Chrissie Kaufmann, Author at Leader Publications

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KAUFMANN: From meltdown to calm down

One projected meltdown per week was penciled into my calendar. I knew that either I, one of my children, or both would potentially be overwhelmed ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12:00 pm

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KAUFMANN: Just add soap, water or ‘a serious scrub’

If we are feeling a little (or a lot) out of control of our lives right now, perhaps a vigorous hand washing can help. Running ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:29 pm

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KAUFMANN: Join the bicycle boom

Since March, bicycles have sold in record numbers. The stars aligned in favor of outdoor cycling when the spring thaw coincided with stay-at-home orders and ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:00 am

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KAUFMANN: Lessons from backpacking on Isle Royale

What is an outdoor activity that you love? Before reading any further, I invite you to take a moment and consider what you really enjoy.  Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, August 12, 2019 9:27 am

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KAUFMANN: Stand tall for better health

The human body is designed to stand up straight. When we stand (and sit) up tall, we breathe and move more easily. Working, walking, carrying ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, July 8, 2019 9:38 am

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KAUFMANN: Summer water safety

Once as a young mom, I stopped at a beach in North Carolina after visiting a friend. My oldest child loved the water and ventured ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, June 10, 2019 9:28 am

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KAUFMANN: Flexing our giving muscles

In my adult lifetime, I have lived in several states and taught at a different fitness facility in each one. One was a national chain; ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, May 13, 2019 9:36 am

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KAUFMANN: Healthy hydration for kids

Children play hard. Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, April 8, 2019 8:58 am

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KAUFMANN: Better food for thought

March is National Nutrition Month: a time to make healthier choices about what we choose to chew and swallow. How much difference, though, can small ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, March 11, 2019 9:59 am

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Many of us suffer from high demands on our time, high blood pressure in our veins, and/or high-speed information overload. Our lives feel more like ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, February 11, 2019 9:21 am

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KAUFMANN: Realistic expectations yield better results

Welcome to the New Year. ‘Tis the season for fitness professionals to motivate their resolution-driven clients. Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, January 14, 2019 9:51 am

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KAUFMANN: Finding our winter ‘get up and go’

Winter is cold. On dark mornings, I often feel like emulating a hibernating bear. However, I have work to do, so I reluctantly emerge from ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, December 10, 2018 9:27 am

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KAUFMANN: The gift of saying ‘no’

The holiday season is coming! I can almost smell the pumpkin pie and hear the jingle bells. Family gatherings, favorite foods, sports games, vacation time: ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, November 19, 2018 9:26 am

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KAUFMANN: Positive relationships: Be like Momo

I am having a little trouble writing this month’s article, because my husband’s grandmother just passed on. She was an amazing lady who lived a full ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 9:10 am

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KAUFMANN: Good hearing for a lifetime

Imagine that you own one perfect lawn, and that you will never be able to replace it. No new grass seed, no new sod; this ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, September 10, 2018 8:48 am

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KAUFMANN: Recognize and reduce stress for better health

We all experience stress sometimes. Stress happens when life demands something beyond our ordinary routine. Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, August 13, 2018 8:43 am

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KAUFMANN: Soak up the sun safely

Sunshine is one of the best things about summer. It’s warm, it’s comforting, and it’s free. Singer Sheryl Crow says it well: “I'm gonna soak ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, July 9, 2018 8:37 am

Chrissie Kaufmann is a group fitness instructor at the YMCA of Southwest Michigan.

KAUFFMAN: Benefits of fresh air

June is a perfect time to venture into the green areas of southwest Michigan and enjoy the many health benefits of fresh air. Whether it's ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, June 11, 2018 10:12 am

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KAUFMANN: National Women’s Health week

Women often spend their time caring for those around them: children, spouses, aging parents, neighbors and friends. After all this effort, they may not have ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, May 14, 2018 8:09 am

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KAUFMANN: Reversing summer brain drain

Many students fall behind in their reading and math skills over summer break. These losses can add up over several years, widening the gap between ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:19 am

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KAUFMANN: March madness meets healthy living

Selection Sunday has passed, the first round bracket has been revealed, and the games have begun. Welcome to March Madness! Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:25 am

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KAUFFMAN: In Pursuit of a Younger Heart

February is the month of hearts: red paper valentines, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, and those pastel candy sweethearts with tiny messages. We should also remember ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, February 12, 2018 8:21 am

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KAUFMANN: How to sustain our resolve

Many of us have proclaimed impressive health resolutions for this fresh new year of 2018. These resolutions usually involve doing more good things (like exercising ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, January 8, 2018 11:16 am

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KAUFMANN: Give the gift of self-care this year

A popular holiday gift is a session with a massage therapist. Through carefully applied pressure, these professionals help us release stress and regain ease of movement. ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, December 11, 2017 9:00 am

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The health benefits of volunteer work

We know that volunteering for a good cause helps others. Research now shows that the volunteers are also helping themselves be healthier: physically, mentally, socially ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Monday, November 13, 2017 10:48 am

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