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Health Care Access - Allison Plummer

Health Care is an important topic for nearly every Cook County resident.


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Walk like a penguin: Staying safe in a Minnesota winter

We all know someone who's fallen and injured themselves on the ice...maybe it's happened to you, too. Older people are especially vulnerable. Jessica Finlay of the Center on Aging at the U of MN has been studying this problem, and chatted with Dave about how older people feel about and deal with winter. 


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Planning some changes in the new year? Expert says make BIG ones to succeed

It's that time of year when many of us plan to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, watch TV less...the list goes on. Prof. Chris Wharton of Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions has a surprising suggestion: Change as many things as you can all at once. Tracy talked with Prof. Wharton about his ideas and why they might just work. A few websites he suggests: 
www.mrmoneymustache.com
www.familypedals.com/
www.loveandmatrimoney.com/


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Eating local, eating well--chatting with food writer & cookbook author Beth Dooley

Beth Dooley is a Twin Cities food writer and cookbook author who loves to focus on local food. She joined CJ recently to talk about why eating local and fresh is a good thing for so many reasons. You can read more about Beth and her ideas on food here


Staying in the present can help you reduce stress

Mindfulness as a way to manage stress in today's world

With so many terrible events happening in the world lately, it's a great time to hear from someone who can help us learn to manage our stress. Doug Kennedy is the leader of the Mindfulness in Education Initiative at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the U of MN. He talked with guest host Rae Lemke about mindfulness, what it is, and how it can help us deal with sadness and stress. 


Walking is beneficial in numerous ways

Walking expert Jay Walljasper on benefits of walking; national summit coming to Minnesota

We've all heard walking is great for us...and good for community and the environment, as well. Jay Walljasper, writer, speaker, and authority on vital communities, chatted with Dave about what walking does for a person both physically and mentally. The National Walking Summit is Sept. 13-15 in  St. Paul.


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Gear up for the 17th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Ride Sat., Aug.19

The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association will hold its 17th annual trail ride Saturday, Aug.


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Happiness affects health in many ways--researcher explains

Most of us have heard the common wisdom that our happiness can affect our physical health--and now a team of researchers has confirmed it. Prof. Ed Diener and his team, in a comprehensive review of studies on subjective well-being, has found that there is a connection between happiness and health in some instances. Prof. Diener is a leading expert on happiness, and he  joined Dave recently to talk about these findings. You can learn more about the link between happiness and health here.


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Bystander CPR can make big difference in outcome for drowning victims

When bystanders start CPR on a drowning victim before emergency personnel arrive, the victim has a better chance of a more complete recovery. That's the conclusion of a study led by Dr. Joshua Tobin, a medical school professor at the University of Southern California. Dr. Tobin joined Dave to talk about CPR, how simple it is, why it's important, and much more. In Cook County, CPR classes are offered at the YMCA, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, and some volunteer fire departments.


"The Dog's Guide to Your Happiness"

New book offers roadmap to happiness by looking to dog behavior

What can we learn from our furry friends about being happier? Plenty, it turns out, as you'll hear in this great conversation CJ had with Garry McDaniel, an award-winning professor and international public speaker, and author of "The Dog's Guide to Your Happiness: Seven Secrets for a Better Life from a Man's Best Friend." You can learn more here.