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Wellness pantry program feeds patients at doctor visits

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Tucked away in a corner storage area at Sanford’s Southwest Children’s Clinic in Fargo is something you might not expect to see in a medical building: a smorgasbord of canned foods, dried goods, hygiene products and more for those in need.

“It was a collaboration with the Great Plains Food Bank here in the community,” said Alison Vogel, supervisor at Sanford Southwest Children’s Clinic. “Sanford has been donating to them over the past few years, and so it was just a great opportunity that we found here at the Southwest Children’s Clinic for it to be a great need for our families and children to be able to have this nutritional need in our community.”

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Screening for food insecurity

When patients come into the clinic they are asked three simple questions, all of which pertain to their ability to feed themselves and their children. If their answers suggest they need help, they are given 20 to 30 pounds of food to take home.

“That should be enough for about three to five meals to get them through the next 24 to 48 hours,” said Dr. Melissa Horner, a pediatrician at Sanford Southwest Children’s Clinic. “At the same time, we give them brochures that talk about more long-term solutions to their food insecurity. What’s available in the community for food pantries, some of the places that do make fresh warm meals every day, and what they can do to get established a little bit better long-term.”

Helping those in need

The wellness pantry at Sanford Southwest Children’s Clinic started in early February as a pilot program. Within the first three weeks, more than 100 families were served, and the staff at the clinic says they often see up to a dozen families in need each day.

“You know, it’s been wildly successful, which is very bittersweet overall,” said Dr. Horner. “It’s really great to be able to help these families if they’re struggling, but it’s really sad to see that there’s such a great need in our community. It hasn’t taken much as far as appointment time away from the providers. I think the nurses are really quick in the transition with the questionnaires. So it’s been really nice and really easy, and it’s been very rewarding to be able to help families and see how appreciative they really are.”

Ways to donate

While most of the food, diaper and hygiene products come from the Great Plains Food Bank, the pantry also takes donations from individuals in the community right at the clinic, as well as through the Sanford Health Foundation.

“In the Sanford Foundation, the wellness pantry at the Southwest Children’s Clinic has their own fund set up, so that money can be directly donated to that fund,” Vogel said. “And then we can utilize that money to support this pantry with food, (and) with other supplies that are needed to maintain this pantry.”

For those interested in donating directly to the clinic, the staff asks that donors contact the clinic to schedule a drop-off time. Food needs to have nutrition labels listed on the packaging.

If the pilot program continues to succeed in helping food insecure patients through their difficult times, the plan is to create pantry spaces in all of Sanford’s pediatric clinics throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area.

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

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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

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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

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FLORIDA, USA, June 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — 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 www.FixedWellness.com.

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 www.FixedWellness.com. Also, visit their YouTube channel for more information.

Paul Manno
Fixed Wellness LLC
fixedwellness@gmail.com

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