South Central WI Archive
May 2011

May 2011

As a child, I wasn't very active. Organized sports were not something I saw as a positive thing. I preferred the solo activity of reading, which is good for the brain, but not so great for the butt.

Then I discovered swimming. Pardon the pun, but I took to it like a fish to water. After working my way through every Red Cross water class offered, I eventually became a swimming instructor and lifeguard at my high school pool. I learned that not only was I good at swimming, but that it was also great exercise and great fun. Because I loved to do it, and took every available chance I could to be in the water, it wasn't a chore.

J Orkowski knows a little something about how that works. As the owner of Gymfinity, each day he works with kids of all ages and abilities, but the one thing they all have in common is that when they like something, they're more likely to do it. Sounds simple, but in terms of physical activity that's a huge challenge to overcome, especially considering how many kids are inactive and overweight in this country. So even if your child isn't about gymnastics, try to help him or her discover the activity that's right for them. Learn more about J's philosophy and the programs he offers in our feature story on page 22.

Of course, the May issue is also filled with a lot of other great articles:

Nancy Johnson expounds on the virtues of the humble bean, an economical, nutritious way to add taste, texture and variety to your meals.

Katherine Lord explains how a unique chiropractic technique can ease the pain of arthritis.

Marcia Simler explains how she gets to the root cause of health problems as a certified kinesiologist and herbalist.

Ernest Bingham reminds us of the importance of a clean chimney.

These are just a taste of the things to come in this issue of Nature's Pathways. Thank you to our growing list of supportive readers and advertisers who make this possible.

If you have ever experienced the pain associated with wearing the wrong shoes for running, hiking or just running errands, you already understand the importance of having properly fitting shoes. The right shoes increase comfort and reduce the risk of injuries and pain ranging from blisters, to plantar fasciitis and…
In 1993, my husband became paralyzed during a routine surgery to repair his rotator cuff. Don was placed on an iron lung, given oxygen 24/7, as well as pain medications, antidepressants and blood pressure medication. He became dependent on a wheel chair. None of the traditional medical treatments were helping.…
Meditation is a focusing or concentration of mental energy to reach a perfect stillness of the mind. With practice, meditation allows one to realize the true self. Meditation, which should always be done for the self, is a wonderful tool to fully explore inner consciousness. It is an opportunity to…
Arthritis affects millions of people throughout the world; however, the cause of arthritis is not often explained. There is a cause and solution, and it's not found in medications, surgery or learning to live with it. Arthritic relief is possible, as is restoring quality of life! Upper cervical care, nutrition…
It's spring, a time for shedding our winter covers, opening up, finding sanctuary outdoors and blossoming. For some, that's easier said than done. Unhappiness feeds unhappiness, and this is relevant both personally and professionally. Within the home, it's the "...if Mama's not happy, nobody's happy!" mindset. Bring it into the…
Childhood obesity is a serious problem in America. According to the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), nearly 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese. Unfortunately, a mix of genetic, behavioral and environmental factors challenge children to lead healthy lifestyles, not the least of…
In previous articles, I have talked about the many options available for those of us in search of a solution for thinning hair. Thinning hair affects the majority of us at some point in our lives — some sooner than later — and can bring with it psychological discomfort and…
Many people experience pain and discomfort in their forearms, wrists and hands. While arm and hand pain may be caused by conditions such as repetitive stress, injuries to soft tissue or arthritis, the origin of pain may be located more proximally, in the shoulder and neck. Repetitive stress injury (RSI)…
A recent study shows that post-menopausal women who take antidepressant medications have an increased risk for death. This is scary when you consider that as of 2005, 27 million Americans, or about 10 percent of the U.S. population, takes antidepressant medications. This number continues to rise as our country's mental,…
Why would anyone want to hire a chimney sweep? They are grubby gap-toothed wiry folk who scuttle across roof tops shouting, "Sweep's up!" All too early in the morning for decent folk actually to be awake, their hands permanently coated with soot, ungainly strong from clinging to chilly dew-coated brick…
Beans come in an amazing array of colors, tastes and unique designs! It's fun to explore the many varieties of beans and ways of including them in your diet, whether you are a vegetarian or you just want to dabble by including them with your main course. Beans are an…
Since 1980, childhood obesity in our country has more than doubled. In adolescents, instances of obesity have more than tripled. Overweight children and adolescents are at increased risk for several health related conditions. During their youth, for example, they are more likely to exhibit risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including…
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