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Project Fit Families hosts first event in Harmony


Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Last August, Melinda Lutes of Harmony started a non-profit organization called Project Fit Families. Since then, they have been working to get families in the area spending more time together, eating better, and keeping physically active.

"It was something the kids and I wanted to do together," said Lutes. "The kids have always been active in sports. They thought it would be fun to have a day of events and activities for families, so that's what we did."

Lutes is a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, as well as a nutritionist. She has been working with people in the area for a long time with exercise and nutrition, and it has become a passion for her. The mission of the organization is to help families stay active and eat right, and to have fun doing it.

The first event sponsored by Project Fit Families was held in Harmony on June 18. According to Lutes, the idea started with having a 5K walk/run, but it grew into so much more. "We thought we should invite people who share the same passion, to keep kids fit and healthy."

Selvig Park was host to several events and activities that day. A martial artist was there, along with a marathon runner. There were booths for gardening, representatives from Just for Kix dancing studio, inflatable bouncy houses for the kids, and a "boot camp" for exercising. Harmony Foods had nutrition demonstrations, and local restaurants served special foods just for that day. The Rochester Giants came down to play football, and there were potato sack races and snowshoe races. Lutes said they planned the event for about six months, reaching out to more people who are on board with the mission, and slowly but surely, it all came together.

"We wish there would have been more people there," said Lutes. "But the people who came had a great time. They were very inspired, and we got a lot of positive feedback. We just need to keep reaching out and spreading the message."'

Lutes stressed the importance of keeping active, not just by playing sports, but doing things such as going for walks with the kids, playing with them, parking farther away from the store, and taking the stairs instead of an elevator.

"Health and fitness isn't just about sports," said Lutes. "It can be just taking the family out on an exploratory walk, or even gardening. It's about being active, doing exercises, and having fun. It's about having active quality time with your family. That's what our .....
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$10 Million in Affordable Care Act funds to help create workplace health programs

Thu, Jun 23rd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of $10 million to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation to improve the health of American workers and their ..... 
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HHS to Reduce Premiums, Make it Easier for Minnesota Residents with Pre-Existing Conditions to Get Health Insurance

Wed, Jun 1st, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for Americans to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) in Minnesota. PCIP is a new program created by ..... 
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Pedaling across Minnesota Bluff Country Bike MS TRAM 2011, a worthy cause

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

It is time! If you want to help multiple sclerosis research and support people with MS and have fun doing it, it is time to get into training and join the adventure. TRAM 2011 from July 24-29, a five day cycling vacation, is to be routed through the ..... 
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Innovative public-private partnership helps Minnesota schools tackle childhood obesity through changes in the cafeteria

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and seven public and private partners are collaborating to bring more nutritious, kid-friendly foods into school cafeterias across the state. The Great Trays Partnership, funded by a $2.3 million grant from th ..... 
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Public advised to stop using some skin-lightening products after testing reveals that they may contain mercury

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising state residents to stop using some types of skin-lightening products, after testing revealed that they may contain dangerous levels of mercury.

The implicated products were sold as skin-lig ..... 
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Health officials alert salon owners about hair-smoothing products that contain formaldehyde

Wed, Apr 20th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health today are warning hair salon owners and their customers about certain hair-smoothing products-sometimes referred to as keratin treatments-that may contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can presen ..... 
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Teal ribbons

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Sexual Violence is when sexual behaviors and comments are unwanted. 

When sexual behavior is not consensual, is forced or is coerced, it may be a crime. These crimes includ ..... 
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Report: Affordable Care Act controls costs for early retiree coverage in Minnesota

Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



State and local governments, private employers in Minnesota receive $4,243,495 in 2010

to help protect coverage for retired Americans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing tha ..... 
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