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Thursday, July 15, 2010 Tri-( r News Kimball, MN Pa el5 Fun in the sun could lead to better health Attention, desk jockeys: ditch- Rakel adds that nature also has ing the cubicle and computer a positive impact on mood, and he screen this summer can be good often finds that his patients are for your health, less dependent on anti-depres- While the hazards of summer sants when it's sunny and warm - sunburn, bug bites, swimmer's outside. itch and so forth- are well-known, "It's what research and corn- the hot season offers plenty of monsensearepointingat,"hesays. health advantages the desk-bound "If I'm out in nature surrounded may overlook, by beautiful trees, blooming flow- Dr. David Rakel, an associate ers, watching my child play soc- professor offamilymedicine at the cer with my neighbors, I'm going University of Wisconsin and medi- to perceive that as a more positive cal director of the UWHealth Inte- experience than sitting inside a grative Medicine program, says cubicle with recycled air:" the human body needs to connect Rakel says the good feelings with nature and the outdoorsto that come from being outside trig- build greater immunity to disease, ger the release of neuropeptides, "A theory called 'hygiene which are proteins in the brain hypothesis' suggests we are that have a positive effect on the staying too clean by remaining overall function of the body when indoors with our hand sanitizer triggered by positive perceptions. and anti-bacterial soap, and not "If your mind is cluttered with training our immune system to the stresses of the day like the big become fully developed," he says. project you have at work or your "There's some promising research child not doing wen in school, take that shows kids who grow up play- a walk in nature and concentrate ing in the dirt and on farms actu- your attention on the flowers, the ally have less asthma and aller- beautiful pine trees or the bumble gic rashes of the skin. In essence, bee," he says. "That can be a great kids who are exposed to bacteria opportunity to get your mind out and elements in nature train their of its chaotic stories." immune systems to be better bal, Katherine Bonus, founder of anced,'so in the long run, they may the mindfulness program for the remain healthier." UW Health integrative medicine Rakel says getting outside at program, says connecting with any time of the year, including the the outdoors can be tantamount winter, is helpful. But the summer to meditation. sun seems to provide even greater "It could serve as a simple med- benefits, so long ~s it's done in itation practice for all the times we moderation and the skin is not feel too busy to notice we are alive, over-exposed, too busy to notice it's summer and "It could be the longer days," too busy to remember both axe + he says. "You also get to appreci- impermanent~ "she ~+says. + Step ate the sense of community. There outside several times a day, feel the are more picnics, more triathlons, sun and wind on your skin, notice and more family reunions. People the sights and sounds of summer, are leaving their homes and mak- and enjoythose moments." ing social connections, which are important to good health," Social Security questions and answers By Steven Thayer District Manager Question: My cousin said he applied for Social Security retirement bene- fits on the Internet. Can you really do that? Answer: Yes you can! Applying online is the easiest, fastest, and most con- venient way to apply for retire- ment benefits. There's no need to fight the traffic to visit an office or wait for an appointment. Our Web site makes it simple, allowing you to apply for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. You can get started now at . Question: What is the earliest age I can begin receiving retirement bene- fits? Answer: The earliezt age you can begin receiving Social Security retire- ment benefits is 62. If you decide to receive benefits before your full retirement age, you will receive a reduced benefit. Keep in mind you will not be able to receive Medi- care coverage until age 65, even if you decide to retire at an earlier age. For more information, go to < www.socialsecurity.gov>. p I i I i i I i I I ! | l l l I I | ~ | ~ ! ~ p~ children 1 Be sure+your Family is included on the school district census! + Sex Address/Phone: The census assists the district with: ECFE funding II Adults in Household: Names of Children in Household: Sex Birthdate: ) I I ! i ! I l i .. !