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GrapeVine Project Preview


Dementia and Aging – GrapeVine Project Preview

The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation is proud to announce the upcoming release of a new unit on Dementia and Aging through our GrapeVine Project.

about usThe GrapeVine Project is a free health education program for women presented by Faith Community/Parish Nurses (FCNs) right in your own community. The WWHF’s new unit on Dementia and Aging will educate women on:

What is dementia?

What are the different types of dementia?

What are the symptoms/side-effects of dementia?

Is there anything YOU can do to prevent or delay the onset of dementia?

Dementia is a common side effect of aging – as many as one in ten people over the age of 65 suffer from some type of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease accounting for up to 60-80% of all cases. Dementia is a result of physical changes in the brain, and is not a normal part of the aging process. By educating women on dementia and the challenges it presents for the individual as well as the caregiver, we hope to promote healthy lifestyles that will delay the onset and provide skills, tools, and knowledge to help cope with the disease.

Stay tuned for more information, or contact Nora Miller, GrapeVine Project Manager at 800-448-5148 ext.103.


Picture this…

It’s Time to Take a Mental Retreat

Do you feel like you just need a break once in a while? Did you know you can go on a short retreat without even leaving town, your home, or getting up from your desk? By using your imagination you can take yourself anywhere you want to go—and then return to the present time relaxed, renewed and refreshed. Here’s how:

prairie gardenTake a moment to think about something pleasant: a fun time spent with friends and family, a recent vacation, or a hobby that you enjoy. Bring to mind a clear picture or image. The photo above is a vase full of flowers from my prairie garden–I love gardening! On these cold, dreary, winter days, any time I look at this photo I feel transported to a warm summer morning in my garden. I remember how relaxed I felt looking over my flower beds. The lush greens, the bright yellows, the deep purples of the blossoms thrilled me. I like to go out early and I often hear the birds whistling their morning calls. It’s so still and calm. The air smells so fresh and clean. While I am thinking about those summer mornings and my garden, I often close my eyes and just take a couple deep, full breaths: nice and slow and relaxed.

In my imagination I am in the garden, I feel the uneven ground beneath my feet and the smell of grass is in the air. I take a couple more full breaths. I smile to myself, remembering, imagining, feeling the experience of gardening.

After just a few minutes, I bring my attention back to the present moment, whether it is returning to my workday, or chores at home. And you know what, I am still smiling! I feel so peaceful. I am renewed and refreshed and ready for what the day has in store for me.

When you feel like you need a break, take a few moments to relax by focusing on something that makes you happy. Bring the image to life by remembering sounds and smells. Take a few full, deep breaths. That’s how easy it is. You will be pleasantly amazed at how good you feel after doing this.

How will you get away?


Nominate an Everyday Health Hero today!

The WWHF Everyday Health Heroes Award program recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on the health and welfare of their families and communities.

Everyday Health Heroes are men and women who lead by example and make health a priority.  Everyday Health Heroes:

  • Make courageous choices;
  • Are creative in how they live a healthy lifestyle;
  • Help others make changes to improve their health; and
  • Are generous with their time, talents, and energy.

Everyday Health Heroes will receive:

  • Complimentary tickets to the WWHF Annual Spring Gala on May 4, 2013
  • Valuable gift certificates from local businesses
  • Recognition at the Pre-Gala VIP Auction on May 4, 2013

Please nominate an Everyday Health Hero today, or download a form to print off and mail in.

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Love Your Pet Day

Today is “Love Your Pet Day” and we’re celebrating here at WWHF. Fuzzy, furry creatures are commonplace around the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. Are you pet-friendly?pets collage

Many of us know the companionship our furry friends can provide, but pet’s other health benefits are often overlooked. Pets can affect your mood, health and lifestyle.

According to HelpGuide.org, a non-profit resource to help resolve health challenges, health benefits to pet owners can include:

  • Less likelihood to suffer from depression
  • Lower blood pressure in stressful situations
  • Elevated levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax
  • Lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease)

In addition to direct health benefits, pets can help you attain a healthier lifestyle!

  • Increasing exercise. Take your dog (or your neighbor’s) for a walk, go horseback riding, or chase a kitten around the house to fit daily exercise into your busy schedule.
  • Providing companionship. Pets need your care and love, and often times we need theirs. Take the time to talk to your pet and use them to work through your troubles.
  • Helping meet new people. Whether it be in a dog park, pet store, or training classes, pets can be a great ice-breaker when meeting new people.
  • Adding structure and routine to your day. Many pets, especially dogs, require regular feeding and exercise. No matter your mood you’ll always have to maintain a routine to feed, exercise, and care for your pet.

We know pets can be a big responsibility, financially and emotionally, but don’t fret! A pet doesn’t have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and pulse rate.

So take the time today to give your pets an extra pat to show how much they mean to you!


Shop for women’s health!

Check out the Days of Giving deals from Community Change!

Today and tomorrow only, 100% of your Community Change purchases will be donated to the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. You don’t even have to leave your chair, simply click on the Community Change – Days of Giving link below and select the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation as your charity at the checkout.

Community Change gives you great deals all around the Madison area, saving you money on gift cards to local shops, resturants and salons.

Community Change – Days of Giving



Doc Rock’s Tips for a Long and Healthy Life

Even though he’s just a kid at 86, Dr. Bill Rock knows a thing or two about internal medicine, aging well and quality of life.

Here are his top tips:

• Stay informed, involved, connected. A sense of purpose helps reduce the risk for dementia and makes life more fun!

• Kick bad health habits. Avoid tobacco; drink alcohol responsibly.

• Exercise. Walk every single day.

• eat a balanced diet. “Everything in moderation” allows room for treats!

• Build good relationships with family, friends and pets.

• practice optimism and let go of stress.

• try new things and have no regrets. Life is for living!


Everyday Health Heroes

This year at our annual Spring Gala WWHF will be honoring a new group of people. These people are our Everyday Health Heroes. This awards program recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on the health and welfare of their families and communities.web site stock photos 010

Everyday Health Heroes:

  • Make courageous choices;
  • Are creative in how they live a healthy lifestyle;
  • Help others make changes to improve their health; and
  • Are generous with their time, talents, and energy.

Do you know someone who fits these qualities? Nominate them! We encourage you to nominate your parents, neighbors, coaches, teachers, families and friends.

Nominations are now open! The deadline for nominations is March 1st 2013.

Everyday Health Heroes will receive:

  • Complimentary tickets to the WWHF Annual Spring Gala on May 4th, 2013
  • Valuable gift certificates from local businesses
  • Recognition at the Pre-Gala VIP Auction on May 4th, 2013


3 Easy Workouts for 2 Very Busy Women



1. Carry the groceries up the stairs. One. Bag. At. A. Time.

We have to hassle those bags to the kitchen anyway. Why not get a little exercise while we’re at it. It may take a little longer but you can burn some serious calories going up those stairs just a few extra times!

2. Turn on the music and have a dance party with the kids!

 You’ll get to spend quality time with your children, listen to some great music, make memories, and burn calories. What more can you ask for in a workout?


3. Regain perfect posture.

 Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, new moms have one thing in common: slumped and slouchy shoulders from all that leaning in to feed the new baby. Not to mention an achy back. 

Stand tall, opening your arms wide (with your palms facing up). Arch slightly back looking up toward to the ceiling. Hold for 3 breaths. This stretch opens the shoulders and chest to improve posture.

The bonus: It allows more oxygen to circulate in your body giving you more energy.



1. Do squats while you blow dry your hair

 Stand tall, feet slightly wider than your hips. Tighten your abs and slowly bend your knees as you sit back imagining a chair behind you that you’re “sitting” into. Keep your weight in your heels and your knees behind your toes. Work your inner thighs and butt to press yourself up to your starting position. Do it for one minute.

The bonus: Moving your muscles in the morning increases oxygen flow to give you the energy your body needs

2. Stretch out the office chair slumps 


Do you sit most of the day? This easy-to-do-before-work stretch is great for your back.

Kneel on all fours with toes curled under. Engage your abs, inhale and slightly arch your back lifting your chest. On an exhale, round your spine. Do 6-10 reps, rest for 30 seconds.

3. Turn idle time into toning time.

 While you’re talking on the phone, grab a paperweight, soup can or bottle of water with your free hand.

Extend your arm overhead, then bend at the elbow to lower the weight behind your head, then straighten it back up. Do this 5 times; then switch sides. This will tone your triceps muscles — and help you wave good-bye to arm jiggle!


All other photos (and some ideas) c/o http://www.ivillage.com/working-mom-workout-20-quick-multi-tasking-moves-you-can-easily-seriously-work-your-day/6-b-309611



The 2013 Champions in Women’s Health have chosen! These individuals have demonstrated work that exemplifies WWHF’s mission, excellence, leadership, impact, and go above and beyond the call of duty.

Every year at the Spring Gala the WWHF presents the Champions in Women’s Health Award. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and devoted themselves to improving the quality of life for women and families in the following women’s health areas: cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, domestic abuse, mental illness, osteoporosis, smoking & alcohol cessation, and rural women’s health.

Nominees may include consumer advocates, volunteers, health care professionals, non-profit employees, or individuals who have overcome a significant health issue and inspired other women to become advocates for their own health. Past champions have been instrumental in raising the level of awareness about women’s health issues, and impacted the quality of care that women in this state receive. Click here to learn more about our past recipients!

WWHF is proud to present the 2013 Champions in Women’s Health Award Recipients:

James R. Riordan
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation

Mindy Gribble, RN, HNB-BC
WINGS Survivorship Program Coordinator
Marshfield Clinic

Frank D. Byrne, MD
St. Mary’s Hospital

Susan Gadacz, MA
Director – Community Services Branch
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

Gale D. Johnson
Program Director
Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Carol Williams, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Medical College of Wisconsin

Claudia Guevara
Breast Health Advocate
Columbia, St. Mary’s

The 2013 award recipients will be honored at a private luncheon at the Madison Concourse Hotel at 11:30am on Saturday, May 4th. Additionally, they will be honored at our annual Spring Gala later that evening.

Save the Date!

The Spring Gala is our largest fund raiser of the year. All proceeds from the event stay right here in Wisconsin and are used to provide health programs and conduct forums that focus on education, prevention, early detection.

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