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Healing hounds

Posted on Oct. 2, 2015 by Amy Hanson

Joy, fear, sadness. These are just a few of the emotions that dogs seem to be able to sense from their human companions. Their ability to notice what’s right or wrong and bring the perfect reaction makes them a logical fit to help in a variety of settings. Registered therapy animals, in this case dogs, READ MORE

Diagnosing new innovations

Posted on Apr. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson
A patient room at Fremont Tower
Photo courtesy of Affinity Health System

Health care providers bring medical advances to Fox Valley Advances in medicine are happening every day and making an impact around the world. Changes in health care in the Fox Valley are no exception. Affinity Health System, ThedaCare and Aurora Health Care are all contributing to the evolution locally. Affinity Health System On Jan. 10, READ MORE

Slide into snowshoes this winter

With temperatures dropping and fresh snow blanketing the ground, it may appear that exercising outside must be halted until spring. However, with a few extra layers, you can stay active by participating in the multitude of snowshoeing events offered this winter. At 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna, the Moonlight Snowshoe Hike on Feb. 13 READ MORE

SPARK! benefits individuals with memory loss

Posted on Jan. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson
Photo courtesy of The Trout Museum of Art

Dementia doesn’t have to be a barrier to experiencing the arts. Caregivers and individuals living with memory loss can now experience programming in the Fox Cities that opens doors to “engage in lively discussions, art making and multi-sensory activities,” explains The Trout Museum of Art’s website. “I like to describe SPARK! as an opportunity,” says READ MORE

Living on the Spectrum

Misconceptions about raising children with autism. April 2 marks World Autism Awareness Day. Nationally, autism affects approximately one out of every 110 children born today and government statistics suggest the prevalence rate is increasing 10–17 percent annually. In the Fox Valley region, there are several families who are living with autism. Three of these families READ MORE

Modern Medicine

This month, we bring to you the medical marvels making a marked impact in our community one patient, program or surgery at a time. Hypothermia Saving Lives Russell Sova remembers eating lunch with his family on August 4, 2010. Suddenly it’s a day later and the 66-year-old Kaukauna man is lying in a hospital bed READ MORE

The Figure of Fifty

Fox Citians face 50 feeling mentally, physically and emotionally fit. The popular saying is “over the hill” but the sudden new challenges many 50-year-olds face make the incline much steeper. Celebrating the big “five-oh” brings with it a mix of physical, mental and emotional elements. As we learn from some Fox Citians, fifty isn’t always READ MORE

Shifting Gears

Outdoor cycling is a fun summer sport that is good for the human race. Be it camaraderie, confidence or competition, biking has serious perks. An activity fit for teenagers, grandparents and avid racers alike, it’s the recreation that keeps most cyclists riding. And there are health benefits, too. The cardiovascular exercise builds muscular endurance, strengthens READ MORE

The Season for Skin Care

From broad-spectrum sunscreens to laser removal for hair, spider veins and tattoos, we bring to light the truth about the sun’s damaging effects and how to make your skin look its best. Skin Cancer Risks & Prevention Chris Borelli, 42, of Appleton is no stranger to the great outdoors. As a city of Appleton arborist, READ MORE