Door County children can S.T.A.M.P. out bullying
Jay Banks, PhD, wants students to project confidence. So, he created the educational S.T.A.M.P. OUT BULLYING awareness program. He opened his recent visits to T.J. Walker Middle School and Southern Door Middle School with his definition of bullying. “If someone is trying to be the boss of you emotionally, socially, your property or feelings – that is bullying.”
For over 12 years, Dr. Banks has empowered students and teachers across the United States with his research-based anti-bullying program. Using a combination of facts, storytelling and comedy, S.T.A.M.P. has multiple layers to address the students. “I have a lot of success with this program – everyone loves comedy. However, you need to catch them mid-laugh, and it’s there that they realize the situation is not funny,” said Banks.
Terry Lundahl, director of the Southern Door Auditorium, believes the preventative program is brilliant. “His message offers complete balance. It’s fun and relatable, but it’s not over the top.”
According to Dr. Banks, the best way to reduce bullying is to empower the victims and bystanders. He wants children to learn at an early age since bullying begins in elementary and peaks in middle school. “For the most part, if you treat somebody the way you want to be treated, they will treat you the same way,” said Banks.
The U.S Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) reported: “Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning, free of crime and violence. Any instance of crime or violence at school not only affects the individuals involved but also may disrupt the educational process and affect bystanders, the school itself, and the surrounding community” (NCES citing Henry, 2000).
Additional research shows:
- 80-90% of adolescents reported being bullied during their school years
- 15-30% of students report being victims of bullying regularly
- 9 out 10 cases of bullying are NOT reported
- 71% of students don’t report bullying incidences because they don’t think teachers care *Information from www.jaybanks.com
Working from statistics and research Dr. Jay Banks developed the informative program S.T.A.M.P. OUT BULLYING. Here are the lessons he shared with students.
S – Stay away from bullies
Dr. Banks shared his personal experience as a young student. “I rode the school bus as a young boy. Where does everyone like to sit? In the back of the bus, but every time I went back there I got picked on. One day the back was full, so I had to sit up front. Guess what, nothing happened. That’s when I learned to stay away from bullies.” He continued, “There are people who are not going to like you for whatever reason. Stay away from the people who don’t get you, stay away from the people who don’t like you.”
T – Tell someone
“Every time bullying takes place one out of ten people tell. When it comes to sharing what students need to – they don’t,” said Banks. He then invited the teachers onstage to show their support to the students and even suggested that at one time or another they probably dealt with bullies too.
A – Avoid bad situations
Dr. Banks told students to avoid situations in which they may not feel comfortable and had students pledge to never be alone in their school or neighborhood. His safety in numbers suggestion led to his next point…
M – Make friends
“Choose to make friends with people. Find those with similar interests and make connections.” With friends it is easier to avoid bad situations and bullies.
P – Project confidence
Dr. Banks said positive students are less likely to be bullied and that confidence is the key. “When you show you have the power, it makes all the difference. Self-confidence is crucial.”
Jay Banks and his S.T.A.M.P. OUT BULLYING program were sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center. “This program was just excellent. It’s a mentoring program – it has many layers and it teaches about self-empowerment,” said Lundahl.
Is Hearty Conditioning just what your doctor ordered?
Ministry Door County Medical Center co-sponsors Hearty Conditioning, an exercise and education program, with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to encourage people to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Each session of the supervised and monitored exercise program is held at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA and is staffed with a trained registered nurse and a health care professional during each session.
Marie Anderson, 91-years-old, of Sturgeon Bay joined the class 28 years ago to support her husband who was recommended to join the class. “I enjoy it because of the exercise, the socialization, and the wonderful staff – they truly feel like family.”
Today, Anderson enjoys reading, playing cards, traveling and gardening. “I don’t feel like I could do what I do without this class.” She adds, “A lot of people tell me I’m lucky to be as active as I am, but I wonder how lucky I would be if I wasn’t in this class.”
Class participants do not need a YMCA membership to join. Hearty Conditioning is an affordable self-pay program for individuals 62-years-old and older. The classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Participants also have use of the running track and upstairs exercise equipment, such as the stationary bike, rowing machine and treadmill.
“It’s important to be active, a little bit of activity can go a long way,” says Barb Landowski, RN, a registered nurse in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation department at MDCMC. “People who use the program recover better and gain more confidence in their abilities.”
Carol Newman, RN, BSN, one of the nurses for the exercise class agrees, “The Hearty Conditioning class keeps them young and fit. Also, it’s not just for heart patients; others can join too.”
Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation are also available
Ministry Door County Medical Center also offers cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. The department wants the community to take care of their health. “We want people to look at their risk factors,” said says Barb Landowski, RN, a registered nurse in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation department at MDCMC. It’s important that they know what the risks are and change what they can change.”
The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program at MDCMC reduces the risk factors for heart disease with adult inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation and cardiac monitoring services.
You can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if you:
- Have heart disease, such as angina or heart failure
- Have had a heart attack
- Have had coronary bypass surgery or a balloon catheter procedure (PTCA)
- Have had a heart transplant
- Are at risk for heart disease
Cardiac rehabilitation can help you change or control these risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Lack of regular exercise
“We are a patient-care-oriented department,” said Landowski. When working with patients, we not only provide them with a lot of information, but a support system as well.”
In addition to Landowski, the department also includes Fran Cecil, RN, MS and Barb Voegele, RN, BSN.
The pulmonary rehabilitation program features exercises to help increase endurance, strength and flexibility; breathing training to help control feelings of shortness of breath; and education to provide help with medications and prevent infections.
“The object for people with lung disease is to become more fit,” explains Landowski. “They learn breathing techniques to help them improve the quality of their lives.”
Children in Door County are Smiling
“Dental cavities are an epidemic in the United States. Children with untreated decay usually have mouth pain and may find it difficult to concentrate in the classroom or even enjoy a meal. As a result, their self-esteem may suffer. The Dental Clinic can improve children’s dental health and restore their smile,” said Susan Johnson, spiritual services director at MDCMC.
The MDCMC Dental Clinic provides comprehensive dental services comparable to those of any other dental office, including cleanings, exams, X-rays, fluoride treatment, restorations, root canals, fillings, crowns, extractions, sealants, fluoride varnish, and oral-health instruction.
“We give parents a way to make sure their children’s teeth are cared for in a way that is respectful and compassionate. This is part of our mission,” adds Johnson.
Dressed in all white – from his tights and tutu – to his fairy wings and glittery headband, Cory Dahl brings a smile to everyone he meets. His annual visit to Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) as the Tooth Fairy supports the hospital’s Dental Clinic.
To help fund the program, the MDCMC Mission & Values team sponsors the Tooth Fairy project. The Tooth Fairy stands by a donation display inside the hospital. He also walks around and visits the pediatric waiting room to remind children to take care of their teeth and keep smiling.
“Our Mission & Values team thought a Tooth Fairy project would raise awareness and money for the MDCMC Dental Clinic,” says Cory Dahl, MDCMC board member about his fundraising efforts. “Besides it’s not every day that you see a 6-foot 2-inch, gray-haired man dressed as a Tooth Fairy.”
“It’s an effective way to raise awareness and some money for a very worthwhile project in our community. The children’s dental health clinic does very important work and makes a tremendous difference in the lives of many hundreds of people,” explained Dahl, a MDCMC board member.
“You feel good about being part of a solution that will give kids a smile. I have seen some people donate a second time just because the Tooth Fairy made it so much fun,” said Johnson.
Dahl agreed, “When I’m dressed as the Tooth Fairy I see lots of smiles, many laughs and more than a few double takes. I don’t really mind if someone commends my courage or compliments my legs.”
The MDCMC Dental Clinic is a non-profit facility that has been providing oral health care to the underserved youth population of Door and Kewaunee Counties since 1999. The dental program targets youth between the ages of 2 and 18 who are on Medicaid, BadgerCare, or BadgerCare Plus; are low-income, disabled, or underinsured; or who have no dental home.
You can “Walk the Walk” with Dr. Nate
Nate Hayes, MD, wants the Sturgeon Bay community on its feet ... and he puts sneaker tread to his message. Dr. Hayes launched a physician-directed and patient-centered community fitness program entitled “Walk the Walk with Dr. Nate.”
“I want to motivate people to be active and attain new fitness levels,” said Dr. Hayes.
Adults, children and even pets were invited to participate. Dr. Hayes believes exercise is the magic pill. “There are few things in life that are so globally beneficial,” he said. “It’s fun and it’s great family time. Kids are much more likely to be active if their parents are.” The outdoor program began with a two-mile walk. Each walk got progressively longer until the program ended with a five-mile walk. “I hope to motivate people to be active in a supportive environment,” said Dr. Hayes. “I also want to push people to new fitness levels that’s why we are escalating the mileage every week.”
Dr. Hayes recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. He also suggests adding muscle and resistance training into weekly workouts to strengthen muscles and bones. “We often overlook the importance of stretching and building muscle endurance,” he said. “Together these improve your balance, agility, speed and body composition.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 27 percent of Door County adults are overweight or obese. “Exercise is important to combat the obesity epidemic and the problems associated with it,” Dr. Hayes said. “You have to prioritize and make time in your schedule for it. You can also make simple lifestyle changes such as parking further away from a store.”
“We appreciate Dr. Hayes providing additional education and promoting health and wellness in our community,” said Sue Crass, member services director at the YMCA.
MDCMC is also excited for the new walking program. “This program was Dr. Hayes’ idea. We are very grateful to have a physician leading this program and effort throughout the area,” said Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kevin Grohskopf.
Looking to the future, Dr. Hayes hopes to expand his walking program to include biking or running. “My goal right now is simple – it’s to get people outside and active. But I’d like to expand the program to include more goals such as weight loss, lowering resting heart weight and decreasing body fat percentage.”
Dr. Hayes provides family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine services at Ministry North Shore Medical Clinic in Sturgeon Bay. He is board certified in family medicine.
Dr. Hayes is planning another walking program this fall.
Helpful Walking Tips
- Wear sturdy athletic shoes.
- Keep your head level as you walk and look straight ahead.
- Take long, smooth strides.
Walk as briskly as you can.
- Breathe deeply but naturally as you walk.
THE WOMEN’S CENTER Comprehensive Care
Obstetrics / Gynecology
Dorene E. Dempster
Obstetrics / Gynecology
Charles B. Shutt
Obstetrics / Gynecology
- Normal and high-risk pregnancies
- Menopausal management
Novasure endometrial ablation
- Infertility counseling
- Digital mammography
- Breast ultrasound
- Stereotactic breast biopsies
- Bone density testing
Massage therapy and general relaxation as well as pre- and post-natal physical therapy for women’s health