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Heart of Wellness: Made to Love



Throughout human existence on Earth our predecessors covered great distances on foot to sustain life. It was not uncommon for members of primitive societies to walk or run 6-12 miles per day, tracking protein-rich animals and gathering nutritious plant life.  Before farming began about 10,000 years ago, the work necessary to feed a family kept our ancestors on foot and on the move all day long. The onset of farming and the domestication of animals created a convenient proximity to calories, which lead to a decrease in weekly mileage on foot. This was the first of many inventions supporting the development of stationary communities and stationery soon became sedentary.

In our modern Door dash and Amazon world we can hardly comprehend the full-time job of basic survival during most of the human experience thus far. Since we no longer need to move through a grassland to capture and dress dinner, nor head out into the bush to gather vegetation to keep us healthy, we must remember that human health once depended on long distance foot travel. Indeed, we humans are made to move. And move we must in order to stay well.

During my years as an amateur marathoner, I often ran by folks walking along the beach or a bike path and wondered why they did not pick-up the pace. Surely, running is much better for you than walking, and the faster the pace the better, right? After a recent health scare and surgery left this runner and cyclist without access to those activities, I did the unthinkable. I started walking. 

Walking 30 minutes per day is the single greatest health restoration and maintenance activity to make habit. As has been well documented, half of us gained 10 or more unwanted pounds during the COVID-19 shutdown. Stress eating, alcohol consumption and sedentary lifestyles all on the rise. Walking helps manage blood pressure, weight, and our valuable free time. With American obesity and diabetes rates some of the highest in the first world, walking our way to health and healing in this country is not a stretch.

The importance of heart health cannot be overstated, and walking is a fabulously low impact cardiovascular activity. The HOW (Heart of Wellness) Program teaches that walking is a great foundation for a healthy and happy lifestyle, and with very little investment. Save the thousands you might spend on that Peloton or fancy road bike, find those old sneaks in the back of the closet, and start with an evening walk around your neighborhood. Walking your way to physical health starts with the first short journey.

Mental health, stress management, mood and perspective are greatly improved through exercise, and walking is no exception. Cheaper and healthier than wine, chocolate, vape or Netflix, walking provides a mental and emotional release of the day. The challenges you struggled to inventory and process earlier in the day seem to diminish and solutions flow to the mind. Keep a small notebook handy when walking and jot the big or little important ideas that emerge. Walking has proven to be an effective substitute for medication for a variety of what ails us, including anxiety, mood swings and stress. “Runners’ High” is an endorphin-induced euphoric state once believed to result from only the intensity of running. Studies now show that walking also activates Happy Hormones and positively impacts disposition. Your children and spouse will appreciate you walking the grumpiness of the day away before supper.

As humans we are wired to explore, to push beyond the familiar, to see what is out there. This need not be complex and as nearby as that conservation land you pass near your home, that you never took the time to explore. Public-private partnerships and generous residents have preserved volumes of natural lands in Barnstable just waiting to be explored on foot. Hathaway Pond in Hyannis, Eagle Pond in Cotuit and the West Barnstable Conservation Lands provide beautiful water views, scenic overlooks and cartways of yesteryear.  A half an hour or half a day in nature is restorative, healing, and peaceful, resulting in the moving body and still mind that always wins the day. During COVID-19 shutdown increasing numbers took to the trails with friends and family, together while socially distant, breathing the fresh air, seeing local wildlife, and appreciating this beautiful place we call home slowly, on foot, with no particular pace in mind. 

Yes, you can walk your way to health and happiness. It starts by moving 30 minutes a day around your neighborhood, around a track or around a local pond. Ask a family member or friend to join you and hold each other accountable for your walking dates.  Find new places for short exploratory excursions and while learning about the beauty of the outdoors, you will learn a great deal more about yourself.

I would love to hear from you about your walking accomplishments or challenges. Be well my friends. See you on the roads and trails. Email me at

Pat Clark assists with events and programs at HOW of Centerville, a nonprofit that specializes in health and happiness programs that are inspirational and informational for business, communities and schools. Visit or “like” us on Facebook. The content shared by HOW is for informational purposes only and is not intended nor should it be used to diagnose or treat any medical conditions.

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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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