Health & Wellness

When brother and sister Rick Putnam and Jill McGary started, a website featuring snowboard lesson videos, they had no idea what they were onto.

Aches and pains, allergies, digestive troubles—for these kinds of chronic conditions, most of us are tempted to reach for traditional medicine with visits to a specialist, prescription drugs, lab tests and more.

Baby, it’s cold outside. But that shouldn’t stop Minnesota families from getting outdoors to have fun in our winter wonderland. So, for those who find themselves still curled up on the couch, get up. Bundle up. And soak up some of these winter family fun activities.

Dave Bigham inspired his pals with his ambition to create the North American Pond Hockey Tournament. Two years ago, after his death from a heart attack at age 41, J. Lindsay, Steve Youngstedt and Justin Pagel took on the responsibility for continuing the event.

Whether you want to lose weight or just have a healthier lifestyle, the new year has become synonymous with a time to make a change for the better.

As the Winter Olympics approach, medal-winning heroes can ignite passion in young dreamers. The figure skaters of the games seem especially inspiring, combining both artistry and athleticism. Their graceful glides burst into phenomenal feats of aerial acrobatics. Onlookers gape in amazement.

In the middle of a long Minnesota winter, while most of us are pulling on our parkas and grumbling about the latest snowfall, a few lake-area residents are in their element. Can you guess who? With wet noses, shaggy coats and an Arctic appetite, we’re talking about reindeer, of course!

After a July trip to St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Minnetonka Chamber Choir is ready to serenade Lake Minnetonka residents with holiday tunes.

Prepare for 2014 and browse Excelsior Bay Book’s selection of boxed and wall calendars. The store’s collection includes traditional Minnesota options, classic calendar photos and a few off–beat choices.

Thanks to all who voted for the 2014 Best of Lake Minnetonka! Tickets for our awards event go on sale December 18. The event will be held on Thursday, February 13, 5:30-8 p.m., at BMW of Minnetonka.