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LAUGHTER is the best medicine
an effective way to improve heart health
Look Past “Fog of Uncertainty” When Investing In Europe, the ﬁnancial crisis drags on. China’s economic growth has slowed from “wow” to “ho-hum.” Here at home, we’ve seen heated political debates over taxes, spending and deﬁcit reduction. Taken together, these factors have created a “fog of uncertainty” that has left many investors in the dark about their next moves. But is this “fog” really impenetrable — or can you, as an individual investor, see through it to a place of clarity? To do so, you ﬁrst need to realize that while the events mentioned above are certainly not insigniﬁcant, they also aren’t the key determinants of investors’ success. While these types of stories dominate the headlines, they also tend to obscure some of the factors that frequently do play a bigger role in the investment world. And right now, these factors are actually somewhat encouraging.
payments have dropped signiﬁcantly, leaving people with more money to spend elsewhere. Typically,
this higher spending tends to contribute to future economic growth. • Corporate earnings remain solid. Many companies have shown strong earnings over the past couple of years — and earnings tend to be a key driver of stock prices. When their earnings are strong, companies may use some of the proﬁts to repurchase shares of their own stock, thereby reducing the number of shares held by the public — which means that even if proﬁts remain the same, the earnings per share should increase.
Consider the following:
• Stocks are still attractively priced. As measured by the price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), stocks are still priced relatively well. While no one can predict stock market performance, this may be a good buying opportunity.
• The economy continues to grow. The economy isn’t going “gang busters,” but it is growing. And thanks to historically low interest rates, consumer debt
Of course, all these indicators of today’s investment environment can change over time; at some point, they may well be not so positive. But if you truly want to see through
the fog of uncertainty that always develops with unsettling political or economic news, you’ll want to follow these basic, “all-weather” guidelines: • Stay diversiﬁed. A diversiﬁed portfolio can help protect you from the harshest effects of market volatility. (Keep in mind, though, that diversiﬁcation, can’t guarantee proﬁts or protect against loss.) • Rebalance your portfolio. Over time, your investment mix can shift, even without your intent. For example, some of your holdings can appreciate so much in value that they take on a greater percentage of your portfolio than you had intended. That’s why it’s important to periodically rebalance your portfolio so that it ﬁts your investment objectives and risk tolerance. • Stay focused on the long term. When confronted with shortterm market ﬂuctuations or scary headlines, many people overreact and make ill-advised investment decisions. You can avoid these behaviors by staying focused on the long term.
Invest in companies that are charting their own course. When investing for the equity portion of your portfolio, look for companies with the ability to prosper in all economic environments. With patience and perseverance, and by focusing on the key factors outlined above, you can navigate the fog of uncertainty and concentrate on your long-term investment goals. So don’t be afraid to “set sail.” This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
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Financial Advisor Edward Jones 1209 Church Street Stevens Point, WI 54481 (715) 344-1112
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Laughter Club offers respite from ‘worst January ever’
ast month I ran my first marathon. I got beat by 10-year-old twin girls, but I had a good time while I was doing it. That same day I also roared wildly like a lion ... and encountered my first flying cat. Sounds like a crazy dream, but it was actually my first time joining the Community Laughter Club of Stevens Point for its monthly meeting at Point Yoga. I needed a good laugh after what I now refer to as “the worst January ever.” A bout with the flu, a daughter with pneumonia, face-planting on the ice and my husband’s medical issues last month had me in anything but a jolly mood. And the club provided the perfect medicine for what ailed me: Laughter. The group was started this past summer by Judi Olson and Karolee Bulak of Stevens Point
after they attended a laughter yoga class at the National Wellness Conference in July. The now-certified laughter yoga leaders decided they needed to share their knowledge with the community. I have to admit I was a little leery at first, but after meeting the other approximately 10 women and two young girls who attended, you just couldn’t help but laugh. Even a chair crashing to the floor — twice — had the room exploding with laughter. And there are several studies that show laughing offers a variety of health benefits, too. I have to admit, I felt pretty relaxed when the hour-long session was over. If life has you feeling bogged down I suggest you give it a try. “It’s better to laugh than cry,” one participant told me. In addition to information on the health benefits of laughing, this issue also includes an in-
spirational story about a Marshfield woman who started walking four years ago to improve her health after her mother died at age 56. She uses the annual Walk Wisconsin event in Stevens Point as her motivation to continue a healthier lifestyle. If you enjoy Japanese cuisine, you’ll definitely want to read about Matsu-Ya Sushi Bar and Grill in Stevens Point. This issue’s featured restaurant offers everything from sushi and sashimi to hibachi and hand rolls as well as the largest sake collection in town. Women looking for something to wear for a special occasion or a unique gift will want to check out our “Shops We Love” feature on Sandra’s Lasting Impressions in Plover. Owner Sandra Galloway remembers dressing up paper dolls with outfits cut out of old catalogs as a child and now she uses that passion for fashion to
assist her customers. If you have any suggestions for things you would like to see in this magazine — story ideas, people we should feature, or whatever else is on your mind, please call me at 715-345-2256 or email email@example.com. — Jamie Jung
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Eat healthy without breaking the bank I
often hear from patients that eating healthy is expensive. While it is true that the cost of some foods has risen, it is possible to include nutritious foods in your diet yet stay within a budget. General tips to save money on food involve Mary Sadler is a planning ahead. Create registered dietitian for a menu in advance. Ministry Saint Look in cupboards, Michael’s Hospital in refrigerator and freezStevens Point. er to see what you already have. Create your shopping list to include ingredients to complement what you have in stock. For example, leftover beef roast and potatoes can be combined with carrots and celery for beef vegetable soup. Check store ads and newspapers for sales and coupons. Use coupons only for items you usually buy, as many are for pricier processed items higher in fats, salt and sugar. Avoid last-minute trips for groceries especially when hungry and rushed, as this results in costly impulse purchases. Once at the store consider these budgetfriendly tips. » Start on the perimeter (outside) of the store where produce, meats, dairy and breads are located. Inner aisles contain more processed and pricier foods. » Check out generic and store brands, which may be 15 percent to 20 percent less expensive than similar national brand items. Compare “unit price” (price per pound, ounce or pint) shelf tags to compare prices between bulk, regular-size and single-serve packages. » Read food labels so you’re spending money on nutrient-rich foods, not cheaper empty calorie choices. Here are 10 less expensive, nutrient-rich foods to include in your cart.
» Legumes (beans, peas and lentils) are high-fiber protein sources which are cholesterol and fat free, and they are filling. Varieties provide iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese. Dried beans are cheapest. If canned beans are used, rinse to decrease the sodium content. Beans and rice or lentil soup are inexpensive, delicious meals. » Fruits and vegetables in season are less expensive and taste better. Bananas, apples, citrus fruit, carrots and cabbage are currently in season. Also, check out frozen and canned versions, which have a longer shelf life. Many are processed at their peak and contain as many or more vitamins and minerals as fresh. Look for “no sugar added” and “reduced sodium” on labels. Buy whole versus precut produce and do your own prepping. » Oatmeal in bulk does not contain added sugar or salt found in single-serve varieties. The soluble fiber in oats may lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugars. » Canned tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps decrease heart disease and cancer. Low-sodium tomatoes can be added to pasta, casseroles and soup. » Nonfat or low-fat yogurt in bulk-size tubs costs less per ounce than individual cups. Yogurt contains protein and calcium and can be used alone, in smoothies, fruit parfaits or as a substitute for sour cream. » Eggs are a quality protein source with iron and choline at less than 20 cents a serving. Consider a vegetable quiche or frittata as an entree. » Meat is the most expensive part of the meal, but cut costs by thinking portion control. Three ounces (the size of a deck of cards) per person is recommended. Bone-in chicken parts are cheaper than boneless. Planning ahead can help stretch your food budget while still providing healthy meals. WI-5001615165
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Judi Olson, a certified laughter leader, leads a laughter yoga exercise Feb. 3 during a meeting of the Community Laughter Club of Stevens Point. PHOTOS BY TOM KUJAWSKI/FOR YOU MAGAZINE
Laughter is the best medicine
Positive attitude can have effect on mind, body and spirit
By Jamie Jung You magazine
ome people laugh at funny movies, others at the daily comics in their newspaper or a late-night comedy monologue, and it’s almost impossible not to laugh at the many antics of a small child. But there is a small group of Portage County residents who once a month find themselves laughing for no reason at all, just laughing for the sake of laughing — and a myriad of health
benefits. “It’s better to laugh than cry,” said Sandy Omernick of Stevens Point on a recent afternoon. Despite a recent fall, Omernick was ready to leave her stresses at the door of Point Yoga in Stevens Point and enjoy an hour-long laughter yoga session with the Community Laughter Club of Stevens Point. The club has been meeting monthly since July 2012. “I really enjoy the feeling afterward,” she said. “It stays with you all day, all week.” spring 2013
Omernick learned about the laughter club from friend Maria Kim of Stevens Point four months ago and has been attending meetings since. “(Laughter is) infectious,” Omernick said. “You can’t help but laugh at some of the people here; everyone laughs differently.” Laughter yoga is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician from Mumbai who started the first laughter club in 1995. Today it has become a worldwide phenomenon with laughter clubs in more than 70 countries.
The concept of laughter yoga is based on scientific research that shows the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter — one gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. “Gelotology” is the name given to the field of study dedicated to the study of humor and laughter and its effects on the body. “There’s all sorts of scientific research on the benefits of laughter,” said Judi Olson of Stevens Point, one of two certified laughter leaders for the Stevens Point group. She and co-leader Karolee Bulak participated in a laughter yoga class at the National Wellness Conference in Stevens Point in July 2012 and started the club shortly after. “It’s a place where we don’t tell jokes; we just laugh for the sake of laughing.” Joseph B. Gerwood, a psychologist at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, agrees that laughter, including forced laughter, offers many health benefits. “No. 1, it makes you feel better,” Gerwood said. “Laughter releases dopamines, the ‘feelgood hormone,’ into your brain. It also decreases stress when you laugh, which helps with healing, and a positive attitude can be therapeutic.” Gerwood said researchers also have found that laughter can lower blood-glucose levels among many other health benefits. “Your beta-endorphins (a powerful pain suppressor) are increased and your cortisol (or stress hormone) is decreased when you laugh,” he said. Gerwood said he often stresses the importance of laughter and a positive outlook on life with his patients. “Having a positive outlook on life is a challenge,” Gerwood said. “You need to focus on what is going well in life. You need to be with others; we need human contact.” Gerwood encourages his patients to watch a funny movie or TV show when they need a good laugh, or just do things that in the past have been fun for them. “Seek out things that are funny,” he said.
He said when his patients are able to laugh more, he often sees improvements in their overall health. “It’s hard to put a time on (how long it will take to see the positive effects of laughter), but give it a try,” he said. A meeting of the Community Laughter Club of Stevens Point begins with a brief introduction of the benefits of laughter and then a variety of laughter exercises, which can be done while sitting or standing, follow. A “free laugh,” with participants sitting in a circle and just giggling, is a highlight of the meeting. “It’s like being a little kid again,” Olson said. “One person starts giggling and before you know it everyone is laughing.” A shavasana, or resting period, serves as a cool down. Maria Kim has attended at least five laughter club meetings and says she has seen a huge improvement in her health since joining. “I heard laughter is best for our body,” Kim said of why she gave laughter yoga a try. “It has given me so much energy ... energy fever.” Kim said since joining the group she also has been inspired to make other positive health changes. “Since I joined the club I’ve been walking more and going to Sentry (Insurance) for workouts,” she said. “It also has taught me to be more positive, and the negative energy is gone. “I’m always looking forward to the next class.”
LAUGHTER YOGA 101 WHAT IS A LAUGHTER CLUB?
We practice laughing as a physical exercise separate from the emotions associated with humor and comedy. Your certified laughter leaders will begin laughter in a group that gathers, and the laughter will quickly become contagious. We also will bring attention to the breath.
WHAT’S THE HISTORY OF LAUGHTER CLUBS?
Dr. Madan Kataria started the first laughter clubs in India in 1995. There are now laughter groups in more than 70 countries.
WHAT IF I FAKE THE LAUGH?
Whether you fake it or genuinely laugh makes no difference to the body. Either way, it will give you great health benefits.
WHAT WILL A “LAUGHTER HOUR” BE LIKE?
The format for each session may be similar in that each session begins with a warmup, then some laughter “exercises” and then relaxation. Wear comfortable clothing. You can stand or sit, whatever works for your body.
HOW DO I JOIN A LAUGHTER CLUB
For more information about the Community Laughter Club of Stevens Point, call Judi Olson at 715-341-1017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Community Laughter Club of Stevens Point.
Sandy Omernick of Stevens Point pretends to be a laughing animal Feb. 3 during a meeting of the Community Laughter Club of Stevens Point.
BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER YOGA » Laughter is a stress buster. » Laughter increases the levels of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. » Laughter strengthens the immune system. » Laughter makes us more creative and imaginative. » Laughter just feels good!
Source: Community Laughter Club of Stevens Point
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‘Out of the box’ Matsu-Ya aims to provide authentic Japanese cuisine By Breanna Speth For You magazine
or those craving sushi or sashimi, hibachi or hand rolls, or for those simply seeking a healthy and exciting alternative to fast food, Matsu-Ya Sushi Bar and Grill in Stevens Point offers the area’s most authentic Japanese cuisine. Featuring quality homemade sushi and a wide selection of rice wine sake, Matsu-Ya’s menu is full of Japan’s finest fare. With a casual environment and friendly wait staff, the restaurant is a popular place for those with an exploratory palette. Putting into practice their experience working in Japanese restaurants in their native Taiwan, and in China, Chen Chen Liu and Pai Sung Shih, better known to locals as “Angel” and “Tony,” opened MatsuYa in November 2009. In just a few short years, the restaurant has already had to grow. “We tore down a wall and expanded it,” explained restaurant manager C.J. Henke. “That was a huge thing for us. There is also talk about opening up other locations.” For now, 5725 Windy Drive in Stevens Point is the one place to sample Matsu-Ya’s extensive menu, of which sushi is prominent. “Sushi is originated in Japanese cuisine. That is where Angel and Tony are passion-
Above: Pai Sung “Tony” Shih, front, cuts salmon while Chen Chen “Angel” Liu and Charlie Huang prepare rolls at the sushi bar. Left: Godzilla Roll, left, and eel sauce being put on a Red Dragon Roll. Top: Tony and Angel prepare rolls at the sushi bar. PHOTOS BY TOM KUJAWSKI/FOR YOU MAGAZINE
Above: Server Jess Mapes carries rolls to the tables. Top: The restaurant’s bar area.
ate,” explained Henke. “There are some really traditional Japanese items that we have. Then, some items are more Americanized.” Customers love MatsuYa’s unique sushi rolls. “We have monthly special rolls that we make up every month. That’s what a lot of people come to our restaurant for,” Henke said. “We have our monthly specials, but we can also make any of the specials we had in the past, which is probably over 100. Our sushi is really distinctive, creative. Really out of the box. That really sets us apart.” While sushi is the more popular item, the restaurant offers much more than that. “If you don’t want sushi, we have a huge option of other menu items for people who are a little leery of that,” Henke said. “And we have the largest sake collection in town. You’re not going to find a list like ours anywhere else.” For those apprehensive about trying a different cultural food, Henke encourages guests to talk with a server to find something just right. “I personally think we have one of the friendliest, most knowledgeable staff in the area,” Henke said. “We always want to cater to people and make them feel comfortable. We don’t want to rush people into trying sea urchin the first time they come. For example, I suggest people to start out with the cook’s rolls.” While some may be hesitant to try a traditional Japanese dish, Virginia
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Liu isn’t at all apprehensive of the cuisine. A native of Japan, Liu visits Matsu-Ya for a taste of her homeland. “The food is good. I was born and raised in Japan, and in Japan everything is a lot of fresh fish. They don’t use oil that much, like with Chinese food, and all the restaurants are very clean,” she said. “Matsu-Ya maintains that cleanness, and the people are very friendly. (The owners) both worked under a Japanese chef before, too, so it’s close to authentic. A lot of times when you operate a foreign food restaurant, they sort of change the food. Matsu-Ya tries to maintain that originality.”
Along with menu options, it is the quality of ingredients that sets Matsu-Ya apart. “You can definitely tell that we use the highest ingredients,” Henke said. Wei Huang, a native of Shanghai, China, and a regular customer, agrees. “They keep the quality of their food at a high standard,” Huang said. “I feel very comfortable, especially eating raw food.” Huang also values the welcoming atmosphere, and shares how off-duty restaurant employees often bring friends in for a meal. “When you have employees come back and eat with their friends, that says a lot,” Huang said. He attributes this dedication to the efforts of Matsu-Ya’s owners. “A lot of people who have had sushi all over the world, and the country, just say that our sushi is right up there with other places they’ve eaten at,” Henke said. “That’s probably the biggest compliment we’ve received, and we get it quite often. You can’t beat it here.”
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Off the shelf: Snuggle up with a book this winter You’ve got the perfect place to do it. There’s never a bad time to do it. You even have the perfect music to do it with. So why not find the best book to read this winter? Why not try these? “The Trial of Fallen Angels” by James Kimmel Jr., c.2012, Amy Einhorn Books, 372 pages Terri Schlichenmeyer is the Bookworm. She has been reading since she was 3 years old and never goes anywhere without a book. She now lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000 books. She can be reached at bookwormsez@ yahoo.com.
Would you like to do your job for all eternity? That’s what happens to Brek Cuttler in “The Trial of Fallen Angels” by James Kimmel Jr. In life, Brek was a lawyer. After she dies, after she comes to terms with the holding place she’s come to, she learns that she’ll be a lawyer in death, too. But the legal system in Shemaya Place isn’t what she’s used to, and neither are the clients. This is a beautiful book on memory, life and forgiveness. I loved it.
“Sweet Hell on Fire” by Sara Lunsford, c.2012, Sourcebooks, 292 pages
If you read just one memoir this winter, make it “Sweet Hell on Fire” by Sara Lunsford. For almost one year, Lunsford was a sergeant in a men-only prison. This is her absolutely true story, and the story of what happened to her in that one year. Written diary-style, this book is amazing, profane, bawdy, hardcore, funny, and it will scare the daylights out of you. Read it. Read it. Then read it again. You won’t be sorry.
“Astray” by Emma Donoghue, c.2012, Little, Brown and Company, 275 pages
And after that, you’ll need something even more different, so reach for “Astray” by Emma Donoghue. This book is a series of short stories pulled from old newspaper articles, stories and other sources. Each story — set anywhere from the 17th century to a few decades ago - — pulls you in, leads you quietly down a path, then takes you by the shoulders and twists. If you’ve ever been a Paul Harvey fan or you love O. Henry tales, this is a book for you. Now. What else could you want from great winter’s reads like these?
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Inside and out
Indoor, outdoor activities help ward off winter blues
Above: Shina Yang, 4, of Stevens Point plays with the new “Screwballs” exhibit at the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum. Right: Floral artwork featuring a variety of vibrant colors highlight the annual “Winter’s Garden” exhibit at the Riverfront Arts Center. Top: Nick Page of Stevens Point Area Senior High backhands a shot past Green Bay United Gryphons Goalie Will Griswold during the Sentry Classic at K.B. Willett Ice Arena. YOU MAGAZINE FILE PHOTOS
on’t let cabin fever strike you and your family this winter. Ward off those winter doldrums by staying active, indoors and out this winter. » Grab your skates and hit the ice to perfect your triple lutz, play an impromptu hockey game with friends or just take a few laps around the rink. Even if Mother Nature decides not to cooperate, head over to the K.B. Willett Ice Arena for the open skate and family skate times, open to the public. Rentals are available. Also, be sure to check out the “Rock Night on Ice,” scheduled for Feb. 22. » For families with younger children, plan to visit the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum. Burn off some energy on the rock wall, build a fort with the giant Legos and play with the new machines exhibits (like lifting some weights using the brand new pulley exhibit). The museum caters to families with children ages 6 months to 10 years, and hosts special events, educational programs and creative workshops each month. » Use the winter to perfect your golf swing for the back nine or the mini-golf park and learn from the pros by visiting the SentryWorld indoor golf range. Escape the elements in a fully heated space to improve both
your long and short golf game with practice putting greens, a variety of targets and seven hitting stations. Melissa Sabel is » For communications some more manager for the physical Stevens Point Area activity, head Convention & over to the Visitors Bureau. Stevens Point Area YMCA. Grab your suits and hit the pool for open swimming time. (Individual and family day passes are available to purchase for nonmembers). Plan to attend the Community Family Fair, scheduled for April 26. The event kicks off the celebration of YMCA Healthy Kids Day with open swim and a Tom Pease performance. More fitness classes, workshops and swimming are available throughout the winter; view their program schedule for more information. » Create a cheering section and support other local athletes this winter season, with everything from hockey, basketball, wrestling, indoor track and field, and more by local youth and amateur sports in the area. Check out the Boys Basketball
Families enjoy an afternoon in the pool at the Stevens Point Area YMCA. Section Championship at Stevens Point Area Senior High on Feb. 23, local hockey action at K.B. Willett Ice Arena, and a variety of sports at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. For the dedicated cheerleaders, support the runners along the route for the annual Point Bock Run, a 5-mile run that starts and ends at the Stevens Point Brewery, at noon March 2. » Find ways to exercise your creative side this winter, and spend some time taking a class at Blue Bead, learn some new techniques at Clay Corner Studio in downtown Stevens Point, or visit Herrschners. The Blue Bead, a small specialty bead store in downtown Stevens Point offers a variety of classes for groups and individuals. Clay Corner Studio is a great place for young and old to create a masterpiece, through pottery painting, glass fusing and wheel throwing. Herrschners, headquartered in Stevens Point, produces the world’s largest mail order craft catalog. Their craft outlet store, with more than 20,000 craft items in stock, is open to the public daily, to find the perfect inspiration. » To find more creativity, create your own gallery walk — and explore the local galleries this winter. Through Feb. 17, enjoy “Winter’s Garden” at the
Riverfront Arts Center, a juried exhibition of floral/botanical art and orchid sale. Keep thinking spring as you explore the blossoming art community by visiting the Scarabocchio Art Museum and Q Gallery Artists’ Cooperative in downtown Stevens Point. The Tomorrow River Gallery, located in Amherst, is definitely worth a visit when it opens for the spring in April. » For more winter activities, bundle up and brave the weather to head outdoors. Winter activities like snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing and sledding are great activities to keep you moving. Weather permitting (dress appropriately), check out these fun winter activities: 1. Check out the Sculpture Park Trail, a short, easy walk to brave regardless of weather. 2. Gain some speed at Iverson Winter Sports Area, down the sledding, toboggan or snowboard runs. 3. Snowshoe a section of the Ice Age Trail, or through Schmeeckle Reserve. 4. Grab your skis and hit the groomed trails for cross-country skiing through Standing Rocks Park, or the Plover River Trail segment of the Green Circle. To find more winter fun ideas in and around the Stevens Point area, visit www.stevenspointarea.com.
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Give new life to old dinnerware By HILLARY SPEED Associated Press
intage dishware doesn’t have to gather dust in the china cabinet. Outdated table settings, such as a stack of your grandmother’s old plates or a bundle of used mugs you scooped up at Salvation Army, can find fresh life with a little TLC. All it takes is a marker or a drill and a basic plan. “I always find it a bit sad when things so loved by previous generations are thrown on the scrap heap,” says lifestyle blogger Anna Nicholson, based in Yorkshire, England. “I’m always looking for ways things can be reused, upcycled and overhauled to fit in with our 21st century style.” Here are some ways to spruce up old china and dollar-store dishes:
Markers and paint The popular craft-swapping website Pinterest is full of plate-decorating projects that tap into the “magic” of magic markers. Nicholson, whose blog is “angel in the north” (www.angelinthenorth.com), uses Sharpies to personalize vintage floral plates. In one set, she adorned each plate with a letter in the word “EAT,” to display in the kitchen. In another, she used four plates to spell out the word “HOME.” She prints her own letter cutouts, using the font Bodoni MT, onto thick paper or cardstock. She traces around the letters onto the old plates with a pen, then goes over the outline with a Sharpie and fills it in. “This is an easy project, but you do need a steady hand,” she says. Others take the Sharpie idea to another level and — if the dishes are ovenproof — bake the marker on to make it permanent. Many crafting blogs call for drawing with a Sharpie and baking the ovenproof dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
A vintage-plate-decorating project upcycled with modern letter print described on the lifestyle blog “angel in the north” is shown in its completed form. AP PHOTOS “I couldn’t bear to throw away the beautiful pieces, so I decided to start making them into useful items,” says Hackshaw, of Palm Desert, Calif. Her answer: key chains. Once you find a piece you like, the main job is to drill a hole and smooth the edges. You can use a household drill, using a carbide drill bit to make the hole, and sandpaper and steel wool for the edges. Make sure to wear protective eyewear and dip the piece in water to keep it cool, Hackshaw says. “One of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received was a keychain from my aunt that was made from one of my great-grandmother’s old silverware pieces,” Hackshaw says. “I knew it was something that I would keep forever and hand down to my daughter, and hopefully one day she would do the same. That’s what gave me
Chop it up Sometimes, old china is no longer in one piece. But that shouldn’t stop you from turning it into something special. Do-it-yourselfer Ashley Hackshaw, editor of the blog “Lil Blue Boo” (www.lilblueboo.com), was inspired to find a use for chunks of a broken Tiffany vase that she had received as a wedding gift.
The final result of a project making a keychain out of broken china displayed for the blog Lil Blue Boo, run by Ashley Hackshaw. spring 2013
the idea about the broken vase.”
Build something new If you have beautiful old pieces of china that you rarely use, why not turn them into something else? Marceli Botticelli of Franklin, Mass., runs an Etsy store called “Tea Times Creations” (www.etsy.com/shop/TeaTimesCreations). It offers tiered stands, made out of old china, that can be used as serving platters or “tidbit” trays for anything from jewelry to loose change or keys. She also sells jewelry and nightlights made out of repurposed table settings and teacups. For the DIYer, Botticelli sells kits that come with drill bits, fittings and instructions. And if you’re too sheepish to drill your own holes into your precious antique plates, she offers to do it for you. One of the biggest challenges in repurposing old china for any project, she says, is finding the right piece. “I am inspired by many different things,” she says. “It can be the color, the pattern, a theme.” One client brought her a plate with an extremely rare pattern; the client had been collecting china since she was 8, and had never found another plate like this one. “I said a prayer, took a deep breath and I drilled into the plate,” Botticelli said. “Now it has a new lease on life and is not stacked with other plates in a closet anymore.”
Infuse your drinking water with fruit
Brandy Proctor is the director of wellness and chronic disease at the Stevens Point Area YMCA.
on that, either. However, after learning that there are health benefits to drinking water infused with fruits and being bored with plain old water, I experimented with how I could make this enjoyable for myself. While I don’t like water with lemon or water with cucumber, I have learned that water with lemon and cucumber is satisfyingly delicious. After I discovered this, I began trying all sorts of combinations to add flavor (and the health benefits) to my water. By drinking one glass of water a day infused with your favorite flavors, you ingest many of the nutrients that are found naturally in that food because the nutrients seep into the water. You are improving your body’s ability to expel toxins, stimulating your liver and improving digestion. Next time you’re at the store, grab whatever intrigues you, cut it up and have it ready in the refrigerator next time you’re thirsty.
he health benefits of water have been clearly established, but many people struggle to get enough. For some people, this is because they prefer to drink beverages with more flavor. An easy way to get the health benefits of water with the added bonus of flavor is to drop a couple slices of fruit in your glass and let it sit for a couple minutes before you drink it. Not only will you receive the benefits of increasing your water consumption, but you’ll receive some of the nutrients from the fruit as well. If you’re like me, when you get water with lemon at a restaurant you set the lemon aside before taking that first sip. I wondered what the point of the lemon was: aesthetics, flavor, or could there possibly be nutrient benefits from drinking water with lemon? Then a place in town served me water with cucumber, and I wasn’t too keen
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SHOPS WE LOVE: SANDRA’S LASTING IMPRESSIONS
Passion for fashion By Breanna Speth For You magazine
hen she was young, Sandra Galloway spent hours dressing up her paper dolls, even perusing old Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs and cutting out pictures of models and clothing. Having perfected her eye for fashion from this early age, Galloway now excels at using her talents on real people. As founder and owner of Sandra’s Lasting Impressions in Plover, Galloway helps customers find the perfect outfit and gifts for any occasion, and supplies everything from candles and cocktails glasses to cookie jars and framed art. “I always liked pretty things and clothing, and I guess I get my inspiration from tuning into people and trying to help them find what they’re looking for,” she said. “It’s just a good feeling.” The store is attached to a residential home, and when Galloway saw a big “For Rent” sign in front of the property in 2006, she inquired about the space. When she got her first glimpse inside of the building, she saw a vision for what it could be and rented the entire space. “I’ve always wanted a business,” she said. “My folks started a business when I was 5, and I loved being there.” Combining her fashion and business knowledge with a lot of hard work and determination, Galloway officially opened her store on Nov. 16, 2006. “The circumstances in my life fell into place for me to do what
Above: This frog greets customers and serves as the shop’s mascot. Left: The boutique area carries many well-known brands, including Joseph Ribkoff. Top: Sandra Galloway is owner of Sandra’s Lasting Impressions in Plover. PHOTOS BY JAMIE JUNG/YOU MAGAZINE
ABOUT SANDRA’S LASTING IMPRESSIONS Address: 2205 Post Road, Plover Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 715-344-1460; search “Sandra’s Lasting Impressions” on Facebook
Above: One of the rooms in the gift shop features a variety of baby items and gifts. Top: Gifts are on display in the shop’s kitchen area. Right: Interchangeable shoes and purses as well as scarves and other accessories are available for purchase.
I’ve always wanted to do, which was to open up my own store,” she said. Using her work experience in selling flooring and retail sales and management, Galloway began by selling home decor before branching off into her personal love: clothing. The store carries many wellknown brands, including Joseph Ribkoff, of Miss America fame. “We have interchangeable shoes, purses. We sell a lot of accessories, a lot of scarves,” she said. In 2010, Galloway completed an addition to the clothing boutique to accommodate the demand for apparel. The gift shop, which is located in the former residential space, is designed to showcase each area of the attached home, incorporating everything from the stove and refrigerator to the fireplace and even the bathroom tub and sink. And whatever a customer is looking for, Galloway is happy to help find it. She said her favorite part of the job is helping women find something to wear for special occasions or a great gift idea. “It’s very rewarding and really
fun to do,” she said. Galloway’s enthusiasm and talent translates into a friendly store atmosphere. “We strive to offer good customer service,” she said. “We just end up knowing our customers so personally that they soon become friends. We provide real hands-on personal service, and we have a really good staff.” University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point professor Tomoko Kuribayashi, a regular customer, says she enjoys the boutique experience that Sandra’s provides. “She and the other women who work there help you find the best outfit for your figure and personality,” Kuribayashi said. “Beyond helping you pick the best clothes possible, they are just very pleasant and fun. ... I also like the selection of clothes Sandra has in the store, a wide range of prices and a variety of styles that can aid women in looking their best.” This dedication to customer service is just one of the reasons that Sandra’s Lasting Impressions was named the Portage County Small Business of the Year for 2012. Now with a prestigious local award under her stylish belt, Galloway is even more excited for the future of her store. She is hoping to focus on more specialized clothing lines and to feature more special occasion and evening attire. She also is striving to supply more Americanmade goods. Whether shopping for Americanmade goods, clothing or home decor, a visit to Sandra’s definitely leaves a lasting impression.
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WOMAN TO KNOW: KATHY BRANDL
Family, volunteers inspire local woman Name: Kathy Brandl Age: 40 City: Stevens Point Family: I am married with two wonderful daughters and our dog Mr. B. Job: Lending supervisor at Central City Credit Union. If you weren’t in your current job position, you’d be … A detective. My husband says nothing gets by me. What inspires you? My family, including the exchange students we have hosted, and the many volunteers I meet by being on the board for Meals on Wheels and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. My superhero power would be? Time travel. There are so many great things that happen in life that I would not want to forget. The one thing I wish I could do well but can’t is … Any sport. I have no athletic ability. My guilty pleasure is … Going to the movies with my daughters and eating tons of popcorn The gift that I want but never receive is … An all-expense-paid vacation abroad. The movie I can watch over and over is … “Dirty Dancing.” The book I can read over and over again is … Oh, that is a hard one; there are so many great books out there. I can not pick just one. Maybe if you gave me a specific genre, then maybe I could have one.
If you would like to be featured as our Woman to Know in an upcoming issue of You magazine, or to nominate someone, contact Jamie Jung at 715-345-2256 or email@example.com.
“Of all the forms of exercise, walking is best.”
June 1, 2013 • Stevens Point, WI
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One step at a time
Walking an effective way to improve heart health By Jamie Jung
hen Jodi Zdun’s mother died of a massive heart attack at age 56, Zdun decided it was time to make some lifestyle changes so she would be around to see her two children grow up and meet her future grandchildren. That was more than four years ago, and since then the now 37-year-old Marshfield women has made significant changes to her diet and incorporated exercise into her daily routine. Walking has been her main source of exercise, including training for the annual Walk Wisconsin event in Stevens Point. This June will mark the third year that Zdun has participated in the full marathon in the non-competitive walking event. “A lady I work with had done Walk Wisconsin two to three years before I did, and she was always talking about it,” Zdun said. “So I decided to give it a try.” Zdun said she trained for her first Walk Wisconsin in 2011 but struggled to complete the full marathon. The next year, she started with the right pair of shoes and started training more deliberately. “During the winter months, I go to (Marshfield mall) and walk laps,” she said. “I’ll go on my lunch hour and on weekends. When it warms up, I’ll head outside. I take walks, walk to church rather than ride with my family, go hiking. “Walk Wisconsin is a motivating factor; it’s a challenge and a goal to work up to each year.” Kelly Shields, a clinical exercise specialist and coordinator of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, said walking is one of the best forms of exercise for people concerned about their heart health. “Your heart is a muscle, and any type of exercise strengthens the heart muscle,” Shields said. “Walking helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and it helps control blood
Participants walk along the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point as part of the 2012 Walk Wisconsin event. Walking offers many heart-health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, helping control blood glucose levels, reducing stress, weight loss and more. YOU MAGAZINE FILE PHOTOS glucose levels for those with diabetes. It can help control stress. It can help you lose weight, and in turn it can improve your self-esteem. “When you start to feel better about yourself, you are more likely to make positive changes for your health.” Since she started walking regularly and made dietary changes, including eating more fiber and eating less saturated and trans fats, Zdun has seen several positive health changes. “I had my cholesterol tested after my mom died, and it was at 218, which was high for me,” Zdun said. “In less than a year, I had lowered my cholesterol to 150. And by lowering my cholesterol, a side effect was losing 30 pounds by accident.” Zdun said she also has more energy and feels better after a walk.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR WALK WISCONSIN The ninth annual Walk Wisconsin will be held June 1 along the Green Circle Trail in Portage County. Full-, three-quarter, halfand quarter-marathon walking events will be offered. Participants will receive a T-shirt, sports sack and finisher medallion. There will be rest stops along the way where nutrition, fluid and restrooms will be available for participants. A finish-line celebration also is planned. The registration fee is $25 through May 1, then $35 thereafter. To register, go to www.walkwisconsin.com. Training schedules for the various walking events also are available on the website.
“I sleep better. I feel better. I have less stress,” she said. “Walking is a quiet time for yourself, or if you go with one friend, a good time to talk. Sometimes I just listen to praise and worship music. I enjoy taking in the sights. Walking is very highly energizing and a good time for thinking.” Shields said the American Heart Association recommends individuals get at least 30 minutes of exercise almost every day of the week. “Walking is just as good as running, and it’s better for your body and joints,” Shields said. “You want to start a walking program slowly, because if you are tired and sore the next day, you are more likely to quit. The amount of time you are able to walk is more important than your intensity and speed. I’d much rather have you slow down and be able to go further.” Shields said older adults and those who have a history of heart-related events should talk with their physician before starting a walking program. “High blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, stress, being overweight are all risk factors for heart disease, and exercise can control every one of these risk factors,” Shields said. “Walking is the cheapest thing you can do; you don’t need a lot of equipment. You just need a pair of
Participants walk along the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point as part of the 2012 Walk Wisconsin event. tennis shoes and a place to walk. A lot of people say, ‘I can’t afford to exercise,’ but everyone can afford to walk.” Zdun, who also has participated in a number of 5K events, said walking has been a good starting point for her, but she also would like to start running. “Get out there and go for it,” Zdun recommends to anyone who is considering a walking program. “Take one step, and then the next step, and then the next step, and then it gets easier.”
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Ready to start a daily walking routine? Here are some tips for beginners: » Start slowly. Don’t test your limits right away. You should feel good at the end of your walk, not exhausted. » Add on time slowly. Never add more than 10 to 20 percent to the total number of minutes or miles you walk in a week. » Remember that something is always better than nothing. Even if you intended to walk 20 minutes, a 10-minute walk is still vastly better for you than doing nothing. » Keep it fun. Make your daily walk something you look forward to. »»» The following are some easy ways you can incorporate physical activity into your routine: » Add more steps by taking the stairs or parking further away. » Walk or bike one daily trip for which you’d normally drive the car. » Get a walking buddy or take a family walk after dinner. » Keep a daily activity log. » Buy a pedometer and consider wearing it all day long.
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Get nutty and fruity W
Michelle Syring is dining services director for Oakridge Senior Living Community.
hen you think of February, do images of chocolates and sweet desserts fill your head? Then you are not alone. But did you know that in addition to honoring these tasty treats, February, March and April also pay tribute to a variety of nuts and fruits? For instance, February marks Berry Fresh Month. March 31 is Oranges and Lemons Day, and you certainly donâ€™t want to miss National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27. And donâ€™t forgot those nuts: Almond Day is Feb. 16, and Pistachio Day is Feb. 26. In honor of these food holidays, our You chef Michelle Syring has shared several recipes that incorporate a variety of nuts and fruits.
Pear and Brie Quesadillas Get it 2 (10 inch) flour tortillas 2 ounces brie cheese, sliced 1/2 pear, cored and thinly sliced 1 pinch ground nutmeg Salt to taste
Do it Place slices of brie cheese over a tortilla. Layer the cheese with pear slices. Sprinkle with nutmeg and salt as desired. Top with the second tortilla. Spray a skillet with cooking spray. Place the quesadilla in the skillet over medium heat and cook until golden brown and brie melts, about 3 minutes on each side. Cut into four or eight triangles, and serve immediately.
Banana and Honey Breakfast Smoothie Get it
Waldorf Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts Do it
Get it 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped 2 large Fuji apples, peeled and diced 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and diced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 cup diced celery 2 green or spring onions (including tender green tops), chopped 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup walnut oil 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
Halve and core the apples and cut into 1/2-inch diced pieces. In a large bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice. Add the celery, green onions, cranberries and toasted walnuts. Drizzle with the walnut oil and vinegar. Toss to mix well. Serve at once or cover and refrigerate until serving time.
1 cup low-fat milk 1 cup low-fat yogurt 2 tablespoons crushed ice 1 tablespoon honey 1 banana 1 tablespoon wheatgerm
Do it Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add extra fruit if preferred.
Savory Chicken Salad Get it 1 cup mayo 2 teaspoons rice vinegar Juice of 1 lime 1 tablespoon agave nectar 2 pounds of rotisserie chicken, diced 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 1 cup red grapes, halved 3 stalks celery, diced to 1/4-inch Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Do it Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Serve on your bread of choice.
Creamy Orange Rice Pudding Get it 1 orange 1 1/4 cups Arborio rice 4 cups milk Zest of 1 lemon 1/2 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped Pinch of salt 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream
Do it Remove zest from orange using the smallest holes on a box grater, and set aside. Cut ends off orange and remove peel, pith and outer membranes, following the curve of the fruit with a paring knife. Lift sections away from membranes, and set aside. Squeeze juice from membranes over sections before discarding. Place the Arborio rice, milk, reserved orange zest, lemon zest, vanilla bean and seeds, salt and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and most but not all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in heavy cream. Remove the vanilla bean and serve the pudding in small bowls garnished with orange sections.
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