Northeast Wisconsin
April 2013

April 2013

Welcome April!

Our outside environment is abuzz with positive energy, and the world is alive again! Gardeners, walkers, bikers and what I call “putzers” are emerging in abundance. It’s an exciting time of year!

Getting more active outside means spending more time in nature. Recently I read an interesting article about ecotherapy and its regenerative powers: stress, anxiety and depression reduction, and overall mood improvement. More and more health care providers are giving their patients “nature prescriptions” for treatment of various medical conditions as well. Research is showing that spending time in a natural setting has benefits for mind, body and spirit.

On April 22 we pay homage to our precious Mother Earth. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and make a difference: treat your yard to some compost (best of all, that which you made yourself!), “reduce, reuse and recycle,” pick up litter, shop local or ride your bike for an errand. Small acts by each of us can really add up to make a big difference!

This month brings another observance, World Health Day, on April 7. Celebrate by learning about health issues around the globe and what you can do to help. Check out the World Health Organization’s website at www.who.int/world-health-day/en/ for more information.

There are some wonderful healthy living articles in this issue to help you on your journey. Tina Siebers educates us on intuitive painting and how the process can change our lives. Kim Neher encourages those athletes among us to be mindful of food sensitivities and illustrates their effects on performance and well-being. John Hartenberger shares what he’s learned in his years of working with hurting people, both as a physical therapist and pastor, and a fairly consistent continuum he applies. And there’s much more, so please read on!

I hope you’re able to get wrapped up in the positive energy of this time of year and enjoy some quality time with nature. Please find your own special way to honor our planet this Earth Day!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

 — Natalie Pratt of Healthy Living Events, LLC is bringing communities together "For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people's love and concern for each other." —Millard Fuller Meeting Natalie Pratt of Oshkosh, you quickly pick up on the fact that she is a…
Question: When I’m finished nursing my daughter, my last of three kids, I want to get rid of my mommy tummy, which refuses to go away despite the fact that I lost 28 pounds and do 100 sit-ups a day. What goes into deciding whether to have a plain liposuction…
Embracing an active lifestyle that leaves behind the comforts of the couch can be a difficult adjustment. But the payoffs of adopting a more active lifestyle are numerous. In addition to feeling better physically, men and women who embrace more physical activity typically notice improvements in their mood as well.…
High-stress lifestyles have become the new norm, and people are looking for ways to create small moments of wellness to help alleviate the toll of constant stress on their bodies.When people become busy, taking control of their health can often be one of the first things to go. Grabbing a…
You don’t need to consult with Dr. Freud to know that we are all good at procrastination. Whether it’s just putting off doing the dishes, starting that new diet and exercise program, or as intimidating as doing your taxes, we all procrastinate. The task may be clear, the advantages of…
  Many people do not realize that precautions should be taken when discarding certain household items. Improper disposal of hazardous materials may have negative effects on our environment such as contaminating drinking water, increasing algae blooms and the potential of igniting in garbage trucks. Outagamie County residents, including all of…
There is no singular path to wellness; however, most wellness techniques work better when the body’s energy system in and around the body is healthy. This energy system or matrix is known as the biofield. Injury to the human biofield directly affects cellular communication that runs along energy pathways (meridians)…
People raise alpacas for a variety of reasons. Some are attracted to the country lifestyle. Some adore creating beautiful items with the luxurious fiber. Still others raise alpacas as a small business venture. (alpacaregistry.com) Take this quick quiz to learn which category fits you! (camelidynamics.com) 1) You’re going to an…
Stress is America’s number one health problem, according to the American Institute of Stress. “It has been estimated that 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems.” The Mayo Clinic agrees that stress can have a wide range of effects. “Stress symptoms may…
Despite a similar name, mangosteen is not related to the mango. It is a dark green, purplish tropical fruit, slightly smaller than a tennis ball, and is found predominantly in Southeast Asia and South America. Mangosteen is often referred to as the “queen of fruits.” It has a history of…
As a physical therapist for 20 years, then a pastor for 16 years, and now once again a physical therapist, I’ve had the opportunity to look at and observe life and people from many different angles. In other words, I’ve seen and experienced the worst of times and the best…
Ingredients for soup: 5 – 14 oz. cans gluten-free, low-sodium chicken broth 3 cloves garlic, minced ½ large onion, chopped 3 celery stalks, chopped 3 large carrots, chopped 3 large potatoes, chopped 1 lb. chicken breasts, cubed 1 tsp. thyme 2 T. poultry seasoning 1 T. salt 2 tsp. pepper…
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