RHINELANDER - You may notice a new machine in the Rhinelander Y-M-C-A. It's not one that will make you sore, but it actually measures part of your health.
The Y-M-C-A now has a machine that measures blood pressure. In two weeks, the machine has already become popular.
"It has been a steady line of users, which has been really good to see. So a lot of members taking advantage, charting their blood pressure," says Chris Cook, YMCA Wellness and Marketing Director.
The system was donated by Home Medical Supplies. Y-M-C-A board members and the active older adults committee worked with the business to get the machine. Cook says it is all part of the Y's goal to raise awareness about tracking your health.
"You're coming in here to work out and you get your blood pressure tagged and you start talking about it. You say, 'Hey, I've been working out for two month and I've seen already results in my blood pressure. I'm healthier.' You know, that may encourage another one that says, 'Hey, I don't even know what my blood pressure is.'," says Cook.
The Y-M-C-A also has a bio-impedance scale to measure muscle mass.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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