Wediko Blog

Tony Marino Retires!

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After nearly 20 years of service in the Ames dining hall & kitchen, Tony Marino is heading into retirement this weekend.  As Phil Lovejoy, Facilities Manager, noted in an appreciation speech, Tony is one of only 3 head cooks the School Program has had since it’s inception (in 1989).  Tony began at Wediko in December... Read more

Minimizing the side effects of medication with nutrition and exercise

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ChooseMyPlate

Individuals who suffer from chronic mental illness are typically supported by various medications throughout their lives. As providers, we are responsible for managing the pros and cons of medication with our patients and families; improved quality of life and daily functioning vs. the side effects of weight gain, elevated glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides. We need to... Read more

Realizing Your Mantra: A Boston Marathon Post-Race Reflection

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Your Miles Matter

Running the Boston Marathon is no easy feat. Training your body to endure so much, along with training your mind to keep pushing, does not come naturally.  Having run the marathon many times, I always encourage others to develop a personal mantra for the race. This should be something that can drive your forward even... Read more

Summer Spotlight: Counting the Days

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Today, May 5, 2015, marks: 46 days until students arrive for the 2015 Wediko Summer Program and 271 days since I last dipped my feet into Black Pond, did cartwheels on Otter field, or played James Bond with the boys in the Arthur Ashe cabin (aka my Double A boys). Yes, those are the exact numbers and no, I’m... Read more

Q&A: Wediko welcomes Mik Oyler, M.Ed., as Director of the Wediko Summer Program

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Mik Oyler, M.Ed., Wediko Summer Program Director

Wediko Children’s Services is proud to welcome Miklos “Mik” Oyler, M.Ed. as the new Director of the Wediko Summer Program. Mik comes to Wediko with a passion for empowering youth, dedication to facilitating healthy staff culture, and a history of strengthening clinical programming. From holding a Master of Education in Psychology from Springfield College to more... Read more

National Autism Awareness Month: A Wediko Connection

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Like so many others, my first exposure to clinical work was my first summer at Wediko.  I encountered a diverse population of both staff and children and, in addition, was introduced to children with a variety of needs.  Along with many of the challenges a first-year staff experiences and overcomes in their first summer, one... Read more

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