Black Hills Woman Magazine July-August 2019

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Inside this Issue

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How To Reduce Plastics In The Bathroom Feature

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Wait You Don't Recycle? GASP! Feature

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Green Cleaning Tips

Home

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Sustainable Swaps For The Woman On The Go Lifestyle

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Seeking Longterm Relationships Humor

32 Susan Drey Artist Profile

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Girl Gives Back

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Travel

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How We Do It Fashion

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Off To The Market We Go Woman in Business

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From the Editor China has stopped taking our recycling in retaliation to the tariff wars. The ocean is full of micro-particles of plastic that are being consumed by animals, which are, in turn, then consumed by humans. These are just a few of the stories gaining traction in the media lately. As with so much of the information coming out of news outlets, sometimes these stories leave us with more questions than answers. At this point, we just don’t know enough about the harmful effects of consuming plastic particles, though most scientists agree there is cause for concern. Apparently, we even breathe them. With the spiking production of plastic and, therefore, plastic waste, the environmental and health effects are being studied. Regardless of the outcome of those studies, I think most of us agree that we don’t want to be surrounded by heaps of smelly and potentially harmful garbage. If you live on the south side of Rapid City, you know that with certain wind directions, you can smell the dump. Imagine if that was all the time and for all of us. The fact is that single-use plastic (which can take up to 450 years to decompose) is accumulating at a high rate; not enough of us are recycling and those of us who are recycling are probably not doing it properly. So, we’ve created a cheat sheet to help you recycle better. Cut it out and put it on your refrigerator. And of course, while recycling is important, if you can reduce the amount of waste you produce, particularly single-use plastic, that’s even better. If the option is there, choose bio-degradable materials. I promise, once you get used to making simple changes like bringing your own shopping bags, you’ll lose sight of the small inconvenience you feel in the beginning. Even at Tout Advertising, we try to practice what we preach by recycling all of our retrieved magazines amd boxes. We also partner with a printer who participates in meaningful reforestation efforts. Let’s all do our part to keep the Black Hills beautiful and garbage free.

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From the Editor


Black Hills Recycling Cheat Sheet. Please note, this list may not be all-inclusive.

YOUR CURBSIDE BLUE BIN RECYCLING

Roofing Materials, Yard Waste

Aluminum | Plastics | Glass

Custer-Fall River WMD: Accepts Construction & Demolition, Municipal Solid Waste, Tires (Auto), White Goods & Bulky Wastes

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS Safeway | Walmart | Lowes

HOT SPRINGS AREA Hot Springs Transfer Station: Accepts Corrugated Cardboard,

CHARGERS, CORDS AND CABLES

Plastics 1 & 2, Aluminum, Scrap Metal, Tires, and Lead Acid

Best Buy | Office Depot

Batteries.

STEEL, NEWSPAPERS AND CORRUGATED CARDBOARD

LEAD-DEADWOOD AREA

Rapid City Landfill: South | West Boulevard North |

Adams Salvage Recycling & Recovery: Accepts Electronics,

Fitzgerald Stadium Parking Lot

Plastic, Cardboard, Glass, Trash, Batteries.

WASTE OIL

SPEARFISH AREA

Rapid City Landfill

Restricted-Use Site: Accepts Used Automotive Oil, Anti-freeze,

Motor Oil Collection (No Cooking Oils)

Automotive Batteries, Yard Waste, Ground Asphalt, Concrete

BATTERIES

STURGIS AREA

Lowes | Running’s Farm & Fleet | Interstate Batteries

Recycling Trailers: Accepts

Best Buy | Batteries Plus Bulbs

Aluminum, Steel & Tin , Glass, Plastics, Newsprint, Magazines,

STYROFOAM, PACKING PEANUTS, BUBBLE WRAP AND AIR

Cardboard

PILLOWS UPS Stores

BELLE FOURCHE AREA City of Belle Fourche Landfill:

LIGHT BULBS

Accepts Non-Friable Asbestos,

Lowes | Batteries Plus Bulbs | Badger State Recovery

Construction & Demolition, Contaminated Soil, Asphalt,

CUSTER AREA

Concrete, Municipal Solid Waste,

Sander Sanitation Service Transfer Station: Accepts Construction &

Roofing Materials, Tires, Wood, Yard Waste

Demolition, Asphalt, Concrete, Municipal Solid Waste, Shingles Or From the Editor

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It's easy to feel confident in reducing your plastic use when you bring home your groceries in reusable bags and order your morning latte in your reusable mug. However, think about the amount of plastic waste from your morning routine. Do you brush your teeth with a plastic toothbrush? How is your shampoo and conditioner packaged? What about that plastic tampon wrapper? It's easy to forget how much waste is created in your bathroom, but luckily, it's easy to make more sustainable choices for you and your family.

HOW TO REDUCE

HAIR AND BODY

PLASTIC

Walk down the shampoo aisle in any store and you might have a difficult time finding hair care products

IN THE BATHROOM

that aren't packaged in plastic. As disheartening as this may be, such products do exist. Shampoo and conditioner bars are rising in popularity among the Eco-conscious crowd. Similar to bars of soap, these handy little blocks offer all of the

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benefits of your favorite shampoo and conditioner, just without all the plastic. There are even different formulas to suit your individual needs. Best of all, they can be cut into smaller pieces, so you can take them with you when you travel.

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Bars of soap may seem old-fashioned to some, but they are a great way to help eliminate plastic from your daily hygiene routine. Bars of soap can be made from more natural ingredients, helping to reduce the harsh chemicals you are exposed to every day. Just be sure to choose a soap that doesn't contain palm oil to help reduce your environmental impact. Your plastic-free skincare routine doesn't have to end with soap. Lotion bars are another opportunity to reduce the amount of plastic waste in your bathroom. Typically made with Shea, cocoa, or mango butter as a base, these bars are every bit as moisturizing as the lotion you buy in a plastic container. As an added bonus for those with sensitive skin, lotion bars are usually made with limited ingredients. They're also easy to DIY if you're feeling creative.

DENTAL CARE How many toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste have you used in your lifetime thus far? It's a scary number if you think about it. The good news is that you can consciously cut back on the plastic use in your tooth care routine. Bamboo handled toothbrushes are all the rage right now. Bamboo is a sustainable material, making it a great choice for Eco-friendly bathroom products. The only problem is that there isn't

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really a way to make the bristles without plastic, but you are significantly reducing your use by replacing your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one. That tube of toothpaste in your bathroom cabinet is another unnecessary source of plastic in your bathroom. Powdered toothpaste may sound a bit strange, but it's a great alternative to traditional paste. It usually comes in a recyclable glass jar and you simply dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and brush as you normally would. It comes in a variety of flavors, so if you're picky about your toothpaste, you should be able to find something you like. For your Eco-friendly flossing needs, try silk dental floss. It's a sustainable material that is typically packaged in either a metal or glass container. There are quite a few brands on the market, so you may need to do some research into what brand will work best for you.

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MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS

different companies that produce razors that can simply have the heads replaced, rather than throwing the whole unit away. There

Fortunately, there are some great alternatives to traditional wasteful

are even companies that make razors completely out of metal,

pads and tampons. Silicone menstrual cups are easy to use and

which is perfect for people who want to eliminate plastic from their

clean, and best of all, they're reusable. Simply empty and wash out

home.

the cup as needed throughout the day. If you prefer pads, you still have an Eco-conscious option available to you. Washable menstrual

Living a plastic-free life is difficult but not entirely impossible. You

pads can be used and simply thrown in the wash after use. They're

just have to make conscious choices about the products you bring

also incredibly easy to make if you prefer to do things yourself.

into your home. Swapping out a few of your usual products with plastic-free alternatives can make a huge difference in the amount

SHAVING

of waste your household produces. With these changes, you'll be well on your way to living a more Eco-friendly lifestyle. BHW

The first step in reducing the plastic use in your shaving routine is to stop using disposable razors. It's as simple as that. There are many

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Wait, you don't recycle? GASP! By Molly Barari

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You know you should be doing it. The thought nags at you

sells them to a remanufacturing plant to be made into new

every time you throw away aluminum cans, plastic bottles or

products. Sure, it takes a bit of time to start to get into the habit

newspapers. I should start recycling, you think. It’s true—you

of recycling, but once you do, it benefits us all. For those who

should be recycling. We don’t need to tell you that it’s good for

don’t know where to start, “there is an app called Recycle Coach

the planet and protects our way of life—you already know those

that is helpful,” says Ferley.

things. What you might not know is that you can be recycling more items than you realize.

Don’t stop there. There are more places in the city that provide specialized recycling services. Ace Steel & Recycling Inc.

Let’s talk about some of the opportunities available for recycling

recycles almost all metals, except mercury and manganese

in Rapid City. With a population of 67,956, roughly 20,000

iron. Ace Steel & Recycling takes copper, brass, stainless steel,

residents participate in the city’s recycling programs, according

aluminum, lead, and wire with or without insulation (copper,

to Beth-Anne Ferley, sustainability coordinator for the city’s

steel and alum wires should not be lumped together). In fact,

Solid Waste Division. That’s only 29 percent of the city’s

any metals you take should be sorted. For example, aluminum

residents, which needs to change.

cans cannot contain tin cans with them. The company also takes lead acid batteries, catalytic converters, and even vehicles with

You’ve seen those big blue bins around town, lined up next

four tires—so long as the fluids are drained.

to the regular green trash cans. The blue bins are for singlestream recycling. If you forget what can go inside them, just

Got appliances you no longer want? Ace Steel & Recycling

remember GASP: Glass, aluminum, steel and plastic products.

can take those off your hands, too. “Dishwashers must have a

“Unfortunately, the city only can collect from residents up to a

metal tub, and microwaves must be mostly metal and have the

four-plex. All others are collected by private haulers. This is per

glass plate removed,” says Dorene Schochenmaier, who owns

city ordinance,” says Ferley. “We also recycle newspapers and

the business along with two of her brothers. “Freon bearing

cardboard, but they need to be dropped off at a drop-off site.

appliances must have a certification of proper freon removal.

We need to keep these products clean.” There are a few different

Noncompliance can cost a big EPA fine.”

drop-off locations, and you can find the one nearest you at https://www.rcgov.org/how-to/how-to-learn-about/recycling-

What’s especially cool—and downright profound if you think

programs-456.html.

about it—is that aluminum cans shipped out from Ace Steel & Recycling’s facility will be back on the consumer’s grocery shelf

If you’re using a blue bin, you need to keep in mind that many

in 60 days. “We ship all our recyclables to EPA approved facilities.

items cannot be recycled by the city, including the following:

We also pay you for your recycling here,” says Schochenmaier.

Styrofoam, plastic grocery bags, aluminum foil, cereal boxes,

That’s a bonus, if we do say so ourselves.

scrap metal, light bulbs and more. There is a complete list of nono’s on the city’s website. Once recyclable items are collected,

When you are gathering items for recycling, remember this

the items are separated and bailed, and then a middle man

advice from Schochenmaier. “Be nice to your fellow human

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beings. Do not put hypodermic needles in any kind of recycling. Employees get cut and stabbed with these needles and end up needing shots for hepatitis. Needle punctures also cause them a lot of unneeded stress. Your pharmacist will help you dispose of needles properly,” she urges. “Also, rinse out your tin cans, milk and juice jugs—and eliminate garbage from your recycling. No one wants to handle rancid food and dirty diapers in their warehouse. All these items run up the cost of recycling.” Pacific Steel & Recycling in Rapid City will also pay you for all varieties of scrap metal including vehicles, catalytic converters, aluminum, brass, copper, steel, miscellaneous scrap, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and more. Pacific Steel & Recycling works mainly with customers in the trade industry that work with scrap and scrap metal on a daily basis, but you’re welcomed and encouraged to bring household scrap items, too. “It’s important to recycle metals because being able to take something that someone believes is worn out and not worth much and turning it into something that has been repurposed is amazing,” says Andy Sukut, assistant manager at Pacific Steel & Recycling. “The metals can be melted down to make re-bar that keep our highways together or into aluminum sheets to help make cars and trucks that we rely on every day. Doing this also lets us cut down on the amount of material that goes to our landfills.” Reducing the amount of material in our landfills? That’s a definite yes from us. Starting now, we encourage you to reduce, reuse and recycle. As corny as it sounds, it’s true: Your actions will help our planet. BHW

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Green Cleaning

Tips By Kristen Williamson Retired Air Force veteran and grandmother, Afiya Jenkins, owner of Macho Men Maid Service, LLC., sat down with us to share some green cleaning tips. Jenkin's

passion

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green

cleaning stems from concern about the impact that toxic chemicals have on our health and the environment. Through research and experimentation, Jenkins has compiled a wealth of unorthodox cleaning methods that are not only safe but also very effective. Let's get cleaning!

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The warm weather is approaching and it causes most of us to get a little "pep" in our step. If you are up for some cleaning, here are a few quick "go-green" tips to use with items that you probably already have around your home.

Kitchen Refrigerator: make an even mixture of lemon juice, water and white vinegar. Spray this inside of the refrigerator and let it sit on hard stains for about 5 minutes. Wipe everything down and enjoy. Oven: let's do some chemistry! Spread a light, even coat of baking soda around in your oven. Take a spray bottle with a mixture of 2/3 white vinegar and water, spray it in the oven and watch the magic work. Let this sit for about 2 minutes (5 for hard baked on stains) and then just wipe clean.

Dusting Take some lemon juice (for a great smell), a little olive oil (for a nice shine) and mix this with a little water. Shake it up and get to shining. Make sure to use a good, clean cloth to wipe everything down.

Windows Nothing works better than a good ol' white vinegar and water solution. Wipe dry with a clean paper towel, cotton t-shirt, or a microfiber cloth.

Bathrooms Sprinkle a little cooking salt everywhere! In the sinks and

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in the tubs...the salt is your bathroom’s exfoliator. Use hot water and a Mr. Clean pad or a green scrubby pad and wipe everything down. The salt makes everything clean and shiny again. Now you can sit back and enjoy your clean, fresh smelling home! Enjoy your 101 days of summer! BHW

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1 in 3 Chemical cleaning products contain an ingredient that can harm human health or the environment

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Sustainable Swaps for the

Woman on the Go By Brittney Pruess

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Farm-to-table, homestead living, and expansive hiking trails. These are a few of the wholesome beauties we are fortunate enough to experience in the Black Hills area. When compared to the environment of larger cities, our air is cleaner and our waste is dramatically reduced. However, with such a reputation and a growing population, could we be overlooking an opportunity to learn from our city-slicker states? How can we, as women on-the-go, incorporate a few big city ideas to show our planet, and perhaps ourselves, a little love on a daily basis? Let’s check out a few local sustainable swaps we can make today!

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The Commute

The first swap I recommend for the woman on-the-go is to drive less and walk/bike more. Many bigger cities offer pedestrian-friendly modes of transportation such as bike paths, subways, and convenient bus schedules, but you can incorporate Eco-friendly transportation into your lifestyle without a pedestrian system in place. Making this swap will take time to navigate, but when you find the sweet spot, you will reap the benefits of slowing down and experiencing the beauty around you. Plus, you will have created a built-in workout. Here is how I incorporate walking into my own schedule. First, I pack everything I need for the day in a convenient bag I can carry throughout town. Second, I schedule my first client with my morning stroll to the meeting in mind, and if at all possible, I schedule sessions within the same general location. Intentionally creating my schedule this way does a couple of things. It reduces my carbon footprint, incorporates a built-in workout into each day, and fosters a present and pleasurable experience to and from work. If you want to reap the benefits of walking to work, but cannot carve out the time walking requires, biking may be your preferred mode of transportation. Many businesses in the Black Hills area have bike racks outside for your convenience, making biking a very affordable and time-conscious option. How you get to work will be unique to your lifestyle. Perhaps you opt for biking, you drive to work and walk everywhere else, or you select a couple of days per week when you can carpool. I encourage you to be intentional and thoughtful about how you can make the commute more enjoyable and Eco-friendly.

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2 Food on the Plate Food is a great area for you to make a few impactful changes. Instead of the fast-food drive-thru, consider packing your own meal from home, opt for glass instead of plastic, and pack only what you will eat. Your local food co-op or farmers market, such as Good Earth Natural Foods or the Hot Springs Farmers Market, are great places to source your food. Not only do they offer wholesome options, but they also reduce waste by offering bulk bins and decreasing the use of plastic bags at checkout. Purchase your own Eco-friendly bags and get to shopping! Realistically though, we all like to eat out on occasion so visit restaurants that source their food locally and use primarily natural packaging options. Consider splitting a meal with your friends or taking home leftovers in a glass container you keep on hand in your bag. Be bold and go the extra step to reducing food waste. If you are hitting a drive-thru, consider bringing your own mug, stainless steel straw, or a glass water bottle with you. Think of how many plastic bottles or paper cups we could eliminate by making this simple swap.

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For the lunch meeting, REDwater Kitchen in Spearfish creates their menu selection around seasonal produce and local food varieties. For the drive-thru, Dixon Coffee `provides an array of locally-sourced options and offers a discount to customers when they bring their Dixon mug. As an added bonus, they also recycle coffee grounds by giving them to locals for their home gardens.

3 Healthy Home There are so many Eco-forward swaps you can make in your cleaning supplies and home environment, and they are easier to implement than you might think. Opt for a Thieves All-Purpose Cleaner and use it for EVERYTHING. You can also use essential oils, such as lemon oil, for the areas that need a little extra elbow grease. Once your home is all spicand-span, source natural candles or freshly picked flowers for that feminine finishing touch. A life on-the-go can also be Earth-friendly. It will take a little time to make a few of these natural swaps, but once you do, you will find yourself actually saving time, making healthier choices for your lifestyle, and showing Earth the care it desperately needs. BHW

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Seeking

A co-worker once asked me if I grew up during the Depression. “No, I did not,”

Long -Ter m

I snapped. “But at least I grew up.”

Relationships

I might have been a little defensive, but she was teasing me about my ancient radio and she wasn’t the first person to do it. The radio was a hand-me-down from my husband who bought it before we met, and we met a long time ago. He was going to toss it, so I rescued it and took it to my office because it still

By Dorothy Rosby

worked—usually. Sometimes it didn’t come on when I turned it on. And sometimes it came on when I hadn’t turned it on. It was like magic, but that’s not why I kept it. I didn’t keep it for sentimental reasons either. When it quit working altogether, I disposed of it and took my son’s castoff boom-box to my office, and it’s been there ever since. And I didn’t keep the radio because I’m too cheap to buy a new one. I’m not cheap. I might not even qualify as thrifty. I don’t clip coupons, I rarely shop sales and I eat avocados—a lot. Nobody who buys as many avocados as I do could be called thrifty. Those things are green because they’re made of

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money. The only reason I can afford them is because I’ve saved so much on radios. I’ve saved a lot not replacing other things, too. My bathrobe and my sheepskin bedroom slippers are both more than 20 years old. They’re still in good Shape though—at least by my standards, which may not be that high if my radio is any indication. The travel case I used for over 30 years to carry my toothbrush and travel shampoo wasn’t in good shape by anybody’s standards. Looking at it, you’d think I travel a lot more than I do. But it still did the job, so I used it until my sister, who travels with me occasionally, got tired of looking at it and gave me a new one. I love it! It’s got a place for everything. It’s purple and it’s obviously well made. I bet it lasts longer than the old one did. So, yes, I save money keeping things until they disintegrate or someone else replaces them for me, but that’s not why I do it. Forgive me, now, while I talk some trash. I once toured Rapid City’s Material Recovery Facility. At some point on the tour, I stood in a huge room where the garbage trucks drop their loads daily. There were literally mountains of garbage. It looked like New Year’s Day at Times Square, only more organized. It was shocking and smelly and I didn’t throw anything away for a month. Of course, I couldn’t keep that up or my house would be shocking and smelly, too. But it did make me aware of how much I throw away. Americans generate 4.7 pounds of garbage per person every day. Less than a quarter of it is recycled; the rest is incinerated or buried in landfills. How nice of us. We dig up raw materials from Mother Earth, then return them to her as trash. It’s like borrowing our mother’s car and then dragging it back to her with a tow truck. Keeping my radio, bathrobe, and slippers for as long as I can just seems like the least I can do. I appreciate durable products. And it’s a touchy subject for

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me right now because my dishwasher has started leaving food

sticky where the price tag used to be. Or maybe that’s not why

behind. That means I have to wash the dishes before it washes

it’s sticky. At any rate, I’ve had avocados that lasted longer.

the dishes or risk having to wash them after it washes them.

If I have to replace my dishwasher, I will have loaded and

That’s much harder because the heat-dry part of the cycle works

unloaded four dishwashers, all while I was wearing the same

fine.

bathrobe. Is it any wonder I’ve kept the robe? We’ve been through a lot together.

When I find something that holds up—be it a bathrobe or a radio—I keep it because so many things don’t hold up. My stove,

(Dorothy Rosby wrote this column while wearing her bathrobe.)

computer, printer, vacuum cleaner, and garage door opener are

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all just a few years old. No, we didn’t win big on The Price is Right. Everything in my house is practically new because a short time ago, everything was old, and it all quit working at the same time. I’m not sure how old my dishwasher is, but I do know it’s still

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Susan Drey WATERCOLOR ARTIST

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Artist Profile


Tell us a brief history of your journey into art. My passion for art began at the early age of five, when I took classes at the Des Moines, Iowa Art Center. Although, in later years, when it came to my career, I followed in my dad’s footsteps, choosing the more practical field of architecture. I practiced as a licensed architect for 15 years before I decided to leave the field in 1995 and focus on more artistic ventures. Photography was the first direction I took, opening my own photography business, which I owned and operated for over 10 years. Another of my interests came to the forefront in 2009, when my love of gardening and design merged for the perfect combination in the field of landscape design. I quickly learned the trade and became a lead designer for a landscape company. Then, in 2016, when I picked up my watercolor brushes and began to paint once again, I knew it was time to take the leap of faith and pursue my art full time. What is your style of art? What drew you to it? My medium is watercolor, but drawing is the foundation of my work. I love the feel of the pencil on paper, and my initial drawings often lead to new thoughts and directions. Line work is such an important part of my painting that I often mix in pen and ink, charcoal or anything I think will work, including gouache, colored pencil, and markers. I have a very loose and energetic style with a lot of variation in line width and intensity. I add spattered paint and exaggerate features, colors and characteristics to emphasize my subject’s unique nature. What is your favorite subject matter? It is the human figure, or any figurative work, with horses coming in at a close second. I like the figurative work because it is where I can truly capture the gesture, musculature and structure of my subject.

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I began my renewed interest in watercolor by painting the beautiful songbirds I would see along the rail trails in Omaha.

But after attending a

watercolor workshop in 2017, taught by Daniel Marshall, my interest in street scenes was rekindled. I began painting the landmarks of Rapid City and it lifted my work to an entirely new level. I also started painting the wildlife of this area - bison and horses - which allowed me to be extremely expressive in my line and brushwork. Eventually, I began painting self-portraits - another sort of wildlife - HA! How did you learn your specific art skills? I still remember my first art classes at the Des Moines Art Center where I had a fantastic instructor who brought us outside amongst the tall pines where we experimented with pen and ink wash - a medium I still love today. At one point, I painted some roses with watercolor on a wet piece of paper (wet on wet), and it was forever cherished by my grandmother, who spent all her time in her rose garden. It was quite an honor for it to be professionally framed and hung in my grandparents' finely decorated living room. I continued to develop my skills throughout high school, followed by art classes at Iowa State University, and then throughout adulthood, at the University of Minnesota, Maryland Institute College of Art and many other local art centers. But most of what I learned came from hard work and being constant in my practice and determination. What is your favorite piece? Why it is your favorite? It is a very small piece (page 27) that I painted for an

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open house I held last February 2018. The subject is the street front where I live here in downtown Rapid City. I knew it would be fun to paint, with all the neon signage, store fronts and interesting architectural details. I treated the painting as if it were a quick watercolor study and didn’t worry about it becoming a finished work for exhibit. The painting had so much energy with all the cars and signage out front - it captured the exact feel of the street. What tips or advice do you have for other aspiring artists? Keep at it, every day if you can - just a quick little sketch to keep you engaged with that side of your brain. Be brave, push yourself, and don’t be afraid to fail. Understand that most of your work will not turn out how you envisioned it, but if you keep at it, you will eventually find your direction. Don’t think you are a failure because you can’t get it right on your first try or second or fifth. My first successful street scene was of the Buell Building and it won the Juror’s Choice Award and a Purchase Award at the 2017 Annual Watercolor Society Exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center. But I painted that scene over and over for a total of 8 times before I was satisfied. That was probably not a great approach, as I now divert myself by sketching new ideas, trying out new techniques, etc. But one thing I did learn is that it pays off if you persist. In the past, I would always give up and move on to the next venture, project or dream. But my love and interest in watercolor was too important for that, so I gave it my all and am so thankful.

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What artists have inspired you? I have always been attracted to Edward Hopper’s compositions and subject matter. Reginald Marsh and Toulouse-Lautrec are two other painters that I greatly admire and whose style I identify with, who also paint the human condition. Cezanne and Degas have also made a great impression because of their amazing compositions, along with their expressive use of line and contour. Where we can see your work? www.susandrey.com Facebook @susan.drey Instagram @susandreyart Rapid City galleries include the Alex Johnson Mercantile, Shaviq Boutique and Art Gallery, and Bonzeye Studio. I also have my art for sale at ArtForms Gallery in Hill City. BHW

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Locally made products are always a great way to go when keeping health and environment in mind. Products that are crafted close to home are made without all of the preservatives and chemicals that sustain products for travel and shelf life. Choosing a locally made product also benefits the environment by eliminating the need to package and transport the product, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint. Another great benefit of buying a locally crafted product is that you are directly supporting the business and crafter of the product. Oftentimes, the relationships that are built with local vendors are just as valuable as the products themselves! Here are some locally crafted beauty products that will keep you feeling fresh this summer. >>>> Good to know <<<<< Good to grow It is estimated that for every $100 spent with a local business, $68 remains in the community, compared to $43 out of $100 at a chain retailer.

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Girl Gives Back

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"For me, a world where everyone has a decent place to live isn't a dream, it's a call to action."

Organization…

Motivation...

I am the Volunteer Engagement Associate for Black Hills Area

Since my journey has always felt like fate, when things get tough,

Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of a global non-profit dedicated

I remind myself I'm exactly where I'm meant to be. I believe in the

to providing simple, decent, and affordable housing with a hand up,

Habitat mission. For me "a world where everyone has a decent

not hand out approach. In the last 28 years, our affiliate has built

place to live" isn't a dream; it's a call to action.

and repaired 164 local homes. To keep my volunteers motivated, I abide by one rule at all times: Journey…

never, ever run out of cookies! I inherited a group of construction

Two years ago, my husband and I decided to sign up for a first-time

volunteers who pretty much have one philosophy on life; no matter

home buyers course. When Deb, the only other student, shared

how big the problem or tough the solution, life is easier with a

her story, she attributed all her hope and gratitude to Habitat for

chocolate chip cookie in hand. I’ve found most people can agree on

Humanity. On the last night, she said, “Do it while you’re young

this, so I keep my office well stocked.

and take what opportunities you can.” Without knowing it, her advice changed my life. Two weeks later, I found myself the newest

Memory…

member of the Habitat team. Like many of my journeys, it came

In my two years with Habitat, I have witnessed groundbreakings, wall

down to fate. I happened to be in the right place, at the right time,

raisings, dedications, and even the very rare mortgage burning. I’ve

with the right person, and I was compelled to listen.

toured a construction site with Governor Kristi Noem, met Habitat International’s CEO, Jonathan Reckford, and sat in the very shack in Americus, Georgia, where the idea for Habitat for Humanity was

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born. I've had the chance to celebrate a volunteer reaching 12,000

pick up after your dog. In a world that can be divisive, be the one

hours, to laugh, cry, and pray with co-workers dozens of times, and

to bring unity back to our community with small, simple acts of

to meet my best friend along the way. All these amazing moments

kindness. Then when you’re done, give me a call and I'll tell you all

and opportunities are because of my involvement with Habitat and

about the cool ways to volunteer with Habitat. BHW

I am so grateful. Yet no moment is as special as the first time I met Deb's granddaughter, Leana. In that moment, I saw whom the future we are building is for, and it deepened my purpose. Volunteer‌ This summer, I have chosen the Habitat mantra, love thy neighborhood. There are so many volunteer opportunities in Rapid City with some amazing organizations, but I encourage you to start small. Be a good neighbor. Pick up trash when you see it, offer to help shovel a neighbor’s walkway or mow their grass, and please

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This multi-part destination series will feature the fascinating cities you can experience through nonstop flights offered in Rapid City. Discover the amazing adventures each of these major cities have to offer, as well as the allure of worldwide travel through direct services. The City of Angels, La La Land, LA-Los Angeles goes by many names. It is the second most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of over four million people. Its residents are extremely diverse, including people from over 140 countries who speak 224 different languages. The city is known as the entertainment capital of the world. People picture LA as the home to movie stars and celebrities, the Hollywood sign and the Walk of Fame. But there is so much more to experience on a trip to the area, from taking in its beautiful coastline to experiencing Grand Central Market to spending a sunny afternoon in Griffith Park.

Stroll the Beaches Los Angeles is the best city to experience the eternal summer in Southern California. Los Angeles County’s beaches boast a 75-mile coastline, stretching from Malibu to Long Beach. As you drive along the coastline, you can find some of the best surfing spots, amazing oceanfront dining and trendy shops. Santa Monica Beach, just north of the famous Santa Monica Pier, stretches two miles long and is one of the most popular beaches in LA. Venice Beach is also a must-see. Stroll along the beach or the famous boardwalk and take in anything from break-dancing to mimes and musicians to broken glass walking.

Sunsets Soak up the sun during the day then watch it colorize as it dissolves into the skyline. You’ll want to visit Griffith Park on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood to catch a kaleidoscope sunset and some of the best views in Los Angeles. Get your camera ready to take great shots of the Hollywood sign and don’t miss Southern California’s “gateway to the cosmos” at the Griffith Observatory. Feel like taking a hike? Griffith Park offers 53 miles of kid-friendly trails.

Explore Downtown LA Walk the streets of downtown Los Angeles and discover all it has to offer. Make sure to satisfy your hunger at eateries on 7th Street’s Restaurant Row or in Grand Central Market. There’s plenty to eat and numerous places to choose from to appease anyone’s appetite. Grand Central Market Travel

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has been a downtown landmark since 1917 and combines the diverse cuisines and cultures of LA. With so many choices to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming, but you’ll definitely leave full and satisfied.

Hollywood and Entertainment If the Hollywood sign isn’t enough to quench your thirst for pop culture, there are plenty of destinations to visit. Watch a live recording and be a part of a studio audience of a game or talk show, or one of your favorite late-night shows. Take a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and find your favorite stars. Shop Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and window shop or treat yourself at one of the famous luxury stores. Visit Universal Studios and have an adventure at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Fast & Furious – Supercharged. If you’re up for a drive, take a short trip and experience the magic of Disneyland in Anaheim.

Sporting Events The city of Los Angeles is home to numerous professional sports teams, some of which play in neighboring communities but still use Los Angeles in their name. Take in a Lakers game and watch one of the greatest basketball players, Lebron James, rack up the points. Or catch the LA Clippers, LA Sparks or LA Kings at the famous Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. More of a baseball or football fan? Visit Dodger Stadium and watch the Los Angeles Dodgers play, or take a drive to Angel Stadium of Anaheim and catch a Los Angeles Angels game. Did you know between 1995 and 2015, no NFL teams played their home games in Los Angeles? Thankfully, the Rams have returned to LA and the San Diego Chargers relocated to the city in 2017. Don’t miss the chance to see Philip Rivers of the Chargers or Clay Matthews of the Rams rough up some turf. BHW

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Off to the Market We Go How three women combined forces to run a business that gives precedence to regionally produced food and products. By Kayla Gahagan

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For the owners of The Market, business is about more than business. “We’re ambassadors,” said Danya Remboldt, one of four owners who operate the health food store in downtown Rapid City. “We live it.” That means talking, eating, promoting, encouraging and selling locally-sourced, clean products, food and body products that promote a healthy lifestyle. “We’re talking about it, we’re at the softball game and bring fresh berries and people ask where they can get it,” she said. “The whole family lives it.” In the back room of the store where coowners Danya Remboldt, Nina Hollenbeck and Hillary Khachikian meet on a recent morning, the women chat and trade tips... the avocado turkey melt at last night’s dinner was great but could have used an additional sauce...a nearby pizza shop has the best cauliflower crust pizza and the latest She’s Nuts butter sitting on their shelf is so, so good... The store was started in 1996 by Hollenbeck and Christine & Gary McKinney with a small twist of fate. The three actually had planned to open a bagel shop. “We were headed to the bank and three other bagel shops opened at the time and three more were looking to open,” she said. They scrapped the plan, thankful to have dodged a bullet.

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Interested in natural foods and healthy living, they decided to

“Everyone brings something different to the business,”

rewrite the business plan and opened the Main Street Market on

Khachikian said. Hollenbeck agreed. “If I had done this on my

Main Street in Rapid City.

own, I don’t think I would have hung in there,” she said.

“We never looked back,” Hollenbeck said.

Supporting local businesses and individuals is an important tenant of their business. Customers can peruse the store and

The store stayed at the Main Street location until April 2011,

find locally-sourced produce, health and skin care products and

when they relocated to the Tuscany Square Shopping Center.

food.

They rebranded the business in 2016, when they celebrated the store’s 20th anniversary.

“It’s important to us to have local items because it’s so much better on the ecological footprint,” Hollenbeck said. “Things are

The store has long been a success, but it hasn’t been all roses,

fresh and we can talk to the people we’re buying from, especially

the owners say. Hollenbeck remembers the first years. “We

if the customer has a question.” Besides that, it’s just better for

didn’t make money for years, seriously for years,” she said.

your body and life, Khachikian said, an idea they will promote

“We were limited on knowledge and resources. So much of any

with vigor.

business is surviving and hanging in there.” And that’s what they did, she said.

“It’s without chemicals and dyes, harmful preservatives and artificial sweeteners,” she said. “Research shows they can be

The Market slowly made 10 to 20 percent gains each year,

linked to cancer and other diseases.”

though the owners were not paying themselves for the first two to three years. “Then, year 13 or 14, it was finally worth the

The store has a general rule: if it’s not from the U.S., they try

opportunity costs,” she said.

not to order it. “Why ship apples from New Zealand, even though they’re really good, if we can get good apples from

Gary McKinney sold his shares to Khachikian in 2014 and passed

Washington?” She said.

away in 2015. Hollenbeck, who is now half-retired, was looking

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for the right person to sell her shares to and Remboldt fit the

The best way to defend a healthy lifestyle is to continue to

bill. She worked at the store for a year before buying in, just to

offer quality products and let the word spread, Hollenbeck said,

make sure.

especially when it comes to trends.

“It was the longest job interview ever,” she said, laughing.

“There’s always something really hot,” she said, whether it’s

She purchased half of Hollenbeck’s shares this past January. The

Atkins, Keto and gluten-free eating. “We figure our job is to

three women and Christian Seeley each own a quarter of the

make sure what we offer is quality. Our job is to make sure we

business and it’s a good mix, the women say.

help people do it right.” Khachikian agreed. “If you become the

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Want to try it out? The Market will host its annual cookout July 13. The store will provide a free meal, including gluten-free hot dog buns, chips and soda and buffalo hot dogs from local business Wild Idea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. L to R: Hillary, Nina, Danya

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resource center for people, you will create loyal customers,” she said. The owners have a vision for the future. They desire growth, but slow and steady. “We would like to buy a building eventually,” Khachikian said. Remboldt sees that, too. But no matter where they are, she envisions The Market as a lifelong staple in the Black Hills. “I want to make sure that our legacy and our reputation is always there,” she said. BHW

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What is the hardest part about being a mother? Realizing that being a mom isn’t a "one size fits all" kind of job. Each child is a unique individual who needs and desires different things from you. What is the best part about being a mother? The love! When they're little, it’s kisses and snuggles at bedtime. When they’re older, it’s a text, a post on social media, or a quick hug as they’re out the door, but the reward is still the love. Tell us your favorite story about one of your kids. When my daughter, Amanda, was 5 years old, she worried that dinosaurs were still around. Her brother, Benjamin, at 8 years old, said, “Don’t worry. If they were alive now, they would’ve eaten us by now!” What is your favorite time-saver? Choosing complete outfits for the kids (even the shoes) and setting them out the night before school, church, etc. No more running around in the morning or trying to make sure you have what you need. What is your philosophy on discipline? The Bible tells us that if we spare the rod, we spoil the child. Eric and I have always believed that we should discipline our kids because we love them and it’s better to receive loving correction than consequences from an unloving world. What is your favorite parenting must-have? An age-appropriate chore chart. It instills responsibility


and training from a young age. A chart that appropriately distributes house chores alleviates sibling fights as well. If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently? I wouldn’t be so hard on my oldest kids. As a new parent, I saw everything as black and white, “my way or the highway.” I’m much more laid back with the younger kids because I’ve learned what’s important and what’s not. What advice do you have for new parents? Don’t sweat the small stuff. It's okay to sleep when the baby sleeps, to have a dirty house and to eat take out and ramen noodles. Just love them and love each other; everything else will work out in the end. Name a time when you felt like a parenting genius. When we were potty-training our first child. The minute we started potty-training her, she took to it right away; we even achieved bowel control in one stringent day. It wasn’t until subsequent kids that we realized how it was really all her. I could have won the worst mother award when: I had to fess up to the kids that there was no tooth fairy because I kept forgetting to put money under their pillows. At first, I made excuses for the tooth fairy, like she was too busy, etc, but I forgot so often that I finally had to come clean.

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According to the Department of Health and Human Services,

community garden grants regular access to fresh produce. This

adults should get about 150 minutes of moderately intense

can minimize the need for purchasing conventional produce

aerobic exercise per week. Translation? That’s equivalent to

that’s been grown with pesticides and has traveled thousands of

about 30 minutes of physical activity on most days at an intensity

miles to get to the grocery shelves.

level that allows a person to talk but not sing.

2 Take a Brisk Walk Around the Block

These activity recommendations certainly seem reasonable. But for some people, the thought of working out in a gym can

One brisk half hour walk around the block can help a person burn

either bore them to tears or make them break into a sweat—and

around 75 to 110 calories. Neighborhood walks are also great

not the good kind.

opportunities for socializing with friends and family members, which has been shown to be an important factor in maintaining

Some people have other reasons to think twice about going the

health in older age.

gym—the commute can really add up in terms of gas mileage and emissions.

By the way, walking keeps exercise interesting and minimizes gas consumption, but walking outdoors versus on a treadmill

Fortunately, it’s possible to get a great, challenging, and

offers an added health benefit. According to 2014 research from

enjoyable workout in while also minimizing a person’s carbon

the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychology, time spent in

footprint—simply take the workout outside.

nature can actually boost mental health and reduce signs and symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety.

Time to get moving in the great outdoors. Check out these five ways to boost physical and environmental health.

3 Play With the Kids or Grandkids

1 Grow a Garden

Adults would be wise to take a cue from their kids and get outside to play. Whether it’s tag, hide and seek, hopscotch in the

Just one hour of gardening—complete with standing, squatting,

driveway, or simply playing with bubbles, childhood games are a

bending, and lifting—can help an average 150-lb person burn

great and fun way to get physical—even in the comfort of one’s

about 350 calories. But the benefits go far beyond calorie-

own backyard.

burning. At the same time, outdoor family play provides essential A 2012 paper published in the journal Psychiatry Investigation

bonding time and reduces the amount of time (for both adults

found that gardening may help older adults by improving

and kids) spent sitting in front of televisions, smart phones, and

attention, reducing stress, alleviating pain, and preventing falls.

computers.

Garden growing is also great for topsoil health. Plus, a home or

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4 Gear Up for a Bike Ride

5 Get That Yard Work Done

Even an easy pace on a bike ride will help the typical 150-lb

No need to procrastinate on those yard chores anymore. A

person burn around 400 calories per hour, making it an excellent

person can expect to burn around 350 to 450 calories per

low-impact (aka joint-friendly) workout. Cycling is also great for

hour raking and bagging leaves. Heavier yard work, including

maintaining balance and reducing stress, and these benefits are

shoveling dirt, pushing a wheelbarrow, and moving rocks, can

enhanced when biking is done outside.

help a person burn up to 600 calories per hour.

Still working? Consider riding a bike to

And while a tidy lawn is pleasing to the eye, it’s pleasing to

work, at least on some days of the week.

the earth, too. According to CNBC, a healthy lawn can make

This can considerably cut down on carbon

a positive environmental impact by absorbing carbon dioxide,

emissions—not only by taking cars off the

producing oxygen, and (when mowed to an appropriate height)

road but by

keeping weeds away, which can reduce the need for herbicides

reducing traffic congestion

and time spent idling. And according to the Atlantic, research suggests that people who bike to work are the only ones who report actually liking their commute, a worthwhile point, considering that long commutes are associated with poorer health,

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increased marital strife. Remember: bike

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PMS, PMDD & Depression

What Women Need to Know For women, it's not unusual to experience emotional turmoil during their period, but what if it's something more? Depression and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) can cause similar symptoms millions of women struggle with every month. PMS is manageable. The other conditions, however, often are not manageable without medical intervention. It's important to understand the difference and seek help from healthcare professionals. ~ When PMS Isn't PMS ~ Mood swings, sleepiness, bloating, headaches, and pain are all common with PMS. These symptoms show up a few days before the period arrives and may stay around for the first few days after. Usually, however, a bit of pain killer and a hot water bottle will get them through the worst of it. In more severe cases of PMS, a contraceptive pill can keep hormones in check and reduce symptoms. If the pill doesn't, it could indicate that a woman has more than just PMS. PMDD looks just like PMS. The two have the same symptoms, show up at about the same time, and disappear about the same time. The big difference between the two conditions is severity. PMDD symptoms are so intense that those affected can't work, focus, or go about daily life. Mood swings are so extreme they

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interfere with relationships and make it very difficult to deal with the public. While no one knows for sure what causes PMDD, experts have a few ideas. Post-partum depression, pregnancy, and genetics may all play a role in causing or triggering PMDD. Having a diagnosis of anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other mental health problems can put women at higher risk of the condition. Treatments for the condition are just as vague. ~ Treating PMDD ~ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help PMDD sufferers identify the monthly emotional roller coaster and manage the extremes. Medications such as anti-depressants and oral contraceptives can help ease symptoms, too. Aside from that, modern medicine can't offer much help since research in this area has been sparse. Women who experience severe PMS should keep a diary for at least two months. They should record how they feel each day physically and mentally. It can also help to include any medications taken as well as their diet. The physician and psychotherapist can then use this comprehensive record to give an accurate diagnosis. ~ When the PMS Doesn't End ~ In some instances, the emotional problems of PMS don't seem to have a beginning or an end. The fatigue, disinterest in activities, helplessness, and deep sadness can last for weeks or months. When their period starts, women may find this darkness gets worse. These increasingly morose feelings could indicate conditions such as depression or bipolar disorder, so women who feel this way need to seek help from a mental health professional. Even if a woman doesn't get a diagnosis for either mental condition, a mental health professional can give the sufferer valuable coping strategies and help. Illnesses such as endometriosis and fibroids include symptoms such as persistent bloating, severe back pain, and significant abdominal discomfort. These symptoms can last a week or more and have serious risks such as infertility, scarring, cancer, or even death. They shouldn't be taken lightly. If someone has been dealing with symptoms like these, they should seek help

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from a physician. PMS might be uncomfortable, but it doesn't prevent women from performing their daily duties. PMDD, depression, and other related illnesses can keep women bedridden for days or even weeks. Don't suffer alone. If the monthly symptoms begin to interfere with life, it's time to seek professional advice. Physicians and mental health professionals can help find the right combination of therapy and medications so that sufferers can get back to enjoying their lives. BMW

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HEALTHY BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS

1. GET A SPORTS PHYSICAL

Any student who plays a school sport needs a sports physical, which is more focused than an annual wellness checkup.

2. UPDATE REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS

Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Flu vaccines are also recommended for all school-age children.

3. MAKE SURE BACKPACKS FIT WELL

As school kids get older, they tend to carry heavier books. That can spell shoulder, neck, and back strain and affect their posture.

4. GET BEDTIME ON TRACK

Pediatricians recommend that children age 6 to 12 get 9 to 12 hours of sleep a night, and that teens get 8 to 10 hours a night.

5. BE MENTALLY PREPARED

Stress can lead to a variety of health issues, like insomnia and sluggish immune systems. Talk to your children about anxiety and fears, and take care not to overload anyone’s schedule, including your own.

For more information: regionalhealth.org/backtoschool



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