmed by the mass of humanity in such tight quarters. And then my eyes settled on the giant rectangle of green in the middle of that island: Central Park. A sigh escaped from deep inside me as I considered the beauty and tranquility of that awesome open space smack in the middle of such a gray and dense metropolis. What a concept.

Here in southwestern Utah, we’re blessed that so many of our citizens and leaders have understood this concept over the years. They’ve been willing to stick their necks out, put their reputations on the line, and create the kinds of parks and open space we enjoy today. From that old City Park in my boyhood neighborhood to Zion National Park, we are the beneficiaries of scores of public spaces, including municipal, state, and national parks. From ballfields to hiking parks, from desert reserves to petroglyph sites. From pickle ball courts to horseshoe pits to river walks and picnic spots. From Zion to Parashant to Pipe Spring and Cedar Breaks. From Snow Canyon to Sand Hollow to the trail heads in Pine Valley. You’d be hard pressed to find a greater or more diverse number of developed, maintained, and well-managed parks and open spaces anywhere on earth.

The French writer Marcel Proust said, “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” I have travelled the world and seen plenty of beauty and magnificence on this planet, but I’ve never been more moved by any of it than I was a while back when I looked with new eyes through a glass door on Telegraph Street.

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.

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“We can do that.” “Daddy always wore a hat.” I think that was the first thing she said when we sat down together. Her father had that option. And I can’t blame her. lived well into his nineties. He was of Most people don’t think about funerals the generation that dressed up to go until they’re right upon us. And we on airplanes, or to that rare visit to the don’t spend enough time planning department store. She wanted to put for our own. There is a lot to think his brown fedora in the casket with about, getting the will right, the plots, him. She thought the request was out the funds to pay for it... So we try to of the ordinary. “We can do that,” I make it easy, and If I can use this word reassured her. She wanted everything carefully: enjoyable. Yes, that woman to be just right, but there were a few came back a few weeks later. First to other details she and thank us for being her sibling would “When I’m done with patient with her and disagree on. Getting her “nutty” family. this funeral, I think I’ ll But also to pre-plan the service just right is very difficult when write down my own so her own service. I the person you are my kids don’t have this think she was worried honoring is no longer that if she suddenly kind of stress.” here to make decidied, her sister would sions. What means plan the funeral and something to you may be trivial to a get it wrong. So I sat down with her sibling. And yes, there are strong opinand helped her through the process. ions surrounding the arrangements, And she did enjoy thinking about her and strong emotions. “When I’m done favorite things, the people who have with this funeral,” she went on to say. meant a lot to her, the kind of music “I think I’ll write down my own so my she loves (she even picked a hymn her kids don’t have this kind of stress.” I sister pulled from their father’s service). looked at her and smiled. “We can do When we were done, she hadn’t realthat for you.” ized we’d spent a whole hour together, She was genuinely surprised to have

her reminiscing and me prompting stories and details she hadn’t thought

about for years. She left feeling completely content, knowing first that the service would be just as she planned it; and second that her children wouldn’t be strapped with the expenses (we found an affordable plan she could pay on monthly).

My line of business is all about feelings. You have to acknowledge them, respect the person and help them understand how to process those feelings. It’s not always about grief. Some people feel guilt about feeling relieved at the death of a loved one who suffered for years with a debilitating illness. Some people deny all feelings. But one thing I’ve come to learn is that nearly everybody who pre-plans their service feels a sense of contentment, even happiness at taking control of their last goodbye.

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By Jack W. Rolfe , Contributing Author Kristin Sheehan A dear friend of mine, Kristin Sheehan, is the program director of the Play Like a Champion Today Character Education through Sports initiative. She is very passionate about helping youth achieve their full potential, and we have worked together on some events. The following dialogue was written by Kristin to assist me with one of my book projects, and she has given me permission to share it with the readers of this magazine. Please take a moment to reflect and enjoy!

A familiar slogan in Notre Dame sport’s lore is “Play Like a Champion Today.” Using only the phrase “Play Like a Champion” would provide a robust mantra, but the inclusion of the word “Today” packs a more powerful punch and provides the hidden ingredient for a virtuous life. The Greeks had two words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos is chronological time that can be measured in minutes and months, but today is likened to kairos, which is the here and now— God’s time. Whereas chronos is quantitative, kairos is qualitative. It measures moments, not minutes. Further, it refers to the right moment, the opportune moment, the perfect moment. When we hear the word champion, our minds might jump instantly to the image of the elite athlete with remarkable statistics or the highly-skilled team holding the trophy at the end of a tournament. This vision is much too narrow. Every person can be a champion as they strive to become the best version of themselves. Becoming a champion in life does not happen automatically; you must believe in yourself and set a plan in motion to realize your true life potential.

Champions care about excellence of character and have a strong desire to succeed—but always with integrity. Champions love to compete and thus honor the “game of life.” Champions are self-motivated and take responsibility for their actions. Champions make mistakes but persist in the face of failure. Champions are other-centered and devote their life’s work to the good of our world. Champions are made not born. The cardinal virtues of fortitude, prudence, justice, and temperance are the central human qualities that mark excellence of personal character, and champions strive to embody these virtues.

Fortitude is pursuing your goals with courage and persistence. Research reveals that when you write your goals on paper, you will be more motivated to strive to achieve them. Dream big and set a plan in motion to make your dreams a reality. Write your goals and strive daily, weekly, and yearly with fortitude to reach them. The cardinal virtue of prudence means sound decision-making. Living a prudent life is doing the right things for the right reasons, even when no one is looking. Discover your special talents that urge you to take action to bring these talents and skills forward by making prudent decisions in your life.

The cardinal virtue of justice is treating others with care and respect. Being highly motivated and becoming successful in life mean nothing if you do them for self-aggrandizement. You must give back to others in order to lift each other up. The mandate that justice requires is to “bless the world.”

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.

Finally, the cardinal virtue of temperance is leading a balanced life and maintaining control. Living with temperance means rooting your life in your faith and recognizing God’s ultimate plan for you. Find perseverance, persistence, hope, energy to fulfill your dreams, power to overcome, strength to achieve as the underdog, and dedication to accomplish what others say you cannot. Resolve to win in life! This epitomizes a virtuous life…the life of a genuine champion...your life. Take a deep breath, and in the pause before you exhale, believe that you can find your inner champion and strive toward living a virtuous life. Find your today moment to touch the world so that the world will be forever altered in goodness.

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Dads

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School By Kelly B. Kendall I will never forget a friend telling me that his dad never attended a single ball game while he was in high school. It actually hurt my heart, and I felt a lot of empathy for him because my dad came to as many school activities as he could. I remember always looking inconspicuously into the crowd until I found him and my mother. Even though I was nervous, I always felt more confident playing ball when my parents were in the crowd supporting me, which was not an easy task for them. My parents had six children, and my dad was always earning money at a side job so that all of his children could take a variety of lessons and play a variety of sports. Besides being providers, one way dads can support their children is by supporting them in school. In the article “10 Tips to Help Your Child in School,� the National Fatherhood Initiative shared these suggestions:

1. Tell your child how important school is. Hindsight is twenty/twenty, and the majority of fathers I know wish they would have tried harder in school and/or gotten more education earlier in life because it has such an impact on their ability to be a provider for their family. Do you want your children to understand the importance of doing their best in school? Model the behavior; set the example by being a lifelong learner. 74 www.saintgeorgewellness.com


2. Make learning fun. Although I was never pushed to go into a specific career, I was always encouraged to do my best and congratulated on my successes in school and college. One complaint I hear is that learning often turns into a source of contention between parents and children. Instead of arguing about homework and grades, find ways to make your home an inviting, enjoyable milieu for learning.

3. Don’t leave everything with school up to the mom. Back-to-school nights, parent-teacher conferences, and school-to-parent communications should be the responsibility of both parents. It makes a significant impact on a child when both a dad and a mom take the time for these important responsibilities. It demonstrates to the child that their education is just as important to one parent as it is the other. It is also a signal of both parents’ care, concern, involvement, and consistency in their child’s schooling.

4. Help with homework. As long as children are in school, there will always be homework! I heard one father say that he and his child’s mother split the homework responsibilities. The mother takes care of the subjects about which she was more knowledgeable and the father takes over on the subjects he knows best. A divide-and-conquer approach helps show children that both dad and mom are united on the importance of learning.

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.

5. Get to know the teacher. When I was in school, it was obvious that if I got into trouble at school, I was in much more trouble at home. I knew this because my parents were involved. They expected my behavior toward my teacher and the other students to be respectful and to meet a high standard. In today’s world, if a child gets into trouble at school, the parents defend the child instead of being supportive of the school and working with the teacher to resolve the issue. We know that teachers aren’t perfect. However, the majority of teachers go into education because of their passion for helping the youth become successful. Getting to know your child’s teacher will create a foundation for solving problems concerning your child should the need arise. 6. Spend a day or two in your child’s class. If you want to give the message that you care, simply spend time assisting in the classroom, accompanying the class on a field trip, or helping with classroom activities. In other words, actions speak louder than words!

7. Get to know the other children in the class and their parents. I remember being a “reading helper” in my child’s elementary class. I listened to each child read for ten minutes to pass off their reading assignment. I also remember my child coming home from school and telling me that one of her friends thought I was a “cool dad” because I spent time in the classroom and helped all of the children with reading (even though I secretly knew my own child was a tiny bit embarrassed to have her dad come to her class). 8. Go to school and class events. Nothing says “I care about you” more than showing up to your child’s choir concerts, plays, events, activities, and ball games. This kind of support is so important—just ask a child whose parents don’t show up. A wonderful event that can be painful for some children is Dad’s and Donuts, where dads come to read with their children and the school provides donuts and milk. It is heartbreaking to witness a child who doesn’t have a father in attendance.

9. Get time off work to attend school and extra-curricular events. Many jobs have paid time off and some employers will work with dads who want to attend their children’s events. However, there are times when a father simply cannot attend an important school event. At times like these, a phone call on the day of the event will say, “I wish I was there. I care about you.” And oft-repeated mantra spoken long ago by David O. McKay rings true whenever I hear about a dad who is so focused on work that he doesn’t make time to be present at his child’s school events: “No success can compensate for failure in the home.”

10. Join the school’s parent-teacher group. If you really want to have an impact on your child’s education, get involved in the school’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association). Show up to make a difference in the school and in the lives of all the children, especially those without supportive parents. I have never heard a parent say that they spent too much time at their child’s school. Children grow up so fast! Don’t put off helping and supporting your children in school, or it will be too late. They will be all grown up and independent. Remember, the way you spell LOVE to a child is TIME!

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By Lisa Larson Since its 2003 debut on the silver screen, the film Elf has become a must-watch Christmas movie tradition for many people. All the magic of the movie is now coming to life on stage with more music, more dancing, and more festive fun in the heart-warming production of Elf the Musical at Tuacahn this holiday season. While you’re nestled inside the cozy indoor Hafen Theatre, you’ll be transported to the North Pole and New York City as you follow the journey of Buddy the Elf, who discovers his true parentage and ultimately tries to restore the Christmas spirit to everyone he meets. “I cannot overemphasize how clever and funny this musical is,” exclaimed Peggy Hickey, director. “It’s shockingly uplifting, even for any ‘bah humbuggers’ that might be out there. From the tap-dancing elves to the expertly-crafted music and lyrics, it’s just a sparkly, jolly holiday treat that is fun for everyone.” The illuminating nature of this holiday show is due not only to the cheerful music and brightly colored costumes but also to the inventive and creative set design. The LED backdrop in the Hafen Theatre, under the “brilliant” design direction of Hana Sooyeon Kim, transforms the set into a children’s pop-up book. “Her work is just dreamy,” Hickey said. Outside the theater, the annual Christmas in the Canyon sets the tone for additional holiday memories. With thousands of lights illuminating the red rock canyon and the smell of hot cocoa wafting through the air, it’s pure magic—before, during, and after the show. Come and be part of a delightful Christmas tradition with Elf the Musical, running November 21 through December 21, in the Hafen Theatre at Tuacahn. Tickets start at just $24. Log onto www.tuacahn.org for more information. 76 www.saintgeorgewellness.com


By Charlene Paul All people have traits that make them who they are. Passed down from parents to children, these can be physical traits, such as webbed toes, long legs, or green eyes, or personality-type traits, such as compassion, intelligence, story-telling, and musical ability. Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer can also be passed from parents to children. Since knowing the markers for certain illnesses and conditions is an important aspect of one’s overall health, searching one’s family history for health risks might be life-saving. Once you learn about your family history regarding genetics and disease, you will be better equipped to make the changes necessary to stay as healthy as possible. So where do you begin? Is it really necessary to search through antiquated papers or slog your way through ancient cemeteries? The answer is a resounding no! On September 27–28, 2019, the Dixie Center in St. George, Utah, will host the Family History Conference, Connect Your Family One Person at a Time. Representatives will be on hand to help you in your quest to learn about your family history. MyHeritage will help you uncover your ethnic origins, find your DNA matches, and analyze medical risks. RootsMagic will help with research, organization, and the preservation of your life stories. With their collection of billions of records, FamilySearch will help you piece together your ancestors’ history. Genealogy Wall Charts will be handing out free family fan charts, and Legacy Tree will be offering free consultations. From estate planning to Tupperware®, history to photo preservation, and face painting to Indian jewelry, attendees to this family-friendly event will find something for everyone as they meander through the exhibit hall. If you aren’t sure how to write your memoir, there will be a class for that. Do you need to find out about your Danish, Welch, English, or Mexican ancestors? There will be a class for that. Are you having trouble organizing your records? There will be a class for that. With more than sixty classes,

your biggest dilemma will be choosing which classes to attend. Friday afternoon’s keynote speaker, Stan Ellsworth, a six-foot-two-inch, 300-pound former NFL player, will share his passion for our founding fathers and mothers and the sacrifices they made in the creation of this nation. Stan is the Harley-Davidson-riding host and creator of BYUtv’s American history program American Ride. As a bonus, Ellsworth will lead the Charity Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, September 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants will receive a t-shirt, swag bag, breakfast, lunch, a chance to enter the Money Machine to win great prizes, and a beautiful ride. Proceeds will be donated to the Dove Center. For more information about this event, visit www.familyrootsconference.com. Saturday morning’s keynote speaker, Hank Smith, loves to talk. Whether he’s teaching a class at BYU, telling inspiring stories at youth conferences and firesides, speaking with Fortune 500 companies, or talking to school audiences, Smith loves to share his humor and fresh perspective on topics ranging from religion to motivation. Audiences love his enthusiasm and spirited presentations. McDonald's will provide free lunch to all youth who attend the free youth event featuring Hank Smith and BYU Vocal Point on Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m. Games, prizes, entertainment, and family history combine for an amazing day for youth twelve to eighteen years old. Tickets are on sale now for the Saturday night concert featuring Brigham Young University’s world-renowned a cappella ensemble Vocal Point. This nine-man vocal group combines tight harmonies, out-ofthis-world vocal percussion, and crisp choreography for one of the most entertaining performances you’ll ever attend. The interactive conference hall will be alive with an authentic pioneer experience, complete with candle making, panning for gold, rug weaving, and blacksmithing. Native-American dancers will be performing and sharing their native history throughout the two-day conference. Mark your calendar and join us at the Dixie Center on Friday and Saturday, September 27–28 for two days of exploration, discovery, and education. We’ll see you there! For more information, registration, and concert information, visit our website at www.familyrootsconference.com.

About the Author

Charlene Paul is the owner of Motivational Inspirations LLC. She is a motivational speaker, writer, and presenter. Contact her at contact@charlenepaul.com.

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The Villas at Ovation Sienna Hills Breaking Ground Soon Ovation at Sienna Hills is already growing. The active lifestyle village has announced the addition of twenty-five private villas. The new community is scheduled to open in fall 2020. “We are very excited to announce the Villas at Ovation Sienna Hills,” said Ryan Haller, Chief Development Officer at PDCo, the developer building the Ovation campus. “This is in direct response to the comments and suggestions we’ve been hearing from the local community about how we can better serve active seniors.” The Villas will range from 1,280 to 1,316 square feet of living space designed for those living active lifestyles. In total, there will be six floor plan options, each named for a famous southern Utah landmark. One of the first of its kind, Ovation Sienna Hills is a micro continuingcare rental community focused on wellness, fitness, and a full continuum of care. When completed, the development will feature the Villas along with the previously announced campus that will include multiple buildings featuring independent living, assisted living, and memory care. The development is near the corner of Washington Parkway and East Telegraph Street, just off Interstate 15 exit 13 in Washington City. “Those living at the Villas will find the best of both worlds,” said Haller. “Every home will have a full kitchen, 24/7 staff support, and access to onsite pickleball courts and to a community clubhouse for events. Plus, you’ll also have access to everything Ovation North and Ovation South offer.” “Ovation continues to invest in the people and economy of southern Utah,” said Pam Palermo, President of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Villas is an exciting announcement not only because of the jobs it will create but also because it represents the newest opportunity for active adults to enjoy the wonderful lifestyle of our region.” “Just like at a country club, Villas residents will receive a culinary allowance good at any Ovation restaurant, bistro, or coffee shop,” Haller added. “That means you can cook for yourself in your own kitchen, join others in the Zion Clubhouse or outside for a barbecue, or take a short walk or ride over to Ovation North for a fine dining experience.” Restaurants include Millers@Washington, Bees Knees Bistro, and 1861 fine dining, named for the year the St. George area was settled. The Zion Clubhouse will feature a full kitchen, a fireplace for socializing, a patio, and everything residents need for a private party

or group activity. There will also be ample parking for visiting guests. The Zion Clubhouse will offer concierge services including drivers and golf carts to take residents anywhere they need to go on the Ovation campus. Next to the Zion Clubhouse, there will be two pickleball courts available for quick games and tournaments with friends and neighbors. Other Villas amenities include housecleaning services, interior and exterior maintenance, landscaping, and concierge services. In addition to the features and amenities of the Villas, residents will have access to the two-building Ovation campus including the Red Rock Courtyard, a rooftop deck, a business center, a library, a theater room, a convenience store, and a chapel. Residents will also be welcome at Cassidy’s, a billiards room named in honor of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which in 1968 was partially filmed in the St. George area. “The addition of The Villas provides a new opportunity for active adults who want security and freedom but also want to know that help, services, and top-notch amenities are close by,” said Haller. “Having access to tai chi and yoga classes along with a pool and quality restaurants will be a nice perk.” Ovation originally broke ground in October 2018 and is expected to open in fall, 2020. An official groundbreaking ceremony for the newly announced Villas will be announced soon. Those interested in learning more can visit Ovation’s Reservation Showroom in the Pineview Plaza at 2376 East Red Cliffs Drive. Located near the movie theater, Ovation is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment. Information is also available at VillasAtOvation.com, by calling 435-429-0000, or by emailing siennahills@ovationbyavamere.com.

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By Stephanie Dansie

Scrunchanies: Starting a business from scratch

My name is Stephanie Dansie. I’m a recent graduate from Desert Hills High School where I was a member of the SUSA Club and the swim team. I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy creating, designing, sewing, doing arts and crafts, and in general, being productive. Some time ago, I noticed that many stores sold scrunchies and other hair accessories that were so high-priced they were always out of my budget. I thought, “Why not start my own scrunchy business?” I dusted off my old sewing machine and started designing and creating scrunchies. Three months later, with plenty of help from my mother and grandmother, I had improved upon and perfected all sorts of accessory styles, from large bows to small scrunchies. I named my new business Scrunchanies. Scrunchanies is currently on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy. I also sell my scrunchies at Tuacahn. I have plans to expand to other local marketplaces as well. I feature special orders and offer custom fabrics and quantities. The beauty of using my own fabric is that all of my creations are unique in their own way! People love the variety of colors and fabric types and appreciate that each design is one-of-akind. Families and students often live on a tight budget, and because some stores can have giant price tags, affordable accessories are in high demand. Starting a business from scratch without any prior experience is difficult. I learned to overcome hardships, break out of my shell, and enjoy talking to people. One amazing aspect of this endeavor has been my personal growth in responsibility and business “smarts.” This includes dealing with the time crunches and the high pressures that come with the job. As a side benefit, I’ve learned that good customer service is essential to becoming successful. You have to go out of your way to meet someone’s needs, to make them feel welcomed, and to help them feel happy about a purchase. Combine these things with fairness, and the result is a thriving company. Business skills aside, this has been a great bonding experience for my entire family. They have supported me all the way. Starting a business is a wonderful opportunity, and I wish that every teenager would realize that they are capable of so much if they pour their hearts into it. What started as a need for better hair accessories eventually became an effort to show the world that I am able to use my own resources to be successful. I hope that one day Scrunchanies will have a big impact on the business world!

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By Angel Naivalu, MSW, Soul Mentor

Playing for the “ L" of It!

Several years ago, I attended a women’s retreat sponsored by local “play enthusiasts,” Kami Mitchell and Shelby Smith. They invited participants, grown women between the ages of eighteen and sixty, to participate in activities that most had not experienced since childhood. “This is so silly!” I thought at the time. “I came here to learn how to better my mental and emotional health, not to waste my time playing!” I quickly discovered that I had the dis-ease: over-adulting. With the help of these mentors, I rediscovered the innate power of play. I had to relearn what came naturally to me as a child but had been abandoned, or perhaps socialized out of me, by growing up.

About the Author

Angel received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from BYU-Hawaii, followed by a Master of Social Work degree from BYUProvo. She specializes in assisting women and teens in overcoming emotional obstacles and creating a rich and rewarding life filled with joy, authenticity, and connection to self and others.

Intentionally reintegrating play as part of my regular routine has reignited my creative passions, entrepreneurial drive, ability to connect to my children, sense of joy, and spirit of adventure in daily life. For me, “playing” has looked like dancing whenever and wherever I hear music, swinging on swings, singing while grocery shopping, splashing my feet in a fountain, crashing a teen dance party in full costume, starting a game of tag with total strangers in a public place, and more! I have come to know that the value of play for adults is as great as it is for children! Play is therapeutic. Incorporating play into daily life helps to dissipate feelings of fear, stress, and shame. It’s a means to learn, laugh, love, and live more fully! Do try this at home!

“Play is not just an option, but for aliveness, it’s a requirement!”

– Shelby Smith, Play Enthusiast and Mentor

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VERY THIN

By Dr. Arden Gillespie Fall is rapidly approaching and with it comes cooler weather and a much-welcomed hiatus from the sweltering summer heat here in Utah’s Dixie. If your pets are like mine, they love summer, but the heat can be taxing on them. They spend the majority of their days lounging around the house, soaking up the air conditioner, and sleeping away the hottest part of the day. While this is great when it comes to avoiding heat stroke, it can easily contribute to the growing obesity problem seen throughout the United States.

It is estimated that over half of our nation’s dogs and cats are overweight or obese. This increase in weight brings an increase in the obesity-related disorders seen on a regular basis here at Washington Family Veterinary Clinic. Two of the most common that we see are osteoarthritis and type 2 diabetes. As with your other family doctors, we are here to assist you in recognizing, avoiding, and if necessary, reversing this trend with your furry family members. The number one step in combating pet obesity is recognizing that your pet is obese. We are happy to have you stop by at any time to weigh your pets on our in-floor scale to compare their current weight

to their previous veterinary visit weight. If you can’t make it in UNDERWEIGHT to see us, try the “rib check.” You should be able to easily feel your pet’s ribs under a thin IDEAL layer of skin. If you’re pushing through a pad of plump, chances are your pet is too heavy. OVERWEIGHT Next, look at your dog or cat standing from the side. Does its belly sag and dip toward the OBESE floor? Pets at a healthy weight will actually have a belly that is taut, tight, and turns upward instead of sagging down. Finally, when you look down at your pet, you should see a subtle hourglass silhouette, not a rounding blimp outline. In general, if you think your pet is carrying a few extra pounds, it probably is.

Weight loss involves much more than “feed a low-calorie diet” and “exercise more.” Often, obesity is attributed to a metabolic issue or hormonal changes. Weight loss should be addressed as any other medical condition: history, diagnostic tests, treatment, and followup care. Working together, we will come up with the best plan for your pet, including therapeutic diets, medication, and a daily exercise regimen that will keep everyone in the family active and healthy. Weight loss is an ongoing process that requires constant vigilance and monitoring. Follow-up care with your veterinarian is essential for long-term success. Our goal is helping you to develop an active, healthy lifestyle for both you and your pet. With a little effort and a lot of patience, you and your pets will have a lifetime of active, healthy fun.

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EMDR Therapy:

A Talk Less, Process More Approach to Healing Trauma By Sarah Prince

About the Author

Sarah was born and raised in Nephi, Utah, and is the youngest in a family of eight children. She graduated from Southern Utah University with her Bachelors of Psychology and is completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University. Sarah is passionate about her work with couples and individuals struggling with pornography and sex addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma using EMDR. Sarah followed this career path because of her desire to strengthen others through their challenges and adversity.

Imagine visiting a mental health professional for trauma-related symptoms after a car accident, sexual assault, robbery, job loss, return from military combat, or even an animal attack. Your counselor suggests that you may benefit from Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). You are desperate for relief and agree to the treatment without hesitation. The method unfolds as you and a trained EMDR professional pinpoint specific trauma events in your past and current situation, breakdown the emotions and memories associated with the event, and process the trauma using bilateral eye movements. Although you are happy with the experience and the success of your EMDR therapy, you may be left wondering how moving your eyes from side to side while thinking of a traumatic event alleviates the symptoms so effectively that the event no longer bothers you at all. The explanation is simple and highlights the brain’s amazing ability to heal emotional pain.

Just as your body closes a gash on the skin or fades a black and purple bruise to match the original skin color, your brain is also a mechanism of healing. It heals the wounds that pierce the soul. Your brain is capable of making sense of many emotionally devastating experiences. However, some damage is so severe that even your proficient and adaptive brain is unsure what to do with it. This is known as trauma, and it causes the processing system in your brain to malfunction. A malfunction in the processing system leaves the traumatic experience in your active memory where it can be triggered and replayed over and over again. The bilateral stimulation utilized in EMDR therapy kick starts your processing system so that it can effectively file the experience and assure your amygdala that you are now safe. EMDR allows you to deal with your current symptoms by processing current events and linking them back to your earliest traumatic life event all by using the resources that lie within yourself ! If you or someone you know could benefit from this type of treatment, please feel free to call Sarah Prince at 435-688-1111 to schedule an appointment.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: A structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. (www.apa.org)

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By Pam Palmero, President/CEO St. George Area Chamber of Commerce

About the Author

Pam Palermo is President and CEO of the St George Area Chamber of Commerce; and co- founder and President of the “Women’s Influence Center”; a nonprofit foundation under the umbrella of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. Pam sits on the World Trade Center Utah Board where she collaborates with leaders throughout the state. Palermo is a military veteran and serves her local veteran community. She is the Financial Officer for the American Legion Post 90 and serves on its Ritual Team. Pam is also a wife to the most supportive & loving husband, mother, & grandmother.

Whereas the spring season usually wells up in me a sense of new beginnings, portrayed by the budding of dormant plants, the fall season creates in me a sense of reflection and gratitude. Reflection and gratitude in our businesses is crucial. A sense of gratitude changes attitudes and helps businesses thrive! When we are thankful, it changes the attitudes of the people surrounding us, and it changes our attitudes too. As business owners, employees, or volunteers, we can always find something good in the circumstances and the people around us. When you are attending events and networking, make it a habit to seek out at least two people that have made a difference in your life and thank them. You’ll be amazed at how good it makes you and them feel. It will also deepen the relationship you have with them. As we push through life, we often forget to reflect about and thank those who are with us every day: our family members, co-workers, friends, business patrons, and church associates. Don’t wait for the Thanksgiving table to reflect on your blessings. Show gratitude every day. Last February, our St. George Area Chamber of Commerce took on the responsibility of the Washington County Fair. It took tons of collaboration to execute such a large event in six short months. I am extremely grateful for our Chamber’s Director of Operations and Events, Susi Lafaele. Her dedication helped make this event a great success. It wasn’t by any means easy, but without our Washington County

Fair board members, the Washington County Commission and staff, the Washington County Sheriff ’s Department Chief Deputy Nate Brooksby and his officers, the Washington County Fair Royalty, the many volunteers, and those that came out to enjoy the fair, we simply could not have done it. My deepest gratitude to all involved. I have so much for which I am grateful. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and family. I have the finest staff and the most supportive board of directors in St. George. I am grateful to call the members of our St. George Area Chamber and Women’s Influence Center my family. I am fortunate enough to call our state and local government representatives and our educational institutions’ workforce my friends. I am surrounded by amazing, understanding, and helpful people, and I feel blessed to be part of this awesome community. I am thankful to the St. George Health & Wellness Magazine not only for allowing me to write an article of thanksgiving but also for the life changing articles they publish.

A Sense of Gratitude Helps Businesses Thrive

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September 2019 September 2-6 DOCUTAH International Film Festival Location: Red Cliffs Theaters - 385 N. Mall Dr, St. George, UT It’s the DOCUTAH DECADE this year! Ten years of bringing the best documentaries from around the world to the Red Canyons of Southern Utah. BE PART OF IT! The brainchild of 30-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film, Phil Tuckett, it was dubbed one of the “25 coolest film festivals in the world” by Moviemaker Magazine. DOCUTAH films are screened at indoor and outdoor venues among the amazing scenery of Southern Utah. In 2018 DOCUTAH received submissions from all over the world, engaging professional and student filmmakers from 14 different countries. DOCUTAH's DOCtalk series offers insight into the doc making experience. Students, amateur documentarians, patrons and fans can learn more about the filmmaking process from the filmmakers themselves. Fees/Admission: $10.00 to $75.00 September 6-7 Ivins Heritage Days Location: 55 N Main St. - Ivins, UT This year there will be the Movie in the Park, Parade, food, games, entertainment, Heritage displays, Soap Box Derby and, for the first time ever, an art show! Our 2019 theme is Ivins: City with HeART and we’re excited to spotlight some of the great artists of our great city. Come get involved! Applications for the parade, vendor booths, sponsorships and art show (open to all ages and skill levels) are now open online at ivins. com. Fees/Admission: Free September 7 Yoga in the Bowl at Sand Hollow Resort sponsored by GRANOGI 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Location: Sand Hollow Resort - 5662 W. Clubhouse Dr., Hurricane, UT Yoga in The Bowl at Sand Hollow Resort sponsored by GRANOGI every Saturday surrounded by beautiful red rocks! Check in starts 6:30 a.m. -Yoga class from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. with breakfast at The Grille afterwards -Bring your yoga mat -Yoga provided in partnership with GRANOGI | Outdoors for the Mindful -Yoga instructors provided by GRANOGI. Fees/Admission: $20 Sept 9 Concert in the Park - High Rocktane (Cover Band) 7:30 PM Location: Vernon Worthen Park - 300 S 400 E, St. George, UT The Concert in the Park Series is a celebration of wonderful music, open parks and family celebration. The Series runs April through September at Vernon Worthen Park. Park seating is available. Families are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and food. The concert series is FREE to the public. Don't miss the second Monday of each month through September. Park seating is available, bring blankets, lawn chairs, food and the family. For more information call 435-627-4525. Fees/Admission: Free

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September 14 Walk to End Alzheimer's 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: Dixie State University - 225 S 700 E, St. George, UT Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Join our walk and you will take a step to help end Alzheimer's. One in ten seniors 65+ have Alzheimer's. This includes our parents and grandparents. You can help. Contact us now at (435) 238-4998 to join the team. Register online to walk. Let's go! September 19-21 Dixie Round-Up 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Location: Dixie Sun Bowl - 150 S 400 E, St. George, UT 85th Annual St. George Lions Dixie Round-up Rodeo! Held by the St. George Lions Club and approved by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA). For years the roundup has been a huge event for the St. George area, with cowboys and cowgirls alike everyone comes out for our young mutton busters on up through our fearless bull riders! Gates open & tickets on sale at 6:00 p.m. nightly, pre-rodeo entertainment 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Rodeo usually ends about 11:00pm. For more info email rodeo@stgeorgelions.com or call the rodeo hotline at 435-703-4779. Fees/Admission: Children over 2 $5, Adult $12, Reserved seating $17 September 26-28 Santa Clara Swiss Days Location: Santa Clara City Hall - 2603 Santa Clara Dr., Santa Clara, UT Swiss Days includes our famous 5k run/walk and pancake breakfast, followed by the always popular Swiss Days Parade heading east on Santa Clara Drive from the Jacob Hamblin home to the City Hall. The parade will showcase the Santa Clara Princess Royalty, antique cars, the Grand Marshal, local businesses and schools, live animals, homemade floats, and everything in between! The three day festival at Town Hall will also include food and merchandise vendors, continuous entertainment including a free Friday night concert, town and family heritage displays, pioneer craft demonstrations (at Heritage Square), children’s activities, and more!


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October 2019 OCTOBER 5 St. George Marathon Rated by Runner's World as one of the four "Marathons to Build a Vacation Around" in the World. Included in Runner`s World 10 Most Scenic and Fastest Marathons and Top 20 Marathons in the USA. It begins in the majestic Pine Valley mountains and descends nearly 2600 feet through scenic southwest Utah, to the beautiful Worthen Park. The St. George Marathon is a point-to-point race which is USA Track & Field Certified & Sanctioned. Runner`s World listed the St. George Marathon as the fastest fall marathon. A fun race indeed--and scenic. OCTOBER 7 - 19 Huntsman World Senior Games The Huntsman World Senior Games, as it is known today, began in 1987 as the World Senior Games, an international senior sports competition. It has become a renowned event among serious athletes from Japan to Russia and from Alaska to Australia. In addition to the 30+ athletic events, the Games promote healthy living by providing life saving health screenings.

October 8-12 St. George Literary Arts Festival 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Location: Dixie State University - 225 S 700 E St. George, UT The Literary Festival offers something for all ages and all literary interests. Workshops, activities and other presentations will cover a variety of literary topics, including poetry, children’s literature, fiction, non-fiction, contemporary literary forms, publication and lyric writing. Come enjoy one of the many workshops by local and out of state professionals in the literary arts, simply browse the booths of authors and others, and get a book signed by one of your favorite authors! Fees/Admission: Free October 17-18, 24 Witches Night Out 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Location: Staheli Family Farm - 3400 South Washington Fields Road, Washington, UT Ladies, this is the pre-Halloween bash you’ve dreamed about since last year! Entice all your unsuspecting “ghoul-friends” to join you for an evening of fantasy, decadence, and MAGIC. That’s right, our warlock friend, Florida magician Stefan Oswald, appears on the Farm to entertain us all! Come spend “A Magical Night” together. The spell has been cast on the dazzlingly-decorated Farmhouse. Enjoy your ghostly hosts, Mikey & the Mrs., great food, contests, and all the magic and mayhem that can only happen on just such a night! Sisters, fire up your brooms and fly into Staheli Family Farm for a wickedgood time! Admission does NOT include our Field of Screams. Fees/Admission: Varies

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