Alert Day Today
Alert Day, March 22, 2011, is a one-day “wake-up” call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association encourages people to join the movement to Stop Diabetes and find out if they, or their loved ones, are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes; the most common form of diabetes. The La Crosse County Health Department’s Public Health Nursing Division offers Cholesterol/Diabetes screenings the 4th Wednesday of each month for $41. An additional screening is also available to check a Hemoglobin A1C level; the cost for this test is $31. Hemoglobin A1C looks at one’s average blood sugar level over the past 2-3 months.
Currently, 25.8 million Americans are living with diabetes and an additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For many, diagnosis may come seven to ten years after the onset of the disease. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as: heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and even death. Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be delayed and even prevented by making simple changes in your lifestyle.
The Public Health Nursing Division holds the following screening clinics to detect abnormal cholesterol and blood glucose levels— identifying problems early in order to prevent or reduce the burden of heart disease and diabetes on individuals, their families and their communities. Education on healthy lifestyles and referral and follow-up services are offered to promote health and reduce morbidity, mortality and the economic burden resulting from these chronic conditions.
Gotta be More Drunk Than That
Rarely do La Crosse police get an honest evaluation from suspected drunk drivers on just how inebriated they are. But, when 48 year-old Wallace Clark failed the field tests they gave him on Friday after a stop, both he and the arresting officer figured the .08 he blew on the breathalyzer had to be wrong. Sure enough, the second try was significantly higher. Clark collected the drunk driving ticket as well as several others for everything from hit and run to having no insurance.
Neighbor Helps Bust Would-be Burglars
An alert neighbor in La Crosse helped police foil a break-in this week-end. Cops say the woman called at around three in the morning about two guys prowling around next door. Police found one of the guys smoking in the front. They got a variety of answers about why the two were at the house and why they'd ripped a screen and broken a window. None of the reasons good ones. Police say the guys had some meth on them. Both 28 year-old Kao Vang and 24 year-old Matthew Symitczek got busted on burglary and drug charges.
Drunk Several Times, Caught Once
La Crosse police probably could have busted John Megathy any number of times for drunk driving. That's according to a tipster who tells police he just couldn't let the 57 year-old drive around drunk anymore. So he called. And cops arrested Megathy on Saturday afternoon driving on the northside. Apparently very drunk; they say he blew a .312 on the breathalyzer.
County Administrator Says Worker Morale is Important
No one wants to meet a grumpy snow plow driver on the road. Or get manhandled by a disgruntled jailer. Or get snapped at by a snarly 911 operator. But on the job morale for public workers could be an issue in some parts of Wisconsin. Because, says La Crosse county administrator Steve O'Malley, some county executives and administrators around the state will have near complete control over employee working conditions once governor Walker's controversial collective bargaining law takes effect. O'Malley says morale of employees was one of his considerations in seeking contract extensions for eight of the county's public unions. County board workers overwhelmingly approved the two year extensions last week.