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Controlling blood pressure prevents many health problems!


Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Brenda Leigh Pohlman, MPH

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the artery walls. It is often written or stated as two numbers. The first or top number represents the pressure when the heart contracts. This is called systolic pressure. The second or bottom number represents the pressure when the heart rests between beats. This is called diastolic pressure.

Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. When it consistently stays too high for too long, it is called hypertension. The Seventh Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure notes these levels for defining normal and high blood pressure in adults:

Normal blood pressure is a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure of less than 80 mmHg.

Prehypertension is defined as a systolic blood pressure of 120–139 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure of 80–89 mmHg. Persons with prehypertension are at increased risk to progress to hypertension.

High blood pressure or hypertension for adults is defined as a systolic blood pressure of 140 mmHg or higher or a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or higher.

If the systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels are in different categories, blood pressure status is defined according to the higher category. High blood pressure for adults will usually be measured on at least two different doctor visits before a diagnosis of high blood pressure is made. For children, high blood pressure is determined by comparing the child’s blood pressure with the distribution of blood pressure for children of similar sex, age and height. A child whose blood pressure is greater than or equal to 95 percent of children of similar sex, age, and height would be considered to have high blood pressure. A diagnosis of high blood pressure for children is based on blood pressure readings on at least three different visits.

Some forms of high blood pressure are caused by family history, gender, ethnicity, and age but most often high blood pressure is caused by lifestyle choices. High blood pressure can often be prevented or controlled through lifestyle changes and medications. High blood pressure can be managed by: maintaining a healthy weight, getting exercise, reducing caffeine, salt, and alcohol intake, reducing stress, quitting smoking, and eating a diet comprised of whole grains, v .....
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Earth Dance Farms

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

Just under six miles north of Spring Valley, among the patchwork fields of our county, sits a small family farm rich in color, vision, and consequently, flavor. Founded in 2005, by Norm Gross and Laurie Nelsen, Earth Dance Farms is a sustainable CSA ..... 
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The Biggest Loser challenge has begun

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Coffee Street Fitness & Dance of Lanesboro, Minn. has begun its Biggest Loser Challenge as of Monday, January 7, 2013, and will continue until June 2013. The program was initiated by Melinda Coscarelli Lutes, owner of Coffee Street Fitness & Dance o ..... 
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Taking back her life

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Brandy Allen found out she had Crohn’s Disease in 2008, but she had been suffering long before then. She had been experiencing crippling stomach pains and had been in and out of emergency rooms and hospitals. “It felt like somebody was stabbi ..... 
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Eat for Equity feast coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

By Lori Slindee Eat for Equity, Lanesboro Local, and the Lanesboro Arts Center are coming together for a delightful evening of food and celebration. Eat for Equity is returning on Saturday, February 16 to put on a delicious dinner, locally grown an ..... 
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Radioactive gas is persistent health risk in Minnesota

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Every hour, one person in the US dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable. Fillmore County Public Health a ..... 
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Gundersen Lutheran sets up flu information line

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Given the increase in the number of people affected with the flu, Gundersen Lutheran has a set up a special hotline for information on the flu. The number for the Influenza Information Line is (608) 775-0364 or toll-free at (800) 362-9567, ext. 50 ..... 
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Spring Valley Senior Living offers free blood pressure screening

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

Pictured: Spring Valley Senior Living home health nurse, Alyssa Christianson, takes Bernice Ostern’s blood pressure. Blood pressure screenings are offered free to area community members at Spring Valley Senior Living on the second Thursday of the ..... 
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Minnesota traffic deaths up in 2012

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL — For the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths increased in Minnesota as 378 people were killed in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In 2011, 368 ..... 
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