Northeast Wisconsin
March 2012

March 2012

Spring is near! March is a month of possibility. While Wisconsin winters have a way of putting some of us in a bit of a funk, this time of year awakens us to the renewal ahead. The outdoor walkers emerge once again. The tulips and daffodils begin to take a peak at the world. The evenings have more sunlight to keep us on our toes a bit longer. And, if resolutions are not for you, this may be the month you get motivated to take better care of yourself.

It just so happens that March is National Nutrition Month; a good time for us to evaluate our eating habits. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created the nutrition education and information campaign in order to focus attention on the quality of food we are putting in our bodies along with the quantity of exercise we are taking in each week. Let’s all take this opportunity to better ourselves! There are a number of Web sites to help you on your wellness journey.

Having three teenagers who thrive on technology, I can hold my own, well, on the computer anyway. When I finally get “my turn,” I enjoy visiting BeWellCooking.com. It is here where I am reminded what a huge responsibility parents have in teaching our children about healthy eating habits. Their nutrition impacts the development of their minds and bodies. As a parent, “you can help pave the way for a lifetime of better moods and better health by helping them develop an appreciation for planning, preparing and eating a range of tastes.” I’ve also learned from experience that the earlier you start, the better. At my house, you’re just not going to slip a healthy beet past the tightly clenched teeth of my 16-year-old, 175-pound, muscle-bound son wielding a menacing fork! In his case, I concede that I probably started too late.

Our authors this month are especially excited to have the chance to educate you with their health and wellness expertise. Kimberly Neher, a clinical nutritionist, shares her knowledge about the best ways to fuel your body and why you should get colorful with our choices. Terry Lemerond gives advice on how to arm yourself to fight off bacteria and viruses for the benefit of your health. Deb Sommerhalder encourages you to try a new exercise alternative, Bhakti yoga, a devotional experience. And so many more great articles await you in this edition. Please read on!

I hope you are able to use some of what we offer this month to better your health and wellness – the possibilities are endless!

The benefits a person can derive from positive thinking and imagining positive outcomes is gaining more credibility in the scientific and medical fields than ever before. In his book “The Brain That Changes Itself,” Norman Doidge, M.D. brings together fascinating research that demonstrates what many of us already know; that…
Although listening is the most utilized method for learning, it is typically the least understood function of all. Many of us, when thinking about listening, see it the same as hearing because, for most of us, hearing is instinctive and automatic. This can lead to little effort being put into…
Currently there is a battle behind the scenes that is hidden and out of sight for the average citizen. It has not been publicized, but there is a movement throughout the country with the goal to legislate your rights of freedom of choice for your healthcare away from you. Conversely,…
Growing up, mom may have taught you to not leave the dinner table until your plate was clean. Well, it’s that mentality still sticking in the minds of Americans today. Unfortunately, the plate we fill has grown about 36%, portion sizes at restaurants have grown up to 50%, serving sizes…
Spring is a time of rejuvenation, renewed energy and a celebration of new beginnings. The ground is softening, allowing new growth to emerge. People become more active and begin moving outdoors. With energy naturally starting to increase, it is the perfect time to refocus and realign to bring new opportunities…
What helps with ulcers, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and sink damage, and also tastes great? Extra virgin olive oil. So, what makes it extra virgin and how can I use it? Imagine picking olives from a grove of trees and placing these olives in a press. The first pressing is…
Are you emerging from hibernation and feeling stiffness or rigidity in your body? Are you carrying the postures of trudging through snow or bracing against the cold? Would you like to feel more in tune with the upcoming arrival of spring? Rolfing® Structural Integration (or Rolfing® SI) – a dynamic…
As springtime approaches, weather warms up and leaves turn green, many people will spend more time outside planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the…
“What are you holding onto that no longer serves you?” This is a question often asked of people attending events at The Chopra Center for Well-Being, Carlsbad, California. The intention of this question is to really consider what sort of “dead weight” we are lugging around in our lives. It’s…
We’ve been in a battle against gum disease for a long time. And still we have up to 75% of adults with bleeding gums, and gum disease as the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. And what’s even worse is that gum disease has now been implicated as a…
With the oldest baby boomers becoming 66 this year, the idea of retirement for this huge contingency is now reality. That means the number of individuals who will be needing health care is going to be significant in the coming years. Now, consider that the parents of the people in…
Did you know the Outagamie County Department of Solid Waste contracts with a private hauler to collect curbside recycling from Outagamie County residents, including all of Appleton and New London? The curbside recycling program is for all residents living in a single family home, duplex, triplex or four-plex. By law,…
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