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Red Cross recomends increased iron intake prior to blood donation


Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Many people can donate blood, but even healthy donors are sometimes temporarily deferred due to low hemoglobin levels. The American Red Cross recommends eligible blood donors eat a well-balanced diet with extra iron-rich foods prior to their donation this fall.

During the fall, iron-rich produce such as broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, spinach, apricots and chard are in season and therefore more abundant.

Food can have two types of iron, heme and nonheme. The body can absorb up to 30 percent of heme iron, primarily found in meat, but only 2 to 10 percent of nonheme iron. Foods high in vitamin C, such as leafy greens, peppers and citrus fruits, help with iron absorption.

The Red Cross also recommends iron supplements for regular blood donors after consulting with their personal health care provider or pharmacist. Visit redcrossblood.org/iron to learn more.

Healthy blood donors help patients in need every day. Make an appointment to roll up a sleeve by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

Upcoming blood

donation opportunities:

October 17 from 2-7 p.m. at American Legion, 114 N. Main St. in Mabel, Minn.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Key dates for new MNsure health insurance options

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As of October 1, Minnesotans have a new resource to find health insurance coverage that fits their needs and budget. MNsure is a marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can find, compare, choose and get quality health care cove ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 36 units

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on September 24, 2013, succeeded in collecting 36 units of blood. This number was achieved by several donors giving two units, as there were only 35 donors who presented, and several deferrals. Congratulations to thes ..... 
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WMC offers siblings class to new families

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A new baby in the house can be difficult for older brothers and sisters. To help families prepare for the addition of a new member, Winneshiek Medical Center is offering a Siblings Class, led by the WMC OB Nurse Coordinator, Carol Voss, RN, BSN, and ..... 
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Rural clinics - where you’re family

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

Nichole Halverson returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, only to find herself feeling ill. She called the Mabel Clinic for an appointment. “I thought of Kirsten right away, and got an appointment with her for that very morning! ..... 
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Pheasants Forever offering first ‘Hunting for a Cure’

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

AUSTIN, Minn. – Pheasant hunters will come together in early October for a new fundraiser in LeRoy, Minn. to raise support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. Mower County Pheasants Forever, of Austin, and the Tri ..... 
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Help meet local flu reduction goals - get a flu vaccination!

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months obtain a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it offered. This is especially true for people with health conditions or their care givers. Accordi ..... 
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One-of-a-kind Minnesota nursing home payment program promotes overall quality

Mon, Sep 16th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A one-of-a-kind Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) program that provides nursing homes additional payment for quality improvement projects shows promise for encouraging overall nursing home quality improvement, according to a study publishe ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on September 24

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. T ..... 
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