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Sue Ann Says Column

April: Breast Cancer Does Not Care What Age You Are


March: Obesity During Pregnancy


February: Dementia 

Comings and Goings
The following nurses have retired/resigned from their volunteer service in the GrapeVine Project:
Shirley Brown,
Fort Atkinson
Kathy Graham, Merrill
Carole Machek, Wausau
Thank you all, you will be missed.
Upcoming Events
15th Annual Spring Gala
Saturday, May 3, 2014
State Capitol Rotunda
Madison, WI
13th Annual Gathering
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Saint Joseph's Hospital
Marshfield, WI
Use of Information
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Participant Counter

Our goal is to reach 750 participants this year.


In January - February we reached 179 women (24% of our goal).
April 8, 2014
I can't believe it is already April and we are starting the second quarter of the year. 
Program Updates
GrapeVine Sessions
In February, twelve sessions were held reaching 169 women.  They were:
  • Dane County - Heather Crade with Adrienne Laravuso, Sue Richards
  • Douglas County - Jean Riedasch
  • Green County - Kris Wisnefske  (6)
  • Sauk County - Lori Rudolph (2)
  • Alamo, TX - Ardyce McMillen

Thank you for educating individuals in your communities!


If you presented in March, 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.

Looking for new Partners
greyscale-dr-advice.jpgDo you know of other Faith Community nurses who would like to become involved with the GrapeVine Project?  If so, please let me know and I will contact them and add them to our list for invites to future training events.

Participant Comments from February Sessions


What is the most important message you remember from the session?


02/17/14  (Women and Heart Disease) "How important it is to exercise every day."


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


02/04/14  (Healthy Aging Brain) "Eating balanced diet, staying active, trying new things."


02/08/14  (Women and Heart Disease) "Walking and exercising more."


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


02/18/14  (Healthy Aging Brain) "Am passing on what I learned and material to friend facing spousal care."

CME Opportunity
The Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation, in partnership with CS2Day and IPMA, is pleased to announce a new web-based CME entitled Perinatal Smoking Cessation: Challenges and Opportunities.

This CME/CE activity provides in-depth information about smoking cessation during the weeks just prior to and after delivery presented by a panel of Wisconsin-based providers. It includes case studies illustrating effective strategies for treating tobacco dependence in the perinatal population and common barriers to quitting smoking. 


Details, including a link to the course, can be found in the attached document. You may also view the CME/CE directly, here.

Health Information
End of Life Care- La Crosse was recently the subject of an article in Planet Money regarding end of life care. 96% of people who die in La Crosse have an advance directive or similar documentation, which is higher than the national average.  View the article.  Talking about end of life is not easy, but you can find helpful resources at the Start the Conversation website

Sodium - The average daily sodium intake for Americans aged 2 years and older is more than 3,400 milligrams (mg) which is almost 2 1/2 time the recommended limit of 1,500 mg. High sodium consumption raises blood pressure, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

We know that Heart disease and stroke are the nation's first and fourth leading causes of death. Visit the Centers for Disease Control website for toolkits, webinars, fact sheets and handouts.


Measure Up/Pressure Down™ National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves! Join the first every Day of Action on May 15, 2014 as a part of National High Blood Pressure Education Month.  View the Toolkit

Health Observances

May Observances


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


Please note that there is a GrapeVine Project unit on both Mental Health and Osteoporosis.  Plan ahead to hold a session on one of these topics during May! 




June Observances


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


Cataract Awareness Month - Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States. More than half of all Americans have cataracts by the time they are 80 years old.


Men's Health Month - The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.


Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month - Myasthenia Gravis (MG) [pronounced My-as-theen-ee-a Grav-us] comes from the Greek and Latin words meaning "grave muscular weakness." The most common form of MG is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body.


National Aphasia Awareness Month - Aphasia is a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language. It can make it hard for you to read, write, and say what you mean to say. It is most common in adults who have had a stroke, but brain tumors, infections, injuries, and dementia can also cause it.


National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month - Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that infects people of all ages and is usually harmless to people with a healthy immune system. Congenital CMV occurs when an infected mother passes CMV to her unborn child through the placenta, causing birth defects and developmental disabilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is the most common congenital viral infection in the United States. 


National Safety Month - Raise awareness about important safety issues with this toolkit provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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 
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