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Ironman triathlete with diabetes to speak downtown

Ironman triathlete with diabetes to speak downtown

Despite being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Jay Hewitt pushes his body to its limits.

As an Ironman triathlete and member of the U.S. National Triathlon Team, Hewitt is living proof that an active lifestyle is possible for those with diabetes and helps keep the disease under control.

On June 6, Dean Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital and the American Diabetes Association invite residents to listen to  Hewitt tell the inspirational story of how he became the first athlete with type 1 diabetes to qualify for the U.S. National Triathlon Team. He'll also discuss how he learned to manage his disease and become a world class competitor, both of which he said require discipline and proper nutrition.

"I respect my diabetes, but I will not surrender to it,” Hewitt said.

Organizers said the event is free and open to the public.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Mary's Hospital Conference Center, Bay 1.

This event is presented by Novo Nordisk.

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Survivor: '[I was] clinically dead, and I was that way for 20 minutes'   

Sudden cardiac arrest kills 1,000 people a day in the U.S., which is roughly one person every two minutes.  Would you know what to do if you saw someone collapse in front of you?

Channel3000.com and WISC-TV are proud to partner with St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday for Hands on Hearts -- a community-wide event offering free compression-only CPR .

COCPR is a hands-only technique to help those in sudden cardiac arrest. The constant compressions are performed 100 times a minute to the center of a patient's chest. The compressions keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the heart and brain. Mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths are not needed.

When compression-only CPR is used on a victim of cardiac arrest, the chance of surviving increases greatly.

Road salt lingers in Madison’s watersheds, drinking water

Road salt lingers in Madison’s watersheds, drinking water

Report: Decades of salt use causes chloride levels in watershed to rise   

Every winter, George Dreckmann, the public information officer for the Streets Division, faces numerous complaints from the public about bad road conditions, asking the department to use more salt in their communities.
 
"It is our policy to not apply salt to residential streets to protect our lakes and groundwater," responded Dreckmann to one resident's complaint via e-mail.
 
The road salt, also known as sodium chloride, doesn’t simply vanish after winter.

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

It's almost time to spring forward, and Wisconsin officials are using the occasion to remind residents about home safety.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, when Wisconsinites will set the clocks ahead one hour. Safety officials said the event marks a convenient reminder to do annual checks.

For example:

  • Consider replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • If you don't have an emergency kit at home, now's the time to get one
  • If you do have an emergency kit, put fresh batteries in the flashlight and make sure the food, water and first-aid kit are all in good condition

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has additional safety tips on its website.

Authorities seek cat after woman bitten

Bite victim handling stray early Tuesday when incident occurred  

The Department of Public Health is looking for information regarding a cat that bit a woman on early Tuesday.

According to a news release, the incident occurred at about midnight at the 700 block of Dempsey Road in Madison while the woman was handling a stray cat.

The cat was described as a calico with short hair.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the animal services officer at 255-2345. 

If the animal is not located, public health authorities said the victim may be required to complete a series of painful, costly injections to prevent rabies.

Dane County opens new environmentally conscious recycling center

Dane County opens new environmentally conscious recycling center

County: Managing hazardous waste can result in a huge environmental impact

As the manager of Dane County’s Solid Waste Division, John Welch is an expert on garbage -- specifically, our garbage.

From watching the county’s Rodefeld Landfill grow day after day, he’s made steps in his own life to curb his waste by composting, recycling, and conserving his way to just half a bag of garbage per week. And now he is excited about a new initiative that will cut waste county-wide. 

At 11 a.m. on Dec. 14, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and solid waste staff cut the ribbon on a new $4 million recycling center next to the landfill that will help the county save tons of hazardous and construction waste from becoming dead weight in a landfill, hazardous to the environment.

Anti-smoking programs encourage users to put down the butt

Anti-smoking programs encourage users to put down the butt

Cancer Society’s ‘Great American Smokeout’ is Thursday

Anti-smoking programs are encouraging smokers to take steps to quit using tobacco Thursday as part of a national health organization’s effort to eliminate cancer and raise awareness of smoking- and chewing-related illnesses.

“Research shows people who try to quit smoking without assistance are successful only 5 percent of the time,” Dr. Michael Fiore, director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, said in a news release. “But those who get help ... can triple their chances of quitting smoking for good."

Nov. 15 is the "Great American Smokeout," a day the American Cancer Society marks each year to challenge tobacco users to put out their cigarette butts -- and put away the can of chew.