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Save a life with three simple letters: QPR

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Community-based suicide prevention coalitions work to reduce suicides in our communities. The big question is, “By how much should we reduce our suicide rate?” Should we reduce our rates by 10 percent? Or perhaps 20 percent? The answer that many in this field would tell you is, “By 100 percent!” Our goal is to have a zero suicide community. Others have done it; so can we. But we need your help.

In order to achieve a zero suicide goal we need everyone in the community to realize that each resident can help save a life. Much like many have received CPR training, by exercising what the three letters in QPR stand for, someone in our community can save a life. After all, suicide affects everyone in our community.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer, and is the best practice training approach for suicide prevention (https://www.qprinstitute.com/). QPR is a program in which any individual can be trained to learn how to recognize signs of suicide and be able to intervene. Anyone can be trained in QPR and potentially save a life.

A free community QPR training (open to any community member age 18 or older) will be held on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Chilton High School in Calumet County. Because space is limited we are asking interested individuals to register. To register, send an email to: registration@preventsuicidefoxcities.org or call (920) 931-2552 with questions. Continue Reading »

Fun Labor Day activities for the family

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For many, Labor Day marks the official end of summer. Even though warm weather will likely carry on into September, Labor Day is often a last hurrah before students head back to school and routines get a bit more structured. Make the most of this three-day weekend with healthy, active ideas that the whole family can enjoy!

  • It’s state and county fair season, but you can skip the lines and deep-fried foods by having a backyard fair for your family. Set up tables in the backyard with healthy treats, games, a coloring contest and “livestock” exhibitions with pets or stuffed animals. Get out the washable paints for a face-painting booth, or host your own bake-off!
  • Another fun yard activity for a full free day is hosting lawn Olympics. Set up lawn darts, bag toss, badminton or other favorites and compete for the gold! Color in paper circles for the medals and hang them off of string or ribbon—you could even stack something safe to climb on for a podium for your closing ceremonies.
  • If you want to be active but don’t have yard space, check your local community calendar or do a search for 5K run/walks in your area.
  • Pack a snack, fill a water bottle or two and head to your nearest state or local park. This is a great opportunity to get outside and be active while enjoying nature.
  • Cool down by setting up a sprinkler or filling up water balloons.
  • Get some sidewalk chalk and have a Labor Day drawing contest. Make it more interesting with a patriotic theme or a recap of the other activities you’ve done that day!
  • Rainy Labor Days can still be fun! Have a Food Network-style cooking competition in your kitchen. Pick teams if you have enough people and choose one or two people to judge your culinary creations. Set up workstations just like they do in cook-offs on TV and have fun making dramatic commentary as you go.
  • See if your favorite local non-profit, church or other organization needs volunteers—the long weekend is a big fundraising time for some organizations but also a time when many volunteers are out of town or busy, making it a great time to get involved in a cause you care about.
  • When you’re tired out, set up camp in the backyard or living room! Grab your flashlights and set up a tent in the yard or a blanket fort in the living room. Snack on trail mix, grilled treats or s’mores (made over the fire or in the microwave!) and tell silly or scary stories or play music.

Does this seem like enough to fill a three-day weekend? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments, and if you try any of these ideas let us know how they turn out!

Volunteer opportunities at Mercy Medical Center

Volunteer Spotlight Jim & Prince 6-9-15Are you looking for ways to get involved in your community?

Good news – Mercy Medical Center has volunteer openings! Volunteers at Mercy enjoy directing visitors, transporting patients, running errands, and many other tasks including providing patients’ socialization rehab through animal therapy.

Two volunteers at Mercy Medical Center have been making a difference in patient rehab for the past five years. Jim Papenfuss is a pet therapy volunteer with his therapy dog, Prince, a four-year-old goldendoodle. Jim and Prince take pride in visiting patients, visitors and staff all around the hospital, including the behavioral health unit, intensive care waiting room, rehab unit and the cancer center.

Jim has been involved with pet therapy for the past 17 years. He and Prince enjoy interacting with others and cheering up those in need. Prince, also known as ‘Jim’s big ball of cotton candy,’ loves working with everyone at the hospital, exhibiting kindness and love.

Mercy Medical Center is fortunate enough to have this dynamic duo that are always bringing smiles and joy to everyone around them.

Volunteer Spotlight Jim+ prince 6-9-15

If you are interested in joining the volunteer team at Mercy, please visit our website http://www.affinityhealth.org/volunteer to apply online or contact Mercy Medical Center Volunteer Services at (920) 223-0225.

For those specifically interested in pet therapy, after applying online your dog must meet the standards set by Therapy Dog Inc., which includes being a friendly, well-behaved dog of at least one year of age. For more information on testing and qualifications, please contact therapydogsinc@qwestoffice.net.

What’s the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion?

What’s the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion?

Even though many of us welcome warm temperatures and the chance to be outside in the sun, summer heat isn’t all fun and games. If you plan on being outdoors, and especially if you’re planning on being active, it’s important to know the signs of heat-related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Both conditions occur when the body becomes dehydrated in hot or humid environments, but the combinations of symptoms differ between the two.

Heat exhaustion happens when the body is overheated, usually with a fever of up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the differences in symptoms between heat exhaustion and heat stroke is sweat; heat exhaustion is characterized by heavy sweating, while those suffering from heatstroke experience decreased sweating. Other symptoms of heat exhaustion are:

• Agitation
• Cool and clammy skin
• Confusion or anxiety
• Dizziness
• Excessive thirst
• Fainting
• Headache
• Muscle aches and cramps
• Nausea
• Slow heartbeat
• Weakness and fatigue

Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises so much that the cooling system stops working altogether. This typically happens at body temperatures of 104-106 degrees Fahrenheit, but keep in mind that it can occur suddenly. It is possible for your body to overheat so quickly that it skips past the symptoms of heat exhaustion and goes straight to heatstroke.

As mentioned above, heatstroke is characterized by decreased sweating, as well as hot, flushed skin. Other symptoms include: Continue Reading »

What is motion sickness, and how do you prevent it?

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Summertime often means traveling, be it by plane, train, car or boat. For people who suffer from motion sickness, these trips are not a part of vacation they look forward to.

Experts say that motion sickness is caused by a sensory mismatch—a disconnect between the body’s systems that gauge the motion we sense and the motion we visualize. The symptoms typically start with sweating, dizziness and a general feeling of uneasiness, followed by nausea and in some cases vomiting. Different remedies work for different people and instances, so consider the following tips for relief:

Avoid anything that could cause or exacerbate nausea. Don’t travel on an empty stomach, but avoid greasy or spicy meals that could cause discomfort, as well as excessive alcohol and foods with strong odors. Try protein-packed snacks that will travel easily. You want to keep your stomach as calm as possible when going into a situation that might upset it more.

Sit where you’ll experience the least motion. If you’re traveling by car, driving can decrease that sight/feel disconnect that causes motion sickness. If that’s not possible, the next best option is the passenger seat so you can have a full view of the road. If you’re in an airplane, try to get a seat in the middle, over the wing, as this is the calmest area. If you’re sailing, you’ll want to be in lower level cabins near the center of the ship. Regardless of the vehicle, sit facing the direction of travel and take advantage of fresh air through vents or windows if possible. Continue Reading »

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