Kenosha County will Turn the Town Blue in April

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Each year, the month of April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month throughout the country. Locally, Kenosha County holds its Turn the Town Blue Campaign during April. The campaign works to raise awareness around issues surrounding child abuse and […]

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Take advantage of free credit reports

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Incorrect information on credit reports is among top consumer complaints to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In Wisconsin in 2020, almost 1,200 individuals filed a complaint about credit reporting with the CFPB. The top complaint involved incorrect information on […]

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Staying updated regarding federal student loans

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. News, opinions, and growing speculation about what is to come in regard to student loans have been hot topics throughout the year. There are about 45 million borrowers in the United States that currently carry student loan debt. Of those […]

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A practice of gratitude

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. Thinking back to a movie I watched a lot with my brother as kids, Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” All at once, it […]

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.  Originally published in the Kenosha News. During the Youth Mental Health First Aid program, there is a brief activity where participants partner up to practice saying to one another without response, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” Having people ask the question is not the beginning […]

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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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