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Out of the Darkness Walk- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Rochester, MN – In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.

Suicide takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers, and the entire community. AFSP provides opportunities for survivors of suicide loss to get involved through a wide variety of educational, outreach, awareness, advocacy and fundraising programs. AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

By walking in AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Community Walks you will be walking with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for AFSP’s vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and assist survivors of suicide loss. More than 85 cents of every dollar goes directly to AFSP’s research, education, and advocacy and survivor programs.

The Rochester 2012 Out of the Darkness Walk will be held September 15, 2012, at the East Pavilion of Silver Lake Park. Registration is at 10:00 a.m., walk starts at 11:00 a.m. and is finished by 2:00 p.m. This is the fifth year for the Rochester Out of the Darkness walk.

Start or join a team today at outofthedarkness.org.

What to look for in an elder care facility

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As men and women enter their golden years, many decide they can no longer maintain their homes and choose to downgrade to something smaller, be it an apartment or a condominium. For millions of others, health plays a significant role when deciding w ..... 
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Healthy you should avoid the flu!

Fri, Sep 7th, 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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FIRST CASES OF NEW INFLUENZA STRAIN REPORTED IN MINNESOTA

Tue, Aug 21st, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Minnesota has recorded its first confirmed case and a second probable case of a new influenza strain that people acquire through contact with pigs. The two cases were reported in a pre-school-age child and an older sibling from a family living in th ..... 
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Nutrition Standards for USDA School Nutrition Programs impacting menus this fall

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Local schools, Fillmore Central, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield will be effected by the following school lunch changes. School meals across the country will take a more healthy approach this fall when new USDA requirements take effect. The National Sc ..... 
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Free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screening offered in Mabel

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

FCPH is partnering with Green Lea Manor and the UCare Fund to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening at the Nursing Home Health Fair scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, 2012, from 7:00 to 10:00 AM. Green Lea Manor is located a ..... 
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Raw Treats

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

I have a serious weakness for cookies, as I have probably mentioned before. I have found so many delicious recipes the past few years that I love to make and share with other people. But I really do not want to turn my oven on in this weather. And ..... 
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Carver creates art from nature

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By: Wendy Wilson Wood chips scatter across the table like droplets of water skipping from a fountain, spilling onto the floor. Tom Severson looks at a piece of wood, envisioning it in another form. Severson, 56, an IBM retiree living in Rochester, ..... 
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An active senior, an active citizen

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Muriel Hanson of Preston, Minn. is a woman on the go. She is involved in many activities, both socially and through volunteering. When asked her age, Muriel said she is 79, and then added, “Can I be that old?!” Looking at her schedule, you would ..... 
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