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Mindfulness through relaxation and stretching

If I asked you if you are aware of your body when you are resting, relaxing or stretching, you’d probably think I was a bit nuts. Why should I be doing something when I am trying to relax and not do anything?  The issue is when many of us “relax,” we are actually filling our […]

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How do you define alcohol consumption?

Written by: Terra Braatz, MSE, NCC, LPC, Agnesian HealthCare, Agnesian Work & Wellness EAP Supervisor Binge drinking by young people in some wealthy, developed countries has increased over the past two decades, even as overall alcohol consumption has fallen, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study. Average annual alcohol consumption in the OECD’s […]

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Eight keys to maintaining health during the holiday season

Written by: Terra Braatz, MSE, NCC, LPC Key #1: Expectations Let go of unrealistic expectations as you cannot plan a “perfect” holiday or recreate the past. Key #2: Feelings Acknowledge and express your feelings honestly by giving yourself permission to feel grief, sadness, and loneliness. Key #3: Socialization Whether you tend to isolate or are […]

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Healthy lifestyle reminder with beads

Someone gave me the following idea from their church bulletin to remind them to be healthier in their choices. I loved the idea and modified it to what I think would be a great reminder for us all to have! All you need is some colored beads and string to make  a keychain, bracelet or […]

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Timely Reminders: Summer Safety

Whether your children are home for the summer, on the road with you or away at camp, use these tips to keep your family safe and healthy: Riding Safe When your child is ready to roll, make sure they: • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter and skateboard, or when roller blading. […]

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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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Love

  Dr. Leo Buscaglia was a noted author, educator and lecturer on the topic of love. One of the classes he taught at the University of Southern California was, “Love 1A.” The following love quiz was adapted from his book, Born for Love. “Asking yourself questions and answering them honestly is a good path to […]

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Money Management

Money Management Tips From the National Endowment for Financial Education • Write down everything you spend this month to get a sense of where your money goes. • Calculate how much money you think you will need for retirement. • Pick a date by which to pay off all your credit card debt. • Next […]

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Keeping Your Mind Young

Agnesian Health Shoppe offers full complement of services The Agnesian Health Shoppe, 327 Winnebago Drive, Fond du Lac, offers a complete line of quality home health and respiratory equipment, from sales and rentals to repairs. The store features equipment, including E-Z lift recliners, wheelchairs, electric scooters, hospital beds, walkers, crutches, stair lifts, reading machines, low […]

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Tips for Positive Stress Management

Here are a few tips for positive stress management: Know What Stress Is Stress is our physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral responses to changes that occur in life or to demands that are placed on us. Stress is our response to changes and events. Know the Signs of a Stress Reaction Physical • Muscle tension […]

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