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May 2012

May 2012

You are not alone.

May has me thinking about mental health. I know … there’s a stigma. Why are we so afraid to talk seriously about it?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults — approximately 57.7 million Americans — experience a mental health disorder in a given year. So, given the odds, we all know someone who may be silently suffering. Maybe it’s your coworker. Maybe it’s your aunt. Or, maybe it’s your yoga instructor. If someone you care about is struggling, don’t you want to know so you can show your support and concern?

Yes, May is mental health awareness month. It’s the perfect time for us to eliminate the stigma and get the dialogue started! Most importantly, if you are one of “the one in four,” please know that you are not alone. Reach out to family, friends or your healthcare provider for support. Visit nami.org or nimh.nih.gov for more information.

As I look over the 2012 National Health Observances calendar, there are so many illnesses to command our attention: arthritis; hepatitis; lupus; skin cancer; asthma; celiac disease; high blood pressure; and more — just in the month of May. Observing these awareness months not only educates all of us, but also pushes us to show more compassion and to focus more closely on a healthy, happy lifestyle.

We’d like to help you on your journey! In this issue, Julie Rider has some advice if you are looking to make any type of change in your life. Melissa Seith shares some great information about coordinating your meals and snacks in order to maximize your workouts. And, Dan Dahle educates those of us who have arthritis on the benefits of physical therapy. There’s much more, so keep reading!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there! Take some time to pamper yourself.

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recyclables after they leave your home? Once the trucks pick up your recyclables, they are brought to the Tri-County Recycling Facility, located in Appleton. The Tri-County Recycling Facility is where your recyclables are: separated from one another by hand and by high-tech sorting…
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For decades, osteoarthritis has simply been considered a part of aging — but not anymore. Recent research shows that older people don’t have to suffer from osteoarthritic pain. Also, surprisingly, people much younger than 65 can develop osteoarthritis. What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA), or degenerative joint disease, affects more than…
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You decided to make a compost pile or you bought some quality compost, but you aren’t quite sure how to use it. There are numerous beneficial reasons for using compost; the most common is for improving the quality of soil. Simply mixing compost into the top 4 to 8 inches…
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