Trails Ticket To Reduce Youth Obesity?

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – As youth obesity levels in America remain at record high levels, health professionals and policymakers continue to search for solutions to this national health issue. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Minnesota have found that local governments can help reduce youth obesity levels by increasing the amount and type of public lands available for recreation. Sonja Wilhelm Stanis, an associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism in the MU College of Agriculture, … Continue reading

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The Clearest Thoughts Come Through A Cluttered Mind

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Have you ever tried to meditate? Or hear about people putting in hours of prayer and concentrated study? I’ve given it a good shot. I had good intentions and put myself in a quiet place and got to the moment where I could say, “OK, begin.” But that was kind of like the beginning of a hot dog eating contest. It isn’t like a car or horse or foot race where you begin and it’s like immediately exciting and challenging. Meditating and hot dog eating is … Continue reading

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Pool Closing—New approaches for new weather patterns

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 The world is changing and so are its weather patterns. Predictable seasonal weather is a thing of the past.  When it comes to closing down pools for the season the traditional methods used in the past may need to change and adapt to these new weather patterns.   Many weather experts report that spring is coming earlier, summers are stretching out longer and winters are becoming shorter. This means that in many areas of the country, warmer weather could stretch into … Continue reading

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Keep Track of Your Successes

You have probably had more wins than losses.
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I was talking with a friend of mine the other day; we’ll call him Joe for purposes of this missive. He’s a guy I’ve known for many years. He’s a good guy, a bit rough around the edges, rubs people wrong more than he should, but still a good, loyal friend. He was lamenting at all the things that had happened to him over the years. He was the chief of photography at a local newspaper for more than 25 years–a great photographer, … Continue reading

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Empathy Loves Company

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On numerous occasions I’ve tried to teach my kids that their way of approaching a problem is just as—if not more important—than solving the problem. When they came home from school moaning and whining about a large school project or research-heavy paper, I railed against their complaints.  “Attitude is everything,” I would bellow. “Look at it as a chance to learn, to evolve, and develop yourself. If you start by complaining, the whole thing will be a chore. Take control … Continue reading

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Heyer Park is the village square, located in the heart of Walworth. There are a number of shade trees and benches to relax. This park also hosts various food “fests” which are a great summer tradition that support the local [...] More