RHINELANDER - We keep our kids buried in books until they’re at least 18, and the hope is that someday they’ll get a job.
But through a program called “Mini Business World,” some high school students got to fast-forward to the business world – at least for a day.
“I’m CEO of the company,” said Destiny Baitinger, a junior at Rhinelander High School.
The “company” is six to eight high school students from Rhinelander and Tomahawk.
They have one day to dream up a business plan and a product - but the real product is the lessons they’ll learn today.
“What we’ve found is the best teacher is experience, and what we like most about our program is that it’s a hands-on activity,” Steve Benzschawel , program director of Wisconsin Business World.
“It really gave us a grasp of how businesses actually work and how much effort you have to put in,” Baitinger said.
At the end of the day, Baitinger will pitch her group’s project to everyone.
Even though she’s on her own for that part, the whole day is about working together.
“It taught me that it’s not always an independent thing, you have to learn how to work with others and their strengths and weaknesses, and they work with your strengths and weaknesses,” said Paige Bartz, a junior from Tomahawk High School.
“It’s really important to hear everyone’s voice because they all contribute to it. You have to make sure everyone’s coordinating with each other, that everything is relevant to one another,” Baitinger said.
But since they are still students, it’s not all about the grindstone.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be as fun as it actually is. Meeting new people was really fun and learning new things and getting something kind of thrown at you and learning how to accommodate that,” Bartz said.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
Cooking for people with multiple, chronic health conditions
MINOCQUA - For people struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, cooking can be a challenge.
But being careful with how you cook doesn't mean your meal has to be bland.
One dietician teaches the "Cooking for Multiple Diseases" class at Nicolet College in Minocqua.
People taking her class need help finding the best recipes for their conditions.
"Maybe they have diabetes and their spouse has heart disease. Or other people in the family may have a different disease," said Mary Sikora-Petersen, a Registered dietician. "They want to know, how [to] cook a meal that's going to be for everybody in the family."
Petersen also stresses the importance of using healthier ingredients without losing flavor. One way to do that is by using seed-based seasonings and avoiding too much salt.
"[Add] flavors to food without adding salt. Certainly, salt adds flavor," said Petersen. "But there are other ways to add flavor, such as adding ground seasonings, adding fresh herbs to the foods."
Petersen also recommends using light olive oils and whole wheat products.
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
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