As part of Live Well Winona’s effort to involve the community in its mission to promote health and wellness, we are inviting community members to write or submit articles about each of our health dimensions every month.
If you have written an article relating to one of our health dimensions that you would like to share through our website and newsletter, please email it to us at [email protected] Be sure to include a title, the author, and an optional photo.

Written by Janneke Sobeck, Community Wellness Director, Live Well Winona   A recent conference call with Beach Cities Health District in California proved to be an invaluable investment of our time. As we learned about the health strategies that are in place for their community, which is four times the size of Winona, we felt greatly encouraged upon discovering that Winona is ...

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Written by Deb McClellan, Community Operations Manager, Live Well Winona Janneke and I are were inspired recently by a Ted Talk - Got A Meeting Take A Walk.  The information wasn't anything new to us, but it did remind us of the many benefits walking meetings have to offer. Here are just a few. Physical activity that fits into the day Energized and more alert Different environments ...

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Written by Deb McClellan, Community Operations Manager, Live Well Winona Ok, it's not often that I get my undies in a bundle.  No really, the older I get the less I let the little things bother me.  But after I heard Erin Simmons from the American Lung Association speak about the various types of tobacco use that are available to consumers, it made me scratch my head and say "why?". Just to ...

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Written by  Emily Weber, SMU Intern, Live Well Winona In wake of recent incidents within the Winona area, our community could benefit from a simple reminder about staying safe. Although there are many benefits to taking self defense classes and purchasing devices such as pepper spray and whistles, there are much easier and attainable ways to staying safe. The most important thing is to trust ...

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Article by Torey Broback, Live Well Winona Intern Last year I dropped my daughter off at a Fathers Day breakfast being hosted at her pre-school.  Not wanting her to feel out of place (with her mom in tow), her grandfather (my wonderful father) had volunteered to attend the breakfast as her Fathers Day guest.  After they were inside, I watched fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and even mentors ...

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Source: Shannan Younger, April 28, 2014 http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/04/facts-about-mothers-day/ The second Sunday in May is Mother's Day and in 2014, the holiday falls on May 11th. Mother's Day became an official national holiday in the United States in 1914, making Mother's Day 2014 the 100th official observance. Learn some fun facts about Mother's Day, its history and how we ...

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Article by Nicole Raebel, Live Well Winona Intern While exploring the Live Well Winona’s holistic approach to health in our community, it may be most difficult to comprehend the importance of “social health” and its incorporation in our every day lives. Social health is an easily overlooked component of a healthy lifestyle. But it is actually a very vital aspect of human health; the well-known ...

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Article by Andrew Sroka, Published in Winona Daily News, February 3, 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Betsy Rowekamp Many people look their whole lives to find something to get behind, something to get passionate about. Betsy Rowekamp never really had to worry about that -- she found a passion for volunteering a long time ago. Rowekamp, 67, said that while she enjoys volunteering, it really ...

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Written by Janneke Sobeck, Director, Live Well Winona “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullsh** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it." Jordan Belfort Well said, Jordan, well said! This year, I'll save my excuses if you save yours. 'Support' is my keyword for starting and maintaining a successful exercise routine or weight loss program. ...

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Article by Gaby Peterson, Co-Owner of Yarnology The more time I spend on this planet, the more I realize what social beings we humans are.  We gather to do good work, we gather to eat good food, we gather to mourn our losses, we gather to laugh until our stomachs hurt.  Even the most introverted among us needs to have social connections to stay healthy. When my business partner and I opened ...

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