August 30, 2012



Guest: Theodore E. Weltzin, M.D., Medical Director of Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital

"Denial and concealment of eating disorders occur almost universally. Yet up to 10 million Americans are affected every year, and these disorders represent some of the most difficult psychiatric illnesses to treat," says Theodore E. Welztin, M.D., Medical Director of Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital. A specialist in the field of eating disorders, Dr. Weltzin assures listeners that much has been learned over the past 25 years, and evidence-based treatments are resulting in successful outcomes for those whose lives are compromised by an eating disorder.

On this program, Dr. Weltzin discusses how eating disorders develop and describes the differences between anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other anxiety disorders that can also be present. While eating disorders typically affect females, males make up as much as 25 percent of those who suffer from these disorders, and their symptoms can differ.

A national leader in the treatment of eating disorders, Rogers Memorial Hospital, with locations in Oconomowoc, Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha and Brown Deer, has separate treatment programs for male and female mature and young adults, adolescents and children.

For more information, go to or call 800-767-4411.

August 24, 2012


Guests: Shannon Barry, Executive Director, DAIS: Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Sara Finger, Executive Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health

Why was August 1, 2012 such an important day for Wisconsin women?

"We announced the capital campaign to build a critically-needed new shelter for victims of domestic violence in Dane County," says Shannon Barry, executive director of DAIS: Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. "One in four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime. The need continues to grow."

"August 1 was a day of celebration for women's health," says Sara Finger, executive director of Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health. "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, all new plans will have to cover additional preventive health screenings for women without co-pays or deductibles - including well woman visits; screening for gestational diabetes; FDA-approved contraception methods and counseling; breastfeeding support and supplies, and domestic violence screening and counseling."

On this program, Shannon and Sara come together to discuss women's preventive care, how domestic abuse is a health care issue, and how health screenings and early intervention can prevent crises and promote wellness in all areas of life.

For more information, go to and www.supportwomenshealth


August 17, 2012


Guest: Sarah White, Personal Historian
Owner, First Person Productions

Before you say, "I couldn't do that!" listen to this program and hear personal historian, Sarah White, describe just how to go about writing your own history. "It's been said that writing an autobiography is like chocolate for the brain," says Sarah. Scientists have found evidence that looking back in time engages many parts of the brain and can improve your well being and your overall health.

Sarah White shares Dr. Gene Cohen's assertion that there are five activities we need in our lives to boost our brain power: Mental Exercise; Aerobic Physical Exercise; Challenging Leisure Activities; Strong Social Networks, and Mastery. "Writing your memoir," said Sarah, "addresses at least three of them," and she makes a case for all five.

Why write a memoir? To leave a record of your life; To enjoy a new hobby; To sharpen memory; To find new insights; To celebrate life and all it offers. Functioning as a memoir writing coach, Sarah guides people to write their own stories as your finished gift to the future.

Madison Magazine gives you a chance to give it a try right now. Start with a brief sketch and it may just win you the opportunity to have your story expanded and transformed into a beautiful book through Madison Magazine's "Remember When?" contest. Visit for the complete rules.

For more information on writing your personal history, go to


August 11, 2012


Guest: Frank Byrne, M.D., president of St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin

What is an Accountable Care Organization, and why are Dean Clinic and St. Mary's Hospital joining together to become one?

Dean and St. Mary's are among 89 new ACOs named by the federal government that are, in essence, partnering with Medicare and have agreed to gain or lose money through Medicare payments based on their quality scores, efficiency and cost. "We've made a commitment to move from volume to value," said Dr. Frank Byrne, St. Mary's president. This program is part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and rewards keeping patients healthy while lowering costs. Joining Dr. Byrne in leading this initiative is Dr. Craig Samitt, Dean Health Systems CEO.

Based on the principles of Prevention, Care Team Coordination, Electronic Records, Evidence-based Treatment and Day or Night Access, Dr. Byrne shares details of this new approach to receiving Medicare payments. 

August 3, 2012


Guest: Robert Kraig, Ph.D., Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin 

The Affordable Care Act is now the law of the land, but has the politics of it gotten in the way of you understanding just what is?

On this program, Robert Kraig describes the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, explains just what it means to have access to health care under the provisions of this major legislation, how you may particularly benefit, and what Wisconsin is and is not doing to implement the new law.

While some benefits are already in place, the full implementation of the law does not go into effect until 2014. That is when the state Health Insurances Exchanges must be in place and will offer private plans that do not exclude people with pre-existing conditions and provide a list of benefits including: Ambulatory patient services; Emergency services; Hospitalization; Maternity and newborn care; Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; Prescription drugs; Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; Laboratory services; Preventive and wellness services; Chronic disease management, and Pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

The Walker Administration has so far not begun the process of setting up Wisconsin's Health Insurance Exchanges nor accepted the additional federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

For the facts on health care reform and its impact on Wisconsin, listen to this program and go to where you will find a broad overview of all aspects of the law in consumer-friendly language.