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Vol. 1 No. 13| January 2014 | Complimentary

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Terri deRoon-Cassini, Ph.D., M.S.

Jennifer M. Knight, M.D.

Christina Wichman, D.O. F.A.P.M.

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W MEN in Science BY JUDITH BERGER

Christina Wichman, D.O, Jennifer Knight, M.D. and Terri deRoon-Cassini, Ph.D. have much in common. Each woman is doing important work in the field of mental health at the Medical College of Wisconsin studying the interconnectivity of the brain and body systems, each woman was inspired by someone in her past and each woman is a mother of young children. Wisconsin Woman honors Wichman, Knight and de Roon-Cassini with this year’s Women in Science profiles. “When women set their minds to do something, it usually gets done” said Jan Lennon, a community volunteer and a founding member the Medical College’s Women in Science annual series. Dr. Christine Wichman will be presenting at one of the 2014 series luncheons. Through their work, these amazing women look to advance practices, to develop treatments, to discover cures, to question results and to lead further exploration.

Science came easily for Christina Wichman. She was unsettled by learning what others had already figured out. By high school, she loved the sciences and was encouraged by dedicated teachers. She was the first in her family to go to college. Her mother died suddenly of a cardiac issue when Wichman was very young. “I think my mother’s death caused me to pursue medicine.” Wichman is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College. Originally from Minnesota, Wichman Christina Wichman, trained at The Mayo Clinic. She earned her D.O. F.A.P.M. undergraduate degree in healthcare administration while minoring in science. “I was interested in how medicine would be practiced through the lens of a business model,” she said. In medical school, Wichman started out in traditional medicine. “That didn’t have the patient interaction I wanted.” She was interested in the interplay of the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of patients. “I wanted to see how it fits together.” Wichman is both a researcher and clinician and has been at MCW for more four years. She examines the entire psychiatric spectrum of a woman’s life including premenstrual dysphoric disorder, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. WOMEN IN SCIENCE continued on page 6

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Wichman and her husband, Scott, with children Gabriel, 8, Eli, 6, and Eloise.


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As a subspecialty in perinatal psychiatry, Wichman’s research focuses on pregnant women taking psychiatric medications, how it affects the fetus and what residual medications get transfered to breast milk. If a woman suffers from severe depression, it may be safer for her and her baby to remain on the medication. “It is all individualized and determined by the health of the mother and what meds she is taking,” Wichman said. “It is a risk/benefit ratio that we look at.” Wichman noted that 10 to 15 percent of women experience postpartum depression. “We are looking for the best outcomes for both the mother and baby.” As mother of three, Wichman and her husband, Scott, have busy lives raising Gabriel, 8, Eli, 6, and Eloise – born in August 2013. Scott Wichman is an emergency room physician. “Work/life balance is difficult for most people,” she said. “I have an amazingly supportive husband, my job offers me flexibility, and I pick my priorities and try not to do everything.”

As assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Jennifer Knight has a full life. At 35, she has two children, 3-year-old Beckett and Harper, who was born in August 2013, with husband Nathan Hammons. She is both a clinician and researcher. Knight’s research focuses on psycho-oncology. “It looks at the progression of cancer as it relates to a patient’s mental state,” Knight said. Although the Medical College conducts comprehensive cancer research, Knight is the only researcher studying this area. How the brain affects the body’s systems Jennifer M. Knight, M.D. has fascinated Knight since she was young. “My mother was a music therapist. Getting better through the brain – that mindand-body connection-interested me.” As a research fellow in Psychoneuroimmunology, Knight is researching how the brain and cognitive function influences disease, in particular how it applies to cancer patients. Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. For Knight, this interdisciplinary approach incorporates psychology as part of cancer treatment. “We have all heard of tangible support for cancer patients – rides to the doctor, preparing meals; but this research looks at indirect physiological support to improve the body’s biology.”

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“My mother was a music therapist. Getting better through the brain – that mind-andbody connectioninterested me.”\

– Jennifer M. Knight

Jennifer with husband Nathon and children Beckett and Harper.

Knight, who has been at the Medical College for more than two years, sees patients and conducts research that includes meeting with investigators of oncology and the neurosciences. “I work with cancer patients who are going through traditional treatments. The goal is to find out how the central nervous system and cognition affect cancer progression.” And, hopefully, unlocking the power of the brain – making the connection that a healthy mental state can go a long way in aiding the treatment of cancer.


An assistant professor in the division of trauma and critical care, Terri deRoon-Cassini’s research focus is on post-traumatic stress disorder. The Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital is a level one trauma center that sees survivors of various traumas, including gun shots, stabbings, rapes and motor accidents. As a health psychologist, deRoon-Cassini hopes to ascertain how and why the brain reacts to trauma that puts patients at risk for PTSD. “PTSD is a conditioned response when we are in a state of fear,” she said. “There is a Terri deRoon-Cassini, Ph.D., M.S. hyper-arousal, which results in avoidance spiraling to other behaviors and can lead to depression.” de-Roon-Cassini’s mother was a nurse, which instilled a sense of wanting to help others. She benefited from an integrated-education curriculum in California that allowed her to work in a special education program. de-Roon-Cassini also volunteered in a domestic violence shelter. “I became interested in how trauma affects one’s life.”

“PTSD is a conditioned response when we are in a state of fear,” – Terri deRoon-Cassini

deRoon-Cassini’s work is highly collaborative. “It’s because the complexity of this research is so great.” She works closely with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University. Because trauma affects people differently, de-Roon-Cassini’s research is working to develop screeners. “We are looking to see who is at risk,” deRoon-Cassini said. Brain imaging to measure levels of oxygenation may go a long way to develop tools to gauge the traumatic quality of life for the patient. “We are moving toward immediate prevention of PTSD.” Married to Andy Cassini, deRoon-Cassini, gave birth to the couple’s second child, Cooper, one day after she was promoted to assistant professor in July 2013. Their first child, Sophia, is three-years-old.

Terri with husband Andy and children Cooper and Sophia.

As a clinician and researcher trying to maintain a work/life balance, deRoon-Cassini admits she was apprehensive about starting a family. “I was a bit fearful at first, but I’ve learned to set boundaries. Meditation helps me to stay focused.”

“We are moving toward immediate prevention of PTSD.”

– Terri deRoon-Cassini

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR CHILD DOESN’T GO TO COLLEGE? BY: CARRIE SCHWAB-POMERANTZ

If Post-Secondary Education Isn’t In Dear Carrie: We’ve been saving for years in The Cards

a 529 account for our son’s education, but it now looks like he won’t be going to college. Are there other options for using this money? — A Reader

Dear Reader: One of the great — and challenging — things about having kids is that they can surprise you at every turn. While you can save diligently for their education, you can’t predict what their talents or interests will be. Trust me. As a mother of three, I know from experience! I think many of us envision a four-year college for our kids but that’s only one of a myriad of choices, especially today. So does that mean a 529 account is no longer a good idea? Absolutely not. While a 529 is often called a “college savings account,” it probably would be more accurately described as a “post-secondary education savings account.” The good news is that a 529 can be used for other types of education besides college. Where Can You Use 529 Assets?

Most people don’t realize that 529 assets can be used at any eligible institution of higher education. That includes not only four-year colleges and universities, but also qualifying two-year associate degree programs, trade schools and vocational schools — both at home and abroad. This means that whether your child wants to be a computer expert or cosmetologist, an artist or an electrician — and chooses to pursue post-secondary training in his or her chosen field — there’s a good chance you can pay for that training with your 529 assets. If your son has another type of school in mind, find out if it qualifies for 529 assets. Generally speaking, to qualify, a school must be eligible to participate in student-aid programs offered by the Department of Education. Savingforcollege.com has an easy online tool for determining if a particular school qualifies. You just need to take the time to do a little research — or better yet, have your son do it.

Even if your son’s path doesn’t include any type of post-secondary education, you still have options. You opened the 529 for the benefit of your son, but the account belongs to you and you have the right to change the beneficiary. As long as the new beneficiary is a family member — a sibling, first cousin, grandparent, aunt, uncle or even yourself — the money can be used for qualified education expenses without incurring income taxes or penalties. Qualified expenses include tuition, required fees, books, supplies, computer-related expenses, and even room and board for someone who is at least a half-time student. Most 529 plans allow you to change the beneficiary once a year, so that leaves the door wide open for future use. You could even convert it back to your son’s benefit should his plans change. This flexibility gives you a lot of options. Let’s say you decide to go back to school. You make yourself the beneficiary and use 50 percent of the 529 assets for your studies. What do you do with the balance? You could simply change the beneficiary to another member of your family who could use it for his or her own qualified education expenses.

The Problem With Taking Cash

Taking the cash is always a possibility, but it will cost you. If assets in a 529 are used for something other than qualified education expenses, you’ll have to pay both income taxes and a 10 percent penalty on the earnings. (An interesting side note is that if the beneficiary gets a full scholarship to college, the penalty for taking the cash is waived.) Since one of the main benefits of a 529 account is the tax-free earnings, I’d think carefully before cashing it out. And really, it might be wise to sit tight before making any decisions. Your son may surprise you again by going in a whole new direction and you’ll be glad you’ve kept those 529 assets in reserve. Important Disclosure: Before opening and investing in a 529 plan, carefully consider in the 529’s official statement, including investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. You can request an official statement from the specific plan sponsor. Please read it carefully before investing. Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(tm), is president of Charles Schwab Foundation and author of the forthcoming book “The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After Fifty,” available in bookstores in April 2014.

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Our obsession with obesity and idiotic diets hangs heavily this holiday season filled with pecan pies and duck fat fries. Sometimes, I just wish the whole problem would go away, like smoking indoors. “Snap out of it, America!” is the theme of my merry assault on addictive and fake foods. Eat real food. No added sugar. Exercise regularly. Be mindful about portion size. End of story! But no. The more we learn, the less we know. This December, the Nutrition Action Healthletter -- one of my favorite ways to keep up with smart-eating information and a great holiday gift for anyone with a stomach -- featured the work of Dr. Christopher Gardner, a leading obesity researcher and director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. It turns out, we’ve been led astray. Way, way astray. “We had three decades of low-fat and we had a decade of ‘Oh wait, no, maybe low-carb,’ and then at the end of that, we said, ‘Oh, never mind, neither of them works,’” Gardner told reporter Bonnie Liebman. In his A to Z Weight Loss Study, Gardner and his team measured the effectiveness of the low-carb Atkins and lowfat Ornish diets, with the Zone and LEARN diets in between. His research found very few differences between these popular diets, and a review of the literature shows that how people lose weight and keep it off is still individual, elusive and mysterious. “If you pool all the studies, there’s no difference in weight loss between low-fat and low-carb diets . . . but even more disappointing, neither is very good for the average person.” I’m going to break into Gardner’s quote and repeat it: “Neither is very good for the average person.” “People aren’t losing a lot of weight and keeping it off, regardless of which diet they follow. You can argue about petty differences, but when you look at average weight loss, it’s hugely disappointing.” So much for what’s going wrong on a national scale. What about your scale? Diets don’t work, so what does? Here are a few more tasty tidbits gleaned from Gardner’s research and others:

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GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Scientists have discovered people who sleep less (usually six or fewer hours a night) are more likely to gain weight over time than people who sleep more (seven to eight hours). Why? The studies are detailed in the Nutrition Action Healthletter (www.cspinet.org), but I’ll sum up: If you cheat yourself of sleep, the part of your brain that involves impulse-control goes haywire, and suddenly, you’re reaching for that second handful of M&M’s. Other studies show that lack of sleep also raises blood sugar, making insulin less effective and boosting production of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your appetite. Give your body the sleep it needs and it won’t rebel by making you eat more. How’s that for a thoughtful, restful New Year’s resolution?

GROW HEALTHY MICROBIOTA. Your stomach has a wisdom of its own, and scientists are discovering that having healthy microbes in your gut appear to help in regulating your weight. “Healthy microbiota thrive on a high volume of diverse fiber,” Garner explained in the Nutrition Action Healthletter. And what foods have diverse fiber? “Whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruit.” Eating high-quality food is also essential: organic and seasonal vegetables; pasture-raised chicken and eggs; and grass-fed beef or pork. “If they want cheese,” Gardner says, “we’d say, ‘Don’t go for the Kraft Singles.’”

EAT REAL FOOD. “We ask everyone to eliminate added sugars. That means less processed, packaged food and more cooking. I tell people to go to farmer’s markets more, because those words are somehow more intuitive that telling them to add up how many grams of unsaturated fat, how many grams of fish oil, how many grams of fiber, soluble or insoluble, glycemic index or . . . ‘My brain’s on overload,’” Gardner explains. “So I say, ‘Go to the farmer’s market and buy what’s fresh.” Could it be any simpler? Eat more plant foods as opposed to foods made in plants. Marilynn Preston -- healthy lifestyle expert and Emmy-winning producer -- is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country.


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By the time you read this article, you may have already broken your New Year’s Resolutions. Did you plan to lose 10 pounds? Or plan to exercise every weekday? After consuming 14 holiday cookies at once, did you add fruit to your snack list? You mean well, but somehow the resolutions aren’t sticking. Don’t be discouraged. I have learned that if I purposely set out to be healthy all year, I don’t have to set resolutions. This month I have some creative ideas and expert advice to help you attain a positive mind and healthy body in 2014. My guidelines include exercising, eating healthy, scheduling your doctor appointments and managing your stress.

Winter Weather Exercise

If cold weather makes you pack on the pounds, try these easy steps to stay fit. l Turn up the music and dance while you clean. l Find an exercise DVD that you enjoy and exercise to it in the morning. l Check your newspaper for local hospitals, churches or schools that offer inexpensive exercise classes. Join with a friend. l Climb the stairwell at work with a co-worker. l Turn off the computer and TV to find those spare minutes you need to exercise.

“One other area specifically needed in women’s diets is calcium. This can be found in low-fat milk, cheeses and yogurts. Most women do not have dietary calcium sufficient to meet the recommended daily requirements, and should increase their dietary intake, or consider taking a supplement to preserve bone mass, and reduce the risk of fractures,” said Dawn. Dr. Yasmine Subhi Ali, a cardiologist from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, shared her healthy eating advice. “My advice to women to stay heart healthy in 2014 is to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. If you are overweight, aim to lose at least 5-10% of your current weight. Eating more veggies helps with this!” Trudy Scott, a Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist from California works with women and their families about real whole foods. Trudy said, “Quality is the key when it comes to all the foods we consume and this includes animal protein such as red meat. Opt for choices that are grass-fed and free of hormones and antibiotics, and humanely treated. Grass-fed red meat contains amino acids, zinc, iron and good levels of omega-3s – all of which are so crucial for balancing brain chemicals - improving both anxiety and depression and reducing cravings.”

Plan Your Annual Physical

Don’t mind the cold Wisconsin weather? Exams and Dental Appointments Slip outside for some fresh air and joy! RN Dawn Garcia recommends annual exams. “The l Walk with a friend or your spouse/partner, but choose a new route each week. l Ask if you can walk the neighbor’s dog - great exercise for you, and a friendly neighbor gesture. l Try cross country skiing, snowshoeing or ice skating. Some towns have rental equipment available, or buy used equipment. l Play with your children or grandchildren in the snow. Walking up and down the hills while sledding will burn off cookie calories.

Eat Healthy to Stay Fit All Year

Registered Nurse Dawn Garcia from Eau Claire conveyed her best healthy eating suggestions to me. “Diet health is based upon a low fat diet, with a balance of lean meats/seafood, with lots of vegetables, fruits, and water. The average diet has too many simple carbohydrates, sugars and salt, which are important areas to change. Especially for women over 40, the diet should have servings of fish/seafood at least 2x a week, choosing foods like salmon with high levels of Omega 3, to reduce heart health risks. Five servings of vegetables are recommended per day, including leafy green vegetables, cabbage varieties, and tomatoes.”

most important reason to see your doctor annually is to ensure that you’re participating in preventative health screening procedures that can identify a serious health problem early, before there is a serious health consequence or procedure needed.” Appointments should include: l Annual health history l Physical exam l Recommended breast exams and mammography l Pelvic exams l Cancer screenings for women over 50 (colonoscopy) l Dental cleaning/exam every 6 months.

Lower Stress to Stay Healthy

“Stress ages our cells and causes immune system disorders,” explained Robert Lawrence Friedman, psychotherapist and author of the book How to Relax in 60 Seconds or Less (2010). “Women who are nurturing need to learn to nurture themselves better. You need to say, ‘I deserve joy. I deserve to relax.’ Write down what you love to do and do that activity once a week.” SUE ANN SAYS continued on page 14

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“Use the ‘Power of Slow’ to make a conscious effort to slow down. Relaxation is about slowing down. Slow down your breathing, walking or talking.” Robert’s advice includes: l Fill your mind with positive thoughts. Create a series of relaxing images you can focus on with your mind. l Find someone to share with who supports you. Don’t emotionally isolate yourself. l Find gratitude in your life. Keep a journal full of positive thoughts and pictures. l Pick up a drum to get rid of internal stress and anger and build empowerment. Drumming together builds community. Besides it’s fun! (Healing Power of The Drum, 2000) This New Year begins a fresh start by taking small steps every day to make yourself healthy.

Because it all begins with a healthy woman… Sue Ann Thompson is founder and president of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF), a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to help Wisconsin women and their families reach their healthiest potential. WWHF provides programs and conducts forums that focus on education, prevention, and early detection; connects individuals to health resources; produces and distributes the most up-to-date health education and resource materials; and, awards grants and scholarships to women health researchers and related community non-profits. To learn more, visit wwhf.org or call 1-800448-5148.

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– it’s a resolution that tops many people’s lists from year to year, whether it’s a desire to lose weight or kick an unhealthy habit. If you’re navigating the road to good health, you need constant support and reliable information. Today’s Wisconsin Woman has compiled its annual health guide with a special emphasis on women’s health issues. As with any health information, consult your health care provider to determine what treatments, tests and recommendations are right for your specific health concerns. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014!

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Climbing asthma rates among children have generated media attention in recent years, but according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is adult women who actually suffer most often from the disease. In 2001, 9.1 percent of adult U.S. women — 9.6 million women — had asthma. In men, the rate was 5.1 percent, or 5 million men. Why? There is evidence that estrogen level is related to asthma — rates in girls jump during adolescence, asthma severity often shifts during pregnancy, and episodes may fluctuate with women’s monthly estrogen levels. In addition, women tend to have smaller airways than men. Obesity and asthma are often found together, raising questions about the relationship between these two conditions. Inadequate understanding of asthma represents a serious obstacle to good asthma management. Misperceptions about the underlying causes of asthma symptoms and the proper treatment of this chronic condition must be addressed if more American women are to achieve better asthma control and limit its impact on their health and lives.

BODY MASS INDEX

BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a figure calculated from your height and weight. It has been proposed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization as a method for defining obesity. BMI is an important health tool because weight alone doesn’t tell the whole story. If your BMI is too high, you’re at greater risk than people with a normal BMI to die prematurely from chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and colon cancer. Conditions associated with being overweight are the second-leading cause of preventable death in the United States. BMI = [Weight in pounds ÷ Height in inches ÷ Height in inches] x 703. For example: A person who weighs 210 pounds and is 6 feet tall would have a BMI = 210 pounds divided by 72 inches divided by 72 inches multiplied by 703 = 28.5.

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According to the NIH, your BMI score means the following: Underweight: below 18.5 Normal: 18.5 to 24.9 Overweight: 25 to 29.9 Obese: 30 and above

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High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. As your blood cholesterol rises, so does your risk of coronary heart disease. If you have other risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes, as well as high cholesterol, this risk increases even more. When too much LDL (bad) cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible.  This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and  blocks a narrowed artery, a heart attack or stroke can result. The American Heart Association recommends  LDL (bad) cholesterol-lowering drug therapy for most women with heart disease. Drug therapy should be combined with a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium, and rich in fruits, vegetables, whole-grain, high-fiber foods and fat-free and low-fat dairy. Women also should manage their weight, get regular physical activity and not smoke. 

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DEFIBRILLATION Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device gives an electric shock to the heart. This helps reestablish normal contraction rhythms in a heart having dangerous arrhythmia or in cardiac arrest. To make early defibrillation possible, it’s essential that a defibrillator be immediately available to emergency personnel responding to a cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association recommends that automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, be available wherever large numbers of people congregate.  In recent years, AEDs have become increasingly available in public places such as airports, schools, office buildings, fitness centers and sports arenas.

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) defines an electronic health record (EHR) as a longitudinal electronic record of patient health information generated by one or more encounters in any care delivery setting. Included in this information are patient demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports. The EHR automates and streamlines the clinician’s workflow and has the ability to generate a complete record of a clinical patient encounter. The widespread adoption of EHRs is helping to improve the quality of patient care and the productivity of the health care system.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that doesn’t improve with bed rest and may worsen with physical or mental activity. CFS may occur after an infection, such as a cold or viral illness. The onset can be during or shortly after a time of great stress, or chronic fatigue syndrome can come on gradually without a clear starting point or obvious cause. Women are diagnosed with CFS far more often than men. However, it’s unclear whether CFS affects women more frequently or if women report it more often than men do. Treatment for CFS focuses on a combination of approaches to relieve signs and symptoms, which may include loss of memory or concentration, unexplained muscle soreness, sleep disturbance, extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise, and headache of a new type, pattern or severity. Treatment approaches may include moderate daily activity, gradual but steady exercise and cognitive behavior therapy in which patients work with mental health professionals to identify negative beliefs and behaviors that might be delaying recovery and replace them with healthy, positive ones.

GREEN TEA

After water, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world, and drinking it has been linked to a slew of health benefits. Recent research shows the billions of people who drink it may be on to something. The power of tea may come from the antioxidants it contains known as flavonoids, which are thought to help prevent heart disease. Flavonoids may have an anti-clotting effect, meaning, blood is less likely to clot. Blood clots lead to heart attacks and strokes. Flavonoids are naturally in green and black tea, as well as in other foods such as apples, onions and broccoli. A study in the journal Current Opinion in Lipidology looked at previously published research on the health benefits of tea and found that 150 milligrams of flavonoids — the amount found in a cup of brewed tea — were enough to have an immediate antioxidant effect. Consuming higher doses of flavonoids, or additional cups of tea, increased the effect.

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HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. Once high blood pressure develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. The good news is that it can be treated and controlled. High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it usually has no symptoms. Some people may not find out they have it until they have trouble with their heart, brain or kidneys. Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause heart failure, aneurysms, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, even blindness. Women can take several steps to help prevent developing high blood pressure. These steps include maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, eating a healthy diet, preparing foods with less salt and sodium, quitting smoking and drinking alcohol in moderation.

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Indigestion, or dyspepsia, is a widespread condition, estimated to occur in 25 percent of the adult population of the United States. Most people with indigestion do not feel sick enough to see a doctor; nonetheless, it is a common reason for office visits. Indigestion is often described as a feeling of fullness, bloating, nausea, heartburn, or gassy discomfort in the chest or abdomen. Symptoms typically develop during meals or shortly afterward. Symptoms also may increase in times of stress. In most cases, indigestion is a minor problem that often clears up without professional treatment. Indigestion can often be prevented by attention to one’s diet, general stress level, and ways of managing stress. Specific preventive measures include not smoking, avoiding spicy or fatty foods, eating slowly, not taking aspirin or other medications on an empty stomach and maintaining a healthy weight.

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HEALTHCARE GUIDE symptoms, live with pain and postpone care. Early treatment and physical therapy, however, have been shown to prevent muscle atrophy and disability, and make rehabilitation after joint replacement much easier. Osteoarthritis, or OA, the wearing down of cartilage in the joints, is the most common form of arthritis, affecting close to 12 percent of all Americans between the ages of 25 and 74. OA may be treated with medications to control pain and reduce inflammation, if any. Other treatment strategies for osteoarthritis include physical therapy, aerobic exercise that does not put undue stress on the joints, and maintaining a normal weight or losing weight. Ultimately, in some cases, surgery may be needed to remove bone spurs within a joint, reposition the bones or otherwise repair bony damage. Eventually, some arthritis sufferers may need to have their damaged joints surgically replaced with artificial ones.

tions during emotionally difficult times. Also, when you are feeling stressed, anxious or upset, you may not take care of your health as well as you should. You may not feel like exercising, eating nutritious foods or taking medicine that your doctor prescribes. Abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs may also be a sign of poor emotional health. To have good emotional health, it’s important to take care of your body by having a regular routine for eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep and exercising to relieve pent-up tension. Avoid overeating and don’t abuse drugs or alcohol.

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KIDNEY INFECTION

Women have a greater risk than men do of developing kidney infection. A key factor is anatomy. Women have a much shorter urethra than men have, which decreases the distance bacteria must travel from the outside of the body to reach the bladder. Once in the bladder, any infection can spread to the kidneys. Hormonal changes during pregnancy and after menopause also can increase a woman’s risk of kidney infection.

LUNG CANCER

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States. In 2005, the American Cancer Society estimated that more than 79,000 women in the United States would die from lung cancer, which is more than the number of women who will die from breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined. Cigarette smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer. Even though the harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, 1 out of every 5 women in the United States still smokes. Between 1930 and 1997, the number of lung cancer deaths in women in the United States increased by 600 percent. The best way to prevent lung cancer is to quit (or never start) smoking. The sooner a person quits smoking, the better. Even if you have been smoking for many years, it’s never too late to benefit from quitting.

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Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. The American Academy of Family Physicians terms this phenomenon as the “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. For example, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer might develop after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one. Poor emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system, making you more likely to get colds and other infecJanuary 2014 WISCONSIN WOMAN | 19


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Taking good care of your nails involves getting proper nourishment, avoiding excessive contact with damaging materials and taking due care while performing household chores – especially those that involve the use of solvents and heavy cleaners. Consuming enough water and other liquids is vital if you want to avoid chips and cracks in your nails. Fresh carrot juice, which is rich in both calcium and phosphorous, also is excellent for strengthening nails. And eating foods like broccoli, onions and papaya, which are rich in sulphur, biotin and silicon – essential nail-building materials – can also help keep shabby-looking nails at bay.

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Omega-3 fatty acids benefit heart health. The American Heart Association recommends that people eat fish at least twice a week. Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon are high in two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The AHA also recommends eating tofu and other forms of soybeans, canola, walnuts and flaxseeds, and their oils. These contain alpha-linolenic acid (LNA),  which can become omega-3 fatty acid in the body.

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WHAT IS YOUR HEALTH IQ? How well-versed are you in matters related to women’s health? Take our quiz and find out. Turn to page 26 to see how you did.

1. The sun’s harmful rays that damage the skin are strongest between: a. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. b. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. c. 10 a.m. to noon d. Noon to 3 p.m. 2. Once a woman goes through menopause, she needs to see her gynecologist: a. Every five years b. Every other year c. Once a year d. Visiting the gynecologist is no longer necessary 3. The leading cause of death among women is: a. Breast cancer b. Lung cancer c. Heart disease d. Stroke 4. What should women include in their diets to help prevent osteoporosis? a. High sodium foods b. Vitamin D c. More calcium, either from supplements or dietary sources d. Vitamin D and more calcium 5. You should have a blood cholesterol screening beginning at what age? a. 18 b. 20 c. 35 d. 40 6. What lifestyle changes may increase a woman’s risk of developing heart disease? a. Smoking b. High blood pressure c. Obesity d. Lack of physical activity e. All of the above


HEALTHCARE GUIDE 7. What breast changes should be brought to the attention of a health care provider? a. A lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area b. A change in the size or shape of the breast c. Puckering, dimpling or redness of the breast d. All of the above 8. What is the most frequent cause of injury to women? a. Automobile crashes b. Partner abuse c. Muggings d. Rape 9. Which of these following statements is true? a. Smoking may be even more hazardous to women’s health than it is to men’s. b. Women under 45 who smoke at least a pack of cigarettes a day are up to 7 times more likely to have a heart attack than their nonsmoking peers. c. Smoking increases the risk of stroke, especially among women over the age of 35 who are taking birth control pills. d. All of the above 10. What is an antioxidant? a. A function an ingredient can have on the skin b. A type of ingredient c. A skin care product

RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological movement disorder characterized by the irresistible urge to move the legs. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that the condition affects as many as 12 million Americans. Because the unpleasant feelings occur at rest and are relieved by movement, RLS sufferers have difficulty sleeping. Those who suffer from RLS may have the following symptoms: • A strong urge to move your legs which you may not be able to resist. The need to move is often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. • Symptoms start or become worse when you are resting. The longer you are resting, the greater the chance the symptoms will occur and the more severe they are likely to be.

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• Symptoms get better when you move your legs. The relief can be complete or only partial, but generally starts very soon after beginning an activity. Relief persists as long as the motor activity continues. • RLS can also cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep, which can be one of the chief complaints of the syndrome. A substantial number of people who have RLS also have periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS). These are jerks that occur every 20 to 30 seconds on and off throughout the night. This can cause partial awakenings that disrupt sleep. Although the exact cause of RLS is unknown, recent research indicates that iron or folate deficiency may be a risk factor. Treatment may include iron or vitamin supplements, lifestyle changes and medications.

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Superfoods contain vitamins, nutrients and/or minerals that are believed to contain special properties for health, disease prevention and/or longevity. A healthy diet incorporating a variety of so-called “superfoods” may help you maintain your weight, fight disease and live longer.

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THYROID DISEASE

Millions of people in the United States suffer from thyroid disease — most of them are women. If you have a thyroid disease, your body uses energy more slowly or quickly than it should. Hypothyroidism — when the thyroid gland is not active enough is far more common. It can make you gain weight, feel fatigued and have difficulty dealing with cold temperatures. When the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs. This condition is called hyperthyroidism. Too much thyroid hormone can make you lose weight, speed up your heart rate and make you very sensitive to heat. Treatment of thyroid disease typically involves trying to reset your body’s metabolism to a normal rate, most often with prescription medication.

ULCERS

Ulcers are sores on the lining of the digestive tract, which consists of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum (the first part of the intestines) and the intestines. Most ulcers are located in the duodenum. These ulcers are called duodenal ulcers. Ulcers located in the stomach are called gastric ulcers. Ulcers in the esophagus are called esophageal ulcers.

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Women are falling short of meeting nutritional requirements. Based on a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) survey of food intake patterns, less than half of all women get the recommended level of some vital nutrients, including calcium, folic acid, iron, and vitamins A, B6 and E. But these nutrients are easily available in everyday foods. Women can increase their calcium intake by consuming more dairy foods such as low-fat yogurt, skim milk or reduced-fat cheese. To get the necessary amount of iron and folate, women should eat iron and folate-fortified cereals and dark green vegetables. Recently, a number of food products, including cereals, granola bars, yogurt and drinks, aimed specifically at women have appeared on supermarket shelves. Many of these products have added nutrients and vitamins beneficial to women.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, invasive methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — a potentially deadly, drug-resistant staph infection — is a critical public health problem. People can protect themselves from MRSA by washing their hands, keeping wounds covered and maintaining good hygiene. Your skin serves as a barrier to the outside world. It keeps the tissues and organs in your body protected from a multitude of viruses and bacteria. Wounds provide such an avenue of entry, and if not cleaned and closed, may result in infection such as MRSA and related health complications. Once cleaned, a wound should be covered with a bandage or bandage-like material. The material should breathe or the moisture underneath the material will be trapped, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Antibiotic ointments can help heal a wound, but shouldn’t be overused.

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Gene therapy is an experimental technique that uses genes to treat or prevent disease. In the future, this technique may allow doctors to treat a disorder by inserting a gene into a patient’s cells instead of using drugs or surgery. Researchers are testing several approaches to gene therapy, including:


HEALTHCARE GUIDE • Replacing a mutated gene that causes disease with a healthy copy of the gene. • Inactivating, or “knocking out,” a mutated gene that is functioning improperly. • Introducing a new gene into the body to help fight a disease. Although gene therapy is a promising treatment option for a number of diseases (including inherited disorders, some types of cancer, and certain viral infections), the technique remains risky and is still under study to make sure that it will be safe and effective. Gene therapy is currently only being tested for the treatment of diseases that have no other cures.

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Keeping the heart in top physical condition is key to preventing heart attacks and strokes. Physical activity contributes significantly to the youthfulness of the heart. The heart is a muscle that needs regular exercise to keep it working effectively. Regular physical activity will not only slow down the narrowing of the arteries to the heart and brain, it will also encourage the body to use up excess stored fat, thereby improving cholesterol levels, maintaining glucose levels and reducing high blood pressure. All these factors are crucial in preventing cardiovascular diseases, and other problems such as obesity and diabetes which besides being bad for health in their own right, further increase the risk of heart disease.   Aerobic activities that use the heart, lungs and muscles over a period of time, including brisk walking, swimming, cycling and jogging, are beneficial in keeping a healthy weight and expending extra calories. Strengthening activities, such as working out with weights, help develop and tone muscles, and are also helpful. Stretching exercises, such as yoga and Pilates, help promote flexibility, and by keeping the body in good shape, also help you to keep up aerobic exercise levels by reducing injury risk and making exercising more comfortable and thus enjoyable and achievable experience. Being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day can help build energy levels, reduce stress and improve strength.  

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A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation revealed that women are more likely than men to have difficulty falling and staying asleep and to experience more daytime sleepiness at least a few nights/days a week. Research has shown that too little sleep results in daytime sleepiness, increased accidents, problems concentrating, poor performance on the job and in school, and possibly, increased sickness and weight gain. Getting the right amount of sleep is vital, but just as important is the quality of sleep. Biological conditions unique to women, like the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause, can affect how well a woman sleeps. Women experience changing levels of hormones throughout the month. January 2014 WISCONSIN WOMAN | 23


HEALTHCARE GUIDE AURORA SINAI MEDICAL CENTER 945 North 12th St., Milwaukee 414-219-2000

Services Offered: Perinatal Assessment Center, Comprehensive Obstetrical Care for High-Risk pregnancies, Center for Continence & Pelvic Floor Disorders, Birthing Center, Genetic Counseling, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Comprehensive Breast Health Center, Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgical Options, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Largest Midwifery Practice in Wisconsin.

AURORA ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA HEALTH CARE METRO, INC. 2900 Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee 414-649-6000

Services Offered: Bariatric surgery services, cardiac services, Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center, Cancer Services, Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, Comprehensive Breast Health Center, Neuroscience Center, digestive services, Hyperbaric Medicine, sleep disorders center. AURORA WOMEN’S PAVILION OF AURORA WEST ALLIS MEDICAL CENTER ON THE CAMPUS OF WEST ALLIS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 8901 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis 414-978-3000

Services Offered: Breast Health, Complementary Medicine, Continence & Pelvic Health, Emotional Health, Fertility Services, Gynecologic Oncology, Heart Health, Optimal Health & Wellness, Living Well Program, Rheumatology, Sexual Health, Menopausal Health, Vulvar Health, Prenatal Care, Labor, Recovery, High-risk Pregnancies, Postpartum Care, Educational Classes.

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CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA AT MIDWESTERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 2520 Elisha Avenue, Zion, IL 60099 800-950-2822 www.cancercenter.com

Services Offered: integrated cancer treatment options including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and integrative oncology services such as naturopathic medicine, nutritional support, mind-body medicine, and spiritual support – all under one roof. Specialties: include advanced-stage and complex cancers. Fees Covered by Insurance: Yes, please call (800) 950-2822 to ask about your specific insurance plan. Certifications/Accreditations: Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer (NAPBC), the Joint Commission, American Association of Blood Banks, College of American Pathologists, American College of Radiology, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

CAPTEL CAPTIONED TELEPHONE 450 Science Drive Madison, WI 53711 800-482-2424

Services Offered: Free telephone service for people who have difficulty hearing over the phone. CapTel Captioned Telephones show word-for-word captions of everything a caller says. Similar to closed captions you see on television, only for phone calls. Ideal for people with hearing loss. Specialties: Helping people with hearing loss re-connect over the telephone. Fees/Covered by insurance: Not covered by insurance. The Captioning Service is free. State program available for Wisconsin residents with hearing loss to receive the phone at a discounted price. How long in business: Since 1978, when the company first started making telephones for people with hearing loss.

CEDAR COMMUNITY 5595 County Rd. Z, West Bend, WI 53095

101 Cedar Lane, Elkhart Lake WI 53020 262-306-2100

Services Offered: Continuum of care for seniors age 55+ from independent living apartments and homes to assisted living apartments, subacute rehabilitation home health & hospice, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation, memory loss care and respite. Church affiliated serving seniors and their families since 1953. Fees/Covered by insurance: Yes Number of Staff: 750+ Physicians on Staff: Muhommed Mian, medical director. In business since 1953 Certifications: WAHSA, LeadingAge, NHPCO. COLUMBIA ST. MARY’S HEALTH SYSTEM 2323 N. Lake Drive Milwaukee, WI 53211

13111 N. Port Washington Road Mequon, WI 53097 (414) 963-WELL (9355)

Serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Sheboygan counties. Services Offered: Advance healthcare planning, accredited chest pain centers, Bariatric centers, behavioral medicine, cancer centers, cardiovascular services, Center for Pain Management, certified primary stroke centers, continence center, emergency medicine, gynecologic oncology, medical education, Multiple Sclerosis clinic, New Vision TM (drug & alcohol medical stabilization program), orthopaedic services, perinatal assessment center, plastic and reconstructive surgery, podiatry care, pulmonary medicine, regional burn center & outpatient burn center, rehabilitation services, robotic surgery, sinus center, spine center, Vascular Institute, Wisconsin Chiari Center, Women’s Heart Secrets Program, wound care center. Chest Pain Centers in Wisconsin. Each of our hospitals is certified as a Primary Stroke Center. Specialties: Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute. Fees Covered by Insurance: Most major insurance plans accepted. Number of Staff: 5,000 employees Number of physicians on Staff: Columbia

St. Mary’s employs over 280 physicians, More than 900 serve on our Medical Staff. Columbia St. Mary’s has been serving the Milwaukee community since 1848 (more than 165 years). Certifications: Approved by The Joint Commission for Accredited Health Care Organizations. EVANS CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS 15720 W. National Ave. New Berlin, WI 53151 262-785-5515

Services Offered: Chiropractic Care, Stress Relieving Therapeutic Massage Therapy, Body Composition Evaluation & Management, Therapeutic Customized Weight Loss Programs, Certified Organic Nutritional Supplements. Specialties: Functional Medicine, State of the Art Pain Management with MLS Class 4 Laser (only one in Waukesha county), Individualized Therapeutic Detox Programs, Pregnancy-Webster Technique-nutrition/ Support, Pediatric Care. Fees/Covered by Insurance: Most Insurance Accepted, Care Credit Financing, Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover Number of Staff: 5 Name of Physicians on Staff: Dr. Eliesha R. Evans, D.C.S.C. How long in business: 21 years Certifications: Nutritional Counseling, Lifestyle Therapy Trainer FROEDTERT & THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN 9200 West Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53226 414-805-3666

Services Offered: Complete range of services to treat all types of health care needs, from primary care for the whole family to specialty care for complex conditions. The Froedtert & Medical College care network includes an academic medical center, two community hospitals and 30 health centers and clinics. Specialties: Cancer, Heart and Vascular, Neurosciences, Transplant, Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery, Orthopaedics, Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, Women’s Health, Sports Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Comprehensive Vein Clinic, many others. Region’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center.


HEALTHCARE GUIDE Fees/Covered by Insurance: Varies by insurance plan Number of Staff: 8,900 Number of physicians on staff: 2,000 How long in business: since 1980 Certifications: Nationally recognized and accredited for stroke care, breast care, cancer care, inpatient rehabilitation, heart care and more LAKESHORE MEDICAL CLINICS 414.766.9050

Services Offered: Audiology, Breastfeeding Medicine, Counseling, Diabetes Management, Digital Mammography, Laser Liposuction, Physical Rehabilitation, and Radiology Specialties: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Cardiology, Chiropractic Medicine, Dermatology, Endocrinology, ENT, Infectious Disease, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, General & Colorectal Surgery, Hematology/ Oncology, Lipidology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, Podiatry, Urology and Urogynecology, Vascular Surgery, and Weight Management. How long in business: 20+ years

NATURAL HEALTH CENTER FOR ACUPUNCTURE & WELLNESS 132 N. Main St. Oconomowoc, WI 53066 262-354-4683

Services Offered: Acupuncture, Massage, Herbal Medicine, Reiki and Hands on Energy Healing. Specialties: Chronic pain, Bowel Issues, Menopausal Symptoms, Stress and Anxiety, Facial Acupuncture. Fees/Covered by Insurance: Some policies cover acupuncture. Number of Staff: 3 Name of Physicians on Staff: Aimee Brown MSOM,L.Ac, Jennifer Kersten LMT,R4T, Joan Raveling M-Ed., AEH How Long in Business: 11 years.

THE OMMANI CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

1166 Quail Ct. Pewaukee, WI 53072 262-695-5311

Services Offered: Acupuncture and massage.

PEWAUKEE DENTAL, SC DR. MICHAEL J. SCHNEIDLER & ASSOCIATES

1231 George Towne Dr. Ste D Pewaukee, WI 53072 262-691-9832

Services Offered and Specialties: General Dentistry, Implants, Crowns & Bridges, Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening Fees/Covered by Insurance? YES Number of Staff: 16 Name of Physicians on Staff: Michael J. Schneidler, DDS & Michael S. Messer, DDS How long in business: 30 Years

ROGERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

34700 Valley Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066 800-767-4411

Services Offered: Rogers is a leader in comprehensive and effective behavioral health care treatment for children, adolescents and adults, with 5 Wisconsin locations: Oconomowoc, Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, and Brown Deer. Specialties: Eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive and other anxiety disorders, depression and other mood disorders, addiction. Fees/Covered by Insurance: Rogers works with most insurance providers; fees vary according to level of care and services provided. Number of Staff: 1,000 Name of Physicians on Staff: Peter Lake, MD and Kambiz Pahlavan, MD serve as medical directors; more than 30 psychiatrists on staff. How long in business: 1907 Certifications: Joint Commission Accredited

ST. CAMILLUS

10101 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53220 414-259-6310

Services Offered: Outpatient physical speech and occupational therapy and in-patient, short-term rehab. Specialties: In-home therapy and home care as well as short-term rehabilitative services. Fees/Covered by Insurance: Yes How long in business: 75 years Certifications: 5 star Medicare rating, Out-patient JCAHO accredited.

THE SURGERY CENTER LLC 3111 W. Rawson Ave. Franklin, WI 53132 414-761-2600

Services Offered: Ambulatory, Outpatient Surgery, Physician Offices. Specialities: Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Urology. We take most insurances and managed care plans. Number of staff: 45 Certifications: AAAHC, Medicare and Medicaid Names Of Physicians On Staff: ENT: Steven K. Dankle M.D, Satish Kodali M.D., Jodi Kornak, M.D.,David S. Lee M.D., Christopher M. Long M.D.,Michael R. Nordstrom M.D. UROLOGY: Brett Laven M.D., Jeffrey A. Derus M.D., Matthew W. Johnson M.D., Peter F. Leonovicz M.D., Elliott C. Silbar M.D., Mark J. Waples M.D GASTROENTEROLOGY: Shiva Kumar M.D., Alan Mayer M.D., Alex Ulitsky M.D., Tedd P. Cain M.D., Nalini M. Guda M.D., Lyndon V. Hernandez M.D., Maria T. Rivera M.D., Brian Moloney M.D., Jamal Qureshi M.D. GENERAL SURGERY: James Klas M.D., James L. Mahoney M.D., Gerado A. Caballero M.D ORTHOPEDICS: J. Butler M.D., Jamie O. Edwards M.D., Daniel W. Guehlstorf M.D., William T. Pennington M.D., James W. Stone M.D., Steven R. Trinkl M.D PAIN MANAGEMENT: Gordon Mortensen M.D., John Brusky M.D., Jeffrey Quintana, M.D.

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N4 W22370 Bluemound Rd., Suite 201 Waukesha, WI 53186 262-349-9371

Services Offered: Varicose vein treatments, facial vein treatments and spider vein treatments. Specialties: Phlebology and Radiology Fees/Covered by insurance: Yes, covered by insurance most of the time. Number of Staff: 9 Name of Physicians on Staff: Bruce W. Cardone, M.D. How long in business: 6 years Certifications: RVT, RPHS

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VMP TRINITY

7300 W. Dean Road, Milwaukee, WI 53223 414-371-7300 www.vmpcares.com

Services offered: A full continuum of care with independent living, assisted care, skilled nursing, ventilator care and short-term rehabilitation. VMP also has an on-site medical clinic, hospice care, pastoral care and a large senior center. Specialties: Ventilator and respiratory care, short-term rehab. VMP’s Senior Community Club is open to residents and community, offering many in-house events and classes, as well as off-campus trips. Fees: Health care fees are covered by insurance. Monthly fees vary depending on the level of care and the size of the unit. VMP is a Life Care community. The Life Care program guarantees residents priority placement and lower rates as they move through the continuum, regardless of their health conditions and financial status. Independent living apartments have both monthly rental and Life Care options available, with no endowment required for a rental. Mission: The mission of VMP is to provide a full range of senior healthcare for residents, patients and the community in accordance with our Christian values. Years in business: 88 years

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HEALTHCARE GUIDE WHEATON FRANCISCAN HEALTHCARE

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints 262-687-4011 3801 Spring Street Racine, WI 53405 Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis 414-6475000 3237 S. 16th Street Milwaukee, WI 53215 Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Franklin 414-325-4700 10101 S. 27th Street Franklin, WI 53132 Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus 262-785-2000 19333 W. North Avenue Brookfield, WI 53045 Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus 414-447-20005000 W. Chambers Street Milwaukee WI 53210 Wheaton Franciscan – Wauwatosa Campus 414-2597200 201 N. Mayfair Road Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Services Offered: Our health care system provides a comprehensive range of services for women of all ages from pregnancy and birthing services, to breast health, to osteoporosis care, to gynecological care and midlife health, heart and cancer care, bladder and bowel care, cosmetic surgery, and many more outpatient, inpatient and transitional care diagnostic, treatment, and support services specific to women’s health and wellness. Specialties: Advanced pregnancy and birthing services to include the area’s leading Level III NICU; maternal fetal medicine; breast health to include comprehensive breast cancer and breast reconstruction services; continence and pelvic floor treatment; plastic and reconstructive surgery; varicose vein surgery; orthopedic care; minimally invasive surgery; aesthetic services to include skin and laser services and massage therapy; complementary healing. Fees/Covered by Insurance: Yes with some fee for services options. Number of Staff: 10,687 associates; 1,578 affiliated physicians; 333 employed physicians

Name of Physicians on Staff: Visit our website at www.mywheaton.org/ physicians for a complete listing of our physicians How long in business: Founded in 1879 Certifications: Visit our website at www.mywheaton.org

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Services Offered: We offer information and referrals for treatments and services, educational materials about Parkinson disease, education conferences and workshops, support and exercise groups. Specializing in Parkinson disease we have been in business since 1984 with five full-time staff members. Certifications: 501 © (3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

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Services Offered: Sedation Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Non Surgical Laser Assisted Gum Disease Treatment, Cad Cam Dental Technology, Invisalign. Fees/Covered by Insurance: Most Insurances Accepted. Number of Staff: 11 Name of Physicians on Staff: Dr. Roberto Monteaqudo, Dr. Christopher Hickson. How long in business: 23 years. Certifications: Invisalign, Laser and Sedation Dentistry Certifications.

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HEALTHY-EATING APP More and more restaurants are offering healthy options, but sometimes it’s tough to figure out just what is the best option. Your smartphone can help. There’s an app, “Healthy Dining,” making it easier. Launched in the early 1990s, Healthy Dining began as a book publisher of healthful menu options offered at restaurants in the Southern California region. Today, the company operates a website, Health Dining Finder, that allows users to search for nearby restaurants and view a list of dietitian-approved menu options with nutrition information and a selection of kid-friendly items backed by the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program. And as of late November, the “Healthy Dining Finder” app is available in a GPS-enabled mobile format, delivering access to better-for-you food at 60,000 full-serve and quick-serve restaurant locations. Users can filter results by price and distance, as well as alphabetically. All of the restaurants featured on “Healthy Dining Finder” have signed up for the program, and then dietitians work with every single restaurant to identify the healthy dining criteria. The criteria are based on nutritional recommendations from the USDA and stress lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fats. Entrees must have 750 calories or less, no more than 25 grams of fat and no more than 8 grams of saturated fat. Appetizers must have less than 250 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 grams of saturated fat. Deepfried items are entirely excluded, save for a garnish like wonton strips. “Healthy Dining Finder” also highlights low-sodium items for those with specific dietary requirements and identifies allergens and glutens. Once the app is downloaded, you can choose a restaurant and then find the healthiest menu options.

DON’T PEEL IT

When you remove the peel or skin from fruits and vegetables, you lose a lot of nutrition — it’s a concentrated source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and potentially beneficial phytochemicals. Here are some facts you might not know about peels, from the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter: 1. The pigments in produce are healthful and the peels or skins are often the most colorful part. 2. Vegetable peels or skins are particularly good sources of insoluble fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Some peels, notably apple, are rich in pectin, a soluble fiber that helps lower blood cholesterol and control blood sugar. 3. Apple peels may help prevent cancer. Lab research has found that whole apple shave a much greater effect on cancer cells than peeled ones, probably because of the antioxidants in the skin. 4. Potato skins have far more fiber, iron, potassium and B vitamins than the flesh. Potato skins are also rich in antioxidants. 5. You don’t need to wash fruits and vegetables in soap or detergent — plain water is fine. It will remove nearly all dirt, as well as bacteria and some pesticide residues, if any, on the surface. Scrub firmer produce like potatoes with a vegetable brush. The wax on cucumbers, apples, tomatoes and eggplants is harmless.


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When it comes to my kids and sports, I have to admit, I am sometimes one of those helicopter parents. There, I admitted it. It really has less to do with my kids than it does with fairness. I know life is not fair, but I do like to see as many kids who go out for sports, plays, band, dance, or whatever, participate. It is after all a team or band or cast, etc. They need to perform better together than individually, in most cases, to be the best they can be. We always seem to know what is best for our kids, and forget to listen to them. Do some kids deserve more exposure than others? Yes. Especially my kids. Oops, there I go again. Sorry. Seriously, as bad as I think my behavior may have been at games and such, I have seen worse. I prefer to deal with the situations I encounter face-to-face, behind closed doorsnot screaming in public. But what about the parents who do get up screaming at each other and have to be removed from the game? Or, the parents who were so drunk and obnoxious (they did not hide the fact they were drinking even more during the game) and made a total embarrassment out of not only themselves, but their child. In grade school! Poor kid. We all seem to know that parent who chases down the coach or organized leader when the event ends (even though they are told to wait 24 to 48 hours) or the one who wants to pick a fight. It’s hard to watch. Children’s activities have certainly changed a lot since I attempted little league. Sure, you had unruly parents then, but I am almost certain none of the kids, or the parents, had to read and sign a “code of conduct” before the play or game. It is common practice today. Most of these “situations” are caused by we parents, not our children. It’s true. These activities can teach our youth to advocate for themselves, make a case for their in-

creased participation and have them learn – in a good way – life isn’t always fair. Sometimes they are even heard and their coach/leader involves them more, or at least gives them a chance to prove what they can do. I always feel terrible when a kid quits an activity because of the parents hovering overhead and making a scene or two. In my house the rule is if you join, you stick with it. You cannot quit. Case in point: my then 16-year old son, 6’ 5”, 225lbs, wanted to quit football his junior year and play volleyball. Volleyball is a big sport in our household; my wife still plays and all my girls did club volleyball. Because of his size and frame, we made him play football and he showed us. At the start of the season, the football coach told him he was vying for a starting spot. At which point he stopped trying. At close to mid-season the coach asked him what was wrong, that it looked like he wasn’t trying; he responded that he indeed was NOT trying and did not want to be there. The coach told him to quit and he said no, he would finish the season, as he was taught, and would be a great team cheerleader because he was assured he would not play. I know I would not have had the confidence to be that honest with a coach at 16 years old, but he did and guess what? He played volleyball his senior year. It’s always nice when we, as parents, learn a lesson or two from our kids! •••• Grant A. Johnson is the founder and CEO of Brookfield-based Johnson Direct, a full service, measurable marketing firm. He has four children from 14 to 21 and has been married to his wife, Maria, for over 23 years.

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Patient care degrees

Colleges and universities in Wisconsin offer a number of health care degree programs for undergraduate and graduate study. Linda Samuel, dean of Concordia University Wisconsin’s (CUW) School of Health Professions, says the physician’s assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy programs are the most popular programs at CUW. “We are getting hundreds of applications for each cohort,” she says.

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At Bryant & Stratton College, the most popular programs include   “According to Forbes, 7 of the top 20 best paying jobs medical assisting (an associate defor women are Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners and Nursgree program), medical administrative assisting and nursing, says ing; Physicians and Surgeons, Physician Assistant; OccuMarne Bonomo, Bryant & Stratton’s pational Therapists, Medical and Health Managers; and director of medical assisting and health services programs. Physical therapists.  As one considers this list, we find that Degree programs that focus on these jobs provide an opportunity to balance the importpatient care have strict standards for education and supervised cliniant things in life for most women: family and personal time cal experience. Several fields also require graduates to pass state or naand a meaningful, challenging job or career.  These roles tional licensing exams in order to provide adequate incomes to support oneself and the fampractice professionally. Because of limited availability ily comfortably.  They are an opportunity  for many to of clinical placements and rigorous move into the middle class.  More importantly, they are academic and admission requirements, these patient-centered delife-time careers with options within each career for differgree programs are often highly coment foci and career advancement.”  petitive, even in undergraduate programs such as athletic training, Herzing University dental assisting/dental hygiene, nursing, diagnostic medical sonography and radiologic technology. When looking for an academic program, it’s important Many health care careers require a master’s or professional degree, including counseling, dentistry, occupational to make sure the program is accredited not only by a regiontherapy, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and veteri- al accrediting body (the Higher Learning Commission’s nary medicine. It may take an additional one to four years North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for colof study beyond a bachelor’s degree to complete an advanced leges in Wisconsin), but also by accrediting bodies within your specific field. For example, the Accreditation Council degree, depending on the field’s requirements. HEALTH CARE DEGREES continued on page 32

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for Occupational Therapy Association accredits occupational therapy programs and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education accredits athletic training programs. Accreditation ensures that the program is respected by employers and will prepare you with the experience and classroom knowledge needed. Search Google for an academ-

ic area and “accreditation,” to find the website for the discipline’s accrediting body and lists of accredited programs at colleges and universities. Samuel says accredited schools usually are required to post information on their accreditation status and licensure exam pass rates on their websites. If you can’t find the information, ask an admission counselor or check with the

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appropriate accrediting body. Additionally, before enrolling in a program ask about licensing exam first-time pass rates for graduates of the school. Bonomo also recommends confirming if you will be eligible to sit for national exams upon completion of the program. Plus, confirm if credits are transferrable to another program or institution, in case your education plans change after you start a program.

Health care administration degrees

Universities are increasingly offering degree programs in health care management, communication and public health. For example, CUW offers a health care management bachelor’s degree program for nontraditional adult students, as well as a Master of Business Administration program in health care management. Mount Mary University recently introduced a new health communication concentration in its communications bachelor’s degree program. Bryant & Stratton has a bachelor’s degree program in health service administration, which prepares students for positions in health services offices. David Borst, dean of CUW’s School of Business Administration, says graduates have gone on to head surgical teams, trauma units and triage facilities and an increasing number of health care providers across disciplines are telling the university they have businesses to run. “The common thread is that they all recognize that there is a change in health care which will be dominated by business and government, and they need to understand it better than they do.”

Mount Mary’s Jennifer Peterson, assistant professor of communications, says health communication has been a growing part of the communication discipline for 25 years. “There is a high demand for people who have specialized communication skills and experience in a vast array of health environments,” she says. Peterson also says Mount Mary is in a unique position to offer health communication concentration courses not only to communication students, but also to students in health-related majors such as dietetics, pre-nursing, occupational therapy and behavioral sciences.

Professionals in demand

One of the reasons health care degree programs are popular with students is because of the jobs available after graduation. Samuel says many students in CUW’s health care-related majors have jobs within three months of graduation. One occupational therapy student even had three job interviews in a single day. Borst says graduates of CUW’s health care management programs have gone on to work in clinics, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and free care facilities. Health communication students can find employment in areas such as patient advocacy, public relations, health campaigns, health education, health communication analysis and community outreach, Peterson adds. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care industry is one of the fastest growing industries for employment, and demand for highly trained professionals will continue to grow.

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Having a pet in your home is a proven mood booster. A pet can prevent loneliness and the threat of depression. In several recent studies, pet ownership was shown to be a factor in lowering blood pressure and preventing heart disease, in addition to the benefits from the exercise you experience while walking or playing with your pet. For seniors who have limited energy or physical abilities, it’s important to choose a low-effort pet whose needs can be met without difficulty. “Some of the best pets are cats or older dogs,” says Michele Hollow of the blog “Pet News and Views,” which covers pet care, animal welfare and people who work with and on behalf of animals. “If an older adult is looking to adopt, it’s a good idea to adopt an older pet. Dogs are great, but I would stay away from a puppy. Puppies need a lot of attention. Older dogs come already trained. You will have to walk a dog, of course, but it’s good exercise. I would look for a dog that is 5 or older. At that age, they have lost their puppy energy, which can tire a lot of folks out. Older dogs are wiser and calmer. They will more than likely slot into your environment and bond with you on a mature level, unlike young puppies, which can cause mischief and become

slightly out of control if restless. An older dog knows how to sit still, whereas a puppy simply chooses to do what it wants.” At your local animal shelter, you’ll find a wide array of older dogs whose owners gave them up because of financial hardship. This means an amiable, trained adult dog is sitting in a kennel right now awaiting a new home. Talk to the shelter’s staff. It will assess your pet preferences to match

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to scoop out one-third of the water and pour in fresh water once a week, with a more thorough cleaning happening once a month or so. “My colorful fish bring me such happiness,” says retiree Lina Ford. “Every morning and night, they look so happy when I feed them, and they remind me of the travels to tropical islands that my departed husband and I took during our earlier years.” Hollow warns, though, that “no animal is entirely low-effort. All require attention. All pets, like us, need human interaction. Feeding is essential, and so are daily brushing, petting and communication. When I wake up in the morning, I greet my cat, talk to him and play with him.” That takes effort, she says, but it makes both of us feel great.

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As we head into a brand new year, please take time to slow down. A great deal of the fatigue, dissatisfaction and vague unease so many people feel comes from an impossible pace of life. Technology has made many things easier, even as it has increased pressure to do more in shorter periods of time. One of the casualties of our pace is rest. Another is true connectedness. A third is a sense of well-being and security. Let’s take these one at a time and reflect on how slowing down can help. The first is obvious. If you will not slow down, you cannot adequately rest. “But,” you might protest, “If I slow down, I will miss important developments! I will become obsolete if I don’t keep up with change.” This fear of being left behind is often stoked by marketers, competitors at work, even friends who enjoy being at the front end of new developments. But just as human beings develop at different paces and choose different pathways through life, keeping pace with the quickest among us is not necessary or even healthy for you. Let’s use apps as a quick illustration of this point. An app is a software application downloaded to a mobile device that allows you to do everything from checking the weather to purchasing tickets to checking stock prices, finding the nearest gas station and playing heaven knows how many games. At the end of 2012, 1.2 billion people worldwide were using apps. This number is expected to grow by 29.8% a year (I love the precision of these estimates!) to include 4.4 billion people worldwide by 2017. There are an estimated

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70 app stores; Apple and Google, the two largest, have over 800,000 apps apiece. Who can possibly keep up with all this? Rest? What rest? The second casualty, true connectedness, is related to this illustration. When you’re following, learning, interacting or simply trying to understand the scope and reach of new developments, your mind is not lingering anywhere long enough to have deep thoughts. As for your heart and soul? Well, I hear from too many people who say that with all the technological ways to connect with people anywhere on the planet, they feel oddly lonely. Disconnected somehow. Not understood. This points to the third casualty of the speed of life: our lost sense of well-being and security. When things are continually in motion, it is hard to get your bearings, much less find a place of safety. When deep connection is gone, we yearn for someone to understand us. Without this connection, our sense of well being is significantly diminished. You may have felt these things in recent years and wondered whether a sense of peacefulness, serenity and security are gone forever, casualties of our faster and more modern world. The answer is up to you. What I’m suggesting is that you create your life by choice or by default. When you feel enslaved to your schedule, the demands of work, family, school or social groups, or goals that were set for you by someone else, you have effectively turned over your life—and with it your happiness—to someone who cares less about your life than you do. Stop doing things just because everyone else is. Do work that matters to you, whether in your paid job or as a volunteer. Rest daily. Find fun. Living at your pace enriches you and re-energizes you to seek new adventures. Letting go of the daily frenzy is not easy to do. Our habits become powerful directors of our days. Changing them requires energy, concentration and sometimes sheer stamina. But when you can slow your pace in order to become more intentional with your actions, you will find a richer experience awaits. Yes, slowing down is acutely counter culture. In my mind, that’s one of the best reasons to do it! Enjoy your new year.

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It’s SALE time! And what woman doesn’t love a SALE? But, how about some due diligence before we head out in search of bargains? There is a fashion adage that says we could get rid of 80% of what’s in our closet. Horrifying, right? But, when you stop and think about it, you’ll probably be nodding your head in agreement. We tend to wear the same few pieces over and over – hopefully, in different combinations. So, especially at SALE time when low prices are so darn tempting, we need to make sure we don’t add to the Closet Clutter. Think hard; take inventory. What piece(s) was missing from this season’s wardrobe? Were you always wishing you had a pretty blouse to dress up that black suit? Maybe, you’re missing that “go-to dress” to fit the bill whether it’s a cocktail party or a funeral. Make it a personal mission to find that “Missing Piece” at a price! Buy OUTFITS! Don’t assume you’ll find something to match that SALE Technicolor Skirt. (I could tell you stories.) Look for non-seasonal fabrics. Technological advances in fabric manufacturing result in many garments that can

be worn year round. This should always be a factor when you are considering the price of a garment. Is it still expensive at SALE time? Amortize the wearing! GET SALES HELP. Sale racks tend not to be the most attractive, and they get messed up faster than sales associates can straighten them. Also, some things just don’t have what we call “hanger appeal.” But, once you get them on: Whoa Baby! It’s the job of Sales Associates to know these things. But, the most important tip of all? NEVER BUY ANYTHING YOU DON’T LOVE. In fact, here’s a New Year’s Resolution: NEVER WEAR ANYTHING YOU DON’T LOVE. (Might have to get rid of 90% of what’s in your closet?) •••• Happy, thoughtful SALE Shopping. Yours in fashion, Faye Wetzel Owner, Faye’s Boutique Brookfield and Mequon

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Be a Blushing,

Not a Rushing Bride:

Strategies to Beat Wedding-Planning Stress Getting married can be one of the most memorable and lovely times of your life. But, it can also be one of the most stressful. With so many decisions to make, high-priced expenses and working on a tight deadline, it’s easy to see how even the most put-together person could get frazzled. However, stress is not healthy for a bride-to-be. It is commonly known that stress can affect both physical and mental health, but it can also wreak havoc on one’s appearance. Stress-induced headaches can contribute to wrinkling around the brow line and eyes from scrunching the face in pain. Additionally, it can cause a person to over or under-eat, resulting in weight gain and other cosmetic factors like dull hair, which won’t be complimentary to your pre-wedding beauty plan. In order to feel and look recharged for your wedding day, here are tips to help keep stress at bay. • Schedule time for non-wedding-related activities. From dress fittings to consultations with your makeup artist, a bride’s calendar is packed with appointments all related to her big day. Don’t forget to schedule some downtime for yourself, whether that be a day spent entirely watching chick flicks or enjoying an at-home hair indulgence. • Don’t be afraid to delegate. Understandably, you want to have control over your wedding planning along with your fiancé. But taking on too many responsibilities can quickly wear at your nerves. You chose a bridal party for good reason, so enlist them to help out with as much as they can. Reserve the big decisions for yourself, such as picking out bouquet blooms, but let them work through the drama of deciding on a bridesmaid dress or ideas on wedding favors. If anyone offers help, be it a relative or friend, take them up on it.

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• Make the most of your hair type and style. Bridal styles are often intricate up-dos or cascading curls — styles you don’t do every day that require more effort than simply shampooing and a blowout. Set up an appointment with your stylist to discuss options that will work with your face and the style of your dress. Don’t forget to schedule a trial run to make sure you are happy with the look. Also, take a few moments to improve your hair’s condition. • Treat your body right. Exercise can do wonders for mood and appearance. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. This gets the blood pumping, fueling the entire body with energy. Your skin will glow and your hair will be revived. Although you want to be an ideal weight for your wedding day, avoid drastic diets and choose well-balanced, portion-controlled meals instead. Remember, you need to keep your energy up before your wedding day. • Follow your budget. Some wedding stress is money-related. Talk about what you plan to budget for the wedding with your fiancé so you know what you can afford, and comparison shop for vendors. This way there will be few surprises when you’re writing out checks or swiping your credit card. Keep stress levels to a minimum so that your wedding day will be the happy occasion you deserve.

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AT HOME | Recipes

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ven though the cooler weather has arrived, you can still enjoy mouth-watering peaches, juicy tomatoes and sweet corn — all your summer favorites — thanks to the can. Fruits and vege­tables are picked at the peak of their ripeness, when they’re at their best, and canned just hours after picking. The canning process, therefore, locks in their nutrients, freshness and flavor naturally, Pasta Fagioli Soup without the need for preserv­atives. So, they’re available and in-season all year long. Additionally, many canned fruits and vegetables have equal or more nutrients than their fresh and frozen counter­parts. Canned peaches, for example are more nutritious than fresh, according to an Oregon State University study, because they have higher levels of vitamins A, C and E, as well as folate and antioxidants. These delicious recipes will allow you to enjoy the flavors of summer, no matter what time of the year it is. Remember, your favorite fruits and vegetables are only a can away. For more recipe inspiration and to learn how you can get cooking with cans, visit: www.Facebook.com/CansGetYouCooking www.Pinterest.com/CansGetUCooking www.YouTube.com/ CansGetYouCooking.

PASTA FAGIOLI SOUP Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes Serves: 8 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) Red Gold Diced Tomatoes 1 can (15 ounces) great northern beans 1 can (14.5 ounces) chopped spinach 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) chicken broth 1 can (29 ounces) Red Gold Tomato Sauce 2 cups water 2 garlic cloves, minced 8 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled

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1 tablespoon dried parsley 1 teaspoon garlic powder Salt and black pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 8 ounces seashell pasta Parmesan cheese In a large stockpot, combine all above ingredients except pasta and cheese. Bring to a boil; cover, and simmer for 40 minutes. Add pasta and cook uncovered until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese.


PINEAPPLE-PEACH-PEAR SKILLET CRISP Prep time: 5 minutes Serves: 8 Topping: 4 ounces (1 cup) chopped pecans 1/3 cup butter 24 gingersnap cookies, coarsely crushed Base: 1 can (20 ounces) Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits or Chunks, undrained 1 can (15.25 ounces) Del Monte Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches in Heavy Syrup, drained 1 can (15.25 ounces) Del Monte Sliced Pears in Heavy Syrup, drained 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch Salt, to taste 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pecans and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat, stir in cookie crumbs until well coated with butter and set aside on separate plate. Combine pineapple, peaches, pears, cranberries, sugar, cornstarch, and salt, if desired, in same skillet. Bring to full boil over medium-high heat. Boil 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasion­ally. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, if desired, and sprinkle evenly with cookie mixture. Serve immedi­ately or at room temperature.

BAKED ZITI WITH PUMPKIN & SAUSAGE Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Serves: 12 Nonstick cooking spray 4 cups dry regular or whole-wheat ziti 1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Pinch cayenne pepper 1 can (12 ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Fat Free Milk 4 links (12 ounces) fully cooked Italian-seasoned chicken sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 package (6 ounces) or about 4 cups pre-washed baby spinach 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim or 2% milk reduced-fat mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup (1.5 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray 4-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water and set aside for later use. Drain pasta; return to cooking pot. Meanwhile, combine pumpkin, flour, garlic powder, salt, nutmeg and cayenne pepper in medium skillet over medium heat. Slowly add evaporated milk, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken slightly. Pour over pasta in pot. Add sausage and reserved pasta cooking water; stir well. Spread half of pasta mixture into prepared baking dish. Top with spinach. Cover with remain­ing pasta mixture. Lightly spray piece of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Cover ziti with foil, greased side down. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. Com­ bine mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses in small bowl. Remove foil; sprinkle with cheese mixture. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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AT HOME | Decor

Tips FOR CLEARING THE CLUTTER As the strains of Auld Lang Syne fade away, many homeowners may be left with an overwhelming mess and no idea where to start. Beneath the confetti and discarded wrapping paper is the bigger task of getting organized after the holidays. Members of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling resource for 52 years, offer professional tips for finding order and keeping it in the New Year.

Decorations

Tempted to leave the lights on the roof all year? Milwaukee/NARI members recommend spending an afternoon gathering all of the holiday decorations – including any that weren’t used – to one spot. Using covered bins, segregate decorations into similar areas, such as ‘inside and outside,’ ‘tree,’ ‘mantle,’ et cetera. This will make it easier to see what you have for next year. Consider donating or passing along the decorations that weren’t used. Also, let go of any broken lights, decorations, or ornaments. Ask the help of family members or a friend to put decorations away. The best place to store the holiday decorations may be the corner that’s hardest to reach. Since these items will only be accessed once a year, it is not necessary for them to be stored front and center.

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where to go with them. One tip is to get the kids involved in the process of organizing what’s theirs. Make it fun. Play music in the background. Reward the children for their work – go to a movie after, go for a walk, go out for lunch, or just enjoy a big hug for a job well done. To begin, create some space. Take time to go through the children’s toys and donate items that aren’t regularly used, making room for the new ones. Discard anything broken. Any gifts that are duplicates, not age appropriate, or don’t interest the children can be donated. Places like the Ronald McDonald House and other charities are always in need of toys all times of the year. Next, work with the child to draw a template of the room, writing down where the child will put away toys, clothing, and books. “Get down to the kid’s level. This will allow you to see from the kid’s perspective. Have toys and books that are easy to put away on lower shelves. Items that are breakable and more complicated put on higher shelves. Use colored bins and baskets, and find ways to turn the task of tidying up into a fun way to spend time together.

Staying Organized in 2014

For homeowners who resolve to keep their home organized in 2014, it is important to have a designated and defined place for everything. Items that have a specified area tend to always make their way back. These defined spaces will help you put a limit on the number of items, to help cut down on clutter. Another recommendation is to make goals, create a plan, implement it, and tweak the plan as needed. The following are three main steps for staying organized: 1) Get caught up. This can be as simple as picking up a room, to a full blown organizing project such as being able CLUTTER continued on page 43


Does Waldorf Education prepare children for the ‘real’ world; and, if so, how does it do it?

BY COLIN PRICE

It is easy to fall into the error of believing that education must make our children fit into society. Although we are certainly influenced by what the world brings us, the fact is that the world is shaped by people, not people by the world. However, that shaping of the world is possible in a healthy way only if the shapers are themselves in possession of their full nature as human beings. Education in our materialistic, Western society focuses on the intellectual aspect of the human being and has chosen largely to ignore the several other parts that are essential to our well-being. These include our life of feeling (emotions, aesthetics, and social sensitivity), our willpower (the ability to get things done), and our moral nature (being clear about right and wrong). Without having these developed, we are incomplete- a fact that may become obvious in our later years when a feeling of emptiness begins to set in. That is why in a Waldorf school, the practical and artistic subjects play as important a role as the full spectrum of traditional academic subjects that the school offers. The practical and artistic are essential in achieving a preparation for life in the ‘real’ world. Waldorf Education recognizes and honors the full range of human potentialities. It addresses the whole child by striving to awaken and enable all the latent capacities. The children learn to read, write, and do math; they study history, geography, and the sciences. In addition, all children learn to sing, play a musical instrument, draw, paint, model clay, carve and work with wood, speak clearly and act in a play, think independently, and work harmoniously and respectfully with others. The development of these various capacities is interrelated. For example, both boys and girls learn to knit in grade one. Acquiring this basic and enjoyable human skill helps them develop a manual dexterity, which after puberty will be transformed into an ability to think clearly and to ‘knit’ together their thoughts into a coherent whole. CLUTTER continued from page 42

to park a car in the garage. Whether it’s 15 minutes per day or three hours, homeowners should plan time in their schedule for catching up on tasks that need attention. Keep to the schedule “until you feel caught up.” 2) Keep up. This can be as simple as taking out the trash and recycling, or doing the dishes and the laundry. 3) Work ahead. This can be as simple as setting the table for breakfast the night before, to working on the family activity calendar. Homeowners should continue the organizing schedule, but don’t forget to set time for relaxing and enjoying the benefits of being organized. Staying organized for the entirety of 2014 may be a difficult resolution, especially for perfectionists. Fight the desire to have things done perfectly. People put off doing projects and tasks that they fear won’t be done perfectly. Work on the project or task a little at a time, and it will get done. Additional easy, after-holiday organizing tips include: Update your address book from holiday cards received. Can someone else benefit from this? Pass on gifts that

Preparation for life includes the development of the well-rounded person. Waldorf Education has as its ideal a person who is knowledgeable about the world and human history and culture, who has many varied practical and artistic abilities, who feels a deep reverence for and communion with the natural world, and who can act with initiative and in freedom in the face of economic and political pressures. There are many Waldorf graduates of all ages who embody this ideal and who are perhaps the best proof of the efficacy of the education. Colin Price has been a Waldorf teacher for the past thirty-five years and has been a class teacher in schools in England, Canada, and the United States of America. He wishes to express this article with the following caveat that these are his personal opinions.

you don’t love or need. Donate holiday outfits that don’t fit or have lost their luster. When you shop the after Christmas sales, make sure to write down what gifts you acquired and who you intend to give them to for next year. If you buy cards, wrapping paper, or other holiday supplies on sale, write a note for yourself and put them in your November 2014 calendar to be prepared for next season. Write down what you and your family really enjoyed about the holidays and what you would do differently next year. Keep this in your November 2014 calendar so you can remember what activities to repeat. Decide what holiday baking items you need. Make a resolution to clear your kitchen clutter, start with your baking goods. Remove all old and expired spices and baking goods. Also discard any pots, pans, and utensils that need to be replaced. For more information visit - www.milwaukeenari.org. January 2014 WISCONSIN WOMAN | 43


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PETS | Dog Talk

How Much Does It Cost To Raise a Dog

Money matters. Even the closest of human-canine bonds are impacted by an empty bank account, an unpaid mortgage or a lost job. So the decision to bring a dog into your life isn’t just emotional; it’s also financial. That said, entire lives surely have been wasted on the interminable attempt to plan for everything. Unhand the unlikely, and focus on the plausible. If your job is secure, don’t run your life from an assumption of imminent unemployment. If you have a year’s worth of liquid savings, don’t live like you’re broke. And if both of these conditions apply to you and you want a dog and have the time, get one.

How much should you expect your new dog to cost? There’s the one-time fixed cost for the purchase of the pooch. Where your dog comes from will determine how much you spend. Shelters and rescue groups generally charge adoption fees of approximately $100 to $250. These fees help defray the costs of caring for the animals and preparing them to live in new homes -- or in a home for the first time. Adoption fees also serve to ensure that people are serious about adding four paws to their family. Independent breeders typically charge more -- often thousands of dollars more. People who go this route tend to have a reason for doing so -- they want a dog to perform an exact task, do a specific job, display a particular trait, exert a predictable degree of energy or look a certain way. Price rises with demand when supply remains short. After the initial investment, there are the recurring expenses of food, supplies, grooming and veterinary care. And then there are services such as boarding, dog walking and dog sitting that are optional for some and mandatory for others, depending on your lifestyle. Lifetime ownership costs for a small dog who lives the average lifetime of 15 years are estimated at about $15,000. 44 | WISCONSIN WOMAN January 2014

This amount is higher for large dogs, mostly because of the increased food consumption. This annual estimate doesn’t include emergencies -surgeries for sustained trauma such as an animal attack or getting hit by a car or underlying disease that surfaces later in life. It also doesn’t include training. Anyone who reads this column knows I don’t consider training optional. Some version of dog training is essential to fully realize your dog’s potential as a dog and the potential of your relationship as members of different species. Training bridges the communication gap. It also serves as a preventive measure against those pricey emergencies mentioned earlier, as well as lawsuits and fines. If you’ve been thinking, dreaming, breathing dog for months, if you’ve done your homework and know what you want and what you’re capable of, and if these numbers don’t scare you, then you’ve done all you can. You’re ready. He’s waiting. Go get your dog, and prepare to be amazed.

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AT HOME | Crafters’ Corner

Create a Clutter-Free CRAFTING ZONE

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When creative inspiration strikes, you need to seize the moment and create. But if supplies are strewn from one end of the house to the other and clutter reigns, you may battle a real cramp in creativity. Even for the most free-thinking minds, a little organization can go a long way to let your artistic aspirations soar. The key is accessibility. Follow these three simple tips from the organizational experts at ClosetMaid to get your space uncluttered and let your imagination run free.

1. Dedicate your space. Whether you’re able to allocate an entire room, a closet or even just a corner, allow yourself to hone in on the true purpose of the space - crafting. Store unrelated items elsewhere and establish a designated work zone. You can also achieve versatility with mobile storage. Portable containers and rolling carts allow greater flexibility in how you use the space, while giving you easy access to your crafting supplies. Organizing like items, with specific storage areas for each different hobby or craft, will help you find what you need efficiently. 2. Maximize your resources.

Particularly if you’re working with a small area, it’s important to utilize every inch of space. Don’t limit yourself to the floor, think vertically. In a closet, using a custom organizer will allow you to customize and reconfigure shelf locations as often as your needs change. You can also find a variety of hanging organizers for the back of the same door you once simply closed to hide the mess.

3. Keep comfort in mind. Set the mood to get inspired with comfortable seating and dÈcor that energizes you and appeals to your artistic senses. A cozy arm chair makes for far more appealing seating than a standard desk chair, especially if your chosen craft requires extended periods of sitting. If you expect to have guests visit the space, be sure to provide seating for their comfort, such as a cushy couch or loveseat. There are myriad options available when it comes to storage, so you can find just the right size container for each and every item. This helps ensure you’re using every inch of space wisely. And, using right-size storage bins helps ensure you are protecting valuable supplies from damage that can result from cramming into too-tight places.

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Create this customized bookshelf to hold all of your crafting supplies. Customize it to match your home decor.

Book Case Black Paint Gloves Upholstery nails Burlap Velcro (2 inches) HeatnBond® Hem Tape measure Hammer Iron • Start with the clean empty book case wiped down. Take shelves out and also the back cardboard panel. • Spray paint the outside, inside and each shelf on the front edge and top. (Once dry, tack on cardboard panel) • Measure the height and width of shelf unit. • Purchase burlap (used here) or any fabric of your choice to cover the front of the shelf adding 2 inches to width and length of unit. • Press the fabric on the wrong side, one inch all around. (I found this step useful before I inlaid the HeatnBond® Hem on the inside of the fold and pressed to seal the fabric together. • Lay the shelf unit on the floor and tack the fabric to the very top of the shelf unit with the upholstery tacks. • Place the Velcro pieces on the seam of the lowest shelf edge and then on the inside of the fabric to close the unit up. January 2014 WISCONSIN WOMAN | 45


LIFESTYLE | Entertainment

January

ACTIVITIES FOR ALL

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Looking for outdoor activities this winter? Milwaukee County cross-country skiing parks require 6” of snow to groom trails – Brown Deer, 7835 N. Green Bay Rd., Whitnall, 6751 S 92st. St. (414-525-4765), county. milwaukee.gov/Parks

pets please. Sponsored by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park (exit DNR). Ansay Welcome Center. 6-9 p.m., 262-285-3015. January 19 Samson Stomp and Romp 5K/run, Milwaukee County Zoo at (414) 256-5466.

January 19 Retzer Nature Center W284 S1530 County Rd. DT., Waukesha Enjoy a full day of free family fun! Tentatively includes: Free Snowshoe use 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Family Nature Activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bird Feeding Programs 11a.m. & 1:15 p.m. Winter Tracking Program 12 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. See Starship Earth at the Charles Horwitz Planetarium

January 4 Candlelight Ski And Hike Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium Looking for the perfect solution to cabin fever? Bring your cross country skis or hiking boots and join us for brisk air, warm fires, delicious refreshments, and pleasant company. Ansay Welcome Center will be open to warm you up. Trails will be lit with tiki torches. No

at the top of every hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, call 262-896-8007. February 1 Ski the Peak Lapham Peak, Delafield Sign up now for a 22k, 33k, or 44k at skithepeak.org February 1 Christmas Mountain Winter Carnival Wisconsin Dells Join us for our annual winter carnival CMV’s Winter Carnival is held every year on the first Saturday in February. Winter fun at its best with events and activities for everyone. For event times or more information call 608-254-3971 or visit travelwisconsin.com.

February 8 25th Annual Candlelight Ski/ Hike at Pike Lake Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford Three hundred or more luminaries will light up two, three and four mile trails for skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. Enjoy a bonfire, refreshments inside the shelter and viewing the night sky with telescopes provided by the Northern Cross Astronomers. Vehicle admission stickers are required. 6-9 p.m., 262-6703400. February 15-16 Winter Festival Cedarburg People of all ages will enjoy the popular 40th two-day festival in Cedarburg.

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