By Beth Heller We say it all the time. Well-being lives at the intersection of how we move, how we eat and how we connect with each other and the world around us. This September, our blog theme is stress. And, while our organization doesn’t like to get in the weeds of nutrition advice, we… Continue reading Is Your Food Crashing Your Mood? Stress-Free Noshing
By Beth Heller Perhaps you didn’t realize that September is National Grandparent’s Month. And I bet you didn’t realize that grandparenting lies at the center of an academic argument: does grandparenting cause stress and decrease well-being or does it actually decrease stress and increase well-being? At first blush the answer is “Duh, grandparenting definitely increases… Continue reading Grandparents: Less Stressed or Maxed Out?
By Beth Heller Back to school, end of summer, Packers season. All good things, but for many of us September signals an increase in stress. This month, our blog takes on the topic of stress, which is possibly the biggest obstacle to the creation of a culture of well-being in any community. The deleterious effects… Continue reading Permission to Downshift?
By Beth Heller All this month we’ve been promoting the health benefits of staying cognitively engaged as we age. But lifelong learning doesn’t just mean book-learning. In fact, research suggests that learning new motor skills throughout life builds new brain cells in ways similar to, and equally important as, using our noggins. The impact… Continue reading New Tricks
By Beth Heller Did you know that Ashwaubenon High School’s interior courtyard is host to an orchard, a koi pond complete with waterfall and floating lily pads, a greenhouse filled with tomato plants, raised beds full of lettuce and is soon to get a chicken coop? We sure didn’t until we were invited to… Continue reading Lifelong Learning at Work
By Beth Heller I’ve written about my parents, Joe and Laurie, previously in the context of well-being. Their recent move, which took place last November, represented a tremendous shift from independent retirees to members of a senior living residence. I wondered who they would become when the things that defined them – independent householder, neighborhood… Continue reading Mondays Matter: How Lifelong Learning Celebrates Long Life
By Beth Heller Here’s a fun snapshot. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2009 students aged 25 or older accounted for 40% of college and graduate students. This number is projected to rise by 43% by 2020, with nearly 20% of that predicted cohort likely to be older than 35. And the… Continue reading The Economic Argument for Lifelong Learning