Category Archives: Health & Exercise

August is National Wellness Month

The concept of wellness is not new. Most of us have a basic idea of what it means – in its contemporary connotation – but let’s check and see if this modern vision of wellness coincides with the traditional meaning of the word. The first definition we found reads like this: The quality or state […]

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National Running Day: Why Is Running Important for Teens?

The air whips past your face. The sweat trickles down your chest. Your shoes slap the ground, one after the other. Your legs ache, you’re getting cramps on your side, and you’re breathing heavily. Running, jogging, walking, swimming, and cycling are all examples of aerobic activities. Aerobic activity includes any exercise that works your cardiovascular […]

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May is National Bike Month

May is a great month to ride a bike. Ask a cyclist, and they’ll tell you every month is a great month to ride a bike. They’ll also tell you every day is a great day for a bike ride. But be careful. If you ask a committed cyclist about cycling, prepare yourself for them […]

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2021: April is Stress Awareness Month

Each year, a group of non-profit wellness and mental health awareness organizations sponsor National Stress Awareness Month during the month of April. Along with Stress Awareness Month, they also promote a National Stress Awareness Day. This year we observe Stress Awareness Day on Sunday, April 18th. Last year at this time – mid-April 2020 – […]

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New CDC Guidelines on Exercise and Activity: What They Say for Adolescents

In 1996, the Surgeon General of the United States released a report that served as a wake-up call about the general state of health and wellness of people in the U.S. The Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health outlined serious issues in two areas. First, the report identified a disturbing, wide-ranging, population-level prevalence […]

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Research Report: Boost Happiness and Wellbeing by Getting Outside

The shelter-in-place guidelines that have been in effect for millions of people in the U.S. since March take their toll. Evidence shows an increase in the symptoms of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, as well as an increase in binge-drinking, consumption of recreational drugs, and opioid-related overdose deaths. Over the past year, we’ve […]

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National Hobby Month: Where do Hobbies Come From?

Every year during the month of January, people in the U.S. celebrate National Hobby Month. Enthusiasts around the country share information about their hobbies with friends, try new hobbies that interest them, and dive deeper into the hobbies and activities they love. It seems like hobbies have been around forever. They’re a natural way to […]

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Five Steps to Achieve and Maintain Mental Wellness

Now that we’re well into 2021, we won’t mention why we want it to be an amazing year, or why we – at the very least – want it to be better than 2020. To be fair, we give January and February 2020 a pat on the back. For most of us, they were fine, […]

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Research Report: Wisconsin Student Athletes, COVID-19, and Depression

We recently published an article about the relationship between teen mental health, coronavirus, and high school sports. That piece was based on a study initiated by a Canadian high school student who analyzed the effect of coronavirus lockdown on student athletes in her school district in Ontario. She found that after six weeks of shelter-in-place […]

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COVID-19, High School Athletes, and Mental Health

The coronavirus pandemic touches almost every facet of life for people in the U.S. The way we work, the way we play, the way we socialize – it’s nearly impossible to find an area of day-to-day living that coronavirus does not affect. At the start of the pandemic, most of us thought we were at […]

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