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In 2017, 28 Vernon County women participated in a statewide research study evaluating a workshop that helps women over age 50 deal with bladder control and bowel control problems.

On Tuesday, May 15, at 1 p.m., the public is invited to hear Dr. Heidi Brown of UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health describe the results of this study. Brown will speak at Western Technical College, 220 S. Main St., Viroqua.

Women in the study attended a three-session workshop called “Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder.” The workshop teaches women how to keep their bladder and bowels healthy by making changes to their diet and exercise routine. The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Vernon County was the local partner in the study.

Results of the study from Vernon County and five other communities in Wisconsin showed that the workshop is effective in helping women with bladder control and bowel control symptoms.

Therefore, “Mind Over Matter” workshops can now be described as research based and can be presented in the future by the ADRC-VC or other interested organizations. Brown’s presentation will include a summary of the research process.

For more information, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Vernon County at 608-637-5201.

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