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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The keys to successful holiday season spending

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. My email is starting to flood with a lot of eye-catching, “30 percent off,” “Free shipping,” “Pre-Black Friday” advertisements. As I start to scroll through offers, I stop myself and think about the things I need versus what just looks […]

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Choosing to learn more about money

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Somehow, we are now in the back half of October. The weeks continue to fly by and I keep muttering, “How is it already …” — fill in the date. As we inch closer and closer to the holiday season, […]

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First […]

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Back-to-school with a budget

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Households with school-age children will spend an average of almost $700 on back-to-school shopping this fall, according to the National Retail Federation. Clothing, electronics and school supplies are the top three expenses listed by families in the group’s annual July […]

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Slowing down to the present

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. How often are we reading, and listening, and talking, and eating, and thinking? Having the ability, or perceived ability, to do several things simultaneously is how many of us attempt to keep up with high demands at work, home and […]

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Handling credit as a couple

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten Tracking your own finances is a chore often left off the fun list. Taking on another person’s financial history and habits can be out-and-out daunting. All that being said, knowing your spouse or partner’s credit history is as important as knowing your own. […]

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