Thursday, January 10, 2013
This year's flu season is the worst in five years.
The influenza season has not peaked yet, but statewide hospitalizations related to flu are up three-fold over previous years. Flu cases in the Milwaukee area have increased to an “intense” level, significantly exceeding moderate levels in 2011-12, according to Google Flu Trends. Wisconsin is among 42 states to have a widespread flu outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All 50 states are reporting symptoms, with Hawaii only reporting sporadic cases. More than 1,200 people in Wisconsin have been hospitalized because of flu symptoms, creating crowding problems at Milwaukee-area hospitals, according to Today’s TMJ4. In a statewide conference call yesterday, health officials were told of the significant jump in …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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- David Cotey
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the Milwaukee area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Data specific to Greenfeld is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Wisconsin, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Greenfield that offer the vaccine: According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
This fall, 18 Edgewood Elementary School girls participated in the Girls on the Run program that taught them the benefits of running, promoted self-confidence and tackled issues young women face.
When Madi Jankowski practiced with her Girls on the Run teammates last Thursday, the fourth grader at Edgewood Elementary School fell tantalizingly short of her goal of 15 laps around the school. “I tried to get as much of the 5k as I could, which was 15 laps around the school, and I got 12,” Madi said Tuesday. Goal setting like Madi’s has been the focus all fall for the 18 girls and three volunteer coaches that have comprised Edgewood’s first-ever Girls on the Run team. Girls on the Run is a national program designed to promote self-confidence and healthy choices in pre-teen girls, with a curriculum that incorporates running. Edgewood’s participants are third- through fifth-graders. Volunteer coaches are Edgewood teachers Jennifer Hannis…
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Patients should visit City Hall from 3-6 p.m., though shots will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Health Department, located in City Hall, will have a school-age influenza vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 3-6 p.m. Annual vaccination significantly reduces the risk of complications due to influenza and will prevent many people from becoming ill due to the virus. For the school-age population, vaccination provides a reduction of absenteeism related to influenza-related illness. No appointments are necessary at this clinic and clients will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of the vaccination is $10 but no clients will be refused due to inability to pay. Influenza is a seasonal, respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms include: fever, chills, headache, cough and muscle aches. Most people …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Research shows good nutrition and exercise can help prevent breast cancer. Here are some resources around Greenfield to help you stay healthy.
You might be able to find help fighting breast cancer and other types of cancers at your local grocery store and fitness centers, according to the research findings of Dr. Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D, RD. Dr. Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist with a background in nutritional sciences. She is an investigator at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research is focused on lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity. Some factors may prevent breast and prostate cancer and improve survivorship in those diagnosed with cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 American women will die …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Playground fun doesn’t have to be reserved for kids. Adults can enjoy these outdoor play spaces too—and get a great workout at the same time.
Getting a good workout doesn’t require being stuck in a gym during the late summer heat or those deliciously crisp fall days that follow. To change things up a bit in your workout routine, consider making use of a free and easily accessible resource: your local playground. While playgrounds themselves are nothing new, in recent years, adults are returning to them in greater numbers—and not just to entertain their kids. Thanks to the rise in popularity of outdoor boot camps, which often make use of equipment available in parks and playgrounds, many adults are taking a second look at playgrounds as an affordable way to exercise their inner child and outer adult—and make exercising seem less like a chore and more (dare we say it?) fun. …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Greenfield Partners of Parks and Recreation are sponsoring the Walk in the Park community walk at Konkel Park on Saturday, Oct. 6.
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- David Cotey
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Love to see the changing colors that fall brings? Need to get the family out for some fresh air and exercise? The Greenfield Partners of Parks and Recreation are sponsoring the Walk in the Park community walk at Konkel Park on Saturday, Oct. 6. The walk, open to all ages, promotes healthy living. Participants can choose from three routes: short (approximately 1 mile), medium (approximately 2 miles) and long (approximately 3 miles). Parking is available at Konkel Park and will go on rain or shine. The cost is $5 per person. Participants can register the day of the event. T-shirts are included in the registration fee, while supplies last. Participants will also include a gift bag with an apple, popcorn and water. Strollers and wheelchairs …
The city's health department issued a letter to parents telling them about the symptoms of pertussis and what to do if they suspect their child has it.
At least one case of whooping case, or pertussis, has been reported in a student at Whitnall High School, according to a letter issued by the Greenfield Health Department. Pertussis is a highly contagious illness that is spread through the air by coughing. Symptoms generally appear 6-20 days after exposure. The illness begins with cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, tearing, conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes), and an increasingly persistent cough. Within 1-2 weeks the severity of the cough increases, may involve a high-pitched “whooping” sound and may result in vomiting. Persons experiencing any of the above symptoms should avoid contact with infants. In a letter posted on the district's website, the City of Greenfield Health …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
For the school-age population, vaccination provides a reduction of absenteeism related to influenza-related illness.
The Greenfield Health Department will be offering influenza vaccination clinics during the month of October to provide vaccinations to residents. Annual vaccination significantly reduces the risk of complications due to influenza and will prevent many people from becoming ill due to the virus. For the school-age population, vaccination provides a reduction of absenteeism related to influenza-related illness. “All school children should receive the influenza vaccine,” city Health Director Darren Rausch said in a statement. “Students in school settings who are vaccinated can significantly reduce their risk of illness and subsequent school absences.” The Health Department will have a school-age influenza vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Oct. …