Monday, January 16

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Motivational Monday: Cardio and core based workout for a busy lifestyle 

For this Motivational Monday, we get motivated at Simply Cardio. They've designed a program that offers a full body workout, personalized to your specific needs, that even comes equipped with a personal trainer at each station. They say this added touch will provide you with a one-on-one experience, without the high price tag.  

One free week trial to simply cardio the most efficient 30-minute cardio, core, and strength workout in old town Scottsdale, call 480-945-2282 to schedule your first visit! 

For more information, visit:

Simply Cardio 
4207 N. Scottsdale Rd.
3rd Ave & Scottsdale Rd. 

Rotisserie Chicken Challenge 

This month, Bashas' is holding a "Stretch Your Dollar" Rotisserie #ChickenChallenge, which will reward a creative family with a $500 gift card and rotisserie chicken throughout the year. Arizona's hometown grocer is inspiring families to get creative in the kitchen by challenging them to share three easy-to-make dishes from a Bashas' rotisserie chicken. 

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Beat the blues this "Blue Monday"

It's supposedly the most depressing day of the year, caused by a combination of post-holiday blues, guilt over abandoned New Year's resolutions, cold, overcast weather, and other equally dismal factors. The doctor is in to help us through it!

Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year. Or is it?  

  •     It is said that Blue Monday is based on a formula which includes factors such weather, debt and lack of motivation
  •     However, this formula is not specific, not based on any science or anything based in reality 
  •     Blue Monday was actually created as part of an ad campaign to encourage people to buy summer vacations
  •     The myth has continued for more than a decade because it may be tapping into real emotions

There are several reasons why people can feel down during the month of January:

  •     The anticlimax of the festivities and cheer of the holiday season
  •     The fun holiday lights are gone but the dreary weather remains
  •     High expectations for a new beginning in the new year and those expectations
  •     There is no more avoiding the health, activity, eating and budgeting goals you've just spent weeks neglecting 

If you are feeling down this January, here are some tips to pick your spirits up

  •     Sunshine is hard to come by this time of year, but try to get out in its daily
  •     Make dates with friends and family to continue the cheer and spirit from the holidays
  •     Keep your lights up (who cares what the neighbors think)
  •     Forget resolutions. Set realistic expectations
  •     Join groups to help you reach some new goals (
  •     Listen to someone else's story with podcasts like The moth ( Story Collider (

Use tools and technology to help you stick to and have fun with behavior change

  •     My Fitness Pal: a free online calorie counter and diet plan
  •     Happify: an app with fun games and activities to help you keep your thoughts positive. 
  •     Pacer: A free app that tracks your steps in real time.  You can set goals and join groups with others to will get active, lose weight and feel     better. You may get addicted to beating your daily goals!
  •     Calm-- well named app with guided meditations for sleep, anxiety, stress and other distractions.
  •     Five-minute journal--spend five minutes writing your thoughts, jotting down the things you're grateful for or lessons you've learned.       
  •     Help improve your community--volunteer at your local schools or community garden or local organization

Dr. Sharon Thompson, MD, MPH, FACOG
Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology, 926 East McDowell Road, #134, Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 288-0777

Teenage harpists featured at concert this weekend

They're only 14 and 15 years old - and will be showcased in the MusicaNova Orchestra's "Beautiful Strings" concert Saturday at Arizona Piano Company. 

MusicaNova Orchestra, a group of professional classical musicians, has developed a program to showcase Young Artists from around the valley and this Saturday they are presenting a program called Beautiful Strings.  The concert will include 4 young phenomes who will be performing on piano and harp, and we have two of the teenage performers here to give us a preview of their ability to play the harp.

Marina Tiffany is 14, an eighth grader at South Valley Junior High School, performs harp for the East Valley Youth Symphony, also plays violin, piano and choir.  She was voted by her school as "Most Musical"

Hannah Guan is 15, a freshman at Hamilton High School, has been playing harp since 9 years old. She's received many awards as a harpist and performs for the Hamilton High school Chamber Orchestra.  She is also on the Hamilton High School Freshman Tennis team.

For more information, visit:

MusicaNova Orchestra
Beautiful Strings Jan 21 at 4 pm
Arizona Piano Company
4134 East Wood Street, Phoenix AZ 85040 
Tickets:  $15 adults/ kids free

Farm Sanctuary and Changing the Way Society Views and Treats Farm Animals

Farm Sanctuary is a national nonprofit organization with more than a half a million members and supporters nationwide, including Alec Baldwin, Ellen DeGeneres, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, and Jon Stewart (who, along with his wife Tracey, has partnered with Farm Sanctuary to open the organization's fourth location at their New Jersey farm in 2018), that works to change how our society views and treats farm animals through rescue, education and advocacy. The organization provides lifelong care for animals rescued from abuse at four sanctuary locations in New York, California and New Jersey; promotes compassionate vegan living; and advocates legal and policy reforms. 

To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit:

7th annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is sponsoring the 7th annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge this January. The contest takes place from Jan. 1-25 and encourages kids across the state to submit their creative and healthy side dish recipes. With many Arizonans making New Year's resolutions to make better food and fitness choices right now, this contest is a great opportunity for families to work together and create a healthy recipe that is also kid-friendly. 

The contest is open to children ages 912 years old, living anywhere in Arizona. The top five finalists will prepare and sample their creation at a Phoenix Suns home game in February.

In order to be considered, a recipe must be:

Kids can submit fun and healthy recipes ideas for consideration at 

Rainbow Mango Salad Taco (serves one)

    1 mango, peeled and sliced 
    1 large shallot, diced
    ½ cup purple cabbage, diced 
    8 strawberries, chopped 
    ¼ teaspoon cumin 
    ¼ teaspoon chili powder
    ¼ teaspoon oregano 
    3 limes squeezed for juice 
    Salt & pepper to taste 
    3 medium romaine lettuce leaves
    1 sliced avocado 
    Sprinkling of jarred medium spiced jalapeno (optional)


  •    An original recipe for a hot or cold side dish
  •     Include at least one fruit and/or vegetable
  •     Able to be cooked within 20 minutes (not including prep time)
  •     Mix the first nine ingredients together in a bowl to make a salsa mixture.
  •     Lay out lettuce leaves and top with salsa. Add sliced avocado and jalapenos, to taste. 
  •     Enjoy! 

For more information on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Walk On! Challenge visit: