Debbie Lancto

Health and Wellness Champion at Avera Health Plans

I moved from Rawlins, Wyo., in 1993 to attend the University of Sioux Falls. I competed on the track team and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Wellness and Fitness.

I enjoy any activity if it involves being outside and my favorites include water skiing and jet skiing. My three, very energetic Italian greyhounds keep me active and I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

My passion for travel includes learning new ways to incorporate fitness into every vacation and my most memorable were my trips to Colorado hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

Getting the chance to bring wellness into the workplace for our fully insured groups at Avera Health Plans is exciting. The best part of my job is motivating others to learn new approaches to their health and wellness. I look forward to sharing these tips in blogs and open the opportunity to others to share their ideas.
Author Archive | Debbie Lancto
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“Digital Detox” Can Recharge Your Brain

We hear it constantly: screen time is bad, phone snubbing and digital dependency are rampant and we’re all growing apart due to this annoying and seemingly unstoppable desire to update, check updates and view just one more Snapchat. It’s conventional wisdom, sure, but how do we get started on a “digital detox” when we are pretty much addicted to our phones, tablets or computers? Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Prediabetes: Your Chance to Stop Type 2 in its Tracks

When meeting with our health plans members, I am hearing more questions about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. And recently, what exactly is pre diabetes? Diabetes is a growing epidemic nationwide — it is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and affects about 29 million people, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Fitness Trackers

When it comes to getting fitter and healthier, knowledge is power. Fitness trackers, or wrist-worn gadgets, can tell you more about yourself than even you ever knew. I bought my FitBit in October of 2014 and I was excited to start wearing and seeing the daily numbers. Read More »
Exercise · Avera Health

Top 10 Workout Trends for 2015

The new year means new goals! I wanted to share with you the 10 trends that the American College of Sports Medicine has predicted for 2015. The cool thing about these trends is that people of all ages, sizes and function can do these! Read More »
Exercise · McKennan

Creating an Easy, Effective and Fun Wellness Plan

I have said it many times: I want to exercise more and eat healthier. We can all make this statement, but if we don’t have a plan, the goal may fail. Setting the goal is just the first step. Know where you’re going, what resources you’ll need, who can help and — most importantly — what Plan B is when life throws a monkey wrench into Plan A. Read More »
Exercise · McKennan

Kicking the Habit

You’ve just eaten a wonderful steak dinner. What’s next? If you’re a smoker, the end of a good meal may trigger a cigarette craving. If you’re trying to quit, one of the keys is knowing your triggers and how to work around them. Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health