Walk your butt off!

February 26th, 2013

Walk Your Butt OffSummer is just around the corner!  Wouldn’t it be great if this year you felt comfortable in  your shorts, bathing suit or cute little summer dress?

Join us as we start a “get ready for summer” challenge: Walk Your Butt Off, hosted by our friends at Harleysville Books! The plan is designed to help folks go from from sedentary to slim in 12 weeks with a breakthrough walking plan.  Harleysville Books has teamed up with the creator of the plan, Michele Stanten, former fitness director of Prevention, and local businesses, including Guidance for Growing, to bring you a comprehensive plan to begin walking, get fit and stay healthy! Here’s how it works:

  • Beginning on March 1, they’ll be providing participants with incentives and great programming to stay on track and keep with the program.
  • Each Thursday, participants that check in (no weigh ins) and tell us how many minutes walked will be entered to win weekly prizes.
  • Throughout the 12 weeks, they’ll provide meetings that will help you with your walking form, sneakers and stretching.

There’s also a Facebook group just for members of the group.  Here, we’ll be sharing recipes, motivational tips and keep each other charged in between our get-togethers.

You don’t have to be a great athlete (or even a mediocre athlete!) to participate.  Just have be motivated to walk and see results. This is simply a 12-week commitment to get fit for summer!  The program price is $39 and includes all programming, meetings, activities, and your copy of Walk Your Butt Off. >> Click here to sign up now!

Here’s is a list of scheduled meetings, to-date.  Programs are still being added to keep you motivated, so check back at the Walk Your Butt Off webpage for the schedule.

  • March 7, 7pm – Meet our fitness coach, Michele Stanton.  Michele is the former fitness director of Prevention.  She will get our group started and talk about her plan for walking.  Wear appropriate clothes because we’ll be going out into the parking lot to walk!
  • March 14, 7pm – Let’s talk food with our friends at Guidance for Growing.  No diet plans, just honest talk about what we are eating and where we can make healthier choices.
  • March 21, 7pm – Meet our friends at the North Wales Running Company.  Their knowledgeable staff will be here to talk about finding the right shoe for you.  Our participants will receive a special discount from the North Wales Running Company.
  • April 11, 7pm – Meet our friends at Anahata Yoga and Wellness Studio.  They will teach us the best stretches to keep keep us relaxed and limber.
  • May 17, 7pm – We’re done!  To congratulate ourselves we’re celebrating with our friends at Your Best Image.  Meredith and her team will help us find the right clothes to fit our new, beautiful bodies.

Don’t miss out on this interactive program — upgrade your fitness for summer and meet others in a supportive, fun environment! >> Click here to sign up now!


How can a Neuropsych Evaluation help me better understand a child’s needs?

February 20th, 2013

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Educational Lifeline event, “How can a Neuropsych Evaluation help me better understand a child’s needs?

When: Thursday, April 4, 9:30AM to 11:30AM
Where: Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton, PA
Who: Dr. Kara Schmidt, Neuropsychologist

Dr. Kara Schmidt has experience assessing children and adolescents with a wide range of developmental disorders and neurological conditions.  This includes children with ADHD, developmental language disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, brain injuries, epilepsy, genetically-based developmental disabilities, and other problems that may affect learning or behavior.  Dr. Schmidt obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her clinical training in child neuropsychology was completed in numerous settings including Boston University/Child psychology Service, NYU North Shore University Hospital/Neuropsychology Services and the Neurology Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her previous experience includes positions as Director of Assessment at Bryn Mawr College’s Child Study Institute (CSI) as well as Staff Psychologist in the Neurology Department at Riddle Hospital.

Educational Lifeline is an all inclusive group; please join us for this informative event! You may RSVP and direct questions to, AdvoLifeline@aol.com.

Healthy Bites: February 2013

February 8th, 2013

February is notorious for bringing with it gray skies and gray moods. With the cold weather set in and the holidays long over, it’s easy to feed into our winter blues by staying indoors, eating heavier foods, drinking more than usual, and expending less energy. These tendencies and feelings are completely normal – just like everything in nature, people also experience cycles, and winter is a natural “down” time. However, it’s important to remember that down time does not mean stop time. If we feed too much into our winter blues now, where will we be when the frost melts?

We certainly don’t want to start spring feeling overweight and tired, so think of these last several weeks of winter as a time to recharge and restore, rather than as a time to mindlessly indulge. It’s the perfect, slow time of year to dial back on obligations and running around, and focus on self-restoration and growth. Use this month’s “healthy bite” to get in touch with some important areas of your health and well-being and prepare for the warmer, more energetic days ahead… >> Click to continue reading February’s Healthy Bite at Montgomery Media!

About Healthy Bites: Living your best life happens one step at a time! In a sea of too much, and often conflicting health information, Healthy Bites provides the simple, specific information and guidance you need to make a small step – or, a “healthy bite” – toward a healthier and happier life. Local wellness expert, board-certified health coach and lifestyle counselor, Mikaela D. Martin, of Guidance for Growing in Souderton, writes the monthly Healthy Bites column for Montgomery Media.

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