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Red Cross issues 4th of July safety steps


Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.

“Everyone looks forward to having fun over the Fourth of July, and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday,” said Melanie Tschida, Regional CEO.

HIGHWAY SAFETY Millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross offers these five things everyone should do to stay safe while traveling:

1. Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.

2. Do not drink and drive.

3. Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.

4. Use caution in work zones.

5. Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.

FIREWORKS SAFETY The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Here are five safety steps for people setting fireworks off at home:

1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a dud.

5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

GRILLING SAFETY Every year people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. Here are several steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

2. Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.

3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.

4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.

5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

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American Red Cross seeks more blood donations this summer

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross encourages blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by rolling up a sleeve to give. Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. ..... 
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Harmony receives ACT on Alzheimer’s Grant to advance dementia-friendly work

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

HARMONY, Minn. - Harmony recently received a Grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help make Harmony a more dementia-friendly community. Harmony is one of 12 new action communities to commit towards preparing Minnesota for the growing number of p ..... 
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Gundersen Medical Foundation receives grant from Susan G. Komen Minnesota to provide breast cancer screening and education

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Susan G. Komen Minnesota has awarded a $26,251 grant to Gundersen Medical Foundation to provide breast cancer screening and education in rural Fillmore and Houston counties for the second consecutive year. The program will provide 50 women who are u ..... 
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Keeping young athletes healthy

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Some kids just like to move. Alea Lutkenhaus, an 8th grader from Decorah Middle School, is one of those kids. Out for track, softball, basketball, cross county and soccer, an injury can put the brakes on Lutkenhaus’ plans any time of the year ..... 
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Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary gives $31K back to WMC

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Over the past year, the Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary has purchased medical equipment for WMC to a tune of $31,000. The most recent purchase was an adjustable x-ray table to benefit WMC patients in the Radiology department. “The adjust ..... 
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Summer food program for kids

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

With summer here, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Fillmore Central Schools will be providing free meals for children this summer! Free meals for children will be served at the elementary school in Preston o ..... 
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Give blood with the American Red Cross and help maintain the summer blood supply

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make and keep donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with ..... 
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Sixth annual Rhubarb Run celebrates rhubarb with healthy helpings of laughter

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Family-friendly, kid-inclusive Rhubarb Run 5K or 1-mile event invites runners, joggers and walkers of all ages to kick up their heels on Saturday, June 7. The Rhubarb Run epicenter is one block west of downtown Lanesboro, off County Road 8. Check-in ..... 
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