Healing Waters

Courtesy Joel Carter

How Water and Big Lake Living Keep Us Well

Water lapping against the shore and a blue horizon stretching forever – we often experience the benefit of spending time beside the Big Lake in its calm moods and know how it seems to soothe us. Does water have actual restorative powers?

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“A Matter of Balance” is built around low-impact exercises, as demonstrated in this class put on by the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging in Duluth.

Burton Laine

Balancing Act: Programs Help Seniors Prevent Falls

In the Lake Superior region, courses like “A Matter of Balance” and “Stepping On” help seniors prevent falls – and, should they take a spill, help them return to full, active lives. more »

Jun 24, 2014 10:23 AM Health/Wellness

Games like “Crutch Club Soccer” are organized to make use of children’s abilities at whatever level.

Courtesy Bay Cliff Camp

Bay Cliff: A Camp for Health & Happiness

High on a cliff overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Superior, the 170 acres of Bay Cliff Health Camp are home to the Lake’s largest, and oldest, year-round camp mainly serving disabled children. more »

Apr 30, 2014 8:43 AM Health/Wellness

Don’t panic – the images of these ticks are much enlarged, as you can tell by the comparison to the dime at top. The blacklegged – or “deer” – tick can carry Lyme disease and other maladies, which it acquires by feeding on infected animals. Dog ticks, found in much of North America, do not carry Lyme.

Centers for Disease Control

Keeping Bug-Borne Illness at Bay

In our North Woods, ticks and mosquitoes are an unfortunate – and all too abundant – part of the outdoor experience. These blood-sucking creepy-crawlies may even carry diseases, but a few simple precautions can keep them at bay. more »

Jun 6, 2013 9:13 AM Health/Wellness

Adding nordic walking poles to your stroll can enhance your workout and make it more fun, as these walkers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum discovered.

Courtesy Linda Lemke

Buffing Up Your Resolve

Plenty of support exists around the Big Lake for you to meet your fitness goals. Some people even travel here just to join programs that help them get healthier. more »

Apr 5, 2013 2:08 PM Health/Wellness

Judith Taylor, who sails often to the Ontario shore of Lake Superior with her husband, Larry, found great medical care in Nipigon District Memorial Hospital after a medical emergency near the rural town.

Larry Carpenter

Far North

A town with a population of fewer than 2,000 may not sound like a medical haven, but Nipigon District Memorial Hospital provides state-of-the-art care beyond what might be expected of its remote location. Just ask Judith Taylor. more »

Feb 18, 2013 3:52 PM Health/Wellness

Lakehead University students in the “Creative Community Engagements in Music” course became part of a five-year research project led by Dr. Mary Lou Kelley to enhance the lives of residents of long-term care facilities.

Courtesy Jessica Wyatt

Palliative Care Makes Inroads on Rural Roads

Thunder Bay researcher Dr. Mary Lou Kelley finds new ways to provide “comfort, quality and dignity” to the end-of-life experience in remote communities and in long-term care facilities. more »

Dec 12, 2012 9:32 AM Health/Wellness

A calming atmosphere sets the scene for a relaxing massage at Dance of the Sun Day Spa in Marquette.

Dance of the Sun Day Spa

Ahhhh … a Spa: A Bit of Pampering Can Benefit Your Health

The Lake Superior region abounds with places for a spa “getaway” of an hour or a few days. more »

Apr 22, 2010 10:11 AM Health/Wellness

A True Home Away

One dollar and 38 cents – that’s what one guest at the Beacon House in Marquette left for an overnight stay there. The payment envelope also had a note that explained he gave all he had, keeping just enough to get home. more »

Apr 13, 2012 4:39 PM Health/Wellness

Not Lost in Translation

A New Device Developed in Duluth Can Save Lives. It could be the stuff of nightmares: You have a medical crisis in a foreign country and no one in the hospital can speak your language as you desperately try to explain your emergency. more »

Jan 23, 2012 2:57 PM Health/Wellness

A Home for Hope

Talking about cancer is no longer taboo. People openly discuss the illness, have more awareness of prevention and early detection. If only the same were true of mental illness that might prematurely take the life of a young person through suicide. more »

Nov 13, 2011 5:28 PM Health/Wellness 1 Comments

Three plant methods for making you miserable.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Poison Ivy, Nettles and Parsnips

They jab you with tiny spines, coat you with rash-causing oils or leave a layer of plant juice that causes the sun to burn you. So what is it with stinging nettles, poison ivy and wild parsnips – why do they hate us? more »

Oct 2, 2012 10:33 AM Health/Wellness

Bear Bones Research

Do bears hold the secret to preventing osteoporosis? How is it that black bears can hibernate, shut down their systems and not exercise for five or six months over winter, and yet do not develop a bone-loss condition? more »

Jul 21, 2011 5:06 PM Health/Wellness

Courtesy Edgewood Vista - Hermantown

Older by the Lake: Options for Independent Living

It’s not hard to come up with the reasons that people choose to remain or decide to come to Lake Superior to retire. What might be less evident are the available options for home and health as we grow older by the Lake. more »

Jul 21, 2011 12:01 AM Health/Wellness

Bigger, Better, Brighter

It seems appropriate that a mom and her newborn became the first patients at the birth of a new hospital. The baby, born the night before, and mother were the first patients on the hospital’s opening day, March 6, 2011. more »

May 15, 2011 12:33 AM Health/Wellness

Joy Morgan Dey

Wintertime & the Livin' is Freezy

Tips on how to winterize your body. more »

Nov 5, 2007 1:58 PM Health/Wellness

University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth

Medicine in the Making: Educating Our Newest Community Healers

The Lake Superior region offers a variety of health education programs designed to educate the newest generation of health care providers. more »

Apr 10, 2009 9:02 AM Health/Wellness

Superior Notes (right)

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