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Healthy Body, Healthy Business: Health Tips for Entrepreneurs

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When starting a business, it is easy to overwork yourself.

Fargo has a growing community of entrepreneurs, passionate about what they do, but all that time and stress can take a toll on health.

Entrepreneurs often work long hours and face high stakes, especially when the business is just beginning.

We got a few tips for how people starting their own businesses can make sure they're taking care of themselves.

"Go home, turn off your sewing machine, and go to sleep!"

One year after opening her own shop, Ashley Dedin says she's starting to settle into a routine.

But she remembers those exciting first few months when she practically lived at work, Aendee, where she sells neckties made from recycled materials.

Ashley: "I would come in at 4:00 in the morning and be here until 10:00 at night. I would have people coming by bringing me lunch because I would forget to eat it."

For her and other entrepreneurs, it's the passion and excitement that keeps them going but with all that momentum it can be hard to take a break.

And they can be putting their health at risk.

Ashley: "I lost like 15 pounds because I just wasn't paying attention."

Dr. Susan Mathison/Catalyst Medical Center: "A lot of entrepreneurs, new business owners, reallyd burn the candle at both ends."

Dr. Susan Mathison at Catalyst Medical Center says it's important to make sure you are taking time for yourself.

Number one: sleep - too little can drain your productivity and creativity.

Eat right: stick with the basics, like fruits and vegetables, and avoid that late night pizza.

And make sure you're getting out from behind that desk - or sewing machine - to get a little light exercise.

Dr. Mathison: "It's really important to not forget the basics and to take good care of yourself."Ashley: "Think about the people you have around you and what their skills and strengths are and don't be afraid to ask them to help you when you need it."

Though these tips are aimed at small business owners, obviously they can also apply to people in any job.

For more tips, click here to find a blog post by Dr. Mathison. 

Becky Parker

Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.   At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization.   Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo.   If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at

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