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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 other trained professionals, but this is not always the case. According to the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey, Fillmore County youth in 6th, 9th, and 12th grades reported receiving information regarding sexual health from the following sources: friends (59.3 percent), parents (43.8 percent), the media (40.7 percent), and school (40 percent).

Youth want parents to interact with them and guide them through difficult portions of their lives. They believe and trust in parents to serve as knowledgeable sources of information and role models of appropriate behaviors. When 9th and 12th graders in Fillmore County were asked why they had not had a sexual relationship the factors that influenced them most included: the fear of getting pregnant (50.5 percent), the risk of obtaining a sexually transmitted disease (46 percent), and the fact that their parents objected (44.3 percent).

In order to make parents more knowledgeable and comfortable in discussing sexual health with their children, educational sessions are being conducted by Fillmore County professionals through a generous UCare Fund grant. These educational sessions for parents will cover how and when to discuss various topics surrounding sexual health within the family.  Learn about puberty, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, dating, sex in the media, sexting via computer and cell phone, and much more. Sessions are being held at the following locations:

• Monday, April 12 (5 PM to 6 PM): Fillmore-Central Middle School Library

• Monday, April 12 (7 PM to 8 PM): Lanesboro School, Room 211

• Tuesday, April 13 (7 PM to 8 PM): Mabel-Canton School Media Center

• Thursday, April 22 (7 PM to 8 PM): Rushford-Peterson High School Theatre

These free sessions are sponsored by Fillmore County Public Health, Fillmore County Family Resources, Fillmore County Attorney's Office, Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted County Corrections, and UCare.  For more information contact, Brenda Leigh Pohlman of Fillmore County Public Health at 507-765-3898.

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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Private water well owners in flood prone areas urged to take precautions

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials are warning that contaminated private water wells pose a major public concern during the flooding now threatening various parts of Minnesota.

Although simply coming in contact with flood water shouldn't pose a signifi ..... 
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Controlling blood pressure prevents many health problems!

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the artery walls. It is often written or stated as two numbers. The first or top number represents the pressure when the heart contracts. This is called systolic pressure. The second or bottom number repr ..... 
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Now is the time to prevent diabetes-know your risk

Mon, Mar 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

St. Paul, MN-On American Diabetes Alert Day, Tuesday, March 23, the Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative has good news about diabetes. People who keep their blood glucose (sugar) as close to normal as possible in the early years followin ..... 
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H1N1 flu immunizations still available

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering H1N1influenza immunizations via appointment and community vaccination clinics during March 2010. According to health educator, Brenda Leigh Pohlman, FCPH has provided over 2,800 H1N1 immunization ..... 
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Feel good about giving back by donating blood

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 9, 2010) - Looking for a way to give back to your community, but don't have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that in about an hour you can help save a life by donating blood, and ..... 
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