Northeast Wisconsin
August 2013

August 2013

Transitions

And yet again, another countdown is on to summer’s end. While the retail world has been all over it for over a month already, panic is setting in for many students and summer flex-time working adults. At my house, there is much lamenting about “not having done enough yet” and “where the time has gone.” This mom better get crackin’!

As we prepare for the transition from carefree summer lifestyles to back to school/back to regular work hours, let’s keep our health in mind! Here are three areas that deserve our attention:

Sleep schedules: Considering that health experts encourage 9-10 hours of sleep for children and teens, and 8 hours for adults, our summer schedule of going to bed later just won’t cut it. A gradual (1/2-hour per week) approach to getting to bed earlier is encouraged, so this needs our attention now!

Healthy foods: Plan your strategy and stock up on good options for school and work lunches (if yours is in need of improvement). Suggestions include dried fruit, low-fat string cheese, yogurt, trail mix, celery/peanut butter, roasted coconut chips, nuts, roasted seaweed snack, pita/flatbread crisps, hummus and salsa.

Frame of mind: Pep talks may be in order here; even if we have to give them to ourselves! It’s great to work through transition with a positive attitude and outlook, and realistic expectations. We need to pay attention to mental health issues, just as we would the physical ones!

Moving on to this month’s content, our writers have some great articles to further our healthy living efforts. Marco Araujo offers great advice for us to help our children avoid backpack-related back injuries. Carrissa Pannuzzo shares some of her home remedies for common childhood ailments. Angela Mueller recommends a healthy treat for our summer grilling menu. William Twohig reminds us of the importance of oral health, especially as we age. And there’s much more to learn, so please read on!

Here’s to a smooth, healthy transition into your end-of-summer schedule!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

If you are grieving today, you may feel out of step with the world of summer vacations, picnics and parties, or even the usual activities of daily living like going to work, visiting with neighbors and shopping for groceries. You may wonder how the world can go on as usual,…
The 5 Laws of Good Drumming help drummers of all ages and abilities enjoy the art to a greater extent, and reduce the risk of drum-related injuries such as carpel tunnel and lower back problems. The first “law” is to bring a good attitude to your drumming. A positive outlook…
Buy local! All of our products and services are open to the public. What do food and food systems mean to us as community members? Food comes to most of us now through a global food system that is destructive of both natural and social communities. In this unstable, post-modern…
I’m enjoying a hazy, lazy morning as fluffy clouds pass overhead, and my mind drifts to what I’ve enjoyed so far on my summer vacation: long drives meandering down quaint country roads in northern Wisconsin; tranquil sunrises over Lake Superior; and exploding sun rays of pink and tangerine as the…
About one month ago, I saw a woman who was working two jobs and caring for three kids. She came into the clinic complaining of feeling warn out and tired, and having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. Does this sound familiar to anyone? We ran…
What if you knew that gratitude was good for you? Not just part of some far-off theoretical spiritual reward, but suppose it was also good for your brain anatomy and function, your blood pressure, relationships and longevity. Is it selfish to practice gratitude in order to live longer? What if…
With two young boys, our house has seen its share of health issues. And as a health-conscious and skeptical mom, I want to be sure that we deal with illness in a way that works with my boys’ bodies. Learning how to support and strengthen their immune systems has become…
Ingredients: Gluten-free frozen yogurt or Greek yogurt Mandarin oranges Pineapple chunks Mudd Creek Island Mojito Tropical Granola Directions: In a dish, layer each ingredient as follows: 1st layer: yogurt 2nd layer: granola 3rd layer: oranges 4th layer: pineapple Repeat layering as many times as desired.   Variations: Try substituting any…
Recently, many of us at my workplace decided to participate in a fitness challenge sponsored by the company. Teams of five or more people would keep track of their cardio minutes and average all of the team members’ times for a team score. Pretty simple. By the second week, however,…
Performed correctly and gracefully by a state-licensed therapist, this ancient form of health care can relax tight muscles and ease tension. It can also alleviate pain and stiffness in the joints. The type of relief you are seeking or the medical problem you are suffering from will determine what type…
There are many causes of burning, aching or tingling hand pain other than carpal tunnel syndrome. Often, these other causes get misdiagnosed under the carpel tunnel syndrome label even though they can be very treatable by non-surgical means. In my practice, I have seen this lead to patient frustration and…
As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and overall dental health. One common misconception is that losing your teeth is inevitable. This is not true. If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime. Your mouth changes as you age and…
Page 1 of 3
Subscribe Today
Community Partners Directory
Find a Newsstand
Community Calendar