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Sesame Street introduces new character with autism

Sesame Street, famous for inclusion, acceptance and “sunny days,” is introducing a new character in an effort to promote greater understanding of autism. Julia, a green-eyed girl with pumpkin-orange hair, will make her Sesame Street debut in April during National Autism Awareness Month. Julia is a key part of Sesame Street’s initiative to raise understanding  

Talk to your college students about a safe spring break

For many college students, spring break is a welcome respite from the academic pressure of school and a chance to enjoy a little fun in the sun. For too many students, however, it can be a time of excess and poor choices in an unfamiliar environment. What can parents do to help ensure their teens  

Volunteering is good for your health

Looking for a New Year’s resolution that benefits everyone? Consider volunteering. A growing body of evidence shows people who volunteer live longer, healthier lives, according to a research review of 32 studies conducted by the Corporation for National & Community Service. The report cites evidence suggesting that volunteering enhances a person’s social networks and has  

Busting the myths about eating disorders

Although some 30 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives, there are a lot of myths surrounding the condition. “As a society, we frequently hide, deny or otherwise avoid discussing mental health and addiction disorders,” says Dr. Philip Hartman, a family physician in St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Union US 42  

6 tips to help your loved one defeat a medical condition

It’s not the label; it’s the connection that can make a world of difference in defeating health challenges. Whether they are taking notes, clarifying explanations or just offering a shoulder of support, a concerned caregiver makes a difference. Encouragement, peer pressure or whatever dynamic is at work, it’s always good to have others involved in  

Local couples volunteer together, share love year-round

Many people take advantage of Valentine’s Day to share the love they have for their significant other. For one local couple, sharing their love for each other and for the community is a year-round affair. It is said that the secret to a successful marriage can be meeting in the middle, and on the second Sunday  

Game outcome not what you wanted? Don’t take it out on your coworkers

Neither of the teams playing in this Sunday’s game are area favorites, but in a big game it’s hard not to choose a favorite. Some will be rooting for the underdog, while others want to see Tom Brady ascend to greatness. If the team you’re cheering on loses, it could deeply impact your day the following  

The benefits of empowering your team

Sometimes, for the perfectionist type at least, it may seem tempting to micro-manage your team to keep an  

Tools, tips and resources for people with dyslexia

Dyslexia is a life-long condition. You don’t cure it, you overcome it. When evaluating children Anne Hahnel, a speech language pathologist in St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, says she often hears their parents say, “I was the same way.” “When I ask them how they coped I’ll hear things like, ‘I