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Navigating childhood obesity: Impacts, prevention and getting healthy

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, shining a light on a serious issue in the United States. About 20% of American kids and teens, ages six to 19, are at an unhealthy weight, according to the CDC. The prevalence of obesity in kids more than tripled from 1971 to 2020, according to the American Heart […]

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The tale of Arvan Johnson: battling the devastating effects of lead poisoning

RACINE, Wis. — Arvan Johnson, an 11-year-old boy headed into middle school, knows about the lead poisoning that happened when he was a baby. While he doesn’t remember it, his mother, Leanna Jones, told him how he used to crawl on the floor when he was a baby in their apartment on Martin Luther King […]

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Ways to improve alarming rates of poor mental health impacting Wisconsin girls

Girls and young women in Wisconsin are reporting troubling rates of poor mental health impacting their lives. The feelings of anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, depression and stress all account for the state of their poor mental health. In addition, these feelings worsen for girls and young women who are of color and those who live in […]

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Universal mental health screenings address well-being of Wisconsin’s youth, help develop resilient mindsets

MADISON — Wisconsin’s Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) is working to assist youth in the state who are impacted by mental illness symptoms or conditions through universal screening. Universal screenings work to identify and address anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts occurring among youth in Wisconsin, as a way to then connect those individuals to resources. […]

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10 ways to manage mental health during the holidays

Talking about mental health has become less stigmatized, especially since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. Stress, anxiety and depression are something no one wants to experience during the holidays. However, far too often, the symptoms of these conditions overwhelm people. The holidays can be difficult due to financial troubles, the loss of loved ones, […]