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County residents sought for preparedness exercise


Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore, Olmsted, and Wabasha County Public Health and their partners are hosting a preparedness exercise titled “Operation Double Dose” from October 30 to November 1, 2012. This exercise is being supported through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant which requires local public health to participate in training and exercises.

One goal of the exercise is to test the feasibility of busing the entire Fillmore County population outside of the county to receive treatment or care during a health emergency. The second goal is to check how efficiently vaccinations and/or medications can be distributed at points-of-dispensing sites. “The best way to see if busing and mass dispensing are effective is to try it on a smaller scale and fix any problems that occur so that our response during a real emergency runs smoothly,” stated Brenda Pohlman, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, for Fillmore County Public Health.

Fillmore County Public Health is seeking volunteers, age 18 or older, to participate in the exercise on Thursday, November 1, 2012. These volunteers will help public health test the forms, transportation, and mass dispensing tasks that are part of the exercise. Interested participants will depart from Preston at 9:30 AM on a bus and return around 12:30 PM. Transportation to and from the mass dispensing site will be provided at no cost. Volunteers will also receive a free seasonal flu vaccination for participating. More instructions will be shared with participants when they register. Seats on the bus are limited. Those interested in participating are required to reserve a seat prior to October 26 by contacting Brenda Pohlman at 507-765-2636 or bpohlman@co.fillmore.mn.us

Medicare Part D Presentation November 1

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Medicare can be a confusing and frustrating program. There are so many plans to choose from it can be overwhelming. Spring Valley Senior Living is offering a presentation on Medicare Part D on November 1 at 6:30pm in the Estates Great Room. John T ..... 
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AgStar fund doubles grant program for Emergency Services Teams in rural MN and WI

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Mankato, Minn. (October 8, 2012) – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently announced $127,835 in grants to 94 communities through the Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program. Due to ..... 
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Food for Life

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Lazy Cooking The weather has finally cooled off, and although I am relieved to not be sweltering in humidity anymore, now I get to complain about how cold I am. It gets dark earlier, which sets a signal in our brains that it’s time to hibernate. ..... 
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Free car seat and booster seat check event

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Extra seat belt enforcement activities will be taking place from October 12-26. The Minnesota Primary Seat Belt law requires drivers and all passengers to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint or booster seat. Children in Minnesota must ri ..... 
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Harmony blood drive exceeds goal by 3

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The Harmony blood drive held on September 25, 2012, exceeded its goal of 61 by collecting 64 units. There were 65 donors presenting, of which seven were first-time donors. In addition to exceeding our goal, the following milestones were reached by ..... 
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Donated blood saves lives of transplant patients

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

This October during National Liver Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages people across the country to focus on liver health. Recently, two patients at a hospital served by the Red Cross Mid-America Blood Services Division underwent liv ..... 
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Healthy you should avoid the flu!

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months receive a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it becomes available. It is especially important for you to receive vaccination if you have asthma, ..... 
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Give blood during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Help the American Red Cross meet the needs of patients by donating blood during September – National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell anemia is a disease which affects 70, 000 people in the United States, most of them of African descent, b ..... 
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