April 20, 2014

BE SAFE; HAVE FUN; ADULTS - LEARN TO SWIM FROM OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST MISTY HYMAN


Guest:  Misty Hyman, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist - 200m Butterfly


April is "Adult Learn-To-Swim Month," a nationwide campaign launched by the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to reduce the number of adult drownings. The majority of drowning victims today are adults, and a few simple tips can turn a non-swimmer into someone who can be safe, become fit, and have fun in the water.

On this program, Olympic Gold Champion Misty Hyman, shares her personal story and teaches us how to perform the free style, back stroke, breast stroke and butterfly. Your arms and legs will be moving as you listen to Misty's step-by-step instructions.

No one is too old to learn to swim or improve their swimming skills.  Go to the U.S. Masters Swimming Organization website for more information - www.usms.org.



April 9, 2014

FROM PRESCRIPTIONS PAINKILLERS TO HEROIN: AN UNSUSPECTING AND DANGEROUS PROGRESSION

Guests:  Matthew Felgus, MD, board certified in addiction medicine and psychiatry;  Vanessa, a UW student recovering from addition


You've just been prescribed a painkiller - for pain! How could you possibly become addicted? What could possibly cause you to turn to heroin? With the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the spotlight has turned to the alarming numbers of people becoming addicted to prescription painkillers and then moving to heroin.

On this program, Dr. Matthew Felgus and Vanessa, a UW student who has suffered from addiction and been sober for the past 15 months, share their expertise and personal experience in exposing the dangerous world of opiate addiction.

To contact Dr. Felgus, call 608-257-1581.  Vanessa suggests googling Young People In Recovery to understand the risk factors and signs leading to addiction and to seek help. 

March 31, 2014

MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: LET THE PAST GUIDE OUR FUTURE

Guest:  Jocelyn Riley, independent producer, writer, owner - Her Own Words, LLC

March is Women's History Month. On this program, Jocelyn Riley, takes us back in history to tell the real stories of women who have carved our past. Hear the story of Belle Case La Follette and her zealous appeal to give women the vote. Hear the poignant story of a Norwegian pioneer woman as she packs to leave home forever to create a new life in America. Applaud the physical and mental strength of women as they move into non-traditional careers. Join us as we CELEBRATE WOMEN.

For information on Her Own Words DVD's, go to www.herownwords.com

March 25, 2014

FACING THE MARCH 31 DEADLINE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT


Guest:  Donna Friedsam, Health Policy Programs Director, UW Population Health Institute



The full implementation of the Affordable Care Act is in its first year, and the deadline for enrolling in the health insurance marketplace is March 31st. On this program, Donna Friedsam, Health Policy Programs Director for the UW Population Health Institute, takes the conversation from there - explaining the deadlines, when coverage begins for whom, and what special enrollment periods are built into the Act. She describes the penalties and exceptions, what "keeping your plan" means, the options employers have for providing health care coverage, and the preliminary numbers of people who are moving from uninsured to the Marketplace, from BadgerCare to the Marketplace, and from uninsured into BadgerCare.

To apply for health insurance or BadgerCare through the Marketplace, go to www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 by March 31st.

March 20, 2014

NUTRITIOUS FOOD IS GOOD MEDICINE: MARCH FOR MEALS HIGHLIGHTS SENIOR NUTRITION

Guest:  Linda Lane, Chief Operating Officer, Registered Dietician, and Coordinator, Evening Meals on Wheels - Independent Living, Inc.

March is National Nutrition Month and March for Meals. On this program, Linda Lane talks about how important good nutrition is for all of us and the importance of good nutrition for seniors. Food is medicine, and depending on what we eat or don't include in our diets, our health is affected.  Good nutrition is one of the factors that can keep people healthy after being released from the hospital and can thwart unnecessary readmissions. What are the barriers for seniors eating well, and what help is available to provide seniors and those challenged with making nutritious meals with a well-balanced, healthy meal?

Independent Living's Evening Meals on Wheels and other noon Meals on Wheels programs are available to provide nutritious, delicious meals to those who would not otherwise have them. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated including vegetarian, diabetic and gluten-free requirements. Nutritious food helps sustain healthy living!

For information on volunteering to help with the Evening Meals on Wheels program or to inquire about having meals delivered, call 204-0923, or go to www.IndependentLivingInc.org.

March 11, 2014

DAIS - JUST A MILLION MILES FROM HOME

Guest:  Shannon Barry, Executive Director, DAIS - Domestic Abuse Intervention Services


On this program, Shannon Barry describes how domestic violence impacts us all - affecting the health of the victim, the family, the workplace and the community. Once considered "out of sight, out of mind," DAIS is taking the domestic abuse conversation out of the shadows and publicly addressing this growing scar in our society.

About 1/3 of cases referred to the Dane County District Attorney's office by local law enforcement agencies are domestic violence related. You will learn about LEAP - the Law Enforcement Advocate Partnership - that will be city wide by the end of summer.

And DAIS is just a million dollars away from opening the doors of the new DAIS Emergency Shelter this summer. This Shelter will provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence and will serve the community as an education and advocacy center.  For more information on the JUST A MILLION MILES FROM HOME Campaign or for information related to domestic abuse issues, go to abuseintervention.org.

NOTE: The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace is March 31. Go to Healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to review your options and complete an application. For assistance, go to e4healthwi.org.

Also, the BadgerCare Plus Benchmark and Core Plans end on March 31. New BadgerCare rules apply to enroll in the new plans going into effect on April 1, 2014. Contact the Health Insurance Marketplace if you are unsure whether or not you are eligible for BadgerCare. The Marketplace will direct you to where you belong.

March 4, 2014

MONITORING YOUR FINANCIAL MATTERS: CREDIT REPORTS, CREDIT CARD SECURITY AND MORE...

Guest:  Daryll Lund, President/CEO, Community Bankers of Wisconsin

How does our credit status play a role in our overall financial picture? On this program, Daryll Lund describes how monitoring our credit can protect us from identity and financial theft and how easy it is for each of us to obtain our credit report - at no charge. Also, hear the latest on financial scams, new mortgage rules and more.

For a free copy of your credit report from all three credit bureaus, go to www.annualcreditreport.org.

February 26, 2014

EATING DISORDERS: A SERIOUS CONDITION NOT TO BE IGNORED

Guest:  Tracey Cornella-Carlson, MD, Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital

Eating disorder behaviors have been increasing in children and adolescents.  On this program, Dr. CC (as she is known) discusses some of the reasons behind these behaviors, the warning signs parents should look for, and what parents should do if they suspect their child has an eating disorder.

The Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital are nationally-recognized and offer evidence-based in-patient and out-patient treatment for anorexia, bulimia and associated behaviors.  More information is available at www.rogershospital.org. 

February 19, 2014

BE SAFE AT HOME AND INDEPENDENT, TOO

GUESTS:  Janet Bollig, M.S.S.W., Senior Business Development Specialist and Myrna Peterson M.S.S.W., SAFE at Home Program Supervisor - Home Health United

Maintaining control over our lives is a goal we all have.  On this program, you will learn how people can become empowered to remove the obstacles that threaten independence.  Having open communication with family and the medical community, planning ahead, and knowing what services we are entitled to are just some of the ways we can advocate for ourselves.

For more information, go to HomeHealthUnited.org, or call 1-877-356-4514.

February 13, 2014

AN UPDATE ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN WISCONSIN


GUEST:  Emma Hynes, Health Policy Expert and former Population Health Service Fellow

With March 31, the last day of open enrollment on the federal health insurance exchange - www.healthcare.gov - looming around the corner, what is the status of enrollment? What confusions still persist, and what do people need to know now about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act?

On this program, Emma Hynes describes Wisconsin's response to the Affordable Care Act and upcoming issues and opportunities that exist for Wisconsin to make improvements toward its goal to provide insurance coverage to the uninsured.

For information on the Affordable Care Act and to investigate and enroll in coverage, go to the federally-facilitated marketplace, www.healthcare.gov. Other information is available at www.E4healthwi.org.