Make This a Summer to Remember

shutterstock_108034457 (1)Summer is right around the corner! No matter how old you are, there is something special about the start of summer. School is out, baseball season is in full swing, and coats are packed away until next winter. It’s a time of new beginnings and a great time to get a little healthier.

You don’t need to make a big change, like training for a marathon or becoming a vegetarian (unless you want to). For employees across Alliance Coal, 2015 is a year to discover how even one small change can have a positive impact on your health, mood, and energy levels. (more…)

Small Changes Make for Big Results

cokeEver heard the phrase, “Go big or go home?” Well, we say “Make it small and watch the pounds fall.” Often it’s the small, incremental changes you make that lead to life-changing results.

Studies show that people who make even just one small change in their eating or activity (like drinking one less can of soda or walking an extra five minutes every day) lose significant pounds and inches. “When you just start adding a couple small changes here and there, over time they lead to bigger lifestyle shifts that add up to lasting results,” says NP Lisa Russell, from the Health Center at Pattiki. (more…)

Get Out Your Bike and Have Some Fun

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Remember when summer meant riding your bike everywhere? It didn’t feel like exercise—it felt like fun, freedom, and fresh air. This summer, be like a kid again—get on your bike and go! (more…)

Strength in Numbers


As school children, we learned the value of the “buddy system.” As adults, many of us find that buddies still help us be safer, healthier, and have more fun. Thanks to their mutual support, a group of buddies in Alliance Coal’s Lexington office couldn’t wait to see their Heart Age numbers at the end of 2013!

Mary Lyndon Bashore, Pam Sparks Leonard, Tracy Daniel, Sandy Current, and Sharon Sloan have made positive lifestyle changes over the past year and were eager to see how their hard work paid off. Under the guidance of Nurse Kim Roe, who was an active participant in their group effort, the ladies have already hit many individual health goals. They are excited about their progress and committed to staying young at heart. (more…)

Quick Tips for a Healthier 2013

BoIt’s New Year’s resolution time again. What will you do in 2013 to live a healthier life? Here are a few suggestions from Dr. Bo Axelsson in the Alliance Tulsa Health Center.

Keep it simple. Focus on one personal health goal, with a few small improvements that you can stick with. For example, lose 10 pounds and keep it off. Start by cutting back on sugary sodas and energy drinks—and drinking more water.

Find a way to move more. Exercise doesn’t have to be done in a gym. Any kind of movement is better than sitting on the couch. Play with your kids or grandkids, work on projects around the house, walk up and down the stairs—it all counts. (more…)

Good Night, Sleep Right

Sleep image“We’re always talking about exercise and getting your heart going, so it may seem strange to talk about giving your heart a rest. But that’s just as important, says NP Marcia Polley at Sebree Mining.”

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), not getting enough sleep or getting poor quality sleep on a regular basis increases the risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease, and other medical conditions.