Michael Natt

Michael is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a certified health coach through the American Council for Exercise (ACE) and a Board Certified (BCC) health and wellness coach. He also has NASM certifications in corrective exercise, sports performance and behavior change. He has senior fitness specialty and group fitness certifications through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), and a fitness nutrition certification through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA). Michael earned a master’s degree in human resources development from the University of St. Thomas, and works with people to integrate their fitness goals with their life goals. Michael lives in Eden Prairie Minnesota.

Ole Miss

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There were many powerful forces in place, dating back to slavery, that limited options for black people in the segregated Deep South. Mississippi was the last bastion of the confederacy in 1962, and Ole Miss was its Fort Fisher.  Even the name ‘Ole Miss' was a term slaves used to refer to the wife of a plantation owner.

Living in Rio de Janeiro Time

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Dr. Walker asserts that sleep quality has a more profound impact on our overall psychological and physical health than diet and exercise. 

The Minority Voice

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There is no biblical or historical record of what happened to Barabbas after he was let go, but according to one tradition, on the day he was released, he went to Golgotha and watched Jesus die on the cross.  I don’t know whatever became of the defendant that we released, but I hope that he used the opportunity that we gave him to become a better person.

Who I Am

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One of the core concepts of the Enneagram is that each type embodies both virtues and vices and that there is a redemptive path of integration or a destructive path of disintegration available to us depending on whether we embrace and develop our virtues or give in to our vices.

Redeeming the Time

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I am personally grieved by the animosity and lack of respect that people show to political leaders who they don’t agree with. However, I found myself developing my own form of judgementalism toward people, so I have been working very diligently to cultivate a purity of heart, appreciation of others, and a greater level of emotional peace during this time.

My Hidden Talent

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Every human being has the capacity to pray.  If your prayer life needs reviving, give it some CPR: Compassion, Persistence and Revelation.

Toni St. Pierre

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St. Pierre was honored by the Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day at the Minnesota State Capitol for her role as an advocate for girls' and women's sports. The ceremony, which honored seven others, took place four days after she died.

Religion and Politics

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We did not agree on much, and more often than not, I was trying to derail whatever big-government scheme he had just concocted. And, in those years that Republicans held the majority in the Senate, when it came to getting some of our ideas passed into law, he was not just a stone in the road, he was a boulder.

Man’s Search for Meaning

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Every year we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is estimated that 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust. Six million of these were Jews. The Nazis killed approximately two-thirds of all Jews living in Europe.  An estimated 1.1 million children were murdered in the Holocaust.

The New Normal

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We all face struggles and setbacks in life.  Whether it is a broken relationship, the death of a loved one, physical, financial or emotional challenges.  Whatever the misfortune, God is there to cushion the blow, give us hope and lead us into what is our new normal.