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Head to the water and give kayaking a try!

  
  
  
kayaking family

Summer won’t stick around forever, so get out and take advantage of it! This past weekend I decided to take full advantage of the beautiful weather and headed out solo on the lower Wisconsin River for a three-day kayak trip. I started paddling Wednesday evening with all the essential gear in tote and managed to get about 10 miles downstream where I found a sandbar worth calling home for the night. 

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Three simple things you can do to make yourself a more productive employee

  
  
  
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Most people strive to be the best employee they can be day in and day out.  What if I told you that it may not be what you do at work, but what you don’t do that can help you be more creative and productive. 

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Have a wonderful, safe Fourth of July holiday!

  
  
  
Happy Fourth of July

The weather report for Independence Day in Wisconsin looks great! Enjoy some time with your family and friends as we honor the birth of our great nation.

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WPS loves to volunteer and give back to our communities

  
  
  
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Photo: 2014 WPS Tour de Cure team.

Here at WPS, we like to give back to the communities in which we do business in a variety of ways. This summer, we’ve been busy! Have you seen us around? Check out some of the awesome events we’ve had a hand in!

Is vaping the future of smoking?

  
  
  
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Is vaping just the latest fad or is it here to stay? Is it healthier than smoking a regular tobacco cigarette? These are questions the WPS Wellness Team and physicians around the country are hearing on a daily basis as electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), personal vaporizers (PVs), and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) gain in popularity. These devices use a heating element, also known as an atomizer, that vaporizes a liquid solution—typically a mixture of various chemicals, flavors, and nicotine—and help deliver that vapor to the user’s lungs. 

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Guys, are you too tough for your own good?

  
  
  
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June is Men’s Health Month. Too often, it seems that male-related awareness campaigns fail to gain the same media attention as those for our female counterparts. Every October, pink becomes the most popular accessory color for most professional athletes and workplaces. Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer and supporter in increasing awareness and funding across the board—I just feel that more attention could be spent on males. 

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Graduates, take a crash course in health insurance!

  
  
  
College graduates

Congratulations! You made it, graduate! The last four (or five … or six) years were hard. But you studied, did your homework, and now you’ve graduated!

How alcohol affects your health

  
  
  
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What do summer barbeques, city festivals, and that after-work softball league all have in common? Most likely, alcohol! Summer is a time when alcohol becomes a staple beverage at events across America. The temps increase, the days grow longer, and people take full advantage of the pleasant weather by sharing it with good company. When enjoyed responsibly, alcohol can have health advantages, but moderation is definitely a key.

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100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.

  
  
  
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Melanoma in Wisconsin is on the rise

  
  
  
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The American Academy of Dermatology has named May “Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month.” Melanoma accounts for only 5% of all skin cancers, but it causes the most skin cancer deaths. During the last 30 years, new cases of melanoma have steadily increased with an estimated 76,100 cases expected in 2014. Of those 76,100, about 13%—or 10,000 cases—will turn fatal. Melanoma affects people of all races and, unlike many other skin cancers, impacts young and old alike.

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