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National 2-1-1 Day is Feb. 11 Great Rivers 2-1-1 provides reliable resource for wide variety of topics


Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Great Rivers 2-1-1, your local information, referral and crisis line, has been active in the community for more than 35 years and continues to be a valuable resource for the public to use. Their database has more than 3,000 agencies listed and is updated annually to ensure that the information given out is accurate and up to date. Simply put, Great Rivers 2-1-1 has this covered.

“When family, co-workers, and friends come to you for help or even when you need assistance yourself, it may be hard to know where to turn. Instead of spending your time researching all of the possible resources available; simply dial 2-1-1 to reach a trained information and referral specialist,” explains Mary Mundt Reckase, director of Great Rivers 2-1-1. “Let Great Rivers 2-1-1 do the work for you. We take the guess work out of your search for help and have the answers you’re looking for.”

Calling Great Rivers 2-1-1 is free and confidential. Some examples of the types of calls include referrals for:

•Support groups

•Emergency shelter, rent payment assistance and utility payment assistance

•Food pantries, free meals

•Credit and budget counseling

•Parenting resources

•Community mental health and substance abuse support

•Seasonal programs such as back-to-school supplies, Holiday toy/meal programs, and tax assistance

•Community resources such as where to vote, community festival information, medication drop-off, etc.

Great Rivers 2-1-1 serves Buffalo, Chippewa, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties in Wisconsin; Houston, Fillmore and Winona Counties in Minnesota; and Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties in Iowa.

“We know that people often end up making a lot of phone calls to find help for a personal or family situation,” says Mundt Reckase. “Why not dial 2-1-1 and let our staff be a friendly link between you and the help you are looking for. We are here 24/7 and will give you options that match your needs.”

Funding for Great Rivers 2-1-1 is provided by Gundersen Health System, area United Ways and county contracts.

For more information go to www.greatrivers111.org.

Minnesota’s smoking rate falls to 14.4 percent Majority of Minnesotans who quit smoking say cigarette tax helped them

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Findings from the latest Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) show that Minnesota is continuing to make progress in reducing tobacco use. Minnesota’s adult smoking rate has declined to 14.4 percent, the lowest rate ever recorded in the state and ..... 
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Winter wonderland shoveling Winneshiek Medical Center offers tips on how to avoid injury

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

“Waking up to a winter wonderland can be a dream come true, but cleaning up after one can be very physically challenging,” says Ryan Burras, DPT, physical therapist at Winneshiek Medical Center. To help kids and adults alike avoid injury while s ..... 
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Klobuchar renews efforts to lower prescription drug prices for seniors

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today re-introduced legislation to help lower prescription drug prices for seniors. The bill—the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act—would empower Medicare to negotiate for the best po ..... 
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Protect yourself from the flu with three Cs Cover your cough, Clean your hands, Contain your germs

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

“Winneshiek Medical Center cares about the health and well-being of our community,” says Winneshiek Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Robert Flinchbaugh, D.O. “It’s important to remind our patients, family, friends and neighbors abou ..... 
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Stay safe in bitter cold weather

By Andy Goodner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

With this week’s cold winter blast, Winneshiek Medical Center wants to remind those heading outdoors that frostbite can occur within a short amount of time. If your fingers, nose or toes start to hurt or have a prickling feeling, it’s a warn ..... 
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Red Cross offers safety tips as arctic blast hits Minnesota

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- (December 29, 2014) Bitter arctic air will put millions of Minnesotans in a deep chill overnight with temperatures 25-30 degrees below zero. The American Red Cross recommends the following tips to stay safe during the deep fre ..... 
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Norovirus hitting hard this season - prevention measures are stressed

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As if colds, influenza and other respiratory infections weren’t enough to make Minnesotans ill in winter, this is also the time of year when digestive tract illness caused by a family of germs known as noroviruses tend to increase. This year, noro ..... 
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Housing program for people with disabilities hits major milestone

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

More than 1,000 people with disabilities will spend this holiday season in safe, affordable homes of their own because of a program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and The Arc of Minnesota. Housing Access Services helps Min ..... 
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