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Breast Cancer: Exercise Decreases Risk and Improves Quality of Life

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This October marks the 32nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While originally focused on mammograms to increase early diagnosis, it has expanded to include a call for funding research on causes and prevention of breast cancer.
Current research shows overwhelming support for exercise lowering the risk of developing breast cancer, preventing recurrence after treatment, and improving quality of life and counteracting side effects from cancer treatments.
  • The American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of physical activity a week.
  • Vigorous physical activity provides the largest reduction in initial breast cancer risk or risk of recurrence, but even moderate-intensity activity, such as brisk walking, provides a benefit.
  • Being more physically active has been shown to improve several commonly-reported side effects in breast cancer survivors.
    • Increases energy (many treatments cause fatigue)
    • Counteracts cognitive impairment (“chemo brain”)
    • Increases mobility (estrogen blockers often cause joint/muscle pain)
    • Makes healthier bones (estrogen blockers decrease bone density)
    • Improves heart health (many treatments decrease heart function)
It can be hard to find time to exercise. The following tips may help you become more active.
  • Choose the stairs.
  • Bike or walk instead of driving.
  • Take your pet for a walk.
  • Walk on your lunch break.
  • Wear a step-tracking device and increase your daily steps.
  • Skip the coffee shop and walk with a friend—or walk to the coffee shop.  
  • Use a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching TV.

October 1-7 was Mental Illness Awareness week.

What is pertussis(whooping cough) and how to prevent it.

October 15-21 was National Teen Driver Safety Week.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 
Source (national data): National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2016: With Chartbook on Long-term Trends in Health. Hyattsville, MD. 2017.
Source (North Shore data): North Shore Community Health Survey
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Thursday, November 9th - 3:4:30-pm- Shorewood 
Tuesday, November 14th -10:00-11:00am-Brown Deer
Wednesday, November 15th - 3:30-4:30pm- Brown Deer
Tuesday, November 21st - 7:30-9:00am- Shorewood 
Tuesday, November 28th - 3:30-4:30pm- North Shore Library 

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required) – Blood analysis for cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, blood pressure, weight check and a nurse consultation.
Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Wednesday, November 15th - 8:00-10:00am- Brown Deer
Tuesday, November 28th- 8:00-10:00am- Shorewood

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary)

Wednesday, November 1st- 12:15-1:00pm- Tom Dolan Community Center(4355 W Bradley Rd, Brown Deer)   
Tuesday, November 14th - 1:30-2:30pm- Lydell Community Center (5205 Lydell Avenue, Whitefish Bay)
Wednesday, November 22nd- 3:30-4:30pm- Shorewood 


North Shore Library Flu Clinic 
The North Shore Health Department will be offering flu vaccine for children 3-18 years of age at a reduced price of $10. Flu vaccine will also be available at the regular price for adults. We can bill Medicare, but all other individuals must pay with cash or check. If you need a vaccine other than the flu please call 414-371-2980 to schedule an appointment. View the flyer here.

Parent Wellness Circle

Discuss the joys and challenges of parenting. These six-week groups will offer a welcoming space for parents with children of all ages to share experiences and grow together. View the flyer here

Coffee and Conversations for Caregivers 

Are you caring for someone with dementia? Then, give yourself a break! Connect with fellow caregivers and share challenges, tips, and stories. View the flyer here

Hoarding Disorder: Friends and Family Support Group 

6:00-8:00pm on October 26th, November 16th, and December 28th 

Join others that, like you, are concerned about a family member or friend that suffers from Hoarding Disorder or Chronic Disorganization.  This group offers a safe environment to share your unique experience with hoarding and get support from others. Each meeting will focus on a different discussion topic that aims to both increase awareness of Hoarding Disorder and learn from others’ experiences. View here. 

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4800 W Green Brook Drive 
Brown Deer, WI 53223 

2010 E Shorewood Blvd
Shorewood, WI 53211

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