Southlake Business Spotlight – Sanara Yoga & Wellness

This month’s Business Spotlight is Sanara Yoga & Wellness! It is a sanctuary and a complete mind/body experience that offers yoga for adults, athletes and kids, sound therapy, meditation, workshops and much more! Hear fro owner Allison Fullmer about all the great offerings they have and how they’re keeping mind, body and soul well.

Southlake Business Spotlight – August 2020

Sanara Yoga & Wellness is a sanctuary and a complete mind/body experience that offers yoga for adults, athletes and kids, sound therapy, meditation, workshops and much more! Sanara Yoga & Wellness is this months Southlake Business Spotlight so hear from owner, Allison Fullmer about all the great offerings they have and how they're keeping mind, body and soul well!#SelectSouthlake #BusinessSpotlight #LocalBusiness #Southlake #wellness

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Fire Department Takes Steps to Minimize Health and Wellness Risks to Firefighters

It’s the job of a firefighter to run to the direction of danger to keep you safe. But to do that, they put their own life at risk every time they run towards that danger. The Southlake Fire Department has recently taken proactive steps to minimize the overall risk placed unto firefighters due to frequent exposure to carcinogens and address the importance of the emotional health of its members.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, for many years cardiac arrest has been the number one cause of in line of duty deaths of firefighters. However, cancer-related deaths among firefighters have increased significantly over the last few decades. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network says that compared to the general population, firefighters are 68% more likely to acquire some form of cancer throughout their life.

“These findings can be contributed to the number of toxins that are encountered throughout a career, including those found at HazMat incidents, emergency medical calls, structure fires, and other life-threatening situations that may impact a firefighter’s health,” notes Deputy Chief Kurt Hall. “We took this information and took some proactive steps to put cancer reduction policies in place to ensure the health and safety of our personnel. We’ve implemented new standard operating procedures to limit exposure to cancer-causing agents.”

Fire Safety Pic 1The new policies require firefighters to connect to an exhaust port before entering the fire bays to minimize exposure to a known carcinogen, diesel fumes. In addition, firefighters are now required to go through a decontamination process on the scene of any fire. This includes the cleaning of all gear immediately after exiting the fire while taking precautions to limit unnecessary contact of contaminated equipment.

Once the gear has been decontaminated, the emergency scene is mitigated, and all fire units have cleared the scene, all personal protective gear used in firefighting activities is stored in sealed bags to prevent contact with the firefighter’s bare skin. Once back at the fire station, the used gear is thoroughly cleaned to rid the gear of harmful materials.

A second set of personal protective gear is available for all personnel to use after their front-line gear has been contaminated. Using multiple sets of personal protective gear will ensure that firefighters are not exposed to harmful carcinogens for excessive amounts of time. Reducing the threat of contaminated personal protective gear will play a major factor in the fight on cancer in the fire service.

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The Fire Department also offers pre-cancer screening blood tests that have been shown to provide early detection of breast, colon, liver and lung cancer. While this a voluntary test, it has had tremendous success during its tenure.

In addition to proactive cancer reducing measures, the Fire Department has also addressed and implemented several policies that encourage individuals to seek help for behavioral or mental health issues that could adversely affect their lives.

“The stressors that can affect emergency response personnel throughout their career can place a heavy burden on the person’s psyche,” notes Hall. “A 2017 study by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that more firefighters died from suicide than in the line of duty. Mental health is a critical area that the fire service must improve on. As a department, we recognize the importance of mental health and are committed to ensuring our personnel have access to receive treatment whenever needed.  It’s crucial for us to consider mental health when creating and implementing improvements to an organization’s health and wellness policies. We’re proud of the fact that the Southlake Fire Department has continued to be a leader in the fire service industry when providing mental health and wellness initiatives to our personnel.”

All Southlake Fire Department personnel have 24-hour access to the Employee Assistance Program, which has numerous benefits including behavioral health counseling, legal service provided by a lawyer in the area of concern, financial services provided by a financial professional, as well as access to the EAP website that offers resources, skill-building tools online assessments, and referrals for everyday needs.

In addition, the department has implemented a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing program used to ease the acute stress responses of the fire department and other emergency personnel following an event or incident that might elicit strong emotional reactions that could adversely affect one’s ability to safely perform their duties, and/or day-to-day functions.

“We all share the responsibility for identifying significant incidents that qualify for debriefing and recognizing the signs and symptoms of their peers to call for the debriefing team,” says Hall. “Being dedicated to an organization’s member’s overall health and wellness is a lofty, yet important endeavor. As a department, we’ve been steadfast in ensuring we are fit for duty, both physically and mentally, from day one of their careers until long after their retirement.”

With the implementation of these new health and wellness policies, the City of Southlake and the Southlake Fire Department will continue to be leaders in the industry and show that their commitment to their employee’s health is a significant priority.

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City of Southlake Adopts Health and Wellness Master Plan

City Council adopted Southlake’s first ever Health and Wellness Master Plan at the June 18 City Council meeting.

The proposed plan is an element of the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan and is designed to address key components of wellness in the community.

It includes 36 recommendations across four topic areas: Built and Natural Environment, Mental and Physical Health, Age-Friendly Communities and Community Resiliency.

The plan identifies opportunities for the city to advocate for the well-being of all residents, visitors and corporate citizens as well as serve as a guide to encourage community wellness.

The road to accomplishing such a plan was a collaborative effort. The Health and Wellness Committee worked with City staff members representing each department and conducted six meetings to formulate the plan. In addition to working with City staff, the Health and Wellness Committee also received input from other City organizations such as the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL), the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC) and the Southlake Senior Advisory Commission (SAC). Additionally, City staff met with the Carroll ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

An important component of the plan was to identify all the existing health and wellness policies, programs and partnerships in the City of Southlake, and make sure that these programs are promoted to the citizens. The City wants to provide information to the citizens on the many non-profit agencies in the area that offer these health and wellness related services.

“The City currently has partnerships and relationships with many non-profit agencies in Tarrant County that provide health and wellness related services and a recommendation of this plan is to make sure the public is aware of these organizations and the services they provide,” stated Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker.

A draft version of the Health and Wellness Master plan is available on the City’s website at

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Health and Wellness Committee Open House and Presentation

The Health and Wellness Master Plan Committee hosted an open house at Town Hall on Tuesday, May 14, to present the proposed City of Southlake Health and Wellness Master Plan.

The Health andWellness Master Plan, a component of the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan, is aimed to address four key topic areas to promote health and wellness in Southlake: Built & Natural Environment, Mental & Physical Health, an Age-Friendly Community and Community Resiliency.

“Although the City of Southlake currently offers programs that directly relate to serving the community in terms of health and wellness, there was not a unifying document that brought all these efforts together. This plan was developed to capture many of the important initiatives underway currently, as well as plan for the future of Southlake,” said Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker.

The Health & Wellness Committee made 36 recommendations, categorized by the four topic areas listed above. These four topic areas are further explained below.

Built and Natural Environment

The built and natural environment represents a broad topic, spanning from infrastructure to open space within Southlake. The built environment reflects on the benefits of sustainable building design and how building design can lead to greater overall public health. The section also discusses the benefits of nature in relation to one’s well-being, expanding this into the personal responsibility we all share as it relates to health and wellness. This section even extends into maintaining an effective vector (mosquito) control program. This section of the Health & Wellness Master Plan explores the ways our environment impacts our individual daily lives, and the steps the City can take to promote overall wellness for the community.

Mental & Physical Health

In the context of overall health and wellness, it is difficult to talk about mental health and physical health separately. This section of the plan will include continued participation in campaigns such as Prescription Drug Take-Back Day as well as encouraging community support of and access to City park facilities. Leveraging technology to support public health was also recommended such as by providing safe mobility and active transportation routes to get to City park facilities. The City will also continue to partner with groups and organizations such as S.P.A.R.K. and C.I.S.D. to provide educational workshops for parents and students on topics such as healthy cooking and eating, stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health topics.

Age-Friendly Community

This section considers that the community is made up of residents of varying ages and includes recommendations focusing on ensuring the community is age-friendly. Included are recommendations regarding the promotion of programs such as Carfit, Stop the Bleed and car seat adjustment. The section also considers the possibility of developing an age-friendly park facility or similar amenity or potentially activating City parks or other park facilities by adding an outdoor collaboration space to the public realm.

Community Resiliency

This section focuses on implementing measures to not only promote citywide resiliency but also foster a sense of personal emergency awareness and preparedness for residents. The section speaks to implementing measures that increase disaster recovery and business continuity. Among other topics, the section speaks to investing in technology that enables real-time monitoring of traffic conditions. In terms of volunteer opportunities, the plan recommends continuation of the DPS Citizens Academy or similar program, as well as potentially bringing back the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The purpose of the Health & Wellness Master Plan is to establish clear goals and priorities for the next several years to encourage overall community wellness. More specifically, this plan will identify opportunities for the City to further position itself as an advocate for the well-being of all residents, visitors and corporate citizens.

The next steps for the Health & Wellness Master Plan are below. All meetings will take place at Southlake Town Hall.

  • P&Z Commission meeting – May 23, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
  • City Council 1st Reading – June 4, 2019 (5:30 p.m.)
  • City Council 2nd Reading & Public Hearing – June 18, 2019 (7 p.m)

A draft version of the Health and Wellness Master plan is available on the City’s website at


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City of Southlake’s Health and Wellness Plan-The Process and Benefits

The City of Southlake’s Planning and Development Services Department provided City Council an update on the development of the Health and Wellness Master Plan at their May 7 meeting.

The Health and Wellness Master Plan, which is an element of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, is designed to address key components of wellness in the community. It consolidates, organizes and in some cases, updates existing city policies, programs and recommendations specifically related to health and wellness. It also includes 36 recommendations in four topic areas: Built and Natural Environment, Mental and Physical Health, Age-Friendly Communities and Community Resiliency.

“Currently, the City offers and supports many programs related to serving the community in terms of health and wellness,” said Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “The Health & Wellness Master Plan will help establish clear goals and priorities for the next several years related to encouraging overall community wellness.”

In order to develop the plan, a Health and Wellness Committee was formed to provide feedback and act as an advisory board to City Council. So far, the Health and Wellness Committee has conducted six meetings to formulate the plan. During these meetings, the committee and City staff developed recommendations for the plan.

Also, as part of plan development, the committee received input from the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL), the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC), the Southlake Senior Advisory Committee and CISD School Health Advisory Committee.

“The City recognizes that our resident population is diverse, and this plan aims to be representative of all groups (including youth, middle-aged and senior citizens) regarding health and wellness topics,” said Baker.

The adoption process consists of multiple public meetings: SPIN, Planning and Zoning Commission and two readings at City Council. These public meetings provide an opportunity for the community to give feedback on the plan. The process also allows boards, committees and City Council the opportunity to guide and direct policy for Southlake.

Below are the next steps for the Health & Wellness Master Plan, all located at Southlake Town Hall:

  • H&W Open House – May 14, 2019 (5–6 p.m.)
  • SPIN Town Hall Forum – May 14, 2019 (6 p.m.)
  • P&Z Commission meeting – May 23, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
  • City Council 1st Reading – June 4, 2019 (5:30 p.m.)
  • City Council 2nd Reading & Public Hearing – June 18, 2019 (7 p.m.)

A draft version of the Health and Wellness Master Plan is available on the City’s website.

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Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee Hosts Open House

Join us on Wednesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in Southlake Town Hall for a public open house hosted by the 2035 Southlake Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee! City staff will present information on the proposed recommendations of the Health & Wellness Master Plan, which focuses on topics such as built and natural environment, aging population, mental and physical health and community resiliency. The open house will allow citizens the opportunity to attend and provide valuable comments on the plan

The 2035 Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee was appointed by Southlake City Council in June 2018. The committee held their kick-off meeting in August 2018 and has since met numerous times to develop recommendations for the plan.

Health & Wellness Open House

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Third Floor Conference Rooms, Southlake Town Hall – 1400 Main St.
  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Open House Portion
  • 6:30 p.m. Health & Wellness Master Plan Presentation with Q&A

“Community health and wellness continues to grow as a popular topic in future planning efforts”, said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker. “Recommendations included within the 2035 Health & Wellness Master Plan allow us to stay proactive in addressing strategies that promote health and wellness. We encourage residents to attend the Health & Wellness Open House, as this provides a great opportunity for our stakeholders to give us highly valued input and feedback”.

A draft version of the Health & Wellness Master Plan is available on the City’s website. There is also a feedback form on the Health & Wellness web page for residents to submit questions or comments directly to planning staff regarding this plan. For more information about the upcoming open house or the Southlake Comprehensive Plan, feel free to call the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621.

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February 2019 Southlake Business Spotlight: On Point Acupuncture & Wellness

On Point Acupuncture & Wellness is the featured business for February’s Southlake Business Spotlight.

Southlake Acupuncturist, Kalpesh L. Patel, L.Ac., and his team take on a holistic method of mending a wide array of physical ailments from pain and sickness, to headaches and weight problems. Their acupuncture therapy is rooted by Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a highly effective alternative to standard Western medicine.

Patel, experienced the benefits of acupuncture firsthand while studying for his undergrad in college, he experienced severe tendinitis as a result of years of lifting weights. He visited several Western medicine doctors as his case worsened, and almost lost hope until stumbling upon Acupuncture Therapy. After two-series of sessions, he has fully recovered from his tendinitis.

On Point Acupuncture & Wellness not only specializes in Acupuncture, but they also offer services in Cupping, Herbal Chinese Medicine, Essential Oils, Sports Medicine, Massage Therapy and Facial Rejuvenation. They try to bring a new level of capability to their Southlake acupuncture therapy clinic.

This clinic goes above and beyond your general acupuncture therapy to set the stage for Southlake Acupuncture Therapy.

Learn more about On Point Acupuncture and Wellness from the previous City Council meeting and the Southlake Business Spotlight blog.

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New Year, Healthier You: Road to Wellness Leads to Southlake

Resolving to get healthy in 2019? From hospitals and medical offices to pharmacies, fitness centers, counseling and more, Southlake is the spot to get fit and start a healthier lifestyle. Find a listing of all related businesses in Southlake’s Health & Wellness Guide, which even includes grocery stores, retirement communities and dental offices. Here are a few ideas to jump start your resolution this year…

Do you know your numbers? Improve your future wellness by learning more about your current health. Schedule a check-up with a Southlake provider. With more than 150 physicians in 16 specialties (gastroenterology, gynecology, orthopedic surgery, primary care and more) Methodist Southlake Hospital is a good place to start your journey toward optimal health. A full-service, acute-care hospital, Methodist Southlake boasts 38 private inpatient rooms, 10 family suites, six intensive care rooms, 12 fully integrated operating suites, two endoscopy suites, and a full-service interventional and diagnostic imaging emergency room.

Southlake has no shortage of healthy options in medical care. Southlake is also home to other large health care facilities, including Texas Health Southlake, a multi-specialty surgical hospital and emergency room, and Cook Children’s Urgent Care and Pediatric Specialties, as well as Southlake Medical Office Building, which houses Baylor Scott & White (BSW) Southlake Family Medicine.

With other medical care options in town, including urgent care, dermatology, digestive disease, neurology, audiology, orthopedic care, eye care, pain management, allergy issues, urology and more, Southlake has a medical office for almost every health need.

Seeking mind and body therapy? With a range of services, Sanara Yoga & Wellness combines the physical aspect of yoga with the healing aspects of mindfulness, meditation, sound therapy, nutrition and intentional living. Sanara serves individuals, students, businesses, athletic teams, families, seniors and children. The Yoga Studio also offers holistic healing for people of varying skill levels—from beginners to advanced learners. From meditative to high intensity, and even hot yoga, find a class that suits your preferences and abilities. Need some quiet time without the kids? Child care services are available.

If you’re not a yogi, no problem. Southlake has several other fitness options—traditional gyms, pilates, barre, cycling, boxing, martial arts, dance and more.

Not sure how to kick off your healthy resolution? Mark your calendars for Kick Off Your 2019 on Saturday, January 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Rustin Park at Southlake Town Square (between Town Hall and the pavilion). Start the year off strong with retailer demos, sampling and exclusive offers focused on healthy eating, fitness and exercise, beauty, skincare and more. The first 250 attendees will get a free drawstring pack with special goodies and 20 lucky attendees will find $50 Southlake Town Square gift cards inside their packs. Attend a meet-and-greet with former Dallas Cowboys defensive end, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, sample healthy foods from Unleavened and PURE Café, enjoy complimentary group fitness classes and much more.

This year, make your health and wellness a priority. Find everything you need in Southlake to start living a healthier, more active and happier life.

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LiveFit Wellness Challenge – Fitness Fun Day

As part of the 2018 LiveFit Southlake Wellness Challenge, the City of Southlake is hosting a free Fitness Fun Day on Saturday, February 10th at The Marq Southlake.

With warmer spring temperatures looming and summer around the corner, now is the perfect time to kick-start your fitness journey! Fitness Fun Day is your chance to try out popular group fitness classes like Zumba, Total Body Blast and Gentle Yoga for FREE. You’ll earn 3 points in the LiveFit Wellness Challenge for each class you attend, but more importantly, you’ll start your weekend off right with a great workout in an uplifting atmosphere. We’ll even have complimentary coffee and light refreshments for you to enjoy before or after class!

Fitness Fun Day will also feature a hands-only CPR class led by Southlake DPS from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (no certification cards). CPR is a simple maneuver that can double or even triple a person’s chances of surviving a cardiac event. Whether you’re new to CPR or looking to refresh your skills, this free classroom-style training session will take you through the basics so you’ll be prepared in case of an emergency. This is not a certification class, and participants will not earn certification cards.

Fitness Fun Day Schedule

 Complimentary coffee and light refreshments will be available starting at 8 a.m.

Gentle Yoga

8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Total Body Blast

9:30 a.m.  – 10:20 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

CPR Training

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

You don’t have to sign up or register in advance to participate in Fitness Fun Day—just show up in your workout gear ready to have a great time!

For more upcoming LiveFit Wellness Challenge events, visit! Please call Southlake Parks and Recreation at 817-748-8019 if you have any questions.


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Interested in Health, Wellness and Your Community? Join the new Health and Wellness Committee.

Would you like to help shape the future in Southlake? Are you someone who is interested in health or wellness? Is your community important to you?

If you answered yes to these questions, apply now to the new Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee.

Need to know more?  Southlake is full of health and wellness experts, enthusiasts and advocates who we’d like to help us put together the new Health and Wellness Master Plan. Here are a few examples of ideas the committee could explore.

Built & Natural Environment – How can parks be more senior-friendly? This topic may include looking at how landscape and lighting requirements can increase public safety, and developing criteria to evaluate the overall safety of development proposals;

Transportation – This could include highlighting existing Community Service Agreements, such as Call a Ride Southlake (CARS). The committee may also explore sidewalk connections and how incorporating Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) into roadways might encourage safety and increase mobility;

Aging Population – Another important focus area includes examining opportunities to increase the quality of life for seniors in the community and those that wish to “age in place” through policies and programs. This may consist of reviewing ordinances in terms of existing requirements for family or “mother-in-law” quarters as families may serve as caregivers for aging relatives;

Mental Health & Wellness – Topics within this category may include working with healthcare professionals on community needs related to anxiety and depression and other mental illnesses;

Partnerships – This ultimately speaks to how the City of Southlake will pursue partnerships with groups such as health care providers, the Carroll Independent School District, and possibly other community service organizations that focus on health and wellness initiatives.

Southlake City Council recognizes the importance of health and wellness issues and has included this new component in the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan. While this plan element is new, it will build on recommendations from other plans. For example, the LiveFit Program has been successfully implemented as a health and wellness program in the City. “The success of LiveFit demonstrates that health and wellness is something we can all relate to. I’m looking forward to the invaluable insight committee members will provide us as we move forward with this new component of the 2035 Master Plan,” says Senior Director of Planning & Development Services Ken Baker.

City Council is seeking applicants of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging those with professional experience or interest in health or wellness topics to apply. Committee members will be asked to meet about once a month over the course of several months, to work alongside City staff to develop this master plan element. They will be reviewing existing city policies; evaluating the current health and wellness landscape in Southlake; analyzing current and future wellness needs and topics; and formulating recommendations to City Council related to health and wellness.

Interested in applying? Visit the Health and Wellness Plan page on the City website to learn more about the application process. Applications are due by February 16, 2018.

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