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“I WILL PLAY GOLF THIS YEAR.” “I have been a patient of NOPT for several months. I have had 19 surgeries, with more to come. I let myself concentrate on the pain and mental and emotional anguish that comes with it. I have four small grandchildren and I was telling them I couldn’t participate in certain activities. I had to give up golf, a sport I have always had a passion for. I am also a retired physical education teacher and coach and know the importance of a healthy body. When I first started physical therapy I limped, didn’t stand straight, and was in constant pain. After just a few visits the difference was remarkable. My pain lessened, my limp improved, and I stood straighter. Perhaps just as important was the improvement in my mood. I am happier, again interested in doing things, and able attend activities with my grand children. Amy is kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable. She is hands on and was with me every step of the way. She always knew how to treat all of my complaints and was flexible if I needed to make a change. I am so grateful to them and to my doctor for recommending NOPT. One last thing - I WILL play golf this year.” - Patti Fitch

Do you use the new year as an annual health seminar with yourself? Here’s a list of 10 simple wellness tips. Hopefully, these will make picking an easily-attainable goal less daunting and enjoyable. Cheers to a healthy and happy new year. 1. Drink half your body weight in water When the body is dehydrated, it doesn’t run efficiently. Drinking water has plenty of benefits including increasing energy, flushing out toxins, improving skin complexion and boosting immunity, to name a few. 2. Start the morning with a hydrating warm drink I choose warm water and lemon because I like the taste. I’ve also seen apple cider vinegar concoctions that rehydrate and influence the body’s alkaline state, which has been noted for added health benefits. Drink these before coffee and breakfast for instant energy, likely from the rehydration process. 3. Be active daily Aim for 30 minutes of activity daily. Break it up throughout the day: 10 minutes before work, 10 minutes afterwards and 10 minutes home with the kids. WELLNESS TIPS FOR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

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VEGETARIAN CHILI

• 1 tsp bottled minced garlic • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes • 1 (8 ounce) can no-salt- added tomato sauce • 1 cup water • 4½ tsp chili powder

• ¼ cup light sour cream • Fresh cilantro (optional) • ⅛ tsp chili powder (optional) • 1 tsp canola oil • 1 cup chopped onion • 1 cup green sweet pepper • 2 cloves garlic

INGREDIENTS • 1 tsp garlic-herb, salt-free seasoning blend • 1 tsp ground cumin • ⅛ tsp salt • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

DIRECTIONS Lightly coat an unheated large saucepan or Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat bottom of pan. Add onion, sweet pepper, and garlic to hot pan; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until pepper is tender, stirring often. If necessary, reduce heat to prevent burning. Add undrained diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, the water, the chili powder, the seasoning blend, cumin, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in beans and mixed vegetables.Return toboiling; reduceheat.Simmer,uncovered,about10minutesmore or until vegetables are tender. If desired, top individual servings with sour cream and/ or cilantro and sprinkle with the chili powder.

Good luck. Happy New Year and always remember to check with your doctor or physical therapist when making changes to your lifestyle.

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