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Learning from neighbors how to fight diabetes

Learning from neighbors how to fight diabetes

Inside Finish Line at West Towne Mall on a sunny, blustery Monday afternoon, Tim Collins purchases a pair of black Air Jordan basketball shoes. At 47, he said he stays in shape by playing sports, especially basketball and softball.

The shoes cost $64, but Collins will only have to cover $14. The other $50 he earned by completing Project POWER, a program introduced by the American Diabetes Association.

Aimed at curbing diabetes in the African-American community, Project POWER trains interested community members in how to prevent and manage the illness. Community members then go back to their neighborhoods as "Project POWER Ambassadors" to hold one-to-2 hour classes once a week for six weeks.

Classes are free for anyone interested in joining.

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

The city of Madison said Wednesday that it's seeking proposals from companies that are interested in bringing a full service, affordable grocery store to a west neighborhood. 

Madison said it is seeking proposals from developers, property owners, and grocery store operators that will establish a grocery store in the Allied Drive neighborhood, which is considered a food desert since the Walgreen's on Verona Road closed last year.

Proposals are due June 15, but a letter of intent to apply is due May 15.

The city said in mid-January that it would provide $300,000 in financial assistance as an incentive to draw a store to the area. The funds will be in the form of a low-interest or partially forgivable loan. 

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $3.75 million in funding Thursday to increase radio coverage in rural areas and inside large buildings, according to a release.

The allocation was approved as part of a larger resolution approving the issuing of bonds to pay for commitments already approved in the 2015 capital budget, officials said. The new funding is in addition to the $3 million already dedicated to improvements in the DaneCom radio system.

News 3 reported in December that parts of DaneCom would be taken offline at the beginning of 2015 to determine if the county’s new emergency communication system was causing emergency radio problems.

As the health insurance enrollment deadline approaches, local organizations offer help

This is the last weekend of open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace. Those who are still uninsured have until midnight on Sunday to get covered.

According to a release from Covering Kids & Families Wisconsin, it, along with United Way of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, and area insurance agents, will offer free assistance to those signing up for health insurance at two events this weekend.

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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Free workshop offers wealth of parenting support

Free workshop offers wealth of parenting support

Area families are invited to take part in workshops on topics from puberty to online safety this week at a free event presented by medical providers, local educators and community leaders.

Dean Clinic Oregon is joining forces with area educators and community leaders for Parent University on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Rome Corners Intermediate School, 1111 S. Perry Parkway in Oregon.

Parent University, for families with kids of all ages, will begin with a light supper and will include workshops and lectures on:

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

 Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital on Park Street will be participating in an emergency evacuation drill Friday.

The drill, being held from 9-11:30 a.m., will focus on hospital evacuation procedures in the event of a power outage or other major emergency, according to a release. Staff members will practice patient evacuation procedures with volunteers acting as patients.

Area EMS and fire department crews will also be participating in the drill, organizers said.

“We’re always looking at ways to practice so that we’re prepared for the real thing,” said Jonathan Lewis, St. Mary’s vice president of operations. “This gives us an opportunity to see how our process works and where we can improve.”