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Thanksgiving-Themed Workout

This Thanksgiving, try a fun-themed workout to help you stay active and give thanks for fitness. This 20-minute, Thanksgiving-themed workout is something you can do with family or on your own—all you need is a timer.

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Keep Moving This Holiday Season

As we transition into the busy holiday season, it can be challenging to stay active. However, staying physically active during the winter months is just as important as any other time of the year.

Young woman demonstrating the reclined side leg raise exercise. For a complete description, call SDSU Extension at 605-688-6729.

Build Strength Without Using Weights!

Good news! You can use your own body weight to help build strong muscles and bones, no equipment needed!

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Know Your West Nile Virus Vectors

In some areas of South Dakota, recent precipitation has led to an increase in mosquito activity. To reduce the chances of contracting West Nile Virus, it is important to understand the behavior of the mosquitos capable of vectoring it.

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How to Avoid Being Dinner: Preventing Tick and Mosquito Bites

Summer is here, and so are the opportunities to enjoy the long days and warm weather. Ticks and mosquitoes share the outdoors with us, and there are things you can do to prevent bites from both.

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Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Effective stress management techniques can help you approach managing your stress in a healthy manner, such as practicing good time management, having realistic expectations, practicing relaxation techniques, or becoming more physically active.

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Move Throughout the Day

Try some of the following exercises throughout your day and notice if your productivity, mood, and overall wellbeing improves!

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Ticks Becoming Active in South Dakota

The arrival of spring in South Dakota means warmer weather and more outdoor activities. However, it also brings an increase in tick activity.

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Boost Your Immunity With Simple Lifestyle Changes

Have you ever thought about how your daily routine or health habits affect your overall health? Have you been told that making time for those little things such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, and stress management, for example, can all affect more than one aspect of your life?

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Keep Moving Indoors

There are so many opportunities to squeeze in activity during the day. The current Physical Activity Guidelines say that any activity counts towards meeting the recommended 150 minutes of activity each week. So, get creative, find what you enjoy and keep your body moving as much as possible every day.