Mitch Johnson and Marcia Ratliff are two hopeless romantics that met at Winona State University. These former students love kindled during a coffee date discussing poetry. They bonded over shared hobbies and continue to prioritize healthy living together. Read more to learn about Mitch & Marcia! How did you two meet? We were both English majors at WSU, and one fateful semester our ... read more
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@example.com. Be sure to include a title, the author, and an optional photo.
Mary Farrell, a 40-year resident of Winona, takes beautiful photographs as one of her healthy habits. To view her photos, click here or follow her on Instagram. What benefits do you notice when you practice outdoor photography? One of my favorite winter time activities is to walk across Lake Winona (after there have been multiple severely cold days).* I carry my camera with me and stop in ... read more
October 22, 2018 By: Courtney Ackerman Positive Psychology Program You’ve heard it said before—probably many times—that it’s important to live in the present moment. You also might have heard similar pieces of advice like: “Don’t get caught up in thinking about the past or the future—live in the now!” “Be present in your own life.” “All you have is this moment. Don’t let it slip ... read more
Artlice from Sleepbetter.org Wearable devices are increasingly bought to track and measure health and sports performance: from the number of steps walked each day to a person’s metabolic efficiency, from the quality of brain function to the quantity of oxygen inhaled while asleep. But the truth is we know very little about how well these sensors and machines work — let alone whether they ... read more
AUGUST 22, 2017 |BY SUSIE MOORE https://greatist.com/live/bad-mood-ways-to-get-out-of-a-funk I woke up the other morning in a bad mood. I wondered if I'd had a nightmare. Nope, I couldn’t recall any. I wasn’t hungover. I hadn’t even checked my social media yet, so I hadn't activated any angsty comparison triggers. I just opened my eyes that morning, and had a sense of foreboding. I simply felt ... read more
Sportsmanship: A Deeper Understanding and Its Importance Beyond Sports Article written by Sean Dailey http://www.decaturparks.com/sportsmanship-a-deeper-understanding.php I recently asked the kids involved in DPR’s Youth Sports and Fitness class to define sportsmanship. As you would expect, I received a myriad of answers. One of the younger children defined it as “shaking hands at the end of ... read more
Dementia Friends is a global movement developed by the Alzheimer's Society in the United Kingdom and now underway in the United States. The goal is to help everyone in a community understand five key messages about dementia, how it affect people, and how we each can make a difference in the lives of people living with the disease. People with dementia need to be understood and supported in their ... read more
Written by Kate Morin, Greatist.com We admit it: There are some (or more like, many) mornings where it's everything we can do to will ourselves out of bed and grab a fistful of cereal or a crappy granola bar on our way out the door. It's not like a gourmet breakfast is a realistic everyday goal. But that doesn't mean we should settle for a sugar rush that will leave us sad and hungry just a ... read more
Written by: Deb McClellan, Community Wellness Operations Manager Many of you have heard me say time and time again how much I love my job. It’s usually when we’ve hosted or participated in a successful community engagement event, which often times includes kiddos. Yes, I have a warm place in my heart for those times when I am surrounded by an audience of engaged individuals who are eager to ... read more
Written by Janneke Sobeck, Director of Live Well Winona I’ve been enjoying a beautiful summer so far, at a leisurely pace. Unfortunately not everyone around me has had the same experience. I’ve heard multiple people complain about the busyness of their summer calendar, or how they miss out on family time because picking up takes forever, or how they really should clean out the garage so the ... read more