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Walnut Way cuts the ribbon on 'Wellness Hub' and announces new projects

On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Walnut Way Conservation Corp. celebrated the opening of the Innovations and Wellness Commons (aka The Commons), 1609 West North Avenue. The new 5,470 square foot space is a community-driven, cooperatively funded multi-use commercial development. The new building includes space for eight health and wellness providers. Seven of the eight spaces are already committed. It also has a 2,000 square foot rooftop space for meetings and socializing. The addition of the health care providers is meant to address a significant need in Lindsey Heights. According to Walnut Way executive director Antonio Butts, “The opportunity to be able to access resources that allow folks to take self-care to a deeper level is very important.” Among those in attendance were Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderman Russell Stamper.

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Texas sues Wisconsin over changes to election laws

The Texas attorney general is suing battleground states, including Wisconsin, over what he called unconstitutional changes to election laws. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed lawsuits Tuesday, December 8, 2020, against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the United States Supreme Court. The suit claims the four states "exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election." "I feel sorry for Texans that their tax dollars are being wasted on such a genuinely embarrassing lawsuit," Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul tweeted in re-

sponse. "Texas is as likely to change the outcome of the Ice Bowl as it is to overturn the will of Wisconsin voters in the 2020 presidential election." Paxton said "battleground states flooded their people with unlawful ballot applications and ballots while ignoring statutory requirements as to how they were received, evaluated and counted." "As we are in various other meritless cases challenging the results of the election, the Wisconsin Department of Justice will defend against this attack on our democracy," Kaul also tweeted. "These continued attacks on our fair and free election system are beyond meritless, beyond reckless -- they are a scheme by the President of the United States and some in the Republican party to

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disregard the will of the people-- and name their own victors," Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro tweeted. "The motion filed by the Texas Attorney General is a publicity stunt, not a serious legal pleading," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. "The erosion of confidence in our democratic system isn’t attributable to the good people of Michigan, Wiscon-

sin, Georgia or Pennsylvania but rather to partisan officials, like Mr. Paxton, who place loyalty to a person over loyalty to their country. The Michigan issues raised in this complaint have already been thoroughly litigated and roundly rejected in both state and federal courts – by judges appointed from both political parties. Mr. Paxton’s actions are beneath the dignity of the office of Attorney General and the people of the great state of Texas." Paxton asked the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the four states' 62 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, a move that would swing the election to President Donald Trump. Courts in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania have dismissed lawsuits challenging Biden

victories in those states. A hearing was scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020, on whether Trump's Wisconsin lawsuit will proceed. Biden won Wisconsin by 20,682 votes. The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a recount challenge filed by Trump's team last week, saying it first needed to be considered by circuit courts in Milwaukee and Dane counties. Other than Wisconsin, every state appears to have met a deadline in federal law that essentially means Congress has to accept the electoral votes that will be cast next week and sent to the Capitol for counting on Jan. 6.

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As the saying goes, "The show must go on" and the Milwaukee Urban League (MUL) put on quite a show despite a pandemic. The "35th Annual Black and White Ball,' was held on Saturday, November 21, 2020, safely on-line of course. The decision to hold the event virtually this year was an easy one. With a greater need in the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MUL needed to safely raise funds that are urgently needed. The evening was filled with wonderful entertainment and high energy. This event was hosted by WISN-12's Sheldon Dutes; Jammin 98.3's Andrea Williams; and MUL President and CEO Eve Hall, with musical guest Teresa Griffin. The presenting sponsor was Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. www.milwaukeetimesnews.com

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Ten reasons to pay attention to ACA open enrollment this year The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the nation’s attention for about nine months. But, there’s another thing many people may want to pay attention to right now, especially with historic job losses: How to maintain health insurance coverage at a time they may need it most. The combination of extraordinary job losses and a historic pandemic are likely to test the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance safety nets in a way not yet seen since the law’s passage. On one hand, people losing job-based coverage now may be more motivated than before to access ACA insurance programs like expanded Medicaid and Marketplace subsidies because of the pandemic. On the other hand, awareness of these key ACA programs has fallen over time, and people losing job-based coverage now may never have had a need to learn about the ACA’s programs since the 2014 implementation. Whether new to the market or re-enrolling, everyone who wants 2021 coverage through the ACA Marketplace must sign up during Open Enrollment, which takes place November 1 – December 15 in most states. In ten state-run marketplaces, the Open Enrollment period will be longer. Here are ten ways in which the 2021 ACA open enrollment period differs from enrollment periods in past

years. 1. More people than ever before may need to know about coverage options through the Marketplace or Medicaid Expansion. Ten years ago, the ACA passed in the wake of the last financial crisis to hit the United States, when job losses left millions without access to insurance coverage. While most people in the U.S. still rely on employer coverage, the ACA creates and expands programs (specifically, the Marketplaces and Medicaid Expansion), through which people without job-based benefits can access health coverage with financial help. Since these programs went into effect in 2014, though, the economy has been relatively strong until early 2020. As such, this year’s Open Enrollment period could be the first real test of how well the ACA works to maintain coverage when large numbers lose their jobbased health insurance. Heading into 2021, continued widespread economic dislocation during this COVID-19 emergency could mean millions of people may need Medicaid or private health insurance through the Marketplace who haven’t needed that before. There are few, if any, reliable real-time data sources that would allow us to know exactly how many of the people losing employment have also lost health insurance. In an analysis of insurer-reported enrollment

through June, we found employer group enrollment had dropped by 1.3 percent, indicating that many employers had kept furloughed workers on coverage at least temporarily. However, as more job losses become permanent, more coverage loss is possible, even likely. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has estimated that as many as 85 percent of people who are at risk of becoming uninsured due to loss of job-based coverage could be eligible for Medicaid or subsidized marketplace coverage. 2. Consumer awareness of ACA coverage options is limited. Although the vast majority of people at risk of losing coverage may be eligible for help, KFF polling finds that public awareness about ACA coverage options has fallen somewhat since the law passed a decade ago. For example, 59 percent of the public knows the ACA offers subsidies for marketplace health plans, compared to 75 percent ten years ago. Among uninsured consumers today, understanding of ACA options and enrollment rules is more limited. Less than half (43 percent) know

Open Enrollment is the time to sign up for Marketplace plans; and 14 percent of uninsured individuals living in states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA know about this expansion. KFF also finds many consumers are unsure about the current status of the ACA; as of this spring, just 22 percent of the uninsured know the law remains in effect. Uncertainty may result in part due to public debate and news coverage about a pending Supreme Court case to overturn the law. The Trump Administration has reduced funding for Open Enrollment marketing and outreach by 90 percent. In this environment, news coverage of Open Enrollment and the availability of financial assistance could have an even more significant impact on public education. 3. The importance of health coverage is even greater as coronavirus cases are surging. In recent days, the number of new coronavirus infections reached record highs in the U.S., and the pandemic is worsening rapidly in parts of the country that

had previously been spared. A KFF analysis earlier this year showed that the cost of COVID-19 treatment for those requiring hospitalization could easily top ten thousand dollars, with more severe cases costing tens of thousands of dollars. Many private insurers have waived out-of-pocket costs for people needing COVID-19 treatment. At the very least, people with ACA-compliant private insurance are protected by out-of-pocket maximums, limiting how much enrollees must pay for a hospitalization. There is currently no guarantee that hospitals waive COVID-19 treatment costs for uninsured patients, meaning those without coverage could be on the hook for large medical bills. 4. Changes are taking place for 2021: premiums are dropping in many areas, as new insurers enter the Marketplaces. On average, marketplace benchmark premiums are declining by more than 2 percent in 2021 across the country (Table 1). In addition, new insurers are entering the Marketplace or expanding their service area in many states next year. (Continued on pg. 3)

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ACA open enrollment These changes can increase plan choices and improve affordability for people who don’t qualify for Marketplace subsidies. People already enrolled in Marketplace plans with subsidies who want to renew coverage for 2021 are strongly advised to actively renew coverage, and not rely on Marketplace automatic renewal procedures. Changes in 2021 premiums and plan participation can affect the amount of a person’s tax

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credit from year to year. Actively renewing coverage lets people update their income information and review new plan choices, ensuring they receive the most accurate subsidy for 2021. 5. For many people, incomes are particularly volatile this year, which can affect program eligibility and financial assistance. During the pandemic, many people have or will experience changes in income that could complicate their application for subsidies. Those who have previously been told they were ineligi-


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ious ways changes in wage income and unemployment benefits affect eligibility for Medicaid and Marketplace subsidies. Our newly released 2021 FAQs also review rules for income changes midyear including potential tax consequences for those who mis-estimate their 2021 income. People who received Marketplace subsidies this year, will also have to report on income and sources when they file their 2020 tax return next year; FAQs provide information about how to count the $1,200 Recovery Rebate and federal supplements to weekly unemployment benefits that many received this year. 6. New state actions: State Based Exchanges, Medicaid Expansions, and Public Options. Other new developments this year include new state-run insurance marketplaces and the first public option program. Residents of two states that have been using HealthCare. gov – Pennsylvania and New Jersey – will need to sign up through new state-run Marketplaces for 2021 and will have a longer Open Enrollment period than they’ve been used to. Currently, 37 states have adopted and implemented Medicaid expansion and both Oklahoma and Missouri plan to implement expansion by mid-2021. Additionally, the Washington state exchange has implemented a new quasi-public option, called Cascade Care, which will be offered in half of the state’s counties this year. 7. Recent Trump Administration policy changes and court rulings may affect eligibility and covered benefits for some people. The KFF FAQs also include updated information related to recent Trump Administration actions and court rulings that may affect eligibility or covered benefits for some consumers. These include expanded exemptions

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for employers who refuse to cover contraceptive services based on religious or moral objections, and changes to the “public charge” test for certain individuals applying for green card status who use certain government services. The FAQs also provide information about private websites offering alternative enrollment pathways for people seeking marketplace plans and subsidies, and about short-term policies. 8. Enrollment help is available, though may be in short supply. Consumers in most states can get help from trained experts (Navigators) who won’t try to sell them anything. However, federal government funding for Navigators remains limited, with no funding for Navigators in South Carolina or Utah. In several other states, including Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, and Michigan, many counties will not be served by federal navigator programs. KFF finds nearly 5 million consumers tried to find enrollment help during the last Open Enrollment but could not. Among those who found help, about one in five heard about it through an advertisement or news coverage. 9. People affected by natural disasters or the COVID-19 disaster can apply for extended time to sign up for 2021 coverage. As in past years, people who live in FEMA-designated areas affected by hurricanes, wild fires, or other disasters – can get more time to sign up for 2021 coverage if you are unable to enroll by the end of Open Enrollment. This extension may also be available to residents throughout the US who are unable to sign up on time due to the COVID-19 disaster. The time extension is not automatic, and must be requested from the Marketplace call center. 10. There is still time to sign up for 2020 coverage. Even as this year winds down, people who lost coverage earlier this year due to the pandemic can still sign up for 2020 coverage because of a time extension for special enrollment periods (SEP). Normally, people have just 60 days to apply for a special enrollment period after they lose other coverage, but during the pandemic, those who lost coverage at any time during 2020 can still apply for an SEP to get coverage for the remainder of this year. In 2 states (Maryland, New York) and the District of Columbia, all residents who are uninsured, no matter the reason, can still sign up for 2020 coverage. With so much changing this year, there is no shortage of reasons why the public needs to know about ACA open enrollment.

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2020 year-in-review and a preview ahead into 2021 What a year 2020 has been! We watched as the coronavirus became a global pandemic. According to the CDC the pandemic has claimed more than 266,000 lives at the time of the submission of this article and continues to disrupt lives in unprecedented ways. While a vaccine is likely to be approved soon, we are not there yet. So, let’s continue to do the 3 W’s: Wear a mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance. On January 26, 2020, the world said goodbye to a basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, his daughter GiGi and 7 others who were tragically killed in a helicopter crash in California. On February 26, 2020 a horrific workplace mass shooting at Molson Coors Brewing in Milwaukee claimed the lives of 6 which included the shooter. On May 25, 2020, tragic news from Minneapolis, Minnesota that George Floyd, Jr. died when a white police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for what is reported to be 8 minutes and 46 seconds, sparked protests that reverberated all over the world forcing America to face a racial reckoning.

Finally, in October, I ran a series entitled: “Put On A Smiley Face ☺” in celebration of World Smile Day! You were encouraged to not only smile on World Smile Day, but officially adopt “smiling” and showing kindness and goodwill to others always!

polarizing election cycle and presidential race. The question now becomes what steps are you willing to take to help begin the healing process for America?

federal facility. In the State of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles issues REAL ID compliant products marked with a in the upper portion of the card to signify compliance. As the year draws to a If you don’t see a  on your close, another year of articles REAL ID, please bring it to have also been filed in my the attention of your DMV electronic file cabinet. This service agent. month, I will take a brief look back at three of the A series that garnered a memorable articles this year lot of positive feedback was and then I will give you a pre- the July series “Declaration view into 2021 and the topics of Independence.” As the you will see in this column. nation was celebrating 244 years of the signing of the At reader request, I began Declaration of Indepenthis year by reminding ev- dence, a handful of persons ery person over the age of were asked: “What Do You 18 to obtain a REAL ID or Want to Declare Indepenanother acceptable form of dence From?” The responID if they plan to fly with- dents were honest and sinin the United States, visit a cere. Due to the popularity military base or other secure of this series, I hope to run

ing, let’s continue to pray for those infected, affected and impacted by the coronavirus. As in years past, this column will take a break for the rest of December. I am wishing all of you and yours a blessed holiday season and a very safe, healthy, prosperous and Looking ahead to 2021, in peaceful New Year! I’ll see February, I will look at sev- you in January 2021! eral African American men God’s blessings to all, and women who have been Rev. Judith T. Lester trailblazers in the City of Milwaukee in recognition of General Disclaimer: The writer Black History Month. Due has used her best efforts in prepato space and the number of ration of this information. No notable trailblazers in Milrepresentations or warranties for waukee, this will be by no its contents, either expressed or immeans an exhaustive list but plied, are offered. Neither the pubit will give you an idea of the lisher nor the writer shall be liable many African American men in any way for readers’ efforts to and women who have made apply, rely or utilize the informaa difference in Milwaukee. tion or recommendations presented In 2021, I will call attention herein as they may not be suitable to a few awareness days such for you or necessarily appropriate as Alcohol Awareness Month for every situation to which they in April and Energy Aware- may refer. In some instances, this article contains the opinions, conness Month in October. clusions and/or recommendations Beloved, as 2021 looms of the writer. If you would like on the horizon, let us all be to contact Rev. Lester, write to her thankful to God for fami- c/o P.O. Box 121, Brookfield, ly and friends and for those WI. 53008. things money cannot buy: love, joy, peace, mercy, and grace. Even though a vaccine for COVID-19 is forthcom-


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"Remind your family, remind your friends, and tell them to at least go find out what their options are." Emani Taylor stresses the importance and her experience getting enrolled for 2021 health insurance. By Kira J. Wills

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of many things, like cherishing your loved ones, not taking your health for granted and also, the importance of having health insurance. Milwaukee native Emani Taylor, 26, was a young marketing professional just beginning a promising career when she was forced to transition from a full-time to part-time, leaving her ineligible for health coverage from her employer. “A lot of my friends are at that age where they are aging out of their parents’ insurance plans or are out of work because of COVID,” Taylor explains. “It can be really confusing and overwhelming to find our own plans or what options there are.” Taylor wasn’t sure how to proceed, and then she became seriously ill and needed to see

a doctor immediately. “I didn’t realize how important my health was until then,” she said. “I was worried that I couldn’t afford urgent care or emergency room out-of-pocket costs or that getting coverage would take weeks when I needed it now.” Luckily, Taylor discovered WisCovered.com listening to her favorite talk radio show on WNOV 860. WisCovered.Com is a website created by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. It is designed to help people learn their options for health coverage as well as how to get connected to free expert help, that's the route Emani took. “I actually went to the WisCovered website, and found out what my options were,” she said. She found it extremely accessible, explaining that she

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even answered the questions and activated coverage on her smartphone. Emani was also relieved that she wasn’t pressured into making any direct choices, but rather informed on her options. “It was very straightforward. The website allowed me to learn what I qualified for. I also found out that if I ran into any challenges I could schedule a call with an expert and get free help,” she said. Taylor is now healthy and an entrepreneur in the marketing field she loves. She works with a lot of independent

contractors, and doesn’t hesitate to tell them about WisCovered. “Even if you’re young and healthy now, you might not always be. I want to make sure people know their options, and don’t take their health for granted, especially now,” she said. The open enrollment period for health insurance for 2021 ends on Dec. 15, so there is still time for Wisconsin residents to find free or low-cost plans by visiting WisCovered.com. if they aren’t covered through their employers or recently lost their coverage.

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“The plan I chose sent me the information so I could review everything my plan has to offer. They make it super easy for people who aren’t familiar with the health insurance.” Taylor hopes that people who are out of work don’t wait until it’s too late to get covered. “COVID has really highlighted how important coverage is. It was simple and I've encouraged my whole family to learn their options. It’s one less thing to stress about and it’s great to just have the peace of mind that if something happens, I’m covered,” she said. This article was sponsored by:

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Purchasing that ‘perfect’ gift and decorating and cooking for the holidays can become overwhelming—even in an uneventful year. Added to the stress and pressure of the holidays this year is the coronavirus pandemic. HowDawn Shelton-Williams ever, if we pause to take a breath, and put things in perspective, there are some ways consin-Carbone Cancer Cento help put the ‘merry’ back ter, said that according to the Centers for Disease Control into Christmas. and Prevention (CDC), there According to Dawn Shel- are more suicide ideations ton-Williams, a licensed this year compared to last clinical social worker and year. clinical psychotherapist for “Research shows that suimore than 30 years, the holcide ideation is three times idays can be challenging for higher and depression rates people for many reasons infour times higher than this cluding grief, the stress of time last year. And, the inadded responsibilities, isolacreased number is highest in tion, anxiety, depression, and young adults, 18 to 24 years financial insecurity. of age, Latino and Black “Some people have lost populations, essential workfamily members or friends— ers, and unpaid caregivers,” especially with COVID-19— said Dr. Ward. and they are grieving their If we notice unusual beloss. Also, the isolation due haviors with loved ones, Dr. to the COVID-19 pandemic Ward suggests encouraging changes the way that many them to get professional families celebrate the holimental health. days. Celebrations and the joy that we tend to equate “Some people may not with the holidays is just not have health insurance, but there for some people. Couthere are agencies that propled with this, sometimes vide pro bono assistance or people have this fantasy perservices based on income, ception of what the holidays such as the Milwaukee Health should be and, while there’s Services, Inc. Sometimes nothing wrong with wanting to have a wonderful holiday, help can be found at the tip we should try to be realistic of our fingers as telemediand focus more on the true cine continues to be more acmeaning of the holidays,” cessible. And people should not hesitate to access their said Shelton-Williams. support networks. Yes, we “There’s also a tendency to are encouraged to practice overindulge in certain behav- social distancing, but we can iors during the holidays— engage in physical distancing eating or drinking too much, without neglecting social disand even spending too much. tancing—stay connected and We want our family and chil- don’t hesitate to reach out to dren to get everything they a friend, an aunt or cousin want for Christmas but over- for help and support,” said spending only causes more Dr. Ward. anxiety once the holidays are Nyles Jackson, a licensed over and the bills come due. clinical social worker, pracAlso, when we have gatherticing psychotherapist and ings—even when we are foladdiction specialist, said lowing the recommendations for hosting smaller gather- that in addition to the holings this year—we must re- idays, the combination of member which friends or the pandemic, political stress family members drink too and civil/social unrest have much or criticize too much, helped create an all-time high and make a conscious effort of anxiety and stress in some to accept people for who and individuals. He said that minorities and other marginwhat they are,” she said. alized communities tend to Along with anxiety and experience these stresses in stress Dr. Earlise Ward, inequitable measures. Professor in the School of “The first thing to keep in Nursing, licensed psycholomind is that people are natgist, and Program Lead for urally resilient. It’s common the Cancer Health Disparifor us to bounce back from ties at the University of WisAn NCON Communications Publication

Dr. Earlise Ward

Gale Johnson

Nyles Jackson

adversities. If we hold onto that as a reminder, it sets the stage for helping us cope. Beyond that we can look at things from three perspectives—past, present and future. From the past, we can focus on some of our joyful, experiences, pleasant memories and connect with friends and family with those memories. In the present, try to identify those small positives we are now experiencing. Pay attention to how we’re communicating with people and, even though we’re wearing masks, look at people in their eyes to connect. And, as we look to the future, think about things to come—hopeful things. What are we looking forward to and what can we be inspired to do? Make plans for a future vacation, start saving for something in future, and set goals or personal habits for the future,” said Jackson.

care—particularly during the holidays. “We want everyone to come out of this pandemic whole (i.e., mind, body and spirit), so we can once again interact with friends and relatives, but at this time we have to stay safe and take care of ourselves. Keeping physically active is important and doesn’t require a gym membership. You can do something as simple as walking around your neighborhood or in your apartment building, or even marching in place during a favorite television program,” said Johnson.

those things that are going well in your life—I call them ‘gratitude moments.’ Recount two or three things each day for which you are grateful and make this a daily routine,” said Dr. Ward

Technology, while used to facilitate communication particularly during this pandemic, can sometimes cause increased feelings of isolation. Moreover, not everyone has access to technology or feels comfortable using it. Gale Johnson, Director of the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, suggests that returning to ‘snail mail’ may be just what’s needed during the holidays.

Shelton-Williams advises that even though the holidays can be challenging—especially this year—it’s important to remember what the holidays are all about. She advises that people should be kind to themselves and give themselves permission to let go of things. Most of all, be grateful, even during this time of COVID-19, racial Dr. Ward is also a fan of injustices, and a contentious practicing mindfulness tech- presidential election. Amid niques, relying on spiritu- all of it, focus on the things al beliefs and reflecting on for which you can and should what she calls “gratitude mo- be grateful, she advises. ments”. The Healthy Eating and Ac“When you are over- tive Living Milwaukee (HEAL) whelmed your breathing is a culturally-tailored program increases, adding to stress. that aims to provide education, reYou can slow things down sources to secure healthy foods, and by breathing—we call it ‘cen- active living supports for adults attering’ your breath. It’s just risk for developing lifestyle-related a matter of taking two deep diseases; and, to empower adults breaths and exhaling slowly to make changes in their physical and doing this throughout and social environment to improve the day. Also, try to avoid nutrition and physical activity. negative self-talk. It’s easy to ‘Like’ their Facebook page that’s get caught up in that, so make full of videos of healthy recipes a conscious effort to re-write and low-cost, no-cost exercise. negative thinking. Focus on

“We are living in a world of technology, but not everyone is comfortable using platforms such as Zoom or Skype, or access may not be economically feasible. People still enjoy receiving mail, so sending a short letter or card to let someone know you’re thinking of them can do wonders. That’s one simple and inexpensive thing we can do for those who may be feeling isolated or alone. It’s also something that we can involve our small children and grandchildren in doing—making cards out of old paper and sending personal notes and pictures,” said Johnson. Each of these experts also stress the importance of selfwww.milwaukeetimesnews.com

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