Monday, January 2

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Motivation Monday: Working it off with EDG cycle class/ Getting back on track with TCX total conditioning.

It's the first Monday of the new year and we're kicking it off with Life Time Fitness showing us their class that describe as a "party on a bike."  Getting back on track with TCX total conditioning

For more information, visit: https://www.lifetimefitness.com/en.html

Life Time Fitness -  Tempe
1616 W Ruby Dr, Tempe, AZ 85284
Phone:(480) 705-8855

Life Time Fitness - Gilbert
381 E Warner Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone:(480) 892-5020

Life Time Fitness - Scottsdale
6850 E Chauncey Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85054
Phone:(480) 538-9009

Life Time Fitness Palm Valley
14540 W McDowell Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395
Phone:(623) 536-9595

The magic beans for luck and prosperity in 2017

For a little Southern-style New Year's tradition this year, we join TEXAZ Grill for a bite of Texas Caviar, Sunday brunch to curb your hangover, and of course for a little added luck and prosperity, bring on the black-eyed peas. It's comfort food like you've never seen. 

To start the New Year off right, TEXAZ Grill will be open for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year's Day. Brunch at TEXAZ includes dishes such as their signature Eggs Bubba and Biscuits & Gravy. Plus, sip on one of TEXAZ Grill's morning drink specials to curb your hangover with the Bourbon Milk Punch for $6.50 (Jim Beam Bourbon, Vanilla ice cream, vanilla and nutmeg) or the Sunday Driver, the house screwdriver at a special Sunday price ($3).

Sunday, January 1st, 2017 (New Year's Day) 10 am - 10 pm   
For more information:  www.texazgrill.com.  

TEXAZ Grill
6003 N. 16th Street in Phoenix
16th Street & Bethany Home Rd.
602-248-7827
    
Get your New Year started right with Restart Bar 

We're starting the year off energized and recovered with Restart Bar and their tasty juices. We check out their different freshly squeezed concoctions they say can help cure your hangover, energize your body, and protect you from the flu. And, we check out the new trending juice cocktails for the New Year.

For more information:  http://www.restartbar.com/

Restart Bar 
10050 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 127 
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 
Phone: (480) 477-1390
Scottsdale Rd. between Gold Dust Ave & Mountain View Rd.  

Kids still out of school? Let Uptown Alley entertain them!

Are your kids being still on Winter break this week and you want to keep them busy? Uptown Alley shows us their bowling, two story laser tag, sports theater, billiards and more. 

For more information, visit www.uptownalleysurprise.com

13525 N Litchfield Rd
Surprise, AZ 85379
Phone: 623-975-PLAY (7529)
Email: info@uptownalleysurprise.com

Financial New Year's resolutions & bite-sized goals

The New Year has become an opportunity to commit to new goals and rekindle hope. Yet despite optimism on Jan. 1, the majority of people miss the mark. According to Mike Sullivan from local credit counseling agency Take Charge America, many people lose enthusiasm because their goals are too lofty and they lack a plan. He says, instead, you should focus on bite-sized goals, building a solid plan, and celebrating each milestone. 

1. Know what you owe and own: Start with a review of your current financial state. Did you earn more? Did you save more? Do you owe less? If so, take some time to celebrate. If you didn't, ask for help and develop a plan to achieve your goals.

2. Organize your finances: The New Year is a perfect time to get your financial life in order. Establish a process and system for paying bills, review your credit report for accuracy, research financial software, set up auto deposits and shred old documents and receipts. This is also an ideal time to gather and organize your tax information for 2016.

3. Boost your savings: If you don't yet have an emergency fund, now is the time to build one. Aim to save enough money to cover three to six month's expenses, but break this big goal down into smaller milestones and celebrate each time you reach one. If you have an emergency fund, it's time to focus on other savings goals, such as retirement or a home down payment. You should also take advantage of automated recurring payments to simplify and force you to save more. 

4. Pay down debt: This may seem overwhelming, especially if you have multiple credit cards, student loans, car loans, etc. Start by tackling the debt with the biggest interest rate, and move down the list from there. If needed, enlist the help of a nonprofit credit counseling or student loan counseling agency for one-on-one guidance, an action plan and assistance negotiating with creditors. 

5. Make it a family affair: Don't go it alone! Enlist the help of family and friends to help you stay focused on your financial goals and priorities. You can also aim to teach your kids a new financial lesson each month, or create savings goals as family. 

For more information: www.takechargeamerica.org 

Things you should never Google about your health 

According to the Pew Research Center, more than 72% of Internet users say they look online for health information. Dr. Sharon Thompson tells us how to use the internet properly when researching health information.

Cyberchondriac:  a person who misdiagnoses their illness after Googling their symptoms

Chest Pain: If you have chest pain that feels like something is sitting on your chest, this may be a sign of a heart attack and you should not spend time on Google. Seek medical care right away.

Vague symptoms like drowsiness, lack of energy, agitation, bloating etc. Most deadly illnesses have these symptoms too but your fatigue is more likely from being up until 4 a.m., three nights in a row and less likely due to your otherwise asymptomatic leukemia  

Anything related to pregnancy (besides the address for your doctor's office)

  •    Your provider will give you the information you need in pregnancy or direct you to reliable sources

Depression

  •    The term depression is used in a variety of ways in life and especially on the Internet
  •    Untreated depression can have serious consequences including suicide and homicide

Moderate to severe pain of any kind. If you have severe pain, that does not respond to over the counter medicines, you should call your health care provider or seek health care. 

Googling symptoms can actually cause health anxiety and lead to unnecessary trips to the doctor 

Researching random health information on the Internet will scare you more than help you. I promise.

Remember, the best source of information about your health is a real life health care professional!

If you must…

  •    Don't search the entire Internet. Start with a reputable site like Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library or MedlinePlus.gov
  •    Check to see if the information is current (less than three years old)
  •    Look for the credentials of the author (i.e. doctor, nurse, psychologist) to make sure the information is written by a health professional.

Learn how to evaluate websites for accuracy and bias
The Johns Hopkins University Community Health Library has a series of presentations on how to evaluate health information online 

  •    Evaluating a health website
  •    MedlinePlus.gov overview
  •    Medication information
  •    Other useful web resources

The National Library of Medicine tutorial on how to evaluate information online.

For more information, visit: http://centralphoenixobgyn.com/

Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology 
926 East McDowell Road, #134, Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 288-0777  

Five "deskercizes" you can do at work

Stay on track with your 2017 fitness goals, even when you're at work! Here are five exercises you can do on your break, no equipment required!

HUGE spread of healthy, energizing food and drinks that can be packaged for healthy on-the-go eating. Think fruits and veggies, protein shakes, and refreshing hydrators.

Exercise equipment like foam rollers, yoga mats, dumbbells, and resistance bands.

Workout gear like reusable water bottles, towels, hats, headbands and bags
High-energy workout-themed playlist prepped and ready to play for the duration of the segment

For more information, visit www.haptonline.com

High Altitude Personal Training 
4605 E. Cactus Road, Suite 2A02 
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
480-798-5558     
Paradisevalley@haptonline.com

Will 2017 be the best year for Maricopa County real estate? 

Homestreet Home Loan's Dean Wegner shares the outlook for this year and whether the housing market will increase or decrease.

2017 may be best year EVER for Maricopa County?

  •   15-20% appreciation is possible, and probable for 2017 and beyond
  •   Some areas of Maricopa County may climb in appreciation for the next 3-5 years
  •   Supply and demand is creating a perfect storm that will result in explosive growth, higher values and more buyers. 
  •   Lenders and Appraisers may try to slow the growth, but they won't be able to stop it. 
  •   Higher interest rates will be gradual which will push buyers into the market.
  •   Inventory is low, unemployment is low and home ownership is low all these things will have a strong influence.

For more information, visit: https://www.homestreet.com/person/dean-wegner

Homestreet Home Loans
7047 E Greenway Pkwy, Suite 250
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
480-286-3303 

Best Bowl Game Snacks

Twin Peaks is getting its head in the game this football playoff season (several bowl games are played on January 2 and the National Championship is January 9). 

Americans eat more than 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl each year, and Twin Peaks rolled out a new wings menu just in time. Twin Peaks recently expanded its menu to include new sauces like Jalapeno Butter and Spicy Thai Chili, as well as rubs like Lemon Pepper and Spicy Cajun. If you want to indulge but still watch that New Year waistline, the better-for-you Smoked & Grilled wings skip the deep fryer but still pack a flavorful hickory punch. 

For more information, visit: http://www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com/

The "ultimate sports lodge" is the ideal place to watch the game with more than 60 flat screen TVs in each of its two Valley locations, 29-degree on-tap beer and game-friendly bites. 

Phoenix-Camelback
2135 E. Camelback Rd.    
Phoenix, AZ 85016    
(602) 954-8946

Scottsdale
8787 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.    
Scottsdale, AZ 85260    
(480) 483-0921