Jake is back and 6 am coed has resumed! Sat/Sun Aug 21 & 22 will be the last cancelled days of training for this month. We will not have Step on Sun Aug 22 either. 


Our aerobics instructors get paid based on the actual aerobics payments divided by the total number of classes they teach. Most of our classes have great numbers of 6-12 students, but there are a few classes with only 3 students regularly attending (10:30 yoga, 635 MixxedFit, for example). We’d like to keep these classes on the schedule but will cancel them in September if the numbers in those classes don’t increase. Spread the word about your favorite instructors and consider stepping out of your comfort zone to try one of our classes you haven’t made part of your weekly routine ????

At-home covid saliva test

“New Mexico and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost.”

These are “spit tests” into a tube, and have an unopened shelf life of up to 2 years; because Otero County has such a high positivity rate, unless you are homebound it doesn’t hurt to have one on hand. Similarly, if you are going to be traveling you might order one before your trip to have on hand when you get back. Then, if you have any symptoms you can do the test (be ready to be on Zoom to do it with a provider) and get results in 48-72 hours. You might be more likely to do the test this way instead of setting up an appt to do so. Of course if there are testing events going on that is a better choice. 

NM does these free for its residents, but other states are partnered with Vault, too. I’ve done the test in the past and it is easy to do (once you figure out Zoom, lol.) These are free tests, but have a copy of your insurance card (front and back) available to upload.


Lifting your spirits might be as easy as adding more beans and other fiber-rich foods to your plate. A study published in the journal Nutrition in October 2018 found that people who reported eating the most fiber overall (including from cereal grains, vegetables and fruits) had fewer depressive symptoms. The data came from 16,807 American adults enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

The study suggests that consuming at least 21 grams of fiber daily is the magic mark for reducing depression risk, though Americans typically eat only about 15–18 g. Where does this mood-boosting benefit come from? It could be that high-fiber foods provide an arsenal of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that improve brain function. Dietary fiber can also improve the microorganisms in our gut, and a growing body of research suggests that these critters may play a role in brain health. So you can feel especially good about eating high-fiber foods.


Another reason to up your fiber!


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