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Rotary hears how to beat winter blues

“How you think plus how feel equal how you act.” That was the message Dr. Paul Daniel began his remarks to Rotary with on the subject of mental health issues during the club’s Feb. 11 meeting.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that is more pronounced in the northern regions due to lack of sunshine. With 27 years of mental health experience in Marshalltown, Daniel’s observations confirm an upward trend of estimates that 25 percent of us are affected.

He talked about symptoms that, by themselves, affect us all. Mental health can be a neurological, genetic and chemical issue. Daniel provided some treatment ideas to improve symptoms. He specifically spent some time talking about Melatonin, a sleep-related hormone linked to depression.

The club presented Orpheum Theater Center Director Bob Untiedt with a check for some special programming coming up at the Orpheum. One reason people get involved in Rotary is to connect with people of all ages who take action.

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