Need to be motivated to start the week off on a healthy note? Just try one or more of three things to start the week off on the right path.

1. Make plans to attend the free Crow Wing Energized's Annual Health & Wellness Summit "Resiliency: mind, body, spirit" from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 23, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter. Register at

The session will include health, fitness and wellness tips and strategies. Organized by energetic people with a passion for community wellness, the event will also include fresh and thought-provoking data from a Crow Wing County community health survey. It includes keynote speakers, lunch, breakout sessions, networking, and a panel discussion interspersed with moments to get the body moving.

The event offers information to help people live a healthier lifestyle at home and at work.

2. Learn how to live in the moment. "Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. It can help us build an attitude of curiosity, openness and acceptance. Mindfulness can be practiced by anyone at any time," a course description stated in the recent Community Education list of events and classes for this winter and spring. The class at Brainerd High School costs $40 for five sessions from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays from Feb. 6 to March 6.

3. Night-time snacker? WebMD said there is no conclusive proof late-night meals cause people to put on weight. But many night eaters do tend to overeat and choose high-calorie foods, WebMD stated, adding it can also lead to heartburn and indigestion. The recommendation is to stick to regular mealtimes that are earlier parts of the day.

Health tip: Wash your hands after ordering from the restaurant menu before digging into your meal. WebMD noted a microbiologist stated the menu can have 100 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

For more tips from the weekly Three Things list, check out the Monday Motivator page each week in the Dispatch or e-edition, or go to and go to lifestyle to reach the drop-down menu for health or search using the keyword Monday Motivator or three things.

Questions or tips to share, contact Renee Richardson, managing editor, at or 218-855-5852.