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2019 Run the Rapids 5K Run/Walk

Posted 3/18/2019 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
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15th Annual Run the Rapids
April 27, 2019
Registration: 8-930am
Kids Run: 945am
5K Run/Walk: 10am

Centralia Center (220 3rd Ave S, WI Rapids)

Registration is now open! Feel free to complete online (link below) or see attached paper registration.

*Register by April 1st to guarantee a shirt and reduced price!*

April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention month. Please join the Wood County Task Force on Child Abuse in raising awareness of this issue by participating in the 15th Annual Run the Rapids 5K Run/Walk. All proceeds from this event will go towards education and prevention of child abuse and neglect in Wood County.

New Program Offered by Human Services

Posted 3/12/2019 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
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The LEO (Life Ecology Organization) Program is an engaging 8-session program for youth ages 14-21 in Wood County. LEO explores how the human brain works and why our brain is not really prepared for the challenges of today’s world. The LEO’s program teaches critical tools and strategies to use different parts of your brain to achieve lower stress, better memory, more creativity and most importantly, resiliency! Participants of the program report improved quality of life, less anxiety and depression, leadership when problem solving, clarity of thinking, and even optimism for the future. SIMPLY PUT, you are investing in your personal success when you join the LEO movement!

The LEO Program is a component of the Wisconsin Brighter Futures Initiative and operates as a partnership between CW Solutions and Wood County Human Services. LEO concepts are based on 25 years of exploration, research, and practice from Dr. Raj Nijhawan.

For more information regarding LEO and Brighter Futures, please contact: Kathleen MacLeay at macleay@changewithin.net.

Dementia Friendly Organization

Posted 11/17/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
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Wood County Human Services recently became a “Dementia Friendly” organization. Staff members participated in a training where they learned the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, along with best practices to foster positive interactions and assist people in our community living with memory loss. Training was provided by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Central Wisconsin Dementia Network. This training is offered to help create dementia friendly communities where people living with dementia are able to remain active members of their local community. Window cling decals are displayed at the main entrances of Human Services buildings to identify our organization as “Dementia Friendly.”

The web link below is a news release from the Department of Health Services and provides a "How-To" Guide for family caregivers of individuals with Dementia.

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