Health and Fitness

Local eye MDs review leading causes of vision loss in African Americans

October 3, 2019

By Cheryl L. Dejewski “Loss of vision can have serious consequences that can affect your quality of life and independence, including an increased risk for falling, car accidents, depression, isolation, and other unpleasant concerns. Failing sight can also increase the need for home care or nursing home placement. And, the risk for permanently losing your… [Read More]

Are you a couch potato? Four reasons to start moving today!

September 26, 2019

A new study proves that the old adage “use it or lose it” is definitely true when it comes to fitness. After just two weeks of sedentary behavior, formerly fit people had: • A decline in heart and lung health • Increased waist circumference • Greater body fat and liver fat • Higher levels of… [Read More]

Is the flu shot for you? Five facts and myths to help you decide

September 26, 2019

It’s September, so we all know what that means. Doctors are soon about to start urging that you should get the flu vaccine if you haven’t already done so. Given that nearly 1 million people were hospitalized in the United States over the course of the last few flu seasons, getting vaccinated seems to be… [Read More]

Four safety tips for your newborn

September 19, 2019

For new moms and dads, bringing home a newborn baby is surely an exciting time! It’s also a time that comes with a few preliminary cautions. Make steps to ease your worries by keeping these four safety tips in mind. 1. Beware of SIDS SIDS, also known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is a sudden… [Read More]

Men: Here are five ways stress affects your body

September 19, 2019

According to the Men’s Health Foundation, high stress, poor sleep and eating habits increase the risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, and other mental illnesses in men. It can also cause low testosterone and erectile dysfunction. Men, when it comes down to it, is it really worth it? Here’s what stress can… [Read More]

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network partners with Milwaukee Film to tackle health issues in diverse communities

September 12, 2019

Acclaimed films, engaging community forums and nationally-renowned guest speakers will lead the inaugural Minority Health Film Festival, presented by Milwaukee Film and the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network, Sept. 12-15. The first of its kind in the country, this four-day event features eight unique health-related film selections, a free interactive community-focused… [Read More]

Twelve early signs of anxiety and mental illness

September 5, 2019

Anxiety disorders often go hand in hand with depression and other mental illnesses. People who have anxiety disorders struggle with intense and uncontrollable feelings of anxiety, fear, worry, and/ or panic. These feelings can interfere with daily activities and may last for a long time. Would you know the telling signs if it were to… [Read More]

Are you getting enough sleep?

September 5, 2019

I don’t have time to sleep” and “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” are some of the statements that I’ve heard recently. This is not to say that sleep isn’t considered to be important. For some, it comes down to their priorities. Getting tasks done is often highly prioritized while sleep is sent to the back… [Read More]

African American teens experiencing rise in suicide rates: ‘Eventually it was like there would be a day you just did it’

August 29, 2019

Thinking about how many people she knew who took their lives, there was a time Alleyah Getter wasn’t sure she would have any friends left by the time she got to high school. Three had killed themselves, and Getter, now a 14-year-old eighth-grader, was beginning to have her own suicidal thoughts. “It was like feeling… [Read More]

Ascension sponsors Blessing of the Baby event at Ebenezer Church of God in Christ

August 22, 2019

By Karen Stokes Years ago, Julia Means, community health ministry nurse with Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, attended a conference that deeply affected her. At the conference, they discussed the fact that many babies born in Milwaukee were dying before the age of one. Shortly after, Means co-founded Blanket of Love. The Blanket of Love… [Read More]