Darryl Nordquist, President/CEO ( dnordquist@sosd.org ) ● Melanie Frosch, Vice President - Sports and Competition ( mfrosch@sosd.org
Johna Thum, Vice President - Field Services ( jthum@sosd.org ) ● Chad VanderPoel, Assistant Sports Director ( cvanderpoel@sosd.org )  
John McHale, Sports Assistant ( jmchale@sosd.org ) ) ● Amy Crawford, LETR Event Manager ( acrawford@sosd.org )
Jill Kvanli, LETR Event Manager ( jkvanli@sosd.org ) ● Twila Hansen, Office Manager ( thansen@sosd.org )
Julie Briggs, Vice President - Outreach ( jbriggs@sosd.org ) ● Nick Mills, Administrative Assistant ( nmills@sosd.org )
Cathy Grubb, Black Hills Area Director ( cgrubb@sosd.org ) ● Haley Zerr, UCS/Sports and Competition ( hzerr@sosd.org )

Stay Healthy @ Home

May 13, 2020
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Has COVID-19 gone away? Sadly the answer is no. It is important we continue to practice the following advice issued by the CDC:
General stay healthy tips
Wash your hands… a lot!
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Stay home if you feel sick
When outside of our homes
Avoid groups and crowds
Stay at least 6 feet away from others
Wear a facemask

Stay updated and informed by visiting the CDC Website
1 Minute With Dr. J
Dr. J here,

I hope you were able to get some breathing exercises done this past week. This week we would like to add another activity called mindfulness. The easiest way to be mindful is use your five senses. This can help you pause when life is busy and can decrease anxiety and worries. You can spend time with just one sense or all senses. Try this:

Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down. Maybe turn on some soft, calming music. Try to focus only on your surroundings for 5-10 minutes.

Five - Look at five things you can see around you such as a clock or furniture.

Four - Think about four things you can feel such as the wind, the chair you are sitting in or your feet on the ground.

Three - Listen for three sounds you can hear such as birds chirping or car horns.

Two - Find two things you can smell such as food in the kitchen or fresh cut grass.

One - Think about one thing you can taste such as toothpaste or breakfast. 
Pause and try this once a day or a few times per day and see how this helps your worries or stress.
Until next time, 

Dr. J
Dr. Jordan L. Nordquist
Board Certified General Psychiatrist
Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Athlete Power!
Here are just a few things our amazing SOSD athletes are doing to stay happy and healthy.

There is always something happening on ATHLETE CONNECTION... You are invited to join the fun!
Your favorite holiday
2.4th of July

Your favorite sport
Almost daily you will find Carla and Marla West riding their bicyles around Spearfish delivering papers and staying fit.
If you would like to be featured in this column, simply post your health or fitness practice on our ATHLETE CONNECTION facebook page
We have spirit, yes we do, we have spirt how 'bout you?
We had a great time May 4-8 celebrating Spirit Week. Last week we featured Medal Monday, Team Tuesday and Wild Wednesday.

Throwback Thursday and SOSD gear Friday did not disappoint!
Throwback Thursday: Kim Benning, Dale Brondel (Mitchell) and Amy Buechler at 2010 USA Games
SOSD Gear Friday: Ashley Clark (Sioux Falls Fireworks) rocking her gear!
The Challenge Is Almost Complete!
For the next 30 days, we challenge you to join us in keeping a strong mind through these difficult times! Sign up & keep track of your progress as you dedicate 5 minutes every day for 4 weeks to #Take5ForAStrongMind

Week 1 Challenge Recap: You were challenged to use a stress ball to help break the tension in your muscles and help you relax. If you don’t have one, try using a small stuffed animal or just practicing the movement with your hand.

Week 2 Challenge Recap: Using words of encouragement and positive affirmations can help you bring out the light in your life. Start every day by writing down a positive statement and placing it somewhere where you will see all day.

Week 3 Challenge Recap: Breathing in deeply helps send a calming message to your brain. This week, if you are feeling stressed or anxious, try taking big, deep breaths .

Week 4 Challenge: Practicing stretching and yoga can help calm your mind by transferring your focus onto your body. As we enter the last few days of the #Take5ForAStrongMind Challenge, try adding some strong stretches to your day-to-day routine! 

SOI, Inc. invites you to register and
record your progress
A Puzzling Situation
Whitney just completed the "Flashbacks" puzzle.

Next stop... Milbank. This will be the 6th time this puzzle has been assembled.

Want in on the fun? Click below and reserve your chance to participate.
You Could Be Next
There was a time when the thing to do
was collect baseball cards. Now we
are collecting ATHLETE CARDS!
Click to complete the form. You just
might see yourself right here or on
our facebook page!
Join us on this special Facebook page created to keep you connected with your SOSD staff and friends. We are 241 members strong! Athletes from all over the state are posting photos and videos of their fitness efforts, healthy eating and much more. Come on... let's stay connected!

Look for these weekly events:

1. Fitness With Coach Mike - Join Mike for at home fitness sessions.
Tues and Thurs 9:00 am CT (recorded for later viewing)

2 .Chat With Chad - Live Zoom chats with everyone who joins!
Wed 10:30 am CT Click to email Chad for your invitation to participate
Stay updated and informed with these simple how to stay healthy stratagies.
Don't miss out on
valuable information!

Click button for all previously
hi-lited and published resources.
Class is now in session! This easy-to-use toolkit features cardio, balance and endurance workout videos.
This fitness tracker is SOSD's very own. There are many options out there... just choose one you like best!
Fit 5 gives you tools to introduce 3 simple health practices into your dailyl life:
1.Get some exercis
2.Drink a lot of water
3 Eat healthy foods
Not only should we be mindful of our physical health, we need to tend to our emotional health as well.
Don't miss out on
valuable information!

Click button for all previously hi-lited
and published resources.

Visit our online calendar for event updates!

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