Healthy Eating and Active Living Milwaukee Archives

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]

Black men’s health—taking care of business

March 11, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing New York Times editor Brent Staples reports that newspapers celebrating unsung Black heroes were for many years “religiously passed from home to home and read aloud in barbershops.” Today, barbershop owners are using their businesses as venues to raise awareness about chronic diseases… [Read More]

Staying heart healthy

February 25, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing Most of us know that the heart is one of the most important organs of the body, but did you know that the average heart is the size of an adult’s fist? Your heart beats about 115,000 times each day and pumps about… [Read More]

Self care—handling mental health, stress and trauma

February 11, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing It’s well-documented that stress and trauma can affect our mental state, even in the best of times. But months of anxiety, fear, grief, and social isolation can take their toll on our mental health, particularly during this pandemic. Parents are coping with ensuring… [Read More]

COVID-19 and vaccinations – help is on the way!

January 28, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing Lately we’re hearing a lot about ‘COVID-19 fatigue’, where people are letting their guards down with social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands frequently, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines (CDC). Perhaps it can be compared to the ‘cabin fever’… [Read More]