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Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Core Products - Community Partner of the Year 2014

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Core Products

    Phil Mattison, Core Products International

    Phil Mattison, Core Products International

    Minnesota’s loss; Wisconsin’s gain

    Our next award is a new one for this year – Community Partner of the Year. There are many good choices around Osceola but Phil Mattison and Core Products stood out from the rest for the owner’s and company’s support of community non-profit entities such as the Osceola Medical Center, the OMC Health Foundation, The United Way and specifically, Wheels & Wings. Phil has served on the Osceola Airport Commission for 20 years but he DOES receive reimbursement for that – a whopping $25.00 a year. Since Phil has been on the commission, the airport has been expanded and the number of runways and hangars have doubled. Income has also increased. The commission also operates with a nearly balanced budget each year. Does anyone know the reason whether the commission breaks even on their budget each year or goes over? It’s the amount of snow. If there is less snow, the airport can be used more so income increases.

    Core Products was founded in 1988. Phil’s motivation to choose Osceola as Core’s headquarters was pure and simple – Wisconsin offered a much better business climate with tax incentives in place at the time than Minnesota. Over time, Phil also has come to highly respect the culture and people of our small town. He feels workers here are the best in all regards: they are highly educated, easy to communicate with, have the best work ethic, and they understand the importance of the quality of the product - all of which makes for a positive culture for work. Core Products currently employs a total of 120 employees in plants in Osceola, Chetek and Toronto, Canada. The Toronto company, Therapeutica was a competitor of Core Products and when the owners wanted to retire, Phil purchased the company. They are presently in the process of turning the company over to Core.

    Phil’s journey to his involvement with Wheels & Wings happened over the course of years. He took his first flying lesson at Osceola’s airport and has flown his own plane ever since. Phil has high praise for our airport. It has the best flight school in the area with Woody Minor as a Designated Examiner. This is a BIG deal for the airport reports Phil.

    Several years ago, Phil owned the hangar close to the main parking lot where the Wheels & Wings pancake breakfast was served. Phil was asked if he would allow the hangar to be used for the breakfast. He said sure. That first year, the pancake equipment blew every fuse in the place. The next year, Phil had the hangar rewired to accommodate all the equipment. The breakfast has continued to be a popular event and is still held in that hangar (even though Phil no longer owns it). In 2014, 800 plates of pancakes were served.

    Several years ago when Classic Motorbooks was sold and moved out of Osceola, Phil and Steve Mueller agreed to keep the car show part of Wheels & Wings going. They moved the car show up to the airport. The last year that Motorbooks sponsored the event, an air show was added. Extra ordinances were needed but it proved to be a very popular draw for Wheels & Wings attendees. That year they also wanted to add drag races but could not do that for liability reasons. The radar run was added instead. Now that is one of the most popular offerings at Wheels & Wings.

    Two years ago, Phil realized that more could be done with the air show. He attended the conference of the International Council of Air Shows and learned lots about air shows. For liability concerns, the air show needs to be run by a legal entity. This is why the Wheels & Wings Corp. was founded. Adaw Jarchow, from Baake Norman Law Office provided the legal work necessary and Wheels & Wings, Corp is now organized and has its 501(c) status. The Wheels & Wings Board of Directors includes one member representing the Osceola Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Osceola, Osceola Lion’s Club and the Osceola Airport Commission. The present board is Bob Wolf, ?????? Rod Turner, Bernie Desmarais. It is important to note that Phil is not on the board.

    Last year the Wheels & Wings board was organized but much work still needed to be done to actually host the event. There have been some growing pains with this transition from a small town event into a premier air show. Some are happy with the changes; some are unhappy but to keep the event going, more revenue is needed. 2014 saw an important sponsorship from Central Bank to help fund added traffic control, parking personnel and of course those porta potties. Over 8,000 people attended the event this year. Phil has high praise for Germaine (she is a godsend says Phil) for the hard work and skills she provides. Scott Lindahl is also in need of many thanks for stepping up and developing the new Wheels & Wings website. Thanks to you both.

    Wheels & Wings, Corp volunteers started meeting right away. There are board meetings, weekly meetings, steering committee meetings, and marketing committee meetings. This past year, at least one Wheel & Wings group was meeting every week. Wheels & Wings, Corp is a real entity now and will require more “care and feeding” moving forward but the people and interest are definitely there.

    So what’s the payoff for an event of this magnitude for our small town? Wheels & Wings brings about 10,000 potential customers in the Osceola area. This translates to about four times our population coming into town for one day. What other town can do that? Once people see what we have to offer, they have many reasons to come back. After all, we have great small town appeal, low crime, great schools and a great lifestyle here.

    Phil asks, “How good can we be as using this as an economic development tool?” People come, they stop in stores and restaurants. If you can get people to show up once, it’s much easier to get them to come back a second time. This is a great selling opportunity for Osceola. Demographics show that people who attend air shows are higher educated and have higher incomes. Attractive tax credits also make this a good time for new business in Wisconsin or for businesses to relocate. Phil feels “the airshow is a marketing tool like none other.”

    Phil states: “The Wheels & Wings airshow is how we can make the best Osceola we can make!”

    Many thanks Phil and Core Products for your support of our town and Wheels & Wings.

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  • Healthy Race Preparation Tips for Runners

    Posted on March 26, 2015 by Core Products

    With race season upon us, we compiled a few tips and recommendations for runners who are training or preparing for an upcoming event.

    Fuel your body with the right foods.

    To achieve peak performance, your body needs certain nutrients that will promote bone health and muscle functioning. Here are a few food items to fuel your system when training for a race:

    -  Eggs: The protein in eggs contains all of the critical amino acids that promote muscle recovery after strenuous exercise. Eggs are also a powerhouse for vitamin K, which is essential for maintaining healthy bones.

    -  Sweet Potatoes: Aside from a good source of vitamins A and C, sweet potatoes are rich with potassium, iron, manganese and copper, which are critical for healthy muscle functioning and in turn, help strengthen performance during training and on race day.

    -  Oranges: If you don’t like this vitamin C-packed citrus fruit, consider taking the vitamin in supplement form. Vitamin C has been proven to alleviate muscle soreness after a challenging workout.

    Invest in a pair of properly fitted, supportive running shoes.

    If you’re not already an avid runner, you may not realize the importance of the quality of shoe you train and race in. Not only does proper fit and support matter for comfort and performance; running in old or unsupportive shoes can lead to injury. Get fitted and evaluated by an establishment that specializes in running shoes.

    Don’t skimp on stretching.

    One of the key tips to injury prevention is spending an adequate amount of time stretching after a run. If you have any particularly tight areas, consider getting a massage to relieve the tension, as ignoring it will only increase the likelihood of pulling a muscle.

    Leave yourself a recovery day.

    It can be easy to get carried away in the face of an upcoming race and overstrain your body with long runs and strenuous workouts. However, doing so has more potential to harm than help, as your muscles need sufficient time to recover in order to function at peak performance.

    Incorporate core strength and conditioning into your training plan.

    This is especially important for new runners or people who are pushing new distances. If your body isn’t in proper shape and you push too hard too quickly, there is an increased likelihood that you will only end up injuring yourself. Build up slowly, and work in muscle building exercises for your core to support your running performance and prevent injury.

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  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) Tips for Pain Relief

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by Core Products

    Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly known as TMD, TMJ or TMJD, is a group of jaw conditions that causes many of its sufferers a great deal of pain.

    The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull and helps you move your jaw. TMD occurs when there is a dysfunction of the connective joints. Symptoms often include:

    -  Pain around your face, jaw or neck area when you chew, talk or open your mouth wide (yawning)
    -  A “locked” jaw feeling
    -  Clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth
    -  Swelling on the side of the face

    Professionals are unsure what causes TMD but contributing factors include grinding teeth at night, clenching down and physical trauma to the jaw (e.g. from an accident or fight).

    Since little is still known about the disorder’s causes, treatments can be challenging. Studies have shown that about 20% of Americans suffer from TMD and most of them are female. There are currently no FDA approved medications specifically for TMD but over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like naproxen or ibuprofen, can help relieve some discomfort and swelling.

    If you are having pain and think you may be suffering from TMD, visit your dentist or physician.

    In the meantime, try these self-care habits to help alleviate some of the discomfort.

    -  Eat soft foods
    -  Apply an ice pack or moist heat every 15 minutes (15 on/15 off)
    -  Avoid gum chewing
    -  Avoid wide yawning
    -  Find techniques for relaxing and reducing stress
    -  Try not to let your teeth touch top to bottom as much as you can to relax your jaw
    -  Don’t rest your chin on your hand
    -  If you play contact sports, wear a mouth guard

    Your dentist may prescribe stronger pain anti-inflammatory medications such as muscle relaxants if they feel it is necessary. The most common medical recommendation is an oral appliance or bite guard that you can obtain from your dentist. The bite guard is used at night while sleeping to prevent clamping down or grinding the teeth. When clenched all night the muscles around your joint can become quite inflamed and cause great pain upon waking up.

    Surgical procedures such as jaw replacement and bite realignments have been explored and are practiced by some doctors. Be aware that these procedures are quite controversial and tend to have high risk of complications and irreversible damage.

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  • Dealing with Back Pain

    Posted on March 18, 2015 by Core Products

    Back pain is no minor problem. If you’re experiencing continuous back pain schedule a visit with your doctor as soon as possible.

    For chronic back pain sufferers there are a few options to take that your doctor will probably recommend. The first is a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory to help manage any pain.

    Physical therapy is often beneficial for back pain caused by a pinched nerve. Exercises with the guidance of a professional PT will help strengthen the back and/or core muscles. Taking care of these muscles should help take some of the pressure off of one’s spine and the nerve causing an issue.

    Another option for back pain sufferers is to consider wearing a back brace. Core Products offers a number of back relief options. If you find yourself sitting for long periods of time, a back brace might not be a realistic option. However, something like attaching better lumbar support back cushions to your office chair is a great alternative.

    If something is seriously wrong surgery might be the recommended path. Again, minor back pain? First try some over the counter options to see if it’s a one-time, passing issue. Continuous or sharp, piercing back pain? Please see a doctor.

    No one should have to deal with crippling back pain for the rest of their lives. There are plenty of options available to provide relief from chronic back pain and everyone here at Core Products is more than willing to help you find what’s right for you and your back.

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  • Running After a Winter Hiatus

    Posted on March 14, 2015 by Core Products

    Winter’s grasp on much of the country is finally fading. It’s almost to the point where many people will begin to run again and make their way outside.

    Coming back from a hiatus is very similar to when you’re coming back from an injury. This time, however, it’s self-induced and not because of being hurt. Chances are it simply either too cold outside or there was limited sunlight to help keep you motivated after a long day at work. If you avoided treadmills like the plague to keep up with your running this winter we have a few tips to get you back in the swing of things this spring.

    Here are a few things to consider before heading out the door and attempting to PR in this weekend’s local 5K:

    -  It’s going to take time. Our bodies lose a large chunk of our aerobic fitness after a few months of no running or working out. We become less efficient in how we use oxygen and our muscles lose significant strength after just a few days of not working out.

    -  Start by walking. Oftentimes as runners we think we can just back to the regular routine. If you don’t move around a lot during the winter months walking your routes could prove crucial in getting back to your normal routine.

    -  Lengthen your warm-up. Taking extra time with your warm-up (and cool down, for that matter) will help protect your muscles and joints from injury.

    -  GO SLOW. Start slowly when making a comeback to running after taking time off. Your body isn’t mechanically used to the rigors of running and won’t be ready to sprint out the door for an extended period of time. Easing back in to higher intensity runs will decrease the chances of injury and being forced to hang up your running shoes for a period of time.

    -  Take longer breaks. Your body will require longer recovery times between runs. Waiting 2-3 days between runs early on is a great way for your body’s muscles, bones and connective tissues to

    Stay safe and smart when venturing back into the world from your running hibernation!

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  • Is Adding Peanut Butter to Your Diet a Healthy Choice?

    Posted on March 11, 2015 by Core Products

    Peanut butter is a popular food paste usually spread on sandwiches or used as a dip. It’s a great source of protein, but many brands add in extra sugars to enhance the peanut butter flavor. This causes some brands of peanut butter to be healthier than others.

    Incorporating peanut butter into your diet has the ability to impact your overall health. Peanut butter can help with weight loss or gain, and can even help to build muscle strength. Read the below ways peanut butter can help you!

    - To Gain Weight

    Gaining weight may not be for everyone, but peanut butter is high in calories due to different ingredients used by brands. Peanut butter also provides nutritional value to your diet and can be a great add-on to any meal as a complement to some dishes.

    - To Build Muscle Strength

    Peanut butter is high in protein which helps to build and restore muscles. Protein is a key component to building muscle strength and by consuming peanut butter you are able to increase your body’s protein levels.

    - To Lose Weight

    Losing weight is hard for some people but can be a breeze for others. Everyone is different and everyone loses weight in a different way. However, the concept to follow when trying to drop a few pounds is to ensure you are consuming fewer calories or burning off more calories with exercise than needed for your daily nutritional intake. Therefore, when you focus on changing your diet it’s important to begin by adding healthier food choices. Peanut butter is a healthy option for individuals looking to lose weight if consumed in moderation.

    Peanut butter contains complex carbohydrates and is high in protein. According to Diane Rodriguez from Everyday Health, “Complex carbohydrates are considered "good" because of the longer series of sugars that make them up and take the body more time to break down. They generally have a lower glycemic load, which means that you will get lower amounts of sugars released at a more consistent rate — instead of peaks and valleys —to keep you going throughout the day.” (1)


    (1) http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/101/nutrition-basics/good-carbs-bad-carbs.aspx

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  • 5 Tips for Avoiding Runner’s Knee

    Posted on March 5, 2015 by Core Products

    If you’re a frequent runner, you’re most likely familiar with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), or runner’s knee as we like to call it. The stress of running can cause major irritation where the kneecap rests on the thighbone. We’ve rounded up five tips for avoiding those sharp and sudden pains associated with Runner’s Knee.

    1. Run on softer surfaces like grass, woodland trails, sand, or even snow. Different surfaces provide a different impact on your joints. If you’re constantly running on sidewalks and paved roads consider mixing in some of those other surfaces or trading in a few outdoor runs for treadmill sessions.
    2. Make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for your foot type and gait. Here’s a good rule of thumb—if they hurt in your living room, they will definitely hurt on the road. Additionally, when trying on new shoes, it’s best to do it in the evening after your feet swell a little over the course of a day.
    3. Strengthening your quadriceps and stretching your hamstrings and calves will prevent over pronation.
    4. Cut back on mileage and knee-bending activities—by lessening the knee’s workload, the faster you can heal!
    5. Look to Core Products Wraparound Neoprene Knee Support. For minor strains, sprains and arthritic conditions, the soft lining allows for adjustable comfort and compression. This item features internal spiral stays to increase medial and lateral support and repositionable felt buttress pad help patellar tracking.

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  • It’s time to SPRING ahead… 5 Tips to Successfully Adjust to Daylight Savings Time

    Posted on March 2, 2015 by Core Products

    On Sunday, March 8, 2015 clocks in the United States will be adjusted forward one hour to begin Daylight Saving Time (DST).

    Are you ready for spring? Are you excited for longer hours of sunlight? But, the real question is: are you prepared to adjust your human body clock forward? If you’re ready for spring and longer hours of sunlight but have not prepared yourself for the time changes, we have provided the tips below just for you!

    Tips to prepare for Daylight Savings Time:

    • Set an alarm with reminder alerts for March 8th to remind you of the upcoming time change.
    • Set forward any clocks, watches or timers that are not automatically able to change for DST before you go to bed, so that you are reading the correct time in the morning (after the early-morning change takes place).
    • One to two weeks before DST change your meal times one hour later than your normal schedule. For example, if you eat dinner at 5pm normally then start having dinner at 6pm.
    • Begin going to bed one hour later than your normal schedule one to two weeks before DST.
    • On a weekend or a during day that you can afford to sleep in, set your alarm one hour later than your normal time to see how you feel in the morning with the added hour of sleep. If you feel too tired or over-rested adjust your sleeping schedule accordingly.

    By following the above tips you should be able to easily transition to the new time changes after DST! Enjoy the spring time!

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