September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. Ask “Are you thinking about ... 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.
By Arnie Johnston & Deborah Ann Percy, The MemoryCare Plays Anthology, A one act play about memory loss. Through 12 short scenes, the play takes you on a one-year journey with Tim and Amanda in their car, bearing witness to the early progression of dementia. This event, includes the performance and facilitated discussion to help you learn more and increase awareness, as well as provide ... read more
This month we would like to recognize the essential workers that have kept our community thriving during these uncertain times. May recognizes Nurses, Teachers, Police, and Emergency Medical Service personnel. May 5th is National Teacher Day. Teachers have adapted to online learning to teach the youth of the community. May 6th is National Nurse Day. Nurses have dedicated their lives to ... read more
March 8th recognizes International Women’s Day! Today we would like to recognize a women leader in Winona. Fatima Said is the executive director of Project FINE. She is an inspiring woman who has dedicated her life to building up the community. Not only is she a strong leader, but she is also a refugee from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Continue reading to hear Fatima’s story. What do you want our ... read more
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
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