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Thu, Jan 16 4:47pm · New Year, New-trition!

With the start of the New Year, perhaps you are finding yourself wanting to focus on your wellness. Nutrition plays a key role in this as it nourishes and fuels our bodies to be at their best.

To get started, ask yourself “What is one thing I’d like to change with my nutrition?” Perhaps you’d like to eat another serving of vegetables in your day or maybe you’d like to become more confident in your cooking or meal planning skills.

Your DAHLC dietitians are here to help you meet these and other goals you may have. Join us in the kitchen for our culinary classes or in the classroom to strengthen your nutrition knowledge and skills.  If you are not sure where or how to get started, no worries, we got you covered! We offer 1:1 nutrition consults where we can discuss sports nutrition, weight management or wellness related nutrition goals.

Wishing you the best in 2020,

Tue, Jan 14 12:02pm · Club Kids: January & February 2020

We’re Walking In A Winter Wonderland! January 6-19:

There is snow on the ground and falling from the sky. Temperatures are colder and winter is here in Minnesota. Club Kids will be having fun with winter the next two weeks! Bring the kids by for activities like melting snow and ice, painting with ice, making many crafts & reading books all about winter, and, of course, getting in their own kid sized work out while mom & dad are doing their own right up the stairs. Give us a call to reserve a spot and join in on the Winter Fun!

Polar Bears, Penguins, Walrus, Moose… January 20-26:

What do these animals have in common? They LOVE the cold weather! Stop by Club Kids this week and come learn about Arctic Animals with us! We will be sorting animals, counting them, reading about them, making lots of crafts and doing some animal themed exercises like Penguin Waddles & Bear Walks. Its going to be a great time & we hope you can join us!

Will the groundhog see his shadow?  Who will win the big game? January 27-February 2:

We will be making lots of predictions this week at Club Kids. There will be crafts, games, books, exercising and predicting the Super Bowl winner and what the groundhog will do. We will learn, play and have lots & lots of fun! Hope to see you this week!

Thu, Jan 9 9:42am · 2020 Member Moment #1: Emily Fletcher

I feel like I was in really good shape and working hard to stay healthy and physically active before getting diagnosed with Breast Cancer in September of 2016.  I ended up needing chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.  It was really hard for me to become so weak after each chemo treatment but then I really focused on getting active again when I felt good before having another treatment.  I think this really helped me stay mentally and emotionally well too.  

After having a double mastectomy and radiation and multiple other surgeries due to infection I  was pretty wiped out and felt I needed a little jump start.  This is when I came back to the Dan Abraham and started Foundations in Fitness with Linde. Linde was so supportive and helped me safely work on exercising but not overdoing it.  I worked with a great group of women that were fun and very supportive of each other. After the session with Linde I moved to the next level with Andy.  This was also a great experience.  The class kept me motivated and pushed me a little harder.  Andy was super good at helping me do different activities that worked with some of my limited range of motion.  Because I had multiple surgeries I feel like I was constantly being challenged to lift myself back up and start again.  This was good for me because I realized there isn’t a finish line.

Everything I am doing is important even if it is tiny steps forward, I am still moving forward. It has been since August that I have had a surgery so I am picking myself up again and working to get stronger day by day. I tend to do more group fitness classes now because they tend to work better for my schedule.  I wanted to let you know where I was coming from, below I will answer your questions.

What type of change did you make in your life? Or what goal did you set out to achieve?
My main goal now is to try to move my body every day. If it isn’t cardio or lifting weights then I do Yoga or go for a walk.

What are some challenges you faced that elicited that change or that made you want to go for that goal? What barriers did you run into while pursuing your goal?
 I feel like getting out and raising my heart rate or stretching really helps me focus and I realize what a gift a working body is.  I don’t want to take that for granted and use every day I have to its fullest potential.

What are some factors that helped you make that change or that helped you achieve your goal? List any specific services you used at the DAHLC.
I have had an excellent medical team that has encouraged me to stay active.  I am also grateful I am able to go to the DAHLC and really appreciate all the support I have received from staff as well as other members. I also have an amazing network of friends.  I can usually call someone to meet me for a walk or come to a class. My husband and I also love to exercise together and he has been my biggest supporter and always cheers me on.

What would you tell or encourage someone with who is in your old shoes and doesn’t know where to start? Anything in particular that inspired you throughout your journey?
I would say to someone who is going through a hard time to just do one thing that is more than what you are doing now.  Take a walk around the block, go up and down some stairs, take a class, join a community.  Just start somewhere and take baby steps everyday because those all add up. Even on days I didn’t feel great and a shower was a difficult task or I didn’t know if I could walk up a flight of stairs, I started with one stair and increased it every day. 

How does the future look different than it did before?
I really am so grateful for my health and the amazing things my body CAN do!

Wed, Jan 8 1:52pm · No Pressure Improv Workshop: Improvisation for Well-Being

Saturday, Jan 25; 1-2:30pm

Mind Body Studio

Fee: $10

Registration open: Jan 11-25

This 90-minute workshop explores the application of improvisational theater games to improve communication skills, enhance social well-being, sharpen mental agility, build confidence, and promote joyful living. Workshop includes brief overview of improv, interactive warm-ups and games. All experience levels welcome. Open to all DAHLC members.

Wed, Jan 8 1:18pm · DAHLC Student Experience

2020 Dates: Fridays; January 24th, June 12th , August 7th , December 11th  


DAHLC is a comprehensive health and well-being facility
where we recognize good health comes not just from receiving quality medical
care but also from prevention strategies. Prevention can be woven into all
aspects of our lives, including where and how we live, learn, work and play.
Investments in prevention across the life span, whether in ourselves or our
patients, complement and support treatment and care. The DAHLC Student
Experience has been designed to educate through informative and experiential approaches
to understanding well-being. 

The DAHLC Student Experience will introduce high school, undergraduate or graduate students to a one-day hands-on experience through a variety of opportunities as students explore well-being as a career.

Are you ready to commit to an experience? Apply here for one of the limited spots.

Tue, Jan 7 8:24am · Classic vs. Current Indoor Cycle Ride

Join us as we move through decades of music in a fun classic vs. current indoor cycle ride!

Registration period: Jan 10-24
Event meets:
Friday, Jan 24 5:15-6:15pm
Cost: $5

Registration is required. Stop by the front desk, call 507-266-4688 or register using the Member Portal (must have credit previously established on your account).

Dec 30, 2019 · Free Guest Day!

Thursday – January 9 – 2020

Thanks to you, our marvelous members, DAHLC had over 1 million visits in 2019! As a thank you, we a hosting the opportunity for you to bring in a guest for FREE on Thursday, January 9!

Downtown facility only; guests must be at least 16 years old and be accompanied by a member. Must sign in upon entry at the front desk and are required to follow all member guidelines. The member is responsible for his/her guest and must remain in the center.

Dec 6, 2019 · Hip Hop Event!

Come join Heather and Kelly for a Friday night of hip hop dance!
You don’t need to have any dance background, just come and have fun while working out with friends!

Friday, December 20; 5:30-6:30pm
Multipurpose Studio A