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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

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Get fit at home Getting fit at home is nothing new. Hell, some of my favorite childhood memories include donning my fitness gear so I could join my mom for “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” with Richard Simmons or leg lifts with Jane Fonda. And you wondered how I got this way … (winky face) But […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

My furry, healthy friends By: Carolin Shannon-Karasik’s   I’m not going to lie: I talk to my cats … like, full conversations where the only response I get is a nuzzle or a look like, “You talkin’ to me, lady?” But I have no shame. In fact, I am the first person to admit that there […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Take it easy, pal  By Caroline Shannon-Karasik After months of indoor activities that range from ice cream binges on the couch to logging miles on the gym treadmill, it’s no wonder we’re all a bunch of nut jobs ready to hit the pavement the moment that first spring flower blooms. But it’s also that eager […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

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Double the indulgence, double the heart attack By Caroline Shannon-Karasik I’ve said it before and I will say it again: A healthy life is all about balance. In my world, that means you can have your green smoothie, steamed kale, baked sweet potatoes and extra fudge brownie, too. But the truth is, the average American […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Buddy up for a healthy life  By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When we were younger, the adults in our lives urged us to never talk to strangers, chew with our mouths closed and stand up straight when the I’m-too-cool-to-even-stand-up-straight teenage years kicked in. They often also implored that we use the buddy system. We were to use […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Getting back on track We all slip off the health wagon every now and then. Whether it’s too many cookies or too little movement of the body, it’s easy to let life get in the way of our best intentions. The hard part is changing them. A few years ago, I had stepped outside of […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

The (un)healthy salad By Caroline Shannon-Karasik You probably didn’t think it existed, right? Unhealthy salad? Huh? The truth is, the term “salad” can be spread a little thin. Pop into a local restaurant and you’ll find “salads” laden with french fries, dressings high in fat, too much cheese, croutons and other common salad toppings that […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Small changes, big results By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Go ahead and take baby steps toward the life you always wanted – you just might score big. So, you’re a Type-A, balls-to-the-wall, over-achiever, huh? I hear ya, dude. Me too. In fact, if my parents had only known that when they were choosing my middle name, then […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Managing body image By Caroline Shannon-Karasik We’ve all met them. They’re the over-achievers who take on life with an all-or-nothing approach. “Healthy living” means no sugar, wheat, caffeine, alcohol, animal products or morsel of cake ever again. A Monday is greeted with, “Today’s the day I will start my new healthy lifestyle.” Tuesday is filled […]

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M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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The function of Dayton’s government By Gary Leitzell Photo: Dayton City Hall: “A commission that is not swayed by a national agenda or distracted by what the other side is doing will always work in the best interests of the citizens.” – Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell This is an election year for three members of the […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]