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Need for blood continues during holiday season


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every day patients across the country rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn’t always — especially during the holiday season, when many regular donors are busy with holiday activities. Donors of all blood types are currently needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients.

As part of the Give Something that Means Something winter campaign, blood donors can invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps or let someone know they gave in his or her honor with a customized postcard. Donors simply take a photo of a Red Cross moment, whether it’s relaxing on a donor bed, enjoying a post-donation snack or meeting a blood recipient, then upload the photo and add a message at rcblood.org/holidaypostcard. The “postagram” will be mailed anywhere the donor chooses, courtesy of the Red Cross and Postagram.

Eligible donors can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply around the holidays. Appointments can be made by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Fillmore County

•Dec. 3 from 1-7 p.m. at Community Center, 225 Third Ave. SW in Harmony, Minn.

•Dec. 4 from 1-7 p.m. at Community Hall, 202 Parkway in Lanesboro, 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, plea .....
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Free health screening at Harmony Santa Day

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is partnering with the Harmony Lions to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening at Santa Day on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Communi ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 3

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typi ..... 
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Blood donations bring hope during the holidays

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The holiday season is a time for people to reflect on what makes them grateful. Family, friends and good health come to mind for many. Countless patients like Ethan Hoffart, however, strive for good health during the holidays, ..... 
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Fillmore County Turkey Day Run celebrates fifth year

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

What are you doing on the morning of Thanksgiving Day? There will be a select few who will wake up around 7 a.m. and mentally prepare themselves to run 10.3 miles from Lanesboro to Preston on the Root River State Trail. This tradition has evolv ..... 
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Red Cross offers tips for a safe, yet spooky Halloween

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — With Halloween right around the corner, the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe when donning costumes and going out to Trick-or-Treat. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, cos ..... 
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Gundersen Health System offers tips for a healthy and safe Halloween

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Halloween is an exciting holiday for children, but since it’s high season for candy, it can also be an frustrating time for parents who encourage kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of a balanced and nutritious diet. Valerie ..... 
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Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood in honor of military members, veterans

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Veterans Day is November 11, and the American Red Cross invites eligible donors to schedule an appointment to give blood in November in honor of those who have served the country in the U.S. armed forces. Blood donated through ..... 
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Senior nutrition programs celebrate 40 years!

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Across Minnesota, Senior Nutrition Programs - often referred to as “Senior Dining” and “Meals on Wheels” - are celebrating their 40th year of service in the state. In July of 1973, the Governor’s Citizen’s Action Council on Aging award ..... 
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