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Sue Ann Says Column

Oct: Straight Talk About HPV


September: Oral Health


August: Farmer's Market


Breast Cancer Deadline: 2020 


The Gathering - Thank you!


On Staying Youthful

Comings and Goings
Welcome to Marti Hofer from Eau Claire!  She attended a GrapeVine Project Orientation and the Healthy Aging Brain Training on September 18th in Wausau.
Welcome back to Karen Marshall of Lodi, who is now working at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo.
Nurses who recently resigned from GrapeVine:

   Lori Cronin, Brookfield

   Pam Frary, Wausau

   Mary Ircink, Madison

   Carol Lueders Bolwerk, Cedarburg


Thank you ladies for all you have done over the years for the program.  You will be missed! 
Save the Date
15th Annual Spring Gala
Saturday, May 3, 2014
State Capitol Rotunda
Madison, WI
13th Annual Gathering
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, WI
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October 2013

Can someone please tell me where September went? It's hard to believe that Halloween is next week, I just got my decorations out last weekend.
Program Updates
GrapeVine Sessions
Our streak of consecutive months with sessions has come to an end as there were no sessions held in August.
There were several sessions scheduled in September and I will report on those in next month's newsletter.

Remember, we are now sending out follow-up surveys four weeks after your sessions so please get your paperwork sent in as soon as possible.

Looking Ahead
We will be working on a new unit relating to obesity/diabetes for 2014.  If any of you are interested in being a part of the focus/pilot group for this unit, please contact Sue Richards at 608-251-1675, Ext. 106 or

Healthy Aging Brain Unit Trainings


We held three trainings on the new Healthy Aging Brain Unit during September and October, bringing the total number of nurses trained on this unit to 31.



We will be holding more trainings next year on this unit and hope that the rest of you will be able to attend.


Comments from nurses regarding the training:


09/18/13 - "Good information, loved the video clips, well organized.  Thank you for all the materials."


10/10/13 - "Great teachers.  Education was amazing!" 

Health Information
Holiday Season Safety
The holiday season is a time for gift giving and celebrating with family and friends. Please observe these tips for a safe and happy holidays.
Health Observances

November Observances

Please see last month's newsletter for links and information on the following November observances.
  • National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
  • American Diabetes Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • National Healthy Skin Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Great American Smokeout



December Observances


World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year.  It is is an opportunity for individuals to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Visit this website to learn more or, for a National Health Observances toolkit from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, click here.
National Handwashing Awareness Week (Dec. 1 - 7, 2013)
The Four Principles of Hand Awareness are:

1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
2. DO NOT cough into your hands
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth

Click here for a promotional flyer.


Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Tis the season for gift giving.  Please visit for a list of safe toys and/or guidelines for buying age appropriate toys.

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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