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Keys to a healthy holiday from SOKO

Keys to a healthy holiday from SOKO

The food and drink is definitely abundant this time of year making it even easier to pack on the pounds. The cold weather tends to drive us inside and it’s easy to cover up a few extra pounds with the new fleece you got for Christmas. For some, the pounds melt off once warm weather returns and they stop eating comfort casseroles and go back to eating chicken breast and salad every day. However, for most of us, those love handles and beer bellies can be really stubborn. It seems this is especially true as we get older. SOKO Outfitters...
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Five Sustainable and Ethical Outdoor Clothing Brands

Five Sustainable and Ethical Outdoor Clothing Brands

Shop these brands; refuse to contribute to the environmental costs of fast fashion Did you know that the pair of jeans you’re wearing required approximately 2,000 gallons of water to create, from growing the cotton through manufacturing?1 Or that textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, after agriculture?2 How about the fact that 16 million tons of textile waste entered the municipal waste stream (landfills) in 2015, representing over 6% of the total waste stream?3 The list of negative environmental and social impacts of the fast fashion industry, as it’s called, is seemingly endless. Fast fashion focuses on speed...
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You can stay active outdoors this winter: Here’s how

You can stay active outdoors this winter: Here’s how

Winter. Do you wish it away, or embrace it? Do you hole up inside, or seek to be active outdoors no matter the weather? In mountainous states, people don’t think twice about heading outside to hit the slopes when the white stuff falls. And in Scandinavian countries, a wintertime practice that seems especially strange here is the norm: parents regularly let babies nap outside bundled up in strollers, in sub-freezing temps, even in public places like coffee shops. People in the Midwest seem slightly less willing to embrace winter. Maybe it’s the length of the season, the cultural disdain for...
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Winter Trekking: What to Wear & Where to Wear

Winter Trekking: What to Wear & Where to Wear

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Paddle, Fish, Hike and Call Owls

Paddle, Fish, Hike and Call Owls

Chuck Ungs, naturalist with Wickiup Hill for 19 years, leads recreation programs for all ages If you’re into outdoor recreation and you live in the Cedar Rapids area, Chuck Ungs is a person you need to meet. In addition to being a naturalist at Wickiup Hill Learning Center in Toddville for 19 years, he’s an ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor, an avid fisherman who builds his own rods, and he’s a recipient of the Iowa DNR’s Brass Bluegill award for excellence in angler education. And he’s teaching programs that get you (and your kids) more engaged with nature. If you’d like...
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