Category: Features

Barneblad: Fitness fun on a winter’s day

A monthly feature to share with kids and grandkids Brought to you by Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American It’s wintertime, and sometimes the weather is so bad that it makes more sense to...

Obesity in Norway

Norwegians gain, but less than Americans M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Obesity is an increasing threat to health round the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide obesity has tripled since 1975....

Retail therapy in Rochester

Shopping the “Minnesota Scandinavian Nice” way Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Retail therapy? Huh. As one who hates crowds, shopping in New York, where I live, is not something I relish. It is a battle....

choral singing

Choral singing: the perfect tranquilizer?

Singing in a choir—especially a heritage choir—benefits every aspect of wellness Barbra K. Rostad Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Solvguttene. Sangerfest. Mannskor. Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College. For folks who lay claim to Norwegian heritage,...

Norwegian Baked

Norwegian Baked refines knekkebrød

Not a half-baked idea Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Romantically described as the bread of Norwegian shepherds, peasants, and Vikings in Wikipedia, flatbrød has become a staple of the entire Scandinavian populace. Flatbrød has humble...

Nothing fishy about this healthy fish oil

Noble Harvest produces natural Norwegian products for nutrition and good health Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American When our editorial team decided that we would publish a Health & Wellness issue this February, my...

Meditation as custom “medication”

Larrie Wanberg Features Editor There is a growing movement nationally in wellness programs in schools, community centers like the YMCA, senior programs, childcare, veteran facilities, and independent living centers. Usually these programs promote nutrition,...

death cleaning

Death cleaning

Scandinavia’s answer to KonMari Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. We busy and overstressed Americans have increasingly turned to Scandinavia in recent years for advice on how to live a better and happier life. Books like...

Nikolai Astrup, Norway’s “second artist”

Born 17 years after Edvard Munch, Astrup has often been referred to as Norway’s “second artist,” having never attained the same level of international fame as Munch, both in his own day up through...