As we all know, Wisconsin weather can be called confusing at best. Temperatures can swing from 30 degrees one day, to 70 degrees the next day. Wisconsin winters can be particularly problematic due to the snow, ice and cold that lasts from December through March. One area of concern is slipping or falling on the ice. In general, people are more careful when they can see ice in the way, but what happens when we run into black ice or ice covered with snow? Is there anything we can do to prevent these falls, or limit the severity of injury when slipping? There is! I have several exercises and tips that can keep you healthier during the Wisconsin winter ahead. Continue Reading »
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How healthy we, as individuals are; how healthy our families are; how healthy our neighbors, our schools and communities are, affects many components of our society. Many changes to improve our health depend on lifestyle changes and the environment we live, work, play, learn and pray in.
To better understand how we fare as a county or a state, we need data and information about many different health risks that help us assess our health. The County Health Rankings & Roadmap Program just released the annual County Health Rankings that rates the health of nearly every county in the nation.
The County Health Rankings & Roadmap Program is developed right here in Wisconsin and is a program that emerged from a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Having information about the different health measures and mapping these in a ranking shows us what we need to know about the health of our county and state. It also guides us as to what we can do to make our county and our state healthier. Perhaps information from this resource can shape policies to help us create a healthier environment to live in. Or it can guide more local efforts to affect change that can have a positive influence in our own communities.
The rankings are easy to use and include interactive maps, graphs and details about trends. It ranks counties on health outcomes (mortality and morbidity) and also health factors. The health factors section is divided into four categories:
- health behaviors (adult smoking, adult obesity, physical inactivity, teen birth rate and more),
- clinical care (percent uninsured, preventable hospital stays, ratio of population to primary care physicians and dentists, etc.),
- socio economic factors (% of children in poverty, % violent crime, % of high school graduates, etc.) and
- physical environment (% of fast food restaurants, percent of population who are low income and do not live close to a grocery store, drinking water safety, etc.)
The Roadmaps section of the website puts forth information about evidence based strategies that can be used as a guide when local communities are ready to address some of their community health needs.
The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps is a resource that can help communities develop and tailor solutions to improve the health of their residents. It acknowledges that much of what affects our health happens outside the doctor’s office and is very much a factor in the environment we live in.
Visit County Health Rankings and Roadmaps at www.countyhealthrankings.org. For information about Wisconsin, visit: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/home#/wisconsin/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank.
Now that warmer weather has arrived, bike season is in full swing. Are your kids prepared for a safe bike season? To help, Affinity Medical Group – Deerwood Clinic is holding a Helmet Challenge on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. – noon at the clinic.
Custom-fit helmets in the freshest colors and styles will be available for children ages two years and up for only $10. Affinity Medical Group team members will provide custom fitting, and Fang, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers mascot will help out with helmet checks. If the weather is nice, there will be bike safety checks and a Bike Rodeo with Diablo Cycling. There will also be a station set up for car seat education.
Deerwood Clinic is located at 740 Deerwood Ave., in Neenah. We hope you can join in on the fun, all while promoting bike safety! To view the event poster, click here.
Looking for something to do on a Tuesday afternoon or evening? How about heading to Benvenuto’s Italian Grill, located at 300 S. Koeller St., in Oshkosh, for a great dining experience?
On Tuesday, May 21, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., 15 percent of all participant sales (dine-in, carry-out and delivery) will be donated to Affinity Hospice. All you have to do to participate is bring your flyer, or tell your server that you are part of “Dine out for Affinity Hospice.” You can download your flyer here.
In case you aren’t familiar with Affinity Hospice, the service provides special care to patients who are facing end-of-life decisions. Hospice is designed to improve the patient’s quality of life, as well as alleviate the family’s distress.
We hope you can make it out to show your support for Affinity Hospice!
Interested in learning about how to treat chronic acid reflux? Attend one of Dr. Janu’s upcoming seminars to learn about a popular incisionless procedure option
Dr. Janu will be talking with the community regarding GERD and the TIF procedure on the following days:
- March 26 at 5:30 p.m. at The American Club, Kohler
- April 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton
- April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at The Marq, De Pere
If you would like to sign up for one of the seminars you can call Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900 or visit www.affinityhealth.org/