Taking Care of Your Life

Nobody's Perfect - I think I can: reflections on pandemic life

Written by Sister Karen Zielinski, OSF. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

I found the best coping mechanism for my stay-at-home time while I was sanitizing a plaque on my wall. It was a round pewter plaque with a train engine in the middle, surrounded by the words I think I can. That phrase is the famous quote inspired by the children’s book The Little Engine That Could, an American fairytale published in 1930. In the tale, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain after its engine breaks down. Larger engines are asked to pull the train; for various reasons they refuse. The request is sent to a small engine, who agrees to try. The engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating its motto: “I-think-I-can.” The story is used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work.

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Want to feel good on your feet? Get fitted for the right footwear

Written by Aaron Z. Haydu plus Dave's Races. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Many disparate factors shape a person’s well-being and health equity throughout Northwest Ohio. Creating opportunities that have the potential to reach everyone in the community is challenging, but when we’re able to see the trees through the forest by compartmentalizing and focusing efforts, the potential becomes more real.

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This summer, plan a “staycation” to remember

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Summer vacation usually involves embarking on a flight or road trip to a favorite—sometimes far-flung—destination to “get away from it all” and experience entirely different cultures, activities, and scenery. This summer, however, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic complicating travel, many families are staying a little closer to home by substituting a “staycation” for the traditional family getaway.

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Eating Well - Healthy Father’s Day

Written by Laurie Syring, RD/LD. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

In honor of Father’s Day this month, let’s take some time to make Dad feel special, and nothing says “love” like giving him the gift of good health. While it’s not possible to bestow good health upon someone else, we can, perhaps, encourage our fathers—whether they’re our actual dads or our husbands/partners, brothers, sons, friends, or neighbors—to make healthier lifestyle choices.

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Make sure your child is dog-safety savvy

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

With their boundless affection, endearing friskiness, and unconditional loyalty, dogs can be wonderful pets that greatly enrich the lives of their owners. Of course, many kids relish the thought of having a canine companion to grow up with. In some instances, however, encounters between children and dogs can take a decidedly negative turn, with the dog becoming aggressive and potentially delivering a nasty, painful bite.

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A Walk in the Park - Armchair adventures

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Dealing with shelter-at-home and social distancing has provided ample opportunities for reflection, reading, and other hobbies. Plus keeping in touch with friends in Toledo and those who went to Arizona—where Shirley and I were supposed to be. Our winter trip was cancelled not because of the virus (which was not yet an issue on Dec. 28, our planned departure date) but by Shirley’s hip-replacement surgery. By the time she was physically mobile, we were no longer RV mobile because the whole world was shutting down. One reader emailed to suggest that the surgery turned out to be a blessing in disguise as state and national parks closed campgrounds and non-essential travel was discouraged.

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