Healthy Eating and Active Living Milwaukee Archives

The rewards of gardening

June 16, 2022

Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor Emerita UWM – College of Nursing Many of our relatives living in the South grew and preserved food out of necessity, so perhaps they were on to something. With ongoing food chain supply issues and skyrocketing grocery prices, this might be a great time to get back to… [Read More]

Nurses Affecting Change: It’s Who We Are and What We Do

March 3, 2022

The promotion of public health and public well-being are the stated goals of most health care organizations, but few organizations model these goals as sincerely as Nurses Affecting Change. While breast cancer incidence rates of Black and White women are similar, death rates from breast cancer are higher among Black women compared to White women…. [Read More]

Healthy Eating Active Living Collaborative – Serving Older and Younger Adults

January 6, 2022

By: Sandra Millon Underwood RN, PhD, FAAN, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Valeria Carter Salinas MD Community Health Specialist Sophia Najwa Hamdan Project Assistant Heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer are responsible for approximately two-thirds of all deaths in Wisconsin. Research reveals that these diseases are often associated with poor nutrition, physical inactivity, excess weight, and… [Read More]

Here’s To A Healthy Holiday Season—Mind, Body And Spirit

December 2, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN University of Wisconsin Milwaukee For some, the holidays are a stressful time of the year. Family gatherings, office parties and other social events can cause stress. That stress can manifest itself by overeating, inactivity, and not taking care of yourself— mind, body, and spirit. And, while the holidays… [Read More]

Growing positivity—mind and body

June 17, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Research has shown that communing with nature is beneficial to our health and well-being. Likewise, research has shown that gardening can improve physical and mental health. Research has shown that communing with nature and gardening can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and… [Read More]

Community Healthcare Workers Meeting The Needs Of People

June 3, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing With health equity front and center these days, particularly as we navigate through issues like COVID-19, vaccinations, and mental health, community healthcare workers (CHWs) have become more vital than ever. These front line workers play an important role in developing messages and reaching… [Read More]

Child nutrition: Planning, planting and preparing healthy meals

May 20, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Growing up in Mississippi Bonnie Anderson’s mother always had a garden. Early on, she learned how growing your own food, preserving, and canning it were not only fun activities, but taught her life-long skills that helped ensure she and her family always had… [Read More]

Sowing Seeds For Health Equity

May 13, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Disparities in health experienced by people of color in Southeastern Wisconsin are garnering an increasing amount of attention among residents and advocates in the community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 10 percent of health outcomes can be… [Read More]

Remaining faithful in a pandemic

April 8, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing The pandemic has taken a toll on our lives and many of our mainstay institutions and businesses—even the church. For more than a year now, Sunday mornings have looked different with many communities of faith going to virtual services, reaching out by telephone,… [Read More]

COVID-19 Precautions—BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PANDEMIC)

March 25, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing Prior to the pandemic, small businesses were one of the fastest growing segments in our nation. This changed with COVID-19. A survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank states that three out of every 10 small businesses in the U.S. say they likely… [Read More]