South Central WI Archive
January 2013

January 2013

Happy New Year!

Well, 2013 has arrived, and for many of us that means we are embracing new beginnings. (Sounds better than committing to New Year’s resolutions, right?) January in Wisconsin is probably the perfect time to distract ourselves with missions of self-improvement. If you are seeking a healthier lifestyle in the New Year, you are certainly in the right place! What I’ve learned from this magazine’s helpful monthly content is this: If you are serious about making some changes in your life, get support, be realistic, keep an open mind, and don’t let yourself get discouraged!

Our country is kicking off 2013 by celebrating National Blood Donors Awareness Month. The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) encourages you to learn more about the urgent need for blood and to become a regular donor. Consider these American Red Cross statistics: 1.) Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood! 2.) Five million patients receive blood in the U.S. in a year! 3.) One donation can save the lives of up to three people! I use exclamation points because these are quite impactful realities. If you are considering making a difference by donating this New Year, please know that it is safe, simple and appreciated more than you know! Find a donation location near you by visiting http://aabb.org.

Our authors have some great ideas to share with all of us who are in the continuous pursuit of a healthy mind, body and spirit. Doug Brown presents the facts and evidence that proves Tai Chi is not only good for us, but a pleasure to boot! Jack Erb shares his advice to the 55+ crowd about choosing supplements. Laura Schuch encourages us to get out of our comfort zones and try some new exercise/activity options in the New Year. And, of course, there are many more, so enjoy!

Best wishes to all of you who are embracing a new beginning for yourselves. May this be a year of success for you!

In health and happiness,
Jackie

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