Monday, January 27, 2014

PdC Public Dance Team going to State!

 From Coach Kelli Saxe:

The Hawkettes qualified for state Saturday at their regional dance competition. They earned a 2nd place plaque in the high kick category, which was quite an accomplishment because most of the teams at our regional in this category were much bigger schools than us. We made history!!! We are the first PDC dance team to ever make it to state :) It was an AWESOME moment to be a part of! State dance is held at the Lacrosse Center this coming Saturday. The team will perform at about 12:52 pm I am told. We will have a tshirt order coming out soon, if anyone is interested. Please, please consider attending our state performance. The girls will be so pumped to have some fan support!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Health Note on Nutrition and Weight Management

Mayo Clinic Health System Health Note:

Now that the holidays are over, we may find ourselves battling some extra weight. The cold weather makes it a bit easier for us to give into not-so-healthy eating and exercise habits. Below, you can learn more about losing that extra winter weight.

The cold weather can make it a lot more tempting to give in to comfort foods and set your daily exercise routine aside, often leading to a bit of extra "insulation." Here are some tips on how to avoid winter weight gain.

1. Get Moving: Regular exercise is key to maintaining or losing body weight regardless of the season, but to help burn off extra calories consumed during the holidays and winter months, maximize your usual workout routine by boosting the amount of time you spend exercising, or increasing the intensity of your exercise.

2. Aim for seven-a-day: Fruits and vegetables are a great way to fill up your stomach without going overboard on your daily caloric intake. Increase your daily fruit and vegetable intake to seven- a-day by preparing bags of cut-up vegetables and whole or cut-up fruit. These pre-packaged bags are perfect for a quick snack on the go, at work, or in the car.

3. Limit to one-a-day: With the one-a-day method, only allow yourself one small serving of a dessert each day. Reserve your one-a-day dessert for something that is truly tasty, not something that isn’t even really worth the calories.

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Thank you to Dental Associates for free dental care day for children

Monday, January 20, 2014

Good news on the Wisconsin state budget situation

From SAA:

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released new revenue numbers, increasing the projected ending balance by $911.9 million. The increased projections include all enacted legislation through Act 116. According to the LFB memo, the $911.9 million is the combined result of an increase of $892.7 million in estimated tax collections and a $16.0 million increase in estimated lapses to the general fund.

LFB said the revenue projections and new general fund condition statement do not include any changes to the medical assistance program. The December 2013 quarterly report from DHS projected a potential shortfall of $92.6 million in the 2013-15 biennium.

Under state statutes half of any excess of actual general fund tax revenues in a fiscal year, over the amount included in the biennial budget act, must be placed in the budget stabilization fund after the close of that fiscal year. The LFB memo shows the difference between 2013 ACT 20 levels and today’s estimate create a difference of $386,402,000 in 2013-14 and $499,652,000 in 2014-15. If taxes are not modified and the revenue collections are as projected, $443,027,000 would be transferred to the budget stabilization fund for the biennium.

The LFB memo also says that the transportation ending balance at the end of the 2013-15 biennial budget was estimated to be $1.8 million. DOT has completed a reestimate of transportation fund revenues and the ending balance is now expected to be $84.6 million. According to the memo, while the projected ending balance is higher with the reestimate, there are several factors to consider including: federal highway funds, a structural imbalance going into 2015-17, growth in transportation fund debt service, and costs that may occur in the 2015-17 biennium in excess of the 2014-15 appropriation base.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Health Note tips on how to successfully keep your New Year’s resolutions

Mayo Clinic Health System Health Note:

Having trouble sticking with your New Year’s resolution, which happens to be the same one you made last year, and the year before that? This year, try tackling your resolutions with a different strategy. Write down your New Year's resolution and come up with a very specific, realistic plan that will set you up for success. Set small goals that will help you achieve your overall mission. As you meet those goals you will see that your motivation doesn't run out as quickly. Find ways to make the new behavior feel more like fun, not just another chore. Finally, focus on making changes that seem possible for the long haul. The quickest way to fail is to attempt something that you know you cannot sustain.                                                                                             

Amy Every
Senior Communication Consultant; Marketing Communications
Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare

Friday, January 3, 2014

Health note tips on working out

The PdC Public School weight room is open at all times for all staff with the use of your key-fob. Community members may contact the high school office to learn about hours and access. If you have not visited the facility in a while, you probably do not know that there have been cardio equipment updates.

However, if going to a fitness center to work out is not your cup of tea, this Health Note explains body weight exercises that you can do in your own home and still get the benefits of strength training without having to go to the gym or purchase expensive exercise equipment.

Mayo Clinic Health System Health Note
If you aren't comfortable with going to a gym to work out, try working out in the comfort of your own home. Body weight exercises are just as beneficial, if not more so, than weight training with equipment. Exercises like push-ups, squats, pull-ups, crunches, and lunges are all examples of strength exercises that you can do at home. You can also purchase inexpensive at home exercise equipment such as resistance tubes, swiss balls, medicine balls, bosu balls, and much more. There are many benefits to strength training that you can get out of body weight exercises, such as burning calories, toning muscles, increasing bone density, maintaining joint flexibility, reducing risk of injury, improving glucose control, decreasing arthritis pain, improving appearance and reducing age-related muscle loss.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that you do strength training activities 2-3 non-consecutive days per week for 20-30 minutes a session.

Amy Every
Senior Communication Consultant
Marketing Communications
Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare