My Healthy Life

What is a Safety Plan and how do you use it?

by Lacy Taylor, Mental Health Therapist at SBS Have you ever had a friend or family member go to the hospital or ER and leave with something called a Safety Plan? It can be hard to understand what this document is, how is it used, and who should have one if it’s the first time [read more]

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Try Seeing the World through Autistic Eyes 

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications It will surprise no one that there are a great many ways to upset strangers. What may be news, however, is that having autistic children presents a whole new array of possibilities. “That man is fat,” says my friend telling me the story of his seven-year-old daughter [read more]

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Dogs: Cute, Cuddly, and Good for Your Health!

By Breanna Callahan, Southwest Health Marketing Coordinator Pup. Pooch. Four-legged friend. Whatever you call them, dogs are great companions and great for your health. Once you get past the puppy phase, the crying (or more like ear-piercing howling) through the night while they are stuck in their kennel and the peeing on the floor, dogs [read more]

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Things to do on Game Day

In ADDITION to watching the game:   Climb the Big M Cook with the kids Go for a walk (tried this yet?) Find a new place to walk or hike or bike ride Been to the Military Ridge Trail? Or the Cheese Country Recreation Trail? Have an indoor treasure hunt with the kids Play disc [read more]

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Living Young At Heart

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications | Take cheddar cheese, for example. The aging process is not simply cheese getting older. I’m no expert, but I do know it involves adding not only bacteria to milk but also adding curdled milk from the stomachs of un-weaned calves. There is also nearly endless folding [read more]

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

By Ann Morley, Occupational Therapist at Southwest Health Do you have pain and difficulty turning a key to start your car, turning the pages of a book, or when holding your phone?  If you do, you may have a condition called De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. De Quervain’s is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the [read more]

Advanced Directives: Making Hard Times a Little Easier

by Jessica Worek, Transition of Care Coordinator It can be difficult to think about what kind of healthcare you want if you become unable to make healthcare decisions yourself. But, it is better to make your wishes known now while you are still able to. If you don’t make a plan now, if the time [read more]

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Surprises While Walking

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications Many of the best things in life happen while walking. Surprising things. One lovely summer evening years ago, for example, while climbing the Big M stairs, my family and I were surprised by a tiny little grey cat that came out of nowhere. Her scrawny and scruffy [read more]

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A Love Story

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications I am in a long-term relationship that’s really good for me, but it hasn’t always been like that. It was a rocky road for many years. The relationship I have now is healthy for me because I not only really enjoy our time together but also know [read more]

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Ultra Trail Running and the Many Rewards of Suffering

By guest blogger, world class trail runner, and Cuba City native Justin Andrews “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Laozi, Ancient Chinese Philosopher Twenty-seven hours and five minutes—that’s how long I spent circum-ambulating Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji this past April. It was a week after my 34th birthday, and I couldn’t [read more]