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Winter Food Focus: Sea Vegetables

In traditional Chinese healing, sea vegetables correspond to the winter season and to the kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder and reproductive organs. The strengthening, balancing and cleansing properties of sea vegetables are known to help these organs as well as the hair, skin and nails. Sea vegetables (or seaweeds) provide a variety of minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron and iodine, and can help balance hormone and thyroid levels in the body. Eating too many processed foods or foods grown in mineral-depleted soil can result in a lack of minerals in the body, leading to cravings for salty or sugary foods. Adding sea vegetables to your diet can help balance your energy levels and alleviate cravings.

Mighty Miso Soup
4-5 cups water.
1 or 2 handfuls of wakame, rinsed and soaked 5 minutes
in 1 cup of water until softened.
1-2 cups thinly sliced vegetables of your choice (carrots, kale, swiss chard, mushrooms, your choice!).
3 (ish) teaspoons barley miso.
2 scallions, finely chopped.
Place water and wakame in a soup pot and bring to a boil.
Add vegetables and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Remove about 1/2 cup of liquid from pot and dissolve miso into it. Return it to the pot.
Reduce heat to very low; do not boil or simmer miso broth.
Allow soup to cook 2-3 minutes.
Garnish with scallions and serve.

South Town Gym: 4th Annual Weight Loss Challenge

The Biggest Loser informational meeting will be held at South Town Gym on Monday January 5th, 2015 at 6:00 PM. From the past year’s experience we know this to be an informational and highly motivational approach to weight loss and overall good health. We have a lot of surprises going into this year’s challenge so please come out and enjoy the program with family and friends.

Last year South Town Gym hosted 65 participants for the 12 week program which included daily prescribed exercise routines in our facility and weekly educational experiences about nutrition and overall health. Session this year will include classes from experts in nutrition, wellness and healthy lifestyles. The program will also include last year’s favorite activities such as; sand hill climb, Canyonlands 5 mile run, weekly “last chance workouts,” and excursions and adventures to local outdoor attractions.

The major focus of the program is to encourage participants to establish a healthy lifestyle through exercise and proper food choices and foster camaraderie while encouraging weight loss. Last year as a group we lost a total of over 1000 pounds in a 12 week period. Participants challenged and encouraged each other to work hard, exercise regularly and eat sensibly. The monetary rewards of the program, while substantial, were not the most beneficial aspects of The Biggest Loser program at South Town Gym. All programs will be overseen by our licensed athletic trainer and programs will be led by experienced exercise personnel.

Last year participants expressed a high level of satisfaction with the program and many went on to better exercise habits and a healthier life routine. We look forward to working with another group of Moab citizens striving to reach personal wellness goals and a healthier lifestyle. We are confident that this program will help them attain that goal. The gym encourages all those who participated last year to join us and extend the experience and also invite anyone interested in better health and wellness to participate with us.

South Town Gym is now in its 5th year serving the San Juan and Grand County community's needs for fitness training with a professional and friendly environment. As we approach our 5th season we are mindful of the many friends and associations we have made over the past year. Many people have discovered the benefits of a lifestyle which includes fitness programs which are available at the South Town Gym. Our programs have encouraged and motivated many of you to opt for a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

We would love for the community to come in and tour our facilities, meet the staff, and familiarize yourself with our programs. We are located at 1070 S. Highway 191 Moab, UT 84532. Office hours are Mon-Fri 8-5:30. We are on the web at: You can contact us at or 435-259-5775.


Grand County Hospice

Grand County Hospice is holding its annual volunteer training on January 27th & 29th, 2015, from 5pm to 8pm at Moab Regional Hospital. If you would like to attend, please call Sarah Shea at 719-3683 or email her at Hospice volunteers provide caring end-of-life support to patients and their families; they also assist with clerical and fundraising duties. Volunteers are trained in hospice philosophy, caring for the terminally ill, grief & loss education, confidentiality & safety requirements and more. If you are looking for a meaningful and valuable way to give back to our community, come join our team!


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