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14 things to do with your family yet this summer

Go picking: Find a farm with raspberries, tomatoes, flowers, anything, and get picking. Play outside in the rain: Smell the rain, splash in puddles, make mud pies. No rain? Set up the sprinkler up outside instead. Go camping: Try backyard camping, or set up sleeping bags on the floor in your house and have a family [...]

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Road Construction

Winter, Fall and Construction Season Is your summer plagued by the stress of construction season? Not only is construction stressful in itself, but we are more aware of the amount of time and money spent at a stand still with gas prices quickly rising. Here are some tips to help you make it through a [...]

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Developing mental toughness during training

We have all been there – those mornings when we want to hit the snooze button instead of hopping on the bike, the moments when we think maybe it would be OK to turn our long runs into a shorter workout. But the folks at Speedo really summed it up best with their campaign slogan, [...]

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My marvelous journey with incredible savants: What have I learned?

I met my first savant when I developed a Children’s Unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute in 1962.  In the 50+ years since that time I have had the privilege of meeting so many persons with this extraordinary talent superimposed on some underlying limitations demonstrating the remarkable juxtaposition of incredible ability and disability within the [...]

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This Saturday, June 28 is National Backyard Campout Day

When my son was young, my husband and I would pitch a tent on the deck or in the backyard to enjoy the “modified” camping life. I was never a camper, but the thought of the campfire, smores and the stars was always enough for me to get excited. Problem, I would usually end up [...]

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How to age gracefully?

Written by: Anne Miller, MD Behavioral Health Services at St. Agnes Hospital People in the United States are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and [...]

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Have you ever been mellow?

Through my years as a physician, I have developed an interest in what I call “rustproofing people”—taking good care of ourselves, like we do of our cars in order to last longer and look better. There is a great deal written about taking care of one’s physical health—common sense and moderation in food and drink, [...]

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Your path to radical acceptance

Marsha Linehan is a  psychologist who developed a type of behavior therapy known as Dialectical Behavior Therapy.   The therapy was initially developed by her as a treatment for individuals who had a history of self-destructive and severe mental health problems.  In her five-moduled therapy, individuals learn how to become more resilient in the face of [...]

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What is binge eating disorder?

Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by repeated periods of eating large quantities of food, combined with a sense of loss of control without regular compensatory behaviors (purging, laxatives, exercising excessively). Symptoms include: a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control how much one is eating, eating much more rapidly than normal, eating until [...]

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Childhood anxiety: how to help your child with worries

It would be wonderful if the innocence of childhood could be worry-free. Unfortunately, many children can by filled with worry, anxiety and fear. The good news is that teaching children ways to manage worries and cope positively with anxiety as they develop can have a lifelong positive impact. What is anxiety? An automatic response built [...]

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