Articles by: Harriet Wallis

Correspondent Harriet Wallis chose Dr. Beck for many reasons.
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Knee Replacement—How I Chose My Surgeon: Part 4

How To Identify An Athletically-Empathic Surgeon. I’m lucky to live in Salt Lake City. There are 10 ski resorts nearby, and there are opportunities for an active lifestyle year-round. Because of that, there are many top surgeons here who put athletes back together when they get injured or need replacement parts. But when I needed to have my knees replaced, I[Read More…]

by December 15, 2014 1 comment Health, Home Top Box 3, MedTech
Correspondent Harriet Wallis loves her Silver Sneakers aerobics class.
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Move It! Get Fit Your Way With Silver Sneakers

Nationwide Health Insurance Program Supports Senior Fitness. Tune yourself up for ski season and beyond. Get started by checking your health insurance plan to see if it includes Silver Sneakers. It’s a nationwide program sponsored by many health insurance plans, and it encourages older adults to get fit in whatever way they want to. Silver Sneakers gives you access to[Read More…]

by December 11, 2014 2 comments Conditioning, Health, Home Top Box 2
The Ski Archives at the J.W.Marriott Library at the University of Utah is the largest in the country.
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Glittering Evening At Ski Archives Fund Raiser in SLC

Movers and Shakers honored. Twenty years ago, ski enthusiasts and visionaries realized that historic ski photos and manuscripts should be collected to assure they wouldn’t be lost in dusty attics and that old albums wouldn’t be tossed out. The resulting collection is housed on the University of Utah campus in the J. Willard Marriott Library, and it’s called the Ski[Read More…]

by December 5, 2014 0 comments Other News, West
Harriet waits to interview a surgeon amidst clear evidence of sport-orientation.
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Knee Replacement—Interviewing The Docs: Part 3

Practical tips to help you evaluate surgeons Inspired by a Brighton, Utah, ski patroller with two artificial knees, I buckled down and researched the knee replacement process. I soon felt like I had a PhD on the subject. I’m glad I did the homework. It charted my course. Make a list. From my research, I generated 20 questions to ask[Read More…]

by November 23, 2014 1 comment MedTech
HIghly trained ski patrollers will be looking for your id.
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Who Are You? The Ski Patrol Wants To Know

Carrying Identification Can Help The Ski Patrol Help You. Accidents happen. And when they do, the ski patrol will likely be your savior. But the patrol needs your help. Here’s what you should have with you every time you ski or ride–just in case. Carry identification. If you’re injured and can’t speak for yourself, the patrol will have to figure[Read More…]

by November 13, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Home Top Box 1, MedTech
ThinOptics super-convenient reading glasses can be stowed with your phone!
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Seniors See Anywhere: ThinOptics Reading Glasses

Accessible reading glasses, even on a ski lift, make reading fine print do-able again. You’ll love these reading glasses, because you’ll always have them with you. No more passing glasses around to read the trail map or the menu. You’ll have your very own glasses, and you’ll know exactly where they are—because their case is on your phone. Now that’s[Read More…]

by October 28, 2014 0 comments Accessories
Metal Knee Model: Is there one in your future?
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Knee Replacement Isn’t For Sissies: Part 2

Tips to Kick Start Your Research A Brighton, Utah, ski patroller with two artificial knees assured me there’s definitely life – and skiing – after knee replacement. Her unbounded success motivated me to launch into research. I’m glad I did my homework. What I learned affected the direction I took, the outcome and ultimately my success. Here are some tips[Read More…]

by October 23, 2014 0 comments Home Top Box 1, MedTech

Breaking News: Vail Resorts has purchased Park City Mountain Resort

From the Salt Lake Tribune: Vail Resorts has purchased Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5 million in cash, creating the country’s largest ski resort covering more than 7,000 acres. The Colorado resort announced the acquisition Thursday morning, adding that the sale resolves all litigation with Powdr Corp., Park City Mountain Resort’s parent company.

by September 11, 2014 0 comments West
Start early and bond with your instructor! 
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Should I Take An Early Season Lesson?

Starting right sticks all season. My friend says the same thing every winter. She says wants to take a lesson as soon as there’s more snow on the ground or when she has more ski days under her belt. That’s been going on for as long as I’ve known her, and she still hasn’t taken a lesson. If you’ve ever[Read More…]

by August 5, 2014 1 comment Conditioning
The Truth About Hand Warmers

The Truth About Hand Warmers

A hot tip for happy hands. The fall hunting season can be the best time to stock up on the “shake ’em up” hand warmer packets that we put into our ski gloves and mittens. In my area—Salt Lake City—some big box stores have special deals on the packets in the fall when outdoorsmen are preparing to head to the[Read More…]

by August 4, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Gear, Home Top Box 2
Is There Life After Knee Replacement? Part I

Is There Life After Knee Replacement? Part I

Inspiration Is The First Step. There’s a saying: If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch. I had to stay on the porch. My knees had quit, and I spent ski days mostly on the deck of the ski lodge while everybody else went skiing. I slathered on the sunscreen, drank hot chocolate and chatted with visitors.[Read More…]

by July 25, 2014 5 comments MedTech
How about those smiles? 
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Should You Teach Your Munchkins To Ski?

Five Non-Obvious Tips For Making Learning Fun For All. Because you love to ski or ride, you probably hope that your grandkids will also share your passion for the snow.  Here are some ideas to get things off to a good start if you plan to teach them yourself. Look for deals. Some resorts offer free or low cost tickets for youngsters.[Read More…]

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