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Camper Corner: A Note from Alex

Hey! It’s Alex and I’d l like to share with you how my transition home has been.  Before attending camp, I had a difficult time with my self-confidence and stress. While at camp, I learned so many different things such as how to reduce stress in my life in various ways. One way I learned…

Camp Magic: Turn Guilt & Self-Blame Into Better Decisions

This morning was a “mom-fail”, as I so lovingly call them. Not because I believe that I am a bad mother by any means, but because I’d rather laugh at myself than take mornings like these too seriously. It was one of those mornings when I swear the allotted use of the word “Mom” that…
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Fast and Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you are probably starting to plan your menu.  The traditional Thanksgiving menu focuses mainly on those carb-loaded side dishes.  One simple modification you can make is  to add some color to your menu by adding vegetables and a salad.  At Empowered Wellness Camps, we teach our young adults…
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The Pedometer Challenge, Part 3: Set Goals, Plan, and Track

Welcome back to the 3rd part of our 3-part series. If you’ve been following along, you have your pedometer and your step baseline (go back and read them if you haven’t). Now let’s talk about setting a SMART goal for your next 3 weeks. Set SMART Goals There’s a very specific formula our teen and…
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Using Dealing Skills Over the Holidays

Written by Jessica Revord MA, LPC, NCC Holidays are approaching quickly, which means there will be many opportunities to use dealing skills we teach at our Empowered Wellness camp.  If you’re an Empowered Wellness graduate, you’ll recognize these concepts! If they’re new to you, look for opportunities to “test drive” these simple strategies for making choices…
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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…