Tips for Cooking Organic Meals with Wisconsin Products

Many whole, natural foods do not necessarily require cooking. Raw fruits and veggies, canned wild-caught fish, grass-fed cheese and uncured natural deli meats, organic additive-free rotisserie chicken, grass-fed organic yogurt and kefir, etc. all make fabulous light meals and snacks and can often be consumed on-the-go. For meals that require a little more attention, today’s array of slow-cookers, pressure-cookers, Vitamix models, convection ovens, food processors, … Continue reading Tips for Cooking Organic Meals with Wisconsin Products

Bullying Prevention Starts with Student Action

As parents, we are both fortunate to be able to work in the same district where our children attend school. It’s a blessing that not all teachers are afforded. Teachers, as a whole, want a safe, nurturing, and rigorous educational environment for their students, and this is doubly true in our case. We want a place where we feel safe and excited to send our … Continue reading Bullying Prevention Starts with Student Action

Retired Wisconsin Police Officer Talks Openly About Suicide Prevention

My husband tells me we would be invited to more parties if I was content to tell people that I retired after 26 years of being a police officer. But, instead I feel compelled to tell people that, in my retirement, I am working hard and fast on suicide prevention; and would they like to talk about firearms, suicide, hopelessness and what can be done … Continue reading Retired Wisconsin Police Officer Talks Openly About Suicide Prevention

Students Join the Conversation About e-Cigarettes and Vaping in Schools

I was on a conference call with the members of our program’s Youth Board a few years ago when I first learned what a hookah pen was. Still new to youth tobacco prevention, I was reading everything I could find about flavored cigarillos, little cigars and other tobacco products that kids might try. But, I didn’t learn the term “hookah pen” from the literature. I … Continue reading Students Join the Conversation About e-Cigarettes and Vaping in Schools

How Pilates Helped One Wisconsin Woman Find Her Passion

I often get asked how I got into Pilates. The question always brings me a bit of discomfort, because the answer reminds me of my ex-husband. “Go get a hobby” is what he told me, “get a gym membership.” I had just moved to Texas with my new husband–young and ready for a new adventure. I was excited, even though Texas was never on my … Continue reading How Pilates Helped One Wisconsin Woman Find Her Passion

Takeaways and Lessons Learned: A Wisconsin Woman Shares Her Cancer Story

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” Ferris Buehler, “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off” By Michelle Gormican Thompson  Work, kids, an insanely packed calendar with seemingly not a moment to spare, you roll along everyday, thinking about the next thing you have to do, the next place you have to be, that next vacation you … Continue reading Takeaways and Lessons Learned: A Wisconsin Woman Shares Her Cancer Story

How Healthy Eating Habits Changed the Life of a Wisconsin Educator

  Written by Steven Sedlmayr I retired on June 30, after serving 33 years as a school superintendent, four years as a principal and three years as a classroom teacher.  Since that time, I have found this to be quite challenging! I realized quickly just how different things were going to be when I turned in my school keys and walked out the front door … Continue reading How Healthy Eating Habits Changed the Life of a Wisconsin Educator