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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 90,000 Americans that die each year from preventable deaths caused by physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use.

It may seem like a daunting task to get people to eat healthier, be more physically active, or stop using tobacco, but if we collaborate and work toward a healthier America we can achieve our goal of assuring people live longer, healthier lives. Fillmore County Public Health is asking for your support in making our county a healthier place to live, work, and play in by trying to do one or more of the following small things:

• Choose to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats.

• Plant fruit trees or a garden in your backyard or neighborhood and share the bounty.

• Get thirty minutes of exercise of your choice each day.

• Start a walking group with your neighbors or co-workers.

• Quit using tobacco products.

There are also big ways to make your community a healthier place to live. Big ways you can help to impact the health of your local community include:

• Walking around your local community and accessing the safety, beauty, and walkability of local streets and reporting this information to local elected officials.

• Working with your local gym to provide reduce-cost or free workout time to lower-income families and individuals.

• Promoting the use of local trails, parks, and waterways for recreation.

• Meeting with your local school or worksite to make vending machine options healthier.

• Supporting and using farmers' markets and/or community support agriculture.

Fillmore County Public Health is currently working on some of these big thinking ideas as part of a Minnesota initiative called the Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). SHIP is striving to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and reduce tobacco use through policy, systems, and environmental changes in communities, healthcare settings, schools, and worksites. Communities are implementing policies and practices that create active communities by increasing opportunities for non-motorized transportation and access to community rec .....
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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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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (OJP), a sexual assault occurs every 83 minutes in Minnesota. The Cost of Sexual Violence Report released by the Minnesota Health Department in 2007 reported that 61,0 ..... 
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Importance of maintaining high child immunization rates is focus of National Infant Immunization Week April 24-May 1

Thu, Apr 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Infant and childhood immunizations are responsible for nearly eliminating many diseases that once killed thousands of children each year in the United States. While Minnesota's rate of childhood immunizations is relatively high, many children are und ..... 
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Recycling 101

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Each county in Minnesota has its own recycling guidelines. That is why your brother in Brown County or your aunt in Itasca County recycles somewhat differently than you do here in Fillmore County. That is not to say that one way is much better than ..... 
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Talking birds and bees with kids and teens

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Discussing sexual health with your children can be difficult or feel awkward, but it is a crucial part of parenthood and important to your child.  It is best for youth to learn about appropriate sexual behaviors from their parents, school, or o ..... 
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Minnesota STD cases decline in 2009

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

The total number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota dropped slightly to 16,702 in 2009, a 5 percent drop from the previous year, state health officials reported today.

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Bloodmobile in Harmony on April 6

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

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver's license.

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Four new cases of asbestos-related cancer to be included in University of Minnesota's Taconite Workers Health Study

Tue, Mar 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

As part of its ongoing participation with a University of Minnesota study of respiratory health issues in Minnesota taconite workers, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has identified four additional cases of mesothelioma in a group of 69,000 p ..... 
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