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Major new study on PFOS in fish shows only minor change needed in safe eating guidelines


Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Most fish tested from lakes outside the metro area have low to undetectable levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), according to a new screening study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the state of Minnesota. The study provides new information on PFOS levels in fish from a broad range of lakes across the state.

Fifty-five out of the 59 lakes in this screening study were from outside the metro area. Only one of these lakes required advice to limit consumption based on PFOS. The levels of PFOS in fish in Lake Zumbro, located near Rochester, caused the advice for the general population to change from "unrestricted" to "once a week." The advice for kids and moms for Lake Zumbro, based on mercury and PFOS, continues to be "once a week."

The results from the EPA screening study were consistent with the results of this year's Minnesota interagency fish sampling program. Both the EPA study and the Minnesota program were used to update MDH's fish consumption guidelines for specific lakes where contaminants in fish have been measured. Lake- or river-specific guidelines are available online at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/fish/eating/sitespecific.html.

Overall, throughout the state, mercury continues to be the contaminant that is the reason for advice to eat fish less often. PCBs are a concern in some fish species in the major rivers and in Lake Superior. Statewide safe eating guidelines are available online at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/fish/eating/safeeating.html.

In addition to updated site-specific guidelines, MDH has newly developed resources for Hmong speakers. "Talk about Fish and Ways of Eating Fish" is a DVD that tells about mercury and fish. The DVD was produced by Foung Heu, a Twin Cities-based videographer and narrated by John Ny Vang, president of the Capitol Sportsmen's Chapter of the Minnesota Deerhunters' Association. MDH's resources in languages other than English are available online athttp://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/fish/nonenglish/index.html. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also included safe fish eating advice in Hmong, Spanish, and Vietnamese in its fishing regulations booklet for the first time this year.

Also, people interested in safe eating guidelines for fish in Minnesota can now subscribe to an e-mail service available through MDH. Subscribers will receive announcements and updates via e-mail. To subscribe, go .....
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5K Run/Walk in support of Habitat for Humanity

Fri, May 7th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Whether you are an exercise enthusiast or someone wanting to support Habitat for Humanity, walkers and runners are invited to Harmony, MN, for the Harmony Hustle 5K Fun Run/Walk on July 3rd, 2010.

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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What: As Memorial Day approaches and more Minnesotans head outdoors, this event will highlight the importance of simple steps to help prevent tick and mosquito diseases.

Information on risks, how to recognize symptoms, how people can protect t ..... 
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Parents and caregivers of children with asthma encouraged to have written asthma action plans

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

In recognition of World Asthma Month, Minnesota health officials are encouraging parents and caregivers of children with asthma to ensure that their child has a written asthma action plan (AAP). An AAP helps all asthma patients and medical profession ..... 
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Soccer in Preston

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

A group of adults will begin playing soccer on Wednesday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fillmore Central Middle School football field in Preston, Minn.

Soccer games will begin May 5 and run throughout the summer months, always played at the same ..... 
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Team Bodacious Broads - Relay for Life

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

"Your test results are back and show that you have cancer." Have you been sitting in a doctor's office with a loved one and shared that horrible moment with them while they heard those scary words? Maybe you have waited for months to find out what w ..... 
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Toward zero deaths: a collaboration of the 4E's

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

In 2004, Fillmore County Public Health started a Safe Communities Coalition (SC) with local community partners from the 4Es of engineering, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and education. The goal of the Fillmore County Safe Communities ..... 
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Healthy lives

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

During April, Public Health agencies across the United States set forth to celebrate National Public Health Week or Month. The theme for Public Health 2010 is "A Healthier America: One Community at a Time." This theme was selected in response to the ..... 
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New program encourages women to take charge of their health

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Heart disease is the number one cause of death and disability for American women. In fact, more women die of heart disease that any other cause, and more women die of heart disease each year than men. A new program, Sage Plus, offers encouraging sup ..... 
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