Northeast Wisconsin
June 2013

June 2013

June has arrived! As we embrace the official start of summer here in Wisconsin, I hope all of you are able to find inspiration in this month’s natural beauty.

This really is a great season to explore our wonderful forests, parks, public lands and waters, so make an attempt to get outside and celebrate National Great Outdoors Month! This June observance is sponsored by The American Recreation Coalition, which is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of everyone’s right to health and happiness through recreation. Parents can make these outings teachable moments by broaching related issues such as volunteerism, health and outdoor ethics.

Speaking of family time, June is also the month we formally honor our fathers. It’s amazing the impact that involved dads and granddads have on the well-being of children (… and the example that their healthy choices can make!). Fathers, ensure your commitment can continue by taking the time to care for yourself and go to your chosen health practitioners for preventative care. There is much support available!

As usual, our authors have some great articles to help us on our journeys to health. Bobbi del Plaine shares an overview of craniosacral therapy, along with its benefits. Sarah Everson encourages us to compost and shows how easy it is to get started. Ann Marie Koleske honors National CPR Month by educating us about this lifesaving procedure. Kathleen Kelly-Hoffman reminds us to live in the moment and shares how yoga can aid us in that pursuit. And, of course, there are many more, so enjoy!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there! Make some time to enjoy the great outdoors with your loved ones.

In health and happiness,

Jackie

It was sunny and 80 degrees as I contemplated my article for this month. June equals summer. And the lyrics sung by Ella Fitzgerald in George Gershwin’s Summertime swam through my head. My mind drifted to summertime, easy livin’ and floating in our aqua pool with a tall cool drink…
Drumming is an ancient art; in fact, it is one of the oldest activities known to humans. According to Wikipedia, “Drums made with alligator skins have been found in Neolithic cultures located in China, dating to a period of 5500-2350 BC.” The fact of the matter is, when and where…
Throughout our lives, we all want to be the best we can be, the happiest we can be, the healthiest we can be and as successful as we can be. The question is: How do we do it? How can we have the best lives possible before time runs out?…
Calcium and vitamin D are frequently touted for their ability to improve bone health. While consuming foods rich in vitamin D and calcium is especially important for aging women, both vitamin D and calcium also help to keep the body strong and vital at any age. Calcium and vitamin D…
It’s really exciting to collaborate with a skilled and ambitious performer to create a step to a higher level. One of my colleagues, a fellow therapist at a small independent clinic in Manitowoc, was also a competitive weightlifter. After an injury during a required lift, her body would automatically flinch…
Dancing is a wonderful social activity. It’s a great way to mingle with friends and meet new people. And like other forms of exercise, dancing also has many health benefits: Dancing has significant cardiac benefits because it can decrease blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease. Participation in…
“Atha yoga nushasanam.” Now is the practice of yoga. What does that really mean? It means being in the present moment. This is easy to say, but not so easy to bring into action. The core practices of yoga are designed to be tools for aiding us in grounding ourselves…
Thyroid hormones affect virtually every cell in your body! Stressed out, run down, exhausted? Weight issues? Feeling blue? Losing hair? These could be signs that your thyroid is out of whack. Last month I discussed where the thyroid gland was located in the body, the function of the thyroid and…
We all strive for a meaningful and satisfying life. Psychology might suggest that we are personally responsible for creating meaning in our lives. Put simply, if we want to be happy, then it is up to us to choose a path that generates happiness. How does this relate to pole…
Spring is in full swing and for many people, the fear of becoming miserable due to allergy symptoms keeps them cooped up indoors. Essential oils can offer an option that will feed your body healing properties, without side effects, with the bonus of smelling good. Plant essences from varied sources: Essential…
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are created when a gene from one species is transferred to another, creating something not found in nature, according to an article in OrganicAuthority. This may be vegetable or fruit crossed with animal genes, pesticides or even bacterium. It’s estimated that 70 percent of all grocery…
Attempting to compost might be a very scary concept to most. So scary that it may even deter some from trying it all together. But fear not! Composting can be as easy or as complex as you wish you make it. Remember, composting is not a newfangled high-tech idea. It has been happening for millennia…
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