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Sue Ann Says Column

April:  Breast Cancer Does Not Care What Age You Are 

Featured Nurse
Ardyce McMillen
Joined GrapeVine:  2008
Sessions held through 2013: 10
County: Marquette

Ardyce was featured on our blog last month. Click here to learn more about Ardyce!
Upcoming Events

GrapeVine Training on the Healthy Aging Brain and Mental Health Units

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Time: TBD
Location:  Marshfield, WI

13th Annual Gathering

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Saint Joseph's Hospital
Marshfield, WI

GrapeVine Training on the Healthy Aging Brain and Mental Health Units

Week of November 10
Time: TBD
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
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Participant Counter

Our goal is to reach 750 participants this year.

From January through April

we reached 320 women

(43% of our goal for 2014)

June 12, 2014
Technically the first day of summer is just 9 days away, but the weather has been so wonderful it seems like summer already. I hope you all have had a chance to enjoy the outdoors.
Program Updates
GrapeVine Sessions
In April, four sessions were held reaching 68 women.  They were:
  • Dodge County - Stacy Schmitt
  • Dunn County - Becky Kneer
  • Green County - Kris Wisnefske
  • Milwaukee County - Pat Shapiro

Thank you for educating individuals in your communities!


If you presented in May, please be sure to send in your paperwork so participants will receive their follow-up survey and that the information is available for future newsletters.

Surveys - I am still receiving some old versions of the surveys. The Healthy Aging Brain survey has been changed so all updated surveys are dated 01/2014.  Please discard previous versions.  If you need new copies, please contact me or visit our website page to download.

Paperwork Please remember to send your paperwork in within two weeks of your session.  This allow us enough time to get everything entered and the follow-up surveys sent out in a timely manner. Thank you for your help!

Participant Comments from April Sessions


Have you taken any action or made any changes to help others who need assistance or resources related to Dementia?


04/28/14  (Healthy Aging Brain) "At Christmas time, one of my best friends was placed in an Alzheimer's unit. I learned better communications skills to use with her."


Have you taken any action or made changes to improve your health?


04/01/14 (Women's Mental Health) - "Think before you speak - how will what I say affect others with problems."

Health Information

Dementia Care Specialist Program - The Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced the expansion of this program. Starting as a pilot in 5 Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) the program has now been expanded into 11 other ADRCs serving a total of 26 Wisconsin counties. For information on the program and what ADRCs are involved, please read the DHS press release.  These specialists should be someone you use as a resource, as a presenter at your session on the Healthy Aging Brain or as a presenter at a follow-up event if your attendees are interested.


Massage Therapy - Massage therapy has a long history in cultures around the world. Today, people use massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes. In the United States, it is often considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Read this article about massages and be sure to celebrate "Every Body Deserves A Massage Week" which is scheduled for July 13 -19.


Summer Sun - We all love the warm weather and sunshine that summer brings. The Vitamin D we can get from the sun is good for our bones.  But we need to be careful not to overdo it and protect our skin and eyes. Our article on Ultraviolet Rays will provide you with information and protection ideas.

Health Observances

July Observances


Please see last month's newsletter for information on the following July observances or click on the links below: 

 fireworksb.jpg August Observances


Click on the observance to go to a website with more information.


Children's Eye Health and Safety Month - Most children have healthy eyes. But there are conditions that can threaten good vision. Be sure to schedule an eye exam before school starts. Eye injuries are one of the leading causes of vision loss in children and more than 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented through use of suitable protective eyewear.


National Breastfeeding Month - Babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity. 


National Immunization Awareness Month - Immunizations help protect us against serious diseases. The United States Department of Health and Family Services has a toolkit that includes immunization schedules for all ages and materials to help promote the month.


Psoriasis Awareness Month - Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious, genetic autoimmune disease that appears on the skin in red, scaly patches. It is the most common autoimmune disease in the country.


Thank you for all you do for the GrapeVine Project. 
Nora Miller
Program Manager, EveryWoman's Journal/GrapeVine Project
Grants and Awards Coordinator
Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation | 800-448-5148 
2503 Todd Drive, Madison, WI 53713

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