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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
https://www.thespruce.com Volunteer Etiquette Guidelines BY DEBBY MAYNE Updated 04/12/18 Whether you're just starting out or you've been volunteering for years, take stock of what you're doing. Here are some things you need to do if you want to do the best job: Volunteer with a good attitude. You've committed yourself to something that you're passionate about, so put a smile on your ... 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
Article from Psychology Today, Posted February 13, 2018 The stories we tell ourselves matter. However, so often these tales that are so fundamental to who we are, are based upon just some of the truths from our complex and beautiful lives. When we change the narrative, we open new possibilities for our happiness and effectiveness and well-being. (Read more on the Narratives We ... read more
Written by Deb McClellan, Operations Manager, Live Well Winona Last week I attended an event that was intended to bring awareness and education to the Winona County area. It was the 4th Annual Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) Community Collaboration Summit on Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing. Although the agenda included speakers and other networking opportunities, ... read more
Article The Balance by Joanne Fritz If you have ever volunteered, you may have noticed that you felt fantastic afterward. Maybe you saw a little boost in your mood, or that you felt like part of a team. You felt like you made a difference. When we volunteer, we may see real changes as a result of our efforts. We may even witness the effects that our efforts have on others in our community. ... read more