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. Say what? Add some asparagus to your meals. In a special issue on health, Newsweek reported asparagus, which is rich in folic acid and antioxidants, if eaten regularly can reduce a person's risk of hearing loss by 20 percent. Dark chocolate also provides a healthy dose of zinc and has been reported to protect ears against age-related hearing loss. And since hearing isn't the only important sense-eating almonds, rich in vitamin E, offsets macular degeneration, Newsweek reported.

2. Tired at work and need to get in a workout? Take 15 minutes out of the day for a walk. Newsweek reported a "15-minute walk has more instant energy than a 45-minute run because it wakes up your system without tiring it out. Even a walk around the room will make you feel refreshed and recharged." So if tired after work and feeling as though there is no extra energy for that workout, take a short walk to warm up muscles and get an energy boost to fuel the exercise plan.

3. Plan to attend Jaimie's Dragonfly Run at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 in Baxter at 14250 Conservation Drive. The second annual event has a 5K fun run/walk. The event, named in honor of Jaimie Senger, is committed to supporting Minnesota families affected by pediatric cancer. For more information, go to

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 keywords "Monday Motivator."

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