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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.

Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood. These blood types are the most in demand and the first to run out if there is a shortage.

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood and help save lives, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

•Fillmore

July 1 from 12-5 p.m. at Kingsland High School, 705 N. Section Ave. in Spring Valley, Minn.

July 15 from 1-7 p.m. at Community Center, 225 Third Ave. SW in Harmony, Minn.

•Houston

July 14 from 2-7 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Church, 201 N. 7th St. in Brownsville, Minn.

July 15 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Community Center, 900 N. Kingston St. in Caledonia, Minn.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides internat .....
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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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More than 4,700 participate in Gundersen’s Minutes in Motion challenge

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

It was another successful year for Gundersen Health System’s Minutes In Motion Physical Activity Challenge. The 8th annual event drew 4,761 participants from across the area who logged a grand total of more than 5.3 million minutes of physical act ..... 
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