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Wellness Wednesday

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Every Wednesday The Current’s Morning Show host Jill Riley connects with experts and local personalities for some real talk about keeping our minds and bodies healthy—from staying safe in the music scene, to exercising during a pandemic, to life coaching and personal journaling.

Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley, and produced by Anna Weggel and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song “F.B. One Number 2” by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License.

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Covid-19 vaccines for kids

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When will Covid-19 vaccines be approved for children under 12? How do we know they will be safe? Pediatrician Jill Foster tells Jill Riley how the approval process works, and what the expected timeline looks like right now. Read more

ADHD Awareness Month

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ADHD is often associated with children, which makes it all the more important to understand the symptoms and treatment options for the many adults who also experience challenges with attention and executive functioning. Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley; and produced by Christy Taylor and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song 'F.B. One Number 2' by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License. Head to thecurrent.org for more wellness content and great music. Read more

Jason Isbell on the importance of sensory inclusivity

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After realizing that some music fans with invisible disabilities weren't able to attend concerts, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell became involved with an organization called KultureCity, which works to accommodate different sensory needs in public spaces. He joined Jill Riley to talk about what that means, and why it's important. Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley; and produced by Christy Taylor and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song 'F.B. One Number 2' by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License. Head to thecurrent.org for more wellness content and great music. Read more

The ongoing effort to reduce violence against women

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Even as we fight to end the Covid-19 pandemic, an ongoing pandemic of violence against women continues around the world. Cheryl Thomas, of Global Rights for Women, joins Jill Riley to share some perspective and advice. Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley; and produced by Christy Taylor and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song 'F.B. One Number 2' by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License. Head to thecurrent.org for more wellness content and great music. Read more

The lasting effects of Covid-19 stress

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Dr. Mustafa al'Absi tells Jill Riley that he expects the cumulative effects of the stress we've all experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic to be serious and long-lasting. There are steps we can take, though, to reduce those effects. Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley; and produced by Christy Taylor and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song 'F.B. One Number 2' by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License. Head to thecurrent.org for more wellness content and great music. Read more

Supporting veterans' mental health

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The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, just before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, has been hard for many veterans to watch. Eric Wittenberg, an Army veteran and suicide prevention coordinator with the Minneapolis VA, tells Jill Riley about resources that are available to help with veterans' mental health. Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley; and produced by Christy Taylor and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song 'F.B. One Number 2' by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License. Head to thecurrent.org for more wellness content and great music. Read more

World Suicide Prevention Day

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Leading up to World Suicide Prevention Day, Jill Riley spoke with psychiatrist Kaz Nelson about what we can do to help prevent suicide - and where help is available. Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley; and produced by Christy Taylor and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song 'F.B. One Number 2' by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License. Head to thecurrent.org for more wellness content and great music. Read more

Inside First Avenue's vaccination policy

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When First Avenue announced in early August that vaccination would be required for entry to all shows, it was in the forefront of what has become an industry trend. Jill Riley talked with First Avenue's marketing director Ashley Ryan about how the policy's working in practice. Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley; and produced by Christy Taylor and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song 'F.B. One Number 2' by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License. Head to thecurrent.org for more wellness content and great music. Read more

Supporting students as they return to school in a pandemic

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Much as we hoped it would be different, students from preschoolers to collegiates are returning to in-person learning with a pandemic that continues to rage. How can we support our students and be mindful of their mental as well as physical health? Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley; and produced by Christy Taylor and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song 'F.B. One Number 2' by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License. Head to thecurrent.org for more wellness content and great music. Read more

Dealing with feelings of anger and resentment as the pandemic continues

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into a second fall, many people who have been vaccinated are feeling anger and frustration toward those who've chosen not to get the shot. Jill Riley talks with psychiatrist Sophia Albott about how people can process their feelings in ways that don't do more harm than good. Wellness Wednesday is hosted by Jill Riley; and produced by Christy Taylor and Jay Gabler. Our theme music is a portion of the song 'F.B. One Number 2' by Christian Bjoerklund under the Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 International License. Head to thecurrent.org for more wellness content and great music. Read more

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