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.
RHINELANDER - Cancer survivors and supporters gathered at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital for the 10th annual Celebration of Life Thursday. The event honors those battling cancer or survivors of cancer and shows people what kinds of services the James Beck Cancer Center offers.
The center's namesake lost his life to cancer, but now others will be able to benefit from his gift to the hospital.
"With his vision and his dollars we were able to put this cancer center here in Rhinelander so patients don't have to travel to larger cities," said Director of Cancer Services Kimberly Hetland.
This year's speaker was Mike Regole, a survivor of tonsil cancer. He spoke about his experience at the center, how family and support affected his journey, and how he ran a business while having cancer.
SAYNER - A needle and thread means more to Pat Andersen than just sewing.
"I started quilting when I was 19 so it's been a passion of mine for a long time," said Pat.
Quilting gives her a community of ladies in the Northwoods.
"Sayner needs something like this, it needs something for the women to do," said Pat.
After moving to Sayner with her husband Don last spring, the two decided to buy the building that now houses Plum Lake Quilts. Pat needed somewhere to put her long arm machine and that eventually turned into a little retail business.
"I mean little and then it grew a little bit and it grew a little bit more," said Don Andersen.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Just a few years ago, crumbling cement, steps, and seats filled Lac du Flambeau's Indian Bowl. Now, a major reconstruction project is halfway done. It will hopefully give people from all over a chance to learn about Native American culture and traditions once again.
"We increase that sense of pride in our community," said Director of Planning and Development Emerson Coy.
Coy still remembers how the old Indian Bowl used to look like.
"It was used in bad shape before that and it was sad," said Coy.
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