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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."

MPD: Strangers help save woman suffering medical emergency

MPD: Strangers help save woman suffering medical emergency

Police praised two Madisonians for their efforts in saving a woman who was having a medical emergency Tuesday morning. 

The Madison Police Department said the Good Samaritans just happened to be walking -- separately -- near the Capitol Square when they heard a woman call out for help at about 9:10 a.m. The 64-year-old woman, of Madison, believed she was having a heart attack.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said a 38-year-old man ran across West Main Street and caught the woman as she fell, preventing her head from striking the sidewalk. A 53-year-old man also came to the woman's side and called 911.

UW Hospital and Clinics named to great places to work list

UW Hospital and Clinics named to great places to work list

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics was named to the 2014 list of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare list released by Becker's Healthcare, according to a release.

The list has been published by Becker's since 2011, but this is the first year non-provider organizations have been included, according to the release.

Organizations are evaluated on their benefits, workplace culture, professional development opportunities and previous recognition for workplace excellence, officials said.

With 8,400 employees, UW Hospital and Clinics is one of the largest employers in the area, according to the release. Becker's mentioned UW's staff-retention rate of 90 percent, its redesignation as a Magnet hospital, and its seven consecutive years on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list as reasons for the company making the list.

'Healthy Habits Week' comes to Children's Museum

'Healthy Habits Week' comes to Children's Museum

Numerous educational activities will be part of Healthy Habits Week at the Madison Children’s Museum next week. 

Beginning Monday, visitors to the Madison Children’s Museum will have the chance to learn about various healthy habits through active play and displays hosted by Dean Clinic, Dean Health Plan, Dean Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Healthy Habits Week will continue through April 18.

Organizers said the week’s activities are scheduled to include:

Panel explores what it means to 'eat well'

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems hosted a panel discussion in UW-Madison’s Music Hall on Feb. 12 to reflect on the true meaning of eating well. Five panelists, including Odessa Piper, founder of L'Etoile, offered their thoughts. 

The other four panelists were Jim Munsch of Deer Run Farm in Coon Valley, Wis., UW Professor and Director of the Global Health Institute Jonathan Patz, Tony Schultz of Stoney Acres Farm in Athens, Wis., and Assistant Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology Monica White.  

Here's what each had to say:

Odessa Piper

Thirty-eight years after she founded L'Etoile in Madison, Piper lives in Boston where she cooks and writes about food. In 2013 Piper published a cookbook titled "The Market Kitchen," which is a guide to cooking with farmers market produce.  

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

In November, a pipe ruptured on Dane County's community manure digester, which converts cow waste into power. About 360,000 gallons of manure flowed through a dry ravine, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Bob Manwell. The spill entered a creek and reached the village of Waunakee, located more than two miles away, bringing with it an odor.

"As far as environmental damages, there was no immediate fish kill, which is a good sign," Manwell said. About 90 percent of the spill was cleaned up within a week, he said, but some of the spill, located in areas unreachable by equipment, remains.

"We're not saying there were no damages," Manwell said. "This is going to take some time, and we'll continue to monitor to see what impacts there may be."

City warns residents to take precautions in bitter cold

City warns residents to take precautions in bitter cold

Amid forecasts of extreme cold in the next few days, the city of Madison said residents should take precautions to stay safe and be vigilant for the well-being of others. 

News 3 Chief Meteorologist Gary Cannalte said low temperatures Thursday will fall into the teens below zero with wind chills as cold as minus 30. Wind chill advisories go into effect Thursday evening and continue through Friday morning.

Friday will be partly sunny and windy with high temperatures in the mid-teens and wind chills as cold as minus 15.

The city suggested several precautions residents should take during the extreme cold, including: