February 3, 2012


Be part of the fun with our walking club! The group meets every Wednesday at the Center Point Mall in Stevens Point near the Shopko entrance at 5 p.m.

Join the fun at Group coaching! Held from 5 – 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. If you want to join in on group coaching, simply show up on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Coaching is an opportunity to explore needs, skills and find motivation for healthy weight-loss.

Our next speaker on Monday, February 6: This for That: Cooking Healthier at Home

Come one, come all, to learn new and insightful ways of trading this for that! You can impact your health in a positive manner by making small substitutions in your diet. Dr. Jasia Stenimetz, a UWSP professor specializing in Health Promotion and Human Development has some fun and exciting ways to cook healthier in your home. Many of the substitutions are affordable, practical, and tasty too! Making changes in the home will not only give you a healthier diet, but your family as well. She will also discuss how to get the family on board, and how reassuring that can be.

The Presentation will be from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. held on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus in the Dreyfus University Center Building in the Alumni Room (3rd floor). 1015 Reserve Street, Stevens Point.  Doors open at 5 p.m.  Come and bring questions you have on nutrition!

Presentation review: Is This Attainable?

This week’s presenter was Dr. Marcus Haemmerle an orthopedic surgeon with Ministry Medical Group. The topics he chose to cover were the benefits of exercise, why to set goals, common goals, the S.M.A.R.T. Principle, making it happen, and using community events.

Goals can add structure and motivation that improves you and/or your group’s likelihood of success. Goals for weight reduction can include key areas such as physical health and strength. It is beneficial if you employ the S.M.A.R.T. Principle. This principle is an acronym to help keep goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. An example of this would be “I want to lose 5 pounds a month for 6 months, so I can do Walk Wisconsin in June.” Goals should also be relevant to your life and adjustable as you move toward your goal. It is also good to set up a reward system and take time to recognize achievements. 

To make weight-loss happen, you must understand the costs and benefits of embarking on such an adventure. You should also expect the benefits to outweigh the costs. Exercise should be considered a priority for optimal health and scheduled into your daily planner. It helps to incorporate small, spontaneous extra bouts of physical activity as well. Some of the benefits of exercise include an increase in energy, better mood, and decreased stress level, with an increased self-esteem. Being physically active with others can also be more exciting than on your own.

Community events are excellent ways to get involved with others, help various organizations, and get in shape. Some local events Dr. Haemmerle mentioned were Walk Wisconsin, Point Bock Run, Lactic Edge Triathlon, Spring Thaw, Take a Step, Run Bike Unite Duathalon, Justiceworks JustRun, and the Frost Bite Run. It is helpful to find a role model or watch an event to help inspire and motivate yourself. Goal setting and exercise are great steps to become healthier and stay in shape.

View the slides from the presentation

Workshop’s this week:
5 - 5:50 p.m.: Yoga: Incorporates a series of postures and breathing exercises to achieve control of the body and mind. This class is limited to 25 people.
6 - 6:30 p.m.: Body Scan Meditation: Techniques on how to do progressive muscle relaxation mindfulness will be taught. This class is limited to 35 people.
6 – 7 p.m.: Portion sizes: Instruction will be given on the use of My Plate diet analysis and portion sizes. This class is limited to 20 people.

Please register with Traci Smet for each class. Be sure to indicate your name and which class(s) you are signing up for. You will receive verification when registered. All classes are held at the Ministry Health Care 2501 Building.

Healthy Item of the Week sponsored by Team Schierl Companies:
February 3 – February 9: The healthy item can be found at most of the store locations. Dasani Water 20 ounce bottle for $0.89

Smart Dining Meal of the Week: Buffalo Wild Wings
February 5 – February 11:
4 naked tenders with a side salad. Original price $9.48
6 naked tenders with a side salad. Original price $10.53
Grilled Chicken Salad with ranch or light French dressing. Original price $7.49

Non-perishables collected
This week: 86.4 pounds
Total: 154.4 pounds

For more information about the Ministry Community Weight Race, contact:
Traci Smet, ATC, CSCS, PES
Excel Performance Enhancement & Community Weight Race Coordinator
Ministry Point Sports Medicine
900 Illinois Ave
Stevens Point, WI 54481
cell: 715.347.4994



Ministry Sports Medicine
900 Illinois Ave
Stevens Point, WI 54481