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Locals place first at Big Sam

A field of 11 area fishing pairs, each having qualified for 2017 Ennis Bass Club two-day championship tournament at Lake Sam Rayburn, was won by a couple of local anglers, Jeremy Elliott and Brandon Slovak. Together they brought in a combined 30 pounds of bass. Finishing second for the third straight year was the Ennis […]

Helping children respond and recover from disasters

We have seen it again: community disaster. Events such as the recent hurricanes and the Las Vegas massacre can be traumatic for children and adults and time is needed to process it. Children often experience violence different than adults and they must have developmentally appropriate language when trying to explain it. According to Kansas State […]

Napping: Do’s and don’ts for healthy adults

Napping isn’t just for children. Understand the pros and cons of napping and the best way to take a nap. According to the Mayo Clinic if you’re sleep deprived or just looking for a way to relax, you might be thinking about taking a nap. Napping at the wrong time of day or for too […]

Successfully determining and obtaining the best weight for your body type

“How much should I weigh?” is one of the most common questions asked by people dedicated to improving their quality of life through exercise and nutrition. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, decrease body fat, or improve performance; understanding how to recognize what weight suits your personal body type for optimum wellness […]

H2O in the fall: Rehydrate your body

North Texas has had some relatively tame summers the past two years. With the arrival of fall, our bodies may not feel thirsty even after working several hours under the glare of the sun — but that doesn’t mean you aren’t on the verge of dehydration. Anyone who loses a significant amount of water due […]

Think fall when starting a workout regimen

Fall is a great time to start a fitness program because it will create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. Briana Garcia, of Anytime Fitness, said their space in downtown Ennis is a great place to get started where you can meet like-minded individuals who may have the same workout […]

Flock to safety this flu season

Influenza season is right around the corner, and getting an annual vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from getting infected with the flu, according to registered nurse Mandi Atchley. “Getting the flu vaccination can reduce the likelihood of getting sick, doctor’s visits, missed work or school and can […]

Friends of ERMC to Host Celebrate Seniors Health Fair

Friends of Ennis Regional Medical Center will host their second annual Celebrate Seniors! Health Fair on September 28, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle Family Life Center, 1200 Country Club Rd. Vendors, flu shots, lunch and games available. Please call 1-855-875-3762 by September 26 to reserve your place. Read the full […]

Students at Travis Elementary in Ennis were welcomed back to school on Thursday

It is amazing how quickly summer comes and goes. Before you know it, the air is crisp, the leaves are turning and the sweaters are coming out of the back of the closet. With “back to school” time in Lion country, there comes a little more routine and therefore the capability for a consistent fitness […]

Local nurse offers health tips as kids head back to school

While back to school routines generally consist of sack lunches, school zones, bus stops and monkey bars, parents may need a gentle reminder about the not-so glamorous side of the school year: dreaded back-to-school illnesses. Back-to-school bugs are synonymous with kids sharing close quarters with one another in classrooms, among other causes. However, families can […]

What different protein powders can do for you

Protein can help promote a healthy weight and help muscles recover after a good workout. But what exactly is protein, and when it comes to supplements, which type of protein is best? Protein is a macronutrient found in many foods such as meats, dairy products, nuts, and beans, to name a few. Whey protein (a […]

Obesity and diabetes in adolescents

In recent years, rates of pediatric obesity have increased dramatically, along with Type 2 Diabetes in youth has also been diagnosed more frequently and at younger ages than typically seen before historically. With the current generation of youth in the United States being significantly more overweight than previous generations, and the fact that Type 2 […]

Tips offered for parents of asthmatic children in the Texas summer heat

Summer vacation is in full swing for many families with school aged children. Unfortunately, for children with asthma, the warm summer months are anything but carefree. Having two children with varying degrees of asthma, I know all too well, the constant worry when temperatures start to rise towards the end of the school year and […]

How to be a conscientious gym-goer

With the warm weather and summer sunshine beckoning swimsuit and pool party season, the gyms are being more frequented every day. However, as we maintain our lifestyle by keeping an appropriate fitness routine, it is important to remember how to be a conscientious gym-goer. Gym etiquette may be a dying art, but no matter where […]

Conquering ‘Gymtimidation’

Let’s talk about what may or may not be holding some from joining or even benefiting from a gym membership. Gymtimidation. This feeling is common and often felt by newcomers. It is a slogan in a very well-known gym chain; that in their gym, gymtimidation is not allowed. Having held memberships to two local gyms, […]

Seasonal sleep decline

Our bodies require sleep in order to function and maintain proper health. Humans are programmed to sleep every night as a means of restoring mind and body. Two systems, the internal biological clock and the sleep-wake homeostat, largely determine our transitions from wakefulness to sleep and vice versa. In the late 1920’s, scientists began to […]

What to know before putting your child in the pool this summer

A video has recently gone viral showing the superb swimming skills of a young child, leaving people speechless and questioning everything they know about babies. It has been said that babies are born with the ability to stand and swim, but environmental factors prohibit them from being successful in these operations. Numerous parenting and childcare […]

Healthy Mom, Healthy Family

Calling all Moms! We all make sure to take care of everyone else first. As a Mom of three myself, I get it. But, I’ll ask you the same question that was asked of me from a previous personal trainer, “If you’re not making time to take care of yourself, to make sure you’re healthy […]

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