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City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

 Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital on Park Street will be participating in an emergency evacuation drill Friday.

The drill, being held from 9-11:30 a.m., will focus on hospital evacuation procedures in the event of a power outage or other major emergency, according to a release. Staff members will practice patient evacuation procedures with volunteers acting as patients.

Area EMS and fire department crews will also be participating in the drill, organizers said.

“We’re always looking at ways to practice so that we’re prepared for the real thing,” said Jonathan Lewis, St. Mary’s vice president of operations. “This gives us an opportunity to see how our process works and where we can improve.”

Hundreds receive free medical care in Madison

Hundreds receive free medical care in Madison

It's a clinic like no other, and it was hosted in Madison Saturday. The free health care clinic provided hundreds of uninsured residents with medication and other necessary medical care that they might not normally be able to get.

"It's very scary that you have health issues, but don't have the money or resources to get the help that you need," patient Silvana Mercedes said.

Mercedes has been living without health insurance for seven years. As a diabetic she said the free clinic stirred up unexpected emotions.

"I cried. I gave the doctors hugs because it was that much of a relief for me, knowing that I'm going to be able to have a supply of medication," she said.

Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

A health and wellness website has listed Madison as one of the top 25 happiest and healthiest cities in the country.

Prevention.com evaluated 100 of the nation?s largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being to compile the list, according to the article. Some of the things they looked at include access to green space, access to concert halls, number of farmers? markets, the average inclination to eat fruits and vegetables, disease incident, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistic.

Madison was ranked eight on the list of 25 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

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.