Health & Fitness

Understanding Diabetes  

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes – 1 in 4 don't even know. November is American Diabetes month. Jennifer Schneider from Entira Family Clinic says your diet should be one of a diabetic, even if you have a clean bill of health.

Be Well with TCL: kidsWATER  

If we've heard this once, we've heard it a million times. If you want to lose weight, cut out the soda. But what about fruit juice? Those juice boxes our kids crave -- forget about it! They're filled with empty calories too. Recently the American Heart Association recommended that kids have less than 6-teaspoons of added sugars per day. Right now kids are consuming up to 19 teaspoons a day. It's a problem two Minnesota moms took notice of and decided to take action. In this Be Well with TCL, Kelli Hanson shows us how one idea has them hoping people start tossing those sugar-filled juice boxes once and for all.

Fall Fitness: My Strength Studio  

This week, Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson has been flexing her muscles. Our Fall Fitness series took her to Fly Feet Running, where Kelli says she ran faster than she thought possible. Then she took us to Embody Movement Studio where she learned the Gyrotonic method. But now she may have outdone herself. Kelli found a workout that you only have to do once a week, for 20 minutes! She takes us to My Strength Studio in Minnetonka. 

Fall Fitness: Gyrotonic Workout  

TCL’s Kelli Hanson found a workout that helps unwind her sore muscles and strengthens every muscle in her body at the same time.  It’s called “Gyrotonic” and you can find it at Embody Movement Studio.

Fall Fitness: Fly Feet Running  

We’re kicking off our Fall Fitness Series in Minneapolis! We sent TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson to find unique ways to shed calories, build muscle and just feel better all around. Her first stop was at Fly Feet Running. The name says it all, but as Kelli found out, if your workout only consists of running, you’re doing it all wrong.  

Headaches & Acupuncture  

Of all the reasons people try acupuncture for the first time, headaches seems to top the list. That certainly rings true for holistic health expert and owner of Healing Insight, Senia Mae.  Senia stopped by our studio to show us how this Ancient Chinese System of Medicine can alleviate that chronic pain.

Sticky Candy 101  

Dr. Scott Shamblott says it’s OK to indulge in candy the night of Halloween, but choosing the sticky stuff can wreak havoc on your teeth, causing crowns to pop off and creating deep cavities. Dr. Shamblott stopped by our studio to give the lowdown on which candy won’t wreck your teeth, and which kind can.

Be Well with TCL: Mommy & Me Workout   Back To Top

If you’re a busy mom or dad you may have good intentions to get in a workout during your child’s naptime but what happens if your baby wakes up? Don't skip your workout, instead just have them join you! In today's Be Well with TCL, fitness instructor and blogger, Lindsey Bomgren explains some workout moves that will help mamas play and bond with their baby while getting their body back in shape!

Drumstick Workout: PoundFit   Back To Top

Pay attention to that drummer in the band. They’re typically the only one dripping in sweat at the end of the set. That drum solo is a legit workout, so much so drumming is now a workout craze. It’s called “Pound” and has made its way to a gym in Rosemount. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson checked out the new class at The Warehouse.

Be Well: Exercising Your Butt   Back To Top

Before Beyoncé, before the Kardashians...there was J Lo. She was the one who brought the booty back, making curvy women all over the world feel better about their bodies. But did you know having a great butt means your posture is also on point? Fitness expert and owner of The Warehouse, Nickie Carrigan, stopped by with a few moves to redefine your glutes and your health.

Relieving Anxiety with Acupuncture   Back To Top

Are you feeling a little extra anxiety these days? With school starting and routines changing, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. To get out of our own heads, we turn to something that relaxes us, like scrolling through Facebook or stress eating. But Holistic Health Expert and owner of Healing Insight, Senia Mae, says that’s only a bandaide. She stopped by to show us how Acupuncture can help us calm down with lasting effects.

Farrell’s Secrets to Getting FIT!   Back To Top

Summer can be a time for fun in the sun, cabin weekends, family vacations and lots of unhealthy food choices.  Kerrie Robbins from Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping stopped by with her secrets to getting back into a fitness routine.

Be Well with TCL: Lower Back Pain   Back To Top

When your lower back is giving you trouble, you may head over to the chiropractor or set up a massage.  Annalicia Lynn, founder of Yoga and Pilates Online, says that making the pain go away means focusing on more than just your back.

Dental Emergencies   Back To Top

Of all the things that can happen out at the Minnesota State Fair -- you try Alligator for the first time, you collect as many free things as you can, you over-eat -- you're probably not thinking about a dental emergency right? Well our favorite dentist, Dr. Scott Shamblott is and he stopped by to help just in case your teeth cause you any trouble while eating that corn dog.

Breastfeeding Awareness Month   Back To Top

More moms are taking to social media to help normalize a subject some consider taboo, breastfeeding in public. Dr. Ryan Dick from Entira Family Clinics explains the benefits for mom and baby and what moms can do if they’re struggling.  

The Mother Baby Center   Back To Top

Having a baby, often means you remember the most minute details about the experience, the pregnancy and then of course the delivery. And the care you receive during that memorable time has changed so much. That’s especially true at The Mother Baby Center. And as Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson shows us, it’s a place that wants to make sure they’re the best place to be a mother and the best place to be baby.

Acupuncture for Tummy Troubles   Back To Top

The kick off to the Minnesota State Fair means one thing to a lot of people who attend it…FOOD.  More specifically, fried foods galore!  Holistic Health expert and owner of Healing Insight, Senia Mae, says there is one thing you should be eating to make room for all that food.

Foam Rollers   Back To Top

Lots of people know about them.  Some probably have them hiding away in their garage.  But few know how to actually use them. Fitness trainer and CrossFit owner of Bring It! Studios, Britt Ringstrom.

Back to School Advice   Back To Top

Before you grab those new pencils for back to school pick up an alarm clock. Dr. Ryan Dick from Entira Family Clinics gives us his own list to help prepare your kids for back to school.

Be Well with TCL: Cosmetic Acupuncture   Back To Top

Even if you are familiar with acupuncture, most of us don’t realize that all those needles can be used for cosmetic purposes.  People have been flocking to Healing Insight for Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Tone and Stroller Workout   Back To Top

It can be exhausting taking care of a newborn or chasing down your toddlers, which makes finding the time to exercise a big challenge! But Mamas know how to multi-task like an expert, so the next time you’re on a walk or a run with your baby stroller, try this! Food and Fitness Blogger of Nourish Move Love, Lindsey Bomgren explains.   

Carrie Underwood’s Trainer: Strong Legs   Back To Top

Carrie Underwood is known for her amazing vocals, but her legs just may be the best in the business. And she’s worked hard to get them, thanks to celebrity trainer Erin Oprea.

Summer Fit Products   Back To Top

Minneapolis-St Paul was recently voted as the fittest city in the country. Fitness and lifestyle expert Lauren Bettenga brought in some foods and fitness gear worth checking out.

More Extreme Bodyshaping Results   Back To Top

Last winter we followed one of our own on an intense fitness journey.   TCL’s Executive Producer, Mandy Tadych, committed to eating clean and working out six days a week at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping.  Mandy was able to drop 12.4 pounds and 13 inches in just 10 weeks!   Mandy is still going strong with the program and now her husband just completed the 10 week challenge.   Mandy’s photographer Drew also decided to join Farrell’s and lost 20 pounds in just 10 weeks!      

Testosterone Tune Up   Back To Top

As a man ages, he can get grumpier. In fact there’s such a thing as “Grumpy Old Man Syndrome.” But doctors at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa say raising testosterone levels can make men happier, thinner and can increase their sex drive. 
Dr. Lisa Ohman Erhard and Dr. Mark Erhard stopped by to show how a treatment called Male Testosterone Optimization works. 
 
 

Exercise Your Shoulders   Back To Top

Tightening the tummy or booty is a common goal for people at the gym. For this segment, TCL Fitness Expert Nancy Stoneberg shares four exercises to help tone and define your shoulders.

Insect Shield Your Clothes   Back To Top

The lovely mosquito has been called the unofficial state bird of Minnesota. We’re right in the thick of mosquito season -- once only 74 days long and now they stick around for 108 days each summer.  We know we can always turn to bug spray, but what if we didn't have to? Insect Shield technology takes permethrin, a bug repellent, and puts it right into clothing. The odorless protection lasts up to 70 washes and can be worn by anyone, even kids and pregnant women.

Be Well with TCL: Auricular Acupuncture   Back To Top

You might think that putting a needle in your ear is what you do when you are looking to get your ears pierced.  However, our Holistic Health Expert, Senia Mae shows us how getting acupuncture on your ear is actually beneficial.

Common Sunscreen Mistakes   Back To Top

We all know that sunscreen protects us from the sun’s damaging rays but there are common mistakes people make when it comes to applying sunscreen. Dr. Terri Wollen from Entira Family Clinics shares some of the biggest mistakes.

90’s Workout Back To Top

Working out in the 90’s usually meant a lot of gadgets and VHS videos to help you get fit.  Actor James Denton, whose wife owns Bring It! Studios, helps determine if those workouts are worth bringing back!

What to eat Before, During and After Your Workout   Back To Top

Figuring out the best thing to eat before and after a workout is almost as challenging as the workout itself! Fitness expert and owner of the warehouse, Nickie Carrigan has tips on how to get back to the basics with your nutrition and to clear up any confusion!

Entira Family Clinics: Lyme Disease   Back To Top

Dr. Dick Ryan from Entira Family Clinics talks shares tips on how you get tested and what the treatment is like for Lyme Disease.

Ally Hilfiger Opens Up About Lyme Disease   Back To Top

Lyme Disease - an infection that deer ticks can transmit to people - was first diagnosed back in 1975, It's first group of cases was found in Old Lyme, Connecticut.  A map released by the Minnesota Department of Health shows the hot spots around the country for Lyme Disease. The east coast, where the disease was first detected has the most cases. But Minnesota is a close second – specifically around the Twin Cities Area. 

Acupuncture for Moms   Back To Top

On Mother's Day we often want to treat mom, dote on her from the moment she wakes up. But I'm sure we all would agree that moms need to do a little more for themselves and not just one day a year. 

Get Your Body Back After Baby   Back To Top

If you’re a parent, you know the lack of sleep that comes along with the territory. But did you know that having a baby actually changes the look of your skin, meaning those lines and wrinkles could look deeper.

So even if your kids slept through the night, your skin can look otherwise. In this Be Well with TCL, Reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa where helping sleep deprived moms look refreshed again is just the beginning.

Tone Your Buns & Thighs   Back To Top

Hey Jane Fonda fans, remember her buns and thighs workout? Did you feel required to wear a high-cut 2-piece leotard?
Years later, the yoga pant came to be and thankfully yoga is one of the best workouts to tone those areas of the body.

Varicose Vein Treatment   Back To Top

It’s almost short’s season and maybe you’ve already worn them this spring. But, maybe you're not a short’s person because you've got varicose veins and don't like the way your legs look. They can look bad and feel even worse. But doctors at Minneapolis Vein Center say treating them and getting rid of them forever is now easier than ever.

Be well with TCL: Silhouette Instalift   Back To Top

Last year plastic surgeons performed 1.8 million surgical procedures, and not surprising facelifts were among the top 5. If you've even thought about going under the knife, consider this; There's a new treatment that involves no incisions, no anesthesia, very minimal downtime and It takes only 45 minutes.

How Much Sugar Is In That?   Back To Top

When we eat foods that contain a lot of sugar, a massive amount of dopamine is released in the brain and that my friends, makes us feel good and makes us want more of the sweet stuff. Sugar can not only increase your waistline, it can wreck you teeth. Dr. Scott Shamblott stopped to help us play a game we call, “how much sugar is in that?”!

Treating Urinary Incontinence   Back To Top

If you're a Real Housewives fan, you probably remember Lisa Rinna talking about her infamous Depends ad. She banked $2-million for being in the commercial and she says it's actually her most criticized role. Dr. Lisa from Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa says women should ditch the adult diapers and get to the root of the problem instead.

Sign Up for Farrell's   Back To Top

Mandy worked out with some TCL’ers at the Farrell's in Brooklyn Park.   That location is in the running to win $5000 for their favorite charity.  In honor of Farrell's 15th Anniversary, the owner created a bracket style charity challenge and it's down to Brooklyn Park and Altoona, Iowa.

Simple Steps to Achieve Your Goals   Back To Top

TCL Producer and fitness coach, Brittany Larson explains how you can start following through on your goals!

Be Well with TCL: Acupuncture 101   Back To Top

If you've had a cold this winter or maybe your allergies are beginning to flair, you've probably relied on medication to pull you through right? In this Be Well with TCL, we head to Healing InSight in Saint Paul where acupuncture needles are clearing congestion and allowing your body to just rest. 

The Dude Diet   Back To Top

Serena Wolf recently released her first cookbook called, “The Dude Diet.” She was inspired to help dudes flatten their beer bellies. On Twin Cities Live she made Sesame Orange Chicken.

Ask the Personal Trainer   Back To Top

TCL Fitness Expert, Nancy Stoneberg, stops by to answer your questions about exercising, including her recommendation for moves to help alleviate lower back pain.

Colon Health   Back To Top

This month is colorectal cancer awareness month. It's the second leading cause of cancer deaths but it's highly preventable. Dr. Terri Wollan from Entira Family Clinics talks about how you can keep your colon in tip top shape.

Mandy's Farrell's Fitness Challenge: Week 10 Final Results   Back To Top

For the last few months we've been following one of our own on an intense fitness journey.   TCL’s Executive Producer, Mandy Tadych, committed to eating clean and working out six days a week at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping.  She wanted to lose a few pounds and get her body back after having two babies in a few years.  Mandy was able to drop 12.4 pounds and 13 inches in just 10 weeks!   Mandy also gained strength and endurance and plans to continue at Farrell’s to achieve her health and fitness goals.   Mandy is happy to answer your questions about Farrell’s, you can email her at mtadych@kstp.com.

Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery and Spa: Love and Love Handles   Back To Top

If you've been in a relationship for a while, you know that things often just aren't the same as when you met and fell in love. 
 
Life happens! You probably bought a home -- welcomed some kids -- and both of you might have put on a few pounds.
It can be hard to bring that up over dinner but as TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson found out, it's something both women and men are tackling at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery and Spa.
 

Be Well with TCL: Country Heat Workout   Back To Top

If you didn't know already, Twin Cities Live Reporter Kelli Hanson is a huge country music fan. So much so, we sent her to Nashville not once, but twice to cover the Country Music Award's red carpet. When we heard there was a workout that involved country music, of course we had to send her to check it out. In this Be Well with TCL, Kelli finds an acceptable place to kick up her heels, break a sweat and yell “Yeehaw!” in public.

Seattle Sutton’s Success Stories   Back To Top

TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson has been successful on the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating Program. It’s helped her put portion sizes into perspective. For many people the program is about taking back their health and their success stories are incredible. Stephanie Keegan from Seattle Sutton’s stopped by to tell us why the program works, no matter the reason for wanting to drop weight.