Financial resources to help protect you

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the financial situation of large chunks of Americans. Throughout the spring months, millions of people nationwide lost employment and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 14.7% in April 2020. While […]

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Practice awareness with your senses

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. I am the type of person who goes through my weeks and months with not just one, but two calendars. Plotting out my work week in the 15-minute increments provided by Outlook and additionally keeping a physical calendar up to […]

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Reading in the park, with a twist, on county storywalk

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. A couple weeks ago, I sat in my office and ripped pages out of a book until it was completely disassembled. It was such a strange feeling, removing the pages just felt wrong. Luckily my goal was not to ruin […]

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May is Mental Health Month

May is mental health month. Register for these free virtual presentations to learn different strategies to help get through these difficult times: May 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Mental Health and Video Gaming with Aaron Wanserski, Video Gaming Outreach Director, Center for Suicide Awareness. May 27 from 4 to 5 p.m.: Facing Our Fears […]

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Turn the Town Blue this April

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Everyone can agree that this will be an April like no other. Some people are on their second or third week of readjusting a lot of their normal existence and previously planned lives. Schedules have been shifting and a lot […]

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Lots of ways ‘Money Matters’

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. We are now in the thick of tax filing and return season. This is a time some receive a lump sum of money with a return and some will owe at the end of it all. With money on the […]

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The strategy of recasting to support resilience

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Life is stressful. Whether it is daily stress, like driving in a crowded area or running late, or something more profound, like the death of a loved one or loss of a job, stressful situations come to find everyone. When […]

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Understand how long information stays on your credit report

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension’s “Check Your Free Credit Report” Campaign conducts an annual survey of participants. In 2018, 35% of respondents reported knowing very little or nothing about how long information stays on a report. It is […]

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Mental Health First Aid Course

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Two courses will be offered for 1) adults interacting with adults, and 2) adults interacting with youth. Registration closes the week before February 21st. Register today! Date: Friday, […]

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The significance of wellness in daily life

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Wellness around the holidays can be a tricky task to accomplish, and that’s not only referring to keeping yourself sickness free. December is a stretch of lots of people, places, and scrambling to end the year on a high note. […]

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