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Project Get Outdoors has new leadership and launches new website


Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Project Get Outdoors is getting kids outdoors in southern Minnesota! Project GO clubs in several communities are making it possible for kids to experience nature by bringing together volunteers, local resources and green spaces so that kids can get outdoors in their out-of-school time.

Project Get Outdoors began creating outdoor experiences for kids in 2006. Sara Grover, state park naturalist and parent of two, founded Project GO with the mission "to facilitate outdoor experiences that develop healthy kids and increase environmental stewardship behaviors." Serving as Project GO's Program Director, Grover has worked with volunteers and organizations in several communities in southeastern Minnesota to develop Project GO clubs that are now actively getting kids outdoors on a regular basis. These communities include Winona, St. Charles, Plainview, Chatfield, Wabasha, and Rochester. Children in these GO Clubs have enjoyed a wide variety of outdoor experiences such as fishing, camping, bird watching, ice skating, and canoeing.

Since 2006, Project GO has made it possible for hundreds of kids to enjoy positive outdoor recreational experiences in their own communities or in parks and other green spaces nearby. This work is critically important as it addresses the growing concern about nature deficit disorder among young people and the significant impact on children's healthy development when they are not spending time outdoors. Project GO develops program opportunities by energizing the resources within communities and supporting volunteers who want to implement the Project GO model and start getting more kids outdoors in their after school and out of school time.

Project Get Outdoors has new leadership with the recent addition of Executive Director Terry Erickson. Erickson has over 25 years of experience in working with non-profits and is looking forward to working with Project Get Outdoors. His gift as an administrator has been to identify and develop strong partnerships that include both private and public sectors. Erickson stated, "The program is poised to grow and bring services to schools and other partners across Minnesota who are looking to establish quality outdoor experiences for their children. It all begins with a committed board and staff and a good plan. It's amazing what can happen when you align the right people who are committed to a mission. I hope others will join Project Get Outdoors by taking advantage of the voluntee .....
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American Cancer Society's Relay for Life kicks off by giving back!

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The American Cancer Society's Fillmore County Relay For Life will be putting on a Kick-Off Breakfast November 13 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Preston Servicemen's Club.

Tickets will be $7.00 with the exception of children under three, w ..... 
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Flu vaccine appointments available

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Influenza is a common disease that can be serious and even life threatening. Despite recent research study concerns about the effectiveness of influenza vaccine, it is still the most useful tool we have to protect people from becoming ill. Influenza ..... 
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AgStar Fund announces nearly $100,000 in grants to emergency services teams in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently announced $99,919 in grants through their Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant Program. This program awards grants up to $2,500 towards funding ..... 
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Shoo away the flu!

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Influenza is a disease that causes fever, cough, sore throat, headache, tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches. These symptoms can be severe and last for several days. People most at risk for becoming ill from flu are people over age 65, young c ..... 
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Mabel Blood Drive

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Mabel Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, October 13th from 2:00 - 7:00 pm at the Mabel American Legion (114 N. Main Street). For appointments or additional information, contact Bev at 493-5284. Sixteen-year-olds are eligible to donate w ..... 
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Harmony Bloodmobile collects 66 units

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on September 27, 2011, succeeded in collecting 66 units of blood. There were 61 donors that presented with two first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones:

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Drive-Thru Vaccination Exercise

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

You are invited to view Fillmore County Public Health's Drive-Thru Vaccination Exercise, which will take place on Monday, September 19, 2011, from 5:15 to 6:45 PM, rain or shine, at 902 Houston Street North, Preston, MN.

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Don't let the flu bother you!

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The best ways to prevent flu are to wash your hands often and get an influenza vaccination. Flu vaccinations are recommended every year regardless of the flu strains placed in the vaccine. Getting a vaccination each year refreshes your body's abilit ..... 
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