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Mobile pregnancy clinic provides resources to women in need

Mobile pregnancy clinic provides resources to women in need

Stateline Pregnancy Clinic in Beloit is taking its services on the road to provide resources for women in need. It's the first mobile clinic of its kind in Rock County.

"It really expands our ability to outreach not only in Beloit or Rock County but in the state line area," Registered Nurse Diana Fogderud said.

Fogderud has worked as a registered nurse for more than two decades. Now, instead of her clients coming to her, she is taking her services on the road.

"A lot of our clients who come in here are not necessarily connected with an OBGYN. We provide a beginning ultra sound. It's the verification of the pregnancy beyond the pregnancy test," Fogderud said.

Using a former ambulance, the mobile pregnancy clinic will provide the same resources as the clinic's current site including ultrasounds, pregnancy tests and prenatal vitamins free of charge.

Beloit Mobile Pantry Program receives $3,000 grant

The Stateline Community Foundation gave Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin a $3,000 grant to fund a food distributions project in Beloit, according to a Second Harvest release.

Second Harvest Foodbank partners with the Masonic Center to operate two mobile pantries in Beloit. The mobile pantries served almost 40,000 people more than 646,000 pounds of food last fiscal year, according to the release.

Hospital's luncheon raises awareness of heart disease

Hospital's luncheon raises awareness of heart disease

Edgerton Hospital, along with Women with Heart support group, is planning a program next month to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men, but it is preventable and controllable.

During a luncheon at the hospital on Feb. 6, Edgerton Hospital will offer an educational session and an American Heart Association guest speaker to highlight the national "Go Red for Women" campaign, a social initiative to raise women's heart health awareness.

Organizers said the presenter will educate and answer questions while participants enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch, goodie bags and a chance to win door prizes.

Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

An area hospital received an award last month in recognition of its building's environmental conservation efforts, hospital officials said. 

On Nov.13, Edgerton Hospital officials accepted a "Special Citation" award from the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance in recognition of the hospital's outstanding design, sustainability and leadership in the area of green building.

The hospital said it's one of the first hospitals in Wisconsin to utilize a ground-loop geothermal HVAC system to reduce energy consumption by up to 40 percent compared to other hospitals of similar size. 

The hospital, which opened in October 2011, features a maintenance-friendly, state-of-the-art geothermal HVAC system; low volatile organic compounds, also called VOCs; materials for clean air; natural daylight seating and views; and operable windows in patient rooms.

Hospital to host free COPD discussion

November is national COPD awareness month and Edgerton Hospital is planning to offer the community a free session with a pulmonologist.

The discussion will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital. Dr. Raed Hamed will discuss how patients living with COPD can have full, rewarding lives. 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is one of the most common lung diseases affecting nearly 13 million adults in the United States, according to the hospital. It is the third leading cause of death in America.

Hospital to kick off 'Bras for Hope' fundraiser

Hospital to kick off 'Bras for Hope' fundraiser

To celebrate October as breast cancer awareness month, Edgerton Hospital has launched its "Bras for Hope" fundraising event.

Local individuals and companies are invited to create bra art in various themes that will be displayed throughout Edgerton Hospital for the month of October. The more creatively designed, the better. The goal is to raise awareness for breast cancer and to support local residents and their families facing the struggles of cancer by donating all proceeds to the Rock County Cancer Coalition. 

The cost to submit a bra is $10, and the bra that raises the most money ($1 is one vote) will be deemed the winner during a ladies night out event at the hospital on Nov. 6.

To participate, people should:

'Fit Families Rock' program planned to fight fat

'Fit Families Rock' program planned to fight fat

A new health program in Rock County is aimed at combating area childhood obesity. 

An 11-week program called Fit Families Rock will utilize weight loss research to help participants establish healthy behaviors and prevent health problems linked to obesity. 

To be eligible, families must have at least one child between the ages of 8 to 12 who is at or above the 85th percentile of their age-appropriate body mass index, or BMI. In addition, the family must commit to having at least one parent attend all sessions although the entire family is welcome to participate.

The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:35-5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Janesville Family YMCA from Sept. 16 to Nov. 25. 

The cost to families is $25, which includes individualized follow-up and a three-month family membership to the Janesville Family YMCA. Class size is limited to allow individual attention for each family. To set up an interview, call 262-472-1836.