Category Archives: Health

Fitness First: Health Fair, Walk Planned For September 10 At The Market

2015 Health Fair

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Walk flyer

The South Milwaukee Downtown Market Health Fair and Wellness Adventure returns next week — with a run/walk adding to the event.

The fair, presented by South Shore Family Chiropractic, is set for Thursday, Sept. 10, and will feature more than 20 vendors. The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m., the same hours as the market. The mapped 3K run/walk, presented by the South Milwaukee Health Department, is from 3 to 6 p.m., starting and finishing at the market.

Please mark your calendars … and take steps to becoming healthier in the year ahead. (Me included.)

Check out Health Fair flyer here. Here is a flyer for the run/walk.

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Another Step Toward Cleaner Indoor Air

You will no longer be able to smoke e-cigarettes and similar devices in indoor public spaces in South Milwaukee, according to an ordinance change backed by the South Milwaukee City Council by a 5-3 vote on Tuesday.

The revised ordinance essentially extends the restrictions placed on traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes, meaning the latter can no longer be used in “any enclosed space of a public place or place of employment,” among other places.

I support the ban, and I think the ordinance purpose statement sums it up well …

The Common council recognized that smoking of cigarettes and tobacco products is hazardous to an individual’s health and may affect the health of nonsmokers/smokers when they are involuntarily in the presence of smoking. Reliable scientific studies assessed by credible health officials have found that secondhand tobacco smoke is a significant health hazard for children, elderly people, and individuals with cardiovascular disease or impaired respiratory function. Air pollution caused by smoking is an offensive annoyance and irritant. Smoking results in serious and significant physical discomfort to nonsmokers. The purported health benefits from electronic smoking devices (commonly known as e-cigarettes, e-pipes and several other trade and brand names) have not been scientifically proven, and use of these devices has not been proven safe, either for their users or for bystanders. Research indicates electronic smoking devices may lead youth to try other tobacco products. In addition, research indicates that youth who use electronic smoking devices are more likely to use tobacco products, including cigarettes, than those youth who do not use electronic smoking devices. Adopting this ordinance will promote the health, safety, comfort and general welfare of the people of the City of South Milwaukee, and especially the health interests of nonsmokers, who constitute a majority of the population of the City.

Governments can and should play a role in promoting public health, and creating regulations to do so. This is a good example of the city being proactive in doing that, even as the state determines its position on the issue.

Of course, there is reasonable disagreement on this. But, for me, as one advocate said at Tuesday’s city council meeting, allowing even e-cigarette smoking is “an invasion of clean indoor air.” It’s our job to protect against that invasion, stand up for public health and send a message that all smoking is bad. We are doing that with this ordinance change.

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Improving The Health Of Our Community

I’m really proud of the work the South Milwaukee Health Department does to drive community healthy in our fair city. Consider this another example of how they’re bringing that promise to life.

The short story: The Health Department is joining others in the area in doing a community health assessment that will drive a community health improvement plan.

The goal: To make us all healthier.

To help, I ask that, if asked, you spend a few minutes completing the anonymous, random phone survey, providing input into your health-related behaviors. It’s valuable information that will feed the overall effort.

From the press release …

Hundreds of South Milwaukee residents may soon be contacted to participate in an important phone survey assessing the health of the community. Conducted every three years, the community health survey gathers information on health related behaviors from 400 anonymous, randomly selected residents.   Their responses, along with local and state public health data contribute to the South Milwaukee Health Department’s Community Health Assessment and helps guide its Community Health Improvement Plan.

“The survey provides valuable data for continued evaluation of community needs, and will help inform the health department, as well as other organizations in meeting the most pressing health needs of our community,” says Jacqueline Ove, Public Health Administrator “I encourage all South Milwaukee residents to support this meaningful research effort,” Ove adds. “The survey takes about 18 minutes and is completely anonymous. It’s important that we reach a good cross-section of the community, so whether they receive a call via cell phone or land line, I ask that residents take time to answer the survey questions.”

The survey is being conducted over the next few months by Management Decisions, an independent research firm. It focuses on issues such as access to health care, tobacco and alcohol use, diet, physical activity, cancer prevention, heart health, injury prevention, immunizations, communicable diseases, mental health and chronic disease. Similar surveys are being conducted at the same time across all 12 health departments in Milwaukee County, with support from Aurora Health Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Columbia St. Mary’s, Froedtert Health, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. The findings will be compared with the 2012 community health survey to analyze health trends over the last three years, and will help:

  • Document the community’s health status related to the health priorities established by the state health plan.
  • Identify local health behaviors or risk factors that present opportunities for health promotion and health care cost reduction.
  • Track the success of community health improvement activities.

To learn more, also check out our annual health report, which provides a terrific report on progress we’ve made in community health over the years, and our five-year community health improvement plan. Really good stuff.

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Mayors’ Fitness Challenge Update

Another busy couple weeks in the Challenge …

Check out the full schedule on the Challenge Facebook page, and sign up there too.

  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. Zumba, Academy of Performing Arts – Oak Creek; 8:15 a.m. Moxie Fitness Run/Walk Circuits, Oak Creek High School Knights Stadium; 9:00 a.m. “Stuff the Turkey” Walk-a-Thon for MS, Oak Creek High School Knights Stadium
  • November 3: 6:00 p.m. Easy Tai Chi/Yoga, Park View Elementary School, Cudahy; 6:00 p.m. Recipe Makeover,  Mending Hands Therapeutic Massage, Milwaukee
  • November 6: 5:30 p.m. Cardio Circuit Training, Mantra Fitness, Milwaukee; 6:30 p.m. Impact Fitness Boot Camp, Oak Creek East Middle School
  • November 7: 6:00 p.m. Family Swim Night, Cudahy Middle Schoo

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Fitness Challenge Coming To South Milwaukee

We can all stand to get fitter and lose a few pounds. Especially me.

That’s why I’m proud to join with the mayors of Oak Creek, Cudahy, St. Francis, Franklin, and Greenfield to present the South Suburban Mayors’ Fitness Challenge.

The goal: Improve the health of our local communities by partnering with wellness-focused businesses and organizations to put on a series of free fitness, educational and social events.

Stay tuned for a list of participating businesses and organizations, but it promises to be a good group — and a great community-building event.

Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi developed the concept for the Challenge in 2012 to not only get area residents on the path to wellness, but also to promote area businesses that were already committed to that mission.

The inaugural Oak Creek Challenge, which focused on weight loss, took place between November 2012 and February 2013. More than 450 residents signed up to participate, and 15 events — including workouts, nutrition workshops, and cooking demonstrations — were hosted. As a community, Oak Creek cumulatively lost nearly 1,000 pounds. The second Challenge, which focused on overall fitness, began in September 2013 and finished in January 2014. More than 700 people registered, and 34 different events were held, building on the successes of the first year.

I am proud South Milwaukee is part of the third Challenge.

More information is to come, including signup information and details on a kickoff event in September. Start by liking the Challenge Facebook page, where you can check out regular updates once we get going.

For more information, you may also contact South Milwaukee Health Administrator Jackie Ove, who is leading this effort on our end. (Thanks, Jackie for your support.)

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Health Department Happenings

Lots happening at the South Milwaukee Health Department …

First, the department is offering two parenting workshops. One, “Healthy Bites for Healthy Kids” is this Saturday, April 12, at the South Milwaukee Public Library. Then, on May 10, it’s “Parenting with Love and Logic,” also at the library. Both run from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Learn more about both workshops here.

And don’t forget that it’s National Public Health Week. Check out the city website for more information on different focus areas each day this week.

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The Scoop On South Milwaukee (Dog) Poop

With spring here (such as it is), the South Milwaukee Health Department is asking dog owners to pick up their pet’s fecal matter … and asking for patience to give them time to do it.

Check out the memo here from the city’s Facebook page. It states no complaints about dog waste removal will be taken until after April 30 … and lays out the penalties after that point.

Please clean up after your pets. On the campaign trail, I’ve too often seen (and stepped in) the results of not doing your doody.

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