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My Healthy Life

A Story About Community

By Jaime Collins In every home on every block on every street and lot and farm in southwest Wisconsin, people have stories to tell of this pandemic year. I have one. You have one. And every last one of the 91,832 souls in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties has their own story to tell. Grief. [read more]

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Providing Care…And So Much More

By Kim Reuter, Director of Operations Providers. What is a provider? They are the doctors, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, eye care experts, mental health therapists etc. who care for us in a healthcare setting. But really, they do so much more than help us stay healthy. The providers at Southwest Health do a lot [read more]

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

by Kelly Jo Fassbinder, Marketing Specialist The New Year brings a time to reorganize, set goals, and have a fresh start. Some people set goals or resolutions for better health, better balance, new adventures, or things they want to accomplish this year. Personally, I am kind of a goal setter all year around. Whether it’s [read more]

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Houseplants: A guide from someone with a not-so-green thumb

by Breanna Callahan, Marketing Coordinator I have a coworker who has an office with several windows. And several plants. I love visiting her office (and her of course) because of the ambience. It’s fresh, it’s energetic, and it’s happy. The plants bring an earthy vibe to what could be a boring, stale office. The fact [read more]

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Turning Anger Around

By Jaime Collins A recent survey ranks Wisconsin among the angriest of the 50 states. A leading provider of addiction treatment resources, alcohol.org, surveyed more than 3,000 Americans and found Delawarians to be the angriest. Residents there admitted to getting angry 12 times a week. Hawaiians, on the other hand, were found to be the [read more]

Better Together

By Julie Stephenson, Director of Community Development “Humans are social creatures: in this simple and obvious fact lies both the problem and the solution to the current crisis of loneliness”. In his groundbreaking book, Together – The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, the 19th  Surgeon General of the United States, [read more]

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The many emotions of holding a door…

By Breanna Callahan, Marketing Coordinator I can’t prepare the vials of vaccine. I can’t administer shots. I can’t update people’s medical records. But I CAN help people make their way from their car into the hospital safely. I CAN lend a hand or an arm to help steady them. I CAN get them a wheelchair [read more]

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Walking Away from the Pandemic

By Jaime Collins It appears the end of the pandemic is drawing near. The fact we will not be permanently stuck in pandemic mode comes courtesy of so many of you who masked up, stayed home, and protected others. That, I feel strongly, is the kind of thing great communities do for each other. Let’s [read more]

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Massage Guns: Worth the Hype?

by Breanna Callahan, Marketing Coordinator with contributions by Josh Bruner, Physical Therapist I love massages! They are relaxing, and when I have a headache for a couple days because of tension in my back or soreness from a workout, the massage melts the pain away. But sometimes, I don’t have time for a massage appointment, [read more]

Living With Parkinson’s Disease: Life After Diagnosis

By Shelly Hampton, Physical Therapist, and Jodi Knight, Speech Therapist You’re going about your daily life, then you start to feel “off”. You may start to notice a tremor, generalized fatigue, difficulty swallowing, or hoarseness in your voice. Your friends and family start to ask, “What did you say?” “Can you speak up?” “You’re shaky, [read more]

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