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Updated: February 21, 2013 6:26AM

Women and stress

Managing a job, a family and a house inevitably leads to a lot of stress in a woman’s life. While men and women are both affected by stress, women’s bodies react differently to it. Recognizing signs of stress from your body is the first step to dealing with it and staying on top of your health. As a mom myself, I understand how balancing all parts of life can be stressful and overwhelming sometimes.

The American Institute of Stress says that 75 to 90 percent of visits to doctors are for stress-related problems. But catching stress-related problems early can prevent more serious health conditions.

Take some time to schedule some stress-free time for yourself, or make an appointment with your physician to make sure there aren’t any other underlying conditions that could cause problems.

And if you get a chance, make some time to visit Valley West Community Hospital’s “This One’s For the Girls” women’s health event on Feb. 23 — it’s a day full of stress-free fun, health screenings and reminders about why it’s so important to take care of ourselves. You can find out more about the event at

Syeda Ali, MD

KishHealth Physician Group, Plano

Making Christmas bright

Once again, during December, area families and businesses opened their hearts and their wallets to help struggling families in Batavia enjoy a brighter Christmas. For the eighth year, Batavia United Way was pleased to coordinate the Adopt A Family program with the Batavia School District.

This is always an ambitious program; however, this year we doubled the number of families served. To do so, we reached out to the community and they responded generously.

We cannot thank the individuals, families, businesses and groups who helped provide gifts to 34 families this year enough. A sincere thank you goes to our supporters:

Batavia Container, Batavia High School Dance Team, Batavia Enterprises, Batavia MainStreet, Batavia Park District, Batavia School District, Batavia Women in Business, Boyce Body Werks, Chili’s Grill and Bar of Batavia, DS Containers, Dynamic Professional Women’s Network, First State Bank of Batavia, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, Gibby’s Wine Den, Heritage Woods of Batavia, ILoca Services, Kane County Chronicle, Kluber Architects & Engineers, Kohl’s of Batavia, Lighthouse Marketing, Physical Therapy Advantage, R. Mark Lee D.D.S., Sharratt Chiropractic, The Corvette Club, The Holmstad — and the many individuals and families who adopted a family or donated to this project

If we missed someone, we apologize. On behalf of the Batavia United Way’s Board of Directors, thank you once again with all our heart.

Kristen Johnson

Committee Chair

Batavia Enterprises

Rivers lose a friend

Our city lost a friend in December. Ralph Frese, environmentalist and businessman, who tirelessly promoted inland boating for much of his 86 years, will sail now in the memories of the many who used his custom made canoes.

Ralph promoted Illinois as a recreation destination. Said his wife, Rita, “He was interested in the environment and in keeping people home in Illinois. We have so many beautiful rivers and streams, people could paddle here for months at a time and not paddle the same area twice.”

Ralph visited Aurora many times. for the annual canoe race, and was a friend of “The Fox,” activist Jim Phillips. The North Branch of the Chicago River was renamed The Ralph Frese River Trail. I would like to propose that the city of Aurora name its canoe chute after this good citizen, as, The Ralph Frese Memorial Canoe Chute.

John Heinz


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