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AMKE: The List 9-29-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

Health insurance premiums are up 9% this year. The increase in the average cost of family coverage was the highest in 2005. Now the cost for insurance provided by an employer averages just over $15,000 a year for a family. There’s an estimated 2.3 million young adults who got on their parents’ health plans under the federal health care reform.

Great news for Wisconsin and our public health goals, a community outreach program at UW-Madison got a $23.5 million federal grant for over five years. It’s to help 10 Wisconsin cities take on the battles of smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity. The funding is coming from the Affordable Care Act. Overall the hopes are to expand efforts to promote active living and healthy environments throughout our state.

Today the Brewers are celebrating their first division title since 1982 during a rally at the Summerfest Grounds. The public is welcome and you can find the band, Five for Fighting playing on the grounds as well. Doors open at 3:30 this afternoon. And as for our fan favorite Brewers, players and coaches will get to the rally sometime during the 5 o clock hour.

The listeria outbreak linked to Colorado cantaloupes has killed 13 people already. If it continues, it could be the second-deadliest U.S outbreak of a food-borne illness. There are three more deaths that soon could be confirmed as listeria-caused. And if you don’t know what listeria is, symptoms include diarrhea and fever but they may not show up for days or even weeks after the food has been eaten. The worst record of listeria outbreak in the U.S. Was recorded in 1985 when 52 people died from tainted cheese.

Big topic in Wisconsin and beyond right now, there’s a lot of pressure on the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to fix and protect the Great Lakes and Mississippi basins from an Asian Carp invasion.  There’s now a 17-state coalition formed that includes states as far west as Wyoming to press the Army Corp to do more.  The importance of this issue is to stop the invasive species before they move in between the basins; otherwise they could topple the multibillion-dollar Great Lakes Fishery.

This is pretty interesting, UWM Chancellor, Michael Lovell, started his own initiative, “Lead from Behind”. What he’s doing is working out, I’m talking with the basketball team, the running club and it seems to be making an impact. He’s hoping that his efforts to lead a healthy and active lifestyle will unite and motivate UWM faculty, students and local residents.
2) Today on "Be Heard", Kallao and I sit down with Lakefront Marathon Race Director Kris Hinrichs. Click 'here' for the full interview.