STOP SMOKING to Live Longer, Live Healthier!

Fast Facts Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on marketing cigarettes. Smoking costs the United States billions of dollars each year. States do not spend much of the money they […]
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Live Longer, Live Healthier!

I am not a fan of New Years resolutions. Creating a few goals with attainable action steps that will support living a healthier life, can take place any time of year.  It is never too late (or too early) to establish some new healthy living routines. VeryWell Health has a list of 10 things to […]
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A Look Back With an Eye Towards the New Year

On January 1, 2019 I was in Leavenworth Washington.  Although there was snow on the ground, it had melted off of the roads and I was able to bundle up for a bike up Ski Hill. The camera is one of my favorite features on my smart phone. I love to look back to see what […]
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National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) believes we need focus on suicide prevention every day of the year. To do this we can spread awareness, advocate for research funding, and help to educate others on things like resources and warning signs. It’s time to get involved, but not just […]
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9/11 Memorial

According to the Pew Reserch Center, Americans name 9/11 as the number one event of historical significance that occurred in their lifetime.  Last October, I visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Visiting was a powerful reminder of what took place 18 years ago. It is a tragedy of historic proportions. Each person who […]
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January 2019

In 2016, an NCAA mental-health task force developed a number of best practices ranging from protocols for athletes in crisis to promoting overall mental well-being.  In January 2018, the death by suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski reinforced the continuing need for mental-health services to support student athletes.  Hilinski’s Hope Foundation is a non-profit […]
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Changes in September

It is September and fall is here. The traditional start of the school year has always felt like a new beginning for me. This is the perfect time to make a some healthy lifestyle changes! Six reasons to set resolutions in September: We have been trained to have a “back-to-school” mind-set There is built-in momentum and […]
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Peer Pressure/The Power of Parents

It is fall and school is back in session.  Do you remember how it felt to start back to school each fall?  Your memories may range from anticipation and excitement to anxiety and fear. An excellent article in verywellfamily.com discussed ways parents can help kids resist peer pressure so that they can stay healthy. It […]
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2018 National Hazing Prevention Week

Each year National Hazing Prevention Week NHPW is officially designated for the last full week of September each year. What-Hazing is a process, based on a tradition that is used by groups to discipline and to maintain the hierarchy (i.e., a pecking order). Where-Hazing occurs in middle school and high schools, as well as in […]
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Summer in the Mountains

There is nothing quite like watching the sun rise in the mountains.  The views are breathtaking and the mountain air is fresh and clean.  I captured these shots of the sun coming up behind the hills as I was looking east across this open space. Now this is a healthy way to start your day!