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How One Gym is Strengthening an Entire Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 18:23

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“It’s not my gym, it’s our gym.” - Grieg Jameson, Founder, Upstate Nevada
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A Reno gym is removing barriers to fitness for those who are not catered to by most fitness facilities, and the entire community is befitting.

On a Thursday in June, Cisco Rodriguez leads a group through a series of boxing jabs at the Upstate Nevada CrossFit gym. The group includes an elderly white-haired man in blue jeans and suspenders who looks like he wandered in off a ranch and a fit middle-aged woman in a tank top and workout tights who could have been plucked from a local yoga studio. This is Rock Steady, a boxing fitness program for those with Parkinson’s.

Walking — It Does A Body Good

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 18:56

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“Walking in the forest surrounded by trees and singing birds refreshes and gladdens the mind, body and spirit.”” ~ Joseph G.
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Walking is so simple, yet so powerful when it comes to maintaining our mental and physical health.
When you’re looking to improve your health, there are endless exercise options — from CrossFit and mountain biking to hot yoga and trail running. But to the surprise of many, walking can be just as effective (and in some cases, more so) at getting us fit — both inside and out — as other forms of exercise.

Five-Star Physical Benefits

When it comes to losing weight, improving cardiac health, endurance, circulation and posture, walking gets five stars. The science supports it, and our Just the Positive (JTP) Facebook community agrees.

Seeing the Light — How Blue Light Can Benefit Us

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:14

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Blue light is key to a balanced circadian rhythm. Morning light exposure between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. is beneficial to our sleep/wake cycle.
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Exposure to blue light can positively affect us in many ways from better sleep to fewer skin blemishes. Find out how blue light can support your health and well-being.

Blue Light & Your Circadian Rhythm

Humans have evolved to rise with the sun and go to sleep after sunset. Also known as our circadian rhythm, this 24-hour cycle takes us from sleepiness to alertness at regular intervals. A well-functioning circadian rhythm helps us rise, get through our day effectively and fall asleep at night.

Morning Routine Ideas to Steer You Toward Positivity

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:29

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“I don't run every day, but on days I do, I always, always, always feel better. I don't run far or fast, but I go.” ~ April C. 
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We asked, you answered: What are the steps in your morning routine that lead you toward positivity? Here are some ideas from readers that you can model or adapt for your own path toward daily positivity. 

The idea that implementing a morning routine may steer your brain toward happiness and productivity is not new. 

Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital Encourages Community Support For The National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Submitted by don.butterfield_351 on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 13:32

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“Northern Nevada is a rapidly growing community but woefully underserved when it comes to mental health and addiction services. We want to raise the standard of care to give people another option for their treatment that has been lacking for many years.” – Steve Shell
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Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital recently presented a check to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to support their mission to improve the quality of life for persons who are affected by mental illness. NAMI Nevada provides education, support, and advocacy. NAMI advocates for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education and employment for people with mental illness. “We appreciate the support of Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital,” said Robin Reedy, Executive Director of NAMI Nevada. “NAMI offers understanding to anyone concerned about mental illness and treatment. The families and members of NAMI Nevada are here to help!”

Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital recently presented a check to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to support their mission to improve the quality of life for persons who are affected by mental illness.

NAMI Nevada provides education, support, and advocacy. NAMI advocates for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education and employment for people with mental illness.

Riding Bikes Helps Local Girls See Their Potential

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Submitted by paige_182 on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:17

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“We saw an opportunity to use cycling to empower young girls and women to seek their potential in all aspects of life.” – Michelle Faurot, Co-Founder, Bike Like A Girl
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Bike riding has the ability to transform an individual – enhancing quality of life, building confidence and improving well-being. That’s the inspiration behind Bike Like a Girl and their girls’ cycling camps.

In 2014, when Reno resident Michelle Faurot decided to form an all-woman cycling team to compete in the storied Race Across America (RAAM), she knew she had her work cut out for her. It wasn’t just the eight months of intensive training or the extensive logistics required to get eight cyclists 3,004 miles across the country that challenged her. The team needed a cause they could believe in – beyond chasing a new women’s team record (which, by the way, they earned).

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