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The Heart of a Woman

Heart-of-a-WomanFrom the Winter 2011 Healthy Woman publication

Women are strong in so many ways, but they’re just as vulnerable to heart disease as men are, according to Candice Yu-Fleming, MD, a family medicine physician with Portage Medical Group. “It’s surprising for many women to learn that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women,” she added.

It’s also surprising for women to learn that their symptoms of a heart attack may be very different than a man’s,” said Yu-Fleming. For example, a study by the National Institutes of Health shows...

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How to Cope with the Holidays

Porter-County-Family-Counseling-CenterHere are some thoughts for coping with the holiday season.

1. Take time for yourself - There may be pressure to be everything to everyone. Remember that you're only one person and can only accomplish certain things. Sometimes self-care is the best thing you can do-others will benefit when you're stress-free. Go for a long walk, get a massage or take time out to listen to your favorite music or read a new book. All of us need some time to recharge our batteries-by slowing down you will actually have more energy to accomplish your goals.

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Acting Out Wellness

HappySticking our own balance and bring in harmony with yourself brings psychological benefits. The benefits can be seen through our actions and are key to having good rapport with people we come in contact with.

Bottom line, when we are well and feel good, our temperament and disposition follow naturally. This even includes a better relationship with our environment.

When we are well, we are more efficient and effective. We tend to RESPOND rather than REACT. We are actually more capable of making complex decisions because our concentration and resistance to stress is improved.

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Drunken Gummy Bears: The Latest Teen Trend

Drunken-Gummy-BearsLeave it to teenagers to take something as wholesome as gummy bears and turn it into booze-soaked mischief. They're sweet, cute and alcoholic. Drunk gummy bear candy is now trending and slowly making its way to our area.

The Internet exacerbates the problem. Tens of thousands of people have already watched one YouTube video that shows viewers how to make vodka gummy bears, soaking the candy in vodka for several days and eating it to get a buzz.

Both parents and teens are disturbed by the trend. One student commented, "It's kind of scary, because I like gummy bears, and I'm kind of scared...

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Overcoming Life Obstacles Fuels Marathon Run

Natalie-Danko-and-TheresaLast year my good friend Natalie Danko wrote 26.2 reasons why she ran the 2010 Chicago Marathon on 10-10-10. This year she will be turning 30 and happiness is surrounding her life now!

Congratulations to all of the 2011 Chicago Marathon Runners!

Written by Natalie Danko

At 25, I set a goal to run a marathon before I turned 30. I wanted my first marathon to be Chicago. I almost threw that goal away because my life was turned upside down. It took...

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Praying-handsMany years ago, I asked our Pastor about Prayer. I really wasn’t sure how to pray and what I should say. He gave me some words of wisdom and I wrote them down and saved them.

The other day I was looking through my daughter Casey’s devotional journal (with her permission, of course) and there was a wonderful page on prayer that reminded me of all the things my pastor told me so many years ago. I wanted to share them with you.

Praying does not have specific rules. There are just some things that should be included in our prayers.

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Self Esteem 101

ListPeople write me every day and they put themselves down!!! I don’t like it.

How does someone expect to develop high self esteem if they repeat negative phrases about themselves and their abilities? This has to stop…FIRST in our Self Esteem 101 Class.

Next, I will ask my readers to stop comparing themselves to other people, including me.

I am just a person just like you that works everyday to make the right choices. It is not easy…never has been and never will be.

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Saying I’m Sorry Can Be Good for the Soul

Hug-SilhouetteDon’t be afraid to set an example to your co-workers, friends, spouses or children by just being yourself rather than trying to be perfect. In the larger picture, everything does not have to be perfect in order to be effective. We have all lost our temper and reacted verbally or physically. No one is in control all of the time.

People learn from people. Children learn from adults. Adults can learn from anyone if they keep an open heart and open mind.

After the heat of a moment has passed, we can apologize for something we did or said that was inappropriate. It’s good discipline for us, as well as for...

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Life is Good!

Aldous Huxley once said, "Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness. It's generally the by-product of other activities."

Keynote speaker, Bill O'Hanlon, a nationally renowned psychiatrist and author of numerous books, spoke at the annual Mental Health Symposium at Harre Union, Valpo University. He focused on happiness, and the positive realities of mental health, making the claim that until 1995, "Psychology studies on negative states used to outnumber positive studies by a 17:1 ratio."

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