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4th ! "£re00sure ,A RIBBON CUTTING was held onFriday, Nov. 5.at Mac Daddy&apos;s 50's Diner, Convenience Store and Gas Station in Big Stone City, SD. Shown aoove are owners jim ana aren Mcrartane cutting me official ribbon. Also pictured are members of the Big Stone City Development Corporation and public. Family Living Focus How the Arts Affect Your Health For thousands of years, people have searched for the meaning and beauty of life in music, painting, poetry and other arts. Now scientists are finding that the arts can benefit both your mental and physical health. Current research is following a number of paths. Some scientists measure the natural substances our body produces when we are listening to music or otherwise exposed to the arts. Others look at what happens when we are active in the creative process. Researchers are now investigating how the arts can help us recover from disease, injury and psychological trauma. Many scientists agree that the arts can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve well-being and enhance the way we fight infection. Music plays an important role throughout our lives. Parents worldwide sing and coo to their babies. On the other end of the life cycle that music may be the last thing to go in those with severe memory loss from Alzheimer's disease. Even if they don't know their own spouse, they can sing the songs of their youth. their rehabilitation. Scientists are also studying how art therapy can help to ease pain and stress and improve quality of life. When traumatic memories are stored in the brain, they're not stored as words but as images. Art therapy ts uniquely suited to access these memories. Once you draw or paint these images you can then progress to forming words to describe them. This externalizes the trauma moves it out of isolation, onto the page and into a positive exchange with the therapist. This process gives you an active involvement in your own healing. Several small studies have suggested that art therapy can help improve health status, quality of life and coping behaviors. It can improve depression and fatigue ill cancer patients on chemotherapy, and help prevent burnout in caregivers. It's also been used to help prepare children for painful medical procedures, as well as to improve the speech of children with cerebral palsy. Another area being studied is writing therapy. Expressive writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been shown to have a Recent studies have found evidence that singing releases substances that serve as the brain's own natural pain-killers. Singing also increases the "bonding hormone" that helps us feel a sense of trust. When we listen to music, levels of molecules important for fighting infection can rise. Many of us intuitively use music for relaxation and enjoyment to socialize, exercise or change our mood after a hard day. Music therapy is sometimes used in the clinic as well, requiring a certified therapist to interact with the patient. To measure the effects of such therapy, one study showed how levels of an important brain chemical that relays signals between cells increased after four weeks of music therapy. It then decreased after the therapy was halted. And a report from Finnish scientists showed that listening to music helps stroke patients recover both memory and focused attention. The researchers also found that music can reduce post-stroke depression and confusion. Other studies suggest that stroke patients may improve faster if they sing, rather than speak, as part of To request additional information, please call (507) 627-2722, If there is no answer, please leave your name/address and information will be mailed. HOLIDAY TOOL SAL FOR THE MEN ON YOUR LIST .. Prices good through Dec. 24, 2010. 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Choke Cleaner SeaFoam YOUR ONE-STOP CAR SHOP! rdevant NAPA Auto Parts Ortonville, MN 56278 number of health benefits, from improving symptoms of depression to helping fight infection. Writing about emotional upheavals in our lives can improve physical and mental health. The scientific research surrounding the value of expressive writing is still in the early phases but there are some approaches to writing that have been tkmnd to be helpful. In a series of exercises, healthy student vohmteers who wrote about traumatic experiences had more positive moods, fewer illnesses and better measures of intmune-system ftmction than those who wrote about sttperficial experiences. Even six weeks later, the students who'd written about what upset them reported ntore positive moods and fewer illnesses than those who'd written about everyday experiences. In attother stndy of students vnlnerable to depression, those who did expressive writing exercises showed sig,ificantly lower depression symplonts, even after six months, than those who had written about everyday ntatlers. Arts that involve movement, such as dance, can also bring health benefits. Researchers aheady know that physical activity can help you reduce stress, gain energy, sleep better and fight depression and anxiety. Researchers are now studying Tai Chi which is a sequence of slow, graceful body nttwements to see how it affects fitlless ;llld stress ill cancer survivors ..................... The arts are no substitute for medical help when you need it. But they can still bring health benefits. If you etuoy writing or any other art, try it. You don't have to be "good" at tltetn for them it) be good for you. At-Is lbt tlealth: The arts may bring ntore than intellectual benefits. Research suggests they ntay help your physical and tnental health. Try these for a start: • Write for at least 15 minutes a day, for at least 3 consecutive days, about sontething that worries or bothers you. If it makes you feel too upset, sintply stop writing or change topics. Experiment to find what works best for yott. • Listen to music to rednce stress and improve quality of life. TOUR #1 - MAY 25-JUNE 2 I See MLB games in Chicago (Cubs), St. Louis, Kansas City, Target Field, I 6, and two games in Denver (Colorado Rockies). ... . TOUR #2 - JUNE 20-31 See MLB games in Boston, New York (Yankees), Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Washington DC We will also be attending the Induction Ceremonies at the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24 $1,9501person based on double hotel occupancy Both#willheveadditbnblsightseemgopportun/bes ToursbegmlendinRedwoodFallsandBloomingto" on deluxe . Each Kht rqmt in e quality hotel Mostly best available game tickets. Medicare knowledge that works for you What type of Medicare plan is right for you? As a licensed agent, I can help you decide. Together, we can review your options and choose the coverage that best meets your needs• Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been helping people with Medicare since the program began. Contact me today.* Authorized independent agent/agency for ,,uooo.,,u+o,, of Minnesota contracts: Pla : ! Mark your calendar and watch next week for further details! • Try a dance class or Tat Chi, a ,.+ + ++ :++++ + ...... sequence of slow, graceful body tnoventents. These kinds of tnovements can help reduce stress. • "Fry doodling or drawing as a way to work out tension. If you wonld like more information on "'How the Arts Affect Your Health" feel free to contact Gall Gilman- Waldner, Program Development and Coordinalion --Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging®, Inc. and Professor Enmritus - University of Minnesota at 507-389-8869 or e-mail Gall at ggwaldner@rndc.org. Additional resources are awtilable by contacting the Senior LinkAge Line" :it 1-800-333-2433 or visiting the Minnesotal-lelp.lnfo® website at www.Mitutesotatlelphffo®. Be sure to welch for more Fatnily Living Foctts inforntation in next week's paper. Tags available for Angel Tree Project The Salwttion Army Christmas Angel Tree Project is once again asking for your help. The need has greatly increased, with over 250 requests for clothing this year. If you wonld like to make this Christmas a haplfier one for a child in Big Stone County, simply stop at Cenl3ank, ('li,tton State Bank, First State Bank in Big Stone City, Sl), Minnwest Bank or l,icbc l)rttg in Oraceville itlld pick up at tag or two. The tags list the chilti's agc and sex as well as the chlhing items lhat the parents have imlicatcd each child needs. I'lcasc return the item(s) you have purchased along with the tag to the business front which you took it by Tuesday, I)ec. 7. Thcy ask that you do not wrap the gifts as parents like to be able to see what their children will be receiving, and the Salvation Arnty conunittec tries to ensure that all children in the family receive gifts that are aplu-tximately equal in vahte. Thank you for whatever help you are able to give. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Helgeson, this year's Angel Tree Committee chairperson. Beth Mueller, Agent KINDT AGENCY, INC. 113 NW First Street Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-6145 fTY 1-800-627-3529 CLINIC I1 Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 INDEPENDENT Page 3b