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3 Things for Better Health - Aug. 6

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 on the right path.

1. Try hard-baking eggs. Want another option than hard-boiled eggs? WebMD notes hard-baking works quite nicely. Preheat the oven to 325-350 degrees. Put uncracked, raw eggs in a muffin tin. Cook for 30 minutes. Scoop the eggs into ice water and cool completely—about 10 minutes.

2. Make that screening appointment this week. Rising rates of colon cancer in young people has the American Cancer Society updating its screening guidelines to say that adults at average risk should start getting tested at age 45 instead of age 50. Anyone with a first-degree relative diagnosed before age 60 should be tested starting at age 40 or 10 years before the age of the diagnosis of the youngest relative with the disease. "Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. While the death rate for young adults is small, it is on the rise," WebMD reported.

3. Attend a Lakes Area Music Festival concert in Brainerd and yoga event. Want to have a couple stress-free hours with inspiring music played by world-class musicians. The free summer concert series provides all that and more. Pre-concert talks provide even greater appreciation for the works. The next concert is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 with concerts continuing on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays through August. Go to for more information. And on Aug. 18, plan to attend the community yoga event as part of the festival's outreach. The event is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the Don Adamson Football Field at Brainerd High School, with parking just off East River Road in Brainerd.

Classical music, meditation, and fitness come together in an hour long, outdoor yoga class at Don Adamson Field on the Brainerd High School campus.

The event is open to all members of the community without charge or previous yoga experience, the festival notes, adding donations to support the outreach programs of the LAMF will be accepted. Mats will be available to borrow.

Jennifer Smith of Nisswa Yoga will lead the class with demonstrations and adjustments by teachers from Nisswa Yoga, Karmady Yoga Fitness, YMCA, Lakes Area Yoga Association, Park City Yoga Adventures, Brainerd High School, and more.

This program is made possible through the festival's Outreach program.

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.

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