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The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleep impacts our ability to function during the day and overtime this can impact our quality of life and lead to chronic health conditions. The link between poor sleep and weight gain happens because sleep regulates the hormones that tell us when we are hungry and signals when we are full. When our sleep is disrupted, it can cause us to eat more and to crave junk food. 

Getting enough sleep is also important for mental health, a strong immune system and balanced emotions. Sleepiness during the day puts people at higher risk of falling. 

We each need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Waking up during the night is okay, as long as you are able to fall back asleep . The quantity and quality of sleep is what’s important. 

So, how can we improve our sleep?

* Use your bedroom for sleep only. No TV, computers, smart phones. Keep the temperature comfortable

* Have an evening of routine. Stop using technology at a certain time of the night and listen to relaxing music or journal. 

* Limit foods and beverages (i.e., caffeinated drinks and alcohol) after dinner – as those can keep you up longer.

* Be physically active every day and get outside. Exercising in the morning can improve your mood and gives you energy to go all day.

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2021 OBT Grant Received

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Otto Bremer Trust awards

Faith in Action of Marathon County

Recently, more than $1.5 million in grants were awarded to organizations in Wisconsin from Otto Bremer Trust (  Faith in Action of Marathon County (FIAMC) is extremely humbled and blessed to receive funding as a portion of those grants.

The funds received will help our organization connect seniors with volunteers through investments in online technology, as well as, ongoing operating costs, allowing FIAMC to enhance senior services and extend our footprint in North-Central Wisconsin.


You’re not a fan of flossing

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Do you roll your eyes when your dentist tells you to floss? You may want to give it a whirl. “Poor oral hygiene can lead to the buildup of bacteria in the mouth, leading to inflammation of the gums [gingivitis], which if left untreated can lead to a chronic infection called periodontitis,” says Hara. A 2022 study found that poor periodontal health and tooth loss appear to increase the risk of both cognitive decline and dementia. “Bacteria and the inflammatory mediators can make their way from the mouth into the bloodstream and into the brain,” says Hara. Additional research found that people missing many teeth have a 48 percent higher risk of cognitive impairment and a 28 percent higher risk of dementia. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes per session, flossing daily, limiting sugary beverages and snacks, and keeping up with dentist appointments.

Faith in Action of Marathon County provides transportation to medical appointments. Call us at 715-848-8783 or download an Application from our website: to get set up as a Care-Receiver or Volunteer for our transportation services – today. 

Faith in Action of Marathon County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides supportive services, at NO CHARGE, to Marathon County residents age 60 and over, regardless of income, religious belief, race, or ethnic background.


Wausau Outlet Store Donation

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We want to thank the Wausau Outlet store as they donated a portion of their proceeds from February to Faith in Action of Marathon County. Please take a look at what Wausau Outlet offers and support their business. Businesses like Wausau Outlet Store and many others in our community help Faith in Action continue serving our seniors in Marathon County.

Are you 60 or older and need rides to the doctor or grocery store? Are you lonely and want to chat or play cards with someone? You can call us at 715-848-8783 to get connected with our NO CHARGE services. 



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Even if genetics put you at risk for a stroke, maintaining a few healthy lifestyle choices can significantly lower your chances of experiencing one. That’s the finding of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

People who have maintained good cardiovascular health “could potentially slash that risk [of stroke] by a significant amount,” says Myriam Fornage, an author of the paper and a professor at the Center for Human Genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Specifically, the study looked at the effect of following life’s simple 7, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) prescription for heart health:

1. Stop smoking
2. Eat better
3. Get active
4. Lose weight
5. Manage blood pressure
6. Control cholesterol
7. Reduce Blood Sugar

Did you know Faith in Action of Marathon County provides  NO CHARGE RIDES to those who qualify? Give our office a call at 715-848-8783. 

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10 Foods You Can Eat Without Gaining Weight

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When trying to lose weight, you cut calories, fat, carbs, and anything sweetened with sugar or dipped in a deep fryer. But dieting doesn’t have to require deprivation. Many foods can still be a part of your dining repertoire. Some members of the Produce Family are so light in calories and fat that you can eat them with abandon. Well, here are 10 healthy foods you can eat without gaining weight. Indulge in these to your heart’s content, along with a balanced diet. 

1. Celery

2. Lettuce

3. Watermelon

4. Broccoli and Cauliflower

5. Grapefruit. 

6. Mushrooms

7. Berries (strawberries, blueberries & blackberries)

8. Kiwi

9. Carrots

10. Spinach and Kale



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Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve sends visual information from your eye to your brain and is vital for good vision. Damage to the optic nerve is often related to high pressure in your eye. But glaucoma can happen even with normal eye pressure. You’re considered at high risk if at least one of these conditions applies to you:

  • You have diabetes
  • You have a family history of glaucoma
  • You’re African American and age 50 or older
  • You’re Hispanic and age 65 or older

Symptoms may include:

  • Gradually, patchy blind spots in your side vision. Side vision also is known as peripheral vision
  • Blurred vision

For more information or questions, please contact your eye care provider.