Building a Better YOU in 2020

Each month our WellStyles™ team brings you highlights of our 7 pillars of wellness and tips on how to improve yourself from head to toe, inside and out! This month is centered around building a better you. In the new year, we tend to set resolutions for ourselves and as such your wellness team has some tips on how to … Read More

How to Balance Your Health Goals During the Holidays

Common Belief: Our health goals should be put on the back burner during the holidays.  New Perspective: Finding a balance between joy and health during the holidays is key!  For consistency’s sake, it was important to me to provide you with a Myth-Buster Monday this month, but I didn’t want to hit you with a heavy topic right before the holidays. Instead, I … Read More

 Maintaining a Healthy Mind and Body Through the Holidays

You can’t reverse the calendar, but the Valley Schools Wellness team is here to remind you of some strategies for maintaining your sanity during this most pressured time of year. Reframe Your Thinking Recognize that the people in your life are who they are. It is not new information who will be the Scrooge, who will drink too much, who … Read More

Truth or Myth: It’s the Tryptophan That Makes You Tired

Myth: Tryptophan in turkey is to blame for the Thanksgiving food coma.   Truth: Excessive eating and carbohydrate intake are more likely the cause. With Thanksgiving approaching, we felt compelled to dispel a common myth surrounding this well-loved holiday and encourage healthier eating practices at the same time. If you have a tendency to indulge in all the fan-favorites, then you … Read More

Cultivate Gratitude This Holiday

Our fast-paced, consumer-driven world of the twenty-first century can often distract us from celebrating the true essence of the humble November holiday; Thanksgiving.  Many of us will take some time to acknowledge what we are grateful for, but how many of us will simultaneously be distracted by “28 shopping days until Christmas”, Black Friday plans, or a big Cyber Monday … Read More

The Self-Care Season

The holidays are right around the corner and people are busy making plans with family and shopping for dinner, along with keeping the household running and trying their best to stay healthy. While many believe the holidays are a time of happiness and joy, the pressures of all the planning that goes into them can put a strain on even … Read More

Truth or Myth: Everyone Should Take a Daily Probiotic

Myth: Everyone should take a probiotic supplement daily.  Truth: Probiotic supplementation may not be necessary for everyone.  A probiotic is defined as a microorganism that maintains or restores beneficial bacteria to the digestive tract when consumed (from food or a dietary supplement). 35,000 species of probiotic bacteria have been identified and each strain has a unique effect on the human … Read More

Meet Your Circadian Rhythm

By Lauren Ruegg, DNP The rotation of the earth results in a 24-hour light and dark cycle. All life on this planet has adapted and/or evolved with the exposure to daylight and darkness for hundreds of millions of years. Many of us know the circadian rhythm is responsible for our diurnal habits (sleeping at night, and wakefulness during the day).  … Read More

The Evolutionary Context of the Ketogenic Diet

By Lauren Ruegg, DNP The ketogenic diet has gained significant traction in the news, on social media, and even documentary production.  With its rising popularity, it’s hard not to wonder if this might be the answer we have all been waiting for to settle the never-ending diet war.  The truth is, “dieting” is not an eating behavior that is natural … Read More

Valley Schools: Wellness AtoZ Employer

Congratulations to Valley Schools and the WellStyles Program! The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s initiative, Wellness AtoZ, making Arizona and Greater Phoenix a healthy living destination, has recognized the affordable health insurance consultant Valley Schools and workplace wellness program WellStyles as a Wellness AtoZ Employer! Valley Schools offers affordable healthcare and wellness consulting in Arizona is now on board at the … Read More