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Knowing your financial future

Posted on Dec. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

From finances to funerals, there are more details that fall under the umbrella of estate planning than one might imagine — or, even realize. In this story, FOX CITIES Magazine will take a look at this topic and break down the financial sector. “Typically, some life event (for example job change, divorce or death) is READ MORE

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

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

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

Navigating Through Cancer

Area resources assist patients, families By Amy Hanson Shock. Anxiety. Disbelief. Depression. A cancer diagnosis can lead to a flurry of emotions. Kimberly Demeny is all too familiar with those feelings. Her husband, Michael Hermes, lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 14, 2012. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 1992 and beating it, READ MORE

Get off the Couch

By Sean P. Johnson To paraphrase the late George Harrison: it’s been a long, cold Wisconsin winter. It looks like it’s sticking around, too. Howard Porter knows how tough that can be on people. It’s easy, he says, to stay inside, stay on the couch and wait for spring to finally show up. The problem READ MORE

Keeping Fit After 40

Creativity and Practicality Keys to Keeping a Fitness Regimen By Sean P. Johnson Jenny Tovar admits it would be easy to skip her regular workout at the Fox West YMCA on those days she just doesn’t feel up to it. In her 20s and 30s, she might have even done so, knowing she would make 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