Mental health services expanding in Windsor-Essex

A private business and the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) are both offering more help “to make that connection.”

Mental Health First Aid:

TRAINING: Mental Health First Aid – CMHA Windsor-Essex County

The CMHA-WECB is offering training for mental health first aid.

“We understand how to deal with individuals who have a physical health crisis, right?” says Carrie Davis, workplace outreach worker. “(But) we don’t often understand how to support those individuals (who are struggling with mental health).”

Over a seven-hour course participants will learn how to identify a decline or crisis in mental health.

“And then it also teaches us how to talk to them about supports – professional or other supports, as well as how to connect with those resources to help them on the road to recovery,” says Davis.

CMHA officials say statistically, one in

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McHenry County offers outdoor exercise opportunities providing added health benefits

For Valerie Koehn of Crystal Lake, exercise isn’t always just hopping on treadmills or elliptical machines inside her local fitness center.

Sometimes it’s exploring McHenry County’s many nature trails, learning about clouds, watching butterflies soar, playing a game of searching for gnomes or gathering prairie seeds to help reseed conservation parks.

It is doing something she enjoys, which is what fitness experts say is the key to continuing and benefiting from an exercise routine long term.

“It keeps me moving, keeps me young,” Koehn, 72, said. “My mom didn’t move. … then she couldn’t move.”

Pat Reed, fitness manager with Northwestern Medicine Huntley Health and Fitness Center, encourages outdoor activity for mind and body.

“Find something you like to do and do that something outdoors,” Reed said. “If the motivation is just weight loss or building strength versus if you actually enjoy it, your exercising is better. Whether rollerblading, cycling

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‘The small things are the big things’

Imagine running as fast as you can, carrying several unwieldy objects. You’re exhausted, but you have to keep going and not drop anything. Suddenly, a brick wall appears. You slam straight into it, dropping everything and crashing to the ground.

The unwieldy running is a metaphor for life in my thirties: rushing from dropping off the kids to a full-time job, desperate to be a good friend, daughter, wife, mother and colleague. In 2021, aged 40, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That was the brick wall.

My diagnosis of stage-three, grade-three, triple-negative breast cancer required five months of chemotherapy to shrink the tumours before I could then have surgery to remove my breast and lymph nodes from under my right arm (where they also found cancer). It was followed by 15 rounds of radiotherapy and, to cap it off, a further six months of adjuvant chemo.

I felt as

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After 8 years and 2 weight loss surgeries, Georgia woman finally feels healthy

Even now, eight years later, Felicia Zorn still gets choked up watching a certain video of herself recorded by her then boyfriend Jim when she was 28. It was filmed the day before her first weight loss surgery.

In the 2015 video, Zorn stood on a bridge overlooking Downtown Atlanta, at times fighting back tears as she talked about the surgery and the road ahead of her. She weighed 390 pounds at the

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Ways to increase your mental health this May

CHILLICOTHE— May is Mental Health Awareness Month and is a time when it is recommended to examine yourself and your mental health. Several things, both genetically and environmentally, can impact a person’s mental health throughout life in either a positive or negative manner. Local therapists have collected several tips and tricks that can help people increase their mental health this month.

Learn about mental health

Before bettering your mental health Lesha Malone from Whole Life Counseling said it is important to understand what mental health is and what it encompasses biologically, socially, psychologically and spiritually. She said that often people will focus on one aspect of mental health but not the others, which eventually leads to another decline. She said it is important to focus on all aspects of mental health in order to make a difference.

Dr. Cathy McDaniels Wilson from the Adena Counseling Center also recommends learning about

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Tammy Hembrow flaunts ‘mum tum’ after backlash for unrealistic post-partum body

A fitness influencer who was slammed for setting an unrealistic standard for new mums appears to have clapped back at critics with a revealing new bikini video.

Tammy Hembrow came under fire for flaunting her six pack and slender figure to promote her fitness app just 10 months after welcoming her third child last week.

While the 29-year-old hasn’t officially commented on the backlash, she’s since shared a new video that shows her grabbing at her stomach and bending over to show little flesh rolls.

Fans of the fitness star, who has almost 17 million followers on Instagram, have been quick to commend Hembrow for sharing her “mummy tummy”.

“I love that you’re showing all of it! Let’s be proud and healthy even if our bodies are not the same,” one commended.

“The reality of having a flat tummy post partum but the skin is still there,” another applauded.


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What To Do With Back Pain? Here’s One Writer’s Answer

Back pain memes are on point. One of my favorites? “Welcome to adulthood, I hope you like Ibuprofen.” You can get a canvas print that reads, “My favorite childhood memory is my back not hurting.” Or you can sing the updated lyrics to the Britney Spears hit that go, “My lower back is killing me.” Perhaps most devastating of all is a photo of boys sporting the curtain bangs of my middle school years: “If your childhood crush had this haircut, you now have purse Ibuprofen and home Ibuprofen.” Ouch.

I’ve yet to find a good meme about the physical therapy bills that go with the back pain though, probably because there’s nothing funny about bleeding cash in a battle that you feel like you can’t win, but seemingly have no choice but to keep fighting.

Lower back pain is one of the primary reasons why people go to

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The Best Weight Benches for Your Home Gym in 2023

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YOU CAN do so much with a simple weight bench, which is why it’s one of the most versatile pieces of home gym equipment you can have. The range of exercises that use a bench is massive—you can hit just about every muscle on your body with a bench as your base. Of course, you can use this tool for way more than just the classics that bear its name, like the bench press. And you should.

According to Men’s Health Fitness Director and certified trainer Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., “A weight bench allows you to do everything, like chest presses, dumbbell bench presses, incline bench supersets, skull crushers, glute bridges, incline rows to hit your back, ab moves, quad and

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My Name Is Earl’s Ethan Suplee looks unrecognisable after losing 21 stone

MY Name Is Earl star Ethan Suplee looks totally unrecognisable as he showed off his impressive weight loss.

The 46-year-old actor looked totally unrecognisable in several gym snaps after losing over 21 stone.

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Retirement could kill you if you don’t start exercising. Try these 6 expert tips to launch a healthy habit.

You know you need to do it, and you promise to start tomorrow. But the road from the sofa to the gym, pool or yoga studio can prove insurmountable when the day dawns. You’re just not into exercise. And you’re not alone.

Only about one in five adults exercise regularly, and that number drops to 12% for people over age 65. Working adults say the main barrier is lack of time. But having more free time, combined with a lack of structure in retirement, can also make committing to exercise a challenge.

“People’s schedules up until retirement have a lot of activity built in,” said Dr. Katie Hill, chief medical officer of Nudj Health, a Pasadena-based company that works with physicians to improve the health of older patients. 

“You’re walking to and from the car, walking around the office, getting out from your desk, going to meetings, going to

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