WISCONSIN WOMEN’S POLICY INSTITUTE: TRAINING WOMEN TO BECOME SKILLED ADVOCATES


Guests: Eve Galanter, Chair, Wisconsin Women’s Network
Helen Marks Dicks, Associate State Advocacy Director, AARP Wisconsin

One person can make a difference; influencing policy changes society. Training women to be advocates in their communities and to navigate Wisconsin’s legislative process to advance legislation which improves the lives of women and girls in Wisconsin is the goal of the Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute. The Institute, recently created by the Wisconsin Women’s Network, will launch its first-ever training session over the next five months. First on the agenda: focusing on elderly justice and security issues.

On this program, Eve Galanter and Helen Marks Dicks describe how this model-for-the-nation Institute came about and the kinds of things graduates can expect to accomplish. For the women recruited to participate, this will be new territory. But they will be well trained to have their voices heard and improvements made in areas important to them.

For more information on the Wisconsin Women’s Network and the Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute, go to www.wiwomensnetwork.org, or call 608-255-9809.


GET FIT FOR HUNGER RELIEF

Guests: Dan Stein, President and CEO, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin Jake Salzman, Personal Trainer, The Princeton Club

How many times have you welcomed the new year with the resolution that you were going to lose weight – exercise more? The Second Harvest Foodbank and The Princeton Club’s Million Pound Challenge just might be the motivation you need. While YOU lose weight and get in better shape, YOU will also HELP raise one million pounds of food for food pantries in a 16-county area.

On this program, Dan Stein, president and CEO, gives us the inside story of Second Harvest’s challenge to meet the increasing demands for emergency food assistance. Jake Salzman, Personal Trainer at the Princeton Club, then outlines specific steps to put us on a straight line to success. Yes, we can lose weight and reach our fitness goals.

Then, to have your fitness success contribute to the emergency food needs in Southern Wisconsin all you do is sign up at www.Princetonclub.net/mpc and record your hours of exercise or pounds lost. You can even select a Second Harvest Foodbank emergency food pantry as a beneficiary. For every pound of weight lost or hour exercised, the Princeton Club will contribute 10 pounds of food – up to one million pounds. There is no cost or obligation to join a health club in order to participate!

Sign up to be part of the Million Pound Challenge at www.Princetonclub.net/mpc.

For Jake’s own healthy recipes, google or search on Facebook, “Jake the Trainer.”

OVERCOMING ADDICTIONS: MORE THAN A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION



Guests:
Tom Morgan, recovering alcoholic, author,
Journey to Sobriety: 34 years and counting
Verne Johnson, former drug dealer, addict, gang member, author,
When Tears Fall

“You don’t have to live this way,” Tom Morgan was told when he finally sought help to end his life of drinking. “I honestly didn’t know that,” he said. And that was the first day on his Journey to Sobriety, the title of his book and the beginning of his 37 years without a drink. On this All About Living program, Tom Morgan shares personal moments from his road to recovery – why his annual New Years Resolutions to quit drinking never worked, and what finally did. Tom now counsels others on freeing themselves from alcohol addiction.

Joining Tom is Verne Johnson whose book When Tears Fall, reveals his personal story of an early life growing up in the projects in Rockford surrounded by drugs, alcohol, violence, incarceration, sexual abuse, poverty, and five siblings with different fathers. That culture was all Verne knew, and he soon moved into drug dealing, joining a gang and becoming addicted to drugs. Escaping that world is “very, very difficult,” says Verne, but he did it and has remained drug free for 13 years. “It’s not about making a New Year’s Resolution,” he said. “It’s about making a commitment.” Verne is now a motivational life speaker, substance abuse counselor, minister, husband and father in Rockford.

Their books, Journey to Sobriety by Tom Morgan and When Tears Fall by Verne Johnson are available on www.amazon.com.

“RUDOLPH,” ALIVE AND WELL IN DANE COUNTY

Guests: David Mollenhoff, author, Madison: A History of the Formative Years and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace: The Enduring Power of a Civic Vision
Tom Linfield, VP, Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, Madison Community Foundation


Madison historian, David Mollenhoff, shares the story of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on this very special Christmas Eve edition of
All About Living. And just when the story ends and yours eyes are still glistening from hearing how “Rudolph” emerges as the hero, David moves into the story behind the story. Who wrote the story? Why did he write it, and how did Gene Autrey, the Singing Cowboy, come to record the second most popular Christmas song ever? And what does “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” have to do with us today?

Tom Linfield answers that question. As coordinator of grant-making at the Madison Community Foundation, Tom seamlessly moves into how the spirit of “Rudolph” is expressing itself in so many creative ways in Dane County. Adjusting to an uncertain economic environment appears to have energized people to find ways to help our community move forward – through what some might consider an economic fog. Tom gives us an umbrella view of the amazing projects that continue to expand our vibrant community environment.

AN ENRICHING LIFESTYLE AT OAK PARK PLACE

Guests: Jean Bachhuber, Director of Memory Services
Jennifer Baird, Director of Sales
Jasmine Rogness, Regional Director of Marketing

Using lessons from The Blue Zones: Lessons from People Who Have Lived the Longest, by Dan Buettner, the National Geographic journalist, Oak Park Place, a senior living community providing a Continuum of Care, focuses on wellness as they strive to meet the individual needs of their residents. In a Continuum of Care environment, residents can “age in place” on one campus – moving from independent living to assisted living to long term care including a memory loss facility. “We are wellness focused and resident driven,” says Jasmine Rogness.

This could mean a change in our perception of what senior living is like today. The Oak Park Place environment includes restaurant-style dining, featuring entrees prepared by chefs trained in the culinary arts. Residents also submit their favorite recipes which are featured on the menu. Activities center around resident interests with wellness in mind. Book clubs, knitting groups, the Oak Park Choir, yoga classes, a walk club and strengthening classes are just some of the choices available. Even a Biggest Loser Contest and an Irish Pub! Education programs also abound with regular expert speakers and discussion groups on topic of importance to residents.

This is what Continuum of Care looks like today. Oak Park Place is just one example. The concept offers an environment with housekeeping, transportation, supportive care, orthopedic rehabilitation, and other levels of service to support daily living. “Be proactive,” says Jennifer Baird. “Visit the options available before you need them so you can choose the environment and lifestyle in which you would like to live – long term.”

This program covers how Oak Park Place has adapted the lessons from The Blue Zones, how they have structured senior living options, and the benefits to individuals and family members when people are matched with an appropriate living environment. For more information, go to oakparkplace.com