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Teens Talk: What Works to Stop Cyberbullying

Many people like to ask me what works to stop cyberbullying when it happens. While I have some ideas on this question (over 15 years of studying the problem will lead to more than a few thoughts!), Sameer and I also like to hear directly from students about what they think will work, and—maybe more […]

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness in Wisconsin

Overall, it is socially acceptable to see a medical professional when you are having a health problem. If you are having chest pains, you see a cardiologist. If you have a broken bone, you get an x-ray. If you need a mole removed, you see a dermatologist. But if you think you might have a […]

Keeping Wisconsin Families Safe Online

Technology allows us to be constantly connected, and no age group knows this better than our children and teenagers. In fact, a recent Pew Research study showed that 95% of U.S. teens have access to smartphones and 45% are online almost constantly! It can seem overwhelming to think about how to manage the devices, the […]

Why Lifestyle Matters to Our Long Term Health

Have you heard of Pottenger’s Cats? If you haven’t, prepare yourself for a paradigm shift in how you view food, nutrition, and generational heredity. Pottenger’s Cats is a reference to a scientific study conducted by Francis M. Pottenger from 1932 to 1942.  Pottenger, a scientist studying adrenal hormones on cats, accidentally stumbled upon a finding […]

Art Roars to Life in Marshfield’s Jurustic Park

Near the center of the state, you’ll find one of Wisconsin’s most unique roadside attractions: Jurustic Park. For more than 25 years, this quirky stop has delighted visitors to the Marshfield area with iron-clad creatures, great and small, strewn throughout a lush park. Jurustic Park curator Clyde Wynia endearingly refers to himself as an amateur […]

Students Join the Conversation About e-Cigarettes and Vaping in Schools

To effectively address youth health issues, we need to invite youth to the table. Members of FACT are in grades 7-12 and work to spread the truth about tobacco in communities throughout the state. The program is managed by the American Lung Association and we rely heavily on guidance from the program’s Youth Board. Their valuable insights help us develop informed prevention strategies that resonate with teens.

How the Pink Shawl Initiative Benefits Wisconsin Women

The Wisconsin Pink Shawl Initiative has a mission of reducing breast cancer in American Indian communities through education, advocacy, and service, and to increase the number of American Indian women accessing screening opportunities. Charlene Smith, a Registered Nurse, ABCD Mentor, and Active Member of the Wisconsin Pink Shawl Initiative, shares her breast cancer story: In […]