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Our View: State focuses on individual well-being

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Hudson and St. Croix County are a few steps ahead of the state of Wisconsin when it comes to focusing on the well-being of residents.

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Last week, Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker declared 2013 to be the "Year of Well-Being" in Wisconsin.

The year will apparently focus on four main areas of well-being -- be active, be connected, be informed, and be part of your community.

They are essentially the same things the county's grassroots Healthier Together has been working on for the past few years. The local volunteer organization will be more than happy for the entire state to follow suit. Hudson Hospital and Clinics have been deeply involved in the Healthier Together effort since it began. In fact, Hudson has taken it a step further with other initiatives, including the addition of "Hudson on the Move." The free program combines the expertise of the hospital and the local Y.

"There are many ways people can improve their well-being," Walker said in a press release. "Over the next year, we will focus on four areas: being active to encourage people to move whenever possible, being connected to engage with those around you, being informed to understand what is best for your own health, and being a part of your community to offer your time to better the place you live."

Among the suggestions offered by Walker and his wife:

  • Remember to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Turn the TV off during family dinners.
  • Become informed about individual health and take a look at nutritional habits.
  • Take the time to better your community.

    "We want to make Wisconsin the best place to live and work in the country," said Walker. "Promoting the overall well-being of Wisconsinites is integral to helping people live prosperous and successful lives."

    We would whole heartedly agree.

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