We all know the benefits of physical exercise are endless, leading experts to deem it as our best wonder drug. However, we often don’t prioritize our mental health, which is intimately and dramatically affected by our physical fitness.
Wisconsin summers bring beautiful weather. Some see this as an opportunity to crank the air conditioning, but many will take advantage of this opportunity to get outdoors. When you are taking in the scenic lakefront, hiking the Ice Age Trail, or some other outdoor activity, the most common pest you might encounter are mosquitoes. While these are a nuisance, there is another insect to look out for — ticks. Ticks are a type of parasite that attach to a host organism and feed off them. There are a variety of tick species in Wisconsin. According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Entomology, most common are the wood and deer tick. Although small, ticks can carry a number of diseases. The Wisconsin Division of Public Health lists Anaplasmosis, Powassan virus, and, most prominently, Lyme disease as examples. Data from the Center for Disease Control show a decrease from 20102015 in the number of people contracting Lyme disease in Wisconsin each year. However, those numbers are still higher than other states, with 1,309 confirmed cases in 2015, which is why Wisconsinites need to protect themselves from ticks. To learn how to protect yourself against ticks, here are answers to some key questions:
Parents, don’t forget vaccinations before school starts
General health for individuals is often categorized into age groups. Even when you search online for fitness tips and suggestions, articles focus mostly on specific generations (i.e. teens versus elderly). Besides age and medical conditions, the focus on health and maintaining an active lifestyle is truly similar between age groups.
Being in Sheboygan County lends us the great gift of having a national treasure almost on our doorstep: Lake Michigan. So often taken for granted, the secondlargest Great Lake and its surrounding rivers provide some of the most treasured summer fun.
In the summer months, the top things on many Sheboyganites’ minds are following the scent trail to the nearest brat fry, planning a day on North Beach and spending nights beside a bonfire pit. Far from many people’s thoughts are spending hours in the kitchen baking grandma’s recipe of her famous sugar cookies to warm the hearts of loved ones. Even joining the crowds at Deer Trace on Nov. 26 to stock up on Christmas gifts seems like light years away.
As we start a favorite month in Wisconsin, we are reminded that this is the seventh year our state celebrates the Smoke Free Air Bill passage of July 5, 2010. In June we celebrated Healthy Homes Month, which is sponsored by U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development (HUD). The observance focuses on raising awareness of housing’s impact on health and providing ways for families to protect themselves from hazards in the home.
As we continue through the warm summer months, we look for outdoor and indoor activities to keep busy. For seniors who reside in long-term care facilities, getting the chance to go outside during the warm weather days can be difficult. Local assisted living facilities and nursing homes have activities and programs enabling seniors to stay active without breaking a sweat. Some examples include balloon tennis, bean bag toss, ring toss, gardening, cooking, or seated chair exercises. Facilities benefiting from having onsite therapy services invite residents to utilize their equipment for quick exercises; some examples include an arm pedal exerciser or a simple exercise bike.
My name is Chia Lee. I am a recent graduate of Lakeshore Technical College. Earlier this year, I accepted a spring internship with re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention network, a partner of Healthiest Manitowoc County.