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Defining alcohol consumption

Moderate Drinking There is no one definition of moderate drinking, but generally the term is used to describe low-risk or responsible drinking. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, drinking in moderation is defined as having no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two drinks per day for men. [...]

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Loving Someone with a Mental Illness – Part 4

Does someone you love struggle with a mental illness? Chances are that you struggle too. Follow our four-part blog to help you learn whether your words and actions are helping or hurting your situation. How to Keep a Healthy Attitude Learn what you can about your loved one’s disorder. This may mean taking classes through [...]

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Are you being fooled by distractions this April Fool’s Day?

Several years ago, we went through the challenging task of teaching our son to ride his bike. This time, instead of doing the old, chase him and hold on, let go and see him fall on the hard cement technique, we started out on the grass on a hill that slopes slightly. (I think we [...]

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Loving Someone with a Mental Illness – Part 3

Does someone you love struggle with a mental illness? Chances are that you struggle too. Follow our four-part blog to help you learn whether your words and actions are helping or hurting your situation. Blaming the Disorder When you love someone with a mental illness, it may be normal to feel angry or burned out. [...]

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“I am so done with this winter”

 I just can’t take one more day of subzero weather, and wind so strong that I if I stood on my sidewalk I could make it to the corner without ever taking a single step. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter. I just don’t love this one anymore. Last week I asked some people, [...]

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Loving Someone with a Mental Illness – Part 2

Does someone you love struggle with a mental illness? Chances are that you struggle too. Follow our four-part blog to help you learn whether your words and actions are helping or hurting your situation. Enabling versus Challenging If your child is afraid of something, and you studiously protect that child from confronting the feared thing, [...]

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Loving Someone with a Mental Illness – Part 1

Does someone you love struggle with a mental illness? Chances are that you struggle too. Follow our four-part blog to help you learn whether your words and actions are helping or hurting your situation. Vigilance versus faith You may find yourself monitoring your loved one’s behavior, looking for indications that things might be getting worse. [...]

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New autism speaks toolkit for individuals seeking post-secondary education

Many teenagers with autism are interested in attending college, and many have the capability to not only attend but to excel at college. Going to college also offers many unique opportunities beyond academic programs, including social-skills building opportunities and a chance to practice independent living skills in an environment that still offers many supports. Upon [...]

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February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Written by: Lindsay Swope, Domestic Violence Counselor with Agnesian HealthCare Many times when we think of abusive relationships we often think of relationships involving adults; however abuse among teens in intimate relationships is occurring as we speak. Below are statistics that only begin to shed light on this prevalent issue of teen dating violence. Nearly [...]

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Puppy Love Part IV: Breaking Up for Beginners

Relationships in the teenage years are simultaneously thrilling and devastating. Here is the conclusion to our four-part blog about “Puppy Love.  Breaking Up for Beginners Don’t hate the other person when they let you know their feelings have changed. (By the way, most teens are not very practiced at breaking up respectfully)! Don’t expect that [...]

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