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It’s #WellnessWednesday and this week we are highlighting something that may not come easy for some of us: rest. Rest is a fundamental part of success, health, and happiness. It helps heal your body, promotes mental health, boosts creativity, increases productivity, promotes well-being, reduces stress, improves mood, and strengthens relationships. Simple restful techniques that you can incorporate into your daily routine include practicing gratitude, taking deep breaths, cultivating healthy habits like yoga, and practicing good sleep hygiene with a sleep schedule and nighttime routine. Source: Forbes Womens Media: ... See MoreSee Less
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Our #StorytimeTuesday pick this week is “Everything Changes” written by Clare Helen Welsh and illustrated by Asa Gilland. Ages 4-18. While playing together as a family on the beach, it seems the happy, warm days of summer will never end. But then Mom and Dad say they can't live together anymore, and everything changes. When parents break up, a child may wonder if things will ever be the same. This tender, moving story explores the emotions children may feel through this difficult transition. $14.99 at Barnes and Noble: ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s a warm and sunny #WellnessWednesday! Why not take a walk outside to benefit your mental health today? Here are three reason to go for a walk: 1. Walking can treat mild depression A recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. Exercise promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. 2. Walking can reduce anxiety Exercise like walking relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Adding in a mindfulness element—really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise—will help interrupt the flow of constant worries running through your head. 3. Walking can reduce symptoms of PTSD and trauma Evidence suggests that by really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise, you can actually help your nervous system become “unstuck” and begin to move out of the immobilization stress response that characterizes PTSD or trauma. Instead of allowing your mind to wander, pay close attention to the physical sensations in your joints and muscles, even your insides as your body moves while you walk. Source: ... See MoreSee Less
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In this week’s #StorytimeTuesday pick, “Chef Edna: Queen of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis” written by Melvina Noel and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera, we learn about an inspiring African American culinary legend who the history books have left out, but who brought Southern cooking to the masses. Edna loved to cook. Growing up on a farm in Freetown, Virginia, she learned the value of fresh, local, seasonal food from her Mama Daisy, how to measure ingredients for biscuits using coins, and to listen closely to her cakes to know when they were done. Edna carried these traditions with her all the way to New York, where she became a celebrated chef, who could even turn traditional French food into her signature Southern style. The author of several cookbooks and the recipient of numerous awards, Chef Edna introduced the world to the flavors of her home. $19.88 at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul: ... See MoreSee Less
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New Programming

Our new service program, Drum Beat, has recently started at the Family Enhancement Center. This specific program provides a group-based approach to healing trauma. It has been created for young men between the ages of 13-18 who have experienced physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as domestic violence, community violence, and other traumatic events.

Social and emotional expression through music can provide youth with a different way to release their emotions beyond words. The group aims to engage youth in creating their own community that provides them with a sense of safety and pride.

Read more about this new program here..

Center Receives $100k Grant to Expand Access to Expert Mental Health Services to Youth Regardless of Income

FEC staff with Senator John Hoffman, Representatives Gomez, Hodan, Moran and Carlson. These wonderful legislators helped us get a $100,000 grant to increase staff so we can help children heal from abuse.

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