By National Kidney Foundation.

March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney Foundation is urging all Americans to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup.

Did you know? 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease. There are more than 26 million Americans who already have kidney disease, and most don’t know it because there are often no symptoms until the disease has progressed.

The National Kidney Foundation is offering FREE screenings on April 18, 2013 to those most at risk for kidney disease – anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease.  A screening is being held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (909 West 33rd Street, Sioux Falls) from 2:00-7:00PM and is sponsored locally by DAKOTACARE.  Please visit or call 1-800-596-7943 for more information or to make an appointment.

About The Kidneys:
The kidneys are two, fist-sized organs in your lower back. They maintain overall health through the following functions:

  • – Filtering waste out of 200 liters of blood each day.
  • – Regulating of the body’s salt, potassium and acid content.
  • –  Removing of drugs from the body.
  • – Balancing the body’s fluids.
  • – Releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure.
  • – Producing an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones.
  • – Controlling the production of red blood cells.

Quick Facts on Kidney Disease:

  • – Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the country.
  • – More than 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and most don’t know it.
  • – There are over 95,000 people waiting for kidney transplants.
  • – More than 590,000 people have kidney failure in the US today.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.  For more information about risk factors, kidneys, kidney disease and World Kidney Day activities, visit


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Fitting in Fitness

March 27th, 2013 | Posted by Kimberly Vanderpoel in Fitness - (0 Comments)

The current recommendation for physical activity is at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Happy Wellness Wednesday South Dakota!  Do you ever struggle with having enough time for exercise? For many of us, between work, family and other obligations, it is a struggle to “fit” in fitness. Today I would like to share a few tips that have helped me “fit” in physical activity:

Rest. Bet you didn’t expect to see this on the list? Not getting enough sleep is one of my biggest health challenges and if I don’t get enough sleep—I won’t have the energy to exercise. Most people set their alarm clock for a “wake up” call; I set my alarm as a reminder to go to bed.

Make every movement count. When time didn’t permit a trip to the gym, I add extra activity throughout my day. Some examples: I marched in place while waiting for the microwave to heat up my lunch. I do toe raises while standing at the printer. I set my phone timer to remind to “stop and stretch.”  I replace my “lunch dates” with “walking dates.” I “speed” clean my house.

Just 5 Minutes. When I am in the “I don’t care” mood and don’t want to exercise–I give myself permission to stop after 5 minutes. Typically, the 5 minutes will lead to 20 minutes…often leading to 30 minutes…Sometimes; just getting started is the challenge.

Planning. Every Sunday evening, I review my upcoming schedule and I plan my “work out” times according to that week’s activities. If I know that I have a meeting after work or in the evening and exercising isn’t a reality that particular day—I use this day as my “free day.” My personal goal is to exercise five days a week, so I have two free days a week.  One trick that has been a great tool is to write my planned exercise times in PEN in my calendar.

Squeezing in physical activity can be a challenge some days, but I have found with awareness and planning, I am able to “fit” in fitness. Plus, increased activity makes me feel great and increases my energy!

Q. Do you struggle with getting enough physical activity? If you have some physical activity tips, please share them.


Greetings South Dakota! We made it!

We ended up losing a total of 2,150 pounds! South Dakota has lost over a ton in 12 weeks!

The 2013 Pound Pledge is now complete!  We had over 7400 pounds pledged. This week we lost 128 pounds for a grand total of 2150 pounds lost!

We would like to congratulate Rhonda, from Tea, SD as this weeks lucky winner! Rhonda will be recieving a Be Well South Dakota Prize Package and $10 Subway Gift Card.

Thanks to everyone who participated! This was truly a great event.

The Grand Prize, a $200 Scheels gift card,  will be announced at our celebration party on March 28th! (You don’t have to be present to win!)

Plus, stay tuned for our next challenge!!







Boiling eggs can be a challenge to get the perfect yolk end easy to peel. This year we tried BAKING them. Simply bake at 325F for 30 mins. Remove and place in an ice bath immediately. We used a mini muffin pan so the eggs don’t roll all over and the yolks stay in the middle of the egg.

Have you tried this and how did it work? We want to hear from you!

Did you Know About These Egg-cellent Facts?

  • One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.
  • Eggs contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated fat.
  • Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
  • Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their wide array of vitamins and minerals.