NAMI WALKS TO SOLVE OUR MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

Guest:  Lindsay Wallace, Executive Director, NAMI Dane County

One in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition.  Fifty percent begin by age 14 and 75 percent develop by age 24.  Yet fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children with a mental health condition receive services and treatment in a given year.  The result of this failure is often tragic: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in ages 15-24.

Early engagement and support are crucial to turning around these devastating statistics.  That’s why NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) exists: to respond to those in need; to provide no-cost education programs; to build awareness and replace ignorance with understanding; to advocate at the national, state and local levels to improve the lives of persons affected by mental illness.

On this program, Lindsay Wallace shares her personal mental illness journey and describes the warning signs, the challenges, and what people can do to confront mental illness.  She also gives details on NAMIWalks 2017, scheduled for Sunday, October 1, at Olin-Turville Park. Registration is 10:30 am. Walk is at noon.

For more information and to sign up to WALK, go to namiwalks.org/danecounty.

HOW A BLIND LAMB CAN CHANGE LIVES

Guest:  Jim Thompson, author, Peanut of Blind Faith Farm

There are more sheep in the world than any other farm or ranch animal.  And then there is PEANUT, the star of the heartwarming true story, Peanut of Blind Faith Farm.  Described as a delightful book for adults and children alike, the bigger story of PEANUT, a tiny lamb born blind, helps all of us expand our concept of normal and gain empathy and acceptance of those who struggle through adversity.

On this program, meet Jim Thompson, the author of Peanut’s story.  An Air Force veteran, Jim returned to Wisconsin, graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in zoology and spent 20 years as a Lake Michigan Fisheries Technician with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  It wasn’t until he semi-retired and took up hobby farming with his wife, Laura, that Peanut entered the scene and changed their lives and turned Jim into an author, presenting Peanut’s problem and solutions in a way that unfolds naturally. The underlying message of empowerment for the disabled – animal and human – comes to life on the pages of this delightful picture book illustrated by Rebecca Gavney Driscoll.

For more information or to order the book, go to blindfaithfarm.com.

PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Guest:  Professor Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Director, UW Global Health Institute

It is the politics of climate change that is unsettled – not the science, says Professor Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH who is an expert on global health and the impact climate change is having on it.  In addition to Director of the UW Global Health Institute, Professor Patz served as co-chair of the Health Report for the first U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change in 2000 and has been a lead author for 15 years on the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

On this program, Dr. Patz talks about the specifics of the growing threat climate change is having on public health:  the impact of rising temperatures, air pollution which is causing the death of 7 million people every year, insect-born diseases and the rise of the zika virus, and water sources and food supplies which have put 850 million people at risk for malnutrition – a number that will continue to grow.

Jonathan Patz also shares his views on what the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord will mean.

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM’S CONTINUED ROLE IN THE FUTURE OF WISCONSIN

Guests:  Dee J. Hall, Co-Founder/Managing Editor;  Lauren Fuhrmann, Associate Director; Coburn Dukehart, Digital and Multimedia Director, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism continues to be recognized for their ground-breaking stories that affect the lives of Wisconsin residents.  On this program, Dee Hall shares details behind “Failure at the Faucet,” the award-winning story that reported polluted water is right here in Wisconsin, and their in-depth report on the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.

Joining Dee are Lauren Fuhrmann, a recognized emerging leader in the field of journalism, and Coburn Dukehart.  Their roles represent the Center’s future direction to ensure its sustainability as well as move into the multimedia world of news reporting and follow the impact their investigative reports have on policy.

All Center for Investigative Journalism stories can be found on wisconsinwatch.org.

AN ANCIENT APPROACH TO BAKING FOR BETTER HEALTH

Guest:  Diana Konkle, author, baker, nutritionist, health advocate

Have you heard of einkorn?  It is an ancient grain that has a simple gluten structure compared to modern wheat.  Einkorn is the flour used by Wisconsin author Diana Konkle in the recipes she shares in her new cookbook, Baking with Einkorn – Modern Recipes for an Ancient Grain.

For 24 years, Diana sweetened the palates of thousands of devoted fans when she owned Diana’s Confections Connections in Sun Prairie.  After Diana sold her business, she took a proactive approach to her own health.  She had gained 75 pounds, had difficulty sleeping and minor digestive issues.  Recognizing the effect that processed sugar and flour had on her health, Diana started on a mission to change her diet.

On this program, Diana shares what she discovered on her journey to better health.

For those interested in learning more, Diana will be presenting a free class at the Oilerie in Sun Prairie on August 8. Reservations can be by calling 608-535-1300.