March is National Nutrition Month
Share this National Nutrition Month bulletin insert and worship slide with your faith community:

  • Bulletin inserts on many other topics are available in our archive.  

Aurora Health Nutrition Services

Aurora Health offers programs that can help you lose weight, build fitness or just eat better. Aurora's nutrition services team includes registered dietitians and nutritionists, exercise specialists, psychologists, primary care physicians and a bariatric surgeon. See details .

Nutrition Events at Aurora Health Care Sites

In March, special events will take place at Aurora Health Care sites throughout Wisconsin to commemorate National Nutrition Month. The events include food samples, healthy recipes and the opportunity to talk with a registered dietitian. All are welcome! Learn more here.

Food and Nutrition Resources

  • Just Eating? Practicing our Faith at the Table
  • Body and Soul Toolkit
  • Faithful Families: Eat Smart, Move More Resources
  • Click here to see these resources and more!

Other Nutrition Resources

  • serves as a gateway to reliable resources on food, healthy eating, physical activity and food safety.
Advocate Aurora Health News
Prayer Shawls Provide Comfort to Patients

 “I truly felt your love and prayers and the warmth of the Lord around me.” ~Alesha

Thanks to the Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. James Catholic Church, Franklin, WI, patients, like Alesha, have received the gift of warmth and comfort.

“There is a need for the prayer shawls – they mean so much to those on the receiving end,” said Margie Bosanko, who co-leads the Prayer Shawl Ministry with Marleen Baker.

Since 2005, members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry have crocheted and knitted more than 700 shawls, most of which have gone to patients at Advocate Aurora Health hospitals throughout the Milwaukee area. Read more .

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Patients in the metro Milwaukee area find comfort through the prayer shawls created by members of St. James' Prayer Shawl Ministry (above).
2020 Census Resources for Faith Communities
Faith in Public Life is working to ensure the 2020 Census is fair and accurate. This Census will affect how much federal funding each state will receive for your local schools, roads and hospitals. Learn how you can educate your friends, neighbors and congregants about how the Census works and how important it is to be counted! 

See the 2020 Census Faith Toolkit available through Faith in Public Life. 

United States Census 2020 offers a flyer, "Why Your Faith Community Should Become a 2020 Census Official Partner." See it here.

The City of Milwaukee has created a 2020 Census Toolkit for Faith-Based Leaders.
Aurora Health Care Events, Classes and Groups
February 28
9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Aurora Medical Center, Kenosha

Tuesdays, March 10, April 14 and May 12
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Aurora Health Center, Racine

Tuesdays, March 17, 24 and 31
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Aurora Medical Center, Kenosha

Kenosha Public Library
  • March 30: Anxiety in Children and What Caregivers Can Do to Help
  • April 15: Stop the Bleed
  • May 19: Nutrition for Healthy Kids

See details about a wide range of other community events, classes and groups available through Aurora Health, including:

  • Blood pressure and bone density screenings
  • Educational Series for Parents
  • Advanced Care Planning and Palliative Care Session
  • And More!

In addition, Aurora Health Care offers classes on a variety of health topics. Select a Hospital/Medical Center and click on search to see what is being offered in your area.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities

PBS "Broken Places" Premiers on April 6
From April through May, PBS will air new series and specials that shine light on health and well-being.

Among them: "Broken Places," which will air on Monday, April 6. The program will explore why some children are severely impacted by early adversity while others are able to thrive. Revisit children profiled decades ago to see how early trauma shaped their lives as adults. See trailer and other details.

Two Special Events for Faith Leaders on April 1 and 2

The Voyagers, a group of clergy and congregational leaders, will offer “Introduction to Family Systems Thinking,” seminar and “Conviction and Courage” conference on April 1 and 2 respectively in Racine, WI. Many leaders have found significant help in Bowen Family Systems Theory and its application to congregations and leadership by Rabbi Edwin Friedman.  Learn more here.

The Church's Response to Mental Illness
Courses are offered from April-June 2020
Wisconsin and Minnesota locations

This course is designed to help local congregations develop a faithful and loving response to those living with mental illness. It will include coverage of important mental health terms and concepts, exploration of resource availability, and theological reflection on the realities faced by people and families facing mental health struggles. Learn more.

Other Opportunities

  • Companions in Ministry Program
  • Contemplative Renewal Welcomes Applications
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Come Alive! Program for a More Abundant Spiritual and Physical Life
  • See details on these events here.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Community Events in April
April 8, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Hamburger Mary's, 730 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee

Bring your friends and enjoy a night out of BINGO, prizes, and fun drink specials, hosted Dear Ruthie. Proceeds from drink sales and donations will support Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services. Learn more .

Happy Hour at Blu Bar and Lounge
April 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., 23rd floor, Milwaukee

Drink in the beautiful view on the 23 rd floor with celebrity “Blutenders” David Caruso of Dynamic Events; Molly Fay, Host of The Morning Blend TMJ4; and mixologist, Michael Johnston! The Pfister will be blue in honor of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and 10% of all sales and 100% of bartenders’ tips will be donated. Learn more .

Steps on the Journey: A Healing Retreat
April 24-26
Moon Beach, St. Germain, WI

Come and share a safe and confidential weekend with other women (18 years and older) who have experienced rape, sexual assault, and/or childhood sexual abuse (including marital/partner rape, date rape, and stranger rape). The retreat will be facilitated by women who have experienced this
abuse. Clergy and/or chaplain services will also be available. Learn more.

Hope Shining Blue
April 29, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee

Join us at Hope Shining Blue to honor survivors of sexual and domestic violence and raise funds to enhance their care. Hope Shining Blue is a Denim Day celebration supporting Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services. Learn more .
Health and Wellness Resources
Faith & Gun Violence Study-Action Guide

“Who is My Neighbor: Multi-Generational Conversations on Faith & Gun Violence”

Created by the Wisconsin Council of Churches, this free study-action guide includes worship-planning guides, discussion guides, reflections, video testimony by youth, resources and action steps. Download the guide here.

A Special Message About Coronavirus

According to the Milwaukee Health Department, the health risk to the general public from 2019-nCoV remains low, both in the U.S. and in the Milwaukee area. At this point, there is no need to change behavior in any way related to this virus. 

Preventing the spread of the flu is much more of a concern than the coronavirus.  Hundreds of people have been hospitalized across Wisconsin due to influenza and thousands have lost days to work and school because they are sick. 

Click here for a bulletin insert about Coronavirus and flu you can share with your faith community.

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  • Services and Treatment
  • Programs for Adults, Children and Adolescents
  • And More!

  • Weight Management Programs
  • Integrative Health Coaching
  • National and Local Resources
  • Fitness and Wellness Centers
  • And More!

Stroke Risk Assessment

Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable, and many of the risk factors are controllable. Take Advocate Aurora Health’s online  Stroke Risk Assessment  to estimate your chance of experiencing one and learn about the ways you could minimize it.

If you are interested in starting a health ministry or health council in your congregation, contact Kirsten Peachey , Director of Faith and Health Partnerships for Advocate Aurora Health . She'd love to talk with you about getting started.

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Staying Socially Connected This Winter
By Keri Lipperini, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs
Administration for Community Living

Winter is upon us. While some may enjoy the colder climates, others may start withdrawing from activities and disconnecting from family and friends. Those who suffer from seasonal depression will face an even harder battle as they withdraw until springtime returns. The decline of outdoor activities, followed by a lack of social interaction during the winter months, could easily lead you to feel isolated and lonely. Read more.
March Holidays and Observances

March 2: Nineteen Day Fast begins (Baha’i)
March 9: Magha Puja Day (Buddhism)
March 9: Holika Dahan (Hinduism)
March 10: Holi (Hinduism)
March 10: Hola Mohalla (Sikhism)
March 10: Purim (Judaism)
March 11: Shushan Purim (Judaism)       
March 17: Hola Mohalla (Sikhism)
March 19: Feast of St. Joseph (Christianity)
March 21: Norooz (Persian/Zoroastrian)
March 21: Naw-Ruz (Baha’i)
March 22: Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
March 25: Ugadi / Gudi Padwa / Telugu New Year (Hinduism)
March 25: Hindi New Year (Hinduism)
March 25: The Annunciation (Christianity)
March 28: Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian)
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