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5K to raise awareness of environmental illnesses

The Jennifer Parker Foundation is sponsoring a 5K walk for environmental illness as a part of a national movement to raise awareness for the cause. The walk will start at 1 p.m. on May 5 at Tenney Park.

EI includes diseases like asthma, fibromyalgia, chemical and electromagnetic sensitivity as well as allergies and autoimmune diseases. The illnesses usually occur when someone is exposed to toxins like mold, dust, traffic fumes, pesticides and other chemical products.

Participants will walk from the park to the Capitol and back. Registration for the walk will cost $25 and the price includes a T-shirt, water and a snack. Children under 14 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Mom to share son's organ donation story

Mom to share son's organ donation story

In 2001, dying 20-year-old man helped 55 people   

Twelve years ago, Mary Myskewitz and her family were faced with something they never expected: their 20-year-old son was dying and his physician was asking if he had spoken to them about organ donation.

"All of the family present answered yes in unison," recalled Myskewitz. "The bell went off and we knew we had to do it. That was easy because we had talked to him in the past and knew it was his desire."

Myskewitz's son Rob was able to help more than 55 people with that one decision thanks to his organ, eye and tissue donation.

In an event Thursday, as part of National Donate Life Month, Myskewitz will speak at 11:15 a.m. in the main lobby at St. Mary's Hospital. She said she hopes to spread the word about organ donation impact.

Road salt lingers in Madison’s watersheds, drinking water

Road salt lingers in Madison’s watersheds, drinking water

Report: Decades of salt use causes chloride levels in watershed to rise   

Every winter, George Dreckmann, the public information officer for the Streets Division, faces numerous complaints from the public about bad road conditions, asking the department to use more salt in their communities.
 
"It is our policy to not apply salt to residential streets to protect our lakes and groundwater," responded Dreckmann to one resident's complaint via e-mail.
 
The road salt, also known as sodium chloride, doesn’t simply vanish after winter.

Hospitals receive national recognition for care

Distinction recognizes facilities for improvements

A health care performance improvement alliance has rated two SSM Health Care of Wisconsin hospitals among the best in the nation at providing safe, reliable and efficient care.

Dietitians stage 'smart mob' with health message

Dietitians stage 'smart mob' with health message

Hospital employees dance through Metcalfe's Wed.  

A local grocery store served a side of entertainment Wednesday afternoon.

At 2 p.m., shoppers at the Hilldale Metcalfe's Sentry Foods watched a variation on a smart mob in which St. Mary's dietitians and supporters danced throughout the store to celebrate Registered Dietitian Day (March 13) and National Nutrition Month, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics campaign that takes place annually in March.

A spokesman for St. Mary's said bystanders watched as more than 30 people including dieticians, St. Mary's employees, their kids and the St. Mary's heart mascot danced through the store to an original song.

The special tune, "5 a day," was written and recorded by hospital employees to share the health message of eating five portions of fruits and vegetables daily.

Dalai Lama to visit Madison

Dalai Lama to visit Madison

'Change the World' event marks spititual leader's 9th visit    

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Madison along with other international thought leaders to take part in a series of panel discussions in May as part of the “Change your Mind Change the World” event at the Overture Center.

The May 15 event -- co-hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center and the Global Health Institute -- will include discussions on how neuroscience, environments, economics, and healthcare can combine to make the world a healthier, happier place.

Organizers said thought leaders from a variety of fields including neuroscience, economics and sustainability, will participate in a panel moderated by Arianna Huffington and Daniel Goleman.

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

It's almost time to spring forward, and Wisconsin officials are using the occasion to remind residents about home safety.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, when Wisconsinites will set the clocks ahead one hour. Safety officials said the event marks a convenient reminder to do annual checks.

For example:

  • Consider replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • If you don't have an emergency kit at home, now's the time to get one
  • If you do have an emergency kit, put fresh batteries in the flashlight and make sure the food, water and first-aid kit are all in good condition

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has additional safety tips on its website.