Chrissie Kaufmann, Author at Leader Publications

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KAUFMANN: Be proactive with water safety

Summertime is water time, especially in this year of record-setting heat. Whether splashing in a baby pool or swimming in Lake Michigan, getting wet can ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Friday, July 9, 2021 1:10 pm

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KAUFMANN: Get outside and play this June!

Two years ago, I stood in a small crowd listening intently to a stern yet kind National Park ranger. A former U. S. Marine Corps ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Friday, June 18, 2021 1:43 pm

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KAUFMANN: Caring for our mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Perhaps the first thing to be aware of is that we all have it – mental health, that is. ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Saturday, May 15, 2021 8:05 am

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KAUFMANN: Choose to take one for the team

Major League Baseball is underway across the nation amid hype and high hopes. Twenty-six of the 30 teams played on opening day, kicking off a ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Saturday, April 10, 2021 7:00 am

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KAUFMANN: Tapping into the unexpected power of play

Imagine that an organization offered to put your name in a prize drawing, with one stipulation: you had to play for at least 30 minutes ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Friday, March 12, 2021 2:46 pm

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KAUFMANN: Moderation for a healthy heart

February is American Heart Month, and not just because of Valentine’s Day. Heart disease, which includes heart attacks, strokes and heart failure, tops the list ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Thursday, February 11, 2021 1:19 pm

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KAUFMANN: Redefining resolutions: Trash, treasure, dreams

The new year crept in quietly this year. In previous years, after 10 solid minutes of fireworks noise, I would mutter at my neighbors to ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:01 am

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KAUFMANN: Give the gift of hope

We all need a sign that life is going to get better. A few glimmers of hope are peeking over the horizon. This month, the ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Wednesday, December 16, 2020 5:03 pm

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KAUFMANN: Pet support for stressful times

During this pandemic, many of us have suffered from elevated levels of anxiety. Some of us have struggled with loneliness and depression during quarantine and ... Read more

by Chrissie Kaufmann, Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:15 am

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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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