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Red Cross Survey Finds More than Two-thirds of Americans Experience a Summer Emergency


Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Rochester, MN, May 25, 2010 - A new Red Cross survey shows that 68 percent of Americans have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites, heat stroke and broken bones to more life-threatening situations. One in every four people say they have been in a situation where someone needed CPR.



The survey1 of more than 1,000 adults found that Americans say they are most comfortable giving CPR to family members, friends and coworkers, with less than half very likely to perform CPR on a stranger. The survey showed that physical appearance was a significant factor when people are deciding to perform CPR on a stranger, and men with a disheveled or sloppy appearance were the least likely to receive assistance, with only half of respondents saying they would try to give them CPR.



Americans plan to be very active this summer, as the survey found that more than 40 percent will go hiking or camping and almost 75 percent will go swimming. While people expect to be active, the Red Cross found that many were not confident they knew what to do in an emergency - less than two-thirds felt confident helping a heat stroke victim and fewer than half could help someone with an allergic reaction to an insect or snake bite.

Previous Red Cross research found that nearly 90 percent of Americans say they want to be prepared for an emergency, but they don't know where to start or what to do.

"With so many people outdoors camping, hiking and swimming, it's important that someone in every household get trained in CPR and first aid skills," says Connie Harvey, health and safety expert for the American Red Cross "Learning these lifesaving skills is easier and more convenient than you might think, and Red Cross training can help people prevent and respond to life's emergencies - big or small."

"Your Southeast Minnesota Chapter is offering a variety of courses throughout the summer, including first aid and CPR with AED so families can stay safe while enjoying their fun in the sun, but also be prepared to handle emergency situations," adds Fred Loring, Health and Safety Products Representative at the local chapter.

This year, the Red Cross is offering a new Wilderness and Remote First Aid course designed to teach people how to respond to emergencies when help is delayed. In addition, the Red Cross teaches swimming and water safety skills to over 2 million people each year, trains millions in life-saving s .....
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It's not your mother's nursing home

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Introductory note from Mr. Samuelson: If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to care for our seniors. This is the first of three articles that talks about how the Harmony and surrounding communities have built, adapted, and con ..... 
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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

Tue, May 18th, 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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5K Fun Run/Walk in support of Habitat for Humanity

Fri, May 14th, 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.

This event is sponsored by local businesses, and t ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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.

This event is sponsored by local businesses, ..... 
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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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