How Keeping Active is the Key to Staying Young in Body and Mind

Growing older is something we can’t control, however, we do have control over “how” we grow older. Gaining weight, losing muscle mass and becoming weak and sedentary is not mandatory but is a choice, just as is remaining active, involved and a viable part of one’s community. The body was meant to move and as Newton’s Law of Inertia states: “A Body in Motion, Stays … Continue reading How Keeping Active is the Key to Staying Young in Body and Mind

Three of the DW Crew’s Favorite Wisconsin Heroes

Wisconsin is home to all kinds of heroes: first responders, family members, athletes, musicians, actors, and everyday people who inspire us to tackle life’s toughest challenges. We’ve partnered with Clutch Energy Drink to share three Wisconsin heroes that inspire us with their strength, creativity, and persistence to live everyday to the fullest. For Discover Wisconsin co-host, Mariah Haberman, her Wisconsin hero is her late grandmother, … Continue reading Three of the DW Crew’s Favorite Wisconsin Heroes

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

Mental Health Activist Gets Wisconsin Communities Talking

The suicide prevention field found me like it finds most others, through a personal connection. I lost my friend, Arie, to suicide in 2010. I later lost my neighbor, Loretta, and my co-worker, Bruce, to suicide. I didn’t know much about mental health or suicide then—only that no one really knew how to talk about either. So, I started talking about it. After Arie died, … Continue reading Mental Health Activist Gets Wisconsin Communities Talking

Do You Know Wisconsin’s Conservation Legend?

Aldo Leopold is one of the most respected conservationists of the 20th century. He was one of the first foresters trained in the United States and a wildlife ecologist. He was a writer, especially later in his life, and a philosopher who thought through the big questions of conservation. He was a teacher who influenced generations of his own students and he was a devoted … Continue reading Do You Know Wisconsin’s Conservation Legend?

Four Tips to Quit Smoking from Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation

It’s hard to quit smoking – no doubt about it! But it is possible, and a good support system can make all the difference. Just ask the thousands of pregnant and postpartum women who have worked with Quit Coaches through the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation’s First Breath program: “[My Quit Coach] was the friendship I needed in order to make me quit smoking. I feel … Continue reading Four Tips to Quit Smoking from Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation

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