Sonoma Valley Hospital and Parkpoint Health Club have a unique collaboration that supports clients and patients to get healthy using a holistic approach. It’s important to understand how your nutrition choices affect your overall health in combination with your exercise and stress levels. Allison Evanson, Clinical Nutrition Coordinator and Outpatient Dietitian for Sonoma Valley Hospital, will help you look at eating patterns to see how they can hurt or help you, plus you’ll walk away with nutrition plans, goals, and tips to help you achieves success. Allison works with individuals and groups to discuss healthy eating, specialized diets, and how to make individualized and nutrition-focused changes for a healthy lifestyle. Contact Allison directly to schedule an appointment at Sonoma Valley Hospital.


Parkpoint Sonoma also hosts regular Weight Watchers® meetings. Read more


by LC Arisman

We’ve all seen the articles (and “list-icles”) spouting the benefits of certain health habits. We’ve read about the benefits of proper hydration, the dangers of “frankenfoods,” and the importance of eating a plant-based whole-food diet. We’ve saved workout templates and pinned recipes for spa water. Maybe we even bought a juicer or a yoga mat. We know what we should do but we don’t know how to start doing it. And we are not alone.

So, how do we start? Start at the top of your day and find one small way to make a stronger choice. That sounds good, huh? But seriously, break it down into tiny choices. Do you sweeten your coffee? If you use sugar, honey, Stevia, or no-calorie sweetener, use just a little less. Nothing drastic at first, just a little less. Do you skip breakfast? Keep a Lara Bar or a baggie of almonds in your car so you can nibble something before walking into the office and facing down the plate of scones. Do you find yourself sitting and scrolling through social media? Stand up when you’re on your phone. If you are interested in beginning a mediation practice, start by connecting to your breath by taking a slow deep breath when you brush your teeth or get into your car.

Often we think a change has to be big in order to be important, but a small shift can create significant change. One step may not take us very far, but when we can repeat it over and over again, we can cover a large distance.