Creating Health

Creating Health

In response to viewer interest and the national health debate, Wisconsin Public Television presents Creating Health, an ongoing educational initiative that addresses health issues important to Wisconsin residents. By integrating broadcasts, Web tools, and in-person events, Creating Health seeks to provide information to help guide individuals in making wise health decisions.

Our Projects

The Trouble With Antibiotics

FRONTLINE: The Trouble with Antibiotics investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. 

Call the Midwife

The third season of the BBC Series “Call the Midwife” premieres March 30 on WPT.  The show, based on the memoirs of midwife Jennifer Worth, chronicles the lives of midwives in London’s East End in the 1950s.  Here in America, midwifery is having a surge in popularity in recent years.  So what exactly is a midwife?  Is midwifery safe? Why do some families choose to have their births attended by a midwife?

Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the official title for ObamaCare, “ACA”) was signed into law March 23rd, 2010 and upheld by a supreme court ruling on June 28, 2012.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes the way health insurance is provided and paid for in the United States, as well as reforms the health insurance industry and the American health care system as a whole.

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

Frontline investigates the effects of concussions and other brain injuries that have become a topic of concern throughout the United States and reveals the true health risks to football players of all ages.

Lives Worth Living

Lives Worth Living follows the formation and journey of the disability rights movement through the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. The movement scored one of the most significant civil rights victories in American history. Explore video, additional resources and information.

Caring for Your Parents

WPT hosted a local call bank during its broadcast of Caring For Your Parents to provide information and guidance to Wisconsin adults struggling to provide proper care for their aging parents.

Almost Home

Watch how one Wisconsin community tries to make a difference in eldercare, shucking the institutional trappings of traditional nursing homes in favor of a place where we could all imagine ourselves feeling truly "at home." Visit the program's national Web site for more information about the film and accompanying resources. Almost Home was aired as part of Creating Health Day.

Food Inc.

Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Explore additional resources and information.

Musical Minds

Throughout his career Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and acclaimed author, has encountered myriad patients who are struggling to cope with debilitating medical conditions, including autism and Tourette's syndrome. While their ailments vary, many have one thing in common: an appreciation for the therapeutic effects of music. Explore video, additional resources and information.

My Father, My Brother, and Me

Producer Dave Iverson first learned about Parkinson's disease in the fall of 1971. That was when he received a letter from his mom telling him that his father had been diagnosed with the disease. For Dave, Parkinson's is a personal story, but the disease is much more than a personal saga.

In the Family

How much would you sacrifice to survive? When Chicago filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the "breast cancer gene" at age 27, she knew the information could save her life. And she knew she was not only confronting mortality at an early age, but also was going to have to make heart-wrenching decisions about the life that lay ahead of her. Should she take the irreversible preventive step of having her breasts and ovaries removed or risk developing cancer?