Living Well in Bell
Temple doctors provide guidance for meeting your 2022 wellness goals.
MONDAY JANUARY 3, 2022
“Before starting a goal, it is important to have a clear destination in your mind. You can’t achieve wellness if you can’t picture it.”
The Living Well in Bell lecture series is back after a pandemic-induced hiatus. The Feb. 2020 session (shown above) drew a packed house before the series was placed on hold. Living Well resumes Thursday, Jan. 6, via ZOOM.
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
A new year is upon us, and many Americans have resolved to make 2022 a year of change.
Pledges have been made to lose weight, quit smoking, save money or start an exercise program. Unfortunately, an estimated 80 percent will fail to reach their desired goals.
But according to organizers of Living Well in Bell, if you have had trouble in the past making lasting changes to elevate your health and happiness, you may not be the problem. The culprit could be in your approach.
The husband-and-wife doctor team of Patricia Sulak and Jeffrey Waxman, both Baylor Scott & White physicians, will be discussing workable strategies for making lifestyle changes during the first Living Well in Bell event of 2022.
Living Well in Bell is a monthly health education series supported by the Temple Community Clinic and the first event, Getting Healthier & Happier in 2022 will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, via ZOOM.
The event was originally scheduled for the Cultural Activities Center, but was moved online because of increasing COVID infection rates in and around Bell County.
Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87329742430 to join the webinar.
“These events are open to all members of the community, and they are absolutely free,” said Hollie Spinn, a Temple Community Clinic social worker who helps lead the program. “Sessions are designed to address issues that affect our overall well-being.”
“Drs. Sulak and Waxman’s session is one you don’t want to miss,” Spinn said. “If you have any questions, please contact Temple Community Clinic at (254) 771-3374.”
According to Sherri Woytek, executive director of the Temple Community Clinic, Living Well in Bell provides an opportunity for the clinic to help its patients and the entire Bell County area make life changes that will create a healthier community.
“We want to help you live your best life,” Woytek said. “Living Well in Bell started in Nov. 2019 with 38 people in attendance, and it grew to around 100 the next month. By Feb. 2020, we had 132 participants — it was a packed house.”
Early topics included Upping Your Wellness Game, Knowing Your (Vital) Numbers, Gut Health, Cyber Security and Nutrition. Unfortunately, the world screeched to a halt in March 2020 when COVID began to spread across the country.
“We had to stop the live meetings, but we did a few YouTube sessions,” Woytek said. “We started a temporary program we called Hot Topics that was pre-recorded. We were hoping to come back in person, but for now we will be presenting our information via ZOOM.”
Woytek said Temple is the perfect place to launch a wellness program because of the tremendous resources available.
“We live in a community with a huge database of medical knowledge,” she said. “It just makes sense to tap into that database.”
Thursday’s lineup of Waxman — a BSW urologist — and Sulak — a gynecologist — will focus on implementing lifestyle changes. The couple are co-founders of Living Well Aware, a program similar to Living Well in Bell.
“We promote healthy living,” Sulak said. “We are physicians and surgeons, but we realize the key to prevention is lifestyle and we can improve our well-being by living well aware.”
On Thursday, the doctors will be discussing why people have difficulty achieving New Year’s goals.
“Before starting a goal, it is important to have a clear destination in your mind,” Sulak said. “You can’t achieve wellness if you can’t picture it.”
“When I meet someone who is struggling to lose weight, I often ask them, ‘What does the ideal you look like?’ Their response is usually: ‘I don’t have a clue,’” Sulak said. “You have to know what your end-goal looks like.”
“People have to get rid of their self-limiting beliefs,” she said. “That’s why we fail at our goals — if we can get rid of self-limiting doubts, we can be successful.”
So, what are self-limiting doubts?
“‘I’ll never get out of debt’ is a good example,” Sulak said. “Or ‘Losing weight is too hard.’ If you think it’s going to be difficult, it will be. The body does what our mind thinks — life is such a mental thing. We truly are what we think.”
Sulak said people are capable of amazing things once they take a can-do approach.
“I have a friend who lost 65 pounds and went from barely being able to walk to walking 4.5 miles a day,” Sulak said. “You will act accordingly to what you believe. If you think you can’t control eating, then you can’t. The body goes along with what the mind thinks.”
Sulak and Waxman teach the five aspects of wellness — physical, emotional, social, financial and spiritual.
“You can’t leave anything out,” she said. “We all need balance in our lives. We need to focus on ourselves, the work to get closer to your vision of you.”
Several organizations have joined with Temple Community Clinic to make the Living Well in Bell series a reality. Event sponsors include Altrusa International of Temple, Living Well Aware, the Temple Founders Lions Club and the Cultural Activities Center.
For more information about Living Well in Bell, email LWIB@templecommunityclinic.org.
Dr. Patricia Sulak discusses wellness during a virtual meeting during the pandemic. Sulak and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Waxman will talk about ‘Getting Healthier & Happier in 2022’ during a Living Well in Bell lecture via ZOOM at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6.
WHAT HAPPENED HERE?
First Presbyterian Church, 12 W. French Ave., is the oldest congregation in Temple. The church was organized in 1881 shortly after the founding of the city. The first 24 charter members came from Belton Presbyterian Church. The original First Presbyterian Church of Temple was located at the southwest corner of North 1st Street and Barton Avenue, but the congregation quickly outgrew the space and erected a new church. Continued growth led to construction of a third sanctuary and educational wing in 1929 at 12 W. French. The building is now home to Redeemer Presbyterian Church. David Stone | Our Town Temple
POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST
Early settlers in what is now Temple held a belief we now know is false: They thought the soil around the area wasn’t fit for agriculture. In the first half of the 1800s, the area was livestock-oriented with cattle, hogs, turkey and chickens. Western Hatcheries still does big poultry and egg business in Temple. David Stone | Our Town Temple
HERE IT IS — THE BEST EVENTS CALENDAR IN CENTRAL TEXAS!
January 3-4 — Learn the art of glass fusing during evening classes at A Work of Art Studio. Contact: Jillmoon4655@gmail.com
January 6, Thursday - In partnership with the Temple Community Clinic and other sponsors, the Living Well in Bell wellness series will debut at the CAC. The first presenters for the 2022 series will be Dr. Patricia J. Sulak and Dr. Jeffrey Waxman who will discuss all aspects of well-being. 6 p.m.
January 6, Thursday - Central Texas Arts League meets to plan a year of creative ventures. Open to the public. 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. Come learn about the plans and meet with fellow artists in the Central Texas area.
January 7, Friday - On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping.
January 8, Saturday - Cabin Fever: Stargazing Family Day at Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. Learn about constellations, meteor showers and other celestial objects while checking out the night sky. 10 a.m.
January 8, Saturday — Great British Rock ’n’ Roll Name that Tune Bingo at Fire Base Brewing Co. 7:30 p.m.
January 9, Sunday — Larry Burgin & Texas Tradition at Tom Sefcik Hall in Seaton. $10, 6-9 p.m.
January 11, Tuesday - Shimmy and shake your way over to Sammons Community Center for a 6-week fun-filled Belly dancing course. Tighten your core by learning a mixture of movements with Colleen Pannell, Instructor. $90
January 14-15 - No Limits Monster Truck Winter Nationals & Mud Races. Some of the nation’s most competitive truck and motocross racers as they invade Bell County Expo Arena on Friday and Saturday. 7:30 p.m.
January 15, Saturday - Game Show Night by Texas Red at Fire Base Brewing Co. We have the night for you! 4 rounds of the game show questions and prize-winning for all! Free to play and Family Friendly! Who will walk away with the evening's Oscar? Play as a team or individual. Win free drinks and other prizes! 7-9 p.m.
January 16, Sunday — Downtown Drag at Corkys featuring Lacey Luxx, Luiz Fatale, Naima Fatale, Beauty and Rah’jai Mirage Jackson. $25 VIP, $15 general admission. 8 p.m.
January 16, Sunday — Jerry Haisler & The Melody Five at Tom Sefcik Hall in Seaton. $10. 6-9 p.m.
January 19, Wednesday - The city of Temple is undertaking the development of a Mobility Master Plan designed to produce a multimodal transportation system. The second public involvement meeting will be hosted online with a live event and in person at the Wilson Park Recreation Center on from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
January 22, Saturday — Name that Tune Bingo: 80s and 90s Mixtape at Fire Base Brewing Co.
January 23, Sunday — Bobby Dean & Timeless Country at Tom Sefcik Hall in Seaton. $10, 6-9 p.m.
January 29, Saturday - Parker McCollum Red Dirt Mardi Gras at Bell County Expo. 8 p.m.
January 30, Sunday — Old Friends dance at Tom Sefcik Hall in Seaton. $10, 6-9 p.m.
February 4, Friday - On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping.
February 5, Saturday - Geek Out Family Day at Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. Want to show off your geeky side? Come out to the museum for Geek Out Family Day. Dress up as your favorite superhero, cartoon, or video game character. Enjoy the nerdier side of life.
February 11-12 - Bell County Youth Fair Livestock Show & PRCA Rodeo. The Bell County PRCA Rodeo is currently in its 34th year of continuous operation at the Bell County Expo Center. Last year, the Bell County Youth Fair awarded over $25,000 in scholarships to local area youth. https://agrilife.org/bellctyyouthfair/
February 12, Saturday - Kyle Mathis plays an acoustic solo gig downstairs at Tom Sefcik Hall in Seaton. 8 p.m. to midnight
February 12, Saturday — 5th annual Onesie Bar Crawl. The comfiest bar crawl ever. Starts at Mo’s Rail Yard Saloon. Map will be available. www.crawlwith.us/temple/onesie#tickets
DEAN’S SERIES: KATHRYN FOUSE: Let the Games Begin with Kathryn Fouse, piano. Join us for an entertaining evening of music from popular video games. 7:30 p.m., Jan. 18 at Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
EXHIBIT OPENING: The next art exhibit opening will be Jan. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. The featured artist is PHOKUS and the exhibit will feature a mixed media presentation entitled "So tonight that I may dream.”
THE QUEEN’S CARTOONISTS: The College of Visual & Performing Arts at UMHB features a band that plays music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation while synchronizing the music to video projections of the original film. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center.
AIZURI QUARTET: This group will perform at the CAC on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Described as "genuinely exciting" by the New York Times and "elegant" and "inquisitive" by The New Yorker, the quartet presents a vibrant selection of new music and standards. The group was nominated for a Grammy in 2019.
LION KING JR.: The Temple High School Theater Arts department will present a production featuring actors from across the school district on Jan. 27-30. The Jan. 27-29 shows will start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee will begin at 2. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at CentralTexasTickets.com.
POPS CONCERT: The Temple Symphony Orchestra will feature trumpeter Allen Vizzutti in a January 29 Pops Concert at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center at Temple College. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
THE CONTEMPORARIES TELETHON “THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT” will be held on stage Jan. 29 at the CAC. The telethon proceeds provide financial support for the building and the programming.
DEAN’S SERIES: EMILY & JONATHAN GRAY: College of Visual & Performing Arts at UMHB presents Emily & Jonathan Gary in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 inside the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center.
INHERIT THE WIND: The Temple Civic Theater will hold auditions on Feb. 2- and 21, and the show will be presented April 1-10.
LAST OF THE RED-HOT LOVERS: The Temple Civic Theater show will run Feb. 4-13 at TCT.
MUSIC TO HELP OTHERS: Christ Episcopal Church is presenting a concert to benefit local charities at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 at the church. The concert will celebrate Black History Month and honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. The concert also will be streamed at https://www.facebook.com/christchurchtx and will benefit the Un-Included Club, a nonprofit organization that provides literacy, urban agriculture, and leadership programs for underserved youth. Donations will be accepted at the door or online. The Sunday afternoon concert series is a continuing ministry of the church. The concerts, featuring local musicians, have raised more than $14,000 for area charities, food banks and medical clinics serving those in need.
THE VANDOLIERS - The Cultural Activities Center’s Texas Music Series opens on Feb. 12. Season tickets are on sale at cacarts.org.
VISITING ARTIST JEFFERY CARL: Join us to hear Jeffery Carl, an artist based outside Chicago, whose work explores how our relationship to geography informs our self-understanding, the development of communities, and the ways in which we shape our environment. 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center at UMHB.
WIND/JAZZ ENSEMBLES: An evening of musical entertainment from the UMHB wind ensemble and jazz ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center.
CAMP ROCK: THE MUSICAL: Performances are March 5 and 6 at the Cultural Activities Center.
JIMMIE VAUGHAN - The Cultural Activities Center’s Texas Music Series continues with guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan on March 19. Season tickets are on sale at cacarts.org.
NO LIMITS MONSTER TRUCK WINTER NATIONALS & MUD RACES are coming to The Expo on Jan. 14 & 15. See some of the nation’s most competitive monster trucks and motocross racers as they invade Bell County. 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets at bellcountyexpo.com
LONE STAR GUN SHOW is going Jan. 15-6. Bring in your old gun and trade up. Look at all kinds of merchandise from New and Used Guns, Knives, Swords, Hunting Gear, Books, Coins, Medals, Ammo, Reloading Equipment and Supplies. 9-5 on Saturday, 10-4 on Sunday.
A SAMI SHOW: ARTS & CRAFTS MARKET will be in Assembly Hall from 10-5 Saturday, Jan. 22, and 11-4 Sunday, Jan. 23.
PARKER McCOLLUM RED DIRT MARDI GRAS features Texas mainstream country at its best. Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. Buy tickets and select seats at bellcountyexpo.com
BELL COUNTY YOUTH FAIR & PRCA RODEO is coming to The Expo on Feb. 11 and 12. Details on this big show will be coming soon!
MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR will be held Feb. 19 and 20 with a dazzling array of workshops and lectures on how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar and more. Details are coming!
TEMPLE AREA HOME BUILDERS HOME & GARDEN SHOW will be held Feb. 24-26. Check out the largest Home & Garden Show in Central Texas with 125 exhibits. Friday, 6-9; Saturday, 10-6; Sunday, Noon-5.