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Exercise and Hart Park Senior Center

Monica Erb-Meyer

Monica Erb-Meyer, Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Rheumatology has been a member of the medical community in Milwaukee since 1982. Monica has participated in patient education, research and practice with the Medical College since 2001. She aided in the development and implementation of the osteoporosis program in the Osteoporosis and Calcium Disorders Clinic and has received various awards from the Wisconsin Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. 

Each Friday afternoon, she conducts an exercise class at the Hart Park Senior Center. The center provides companionship and a chance for seniors and other members of the community to interact. It also features various classes and programs which provide people the ability to stay in shape and allows Monica the opportunity to encourage other subtle lifestyle changes for improved health.

Monica’s class concentrates on improving arthritis symptoms. The exercises are low impact, focusing on movement which is easy on the joints. The regimen is helpful not only for arthritis suffers, but may benefit people who cannot sustain a prolonged period of intense aerobic activity. These ROM (range of motion) exercises are for individuals with all types and degrees of arthritis. This program has been in service since 2001 and was created in part due to Monica’s involvement with the Arthritis Foundation. Hart Park Senior Center is located at 7300 Chestnut St, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and the class meets every Friday at 12:30pm.

For more information about the center, and other programs that are offered for education and enrichment, please call Merry Nicole Johnson at 414-471-8495, or online at

Article by Carla Clark, Staff Writer, Division of Rheumatology

Dr. Beilke and CROP Hunger Walk raises money for local Food Pantries

Mark Beilke, MD

It seems that every weekend, one can see a different group of people walking down Lincoln Memorial Drive in support of a good cause: Lung Cancer Walk, AIDS Walk, Breast Cancer Walk, Alzheimer’s Association, among others. The “CROP Walk” may not be as familiar. I and approximately one thousand people participated in the walk on October 10, which wound its way past food pantries throughout downtown Milwaukee. Walkers donated food items for the local pantries and raised money to feed people locally, nationally and in impoverished areas around the world. 

The acronym (CROP) stands for “Communities Reach out to People.” The first CROP Walk was held on October 17, 1969 in Bismarck, South Dakota and raised $25,000. Several other CROP Hunger walks were then organized and before long, there were hundreds of CROP Walks nationwide. Every year around 2,000 communities in the US take part; over 36,000 CROP walks have been held in the last two decades with over 5 million participants.

CROP Hunger Walks provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs including seeds, tools, wells, technical training and even loans. This year alone the CROP Hunger Walks will distribute almost $4 million to food banks, pantries and community gardens across America.

Thanks to help from many donors in the Department of Medicine and campus-wide, my family raised over $1,000 for this great cause. It was a lot of fun to take the walk, even though I missed the Packer Game (they lost anyway). 

Article written by Mark Beilke, MD, Division Chief, Infectious Diseases
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