New Year Synergy

Happy New Year! It's energizing to make new plans for a new year, isn't it? Resolutions, goals, missions, mantras. They renew our spirit, and sometimes our mind and body, if we follow through. Enjoy the planning this week. 

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Lisa Hautly
A Sick Day Reflection

I grabbed the jar of Vicks from the rarely used catch-all medicine basket in the closet. Expiration 2002. I unscrewed the lid, and, hey, it still smelled like whatever I remembered Vicks smelling like, so I dug my finger into the goo. I’d been coughing for 48 hours nonstop, and hadn’t had any relief from the natural remedies I’d been using, so I smeared some across my chest and under my nose.

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Lisa Hautly
Have Your Pie and Eat it Too

Enough already. Our lives aren't defined by a single meal. Eat your Thanksgiving feast and savor every morsel. For almost a month now we've been hearing about how to control ourselves, eat less, cleanse and mentally prep for the big day. I say there's plenty of time for holiday binge panicking next month, so how about we call a Thanksgiving truce.

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Lisa Hautly
Health & Wellbeing in a Nutshell

If you're too busy to follow all of the health news that's pumped out 24/7, let me spotlight two important pieces that affect your everyday wellbeing:

1) There’s more than one dimension of health. Wellbeing is a large synergistic cluster of health domains. 

2) You are the center of the health model. Not a doctor, not an employer, not the soda industry marketing team.

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Neighborhood Walkability

How do we roll physical activity, community service, and social engagement into one fun-filled hour? Leave it to the St. Louis County Library, OASIS, the County Older Resident Program, and a team of volunteers to conduct a Walkability Audit, assessing county streets for pedestrian safety, particularly for older adults. On this day, we met at the Weber Road County library branch, and evaluated a 1 mile stretch of sidewalk,

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