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FREE Achilles Test & Bone Density Screenings

Join us at WWHF for a free achilles test & bone density screenings.


anyone at risk

Risk Factors include:

    • females
    • advanced age
    • history of bone fracture
    • family history of osteoporosis
    • early menopause
    • low calcium diet
    • lack of exercise
    • alcohol and tobacco use


Trained staff and volunteers conduct Achilles Test screenings using the GE Achilles Bone Ultrasonometer.  The Achilles Test aids in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. The results are printed out and given to the individual along with information on osteoporosis risk factors, prevention tips and supplements. Individuals with below normal scores are encouraged to take their results to their doctor. This information, along with other factors, helps doctors gauge the risk of osteoporotic fracture.


2503 Todd Drive, Madison WI 53713


Sign up for a 5 minute timeslot between 11:30pm and 1:30pm by clicking here.


Osteoporosis is serious
Breaking a bone is a serious complication of osteoporosis, especially when you’re older. Broken bones due to osteoporosis are most likely to occur in the hip, spine and wrist, but other bones can break too. Broken bones can cause severe pain that may not go away. Osteoporosis also causes some people to lose height. When osteoporosis causes the bones of the spine, called vertebrae, to break or collapse, it affects your posture and causes you to become stooped or hunched.
Osteoporosis may even keep you from getting around easily and doing the things you enjoy, which may bring feelings of isolation or depression. It can also lead to other health problems. Twenty percent of seniors who break a hip die within one year from problems related to the broken bone itself or surgery to repair it. Many of those who survive need long-term nursing home care.

Osteoporosis is costly
Osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones and $19 billion in related costs every year. By 2025, experts predict that osteoporosis will be responsible for approximately three million fractures and $25.3 billion in costs each year.

Osteoporosis can sneak up on you
Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because you can’t feel your bones getting weaker. Breaking a bone is often the first sign that you have osteoporosis or you may notice that you are getting shorter or your upper back is curving forward. If you are experiencing height loss or your spine is curving, be sure to talk to your doctor or another healthcare professional right away as the disease may be already be advanced.

Information gathered from: http://nof.org/articles/7

Remember Your Mammogram

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


It is a good time to schedule your mammogram. You do get your mammogram (if you are over 40) on a regular basis, right? Regular as decided together by you and your physician—this may mean every year or every other year. No excuses.

Mammograms are still the gold standard for detecting breast cancer. So, along with inspecting your breasts for signs of changes or abnormalities, get your mammogram. If you think you can’t afford it because you don’t have health insurance or you have a high deductible, ask your health care provider about a payment plan or any available discounts. Contact the local health department or Susan G. Komen affiliates for possible resources. Check out programs that provide free mammograms like the Kohl’s Southeast Wisconsin Breast Health Assistance Fund administered by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation.


If you are a woman, you are at risk and your risk increases with age. Other things that may increase your risk are family history of breast cancer (mother, sister, daughter) although most women who get breast cancer—about 230,000/year in the US—have no family history of the disease. Taking birth control pills and drinking alcohol have also been shown to slightly increase your breast cancer risk.

Ways to reduce your risk factors include: maintaining a healthy weight, especially after menopause and getting regular physical activity. We are just beginning to learn more about the environmental risk factors for breast cancer. Products that contain phthalates (found in personal care products like nail polish and fragrances) are being researched for their impact on breast cancers. Researchers are considering “windows of susceptibility” regarding exposures to chemicals, such as a girl’s puberty and  a women’s pregnancy.

The Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program is hosting its 10th anniversary annual meeting/conference in Madison on November 7-8. This free event will present the latest research and current findings related to environmental exposures and breast cancer risk. For more information go to www.wibcerp.wisc.edu.

This month, take a moment to remember the women who have lost their battle with breast cancer—we all know someone who has died. Send a prayer to their family. Take time this month to reduce your risk—get out and walk, bike or dance. And, get your mammogram.vibevixen-breast-cancer-ribbon

Drive Safely Work Week

Did you know that in 2011, there were 112,516 car crashes just in the state of Wisconsin?

During Drive Safely Work Week, the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation wants to remind you to remember the three A’s of driving safely. Stay aware, alert and attentive at all times when driving. It’s easy to get distracted on our way to work and we are often tired when we leave. If you want resources on how to maintain your physical and mental best for driving – and information about the “health” of your vehicle – make sure to visit the Drive Safely Work Week website.


But why stop at driving safely? Why not let your car do more good while you drive back and forth to work each day?

By purchasing a WWHF specialty license plate, you can! Improve the health and well-being of women and families in Wisconsin by purchasing a Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation license plate! Your $25 donation will be re-invested in communities all over Wisconsin through support of WWHF outreach and education programs.


And remember, license plates can be purchased any time throughout the year, regardless of when your annual registration fees are due. Complete the application today!


Mental Illness Awareness Week – Oct. 6 – 12

mental health

50 million.

That’s how many Americans experience a mental disorder any given year.

With that kind of prevalence, why would most individuals rather tell their employers about a petty crime than about a history including a psychiatric hospital?

There are many people in the workforce that deal with psychiatric illnesses and poor mental health. Despite the prevalence within the workforce, there is almost 90% unemployment for those with serious or persistent mental illnesses. Often, these individuals are able and willing to work, but the stigma of mental illness inhibits their ability to find a job.

So, what can you do?

Primarily, you can help reduce the stigma related to mental health in your workplace. Stigma is a barrier that discourages individuals from getting the help they need. Start with yourself: ask yourself what preconceptions you hold about those with mental illness. Do some research to dispel these myths. After you’ve gotten yourself on the right track talk to those around you. Help your family, friends and co-workers to recognize their prejudices. Work together to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

Mental-Health Stigma

Additionally, it has been shown that practicing mental health activities is correlated with greater productivity, reduced insurance costs and improved retention. It can affect your entire company. So get started today.


For more resources on mental health, visit:




Register Today!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to register for WWHF’s 7th Annual Dialogue – Women & Aging: The Impact of Dementia!

On October 10th & 11th WWHF is holding a moderated panel discussion of state and national leaders in prevention and treatment. Join us to learn about innovative solutions and strategies that can improve healthcare outcomes for Wisconsin communities!

Free admission! However, registration is required – space is limited. RSVP by October 7th.
To register, please click on the date/location that you wish to attend below.

Thursday, October 10th – Madison, WI
8:00am – 10:30am (breakfast included)
Concourse Hotel
1 West Dayton Street, Madison WI 53703

Friday, October 11th – Milwaukee, WI
8:00am – 10:30am (breakfast included)
Italian Conference Center
631 East Chicago Street, Milwaukee WI 53202


It All Begins With A Healthy Woman…

As mothers, it is important to do everything possible to ensure the delivery of a healthy baby.  Sadly, this is too often not true.

September is Infant Mortality Month and WWHF encourages mothers, surrogates and families to be aware and mindful of the things that can cause infant mortality.  While there are medical conditions that cannot be helped, we do know that cigarette smoking and second hand smoke negatively affects infant mortality.  Among many other things, smoking has been linked to low birth rate, one of the leading causes of infant mortality.

One way to become more empowered is to make sure that women have access to accurate information and that they use that information to take better care of their Wisconsin families.

Empower someone you love today by directing him or her to First Breath, a program that helps Wisconsin women quit or reduce smoking during pregnancy and beyond. Give our babies a fighting chance.  Remember, a healthy baby begins with you!

Let’s do our part to live the best life we can—for our families, our babies and ourselves! After all, it all begins with a healthy woman…

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World Heart Day

For your heart health, focus on a life-course approach to the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease.


Ladies make your heart health a priority: this will benefit you and your family.
• Heart disease is the number one killer of women and more than 8.6 million women die of CVD around the world each year: that’s about one death per minute. Women must learn the truth about their risk and take action to protect themselves.
• Women with diabetes are at higher risk of dying from CVD than men so make sure you get your glucose levels measured by a healthcare professional.
• CVD risk can begin before birth, during fetal development, and increases further during childhood, with exposure to unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and smoking. Be heart-healthy during pregnancy to protect your child from risk later in life.

• High blood pressure during pregnancy –whether you develop the condition before or after conception– requires special care. Women who develop preeclampsia – a serious condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy – might be at increased risk of CVD later in life, despite the fact that their blood pressure returns to normal after delivery. Make sure you speak to your healthcare professional about your risk.
• Make sure you take care of your own heart health and don’t just focus on that of your family.
• Children learn by example so teach them heart-healthy behaviors from a young age by adopting them yourself.

because healthy women & mothers… lead to healthy children which lead to healthy adults and healthy adults lead to healthy families and communities.

It all begins with a healthy woman…

World Alzheimer’s Month – Attend Our Dialogue!

The US population is aging quickly.


In 2000, an estimated 35 million people were age 65 and older. Researchers estimate that by 2030, over 70 million Americans will be age 65 or older, accounting for 1 in 5 Americans. More than 19 million Americans will be age 85 and older.

The outlook for older people is brighter than ever. The myth that older people always become inactive or experience great loss of mental and physical abilities is being dispelled as researchers identify some of the keys to successful aging.

At the same time, however, we are learning more about a tremendous threat to the health and well-being of all older Americans: Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

In some respects, Alzheimer’s disease is still a mystery. There is much we still don’t know about why some people develop it and others don’t and how to treat or prevent it. But this mystery is steadily being unraveled and our knowledge is increasing every day.


Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States overall and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it or even slow its progression. Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major diseases, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased.

While ambiguity about the underlying cause of death can make it difficult to determine how many people die from Alzheimer’s, there are no survivors. If you do not die from Alzheimer’s disease, you die with it. One in every three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.


The brain has billions of neurons, each with an axon and many dendrites, to transfer messages.  Each neuron has a cell body, an axon, and many dendrites. Axons extend out from the cell body and transmit messages to other neurons. Dendrites also branch out from the cell body. They receive messages from the axons of other neurons.


To stay healthy, neurons must carry out three jobs: communicating with each other, carrying out metabolic activities, and repairing themselves.

Dementia disrupts all three of these jobs.


Researchers are spending time trying to find strategies and pharmaceuticals to prevent, slow the progression, delay, and cure Dementia.


To learn more about all facets of this disease, please join us at our 7th Annual Dialogue regarding women and aging/Dementia. The event is free to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Women & Aging: The Impact of Dementia

Madison –         Madison Concourse Hotel

                             Thursday, October 10

                             8:00 am – 10:30 am

Register Now!

Milwaukee –    Italian Conference Center

                             Friday, October 11

                             8:00 am – 10:30 am

Register Now!

It’s Here – National Women’s Health & Fitness Day!

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. It is a public/private good health partnership organized by the Health Information Resource Center. The program focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.  Many local organizations throughout the U.S. participate in the event. It is anticipated that more than 1,000 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations. Events held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 will include fitness walks, exercise demonstrations, health fairs and health information workshops. Most local events will include an exercise or physical activity component, as well as educational information about women’s health and fitness.  An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in these local activities (including us!).

  • Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation is hosting: The Gathering at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

We can’t wait to tell you all about it!

And, don’t forget…..
17th Annual Family Health & Fitness Day USA
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Infant Mortality Awareness Month

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month and here at the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, we aim to decrease the prevalence of infant mortality for mothers, babies, and families in Wisconsin. One of the main causes of infant mortality is maternal smoking.

Maternal smoking more than doubles the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 1

  • Babies of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are at two to three times greater risk of SIDS 1, 2
  • Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are at two times greater risk of SIDS 3


Maternal Smoking & Other Health Outcomes:

Prenatal Maternal Smoking
  • Preterm delivery
  • Low birth weight
  • Miscarriage or stillbirth
Infant Exposure to Secondhand   Smoke
  • Risk factor for development of asthma and exacerbation of existing asthma, 4 respiratory infections, wheezing, and allergic sensitivity5
  • Development and increased duration of ear infections 3
Maternal Health and   Well-being
  • Association between smoking and postpartum depression5,6
  • Lower prevalence and shorter duration of breastfeeding7
  • Association between smoking and other substance use (alcohol and marijuana)
  • Financial Impacts















First Breath is a smoking cessation program for pregnant women in Wisconsin. First Breath uses a “train-the-trainer” model. Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF) staff train local prenatal care professionals in brief intervention smoking cessation counseling and motivational interviewing techniques. We provide client self-help materials, small client gifts, and ongoing technical support. First Breath smoking cessation counseling is incorporated into existing prenatal care appointments.


First Breath Contact Information:

Carl Oliver, CHES Program Coordinator at (608)251-1675 x117 or coliver@wwhf.org

Chelsea Stover, CHES Program Coordinator at (608)251-1675, x118 or cstover@wwhf.org



1 Anderson HR, Cook DG. Passive smoking and sudden infant death syndrome: review of the epidemiological evidence. Thorax. 1997 Nov; 52(11):1003-9. Review. Thorax 1999 Apr; 54(4):365-6. PubMed PMID: 9487351; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC1758452.

2 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2006 [accessed 2012 Mar 1].

3 Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004 [accessed 2012 Mar 1].

4 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Office of Health and Environmental Assessment, Washington, DC, EPA/600/6-90/006F, December 1992.

5 Allen AM, Prince CB, Dietz PM. Postpartum depressive symptoms and smoking relapse. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Jan;36(1):9-12. PubMed PMID: 19095161.

6 Glassman, A. Smoking Cessation and Major Depression. JAMA 1990.

7 Giglia R, Binns CW, Alfonso H. Maternal cigarette smoking and breastfeeding duration. Acta Paediatr. 2006 Nov;95(11):1370-4. MID: 17062462