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Gratitude: How It Changes Us

Gratitude is a foundation at our Empowered Wellness camps with our teens and young adults.  We use mindful meditation and cognitive brain strategies to help us to be in our wise minds. Gratitude is front and center in our strategies.  Why?  Because it changes us. First of all, it’s a simple strategy. It takes discipline…
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The Pedometer Challenge, Part 2: Find your Baseline

Welcome back to Part 2 of our 3-part series on pedometers. Our teens and college students at Empowered Wellness use pedometers to measure their steps and to record their overall fitness progress in our camp. This week we will start using our pedometers and finding our baselines.  If you haven’t bought your pedometer, it’s not…
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Camper Corner: Emma

Hello everyone! It’s insane how it has been three months since we’ve embarked on our fitness journeys without the in-person-at-camp-guidance of Empowered Wellness. I will admit that I was apprehensive about coming home because I believed that I wouldn’t be strong enough to stay on plan; however, I have proven myself wrong. Since we’ve last…
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Ensuring A Healthy Holiday Season

Ensuring A Healthy Holiday Season Cari Coulter Thiede, RD, LD Did you know that it’s totally possible to stick to a nutritious eating plan throughout the holiday season?  While this time of year may present additional challenges to a healthy lifestyle, by engaging in some pre-planning and establishing how you will address any challenges you…
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Chai Spiced Oatmeal

Winter Oatmeal Ideas During the cold winter months, consider starting your day with a warm, filling breakfast.  One fun way to add some comforting seasonal flavors to your oatmeal is by first steeping bags of tea or cider spices in the water that you’ll use to cook the oats.  Top the oats off with some…
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Coming Back to My Senses, Letting Go of Emotional Tension

Written by Jessica Notermans At camp, you learned that mindfulness is a great skill to re-engage with the present moment; acknowledging how your body and mind feels and just accepting whatever is without judging it. When you find yourself in an emotional pattern or in a difficult situation (i.e. fight with family or friends, urges…
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It’s Football Season

Football season can bring opportunities for tailgating and parties to cheer on your favorite team.  Chicken wings, pizza, hamburgers and chips are all staple foods at these events.  Before you attend a party be mindful of what foods might tempt you and bring some of your own foods that are healthy options.  Here are a…
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Make-Your-Own-Mountain-Moment

By: Quiggy At camp, we frequently took little mindfulness breaks dubbed “Mountain Moments”, in honor of the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains right in our backyard. Even in such serene surroundings, we often find ourselves forgetting about the beauty around us, hurriedly caught up in day-to-day tasks or our own heads. So, after a hot and…
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Two Skills you Learned at Camp and How to Use them at Home

By: Nikki Downey, CTRS Creating Routines Think back to the cool mornings at camp, you’d wake up to exciting music playing in the courtyard and Ben banging on your door! You’d come out half asleep, chat with your friends and then head out on your morning walk to the beach! You did this every morning…
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Camper Corner: A Note from Brad

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all doing well at home. As you already know, the adjustment back to reality after being in sunny Santa Barbara for such a long time can be hard. But hey, at least you’re not in freezing England where my high of this past month has been buying a thicker blanket…