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Our Awards

Over the years, the Experience Life team has worked hard to provide smart, well-researched, beautifully designed stories to our readers — and our efforts have paid off. Here, a comprehensive list of awards and nominations that have come our way.

2019 FOLIO: Awards

Honorable Mentions

2018 MMPA (Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association) Awards

Gold Wins

Silver Wins

Bronze Wins

2018 FOLIO: Awards

  • Full Issue – Consumer Health/Fitness (April 2018)
  • Series or Single Article – Consumer Health/Fitness (“Seeing Stars”)
  • Video – Consumer (Behind the Scenes with Experience Life)
  • Site Design – Consumer (Experiencelife.com)

Honorable Mentions

  • Full Issue – Consumer Health/Fitness (May 2018)
  • Series or Single Article – Consumer Health/Fitness (Like a Yogi)
  • Column/Blog – Consumer (Pumping Irony)
  • Instructional/How To – Consumer (“Comfort Food: 4 Strategies for Anti-Anxiety Eating“ and “Mindful Money“)
  • Newsletter – Consumer (Compassion Newsletter)
  • Overall Editorial Excellence – Consumer (ExperienceLife.com, Experience Life)
  • Social Media/Online Community – Consumer (EL Instagram)
  • Table of Contents – Consumer (Mar 18)
  • Website – Consumer Health/Healthcare (Experiencelife.com)
  • Feature Design – Consumer Above 500K Circ (“Finding Calm in a Frantic World“)
  • Graphic Art – Consumer/Custom (“Tech Fix“)
  • Illustration – Print Consumer (“Seeing Stars“)
  • Overall Design, Single Magazine Issue – Consumer Above 250K Circ (May 2018)
  • Typography – Consumer (“Seeing Stars“)

2017 MMPA (Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association) Awards

Gold Wins:

  • Print/Online How-To Article, General Interest Over 60,000: “Dinner, Remixed
  • Overall Excellence, General Interest Over 60,000: Experience Life
  • Best Use of Social Media, All Publications Over 60,000: Experience Life Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram
  • Editor’s or Publisher’s Editorial or Letter to the Readers, General Interest: “The Pursuit of Hope
  • Print or Online Regular Column or Blog, General Interest Over 60,000: “Honestly Dara: The Cure Is in the Kitchen

Silver Wins:

Bronze Wins:

  • Print/Online How-To Article, General Interest Over 60,000: “5 Energy Traps (and How to Avoid Them)
  • Editor’s or Publisher’s Editorial or Letter to the Readers, General Interest: “About a Boy
  • Overall Website Design/Functionality: Print-First Publication, All Publications Over 60,000: ExperienceLife.com

2017 FOLIO: Awards

  • Online Community, for Strong, Fast, and Fit
  • App (Native), for Experience Life‘s mobile app
  • Use of Illustration, for “To Test or Not To Test

Honorable Mentions

  • Column, for Pumping Irony: ”Aging and Altruism
  • Use of Pinterest
  • Website — Health and Fitness
  • Full Issue, for June  2017
  • Overall Design, for July/August 2016
  • Overall Design, for March 2016

2016 FOLIO: Awards

  • Eddies Digital – Consumer (Use of Facebook)
  • Eddies Digital – Consumer, Health/Fitness (ExperienceLife.com)
  • Ozzies Digital – Consumer (App (Native))
  • Eddies – Consumer, Health/Fitness (July/August 2015)

Honorable Mentions

2015 MMPA (Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association) Awards

Gold Wins:

Silver Wins:

  • Digital Media Website, All Publications Over 60,000
  • Feature Design, General Interest Over 60,000: “Free Yourself From Depression
  • Regular Column, General Interest Over 60,000: “Nutrients”
  • Single Page or Spread Design, General Interest: “Amazing Avocados

Bronze Wins:

2015 FOLIO: Awards

  • Best Single Article – Consumer, Health/Fitness (“Connecting ADHD and Nutrition“)
  • Best Series of Articles – Consumer, Health/Fitness (“Revolutionary Acts“ by Pilar Gerasimo)
  • Best App – Magazine Replica (Experience Life Enhanced Digital Edition)
  • Best Use of a Single Social Media Network (Pinterest)
  • Best Use of Facebook
  • Best Media Kit

Honorable Mentions

  • Best Website – Consumer, Health/Fitness/Lifestyle (Experiencelife.com)
  • Best Full Issue – Consumer, Health/Fitness (June 2015)
  • Best Use of Typography (“Here Comes the Sun”)

2014 FOLIO: Awards

Honorable Mentions

  • Single Article – Consumer, Health/Fitness (“Read Between the Lines: Decoding the Health Media”)
  • Use of Pinterest – Consumer
  • Use of Digital Imagery – Consumer (May 2014)
  • Use of Illustration – Consumer (November 2013)
  • Use of Typography – Consumer (March 2014)
  • App – Consumer (EL Enhanced Digital Edition, March 2014)

2014 MMPA (Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association) Awards

2014 Magazine of The Year

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2013 FOLIO: Awards

  • Eddie: Best Use of Pinterest
  • Eddie Finalist: Full Issue – Consumer, Health/Fitness/Men’s Lifestyle/Sports
  • Ozzie Finalist: Best Use of Typography (“End of Fear“)

2013 MMPA Awards

Gold Wins:

Silver Wins:

  • General Interest Editor’s Or Publisher’s Editorial or Letter to the Readers: “From Tibet, With Love
  • General Interest/Special Interest for Website: com
  • General Interest for How-To Article: “You, Inc.

Bronze Wins:

  • General Interest Editor’s Or Publisher’s Editorial or Letter to the Readers: “The Case of the Lost Laptop“
  • General Interest Over 60,000 for Overall Excellence: “The Emotional Toll of Clutter

2012 MMPA Awards

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2012 Web Marketing Association WebAward

Magazine Standard of Excellence: ExperienceLife.com

2011 FOLIO: Eddie Award

Editorial Excellence for a Supplemental Annual/One-Shot, Single Article: “Being Healthy is a Revolutionary Act: A Manifesto For Thriving in a Mixed-Up World“ (Jan./Feb. 2010)

2011 MMPA Awards

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2011 Aveda Environmental Award for Magazines

Best Distribution

2010 Web Marketing Association WebAward

Magazine Standard of Excellence: ExperienceLife.com

2010 MMPA Awards

Gold Wins:

  • Best Design: Table Of Contents
  • Best Letter from Editor: Thoughts from the Editor
  • Best How-To: “Work Day Workouts”(March 2010)

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Bronze Wins:

2009 Web Marketing Association WebAward

Magazine Standard of Excellence: Outstanding achievement in Web site development

2009 MMPA Awards

Gold Wins:

  • Best How-To Article: “The Fitness Almanac” (Dec. 2008)
  • Best Regular Column: Nutrients
  • Best Single-Topic Issue: March 2009 “Money, Work and Your Health”
  • Best Use of Visuals/Illustration: “Progressive Eaters, Unite!” (Oct. 2008)
  • Best Editor’s Letter: “Seeds of Revolution” (Oct. 2008)
  • Best Table of Contents: March 2009 “Money, Work and Your Health”

Silver Wins:

  • General Excellence
  • Best Overall Design
  • Best Digital Media
  • Best Feature Article: “The Secret Lives of Fruits and Veggies” (April 2009)
  • Best How-To Article: “How Healthy People Decode Labels” (April 2009)
  • Best Regular Column: Renewal
  • Best Single-Topic Issue: July/August 2008 “Fit for a Lifetime”
  • Best Editor’s Letter: “The Little Things” (April 2009)
  • Best Table of Contents: April 2009 “Make It Sustainable”

Bronze Wins:

  • Best Feature Article: “Out From Under: Escaping the Burdens of Debt Stress” (March 2009)
  • Best How-To Article: “The Squeeze-It-In Strength Workout” (March 2009)
  • Best Single Cover: June 2009 “Get Into Nature”
  • Best Single-Topic Issue: December 2008 “Ah, Abundance!”
  • Best Use of Visuals/Illustration: “The Fitness Almanac” (Dec. 2008)
  • Best Use of Visuals/Photography: “A Better Bag Lunch” (Sep. 2008)
  • Best Editor’s Letter: “Just Another Statistic” (June 2009)
  • Best Table of Contents: October 2008 “The Politics of Health”

2008 Web Marketing Association WebAward

Magazine Standard of Excellence: Outstanding achievement in Web site development

2008 MMPA (Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association) Awards

Gold Wins:

  • Best How-To Article: “Clear the Bar,” May 2008
  • Best Regular Column: Renewal – September 2007, October 2007, Jan./Feb. 2008
  • Best Single-Topic Issue: September 2007 “All Together Now!”

Silver Wins

  • Best How-To Article: “Pause for Power,” June 2008
  • Best Overall Design: Jan./Feb. 2008, March 2008, April 2008
  • Best Regular Column: Nutrients – November 2007, Jan./Feb. 2008, March 2008
  • Best Single-Topic Issue: November 2007 “Let the Healing Begin”
  • Best Single-Topic Issue: October 2007 “Stay Strong”
  • Best Use of Visuals/Illustrations: “Good Bacteria Welcome,” July/August 2007
  • Overall Excellence: December 2007, Jan./Feb. 2008, March 2008

Bronze Wins:

  • Best Digital Media
  • Best Feature Article: “Build a Better Brain,” October 2007
  • Best How-To Article: “Have Body, Will Travel,” March 2008
  • Best Regular Column: Thoughts From the Editor – May 2007, September 2007, December 2007

2008 MAGGIE Awards

  • Finalist Health & Fitness/Consumer: December 2007
  • Finalist Best Overall Design/Consumer: April 2007

2007 MMPA Awards

Gold Wins:

  • Best Overall Design: January 2007, April 2007, June 2007
  • General Excellence: January 2007, March 2007, May 2007
  • Best How-To Article: “A Better Way to Burn Fat“ Jan./Feb. 2007
  • Best Single Cover: September 2006
  • Best Use of Illustration: “Fertile Ground“ September 2006

Silver Wins:

Bronze Wins:

  • Best How-To Article: “Three Deep Breaths“ Oct. 2006
  • Best Regular Column: Renewal
  • Best Single-Topic Issue: “Raise a Fit Family” September 2006

2007 FOLIO Awards

Best Use of Illustration: “Role Reversal“ October 2006

2006 MMPA Awards

Gold Wins:

  • Overall Excellence
    Best Single Cover: June 2006
  • Best Regular Column: Insight
  • Best How-To Article: “Mind Your Manners!“ July/August 2005

Silver Wins:

  • Best Single Cover: January/February 2006
  • Best How-To Article: “Active Planning“ January/February 2006

Bronze Wins:

  • Best Regular Column: Nutrients
  • Best Single Topic: March 2006
  • Best Overall Design

2006 FOLIO Awards

Best Use of Illustration: ”The Way of the Healthy Person“ January/February 2006

2005 MMPA Awards

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Bronze Wins:

  • Best Single Topic: ”Healthy Work” March 2005
  • Best Overall Design

2005 FOLIO Awards

Best Use of Illustration: “Fire Your Inner Task Master“ December 2004

2005 MAGGIE Awards

  • Finalist Health & Fitness: September 2005
  • Finalist Special Theme Issue: April 2005
  • Finalist Best Regularly Featured Department, Section or Column: Renewal: March, May and June 2005

2004 MMPA Awards

Gold Wins:

  • Best Regular Department: Life Balance
  • Best Single Cover: July/August 2003

Silver Wins:

  • Overall Excellence
  • Best Single Issue: September/October 2003
  • Best Overall Design: March, April & May 2004

Bronze Wins:

2002 MMPA Awards

Gold Wins:

  • Best Overall Design
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