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New Year’s Yesolution: Getting healthy


Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Many of us start the New Year pledging to do things better. After weeks of holiday feasts and treats, getting in shape is generally one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. While losing weight is always a laudable goal, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) says it’s also important to treat this decision like any other major purchase. Be sure to visit bbb.org to research the backgrounds of health clubs in your area.

“Resolving to become more active is a great thing and there are many terrific health clubs to choose from,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “However, all contracts need to be reviewed closely and understood completely before an agreement is signed.”

BBB recommends touring gyms or health clubs you’re interested in joining and asking the following questions:

What are the terms of any introductory offers? Gyms and health clubs often use special introductory offers to attract new members. Just be sure you’re clear on all the terms and what the monthly – or yearly – price will be once the introductory period is over.

Will my membership renew automatically? Many times people who join a gym fail to realize that their contract will renew automatically and that they have to take specific steps to cancel, such as providing a written cancellation notice anywhere from 30 to 60 days before the current contract expires.

Can I get out of my contract? Many contracts may not allow you to cancel before the term ends without an early termination fee. However, health clubs have different policies when it comes to how a move will affect your membership. Whether or not you can be released from your contract might depend on how far away you’re moving and if the club has other locations in the area of your new home.

What happens if your club goes out of business? Ask the sales representative to explain what will happen if they suddenly go out of business – or if they’re purchased by another company.

BBB suggests consumers consider the following factors, as well:

What are your fitness goals? Determining your fitness goals in advance will help you select the facility that best fits your needs. If you’ve been inactive for awhile or have a serious health condition, it’s always a good idea to consult with a medical professional when sett .....
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Institute adds new cancer research section

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

AUSTIN, Minn. — The Hormel Institute has added a new cancer research section focused on investigating the mechanisms that cause cancer cells to spread from one area of the body to the liver. Dr. Ningling Kang recently joined The Hormel Institute ..... 
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MNsure Announces Year-End Enrollment Totals

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The latest enrollment figures shared today by MNsure show that 67,805 Minnesotans have successfully enrolled in new health insurance plans through MNsure as of December 31, 2013. This total represents a jump of more than 14,600 in ..... 
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Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood during National Blood Donor Month

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross invites those who are eligible to join the millions of blood donors across the country in helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. People have ..... 
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MNsure Announces New Enrollment and Payment Deadlines for January 1 Health Coverage

Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesotans who want individual or family health care coverage beginning January 1, 2014, now have until December 31, 2013, to select a plan on MNsure.org, according to an agreement announced today by MNsure and Minnesota’s heal ..... 
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Minnesota is one of only nine states to receive funding for the Million Hearts Learning Collaborative

Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Northeastern Minnesota has some of the highest hypertension rates - high blood pressure - in the state. Survey data from 2010 show that northeastern Minnesota experiences hypertension rates of 27 percent. This is significantly higher than the 2009 ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 34 units

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

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 3, 2013, succeeded in collecting 34 units of blood. The bloodmobile is sponsored by the Harmony American Legion Auxiliary, and many of the volunteers are Auxiliary members. However, numerous volunteer ..... 
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National influenza vaccination week

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is accepting flu mist vaccination appointments as a part of a statewide effort to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated against influenza during National Influenza Vaccination Week December 8-14. “It is not too la ..... 
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Minnesotans urged to get vaccinated during National Influenza Vaccination Week

Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The month of December is filled with holiday events, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. Don't let influenza keep you from enjoying the upcoming season. Influenza season is just getting underway in Minnesota, so it's not too late to ..... 
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