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Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Organizers of a men’s health event Thursday said it give will give attendees a chance to improve their health and their golf game.

"Less than half of all men have seen their primary doctor in the last year, despite being at higher risk for heart disease and some cancers simply for being a man," said Dr. Christopher Harkin, family medicine physician at Meriter Stoughton. "If men are going to avoid the clinic, we'll happily meet them at the golf course."

Tee Up for Men's Health will be at Blackhawk Country Club and include golf swing analysis, casual conversation with a variety of specialists from Meriter Medical Group, Meriter-UnityPoint Health said. 

The event includes a three-course dinner and a chance to win $5,000 during a putting contest. It runs from 6-8 p.m. The putting contest begins after dinner.

To register for the $25 golf clinic, visit meriter.com/classes.

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Toxic algae spotted on Lake Mendota

Toxic algae spotted on Lake Mendota

Toxic algae were spotted on Lake Mendota near the University of Wisconsin campus and in Lake Waubesa, according to a release from UW officials.

Officials said cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae blooms, were spotted Tuesday in the area of Memorial Union and Hoofers.

The public is urged to avoid contact with the algae and not swim at night when the blooms can?t be seen.

The algae blooms occur when there is little wind and hot temperatures combined with lake nutrients.

Symptoms of a reaction to algae blooms include eye, throat, nose or skin irritation, and vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can happen between several hours and a few days after being exposed.

New therapy center offers tours

New therapy center offers tours

An open house at a new physical therapy clinic will offer a look at the facility and a chance to win prizes. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health said it will host the open house at its new Therapy Central clinic, 1414 S. Park St., on Wednesday.

The open house from 4-6 p.m. will give the community a chance to tour the new location, meet therapy staff, enjoy refreshments and enter to win fitness prizes.

The new building at 1414 S. Park St. combines a variety of therapies and services that were previously located within Meriter Hospital and at the 1 S. Park facility, Meriter officials said. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health also offers therapy services at Meriter Hospital and clinics in Madison, DeForest-Windsor, Monona and Middleton.

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season is off to an annoying start in northern Wisconsin, where the problem has been so bad that one canoeing company has been turning away customers rather than sending them out on a bug-infested river.

Fortunately, though, the rest of the summer might not be so bad. A Madison entomologist said early indications suggest this season may end up being no worse than usual, and that standard precautions might be enough to keep the pesky critters away.

Some hardware stores up north have been having trouble keeping bug repellent on the shelves, and some residents said they can't remember a summer with such abundant swarms.

PJ Liesch, who studies insects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was in northern Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend. That Friday and Saturday were pleasantly mosquito-free, but hordes of the blood-sucking pests appeared as if out of nowhere that Sunday, he said.

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

A local cancer healthcare facility will host a free event next month serving ice cream lake side.

Organizers of the Turville Bay’s Survivor’s Day Ice Cream Social said there's no cost to attend the event June 8 and the social is open to everyone. 

The event is a special day for cancer survivors, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers. The 2-hour ice cream event at Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center, 1104 John Nolen Drive, begins at 1 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy 10 flavors of ice cream provided by Chocolate Shoppe and beverages under big white canopies, while taking in Turville Bay's Lake Monona shoreline. People can explore the Healing Garden, listen to live music and win prizes. 

Tours of the center are available upon request. Parking is free.

Dietitian to offer recipe ideas at free food event

Dietitian to offer recipe ideas at free food event

An event later this month will focus on healthy, tasty food for kids. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health is hosting Super Foods for Super Kids at the American Family Insurance DreamBank on May 31.

The event will offer interactive demonstrations, food tastings and a chance for parents to ask questions. A pediatrician and dietitian will talk about tasty foods that pack a nutritious punch. 

The free Super Foods event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. 

Free events to bring positive focus for kids with allergies

Two free events this month are planned to bring a more positive focus on living with allergies. 

It’s estimated one in every 13 children has food allergies, or about two in each classroom. That's why it's so important for everyone to understand the basic food safety concerning allergens. Amy Recob, local author of the book series The BugaBees, and Meriter-UnityPoint Health allergists are teaming up to teach the public how to stay safe.

"I know firsthand that living with a child who has a food allergy can be stressful and overwhelming at times," Recob said. "Having the ability to attend fun and educational events like this one is important. Not only is it a chance for my child to see she's not alone, it's also an opportunity for her friends and family to gain valuable information that will ultimately keep her safe and healthy."