Amy Schmidt

Amy Woschek Schmidt writes and dwells among the tall pines and emphatically beautiful people of Lake Superior’s northern shore. Among other things, she derives particular delight from her family, homemade tattoos, and hugs that linger longer than socially acceptable.  

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Recent Articles by Amy Schmidt

The Flu and You
posted on Friday, Oct 27, 2017
When the leaves have turned gold and the mornings take on a chilly air, there is no mistaking what is just around the corner. That’s right, flu season. Kleenex, cough drops and sick days go hand-in-hand with autumn. No stunning vista view of maples doused in the ruby hues of fall would be complete without at least one sneeze, a cough or an ambiance-disturbing honk of a stuffed up nose. Like pumpkin flavor and lattes, for better or worse, cold symptoms seem to be forever synonymous with this time of…

Back-to-School Health Tips
posted on Friday, Sep 22, 2017
Whether you’ve got kids at home or not, this back-to-school time of year can be frenzied, stressful and downright overwhelming. Schedules change drastically, not to mention the hours of daylight. Temperatures swing and vacations grind to a screeching halt. After school activities gobble up any free time that school and work left over and suddenly, its winter and dark at 4:15 p.m. Changes are abundant this time of year, making it easy to feel out of control, anxious or rundown. Taking stock of daily habits, those of the individual and…

Don’t let ticks have all the fun this summer
posted on Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
Summer is officially here; and so are the ticks. From mid-May to mid-July, ticks are at their peak and, for a multitude of reasons, it pays to be aware. Formerly considered a simple nuisance, ticks are now known to carry germs that can cause at least 15 different human diseases, including Lyme’s and Powassan, with some diseases being transmitted from tick to host (the host being you, me and any other animal) in a matter of minutes. With facts like these, it is tempting to avoid the outdoors altogether. But…

Strengthening the Family
posted on Monday, May 01, 2017
This month, as a part of the Hot Potato series, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic will be focusing on what it takes to build resiliency in families. With this in mind, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach Lori Rothstein will be teaching two parenting courses. Based on the book, Strengths Based Parenting: Discovering Your Child’s Innate Talents by author Mary Reckmeyer, these courses are aimed at providing caregivers with the tools to raise their children in a positive environment focused on strengths rather than weaknesses. As highlighted in the national bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0, focusing on…

Cancer Prevention
posted on Friday, Feb 24, 2017
  According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), approximately one-third of common cancer cases in the U.S. could be prevented by eating healthy, being active and staying lean. That’s an estimated 374,000 cases of cancer that could be prevented. Considering that cancer is now the leading cause of death world-wide, cancer prevention is a worthy goal. What we eat is among one of the most powerful protectors of good health. Fortunately, you don’t have to live off sprouts and kale to positively impact your health. Eating a diet…

Vitamin D Food Recipes
posted on Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016
According to Mayo Clinic, spending 10 minutes per day in mid-day sun goes a long way toward providing our bodies with the proper amount of vitamin D. But what about those cold, low-light winter days that northern Minnesota is known for? During winter, the earth’s position in orbit means we don’t get the intense sun we enjoy in the summer months. It also means the UV level is lower, which, among other things, results in less vitamin D absorption when we spend time outdoors. The recommended daily amount of vitamin…

Give Thanks: Community Partners of Two Harbors
posted on Friday, Oct 21, 2016
By Amy Schmidt Community Partners in Two Harbors gives its community a lot of reasons to be thankful. Dedicated to helping those 60 and older not only stay in their homes, but to maintain independence while there, Community Partners has established itself as an organization intricate to a thriving community. “By 2030, 60 percent of Lake County’s population will be 60 or older,” says Taylor Holm, executive director of Community Partners. “Knowing this, we’re focused on ensuring our community has the capacity to allow our population to age well and as…

Navigating the Confusing World of Medical Insurance
posted on Friday, Oct 21, 2016
By Amy Schmidt For some, November means blaze orange and antlers. For others, it means drawing up the guest list for Thanksgiving and ordering the turkey. For Erin Watson, Mnsure navigator at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, it means open enrollment for the Mnsure program has begun. Open from Nov. 1 until Jan. 31, 2017, Mnsure’s open enrollment period is for all Minnesota residence who either need to change an existing insurance plan or sign up for the first time. Because all U.S. citizens and legal residents are required to have health insurance coverage (unless…

A Tough Disease with an Easy Solution
posted on Monday, Aug 29, 2016
By Amy Schmidt HPV is a short acronym for a really big deal. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that causes many of the preventable cancer deaths in our country. But, there’s hope. The HPV virus has an effective vaccine that is available to all youth, ages 11 to 26. HPV is a virus spread through sexual contact or intercourse. HPV is incredibly common; most people will come into contact with the virus at some point in their lives. However, many will never know they have it because, in…

Workplace Wellness: Better Health for the Employee and Business
posted on Monday, Aug 29, 2016
By Amy Schmidt Workplace wellness is a movement people in the work force may hear about. For many years, large and successful businesses have known that the health and wellbeing of their employees contributes to overall business success; when employees are healthier, businesses have less turnover, employees are more productive, and businesses thrive. While not a new concept in the business world, what is new about workplace wellness is that more resources are becoming available to assist medium and small businesses in communities throughout the state, including Cook County. Workplace…