Nov/Dec
2018

Talking About Death and Dying: November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month

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Written by Cindy Mennenga Photography by Fagan Studios

DEATH WILL COME FOR US ALL ONE DAY. It’s a fact, yet we fear talking about death with our loved ones, as if merely mentioning it will conjure up the Grim Reaper. What if we could reframe death and embrace it as a natural part of life and living? 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month. There are many events and activities in the Rochester area designed to spark a conversation within the community about death and dying.

Kylie Osterhus works at Mayo Clinic in the Office of Decedent Affairs and is touched by death every day. In an effort to get the conversation started and move death from a taboo topic into the mainstream, Osterhus and several other women working in various aspects of the death and dying field have organized numerous community events designed to normalize death.

 

Nov/Dec
2018

Anxiety: Recognizing and reducing symptoms in children

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Written by Tiffany Hansen

“ANXIETY” IS AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR CONCERN IN CONVERSATION IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD. Only one word in English serves for both the normal sense of anxiety and the psychiatric sense. In spite of growing attempts, the true definition, causes, types, expressions and treatments of anxiety disorders remains blurred.  

EARLY RECOGNITION AND REGULATING STRESS  

The explosion in recent findings regarding anxiety causes and treatment delays, points to a clear need for earlier recognition. The results of a recent study published by the National Institutes of Health reports that the average amount of time between onset of mental illness and seeking treatment is 10 years. Why is there such a delay? Delay in seeking treatment is complex. Depending on many structures of our society, simply identifying anxiety in younger populations, has the potential to make a great difference.  

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Hemp Changed My Life: Health benefits of hemp oil

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Written by Michelle Kalina

WHEN I PLACED MY FIRST ORDER FOR HEMP OIL, I WAS UNAWARE THAT I WAS OPENING THE DOOR TO A PRODUCT THAT WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE. THIS PLANT-BASED REMEDY HAS COUNTLESS BENEFITS AND CAN SUPPORT YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS. 

Since I began my journey toward wellness eight years ago, I have tried nearly every natural remedy for sleep issues. In yoga, we call this “chitta vritti,” which translates from Sanskrit as mind chatter or “monkey brain.” By far, hemp oil has made the most significant difference in my sleep, with zero negative impact.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND CANNABIS

There is a lot of confusion about the cannabis plant. People use the words cannabis, hemp and marijuana interchangeably, while they actually mean different things. 

Cannabis is a plant family that includes many species. Industrial hemp is a variety of cannabis grown for its tall, sturdy stalks, low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels, and high levels of CBD (cannabidiol). 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Holistic Health: More than the sum of our parts

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Written by Emily Watkins

GATHER A WHOLE WELLNESS TEAM TO CONNECT YOUR BODY, MIND, SPIRIT AND EMOTIONS BY FOCUSING ON PREVENTIVE HEALTH MEASURES LIKE EXERCISE, HEALTHY EATING, MASSAGE AND REGULAR CHIROPRACTIC CARE. LOCAL PRACTITIONERS BRING WELLNESS TO THE ROCHESTER AREA.

VITALITY: THE KEY TO WELLNESS

Dr. Stacy LeQuire, owner of Vitality Chiropractic with her husband, Ed LeQuire, says, “We are more than the sum of our parts, and that’s the principle that holistic health practitioners honor.” She recognizes each individual patient’s unique needs, telling them not to follow her professional advice blindly, but rather when “it makes sense and aligns with them.” 

 

WITH 40 MILLION PARTICIPANTS NATIONWIDE, THE OFF-ROAD SPORT OF MOUNTAIN BIKING HAS TAKEN OFF. KNOWN FOR ITS CHALLENGING COURSES—MILES AND MILES OF NARROW, 8-INCH TRAILS THAT WIND THROUGH WOODS WITH STEEP HILLS, SHARP DROP-OFFS AND HAIRPIN TURNS, MOUNTAIN BIKING GIVES THE RIDER A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE FROM ROAD BIKING ON PAVED SURFACES.

BIKING OUTDOORS YEAR-ROUND

“You’re going to fall,” states Lisa Baker, a mountain biker of three years. “I’m covered in bruises all summer long.” Baker decided to try mountain biking when she grew tired of the gym routine. Her husband, Bill, an avid mountain biker for more than 20 years, encouraged her to accompany him on the trail. She says she liked it immediately: It’s a great workout, and she loves the experience of being close to nature, where she finds a stress-reducing peace along the wooded trails.

 

May/Jun
2018

Have an Empowered Birth Experience

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Written by Brittany Baker

MANY PEOPLE PLAN FOR THEIR WEDDINGS, SPENDING TIME IN PREMARITAL COUNSELING, RESEARCHING VENUES AND HIRING VENDORS. SO WHY, WHEN IT COMES TO THE BIRTH OF OUR CHILDREN, DO WE NOT EQUIP OURSELVES IN THE SAME WAY? LET’S HEAR ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PERINATAL EDUCATION FROM SOME LOCAL CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS. 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR CHILDBIRTH 

Perinatal Education Coordinator Amy Fry at Olmsted Medical Center Women’s Health Pavilion has been coordinating and teaching perinatal education classes for 18 years. She works with expecting families through childbirth and breastfeeding classes and shares resources for additional support.  

 

May/Jun
2018

Strengthening Body and Relationship

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Written by Holly Galbus

A WEALTH OF OPTIONS EXISTS FOR MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS WHO WANT TO SPEND TIME EXERCISING TOGETHER. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FOR BOTH THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME.

A STRONGER BOND

“A mother plays a key role in her daughter’s physical activity level,” says Nicole Cummings, group fitness and yoga instructor at Olmsted Medical Center. “The role modeling a mom does can improve her daughter’s health and fitness behaviors, and instill habits that are an investment in her future fitness. And stronger emotional bonds will grow as they laugh and have fun together.” 

 

May/Jun
2018

Tiffany Piotrowicz: Always Moving Forward

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Written by Erin Pagel

“TERRESTRIAL LOCOMOTION. IT’S WALKING THE EARTH. IT’S MOVING FORWARD,” DESCRIBES TERRALOCO OWNER TIFFANY PIOTROWICZ REGARDING THE RUNNING STORE’S NAME, WHICH INTENTIONALLY EXCLUDES THE WORD “RUNNING.” AFTER A FEW MINUTES WITH TERRALOCO’S DOWN-TO-EARTH AND FRIENDLY OWNER, IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT “MOVING FORWARD“ DESCRIBES PIOTROWICZ AS WELL. 

BUSINESS OWNER

A Rochester native, Piotrowicz studied paralegal and English at Winona State University. This may not be the typical education of a business owner, but she had been working at the running store as a manager when the opportunity to buy TerraLoco arose. Though she didn’t see herself as a business owner (at least not at that time), Piotrowicz seized the opportunity anyway and has owned TerraLoco since 2015. 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Aging Gracefully

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Written by Emily Watkins

“YOU LOOK GREAT FOR YOUR AGE.” HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF A STATEMENT LIKE THIS? WE’VE ALL GOTTEN USED TO HEARING THIS COMMON “COMPLIMENT.” THE TRUTH IS THAT YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AT ANY AGE.

I recently saw a video on Facebook that stuck with me. It was posted on comedian Amy Poehler’s page and was produced by AARP. The video showed a group of women gathered around a table talking about how they look at their age and how it can lead to others making generalizations about them. One woman with gray hair noted that at age 40, people often mistook her for someone much older. Another mentioned that when her mother was told, “You look great for your age,” she replied, "No matter what, I look good for my age. Whether I am skinny (or) I am fat. Whether I’m wrinkled, whether I’m gray!" 

HIDDEN MESSAGES

Saying “You look great for your age” usually means you look younger than you are and can be taken as a compliment. However, statements like, “You may be getting a bit too old to be able to handle a job like that” can be hurtful. 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

A Night at the Derby

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

 

American Heart Association’s Go Red Gala to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.

HEART HEALTH AFFECTS EVERYONE AND MANY OF US KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN ON A MISSION TO EDUCATE KIDS AND ADULTS ALIKE ON HEART HEALTH, DISEASE PREVENTION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, WEIGHT MANAGEMENT, STRESS MANAGEMENT AND SMOKING CESSATION. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT RELIES ON GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HEART DISEASE AND STROKE WITHIN THE LOCAL AREA.

A FUN FUNDRAISER

Rochester Go Red Gala – A Night at the Derby is Friday, May 4, 2018, at Mayo Civic Center. The event will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m. then dinner and a program at 6:30 p.m. 

 

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