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UW Sends Two To Elite Epidemic-Investigation Training

UW Sends Two To Elite Epidemic-Investigation Training

Two people trained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine have been chosen for a highly competitive federal program that hones the skills needed to investigate epidemics. The two-year exhaustive training program in epidemiology will take place in the elite Epidemic Investigation Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stephanie Salyer, who graduated from UW-Madison's dual Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Master of Public Health degree program last spring, and Ryan Wallace, a fourth-year veterinary student who will graduate from with a DVM degree in May, are representatives of an emerging collaboration between veterinary medicine and public health, said Christopher Olsen, professor of public health and associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Fresh Madison Market Launches Mobile Store

Fresh Madison Market Launches Mobile Store

Jeff Maurer is on a mission to share fresh food. As the owner of Fresh Madison Market, a popular grocery store on University Avenue, Maurer's busy store is generally full of students and university employees.

But recently, Maurer has developed a plan to extend the market’s merchandise to other neighborhoods -- especially areas that normally would not have the same shopping opportunities.

In 2010, Maurer began working with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, and said he quickly took note of the startling lack of healthy food options near the Allied Drive area in South Madison.

"As I was working with the kids, it was really obvious that they were lacking in getting fresh produce, especially fruit," he said.

Maurer believes that part of the problem is limited options for buying food in the neighborhood.

Colleges Against Cancer Offers Support, Hope For Patients

The local group Colleges Against Cancer is fighting to keep the battle against cancer alive and support those braving with the illness.

Consisting of cancer patients, survivors and volunteers, the group spent Friday on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, asking passers-by at Union South to sign words of encouragement onto the letter "o" in a "Wall of Hope." Organizers said that they want to send a message to members of the Congressional Deficit Reduction Supercomittee to avoid cutting cancer research funds as the committee looks to trim at least $1.5 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years.

"Everybody is touched by cancer, and this really speaks to that, And you ask pretty much anybody, 'Would you like to write a note of encouragement?' People say, 'yes, because everybody cares,'" said Jenna Hietpas, a group member.

People at UW-Madison signed the letter "o," while other events statewide made the rest of the letters in the word "hope."

Couple Welcomes Child While Mourning Loss Of Twin

A local couple who had to deal with the loss of a child while welcoming a new child hope to raise awareness about the need to fund research to prevent premature birth and birth defects.

Jeff and Kelly Zimmer met 12 years ago in college and have been married for seven years. They always planned to add children to their family, but it wasn't as easy as they hoped.

"We found ourselves a year in talking to a doctor, and another year later going to a fertility specialist," Jeff said.

It took five years, but this February, thanks to in vitro fertilization, they learned Kelly was pregnant with twins.

But the 17-week ultrasound indicated a problem.

"We could tell right away that the sonographer was concerned about something," Kelly said.

They were sent to a "high risk clinic," knowing only that there was a dangerously low amount of fluid around one twin.

"I said, 'Should we be worried? And he said it is worrisome, and our hearts just sank," Kelly said.

REAP's Farm To School Program Provides Fresh Fruits, Vegetables

REAP's Farm To School Program Provides Fresh Fruits, Vegetables

As Research, Education, Action, and Policy (REAP)'s Farm to School Program Manager, Sarah Elliott wants to provide better food to students and give farmers access to institutional markets.

These two goals motivate Elliott, REAP's four AmeriCorps members, and many passionate volunteers to improve and expand the farm to school initiative in Madison, despite many challenges. 

MEDiC Program Celebrates 20 Years Of Service

MEDiC Program Celebrates 20 Years Of Service

For the homeless, uninsured and unemployed, proper health care is difficult to find, and co-pays, transport, and communication issues present significant barriers to health care access. Still, the need for health care is high for low-income families and individuals.

In February of 1991, Dr. Ted Goodfriend, a faculty physician at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine joined with students in taking a step toward addressing these issues by establishing a free clinic for homeless men at Porchlight Men’s Shelter at Grace Episcopal Church.

The success of the program inspired the creation of six other Medical Information Centers (MEDiCs) throughout Madison.

Growing, Cooking, Eating At Sherman Middle School

Growing, Cooking, Eating At Sherman Middle School

“How can I affect how these kids are eating?” 

That question drives Chef Tory, the executive chef for L'Etoile and Graze, to spend every other Tuesday at Sherman Middle School, teaching students how to cook from scratch using whole natural foods.

Now in its sixth year, Cooking Healthy Options in Wisconsin, or CHOW, was originally conceived by Chef Tory and one of his cooks. At the time, Sherman Middle School had just received a “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables” grant from the state, and so it seemed like an ideal school to pilot the CHOW program. 

What started as cooking demonstrations has expanded to include a school garden, which provides the raw materials for healthy snacks and meals, and also serves as an outdoor classroom for integrated, hands-on learning.