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Filling America’s Wellness Deficit the Focus of National Fishing and Boating Week ‘Get On Board’ Campaign | State



ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A new study from Take Me Fishing and Discover Boating uncovers a wellness deficit in America as recreational activities begin reopening amid improving public health conditions. Based on the findings, the two outdoor recreation organizations are launching their summer-long Get On Board campaign this National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), June 5 through 13, to help Americans from all walks of life fill their wellness deficits by experiencing the benefits of the outdoors firsthand. Research shows that simply getting outside or being near water lowers stress and anxiety. With help from mental health changemaker Dr. Jessica Clemons and a fleet of social media influencers, Get On Board will encourage, uplift and inspire Americans with its message that The Water Is Open to Everyone.

“With health clubs, sports leagues, summer camps and more on pause last year, many of us found ourselves missing the activities we once depended on to sustain our wellness — and as a result, we accumulated a wellness deficit,” said Stephanie Vatalaro, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing brand. “To fill our wellness deficits, many of us turned to outdoor recreational activities like fishing and boating as ways to recreate responsibly during the pandemic. Our goal now is to help everyone experience the healing power of nature.”

According to a new online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults by The Harris Poll, most Americans agree that participating in outdoor recreation is good for both mental (89%) and physical (89%) wellbeing. And while many (70%) do see people like themselves in outdoor recreation events, social media, advertising, etc., filling America’s wellness deficit may begin with inviting a more diverse population to experience the outdoors. More than 4 in 10 (43%) would be more likely to participate in outdoor activities if they saw more examples of people like themselves in the outdoor recreation industry.

“Being on, near or around water is one of the best ways to refresh and reset your mind, giving you the freedom to explore and escape stress on land,” said Ellen Bradley, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Chief Brand Officer for the National Marine Manufacturers Association and its Discover Boating initiative. “The water is having a renaissance as more Americans discover fishing and boating as ways to relax and spend quality time with friends and family. In fact, demand for new boats has surged, with sales reaching a 13-year high in 2020 — and that’s just the beginning. Get On Board is designed to be a welcome call to relax, explore and connect with loved ones in a way that can only be experienced on the water.”

To help raise awareness about the wellness benefits anyone can experience outdoors and on the water, the campaign will enlist the help of acclaimed mental health expert Dr. Jessica Clemons, known for her @askdrjess social media platform. Heralded as ‘the internet’s favorite psychiatrist,’ Dr. Clemons uses her social influence to encourage everyone to prioritize their wellness and practice self-care.

“Without a conscious effort, it’s easy to put your mental health on autopilot,” Dr. Clemons said. “Exploring new wellness-sustaining activities like fishing and boating is a great way to refill the wellness deficit you may be in following last year’s shutdowns. This is especially true for people who don’t have previous fishing and boating experience. Learning new skills promotes a sense of accomplishment and getting out of your routine can help you get in touch with your friends, your family and yourself.”

As suggested by the study, individuals’ likelihood of trying new outdoor activities often depends on first seeing people they identify with in those activities. Based on that finding, Get On Board is deploying a fleet of social media influencers. Coming from a broad range of backgrounds, through their social influence they will encourage Americans from all walks of life to fill their wellness deficits and have fun this summer by experiencing the benefits of nature.

“Before you can be your best self on the water, you need to see your best self on the water,” said Jenny Anderson through her Instagram account @girlof10000lakes. “The outdoors community has lots of people you might not expect, and we’re sharing our stories using #TheWaterIsOpen. Joining us is as simple as using the hashtag yourself while enjoying nature. We want everyone to experience the wellness benefits of the outdoors, and an easy way to start is by showcasing the breadth of the outdoors community.”

Get On Board is accompanied by a variety of programs developed on behalf of the fishing and boating industries. Vamos A Pescar™ is RBFF’s Hispanic outreach initiative, which provides Spanish-language fishing and boating ‘how to’ and ‘where to’ information, along with critical funding to community programs nationwide through the George H. W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund. Women Making Waves is RBFF’s social media movement to increase female visibility in fishing. Additional initiatives from RBFF include the Stories of Mentors and I Am an Angler campaigns. Through spotlighting the experiences of unexpected fishing and boating participants, RBFF and NMMA are committed to supporting the next generation in fishing and boating.

Anyone can celebrate NFBW and experience the wellness benefits of the outdoors by getting started in fishing and boating. An easy way for newcomers to test the water is by participating in their state’s Free Fishing Days when standard fishing license requirements are waived. Those interested in exploring boating can try it out through boat rentals, peer-to-peer sharing and boat clubs.

Visit for beginner how-to tips, interactive water-access maps, and more. Go to for how to get started in boating, stress-busting benefits of boating and more. Visitors can also use the websites to purchase a fishing license or register a boat, which help provide critical funding for the conservation programs that preserve our waterways for future generations to enjoy.

About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)

RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase recreational angling and boating participation, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF’s 60 in 60 effort strives to attract 60 million anglers to the sport by the end of 2021. To help recruit, retain and reactivate participants, RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns to build awareness of boating, fishing, and conservation and educate people about the benefits of participation. The campaign websites feature how-to-videos and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots, helping boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan, and equip for a successful day on the water.

About Discover Boating

Discover Boating is a national program managed by the two leading trade groups for the recreational boating industry, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Marine Retailers Association of the Americas to help people get on the water and experience the fun of boating. For anyone exploring the boating lifestyle, is a resource for getting started in boating. It offers tools for finding accessible ways to get on the water such as rentals and charters, plus a boat selector tool and a boat loan calculator to find the right boat for your budget and lifestyle. Follow along on Discover Boating’s social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Survey Method

This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Take Me Fishing between April 14-16 among 2,050 adults ages 18+. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Bruna Carincotte at


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ANMC Holistic Health offers natural paths to wellness | Morrison County Record




Amanda Plevell feels she has been divinely led through her experiences — both the good and bad — and is on a mission to use them to help others.

Just six years ago, in 2015, she was in the midst of a years-long battle with Crohns Disease, ulcerative colitis, thyroid imbalance and both depression and anxiety. Medical interventions did not go well. In fact, steroid induced myopathy and neuropathy left her in a wheelchair with the outlook that she would likely never walk again. She was in a dark place, to the point she had her will written and spelled out what she wanted to happen with her children in the event of her death.

She decided she wasn’t going to settle for a limited life.

“Because my body was turned through the mill of autoimmune, I needed to understand for myself,” Plevell said. “I learned so much that could be happening with my body, and it just made me want to learn more and what science said about it.”

She studied so much that she became a board certified natural health practitioner. In the process, she saw major improvements in her own health.

“I ran a marathon six months after I was in a wheelchair,” Plevell said. “… My life has had a lot of twists and turns.”

That brings her to the present day, where she is planning to open ANMC Holistic Health, LLC, at 114 Kidder St. in Little Falls. From there, she hopes to help people — with a focus on those with autoimmune disease — by creating optimal health and vitality through education and training the body to use its own natural abilities as a mode to achieve wellness.

ANMC will begin taking appointments in July, after a “soft opening” on June 14. It will offer new technologies such as Styku, Biostrap and continuous health monitoring apps, a lymphatic Presso flow, far infrared sauna, fit bay, cranio sacral therapy and massage. Weekly “Wednesday Wisdom” classes, along with quarterly two-day and week-long immersive education events will also be available.

Plevell stressed that the therapies offered at ANMC Holistic Health are not meant to compete with acute medical care. Instead, she wants what she’s offering to work in conjunction with what medical doctors are offering.

“We don’t treat, heal, cure, prescribe or diagnose, and we don’t operate on the disease threat risk model,” she said. “That’s just not our lane. I say that we like to create an environment conducive to healing, and so it’s a lot of education and training for the body to get out of that defense response state so common to rejection illnesses. It’s a great fit, because it empowers people to have a say over how they feel and what happens in their body, and they don’t have to make the choice to choose between medicine or alternative modalities. What we do supports all of the puzzle pieces.”

Much of what she offers also revolves around nutrition education, something she believes is greatly underutilized. According to Plevell, 90% of current diseases are considered lifestyle preventable diseases. She said knowing how genes are turned on and off with different lifestyle factors, such as nutrition and exercise, can play a major role in a person’s overall well-being.

She is a believer, because she has seen it work. Aside from her own story, she has also witnessed the benefits for her niece, Tenley. Diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes delayed development, problems with speech and balance, intellectual disability and seizures, no one had ever discussed nutrition or medication management with Tenley’s family.

“I just taught them some principles surrounding diet that they could bring up with her providers so that her food could be used as a support vehicle, working alongside their efforts with her medications,” Plevell said. “It’s a great partnership that helped her finally sleep at night with reduced seizure activity.”

Plevell said she couldn’t offer all she does at ANMC without the help of her team, all of whom she said are passionate, dedicated and truly care about their clients. Two of them, she said, were even former clients of hers who expressed interest in helping people in the same way she was.

It was another piece of divine intervention Plevell said she couldn’t ignore. Her team includes: Jason Plevell, Melanie Halter, Jessica Scherping, Samantha Petersen and Crystal Benson.

“At some point, they too felt a calling over their lives, and that same call pulled us together,” Plevell said. “They’re just wonderful people, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Plevell believes what she is bringing to Little Falls will be the norm in the not-so-distant future in terms of how functional wellness and nutrition work together with other modalities in the health care field. She believes all are necessary within the whole health landscape, and someday soon people wanting to enter the field won’t have to choose between health or wellness. Instead, they’ll decide if they want to help people by teaching them how to stay well, or if they want to treat people who are injured or ill.

“People are wanting to feel well in their lives,” she said. “They want to feel happy and passionate and fulfilled. They want to understand how to be healthy and stay there. They’re wanting healthy food options in our restaurants and better systems where they can utilize their finances for all options of modalities that could support their well-being, and they want to learn about those options. And they want their healthcare team to have options for them and be educated in these options and have real conversations about what is right for them.”

Plevell has always had a desire to help and educate people. Prior to becoming a natural health practitioner, she had a degree in teaching and counseling.

Her current calling allows her to help people through education, something she was inspired to do as she navigated her own journey through everything life threw her way.

“I love each and every one of these people that I work with,” Plevell said. “People need to feel empowered; they need hope. People need to be accepted and loved, and to know that is a significant part of their well-being and important to the healing process.”

“We really want to grow and earn our place as a pillar of support for our community and the health outcome of the whole,” Plevell said.

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Black Women’s Wellness Center hosts market | 97 Seven Country WGLR – The Tri-States Best Variety of Country




MADISON, Wis. — The Black Women’s Wellness Center showed off its reopened space Saturday by hosting its first Well Black Woman Market.

All of the vendors and businesses at the summit were owned by Black women in the Madison area.

The center is preparing for its 13th annual Black Women’s Wellness Day in September.

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Fixed Wellness, A Leading Manufacturer of Organic, Made in USA CBD Oils, Experiences Rapid Growth Across the USA Markets




FLORIDA, USA, June 12, 2021 / — A proud family-owned business, Fixed Wellness oils have been acclaimed as “the best organic CBD oils made in the United States” for their organic, gluten-free, and triple-tested quality.

Fixed Wellness, a family-run business focused on health, wellness, and well-being, has announced a new addition to their collection of full-spectrum CBD oils. The new addition of 2000mg Full-Spectrum and 500mg Pet Full-Spectrum joins the expansive line of Fixed Wellness CBD oils. Available with or without THC, Fixed Wellness products are actively making a difference in lives nationwide, and proving to be one of the best and most affordable, all-natural wellness products on the market.

Committed to its mission of providing only the best products for health and wellness to market, Fixed Wellness’ CBD oils are 100 percent organic and manufactured domestically in the United States. All products are gluten-free and friendly for vegan as well as paleo consumers and all-natural with no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and no artificial ingredients. Every organic tincture is created using state-of-the-art extraction process to maximize the natural presence of cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC, THCA, and CBDA, while being repeatedly tested through vigorous laboratory processes to ensure premium quality and made available to consumers at the market’s most affordable prices.

“Fixed Wellness is committed to retailing healthy products that make a difference in the lives of people and pets,” remarked Paul Manno, President of Fixed Wellness. “We have experienced rapid growth across the United States, and we are excited to continue touching lives to better people and communities through our commitment to customer service and education.”

As part of its focus on health, wellness, and well-being, Fixed Wellness continues to strategic partnerships with like-minded entities, including retail stores, healing centers, and medical offices, to make full-spectrum oils readily available. Private label services and other opportunities are available to partner clients.

To shop Fixed Wellness oils, please visit

About Fixed Wellness

Founded in 2017, Fixed Wellness is a family-run business focused on health, wellness, and well-being, built on respect and created with integrity. The company is a leading American manufacturer of organic full and broad-spectrum CBD oils. To learn more, please visit Also, visit their YouTube channel for more information.

Paul Manno
Fixed Wellness LLC

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