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Minnesota Departments of Health and Education collaborate to reach out to pregnant women and new mothers


Wed, Sep 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Across the country, pregnant women and new moms are signing up for free text messages from text4baby - a new free mobile information service providing timely health information to pregnant women and new moms from pregnancy through a baby's first year. The Minnesota Departments of Health and Education have announced they are outreach partners for text4baby and are actively promoting this free service throughout the state.

Women sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE for Spanish) and receive three free text messages each week timed to their due date or baby's date of birth. The messages focus on a variety of evidence-based best practices in topics critical to maternal and child health, including birth defects prevention, immunization, nutrition, seasonal flu, mental health, oral health and safe sleep. Text4baby messages also connect women to early prenatal and infant care services and other resources that promote healthy birth outcomes.

The content of the text messages was reviewed and tested by the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and physicians and nurses.

"We need to provide new and innovative ways for pregnant women to access information about their health and their baby's development," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "Text4baby is an excellent opportunity to reach pregnant women and new moms in Minnesota searching for trustworthy information."

Emerging evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of using mobile technology for health interventions. A recent Pew Research Center study, "Mobile Access 2010," noted that Americans are using their cell phones for many more activities such as texting and accessing the internet.

"With the growth in the use of cell phones and smart phones, this is a tech-savvy opportunity to bring trusted parenting information quickly and conveniently to pregnant women," said Minnesota Commissioner of Education Alice Seagren. "This free service will build on the quality resources and trusted parenting information that the Minnesota Parents Know Website has provided for years."

An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby .....
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Health Department confirms cause of death in seven-year-old child

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



The Minnesota Department of Health today confirmed the cause of death of a seven-year-old child as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a very rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba associated with warm freshwater.

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Affordable Care Act Offers Prescription Drug Cost Relief to 11,169 Medicare Beneficiaries in Minnesota

Wed, Aug 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the third round of one-time, tax-free $250 rebate checks have been mailed to eligible Medicare beneficiaries whose drug costs are so high they have ..... 
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New law protecting youth from tobacco products takes effect August 1

Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



A new state law protecting Minnesota youth from the harmful effects of tobacco products takes effect Aug. 1. The Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act was passed by the 2010 Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pawlenty.

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Staying in shape -- at 88!

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

Hidden in Fountain is an inspiring story that reminds us that we are never too old to start a new, healthy habit. It is there, at Fillmore Fitness, that 88-year-old Winnie Klockeman works out three times a week.

Klockeman has always been ac ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 56 units

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 6th succeeded in collecting 56 units of blood. There were 58 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones:

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Health Organization Expands to Focus on the #1 Killer of People with Diabetes

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative (MN-DC) is urging the nearly 230,000 people with diabetes in the state to take steps to prevent heart disease and stroke-the leading killers of people with diabetes.

The MN-DC hopes that pe ..... 
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American Red Cross - Southeast Minnesota Chapter Summer 2010 Lay Responder First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Southeast Minnesota Chapter will be offering the First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor

course. Students who complete the course will be able to teach American Red Cross

classes in First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). T ..... 
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Community-based health care

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Health care needs occur in the lives of everyone. In the previous article, we explored the community efforts to keep health care close to home. The advent of Medicare and Medicaid encouraged the development of hospitals and nursing homes in small co ..... 
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