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'Healthy Habits Week' comes to Children's Museum

'Healthy Habits Week' comes to Children's Museum

Numerous educational activities will be part of Healthy Habits Week at the Madison Children’s Museum next week. 

Beginning Monday, visitors to the Madison Children’s Museum will have the chance to learn about various healthy habits through active play and displays hosted by Dean Clinic, Dean Health Plan, Dean Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Healthy Habits Week will continue through April 18.

Organizers said the week’s activities are scheduled to include:

English program provides medical terminology lessons to non-native speakers

By Aparna Vidyasagar and Mengyuan Zhang

Guadalupe Torres is soft-spoken; her quiet, tentative, English is highlighted by a lilting Mexican accent. She appears shy, perhaps even timid. But when she last visited her doctor and her interpreter was late, she was unfazed, even eager to take on the challenge of speaking to the doctor alone. Torres was confident about navigating the health care system in the United States, all thanks to one class.

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

In November, a pipe ruptured on Dane County's community manure digester, which converts cow waste into power. About 360,000 gallons of manure flowed through a dry ravine, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Bob Manwell. The spill entered a creek and reached the village of Waunakee, located more than two miles away, bringing with it an odor.

"As far as environmental damages, there was no immediate fish kill, which is a good sign," Manwell said. About 90 percent of the spill was cleaned up within a week, he said, but some of the spill, located in areas unreachable by equipment, remains.

"We're not saying there were no damages," Manwell said. "This is going to take some time, and we'll continue to monitor to see what impacts there may be."

Fast-forward to spring at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Fast-forward to spring at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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The difference is like night and day at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Outside of the glass, the temperatures have plunged well below zero, and the world is frozen and snow-covered. Inside the glass, the temperatures are in the mid-70s and everything is green, growing and blossoming. It is like a visit from spring 51 days early.

"Working here, sometimes you forget how wonderful it is, but I'll tell you, on these cold days, I come in and I'm so glad I'm not on the road crew. I think that many people would change jobs with me in a heartbeat right now," said Jennifer Recoy, assistant conservatory curator at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Recoy is in charge of growing plants at the facility.

City warns residents to take precautions in bitter cold

City warns residents to take precautions in bitter cold

Amid forecasts of extreme cold in the next few days, the city of Madison said residents should take precautions to stay safe and be vigilant for the well-being of others. 

News 3 Chief Meteorologist Gary Cannalte said low temperatures Thursday will fall into the teens below zero with wind chills as cold as minus 30. Wind chill advisories go into effect Thursday evening and continue through Friday morning.

Friday will be partly sunny and windy with high temperatures in the mid-teens and wind chills as cold as minus 15.

The city suggested several precautions residents should take during the extreme cold, including:

Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Vincent Washington took his place in line outside of the Bread of Life Food Pantry. It's certainly not his first time at St. Paul's. He and his wife used to volunteer there, until the temp jobs ran out, along with the food in his kitchen.

Now unemployed, Washington said coming to the pantry once a month is about survival.

"Without it, what are you going to do? Go out there and steal and rob, and then where would you be?" Washington said.

Teriann Strassi will also have Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Bread of Life. She started coming in 2010 after her job was shipped overseas and her unemployment benefits ran out.

A mother of three, Strassi is working toward her paralegal degree. Since her husband works full time, the family doesn't qualify for food stamps or other government help when it comes to food.

"There have been plenty of tears. Plenty of days when I feel like I can't make it," Strassi said. "Tomorrow's always better."

Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health of Madison and Dane County would like to remind residents of assistance programs that are available when signing up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Residents can ask questions or sign up for coverage by going to the website or calling 1-800-318-2596 and talking to a Marketplace representative, according to a release. Both options lead residents through a step-by-step process, but until the website is running more smoothly, calling a Marketplace representative is the best option.

Below is the information needed to sign up: